Arbonne Protein Powder and Shakes Reviews

While doing research for this article and looking at Arbonne protein powder reviews online, I had some reservations. I’m friends with people who sell it, and they’re generally very passionate about Arbonne’s shakes and other products. And I sell a plant-based protein powder of my own, so this opens the door for potential bias.

So first off, let me say I have always thought of Arbonne as a good company that has helped a lot of people lead healthier lives.

But the goal of every review post I write is to present the facts based on my analysis of the nutrition label and ingredients list.

Unfortunately, I was not impressed with what I discovered about most Arbonne protein powder and shakes. See below to learn why.

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Arbonne Protein Powder Review

Similar to my other reviews, I am reviewing Arbonne protein powders based on health and nutrition … NOT taste.

This is what I look for in a healthy protein powder:

The ingredients Arbonne uses in its protein powders may not be as clean as you might think.

Here’s proof …

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Arbonne Feel Fit Pea Protein Shake MixArbonne Essentials Daily Protein Boost
Calories16050
Grams of Protein 20 10
Protein Source(s) Pea protein, rice protein, cranberry protein Pea protein, rice protein, cranberry protein
Grams of Sugar 7 0
Free of “Natural” FlavorsNoYes
Free of Gums & ThickenersNoYes
OrganicNoNo
VeganYes Yes
Cost Per Gram $.06 $.06

The Arbonne Essentials Daily Protein Boost actually looks like a decent product and I like the protein blend. It’s unflavored though and not organic.

Arbonne also has an “Ingredients Policy” page that states:

Being Certified Arbonne Clean  begins with the ingredients that we use, taking the best from nature, and embracing the idea that healthy living starts from the inside out — what we choose to include in a product is just as important as what we choose to put on our skin or in our bodies. We choose carefully, so you can feel safe in the knowledge that we’ve done the research.

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After reviewing the ingredients in Arbonne’s protein powders and shakes, my problem is not what they formulate without, as stated above … it’s what they formulate their protein powders with.

If you dig into the ingredients list on Arbonne’s flavored protein powders and shakes, there are some things clean eaters should be very concerned about:

1. Arbonne Protein Powders Have 7 Grams of Sugar

Cane sugar is the #2 ingredient after the protein blend in Arbonne Essential Protein Powder (now called FeelFit Pea Protein Shake). Huge red flag. Might as well drink a milkshake.

2. Arbonne Essentials Protein Powder Has “Natural” Flavors

Natural flavors are chemical-filled junk and they’re definitely NOT natural. Read my article “What Are Natural Flavors?” if you want to know more about this mystery ingredient.

Bottom line: “natural” flavors can contain hundreds of different ingredients that food companies don’t have to disclose to you. Many of these are chemicals in standard “flavors.” Not saying Arbonne uses them but it’s worth asking them where their flavors come from and how they’re made.

3. Arbonne’s Proteins Have Gums, Fillers, and Other Highly Processed, Artificial Ingredients

Arbonne Protein Powders (and most others on the market) contain processed thickeners, fillers, gums that can cause gut health issues.

​Arbonne FeelFit Protein Powder Nutrition Facts and Ingredients

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Ingredients: Arbonne Protein Matrix Blend (pea protein isolate, cranberry protein, rice protein), cane sugar, cocoa, natural flavors, gum arabic, sunflower oil, chicory root, stevia leaf extract, xanthan gum, flax seed, guar gum, modified tapioca starch, dicalcium phosphate, tricalcium phosphate, rice hulls, water, sodium ascorbate, tocopherol, silicon dioxide.

​Arbonne Essentials Daily Protein Boost Nutrition Facts and Ingredients

Arbonne Essentials Daily Protein Boost Nutrition

Let’s wrap this up …

Arbonne Protein Powder Reviews Summed Up

Based on my nutrition and ingredients analysis, I recommend avoiding Arbonne FeelFit Protein Shake Mix (formerly Arbonne Essentials Protein Shake Mix). I do, however, recommend the Arbonne Essentials Daily Protein Boost.

20 thoughts on “Arbonne Protein Powder and Shakes Reviews

  1. A. Rein says:

    Your summation mixes up the Arbonne Protein Shake Mix and the Daily Protein Boost. Previously, your comparisons show that the Boost is the one without sugar, gums, etc. so I’m guessing that’s the only one you would use, not the Protein Shake Mix.

    • Scott (Founder, Pure Food Company) says:

      Thanks for letting me know about this … I fixed it. Arbonne Essentials is the one with zero sugar and junk ingredients. That’s the only one I recommend.

  2. S says:

    New to your blog, can you tell us which you do recommend. I struggle with sugar and know it hurts me when it comes to inflammation. Any suggestions on nutritious shakes for very active gardeners who will give me what I need when I don’t have time to eat (because I’d rather garden)

  3. Peggy Nelson says:

    I’ve been on the Arbonne detox program for 6 days. At the end of the 1st day, I broke out hives! It has spread out on the arms, breast , thighs and stomach (but mainly the arms!!) Could it be the powdered shakes? I don’t want to quit the regimen but these hives are TERRIBLE! Anybody else get hives during detox?

  4. Robin says:

    Thank you, I too had looked at the ingredients and was disappointed. As soon as I took the shakes I became gassy and uncomfortabe. I always watch my sugar intake. Then I saw the fillers and the sugar cane and all the fillers etc. I was told to add more greens to balance it. That isn’t right in my mind. I wanted to eat clean and thought this was a good source for my protein shakes. Disappointed and feeling a little duped.

  5. Michelle says:

    Are you addressing ARBORNNE here? Or Orgain? Your post is conflicting.
    “1. Arbonne Shakes Have Way Too Much Sugar

    The sugar content in Orgain Shakes is crazy high:

    Arbonne Protein Shake Mix: 9 grams
    Arbonne Ready to Drink Shake: 11 grams

    Cane sugar is the #2 ingredient in each of these products after the protein blend. Huge red flag. Might as well drink a milkshake.”

  6. Marsha Jackson says:

    I have tried many protein powers and Arbonne is the only one that taste good and mixes well. Yes, there are other powers that may have better ingredients BUT if I can’t get them down or they don’t stay down due to the taste and/or it’s inability to dissolve, I’m not going to use them. So, Arbonne has been the lesser of the evils, so far. Can you recommend another product with good taste and dissolves well?

    • Scott Christ says:

      Marsha – in order to dissolve well, most protein powders add gums and fillers. Since I don’t evaluate powders on the basis of taste, I’m probably not the best person to answer that question. My product doesn’t have these things, so it’s a little grittier. If Arbonne works for you, then by all means keep using it.