Thrive Investigation

“Life is better when you are thriving!” US company Le-Vel market a brand of health products called Thrive that, according to the advertising, is designed to help you achieve peak physical & mental levels. As well as the advertising, it seems that thousands of people find taking Thrive products a life-changing experience.

We take a look at Le-Vel Thrive to find out more about the supplements and the company behind the range.

Thrive Investigation


The Company

Le-Vel is a US multi-level marketing (MLM) company based in Texas that was started in 2012 by two entrepreneurs called Jason Camper and Paul Gravette, both of whom have a background in the supplements industry.


In just a few years this multi-level marketing company has created a real stir in the supplements world, and today is very successful with thousands of promoters – as the distributors are known. The company operates in the USA, Canada, Australia, and the UK, and are looking to hit $1billion in sales by March 2017.

Multi-level marketing is nothing new. It can be controversial because it is often accused of pyramid selling, but many people like the concept of running a structured home business, and selling to friends and family. Since the economic crash in 2008, MLM businesses have boomed in the USA, as consumers look to add an additional income stream to their household earnings.

See more about MLM in our short Watchdog video.

Thrive Premium Products

According to the advertising, Thrive products are high-quality premium supplements that deliver real physical and mental benefits.

The 8-week Thrive Experience is the flagship program, and this is where you are encouraged to take a combination of products over two months. If you go through a Thrive distributor you can also take a shorter 3-day or 30-day trial to test it out.

According to the advertising, the key to Thrive lies on how the regimen is taken. Jason Camper, the founder of the company explains more about this,

You take two Premium Lifestyle Capsules “before your feet hit the floor in the morning,” followed by the ultra-micronized Premium Lifestyle Shake Mix, and then the Derma Fusion Technology (DFT™) adhesive applied to clean, dry skin to boost metabolism.

According to Jason,

Within 40 minutes from someone getting up in the morning, they’ve got three formulas circulating in their bloodstream and they’re done for the day.

The advertising claims that doing this will promote:

  • Weight Management and Cognitive Performance
  • Digestive & Immune Support and Healthy Joint Function
  • Lean Muscle Support and Calms General Discomfort+
  • Age-Defying & Antioxidant Support

The Products You Need For The Thrive Experience

The Premium Lifestyle Capsule

This premium lifestyle capsule comes in two forms: “M”, aimed at men, and “W”, for women. These capsules contain high levels of vitamins, minerals and plant extracts. Also, both contain stimulants, so will give your energy levels a lift. Although the vitamin quantities are provided – and levels are high – the herbal ingredients and stimulants come under a proprietary blend so it is impossible to see just how strong the effects will be.

The stimulants include caffeine and Theobromine, as well as Citrus Aurantium – which is a source of synephrine.

Synephrine affects adrenaline and can put your body into a stressed fight or flight response, which raises the heart rate and increases blood pressure. It can help weight loss when combined with caffeine, but is potentially dangerous, especially if you have health issues with your heart and blood pressure.

Here in unknown quantities, we think it is irresponsible that there is no warning about these stimulant ingredients. In fact, the FDA has received 16 adverse health event reports concerning Thrive products. Common symptoms reported so far have included abdominal pain, headache, and increased blood pressure.

We will look further into side effects later in the review.

DFT Ultra

A key product of the Thrive Experience is DFT Ultra – a skin patch similar in appearance to a nicotine patch that you change daily. Ingredients include a branded product called Forslean – a coleus forskohlii extract, white willow bark, Garcinia Cambogia and more. DFT Ultra looks look like a standard weight loss patch, but there is no evidence it will work in the way as described.

Although it sounds good to deliver ingredients through the skin, and we are accustomed to nicotine patches, vitamins and some medication being delivered this way, not all ingredients are suitable for this purpose.

For ingredients to pass effectively through the skin, a substance must have a low molecular weight (which means it is very small) and must be oily. Moreover, once an ingredient is in the body, it may have a different effect when eaten compared with skin absorption.

Just because a drug is effective when swallowed doesn’t mean the drug is going to be effective when put on the skin

says Mark R. Prausnitz, director of the Center for Drug Design, Development and Delivery at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, speaking in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

White willow extract, for example, is known for causing stomach upsets and internal bleeding.

The Lifestyle Mix

The Lifestyle Mix is a protein powder that you add to water or a smoothie in order to make a shake. It is based on whey protein concentrate, as are most shakes, and it contains vitamins and minerals, plus a proprietary blend of ingredients adding up to 1595mg serving.

