Q-Sciences MLM Review: Scam, Pyramid Scheme, or Legit?

Welcome to my Qsciences MLM Review.

You probably came to this page because you wonder if Qsciences is a pyramid scheme or legit.

No need to worry you’re in the right place for the answers to these questions.

Over the last few years, I’ve been busy creating reviews about all kinds of online products.

Some turned out to be fake others were legit ways to make money online but in the process, I learned how to spot scams.

In this post, I’ll show you absolutely everything you need to know about Qsciences and after reading it you’ll know exactly if you should give it a chance.

Q Sciences Review Overview

Name: Q Sciences
Website: qsciences.com
Founder: Jimmy Kossert and Marc Wilson, Darren Hogge
Business Opportunity: MLM Program
Earning Potential: Low
Risk: High
Price: $49,95 + Monthly quota (detailed explanation in the post)

Qsciences is an MLM company that distributes and sells products for health, wealth, and wellness-related products. Q Sciences can’t be called a traditional pyramid scheme (from a legal perspective).

That being said, the financial risk of becoming a Q Sciences is high. You have to pay $49,95 just to become a member followed by a monthly fee of at least $100 without any guarantee of succeeding.

Unless you’re sure that you have what it takes to succeed with Q Sciences I wouldn’t recommend it. I can only see a few specific groups succeeding with this MLM program.
Similar to: Optavia MLMAnovite MLMTranont MLMTropic MLMNavan Global MLMVelovita MLMPurium MLMUnicity MLM
Recommended: No

What is Q Sciences?

Q Sciences a.k.a. Quintessential Biosciences is a wellness company that focuses on providing high-quality nutritional products and promoting overall well-being.

Qsciences was founded in 2012, by Jimmy Kossert and Marc Wilson, Darren Hogge, and Anthony Stephan with the mission to improve the lives of individuals by providing innovative wellness products and promoting a holistic approach to health.

Their flagship product back then was a supplement called eMPower Plus 96 an improved version of Anthony Stephens his original supplement Empower Plus which was designed with the thought of treating his children their mental disorders.

According to Anthony Stephan was a better alternative than modern science to treat mental illnesses.

Darren, Marc, and Anthony ended their corporation leaving only Darren and Marc behind with Q Sciences. They decided to invest in hemp-based products, nutritional supplements, vitamins, and minerals.

Currently, Q Sciences headquarters is based at 365 Garden Grove Lane, Suite 200Pleasant Grove, UT 84062 USA.

Qsciences lawsuits & Controversies

While Qsciences seems like a fine company it has had its share of controversies.

In 2020, the DSSRC referred  Q Sciences to the FTC and Utah Attorney General because of some of the claims that were stated in their marketing having to do with the effects of their products on covid-19 and how much distributors were earning.

  • “Who wouldn’t want a spray that boosts their immune system during a pandemic??? Give me all the sprays”
  • “Helps with pain, inflammation, feelings of sadness, sleep issues, IMMUNITY-just to name a few”
  • “There are several different sprays including immune system boosting (which is a great thing when we are living in a Pandemic and have so many other sicknesses we want to protect ourselves from).”
  • “I have everything you need to keep yourself and your family healthy during the CrAzY CoRoNa times!”
  • “Now more than ever it is important to boost your immune system!”

The DSSRC also contacted the FTC in regards to a post on the Q Sciences website claiming you could make a full-time income through their business opportunity.

There are laws governing against making such claims about your products. The same goes for the opportunity to know the stats of this business which I’ll discuss later in this post.

Source: Direct selling newsBBB National Programs

Is Q Sciences an MLM and how does it work?

Q Sciences is a company that distributes nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals, and hemp-based products. Instead of directly selling it to consumers they have chosen to use the MLM model which gives you the choice to earn money by:

  • Selling the products for a commission
  • Recruiting people to earn bonuses.

What is MLM?

MLM (a.k.a network marketing or direct selling) stands for multi-level marketing.

According to Wikipedia, multi-level marketing is a marketing strategy for selling products or services where the revenue is derived from a non-salaried workforce.

As a part of this workforce, you sell the products from the company, and/or recruit people to do the same thing. This group of people you recruit will work under you and is referred to as your downline.

The bigger your downline is the more money you can earn passively (technically speaking) because you’re getting paid a percentage based on the performance of your downline.

This also means the person that recruited you which is called your upline is making money based on your performance.

The act of recruiting turns an MLM company into a pyramid-shaped organization where the first people to join make the most and are on the top of the pyramid and those last to join are at the bottom.

