My Melaleuca moment

My world is hyper-focused on wellness because I believe if you don’t have wellness, you don’t have anything.  This wellness paradigm extends FAR beyond diet and exercise to include the consumer products I use, especially those used to disinfect my apartment, clean my body, and strengthen my immune system.  A trip to any big box store presents aisle after aisle of “wellness” products (many full of harmful chemicals, btw). If you’re not careful, this plethora of products can either paralyze you from making a choice or confuse you into making the wrong choice.  Over the years, I’ve tried and tested a multitude of wellness items from many companies in my quest to find eco-friendly products with proven results that are produced by a socially-responsible company.  It’s a tall order, but recently I’ve become intrigued by the products made by a wellness company named Melaleuca.

Melaleuca: The Wellness Company product logo

Melaleuca

I had never heard of the wellness company Melaleuca until I visited a friend’s home, and I spotted a curious green bottle on the kitchen counter labeled “Sol-U-Guard Botanical.”  Now, anything with the word “botanical” captures my attention, so I asked her about it.   

She said that Sol-U-Guard Botanical is an environmentally friendly disinfectant made by an e-commerce company called Melaleuca. 

“Melawhata?” I asked.

The name sounded exotic, so I was a little surprised to learn the company’s headquarters are based in Idaho.

Melaleuca oil

Even though Melaleuca’s headquarters are found in the potato capital of the world, you may be surprised to learn its heritage is as Australian as the kangaroo. The Melaleuca Tree (Melaleuca Alternafolio), found in the Land Down Under, was the source of Melaleuca’s original product line in the 1980s, which incorporated Melaleuca oil as an essential ingredient.

I learned that its product lineup still features Melaleuca oil, but it’s only found in a few of its products today. Melaleuca has expanded to include a lot of other natural ingredients like citric acid and thyme as key ingredients in its household cleaners. The company has an array of eco-friendly cleaners, nutritional supplements, cosmetics, etc.  Some of their other products include healthy snacking options like microwave popcorn as well as bath and body soaps and lotions.

Still, Melaleuca oil holds a prominent role in the catalog, along with a large selection of other essential oils.  These “PURE Essential Oils” (as Melaleuca calls them) include staples like peppermint, lavender, lemon, frankincense, ginger, and many more. They also sell roll-on bottles so you can mix oils for your own custom blend and a diffuser (with colorful lights!), which smells wonderful.  Curiously, prices seem to be half the cost of what I pay at major suppliers for other oils. Not sure why, but hey, I’m always happy when I can save moolah (as long as I’m not sacrificing quality).

Cosmetics

Throughout my life, I’ve struggled with the moral dilemma of using cosmetics made in dirty factories that harm the environment, to make myself more “beautiful,” which is why I typically steer clear of “beautifying” cosmetics. Besides, beauty really is found within.

With that said, though, Melaleuca has a line of environmentally responsible cosmetics called Sei Bella.  

I’m not sure what to make of them because I’m not a make-up girl. However, I could see myself trying their hair care and skincare products. 

EcoSense

As mentioned earlier, the thing that started my Melaleuca kick in the first place was a green bottle of Sol-U-Guard Botanical. As it turns out, Sol-U-Guard is one of dozens of eco-friendly household cleaners that Melaleuca sells in what it calls “EcoSense” products. They include disinfecting and cleaning solutions for floors, counters, showers, tile, toilets,  and other surfaces. They even have laundry and dishwashing detergents.

If you use their EcoSense products, be prepared to don your Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle hat, because almost every Melaleuca cleaning product is intended for use with a reusable spray bottle or a reusable pump dispenser.

Their concentration story sets them apart. Instead of unnecessarily diluting its cleaners with water (which would waste bottle space and thereby cause more landfill garbage), Melaleuca sells cleaners in a super-concentrated form. I mean like 12x concentrated for some of their cleaners!

Walking the walk

Waterfall flowing into river surrounded by Melaleuca trees
Before I become a customer of any company, I research to learn how socially-responsible and eco-friendly they are.

Melaleuca’s product line seems impressive enough, but a large product line isn’t enough for me.

I continued to ask my friend questions about Melaleuca’s use of eco-friendly ingredients, their corporate social responsibility, and evidence of the effectiveness of their products.  You know . . . it’s easy to talk-the-talk, but does the company walk-the-walk?

When I went home, I followed up by going to Melaleuca’s website, which echoed the claim that the company is eco-friendly and uses natural ingredients.

I also believe being a socially-responsible company includes being involved with sensitive current events.

In 2020, it seems people don’t use 20/20 vision to see the social injustices around us. I was encouraged when I found a statement from Melaleuca’s CEO, who said: “I abhor the idea that anyone would disrespect another or treat them differently or even think of them differently simply because of the color of their skin.”

As I looked through other Facebook posts, it was also nice to learn that Melaleuca seems to be very engaged in supporting charitable causes, which isn’t all that unique for a company. In fact, it would raise my suspicions if a company weren’t involved in giving back to the community. But I was particularly pleased to learn that Melaleuca supports an orphanage in Ecuador for over a decade.

After all these years . . .

I may have stumbled upon an eco-friendly wellness company that checks all the boxes.

But one criticism is that you have to enroll as a Melaleuca club member to purchase their products, which really isn’t that strange. After all, I do that with my Costco membership.

Like shopping on Amazon, you place an order online, and Melaleuca ships the products to your home. If you’re a click-it-and-forget-it person, you can set your order to auto-renew each month, similar in concept to other monthly subscription services like Stich Fix or Dollar Shave Club.

My Melaleuca FAQs

Here are some of the answers I found while researching Melawhata 🙂

What are Melaleuca products?

Melaleuca is a wellness company that has over 450 wellness products in the categories of Home Cleaning, Personal Care, Nutrition, and Cosmetics.

What is Melaleuca oil?

Melaleuca oil comes from the Melaleuca tree in Australia. It is a natural pain reliever and antiseptic. Melaleuca sells Melaleuca oil, and that ingredient is in a small number of its products today.

Are Melaleuca products eco-friendly?

Melaleuca claims to make eco-friendly products. For example, their EcoSense cleaning and laundry products don’t use any harmful, toxic chemicals. Their EcoSense line is what intrigues me the most about this company.

What ingredients does Melaleuca use?

According to Melaleuca’s website, Melaleuca is a wellness company that uses “innovative scientific research to identify and amplify the many benefits of naturally-based ingredients and use those discoveries to create products that outperform national brands.”

Is Melaleuca an MLM?

No, Melaleuca is not an MLM. Melaleuca one of the world’s largest wellness shopping clubs, and people purchase products directly from the company catalog. It is also one of the largest e-commerce sites in North America.

Company Details:

Company name: Melaleuca Inc.

CEO: Frank L. VanderSloot

Founded: 1985

Address: 4609 West 65 Southth 83402 Idaho Falls, Idaho


Phone: (208) 522-0700

Email: info@melaleuca.com

Countries of operation: United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Poland, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand

Final Thought

Wellness is a very personal journey that requires very personal choices.  Everyone’s body and soul is unique.  Although Melaleuca appeals to me, it might not be right for you. That is something you have to experiment with and decide for yourself. Hopefully, though, this post about Melaleuca will help you familiarize yourself with the wellness products this environmentally-friendly company offers.   

I love the Arabian proverb (adjusted ever so slightly)  “She who has health has hope, and she who has hope has everything.” I believe finding products that work well with your body is a significant part of finding health (and by extension wellness).  And when you’ve discovered wellness, you’ve discovered hope. 

Namaste

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