Ingredients in the proprietary blend include oatmeal, ginger root extract, Garcinia extract, and undisclosed quantities of caffeine.

You are encouraged to take the three supplements first thing in the morning. Many customers have reported enhanced energy, side effects, and general “weird feelings” following doing this over a period of time.

Side Effects

Despite the absence of health warnings on the Thrive product information, there have been numerous reported side effects. bearing in mind that the supplements contained undisclosed quantities of ingredients, such as caffeine and synephrine, this should not come as a surprise.

Reported side effects of the capsules include:

  • Dehydration
  • Headaches
  • Heart palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Confusion
  • Jitteriness
  • Dizziness
  • Feels like taking speed
  • Chest pains
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Anxiety

Some people have reported skin irritation following the use of the patches.

Some people have reported side effects following the use of the protein shake including:

  • Migraines
  • Jitteriness
  • Confusion

There are zero health warnings about any of the ingredients in the products. If you buy directly from a distributor, any proper information will not be provided regarding your suitability for taking the supplements, or any adverse effects.

There are no links to any clinical evidence to prove the efficacy of the supplements and no information regarding any potential risks.

In most cases Thrive promoters do not believe that any negative effects are even possible with the supplements.

Becoming a Thrive Promoter

According to the company information, Thrive is free to join. At first glance this makes Thrive look a little different from many other MLM companies out there. Don’t be fooled; it’s not.

You will be expected to buy $100 minimum of products a month to stay active and earn commissions from your downline. You are also encouraged to join others to your network, sign up loyal customers in auto-ship programs, and all the usual selling tricks that are associated with being an MLM distributor.

For example, if you sign two people up to auto-ship programs in the same month, you receive free products for as long as the auto-ship programs are in operation.

None of these tricks are actually bad, but when it comes to hard selling to friends and family, it can seem a little underhanded. However, you may make some extra money or at least get your own Thrive products free of charge.

One thing that does set Thrive apart from other MLMs is the enthusiasm of the promoters. These people really seem to believe in their products, and if you look at Facebook, for example, you can see thousands of people proudly proclaiming that they are “thriving for life”.

There is an official Facebook page, operated by Le-Vel called Le Vel Brands, and it makes for some fascinating viewing. The posts are all about the life-changing aspects of Thrive and how people have turned their lives around by using this brand.

They all mention the enhanced energy levels and the benefits of being involved with the company.

We are pleased that some people have found a way to live that makes them feel happy, but we are very concerned that Thrive looks a tiny bit like a brainwashing cult.

Not all Thrive promoters are as happy. Some people have complained about a lack of communication with the higher levels of the company. Issues have included not being paid promised commissions, customers’ auto-shipment deliveries not being cancelled when requested, and difficulties getting answers about the products’ nutritional information.

Is Thrive Expensive?

Thrive is expensive, and the price will depend on whether you sign up to auto ship, become a promoter yourself, or just purchase as a retail customer.

You can buy the supplements separately or as a package. It is important to note that if you do buy the Thrive Experience pack, you will need to buy it twice in order to complete the full experience.

For example, a box of 30 DFT patches costs $62 for a one-off purchase or $50 if you sign up to auto-ship.

The Thrive Experience Lifestyle Pack + DFT includes a month’s supply of Thrive W or Thrive M, one carton of Thrive Premium Lifestyle Mix, and one pack of Thrive DFT patches for $188 or $150 on the auto-ship program.

If you subscribe to the Le-Vel monthly auto-ship program, you’ll get recurring shipments of Le-Vel Thrive products delivered to your home each month, and your credit card billed accordingly.

You are advised to buy through an official Le-Vel Thrive promoter, so deals and offers may vary according to whom you buy from.

You can also buy Le-Vel Thrive via outlets such as Amazon; a practice frowned on by Thrive promoters.

Prices are as follows:

  • 1 x 560g tub Premium Lifestyle mix (Shake) costs around $50.00
  • 1 x 60ct box of the Premium Lifestyle capsules (M or W) costs around $65.00
  • One pack of 30ct DFT patches costs around $48.50

Prices will vary depending on the seller.

In Conclusion

Le-Vel is undoubtedly a successful business going from strength to strength as the company approaches its $1 billion landmark. However, it is hard to see what is so special about the supplements, and, in our opinion, all that enhanced energy experienced by customers is down to the speedy effect of the stimulants combined with some vitamins that you take first thing in the morning.

