After my review of Rodan + Fields last month, I polled my readers and asked which company they would like me to review next. Monat won by a landslide. To be quite honest, I had never even heard of Monat. I had no idea what the company was or what they sold. This truly has allowed me to write an unbiased review of Monat.

I actually had to figure out what Monat sold. Was it replacement shakes, like most of my reviews? Was it skincare? Neither – it’s haircare. I read about the company’s history and their culture and I like that they’re a family owned business. I don’t like that I’ve emailed the company numerous times asking for clarification of ingredients and have received no response.

My immediate concerns were seeing fragrance on the ingredient list numerous times, as well as ingredients made with polyethylene glycol (PEGs). I also emailed to further inquire about their use of folic acid (synthetic, linked to cancer) versus folate (naturally occurring) in their hair supplement product. I first emailed them February 27th and as of mid-March have received no response.

Allow me to clarify why I do these reviews. It’s simple: because people deserve to know what they’re spending their hard earned money on, especially if the ingredients in said products are harmful to their health. Most people don’t know that over 1,500 ingredients masquerade under the term “fragrance.” Most people don’t know that there are carcinogens in their shampoo. People deserve to know this information, especially when majority of ingredients on the market have literally not been tested for safety.

I pick these ingredients apart and back up that information with reliable, scientific data. If there is not well established data for an ingredient’s toxicity level, I will not even discuss that ingredient. My reviews are backed by legitimate information. This is not my opinion. This is not personal. This is transparency – because you need to know what you’re applying to your skin (and therefore absorbing into your bloodstream).

There are few things that anger me more than companies that promote their products as safe, healthy and non-toxic with a list of ingredients they don’t use – and then literally use those exact ingredients. See Monat’s list of toxic ingredients they supposedly do not use below:

Oh really?

Because fragrance is on the ingredient label of several Monat products. No pthalates? Pthalates are often hiding under the umbrella term of “fragrance.” No PEGs? Then what about steareth-21 or ceteareth-20? Both are PEGs and both are found in Monat products. 

The fact that this company lists the ingredients as toxins shows they know that they are harmful, but then they go on to have the audacity to use them in their products! This is not okay. It’s flat out dishonesty and women need to know.

Let’s take a look at the ingredients.

Rejuvenique Ingredients:

Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isoamyl Laurate, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Adansonia Digitata Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Taitensis Flower Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Caryocar Brasiliense Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan, Algin, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Chitosan, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Coco-Glucoside, Sorbitan Oleate, Fragrance, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Benzyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Renew Shampoo:

Water (Aqua), Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Stearyldimoniumhydroxypropyl Decylglucosides Chloride, Fragrance (Parfum), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Adansonia Digitata Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Caryocar Brasiliense Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Dextran, Citric Acid, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Propanediol, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Hydroxypropylphosphate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer, Lauramide MIPA, Sodium Hydroxypropylphosphate Laurylglucoside Crosspolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Amodimethicone, Trideceth-12, Cetrimonium Chloride, Benzoic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol.

Restore Leave In Conditioner Ingredients:

Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Quaternium-91, Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride,Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Adansonia
Digitata Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Caryocar Brasiliense Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Dextran, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Myristyl Myristate, Behentrimonium Chloride, Propanediol, Fragrance, Butylene Glycol, Amodimethicone, Trideceth-12, Cetrimonium Chloride, Phenethyl Alcohol, Undecyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol.

Intense Repair Shampoo:

Water, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Polyquaternium-7, Glycol Distearate, Glycereth-26, Cetearyl Alcohol, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Adansonia Digitata Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Taitensis Flower Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Caryocar Brasiliense Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Glycerin, Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Dextran, Butylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Vanillyl Butyl Ether, Polyquaternium-10, Disodium EDTA, Benzyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Benzoic Acid.

Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy:

INGREDIENTS LISTING: Water (Aqua), Maltodextrin/VP Copolymer, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetyl Alcohol, Heptyl Undecylenate, Propanediol, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Steareth-21, Glycerin, Trifolium Prantense (Clover) Flower Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Adansonia Digitata Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Caryocar Brasiliense Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Wheat Amino Acids, Soy Amino Acids, Arginine HCL, Serine, Threonine, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Dextran, Ceteareth-20, Polyquaternium-10, Fragrance (Parfum), Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Benzyl Alcohol.

Monat Junior Shampoo:

Water, Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Bis-Hydroxyethylglycinate Coco-Glucosides Crosspolymer, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Polyglyceryl-5 Oleate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate.

Black Aftershave Moisturizer:

Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Heptyl Undecylenate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates, Cetearyl Glucoside, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Spirulina Platensis Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Tocopherol, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Adansonia Digitata Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Caryocar Brasiliense Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Ethyhexylglycerin.

Now let’s pick these ingredients apart and get down to the science behind them. This is not my opinion. This is strictly the scientific information behind these products.

Safe hair care options can be found HERE

Fragrance

EWG rating: 8

Seems harmless, right? Just a lil’ frangrance to make the products smell better. Couldn’t be too dangerous, could it?

Fragrance is actually one of the most dangerous, harmful ingredients in the cosmetics industry. Companies can hide thousands of harmful ingredients in this one label: fragrance. In fact, almost 4,000 chemicals, many of the harmful, can be labeled as “fragrance.”

Roughly 95% of all synthetic fragrance is derived from petroleum, crude oil. Not only is this environmentally harmful, this process produces carcinogens like benzene and endocrine disruptors like phthalates. Phthalates don’t just disrupt the hormones, they have also been linked to autism and birth defects.

A study from Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center found that,

“Prenatal exposure to phthalates and delays in learning, including a recent study that shows children exposed to phthalates in the womb are more likely to display autisticlike behaviors.”

“Baby boys are more likely to experience changes in their genitals if their mothers were exposed to phthalates during pregnancy (Environmental Health Perspectives paper of the year, 2005).”

This is why phthalates were banned in children’s toys in 2008.

CONSIDER THIS: FRAGRANCE HAS BEEN LINKED TO CANCER, HORMONAL IMBALANCES AND EVEN BIRTH DEFECTS – AND IT’S IN SEVERAL MONAT PRODUCTS.

Now, I’m not saying Monat definitely uses harmful, carcinogenic fragrances in their products. But without transparency, there’s no way to know. I reached out to them numerous times to ask what they use in their fragrance and they never once got back to me. They did however reach out to ask which email I used to contact them – though offered no clarification on anything in this article; not their use of fragrance, PEGs, etc.

I would think that if they didn’t use harmful fragrance or PEGs, they’d be happy to reach out to me to set the record straight. That has not happened. Their label says fragrance and they are unwilling to share what exactly that does or does not include.

Steareth-21 and Cetereath-20, also known as Polyethylene Glycol (PEGs)

While Monat says they do not use PEGs in their products – it’s clearly a falsehood. Steareth-21 and Cetereath-20 are both on the ingredient list and made of polyethylene glycol, aka PEGs.

Steareth-20 is a synthetic polymer composed of PEG (polyethylene glycol) and stearyl alcohol. Due to the presence of PEG, this ingredient may contain potentially toxic manufacturing impurities such as 1,4-dioxane.Source

Ceteareth-20 is the polyethylene glycol ether of cetearyl alcohol; may contain potentially toxic impurities such as 1,4-dioxane. Source

The issue with PEGs isn’t so much the PEGs themselves (although some studies have implicated certain PEGs as genotoxic), but PEGs allow other toxic chemicals to more easily penetrate the skin – like fragrance, which allows them to more quickly and efficiently enter the bloodstream.

PEGs are often contaminated with chemicals like ethylene oxide, a known human carcinogen and 1,4-dioxane – a possible human carcinogen (source).