MLM tree diagram

Source: Wikipedia

MLMs have been around for a long time. There are Multi-level marketing companies active today that were founded in the 1950s. MLM has a lot in common with pyramid schemes, so scammers often use MLM to disguise their pyramid schemes.

Is it absolutely necessary to recruit people? No.

You can also stick to just selling products you can order at wholesale price and re-sell to make a profit. This is easier said than done for multiple reasons which is why most members try to recruit others so they can earn more money.

How to join Q Sciences

You have to be introduced by a member or you can sign-up through the website and pay the $49,95 starters fee.

After that, you can become a Q Sciences distributor by following these 3 steps.

Step 1: Purchase a starter kit (Optional)

Step 2: Sign the agreement

Step 3: Recieve training & Start Sharing

Who can benefit from Qsciences?

Who would benefit from joining the QSciences MLM program:

  • Expert salesmen
  • Expert recruiters
  • People that already have an audience

Who shouldn’t join the Qsciences MLM program:

  • People that hate sales jobs.
  • People that hate recruiting
  • People that don’t have the budget for it
  • People that expect to earn passive income
  • People that expect to earn a full-time income

Is Q Sciences a pyramid scheme?

To answer this question we need to know what a pyramid scheme is.

What is a pyramid scheme?

A pyramid scheme is a type of scam where people are promised money for joining the scheme and recruiting other people instead of selling products and services.

No selling of a product or service is involved whatsoever.

So you might be wondering where the money comes from.

The people that join are expected to pay a one-time or a monthly fee and in exchange for that, they get a percentage of the fee of everyone they recruit after.

The remaining money goes to the creators at the top of the pyramid.

The problem with this model is from a mathematical standpoint it’s impossible for everyone to make money because you simply run out of people.

Take a look at this picture below showing how it’s impossible for everyone to earn money.

A Pyramid_scheme

Source: Wikipedia

As you can see, in this pyramid model it’s required to recruit 6 people. You’ll notice from the 12th level and further, it’s not possible anymore for everyone to earn money.

The 2.2 Billion people on the 12th level need 13.1 billion recruits in total for them all to make money which is more people than there are currently on Earth.

At the point that people can’t be recruited anymore, the pyramid collapses because not enough money is coming in to pay members and sustain the pyramid.

Looking at the description of what a pyramid scheme is, Qsciences can’t be classified as a pyramid scheme (from a legal perspective). QSciences products have given people a method to make money without recruiting people.

That being said, there are pyramid schemes that disguise themselves as MLM companies because MLMs also use a pyramid structure but they sell products and services.

These product-based pyramid schemes have:

  • No focus on selling real products
  • Rank qualifications that are mostly based on recruiting rather than selling products
  • A compensation plan that heavily promotes recruiting other recruiters in an endless chain.
  • Have a “Pay to Play” element

Q Sciences does have a "pay to play" element but doesn't possess the other characteristics of a product-based pyramid scheme.

Qsciences is not a pyramid scheme.

Q Sciences Company products

What are the products they sell?
There are over 50 different products that they sell on Q Sciences but to make it easier to understand the products are divided into 5 categories.

  • Nutrition
  • Fitness
  • Vitamin sprays
  • Skincare
  • Hemp

The products that are the main staples in these categories are:

The QCore nutritional supplements
4 Products to support mental health, inflammatory issues, and your gut health

Liquid formula for hair regrowth skin cleaning, etc.

An app that gives you access to specialized workout programs, meal plans, healthy recipes, accountability trainers, etc.

Spray vitamins
These are designed to give you a quick vitamin boost by spraying it under your tongue. They’ve sprays containing vitamins C, B12, and D.

It seems in the last years, they’ve been putting a lot of focus on their hemp-based products.
They made hemp called BIOSYNQ which according to them is easier for the human body to absorb.

Has it been scientifically proven that the products work? 
Some of the products are basic such as the vitamin sprays that are known to work but others are almost advertised as miracle drugs to help with your mental health.

There are some studies that support that some of the ingredients have gone through testing but not by organizations there’s a general consensus that what they bring out is credible.

That doesn’t mean it doesn’t work but at the very least it’ll be hard as a distributor to come to its defense when someone says something bad about Q Sciences products.

Are Q Sciences products FDA Approved?
No. They aren’t classed under products the FDA typically evaluates.

Pros and Cons


  • Qsciences has been around for a while
    Most companies disappear after 5 years. Qsciencest has been in business since 2012 despite the controversy. You can expect them not to disappear all of a sudden.


