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{"id":555798462537,"title":"Monat Review: Can It Reverse Aging?","created_at":"2021-08-22T23:36:14-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Monat Review: Can It Reverse Aging?\",\n \"keywords\": \"monat review, monat hair, monat products, monat global, monat shampoo, monat hair products, monat lawsuit, monat hair loss, monat skin care, monat wellness\",\n \"description\": \"Our MD breaks down the ingredients behind Monat's hair, skin and wellness products to determine whether they're effectively formulated for anti-aging benefit. 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Generally we see it as a red flag when a health company is an MLM, because so many of these companies are unethical and produce low\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e-\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003equality products (see our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/plexus-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePlexus\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/herbalife-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHerbalife\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e reviews). We have yet to review an MLM that makes well\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e-\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eformulated health products.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn this article we’ll review Monat hair products, Monat skin products and Monat wellness products, and conclude whether we believe this is a company that’s worth buying from.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eMonat Hair Products Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMonat is unfortunately infamous for their hair products after \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=IrWB9tzpngU\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003enews reports\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e of unsanitary conditions at their manufacturing facility during an FDA inspection.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis alone would lead us to recommend avoiding this brand’s hair products, but there’s more bad news. There have been hundreds of adverse event reports (based on the news reporting linked above) related to Monat hair products, along with multiple lawsuits, which is incredibly high for an externally applied product. Typically adverse reactions are reported to the FDA for ingestible products like supplements.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eConsumers complained that Monat hair products caused hair loss, itching, scalp irritation and more.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFor hundreds of people to take the time to file formal complaints to the FDA, we can assume this company’s hair products contain harmful ingredients regardless of what they claim or what’s on their label. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe strongly recommend that consumers avoid Monat hair products. Even if there’s a change they have made since the FDA inspection, there’s no reason to trust that a company which has behaved this recklessly in the past will start doing the right thing. There are plenty of safer and healthier hair alternatives and shampoos and no need to take the risk.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eMonat Skin Products Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMonat sells a variety of skin care products like cleansers, moisturizers and sunscreen.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTheir skin care is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.leapingbunny.org\/about\/corporate-standard-compassion-animals-standard\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLeaping Bunny\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e approved, which is a certification guaranteeing cruelty\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e-\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003efree products and a lack of animal testing.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe cleansers Monat sells mostly include safe botanical ingredients which are non\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e-\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003etoxic, which is a good thing because a large amount of cosmetic companies contain potentially harmful ingredients. The one ingredient we take issue with in their cleansers is “fragrance”, which is a vague term \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6477564\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ethat can include\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e harmful materials based on medical research.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe would recommend avoiding skin products containing fragrance because without knowing the chemicals comprising the fragrance you can’t determine whether it’s safe or not.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMonat’s moisturizers also contain fragrance, and we would recommend avoiding them for that reason. All of the other ingredients in the moisturizers we reviewed seemed to be non\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e-\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003etoxic and comprised mostly of botanical ingredients, similar to the cleanser formulations.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSurprisingly, Monat’s sunscreen also contains fragrance which is unfortunate since it’s one of the best-formulated sunscreens we’ve reviewed in terms of safe ingredients. We’re unsure why a sunscreen needs fragrance in the first place.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs we detailed in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/elta-md-sunscreen-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eElta MD review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e of one of the most popular sunscreen brands in the world, many companies (Elta MD included) use chemicals which are potentially hormone-blocking in their sunscreen formulations like octinoxate. Monat contains none of these ingredients and just uses the very safe and well-studied zinc oxide as the primary sun blocking chemical. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe believe that the risk of potentially hormone-disrupting active ingredients in sunscreen is higher than the risk of fragrance (which is much lower in dose), so we would still favor this formulation over Elta MD although we don’t recommend either.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall we believe Monat’s skincare products are relatively safe and well-formulated compared to many companies in the industry.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt’s worth noting that Monat claims their fragrances only use ingredients approved as safe by the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ifrafragrance.org\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eInternational Fragrance Association\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, however this doesn’t change our stance of not recommending products without being able to determine every ingredient.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eMonat Supplements Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMonat sells several supplements in the Wellness section of their site. Their Total Greens product contains a large list of botanical ingredients. We have no issues with this product other than its cost. For wealthy consumers, this may be a convenient way to achieve a good dose of micronutrients daily.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFor the average consumer, paying nearly $60 for 30 servings of a powdered green blend probably doesn’t make sense, because it’s not targeted to any specific health outcome. It would be cheaper and probably just as healthy to spend half the money buying local greens at a farmer’s market.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMonat sells a wellness product called “Collagen Key” which contains no collagen. This is one of the strangest marketing decisions we’ve seen. The product claims to “support the body’s natural production of collagen”, but that’s an unproven claim and is unnecessary regardless because \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30681787\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ewe know from medical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e that collagen is well-absorbed orally.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIf your goal is improving collagen status in the body, it makes more sense to take a collagen supplement than to take a supplement which claims to naturally improve collagen but contains no collagen. We recommend unflavored collagen powder with no added ingredients or sweeteners.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMonat’s sleep supplement, called Sleep Drops, contains ingredients which are proven to be effective in inducing relaxation like chamomile and l-theanine. However the most effective ingredient is almost certainly melatonin at 1 mg.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMelatonin is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/28460563\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ethe most well-studied\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e sleep supplement, and we would recommend trying melatonin alone before trying an overly complex sleep formula which costs $69 if cost is at all a concern because melatonin is very cheap. That being said, this appears to be an effective formulation for sleep.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMonat also sells a probiotic supplement named Balance, which provides \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e5\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e billion colony forming units (CFU) of various probiotic strains, along with 87 mg of prebiotic fiber and herbs. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe prebiotic dosage seems so low as to be ineffective \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC3705355\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ebased on medical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. Probiotics can be healthy and are generally well tolerated, but there are issues with shelf stable probiotics like what Monat sells, because these are live ingredients and they can die in storage. Monat doesn’t publish any research proving their probiotics are shelf stable so we will assume they’re not.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBalance also contains food colorings, and all U.S.approved food dyes \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/23026007\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ehave been associated\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e with health concerns in medical studies. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe find it strange that Monat products follow a pattern of decently formulated active ingredients and totally unnecessary, potentially harmful inactive ingredients. Just lose the food dye! Probiotics don’t need to be a certain color.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t recommend any Monat products due to the significant product quality issues with their hair lines. That being said, their skin care products and supplements appear to be decently formulated for the most part, and are superior to other health supplements sold by MLM companies like Herbalife and Plexus.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNearly every product Monat sells is very expensive, and the active ingredients can be found in cheaper formulations.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMonat products tend to use inactive filler ingredients we find harmful like fragrance and food dye. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSave yourself the money and avoid this brand.\u003c\/span\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2021-11-18T12:00:01-05:00","updated_at":"2022-08-18T20:21:01-04:00","summary_html":"\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eWe review Monat hair products, Monat skin products and Monat wellness products, and conclude whether we believe this is a company that’s worth buying from.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","template_suffix":"","handle":"monat-review","tags":"_related:anti-aging, _related:skincare"}