PEGs are banned in Europe and rated a 3 on the EWG scale, though the ingredients they are often contaminated with – ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane are rated a 10 and 8 respectively (source).

Behentrimonium Chloride

Behentrimonium chloride is an ammonium salt and while I found reports stating that it causes tissue death – I wasn’t able to find any studies to substantiate this claim. However, if you or your child have skin issues like eczema or psoriasis, it is best to avoid a harsh ingredient like this.

Behentrimonium chloride is only safe in concentration under 0.1% – as I was unable to reach Monat, I am unsure of what percentage they use in their products.

It is rated a 3 on the EWG scale and its use is limited in Europe.

Dimethylamine

Dimethylamine was not an ingredient I was immediately familiar with. Upon digging further, I’m shocked it’s in haircare products at all. The CDC lists dimethylamine as extremely flammable, hazardous to inhale as it can cause a burning sensation, headaches, difficulty breathing and shortness of breath (source).

They go on to state,

The substance is severely irritating to the eyes and the respiratory tract . Inhalation of the substance at high levels may cause lung oedema (see Notes). The effects may be delayed.

From PubChem, National Institute of Health’s open chemistry database,

As a pure chemical substance Dimethylamine is used as dehairing agent in tanning, in dyes, in rubber accelerators, in soaps and cleaning compounds and as an agricultural fungicide… Long-term inhalation of low concentrations or short-term inhalation of low concentrations has adverse health effects. Source

This is likely with direct exposure to dimethylamine, but still fairly shocking. It is a known human lung and skin irritant as well as a known toxic substance. It is listed as a 6-7 on the EWG scale.

Benzyl Alcohol

Benzyl alcohol is both naturally occurring as well as synthetic. It is used as a solvent and preservative and has been associated with contact allergy.

Studies have shown that high doses of benzyl alcohol may pose serious risks,

In a primary irritation study 10% benzyl alcohol applied in a 24-hour occlusive patch to the back of eight male albino rabbits did not cause irritation. Undiluted benzyl alcohol was moderately irritating when applied to the depilated skin of guinea pigs for 24 hr. Acute intravenous toxicity of benzyl alcohol was determined in mice. Clinical signs were convulsion, dyspnea and reduced motility in all strains for 24 hours. The slight decrease in body weight in the first week following treatment returned to normal in the second week. Microscopic examination revealed local nerve degeneration when 5% benzyl alcohol was injected into the side of a cat’s face; at 10% local anesthesia was produced. In another experiment, rats were given oral doses of 50, 100, 200, 400, and 800 mg/kg for 13 weeks. The high dose produced clinical signs indicative of neurotoxicity including staggering, respiratory difficulty, and lethargy. Reduction in weight gain was noted in males at 800 mg/kg and females at equal to or greater than 200 mg/kg. Source

It is rated a 5 on the EWG scale.

Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract

While trifolium pratense, or red clover flower extract is listed as a 1 on the EWG scale, I felt the need to probe further after learning that red clover, despite being a natural ingredient, has estrogenic effects (source). Just because something is natural does not necessarily mean it is healthy, or even safe. For example, soy is high in estrogens, which is one reason I avoid it.

This ingredient may be of concern to anyone at risk for estrogenic cancers, like breast and ovarian, or those with the BRCA genes. If you suffer from PCOS, hormonal imbalance, difficult, painful or abnormal periods – you should be aware of this ingredient.

Red clover extract is often used as a dietary supplement for menopausal women (to replace estrogen).

Cetrimonium Chloride

Centrimonium chloride is an ammonium salt used as a preservative. At low doses, it is a skin irritant (source). At high doses, it can potentially be embryotoxic (cause death, growth retardation and/or abnormal development) and teratogenic (disturb the development of the fetus). Again, this is only at high doses, not low doses (source). I just thought you may want to be aware.

It is listed at a 3 on the EWG scale.

In conclusion.

