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DuoLife is an MLM company that sells dietary supplements and personal care products.

The company has its headquarters in Poland, but it does business all over Europe and North America.

DuoLife was co-founded in 2012 by Bartosz Królikowski, Piotr Pacyga, Norbert Janeczek and Lukasz Godyń.

Bartosz Królikowski is the President of the Board and is in charge of DuoLife.

As per Królikowski’s DuoLife corporate bio, he’s

held the position of President of the Board from the very beginning of DuoLife.

He uses the many years of experience he gained working for some of the world’s largest companies and as a co-owner, member of the board, and managing director of Polish companies to make DuoLife work better.

In his corporate bio for DuoLife Ireland, we learn a bit more about Królikowski’s past.

worked at a law firm as a limited partner. He also invests, and he owns a lot of property all over Poland.

I tried to find out about Królikowski’s MLM background, but I came up empty. This could be because of language problems.

Find out more about DuoLife’s MLM opportunity by reading on.

The Products of DuoLife
DuoLife sells a wide range of health supplements and products for personal care.

Nutritional Supplements
A 750 ml bottle of DuoLife Fiber costs $47.50. It has a complex of soluble dietary fiber from as many as 4 sources, as well as branded formulas of plant extracts.
A box of 20 single-serve sachets of DuoLife Fiber Powder costs $47.50. It contains “a complex of soluble dietary fiber from as many as 4 sources (in the form of branded ingredients) as well as a proprietary, branded nucleotide formula with the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.”
The prebiotic/probiotic “dietary supplement” DuoLife Clinical Formula ProBactilardii, which comes in two capsules that work together, costs $73.
A bottle of 60 capsules of DuoLife Medical Formula ProImmuno, which “can directly help the body fight against viral and bacterial infections,” costs $37.
A bottle of 60 capsules of DuoLife Medical Formula ProMigren costs $33. It is “the perfect source of substances that help the central nervous system work normally.”
A bottle of 60 capsules of DuoLife Medical Formula ProCholterol costs $33. It is “a rich source of natural substances that help regulate cholesterol level and keep it at a healthy level.”
A bottle of 60 capsules of DuoLife Medical Formula ProSugar costs $33. It is “a rich source of natural vitamins, minerals, macro and microelements.”
A bottle of 60 capsules of DuoLife Medical Formula ProDeacid costs $33. It is “rich in vitamins, micro- and macro-elements, and the elements the body needs to work well.”
A bottle of 60 capsules of DuoLife Medical Formula ProRelaxin, which “helps to calm your nerves, makes it easier to fall asleep, and restores emotional balance,” costs $33.
DuoLife Medical Formula ProSlimer “helps you lose weight in a healthy way. It helps the body’s metabolism, reduces fat tissue, and keeps the water balance in check. A bottle of 60 capsules costs $33.
A bottle of 60 capsules of DuoLife Medical Formula ProStik costs $33 and “supports the health of muscles and joints, as well as their flexibility and mobility.”
A bottle of 60 capsules of DuoLife Medical Formula ProSelect, which is “high in polyphenols, oxindole alkaloids, tannins, sterols, and acetogenins,” can be bought for $33.
A bottle of 60 capsules of DuoLife Medical Formula ProCardiol, which is “a rich source of natural substances that protect the whole circulatory system,” can be bought for $33.
A bottle of 60 capsules of DuoLife Medical Formula BorelissPro costs $33. It is a good source of phenolic compounds, chlorogene acid, iridoids, and alkaloids.
A box of 30 capsules of DuoLife Clinical Formula ProOptical, which is “a source of natural compounds that protect the eyes,” can be bought for $67.50.
A 750 ml bottle of DuoLife My Blood, which is made of “100% natural vitamins, minerals, and fruit and vegetable extracts,” costs $51.
A 750 ml bottle of DuoLife Keratin Hair Complex costs $61 and “helps your hair grow, stops hair loss, and gives your hair more density and volume.”
The DuoLife Day and Night Set costs $106 for two 750 ml bottles. It has a “unique composition of natural ingredients that supports the work of individual systems based on the daily cycle” (one day, one night)
A 750 ml bottle of DuoLife Aloes costs $33 and “ensures full regeneration of the body.”
A 750 ml bottle of DuoLife Chlorofil costs $33 and is “the answer for those who want to keep their body in the best shape for as long as possible.”
A 750 ml bottle of DuoLife Collagen costs $44 and is “rich in antioxidants that keep skin firm and supple, protect it from premature aging, and improve the health of your hair and nails.”
DuoLife Vita C is sold for $33 for a 750 ml bottle and says it will “boost (your) mood and fill in their vitamin and mineral gaps.”
A 250 ml bottle of DuoLife RegenOil Liquid Gold costs $43 and has a “unique composition and use of 13 unrefined, cold-pressed vegetable oils.”
SunVital Natural KIDS Formula “syrup contains natural plant substances and organic zinc” and sells for $22 for a 150 ml bottle.
Shape Code Protein Shake, which is called “the latest generation protein shake,” costs $49 for a 700 g pouch or $4.25 for a 35 g pouch.
Shape Code Slim Shake is sold for $108 for a 750 g pouch or $4 for a 25 g pouch. It is “the right offer for everyone who wants to keep a beautiful, slim figure.”
Shape Code Best Flavors A 100-gram pouch of Coffee/Caramel, which is meant to be added to vanilla and cream shakes, sells for $24.90.
DuoLife also sells, for $8, a set of branded “glass shots” that are meant to be used with its liquid supplements.

