The Thrive DFT patches are weight-loss supplements that work by absorbing the ingredients through the skin rather than the digestive system. The patches claim to help customers to lose weight over time, and many customers report that the formula also provides a significant energy boost.
The product is manufactured by Le-Vel, an American Multi-level Marketing (MLM) company that sells health and weight loss products. Le-Vel has been dogged by repeated accusations of improper practice on its Better Business Bureau page, with former customers accusing the company of incorrectly sending products that weren’t ordered, and former distributors complaining that wages and royalties were deliberately withheld. The company has no money-back guarantee to protect consumers, and maintains an awkward selling system involving distributors that result in price variations between identical products sold by different distributors.
For the purposes of this review, we will be examining the Thrive Premium DFT and Thrive Ultra patches. The patches are identical, except for the fact that the ‘Ultra’ patches are slightly bigger and contain additional quantities of saffron and green tea.
Many customers report that the Thrive DFT patches give a significant energy boost, likely in no small part due to the high caffeine levels found within them. In large doses, caffeine can cause a range of side effects, including increased headaches, heart rate, blood pressure, heart palpitations, urination, dehydration, jitteriness, dizziness, and insomnia.
Other ingredients contained within the mix could cause more serious, albeit rare, side effects. ForsLean can cause a stinging feeling in the eyes, an increased heart rate and headaches. Both white willow and Garcinia cambogia can cause stomach issues and headaches, and allergic reactions to white willow, in particular, can cause itching and rashes.
The more expensive Thrive Ultra patch also contains saffron, which sometimes causes drowsiness, nausea, a change in appetite, headaches, anxiety, and dry mouth.
On Amazon, a single pack of Thrive Premium DFT can be bought for $46.84, and a pack of Thrive Ultra can be purchased for $76.96. Both packs contain 30 patches and come with free shipping. Other versions of the same two products (such as limited edition packs or packs containing patches with different colours) are often more expensive.
Customers looking to buy directly from the manufacturer are expected to purchase all products through a Le-Vel distributor. Due to this arrangement, prices can be higher or lower through the manufacturer’s website, depending on the deal and package that is arranged via the distributor. We recommend sticking to Amazon to avoid complicated deals and auto-ship programs, if you buy the product at all.
Thrive DFT Patches are a weight loss supplement administered through patches that customers apply to the skin (much like the nicotine patches that are often available for those quitting smoking). This novel approach to weight loss contains many of the same ingredients customers encounter in other supplements, except the formula is administered to the customers via a process the manufacturer calls ‘Dermal Fusion Technology’ (a fancy way of saying that it is supposedly absorbed through the skin).
The Thrive Premium DFT and Thrive Ultra patches are manufactured by Le-Vel, a fairly shady Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) company based in Texas. Le-Vel have a noticeably poor reputation on the Better Business Bureau, and have been accused of fraudulently sending unrequested packages to old customers and failing to pay their distributors. Previous customers have often highlighted that their customer service team is frequently hard to reach. Those looking to reach Le-Vel may have some luck trying their email.
1) Clean and dry an area of skin, preferably in a lean area such as the biceps, shoulder, inside forearm or top part of buttocks
2) Peel off the DFT backing and press the adhesive side onto the prepared area
3) Try to rotate application areas every day or every other day
Leave the THRIVE Lifestyle DFT in place for up to 24 hours. Replace with a new DFT daily. Combine THRIVE Lifestyle DFT with a balanced diet, proper water intake, and regular exercise.
On the official product PDFs, Le-Vel claims that the Thrive Premium DFT and Thrive Ultra patches can help customers to lose weight in a ‘clean and healthy’ way, whilst also promoting an ‘overall healthy lifestyle’. The following key benefits are also listed on the website, claiming that the patches support:
Both of the Thrive DFT patches contain the usual fare found in average or poor-quality supplements, with most of its ingredients being entirely unproven or only somewhat proven in their effects. If taken orally, in a capsule in sufficient doses, we would generally suggest that the product has a chance of working as advertised.
However, the odds of this happening plummet even further when we consider that this product is intended to be administered through the skin. Put simply, only one of the ingredients has ever been proven to work when administered through the skin; we have no evidence whatsoever that the rest of the ingredients can be absorbed through the skin at all, or that they will work once absorbed, as reactions in the digestive system may be part of the process. The mixed reviews seen from customers also highly suggest that the product has only mild to non-existent effects on weight loss.