There is very little evidence that the Thrive supplements are actually good for health and wellbeing, and very little real information about the ingredients. Yes, you can read the names of the ingredients, but the stimulants and herbal ingredients are all under proprietary blends, meaning there is no individual ingredient quantities breakdown. So you have no idea of just what you are taking or how strong it is.

We are concerned about this lack of contents information. There have been reported side effects and the FDA has received complaints. Anyone who has a heart or blood pressure condition should certainly avoid products containing synephrine, for example, yet this is overlooked by the advertising and distributors alike.

Also, we feel that Thrive is overpriced. Essentially, it appears to be a vitamin supplement in various forms combined with some stimulants, and there seems to be nothing to justify this expense. After all, you could buy a vitamin supplement and a caffeine pill, then combine them for much the same effect.

We don’t want to rain on the Thrivers’ parades. These people are passionate about their products and really believe. But we wonder if this opinion is being formed in part by the excitement of being involved with a currently hot company, as much as it is by taking stimulants at breakfast time?

Thrive is not all bad. But in our opinion, there are much better supplements on the market and easier ways to make a living than becoming involved with this company.

Disclaimer: Our reviews and investigations are based on extensive research from the information publicly available to us and consumers at the time of first publishing the post. Information is based on our personal opinion and whilst we endeavour to ensure information is up-to-date, manufacturers do from time to time change their products and future research may disagree with our findings. If you feel any of the information is inaccurate, please contact us and we will review the information provided.

Have Your Say

25 comments on 'Thrive Investigation'

  1. My daughter and I used the two month program, then settled into just the shakes. My daughter reported less pain with hr monthly cycle and less of her chronic back pain. We both felt that the shakes kept us full longer than any others we have tried. We both reported less appetite throughout the day. While using the program, I was able to lower my A1c as a type II diabetic, a full two points. The downside for me has been a rise in my blood pressure…to the point I had to stop using it. We have stopped using it, mainly for cost reasons, but my daughter is going to go back to it. I wish I could, but I have to be careful of my blood pressure. I feel this is a good product, but like everything, what works for one person may not work for someone else. Prescription medication is the same way.

  2. my experience with thrive is like the movie stepford wives only not with a happy ending! I have a heart condition and should of read about thrive before taking the black patch. it messed hard core with my heart. I thought I would have a second heart attack. my heart went into afib all night! the company charges you and decides if they will allow a refund!tbis company i would run from ladies! again the community of these products is brain washing! don’t fall for it!

  3. Ok..what can i try thats got the same ingredients as the morning capsules for men…I would love the same effects if there’s a cheaper product out there.i had extrem fatigue. Now I can get to work for my 6 hour shift..been taking the capsules for about 3 months

  4. Hi my good friends have been taking Thrive for about a year now and love it. The one friend is a nurse and did a lot of research before she tried it and did not find anything concerning. I do that she wouldn’t give her friends and family anything that she thought was harmful to your health. But of course I did my own research and did see some concerning things. A couple of them being Synephrine and White willow bark. It also concerns me that you can’t find more nutritional facts about what the concentration is on the ingrediance. I am not sure what to do since my friends lives has changed in almost every way for the better since starting Thrive so of course Thrive has my attention.

  5. I have been using thrive products for two years. I no longer get adult acne. I have lost 35lbs and kept it off. Because of the product I continue to work two full time jobs on 5.5 hrs sleep a night and did I mention I’m
    Peri menapausal. I still hit the gym for vigiorous work out every day after school. Thrive brought me to eating better. I felt better and I want to do better!!! And I am.
    I have better mental alertness that does not crash over and over again during the day like when I drank coffee and black tea all day!
    I used to have anxiety and I have not felt anxious once since starting thrive. I’m fact I’m off all medication. My stamina is better than it ever has been in my life.
    I actually am living quality of life as to before living like Eyore with a black cloud over my head.

    Do I believe these products are life changing. Yes. Yes I do. I have watched my sleepy mom get on her bike every morning and her blood sugar numbers are better than every before. I have watched my neighbour who used to sleep her weekends away participating in life. I have watched my girlfriend who is a third time cancer survivor rise and thrive. She has a life back!!!
    The toxins in her body that were left over from her cancer treatments are leaving her body and she has the energy and desire to live again.

    Yes sometimes I still go through detox but I hop in a detox bath and boom I feel better the next day.
    A thrive believer!!!