This is not a full of list of every harmful ingredient or ingredient linked to serious issues; that review would simply be too long. I chose certain ingredients that have well established information regarding toxicity and have been effectively studied. Many of these ingredients are well known toxins in the cosmetics industry. This is not groundbreaking information. These ingredients are knowingly harmful.

It’s completely unacceptable that Monat states that they don’t use fragrance, PEGs or phtalathes when they are literally on their ingredient lists. In a time when one in two men and one in three women get preventable cancers, cancers that development due to lifestyle choices like diet, exercise and toxin exposure – it’s more important than ever to be mindful of what you’re putting on your skin. What is applied to the skin is absorbed by the body. There are over 80,000 untested chemicals in cosmetics. Always be aware of what is in the products you’re using.

Safe hair care options can be found HERE

 

Monat Haircare Products - an honest review of a beauty product that promises volume to thinning hair! Before and after pics aside - Do this products really change your hair for the better? Find out in my unbiased review #haircare #beauty
Monat Haircare Products - an honest review of a beauty product that promises volume to thinning hair! Before and after pics aside - Do this products really change your hair for the better? Find out in my unbiased review #haircare #beauty

110 Comments

  1. Thank you for taking the time to look at Monat and discuss the ingredients. The one thing about most of what you said is most of these ingredients, especially in their toxic state are banned or limited in Europe. However, Monat just opened up their market in Europe without having to change a thing about their product. Would this not discount most of what you said as they are pretty strict? I am also curious what the fragrance is compiled of, but if it passed the EU standards then it must not be toxic. Also I looked up the dimethylamine, which is listed as brassicamidopropyl dimethylmine, is used to helped comb through or condition hair better, which does not seem confusing to be in hair products. From what I could find the dimethylmine in other states may be what you are talking about, but not as brassicamidopropyl dimethylmine. This seems to be the basic premise of chemistry. Things can change drastically depending on their sate. I will be curious to see if you hear back from Monat on their fragrance ingredients.

  2. Preggo mama herr who just started using Monat due to the low toxicity claims. And advice on a hairline I should use instead?

  3. Thank you for the honest review! I continually struggle to find a good hair care line that is devoid of these ingredients. Do you have any suggestions?

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  5. Hi there. Just a note- it’s Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine,not dimethylamine, that is in Monat. They are two different things.

    • Amanda Lawrence Reply

      Safety Measures/Side Effects: According to the Cosmetics Database, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine is a low hazard ingredient that is “Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful.” No other studies were found that reported negative side effects regarding use of this ingredient.

    • Magdalena Amondsen Reply

      Out of the hundred poisonous ingredients..you want to correct one?????So funny.I have used Monat ,did absolutely nothing except makung my hair feel like dry grass..( if I had a horse??)
      All the ingredients were tested on animals..not by Monat per say but by other companies…that’s how we know they are not poisonous to humans????
      As with everything if it helps some, thats fantastic but I don’t like the lies…as much as I don’t like the price?

    • Helena Teichroeb Reply

      I can’t stand Monat, the Hun bots have reached an all time high extreme desperation to get women on board with this. Even if the product was good (not the least suprised it’s all toxins) I couldn’t get into it cause of how annoying and desperate the girls who sell it are. I’ve had my inbox blown up with pressure to purchase and it was lie after lie after lie… When I asked for proof, she sent me links to what another Monat sales woman had wrote. Yea wow not biased at all. I can’t wait till this pyramid scheme dies like the rest of them do!!! Thanks for sorting truth and facts gf, we need more of this! Xo all the love ??

  6. Just FYI, here is a well-researched rebuttal to this article by respected and well-known research blogger Ann Marie Michaels of Cheeseslave.com:

    http://www.cheeseslave.com/are-monat-hair-products-toxic-debunking-the-myths/

    I do find that the attitude towards Monat is very negative and not at all unbiased in this article, though what is actually stated is ambiguous at best. You do not mention that the two “PEG” ingredients you site can actually be made without PEGs. And since the labels and website of Monat clearly state that they contain no PEGs or petroleum byproducts, it is not safe to assume (as you have done) that these two ingredients are produced using PEGs.