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The main active ingredients used in Thrive DFT Patch are listed below. Customers should note that ingredient quantities are not stated anywhere on the website or press kits, making it hard to estimate how effective each ingredient is within the mix. In any case, the utilisation of patches instead of more common pills or tablets would make it hard to estimate the usefulness of each ingredient regardless (as some ingredients may be weak or useless when absorbed through the skin). All ingredients listed below are found in both the Thrive Premium DFT and Thrive Ultra patches, unless stated otherwise.
If the ingredients contained within the patches are absorbed at all, they may cause some side effects. Green tea and green coffee bean are a source of caffeine, which can cause side effects such as headaches, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, heart palpitations, increased urination, dehydration, jitteriness, dizziness, and insomnia. Green tea can also cause constipation.
Adverse reactions to ForsLean can cause a number of more serious side effects, including a stinging in the eyes, headaches and an increased heart rate. Garcinia cambogia and white willow can also cause headaches, a sense of discomfort in the digestive tract, and other forms of nausea, and allergic reactions to white willow can additionally result in itching and rashes.
For those taking the Thrive Ultra patch, the saffron found in the mix can cause a dry mouth, anxiety, dizziness, nausea, headaches, drowsiness, and a change in appetite.
The existing customer reviews for the Thrive DFT patches on Amazon are mixed at best, with many customers complaining that the product didn’t work. Those that praise the patches often focus on the fact that they give energy, with relatively few highlighting that they lost weight.
I feel like I have more energy and am more focused with my Thrive patch on. I have also noticed that I don’t seem to be doing as much senseless munching during the day. I’ve tried several other appetite control products and most of them make me feel jittery. That is not the case with Thrive for me. So far, I’m loving it.
Help with energy all day! Great!
I decided to give this product a shot after everyone raving about it. These made me nothing but more tired. I would fall asleep and felt that I couldn’t wake up. Anytime I sat down, I fell right to sleep and slept for hours. I’ve never been like that before and the patches were the only thing different. I would not recommend these to anyone.
Don’t work at all! Leave a deep glue stick on the skin.
On their official website, Le-Vel makes it clear that they do not offer any kind of money back guarantee. All customers are allowed to return unopened or undamaged products within 30 days, as long as they pay a 10% restocking fee. Those looking to resend opened or partially used products will also be able to return within 30 days, although they are only able to reclaim 50% of the amount that was originally paid. All customers looking to return their products to Le-Vel need to notify the company’s support staff and ensure that they include the original receipt in the package.
Both of the Thrive DFT patches are available to buy through the official website, but only through one of Le-Vel’s many distributors. Customers visiting the website must be willing to visit Facebook first to link up with a distributor, before making their purchase through that contact. All products bought in this manner will likely be auto-shipped on a monthly basis from then on (sometimes without the customer’s consent) and may be charged at higher or lower rates depending on the distributor.
Customers can find a more reliable and easily-understood service on Amazon. One pack of Thrive Premium DFT (30 patches) can be found on Amazon for $46.84 with free shipping. One pack of Thrive Ultra (30 patches) can also be picked up for $76.96, also with free shipping. Customers should note that other versions with different coloured patches often attract higher prices on Amazon and through distributors.
Many customers seem to be attracted to patch solutions of late, perhaps due to the novelty of the approach, or perhaps due to the existing success of nicotine patches for those quitting smoking.
Despite any and all hype, many of these patches are completely useless. Researchers are still very unsure as to whether substances other than nicotine can even be absorbed into the skin; to make this work, all ingredients must be ground down into tiny molecules in order to be absorbed and then must be effective when placed directly into the bloodstream. Virtually no studies have been conducted into whether weight loss products can operate this way (with the exception of forskolin), meaning that all patches may be doing nothing at all. In fact, existing research on nicotine patches states that consumers that weigh more than 150 pounds may have too much body fat for nicotine patches to be effective: this is not good news for slimmers!
Even if the patches did work, the ingredients contained within this pill are unlikely to be very effective. Most of the active ingredients found in the Thrive DFT patches have a confusing history, with some studies suggesting that they work, and others suggesting that they don’t. Even if customers were to stick to the tried and true method of taking this same product in a tablet or pill, we would likely advise readers to stay away. Around half of all customer reviews state that they experienced no effects at all, and most others claim little more than an energy boost.
Finally, the manufacturer has a terrible reputation for customer service, attracting numerous complaints from customers and distributors alike on the Better Business Bureau. Le-Vel offers nothing in the way of a serious money-back guarantee and relies on a selling method that exploits both the seller and the customer, with customers often complaining of uneven pricing and being placed on auto-ship programs without first giving clear consent. The information provided on the website is confusing and often incomplete, and most of the products on offer are highly overpriced, especially when considering their likely effectiveness.
We do not recommend either the Thrive Premium DFT patch or the Thrive Ultra patch to our readers!
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