  • The company has a questionable past
    Q Sciences has been warned for making untruthful claims in the past.
  • Qsciences products aren’t evaluated by an independent organization
    None of the products fall under categories that for example the FDA evaluates. As a result, we just have to believe the studies they’ve done.
  • No public income/earnings disclaimer
    Q Sciences hasn’t published an earnings disclaimer to get an impression of what people are earning a distributor. You basically have no idea what you’re getting into.
  • You have to pay to play 
    You have to invest a minimum of $40 just to become a member and after that, pay at least $100 per month to be eligible for commissions. The amount of money you have to invest also increases the higher you rise in rank.

Q Sciences Compensation Plan

Q Sciences is very similar to a traditional MLM when looking at its compensation plan.

How much money you’ll earn is heavily based on your ranks which you receive by meeting Q Sciencess’s compensation plan qualifications.

There are three factors to meeting qualifications:

  • Personally purchase (or resell) enough product volume to qualify
  • Recruiting enough customers (who become your downline) to qualify at your desired level.
  • Your downline purchasing (or reselling) enough products.

You’ll receive different types of points (personal volume, organizational volume, etc.) for doing these actions. What type of points you get can differ.

Personal Volume is assigned to Q Sciences products you’ve personally sold.
Organizational Volume is assigned to Q Sciences products you and your team have sold.

Here’s a video from Jordyn Conejo a Q Sciences distributor that’s been doing network marketing in general for +7 years and is now with Qsciences explaining the most recent 2023 compensation plan

Compensation plan Key takeaways

  • 100PV to become commission qualified
  • Based on how many sales you make your commission percentage will increase
  • Payments are set numbers for all bonuses except customer sales commission
  • Q Sciences has a “Fast Start Bonus” for the first calendar month of your membership
  • It’s a binary compensation plan which means you have a max of 2 recruits under you.

How much does it cost to start a Q Sciences “business”?

This question can be answered by looking at the compensation plan.

Like a lot of MLM compensation plans, the Qsciences compensation plan is confusing at first sight. This is why I’m going to only share with you the most important aspects.

The initial cost for starting a Qsciences is $49,95.

By paying the initial costs you get the rank of Builder.

According to the Qsciences compensation plan, you get the rank “Builder” when you start “accumulating” +100 PV and recruit 2 people. PV is a term that’s often used in the MLM world to determine how much a product is worth.

Accumulating simply means ordering the products that are going to be sold.

In summary, to start your business (and start earning) it’ll cost you a minimum of $49,95 and after that, you’ll have to spend at least products which in combination should equal 100PV that you’ll have to sell for a commission.

The website gives no information about how much you’ll be spending but I noticed that most bloggers that are affiliated with Q Sciences and promoting their products all end up around the same numbers in their content.

So you can expect to pay around $150 – $200 for your first month and all the following months around $100.

This only applies to remaining in the lowest rank. The higher ranks that can earn residual income will require you to accumulate more products to stay at that rank.

Ways to earn money with Qsciences and its earning potential

Q Sciences just like all other MLM companies has decided to not get an internal workforce that they pay a salary. Instead, they let independent parties distribute their parties and reward them with bonuses and commissions. There are 6 types of bonuses and commissions you can earn at Q Sciences.

1 Customer Sales commissions
A commission based on your personal retail sales ranging from 15% – 35%

2. CV Rank commission
A commission based on achieving a rank and a certain number of sales.

3. CV Promotional Rank Bonusses
Bonus paid out the first time you reach a new rank and hold it for multiple months.
The bonus ranges from $100 – $500.000

4. Monthly Team Commission
A commission based on your team sales and rank ranging from $0 to $350.000

5. OV Promotional Rank Bonusses
Additional bonus paid out the first time you reach a new rank and hold it for multiple months.
The bonus ranges from $100 – $500.000

6. Financial Freedom Movement Monthly Bonus
Additional bonus based on rank and personal retail sales ranging from $50 – $400

In theory, the sky is the limit when it comes to earning potential but in reality, we know because of factors such as your ability to recruit, your competition, and the performance of your downlines there’s often a limit.

Unfortunately, Qsciences doesn’t have a public earnings disclaimer that we could use to find out how much associates are earning.

I wouldn’t be surprised if that had something to do with what happened in 2021 about the promises of income they made and decided to remove all statements entirely.

That being said, I do see it shares the same “handicaps” most MLM companies have which prevents members from earning decent money.

Why aren’t people earning decent money with MLM companies like Qsciences?

I have summed up the reasons why it’s hard to make money with Qsciences and MLM companies in general into 3 points. As a Qsciences distributor, you’ll have to deal with the first 2 points mentioned below.