A fitness-focused clothing line with the “Shape Code” brand goes well with the Shape Code products:

You can also buy supplements from DuoLife in different discounted bundles.

Personal Care
DuoLife Beauty Care Aloes Shower Gel costs $18 for a 200 ml tube and says it will “revitalize your skin with its extraordinary shower gel and wake up your senses with its sensual scent.”
Toothpaste Set, DuoLife Day & Night Beauty Care: “effective, silica-free toothpastes enriched with a huge amount of nutrients,” sells for $18 for two 50 ml tubes (day/night).
A 200 ml tube of DuoLife Keratin Hair Complex Advanced Formula Shampoo costs $25.70. It is a “cosmetic designed for hair that is falling out, dry, damaged, has split ends, and lacks shine.”
A 200 ml tub of DuoLife Keratin Hair Complex Advanced Formula Conditioner, which is called “an SOS for hair” and costs $32.90, is called “a revitalizing SOS for hair.”
A 200 ml tub of DuoLife Beauty Care Chlorofil Body Scrub costs $23.90 and is made with “the best ingredients that stimulate microcirculation while also cleaning skin and improving its ability to absorb.”
A 200-ml tub of DuoLife Beauty Care Collagen Body Butter costs $23.90. It has “an exceptional combination of three forms of hyaluronic acid.”
DuoLife Beauty Care Vita C Hand Cream is sold for $9.90 for a 75 ml tube and says it is “an excellent rejuvenating therapy for your skin and hands.”
Personal care products from DuoLife are also sold in sample bundles.

The pay plan for DuoLife
The compensation paperwork for DuoLife is badly written and way too complicated.

I have done my best to explain the confusing mess in a way that is easier to understand below.

Affiliate Ranks of DuoLife
In DuoLife’s compensation plan, there are thirteen ranks for affiliates.

Here are their names and the qualifications they need to meet:

Group Leader: Find and keep three affiliates, each of whom is placed in a unilevel team leg that sells at least $125 per month (includes your own sales volume)
Junior Team Leader: Keep three affiliates you recruited yourself and make and keep $1000 GV a month.
Team Leader: Keep three affiliates that you personally recruited and make and keep $2000 GV a month.
Executive Leader: Keep three affiliates that you personally recruited and make and keep $6250 GV a month.
Regional Manager: Keep three affiliates that you personally recruited and make and keep $12,500 GV a month.
Senior Manager: Keep three affiliates that you personally recruited and make and keep $25,000 GV a month.
Regional Director: Keep three affiliates that you personally recruited and make and keep $50,000 GV a month.
National Director: Keep three affiliates that you personally recruited and make and keep $100,000 GV a month.
International Director: Keep three affiliates that you personally recruited and make and keep $200,000 GV a month.
General Director: Keep three affiliates that you personally recruited and make and keep $400,000 GV a month.
Vice President: Find and keep five affiliates with the rank of Regional Director or higher, and make and keep $750,000 GV a month.
President: Find and keep seven affiliates with the rank of Regional Director or higher, and make and keep $1,500,000 GV a month.
Global President: Find and keep nine Regional Directors or higher-ranking affiliates and make and keep $2.5 million GV a month.
Affiliates you bring in must be making either $62.50 (restricted) or $125 (full) PV a month for them to count toward qualification criteria.

They must also have at least $125 a month coming in from unilevel team legs.

PV stands for “Personal Volume,” which is the amount of sales made by an affiliate’s own purchases and retail sales.

Group Volume, or GV, is the PV that an affiliate and their downline make together.

Note that from Junior Team Leader, no single unilevel team leg can give more than 60% of the required GV.