Monat Review: Can It Reverse Aging?

Monat Review: Can It Reverse Aging?


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Monat is a multi-level marketing (MLM) company that sells hair, skin and wellness products. Generally we see it as a red flag when a health company is an MLM, because so many of these companies are unethical and produce low-quality products (see our Plexus and Herbalife reviews). We have yet to review an MLM that makes well-formulated health products.

In this article we’ll review Monat hair products, Monat skin products and Monat wellness products, and conclude whether we believe this is a company that’s worth buying from.

Monat Hair Products Review

Monat is unfortunately infamous for their hair products after news reports of unsanitary conditions at their manufacturing facility during an FDA inspection.

This alone would lead us to recommend avoiding this brand’s hair products, but there’s more bad news. There have been hundreds of adverse event reports (based on the news reporting linked above) related to Monat hair products, along with multiple lawsuits, which is incredibly high for an externally applied product. Typically adverse reactions are reported to the FDA for ingestible products like supplements.

Consumers complained that Monat hair products caused hair loss, itching, scalp irritation and more.

For hundreds of people to take the time to file formal complaints to the FDA, we can assume this company’s hair products contain harmful ingredients regardless of what they claim or what’s on their label. 

We strongly recommend that consumers avoid Monat hair products. Even if there’s a change they have made since the FDA inspection, there’s no reason to trust that a company which has behaved this recklessly in the past will start doing the right thing. There are plenty of safer and healthier hair alternatives and shampoos and no need to take the risk.

Monat Skin Products Review

Monat sells a variety of skin care products like cleansers, moisturizers and sunscreen.