    1. You’re working two full time jobs, going to school AND working out every day after school? That doesn’t add up. You’re working 16hrs a day. You said you’re sleeping 5.5hrs. That’s 21.5 hours a day + school + a workout. If you don’t eat, or use the bathroom, and teleport everywhere, it still doesn’t add up. You’re lying.

  6. I’ve been taking this stuff for almost three years. A classmate talked me into becoming a Promoter. She paid for half of the $400 starter pack. She was living the dream. Driving a Lexus and working from home. It works for some but you need to have a circle of rich friends or family. Many people can’t afford to spend 220/month for vitamins. I look at the could office page and non of the old Promoters are on top anymore. It’s about riding the wave. You jump in head first and get your team on board. Within a few months most jump ship. I never made a penny but love the product. I buy it on eBay for half the price. It’s the exact same thing. I am not getting the boost from it now like in the beginning because my body is used to it. Running out means headaches but I have caffeine pills. It didn’t help me lose any weight. I do my best to eat clean and run five miles a day. I checked my classmates Facebook page. The Lexus isn’t there anymore. Now she’s a wellness coach and hasn’t been on a thrive getaway in over a year. I guess she rode the wave and now is on the shore waiting for the next big one.

  7. I was using thrive for 5 weeks,I started feeling very exhausted and becoming very depressed. I’m normally a very positive person with normal blood pressure. Does any one know what is in this stuff that would have caused this??? Stop taking it 3 days ago and getting back to my normal happy me.

  8. Been on thrive for 16 days now…feeling more alert…sleeping better…even lost some inches. Glad i gave it a try. No side effects for me.

  9. I hate pyramid sales programs! This is my story with THRIVE.
    I had not seen a friend, who is in her mid 50’s, for a while. She looked fantastic – skin, hair, demeanor and weight loss. She nonchalantly told me about thrive. I am 51, pre-menopausal and gained alot of belly weight that I could not get rid of. I was willing to try it, anything actually. I became a customer, the sign up was confusing and had to cancel my enrollment and enroll under my husband, for my friend to be my promoter/advisor. I did the 8 week challenge. I slept better, was regular in the am ( never have been in my life) and when I worked out, I wanted to go longer and stronger. I also gained weight. I continued because of her encouragement. I began to lose weight, without changing much of my eating style. It did suppress my appetite. So, I ate less calories. Also, I did not desire any coffee or tea. Probably good, because there is caffeine in the product. I have lost 35 lbs. I started in July 2017, unbelievable! I look younger and feel healthier. I have read the reviews. I do not know what is accurate, but be careful of the ones that disclaim this program and promate another product. I do have high blood pressure and high cholesterol. My blood work has never been better. My doctor is very pleased with my results. I do not know if it is for everyone. It has given me a new life, though! Too many of my friends have asked what I am doing. I changed from customer to promoter. Ugh, I will give them samples. If they sign up and are not happy, I will by the product from them. I plan on staying on it. I feel and according to others look great.

  10. I was taking Thrive for over a Year was great at first but things just didn’t seem to work bought more stuff like Balance and activate be ok a few days and crash a few, just didn’t feel like when i first started it I deal with anxiety and blood pressure issues I kept doing it because it became a life style and really a habit form during the year i feel anxiety levels sky rocked and was on 25mg ended at 100mg some days i was good not jittery other i couldn’t function or leave my house and had to take anxiety just to calm down, towards the end i also had insomnia which dealt with so then started taking sleeping pills either Sleep they had other prescription i had zanex etc something was off im not bad mouthing the product but people really need to the research i quit taking it A WEEK AGO BEEN TO THE DOCTORS AND ER HAVING CHEST PAINS AND HEAR PEPLTATIONS DOCTOR AND TEST ARE FINE I PERSONAL THINK I AM HAVING WITHDRAWELS PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE USE ITS NOT ALL HEALTHLY TALK TO ANOTHER DOCTOR SHE DOES TEST TO SEE WHAT VITAMINS PEOPLE ARE DIFICENT IN SHE SAID NOT ALL PEOPLE NEED ALL INGREDIENTS AND ARE OVER DOING IT!!!!

  11. I am an addict in recovery and when I took Thrive I felt like I had used meth amphetamine. I felt spun out, aggravated, shaky, and I got terrible headaches. I wanted to like it. But, I definitely value my sobriety and I was very triggered by this experience. I began to research the product through UNBIASED sources. What I found was that the synephrine actually mimics amphetamine! I believe I will gain the energy I need through exercise and taking good vitamins without the use of stimulants. Please be careful with this drug.