How to Get an MLM Commission
Affiliates of DuoLife must do the following to get MLM commissions:

maintain a product order of $62.50 a month (restricted commission eligibility), or maintain a product order of $125 a month (full commission eligibility)
Note that DuoLife counts a month from the 15th of one month to the 16th of the next.

Retail Commissions
Affiliates of DuoLife get a cut of the sale price of products sold to retail customers.

The difference between the wholesale price and the retail price of a product is used to figure out the retail commission.

Commissions that keep coming back (“discount structure”)
DuoLife calls residual unilevel commissions a “discount structure” for some reason.

This makes it harder to figure out what the commission rates are.

Any way you look at it, a unilevel compensation structure puts an affiliate at the top of a unilevel team, with every affiliate they personally recruit right under them (level 1):

If an affiliate on level 1 brings in new affiliates, those new affiliates join the original affiliate’s unilevel team on level 2.

If any level 2 affiliates bring in new affiliates, they move to level 3, and so on until there are no more levels to go down.

DuoLife doesn’t explain how residual commissions are paid out or how many levels down they go. Instead, it just sets limits on how much you can earn.

These limits on how much a DuoLife affiliate can earn in residual commissions depend on how much they spend each month and how many people they’ve signed up.

Affiliates who aren’t allowed to bring in new members can earn up to €37.50 in residual commissions.
Affiliates who don’t bring in any new members can make up to €75 in residual commissions.
Restricted affiliates who recruit and keep one affiliate and generate and keep one $125 total volume unilevel team leg can earn up to €62.50 EUR in residual commissions.
Full affiliates who bring in and keep one affiliate and make and keep one $125 total volume unilevel team leg can earn up to €125 EUR in residual commissions.
Affiliates who are limited can earn up to €125 EUR in residual commissions if they bring in and keep two affiliates and make and keep two $125 total volume unilevel team legs.
Full affiliates who bring in and keep two affiliates and make and keep two $125 total volume unilevel team legs can earn up to €250 EUR in residual commissions.
Full affiliates who bring in and keep three affiliates and bring in and keep three $125 total volume unilevel team legs do not have a cap on how much they can earn in residual commissions.
Note that DuoLife’s documentation doesn’t say for how long the above limits on earning apply. I think it’s once a month.

Affiliates that have been recruited can either be limited or full.

Commissions for Recruiting (expandable matrix)
DuoLife pays residual recruitment commissions via an expandable 3×6 matrix.

In a 36 matrix, an affiliate is at the top, and three positions are right below them:

The first level of the matrix is made up of these three spots. The second level of the matrix is made by dividing each of the first three positions into three more.

Residual commissions are paid out as a percentage of the sales volume made across the matrix.

level 1 (3 positions) – 5% level 2 (9 positions) – 4% level 3 (27 positions) – 4% level 4 (81 positions) – 3% level 5 (243 positions) – 3% level 6 (729 positions) – 2%
From the rank of Team Leader, the matrix seems to change into a standard, unrestricted one-level team structure.

Bonus for Generation
DuoLife pays a Generation Bonus using the same unilevel compensation structure that it uses to pay residual commissions (see above).

In a unilevel team leg, DuoLife says that a generation has happened when an affiliate with the same rank or a higher rank is found in the leg.

The Generation Bonus is a percentage of the sales volume generated down to the first-ranked affiliate.

Using this structure, the following is how the Generation Bonus is paid out:

A 6% Generation Bonus is given to team leaders.
A 4% Generation Bonus (up to 10%) is given to Executive Leaders.
Regional Managers get a 4% (up to 14%) Generation Bonus.
A 3% Generation Bonus (up to 17%) is given to senior managers.
Regional Directors get a 3% (up to 20%) Generation Bonus.
National Directors get a 2% Generation Bonus, up to a maximum of 22%.
International Directors get a Generation Bonus of 1.5% (up to a maximum of 23.5%).
General Directors get a 0.5% (up to 24.5%) Generation Bonus.
Vice Presidents get a Generation Bonus of 0.5% (up to a maximum of 25.5%).
A 0.5% Generation Bonus (up to 26%) is given to the Global President.
The following is what DuoLife’s compensation plan says about the “max” Generation Bonus amounts:

The commissions from different jobs add up. The Regional Manager (RM) gets 4% more as the Executive Leader (EL) from the open line and 6% more as the Team Leader (TL) from the open line.

It sounds like the “max” amount is paid out. I’m not sure, though, if it’s a coded bonus or not. I.e., the percentage of commissions paid out is based on where the affiliate is in the generation.

Mathematically, this makes more sense, but DuoLife’s pay paperwork isn’t clear on this point.