Their skin care is Leaping Bunny approved, which is a certification guaranteeing cruelty-free products and a lack of animal testing.

The cleansers Monat sells mostly include safe botanical ingredients which are non-toxic, which is a good thing because a large amount of cosmetic companies contain potentially harmful ingredients. The one ingredient we take issue with in their cleansers is “fragrance”, which is a vague term that can include harmful materials based on medical research.

We would recommend avoiding skin products containing fragrance because without knowing the chemicals comprising the fragrance you can’t determine whether it’s safe or not.

Monat’s moisturizers also contain fragrance, and we would recommend avoiding them for that reason. All of the other ingredients in the moisturizers we reviewed seemed to be non-toxic and comprised mostly of botanical ingredients, similar to the cleanser formulations.

Surprisingly, Monat’s sunscreen also contains fragrance which is unfortunate since it’s one of the best-formulated sunscreens we’ve reviewed in terms of safe ingredients. We’re unsure why a sunscreen needs fragrance in the first place.

As we detailed in our Elta MD review of one of the most popular sunscreen brands in the world, many companies (Elta MD included) use chemicals which are potentially hormone-blocking in their sunscreen formulations like octinoxate. Monat contains none of these ingredients and just uses the very safe and well-studied zinc oxide as the primary sun blocking chemical. 

We believe that the risk of potentially hormone-disrupting active ingredients in sunscreen is higher than the risk of fragrance (which is much lower in dose), so we would still favor this formulation over Elta MD although we don’t recommend either.

Overall we believe Monat’s skincare products are relatively safe and well-formulated compared to many companies in the industry.

It’s worth noting that Monat claims their fragrances only use ingredients approved as safe by the International Fragrance Association, however this doesn’t change our stance of not recommending products without being able to determine every ingredient.

Monat Supplements Review

Monat sells several supplements in the Wellness section of their site. Their Total Greens product contains a large list of botanical ingredients. We have no issues with this product other than its cost. For wealthy consumers, this may be a convenient way to achieve a good dose of micronutrients daily.

For the average consumer, paying nearly $60 for 30 servings of a powdered green blend probably doesn’t make sense, because it’s not targeted to any specific health outcome. It would be cheaper and probably just as healthy to spend half the money buying local greens at a farmer’s market.

Monat sells a wellness product called “Collagen Key” which contains no collagen. This is one of the strangest marketing decisions we’ve seen. The product claims to “support the body’s natural production of collagen”, but that’s an unproven claim and is unnecessary regardless because we know from medical research that collagen is well-absorbed orally.

If your goal is improving collagen status in the body, it makes more sense to take a collagen supplement than to take a supplement which claims to naturally improve collagen but contains no collagen. We recommend unflavored collagen powder with no added ingredients or sweeteners.

Monat’s sleep supplement, called Sleep Drops, contains ingredients which are proven to be effective in inducing relaxation like chamomile and l-theanine. However the most effective ingredient is almost certainly melatonin at 1 mg.

Melatonin is the most well-studied sleep supplement, and we would recommend trying melatonin alone before trying an overly complex sleep formula which costs $69 if cost is at all a concern because melatonin is very cheap. That being said, this appears to be an effective formulation for sleep.

Monat also sells a probiotic supplement named Balance, which provides 5 billion colony forming units (CFU) of various probiotic strains, along with 87 mg of prebiotic fiber and herbs. 

The prebiotic dosage seems so low as to be ineffective based on medical research. Probiotics can be healthy and are generally well tolerated, but there are issues with shelf stable probiotics like what Monat sells, because these are live ingredients and they can die in storage. Monat doesn’t publish any research proving their probiotics are shelf stable so we will assume they’re not.

Balance also contains food colorings, and all U.S.approved food dyes have been associated with health concerns in medical studies. 

We find it strange that Monat products follow a pattern of decently formulated active ingredients and totally unnecessary, potentially harmful inactive ingredients. Just lose the food dye! Probiotics don’t need to be a certain color.

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Conclusion

We don’t recommend any Monat products due to the significant product quality issues with their hair lines. That being said, their skin care products and supplements appear to be decently formulated for the most part, and are superior to other health supplements sold by MLM companies like Herbalife and Plexus.

Nearly every product Monat sells is very expensive, and the active ingredients can be found in cheaper formulations.

Monat products tend to use inactive filler ingredients we find harmful like fragrance and food dye. 

Save yourself the money and avoid this brand. 





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