1. MLM companies are often associated with pyramid schemes
MLMs have a pyramid recruiting structure that you often have to join to be able to make decent money or at the very least not lose money. The problem is a lot of pyramid schemes disguise themselves as MLM programs making it difficult to differentiate the two.

This is the biggest problem why most distributors have difficulty recruiting people. The moment people hear about how you can make money by recruiting people red flags appear in most people’s minds.

This isn’t good for your sales.

2. You have to consistently invest your money to earn commissions
You’re only eligible for bonuses and commissions if you buy their products. The bigger the bonuses, the more product you have to buy. You do get discounts but if you can’t sell the products I can see you easily fall into a financial deficit (which happens to the majority of distributors of MLM companies).

3. The price of the product often isn’t aligned with the market

It’s hard for a multi-level marketer to sell products because most MLM products tend to be a lot more expensive than similar products sold by non-MLM companies. This means even if you’re really good at recruiting your downline still needs to sell those same expensive products for you to make decent money.

You can see that translated in these statistics I found about Multi-level Marketing.

  • Nearly half (47%) of MLM participants reported that they lost money.
  • One in four (27%) MLM participants reported that they broke even (made no money).
  • MLM participants are 7% more likely to declare bankruptcy during their lifetime.
  • Direct sales have risen 79% in the last decade, but MLM participants continue to lose money.
  • 90 – 99% of distributors in multilevel marketing only receive a couple of hundred dollars in commission per year.
  • Out of the 33,000 interviewed, 90 people made enough money to cover the costs of building their businesses.
  • 50% of the people who start a network marketing enterprise abandoned it in the first year.



My Personal Take

Qsciences might not be a pyramid scheme but it isn’t legit either.

The monthly costs are in my opinion very high especially if you’re selling expensive products of which you have no guarantee that you can sell them.

I can easily see people lose more money than they earn with this MLM program. The statistics of this business model seem to reflect these thoughts.

I can understand why people would think this is a product-based pyramid scheme. Q Sciences is walking a fine line but what makes the difference is the nature of their bonuses.

The bonuses are more sales oriented than recruitment oriented. I have seen compensation plans where you’re paid if your downline hits a certain rank of which the qualifications are recruiting a huge number of distributors.

This isn’t the case here.

I do think that the chances of succeeding are extremely low and it’d take years to break even for most people.

The only people I could imagine succeeding with the Qsciences MLM program are people with a huge online following, expert recruiters, and expert salesmen.

There are other make-money-online opportunities with higher chances of succeeding and lower risk that I’d rather recommend to people.


Is Qsciences A Pyramid scheme or scam?

No. Q Sciences is a legitimate MLM company. Here’s why.

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, a scam is a fraudulent or deceptive act or operation

You could’ve argued that it was a scam back when those income statements were on the website but those have been removed along with other income statements.

Qsciences is also not a pyramid scheme. There definitely is a “pay to play” element present but there isn’t an endless chain of recruiter recruiting unlimited recruiters element.

Most of the bonuses also seemed to be focused on sales rather than mass recruiting.

I’ve seen MLM where you’re obligated to have a ridiculous number of recruits just to qualify for some bonuses. That’s not the case here.

That being said, it’s not a great opportunity either. Joining Qsciences comes with financial risk and a very low chance of getting a return on investment.

In all honesty, I think most people would rather lose money than make a profit.

Qsciences Alternative

Let’s be honest unless you’re very skilled at selling and recruiting, MLMs seem like a bad deal.

What if I said to you there’s a method to make money online that doesn’t require you to recruit people or resell products?

Sound like a better option for most right?!

If you want to make money online from anywhere including your own home I recommend looking into affiliate marketing.

I think this method is a better option for most people because you can earn just as much as with multi-level marketing but you don’t have to bother people to join your downline.

There is no need to dig yourself into a financial hole without knowing if you can succeed and you aren’t required to sell a minimum of products to stay eligible for commissions.

I learned how to do affiliate marketing with the help of a step-by-step beginners course on an affiliate marketing training platform called Wealthy Affiliate.

Interested in doing the same? Learn more about the training platform and try out their FREE starters course.

If you have experience with MLM companies like Q Sciences leave a comment.

I’d love to hear what you think about it.

That’s all for today.

See you in my next post!


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About Rogier

I’m an Affiliate Marketing and SEO veteran, Blogger, and Pinterest Marketer based in The Netherlands. On this website, I share my learnings about online entrepreneurship, and digital resources while enjoying life to the fullest.

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