Well, it is, but what was said above makes no sense.

Bonus for Loyalty
The Loyalty Bonus from DuoLife gives affiliates products that are only €1 EUR cheaper as a reward.

To get the Loyalty Bonus, DuoLife affiliates must keep a $62.50 or $125 autoship order going every month.

Recruitment Commissions
Affiliates of DuoLife get a “margin commission” when the first order is made by an affiliate they brought in.

The only thing DuoLife says about their commission rates is that

The amount of the commission depends on how much a New Club Member you brought in spends on their first order. It also depends on how much the products are marked up.

Note that the “MLM commission qualification” criteria listed above do not apply to DuoLife recruitment commissions.

Bonus Pools
DuoLife puts 11.5% of the total sales volume of the company into each of four bonus pools.

Here’s how Golden Group Leader and higher-ranked affiliates can get a piece of the pools:

Each Golden Group Leader gets the same amount of a 1.5% bonus pool.
Junior Team Leaders all get the same amount of a 1.5% bonus pool.
Team Leaders all get the same amount of a 2% bonus pool.
Each executive leader gets the same amount of a 1.5% bonus pool.
Each international director gets the same amount of a 1% bonus pool.
General Directors each get the same amount of a 1% bonus pool (includes share in International Director pool)
Each vice president gets the same amount of a 1% bonus pool (includes shares in International Director and General Director pool)
Each president gets the same amount of a 1% bonus pool (includes shares in International Director, General Director and Vice President pools)
All of the world’s presidents get the same share of a 1% bonus pool (includes shares in International Director, General Director, Vice President and President pools)
The amount in the bonus pool is calculated and paid out every month.

Multiple Income Positions
Regional Directors and other high-ranking DuoLife affiliates have more than one way to make money.

Regional directors get one more way to make money (total 2)
National Directors get another way to make more money (total 3)
International Directors get another way to make extra money (total 4)
Generation Directors get another way to make more money (total 5)
Vice Presidents get another way to make more money (total 6)
Presidents get another source of extra income (total 7)
Presidents of countries around the world get an extra paycheck (total 8)
Each additional DuoLife income position works like a new affiliate position, as long as it meets the rank requirements.

Bonus for Matching
From what I can tell, Regional Directors and higher-ranked affiliates get a Matching Bonus on “position-based commissions” (???) made by their downline Regional Directors and higher-ranked affiliates.

The Matching Bonus is paid out using the same unilevel structure that is used to pay out residual commissions (see above):

Regional Directors get a 30% match on the first Regional Director or higher-ranked affiliate in a unilevel team leg.
National Directors get a 30% match on the first Regional Director or higher ranked affiliate in a unilevel team leg and 15% on the second.
In a unilevel team leg, International Directors get a 30% match on the first Regional Director or higher ranked affiliate, 15% on the second, and 10% on the third.
In a unilevel team leg, General Directors get a 30% match on the first Regional Director or higher-ranked affiliate, 15% on the second, 10% on the third, and 7.5% on the fourth.
Vice Presidents get a 30% match on the first Regional Director or higher ranked affiliate in a unilevel team leg, 15% on the second, 10% on the third, 7.5% on the fourth, and 2.5% on the fifth.
Presidents get a 30% match on the first Regional Director or higher ranked affiliate in a unilevel team leg, 15% on the second, 10% on the third, 7.5% on the fourth, and 2.5% on the fifth and sixth.
Global Presidents get a 30% match on the first Regional Director or higher ranked affiliate in a unilevel team leg, 15% on the second, 10% on the third, 7.5% on the fourth, and 2.5% on the fifth through seventh.
Keep in mind that DuoLife counts Matching Bonus levels anywhere in a unilevel team leg.

Fast Start Bonus
The Fast Start Bonus is a reward for getting to the levels of Team Leader and Executive Leader within a certain amount of time.

Become a Team Leader in the first 30 days after signing up and you’ll get €250.
if you become a Team Leader within 60 days of signing up, you’ll get €125. If you become an Executive Leader within 60 days of signing up, you’ll get €500.
Within 90 days of signing up, become an Executive Leader and get a €250 EUR car bonus and trips.
In its compensation paperwork, DuoLife talks about both a “Car Bonus” and a “DuoLife Trips Program.”

No specifics are given.

To become a DuoLife affiliate, you have to buy at least $125 worth of products.

A minimum order of $62.50 of DuoLife products can also get you a limited affiliate membership.

Affiliates with limited access to DuoLife can get lower commission rates.

The End of DuoLife
When looking at DuoLife, there are two things that stand out like a sore thumb: the medical claims they make about their products and the awful way they pay their distributors.