  12. Most of what this review say in my experience is not true. I was encouraged to talk to a pharmacist if I had any health concerns. I feel more protected by this company than by my doctor who simply says, take this. I have used Thrive as part of a multitask approach to changing my health. I’ve been on the product for 7 months. I no longer have leg cramps and muscle spasm that I used to get drinking 7-9 mugs of coffee per day and many energy drinks a week. I’m a truck driver so staying awake is part of the job. The clean, level and sustained energy throughout my day is the best benefit for me. People that say it’s like Speed have never done Speed. I have. This is nowhere near the same effects. I’ve lost 28 lbs in 3 months. The motivation and support of my team is wonderful. The support system of the company is top notch. The science of all the products is available online. Just like other companies they can not divulge all the testing and processes involved. The pyramid scheme of a job I have now is terrible. I work hard and the owners get more money than I ever will. At least in a Multi level company you can pass those above you in the team. I get direct benefit from the work I do.

  13. I was on the weight loss management which included the patches. I started waking up in the middle of the night with racing heart rate that woke me out of a dead sleep. The patches made my arm hurt, ache all day. That isnt normal. Sorry but not everyone can handle whatever the hell is in this product. Some may not have reactions to it but I had a bad reaction and because they dont list all the ingredients you dont know what you’re putting in your body. I have friends that love it and have no reactions but sorry its not for me.

  14. I have been using Thrive for the past 3 weeks. I thought it was fantastic….until the last few days. I have been having all day headaches, of which I rarely ever get, waking up at night with my heart feeling like it is going to jump out of my chset, electric shock like pains several times throughout the day in my stomach and elevated BP (180/95) as I have hypertension, I take prescriped meds to manage it. It is usually 120/80 since being under control…until Thrive! I inly found this page tonight at midnight afrer being awoken with my whole body feeling the sensation of every heart beat. The product def gives mental clarity but I think you need a clean bill of health before starting the program. If you do happen to start, be aware of any negative changes in your body. Thanks to the Author of this page for the information provided.

  15. I am a thrive customer. I am not taking products for weight loss.I have hypoglycemia (low blood sugar ) . I have had an awesome experience from this product. I feel better emotional an physically . I have more energy an my Dr has seen a difference.
    Thank’s Bea Pillen
    I’m Alishia Robin an I thrive.

    1. “I’m Alishia Robin an I thrive”, Wow the cult like brainwashing is in full effect on this one. I hope she safely returns to reality someday.

  16. I disagree with the example of the Thrive experience. You do not get the “speed”
    Feeling. And when you cut caffine out like coffee and sodas the product gives a natrual sustained all day alertness with no crash.
    Total rid the “brain fog” most women experience.
    I am a customer not a promoter. The product has had many beifits for me.
    Including but not limited to digestive support, joint support, mental focus/clarity, mood support. As for the MLM claim that people freak out about. All
    Corrporate companies run the same. You have you CEO, upper management , middle management then the employees under them.
    So in a sence all businesses run the same.

    1. Except, yes, you do get the speed feeling. Its exactly like drinking too much starbucks coffee.

    2. How much speed have you done? Some people do feel an energy rush. I would recommend only using one pill till your body adjust to the purity of the ingredients.

    3. What purity do you speak of…Most of the vitamins are synthetics,
      not natural at all,and what about their “Propriety blend”,they list
      what they are,but no content amounts,that presents a serious health risk
      especially with the Green Coffee Bean and White Oak Tea because
      of serious huge amounts of Caffeine!!!

      Thrive is a SCAM…just as Juice Plus,Amway,Herbal Life,and the rest of the MLM Pyramid Schemes!!!

      What are the side effects of synephrine?
      But bitter orange is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken as a supplement for a medical purpose such as weight loss. Bitter orange, particularly when taken with stimulants such as caffeine or caffeine-containing herbs, increases the risk for high blood pressure, fainting, heart attack, stroke, and other severe side effects.
      Surgery: Irvingia gabonensis can affect blood sugar and might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop taking Irvingia gabonensis at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
      Birth control pills (Contraceptive drugs)
      Interaction Rating: Minor Be cautious with this combination.
      Talk with your health provider.
      The body breaks down the caffeine in guarana to get rid of it. Birth controlpills can decrease how quickly the body breaks down caffeine. Taking guarana along with birth control pills can cause jitteriness, headache, fast heartbeat, and other side effects.

      Some birth control pills include ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel (Triphasil), ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone (Ortho-Novum 1/35, Ortho-Novum 7/7/7), and others.

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