It Works! is an MLM company offering a wide range of products that are intended to help promote weight loss, tighten and tone skin, enhance beauty, boost the physical experience, and improve overall health and wellness. That’s quite a claim — Let’s take a look and see if they make the cut.
Name: It Works!
Owners: Mark and Cindy Pentecost
Location: Florida, USA
Products: Body wraps, greens powder, skin care treatments, essential oils, KetoWorks supplements, Lifestyle probiotics and shakes
Price: Product prices vary. To join MLM: $99.00
Rating: 1.5 out of 5
What Happens When You Become A Distributor?
Here are the membership benefits received:
- Seven digital sample credits to start sending Skinny Brew samples
- 40% off all products
- 10% off your first purchase
- Unlimited access to tools, training, and applications
- Personalized website free first month; then a monthly subscription
In the Business Building Kit, you receive:
- Personalized website
- Access to eSuite for real-time reports, customer insights and more
- Promo code for 10% off It Works apparel, accessories, or business tools after joining
- Access to tools and apps that allow you to work from your phone any time, anywhere
- All-digital starter kit that allows you to start working from home immediately
- Seven Skinny Brew Sample Mailer Credits (three single service packets per sample mailer)
The price you pay to become a distributor is $99.00
You will also get a bonus for your first new team member. That person will get 50% off their Business Builder Kit.
In addition, you have access to a customer support team.
What Is The Compensation Plan?
The compensation plan if you join the MLM appears to be quite lucrative. I am including a video from YouTube that will explain it in detail.
What About The Products? What Do They Contain?
Here is an explanation of the key ingredients and what they provide. These are only a few, as the wraps alone contain 40 ingredients.
Green Tee Leaf Extract
Green tea provides antioxidants. EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) is one such antioxidant, and is a catechin. Research says that catechins in green tea can help in a weight loss program.
This ingredient comes from the Amazon basin in South America. It contains caffeine. It is said to help improve focus, concentration, energy levels, and can even boost metabolic rates.
A seaweed that is found in some traditional medicines. This seaweed contains high levels of iodine.
This one is a microalgae, also called blue-green algae, and is often used in greens supplements. It contains essential fatty acids, vitamin E, beta-carotene, B vitamins, protein, manganese, selenium, zinc, iron and copper, and 22 essential amino acids.
Has a diuretic and laxative effect.
This ingredient, from the freshwater areas of Japan and Taiwan, contains dietary fiber, vitamins, protein, and minerals. It is said to boost the immune system and improve mental functioning.
From barley grass comes vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, and antioxidants.
The three different amino acid types are:
- Essential amino acids
- Nonessential amino acids
- Conditional amino acid
Together, there are 20 different amino acides, found either in the body or food. Some of these may be found in these products.
This acid is an organic compound often used in supplements. Its purpose is to help boost ketone levels, putting the body into ketosis. In this metabolic state, the body uses fat as a source of fuel.
Plant Protein (pea and brown rice)
These give a vegetarian alternative to animal-based protein sources. The purpose of these is to suppress appetite and give higher energy levels and muscle building.
Probiotics are live micro-organisms or bacteria that help with overall digestive health and function. They may help boost immune system health as well.
These are concentrated aromatic compounds taken from plants. These essential oils are used in many products, such as fragrances, foods, cosmetics, drinks, soap and skin care, as well as in aromatherapy.
What Are The Marketing Claims For This Product?
There are 40 ingredients listed for the wraps. The company states that these wraps can:
- Tighten, tone and firm
- Minimize cellulite appearance
- Improve skin texture and tightness
- Results will be seen in 45 minutes
- Progressive results over 72 hours
There is no documented clinical research on the website that will support the It Works! marketing claims.
Do The Wraps Really Work?
First of all, I read many customer reviews of this product. These reviews are divided in their results, with some people saying the products worked really well and others saying they saw no results.
As for weight loss, there are some It Works! products that are to be used specifically for weight loss. Two of these products are ThermoFight and Metabolic Burn. Some of their ingredients have been shown to aid with weight reduction and fat loss. These ingredients include caffeine, green tea extract and chromium.
However, be forewarned that body wraps do not burn fat. Though the ingredients may cause a temporary localized tightening and moisturizing effect, this effect does not lead to long-term and lasting weight or fat loss.
The company even tells you that you can counteract the good results from the Ultimate Body Applicator by eating poorly and not getting regular exercise.
So, if you want these products to help make a permanent change, you need to help them by getting proper nutrition and exercise. It’s the combination that is effective.
Does It Reduce Cellulite?
There is no evidence that It Works! wraps can reduce cellulite. Because the product produces a temporary cosmetic skin tightening, it might reduce the appearance of cellulite.
However, to really lose it, you need to exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet.
How Long Do The Results Last?
The company says the products give “results that last.” However, this vague statement does not tell you exactly how long the results last. Is it always 72 hours, as the website states? Have they researched to learn answers to these questions? Are results consistent for most people?
Are These Products Safe?
Ingredients used in the products appear to be ones that will not harm you. However, with 40 different plant extracts and other ingredients, there is always a risk of allergic reactions.
Read ingredients carefully to make sure there are none that you know might produce a negative reaction.
There are some general product warnings given as to who should use these products. Be aware before you buy. Here’s the list:
- It Works! supplements are intended for individuals 18 years of age and older.
- Pregnant or nursing women should not use the products, unless directed by a doctor.
- The FDA has not evaluated statements made regarding It Works! products.
- If you have any serious adverse reactions, stop using the product immediately and consult a doctor.
- Ask your doctor before using a supplement or wrap if you are already on a prescription medication/drug.
- Consult your doctor prior to using any It Works! products if you have a medical condition.
- Don’t use It Works! Ultimate Body Applicator or wraps on damaged or broken skin.
- Use the products only as directed on the label or the website.
Where Can You Buy These Products?
You can obtain products through the official website or from a distributor. Some of the products are also available on Amazon.
Prices vary on products, ranging from $5 to $179. There is a long list of products with a wide range of price.
Is There A Money-Back Guarantee?
The company makes no guarantees that the product works. You are told that different people will have different results. Customers are advised to follow the directions on each of the products you receive.
You can get a refund only if the product is unopened and unused. This applies to both customers and distributors. If you are a distributor and want to leave the company, you can return any unused and unopened products for a refund.
It Works! offers a wide array of products
They have been in business for a long time — since 2001
Products contain some good ingredients
MLM compensation plan looks lucrative
You can only return unopened or unused products; otherwise, no refunds
Numerous complaints posted online about their customer service
A large percentage of users say products do not work as advertised.
You may be disappointed in results, as they are temporary
If you go on autoship and cancel, there is a fee of $50
If you need to tone up quickly to look good for a special event, these products might be helpful. However, unless you change your whole diet and exercise program, they won’t do you much long-term good. Changes are temporary.
They may get you off to a good start, and used in conjunction with a diet/exercise program, they might be helpful.
However, personally, I am not interested in a product that provides only temporary results. I believe I’ll pass on this one.