Let’s start with what’s obvious: if you call your products “medical formula,” it sounds like they are like medicine.

The FTC Act says that it’s on purpose and against the law. If DuoLife was only sold in Poland, I might let them off the hook if Poland didn’t bother to regulate it.

But DuoLife only sells and operates in the US, and it’s not a good idea to call your nutritional supplement “medical formula.”

Then there’s the requirement to jump on the COVID-19 bandwagon.

Sure enough, ProImmuno was made by DuoLife a few months into the pandemic.

Even though DuoLife doesn’t say that ProImmuno can treat COVID-19, they make it sound like it can.

Can the ProImmuno supplement’s ingredients help protect the body from infections like the flu or Covid-19?

The ProImmuno supplement was made based on a number of scientific contributions, including research done in 2020.

In light of these, the bioactive plant ingredients in the preparation may help the body stay in good shape and keep its immune system strong.

When your immune, respiratory, and cardiovascular systems all work well, you have a lot of “starting capital” that helps you protect yourself and fight off infections like the flu and those caused by coronaviruses.

The way a viral infection goes depends a lot on how the body was before it got sick.

To be clear, there isn’t a single study that has been reviewed by experts that shows ProImmuno protects against or stops COVID-19.

This is just wrong advertising on the part of DuoLife.

Since DuoLife makes illegal medical claims about its own products, it’s not surprising that it doesn’t care how its affiliates market:

Even though DuoLife has a lot of doctors on its “scientific board,” the company doesn’t have a single medical study for any of its products that has been reviewed by other doctors.

Anyone who says that DuoLife’s products have medical benefits without proof is breaking the law.

Other, less dangerous marketing quirks include “DuoLife My Blood,” which is a terrible name. It’s a multivitamin. Couldn’t you come up with a less gross name for it?

Then there’s DuoLife Cholorphyll, which is “the answer for those who want to keep their bodies in the best shape for as long as possible.”

Keeping my body in the best shape possible keeps me up at night. Good to know there is a cure for DuoLife.

I didn’t look too deeply into the prices. I did notice, though, that $47.50 for a 750 ml bottle of liquid fiber that has already been mixed is pretty crazy. Even though it costs the same for twenty servings, the powder version isn’t much better.

If that’s how DuoLife prices things in general, you’re getting ripped off.

That might not matter to DuoLife’s affiliates, since retail isn’t their main focus.

It is clear that DuoLife’s compensation plan is based on people signing up with a purchase, agreeing to autoship ($125 or you lose your commissions), and then recruiting others who do the same.

Yes, retail is possible, but that isn’t enough. It also needs to be profitable.

DuoLife looks like a pyramid scheme because affiliate membership is tied to buying products:

After you sign up and fill out your information in the DuoLife system, you are taken to the online shop.

There, you can choose the most interesting items from the wide range of items in the Shop.

You get the Consumer Level Activity if you buy something worth between 250 and 499 points.

You get the Business Level Activity if you buy something worth 500 points or more.

Autoship recruitment happens when monthly active requirements are met:

All of the purchases you make in a given Settlement Period are part of your Monthly Activity.

Business Level: at least 500 points

$500 is 500 points. From this, you can see that it doesn’t matter what or how much DuoLife sells. If you buy something for $125 or more, you can get commissions from people you bring in who do the same.

As a regular person, it might be hard to figure that out. I can’t say this enough: the compensation paperwork from DuoLife is awful.

It is easily one of the worst MLM compensation plans I’ve seen in the last couple of years. And that’s just one of many.

Seriously, if you can’t explain your pay in 84 pages, you need to throw away what you have and figure out where you went wrong.

The paperwork about DuoLife’s pay is a jumbled mess that doesn’t make sense even when things are going well.

Take the Matching Bonus. You get paid a share of the sales volume of your downline across multiple ranks. Simple.

Even though it’s not hard, here’s what DuoLife wants people to figure out;

Matching Bonus is tied to your own Recommendation Lines and lets you earn a certain percentage of the Director or President pay in your own Recommendation Line, which is based on the Position-based commission.

After looking at that sentence for a good ten minutes, I now know what it means. But is your average affiliate going above and beyond the pay plan? There’s no hope in hell.

And that’s just one paragraph. There are a lot more like it in DuoLife’s 84-page compensation novel.

DuoLife fails the headache test in a big way, and that’s enough for me to give it a hard pass. When you add in the shady way the “medical formula” product is marketed, there’s nothing here that can be saved.

For a business that has been around for nine years, none of this makes sense. Avoid!

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