    It’s also interesting that your use of the word “fragrance” seems to be synonymous with “toxin” throughout the article, which is ridiculous because fragrance is a neutral word meaning “smell.” Simply the fact that the components of the fragrance are not listed, again, does not automatically make them toxic, and you assume they are toxic throughout the article.

    Again, if the claims of the company list everything the products are free of, and your claims in this article list ingredients that *could* contain those ingredients but could also be made another way, how is it logical or productive to assume they have mislabeled their products, which is against the law?

    Another thing to consider is that though the FDA does not regulate body care products, Monat has had their facilities and operations approved by the FDA anyway, in order to provide *transparency,* which you say you value.

    Another note: Monat has just launched in Europe. Do you know the difference in standards between Europe and the United States? For body care products in the US there are about 13 ingredients that have been banned from use. In Europe there are hundreds. Monat did not have to change one single ingredient in any of the products to launch in Europe. Does that make you think twice about your claims of toxicity in this report?

  7. Angelika Mitchell Reply

    Monat was approved for use in the EU with no changes in the formula. So clearly it’s not using the version of the ingredient you say they “could” be using. It’s really a shame that no one answered you from the company though. That really stinks.

    • Ciggerates are also sold to 14 year olds in EU so I’m not sure what your point is there defending EU for distributing it.

      • dani Reply

        Actually the legal smoking age in European countries is 18 – same as the US.

  8. Thanks for sharing this. I’ve been looking for more specifics to share with friends about why Monat isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

  9. Rhonda Goodleaf Reply

    A few of my friends have actually had their hair fall out after using Monat.

  10. I really appreciate your time and review here. I do have a pertinent question though. If the European Commission has approved Monat, how can I believe that the information you’ve provided here is also accurate?

  11. Alicia Anderson Reply

    I’ve had several friends reach out to me and try to convince me to try Monat everything. I try to be nice about it but I cannot stand to “try” something that is toxic. I’m trying my best to get all the toxins out of my life and it’s hard enough as it is.

  12. Amanda Lawrence Reply

    I have a question. The UK just allowed Monat to be sold in the UK but you said that Europe does not allow PEGS in their products. Can you explain? Maybe at a certain level it’s not allowed? Thank you.

  13. Have you reviewed AVEDA? I know the conditioner for curly hair has fragrance and alcohol near bottom of list but curious about other ingredients.

  14. I can’t believe how salacious some of these companies are. It’s depressing. I’m sure you’re already aware of the lawsuits that Monat has served to members of private Anti-Monat/MLM Facebook groups.

    Do you happen to know what their basis is for suing members of private groups? Are you at all concerned that they might come after you?

    Due to ethical and personal reasons I’m generally biased against MLMs. Since the FTC isn’t able to (or simply won’t) properly regulate them, it’s not completely out of line to question their honesty. When I’ve asked representatives of various MLMs about their products they tend to provide scripted and purposefully evasive responses. When I continue to ask the same neglected questions, that’s when their gilded demeanor shifts into something… more sinister. Luckily, I’m not emotionally affected by their bullish and defensive attacks despite how personal they get. I believe that they’re victims of a cruel joke. The companies that they “work for” hide the truth from them, too, so it’s no wonder they can’t provide straight forward information. And with all the money they “invest” into this “business opportunity”, I’m also sympathetic of their resentful behavior. The most revealing observation I’ve made is their reliance on emotion-based claims; it’s reminiscent of the prosperity preachers you see on TV. But unlike the preachers, they’re the ones being coached and exploited. Real good business practice right there.

    Critical thinking goes a long way. Too bad American society fails to encourage those skills. I applaud you for your objective and scientifically based reviews. Unfortunately, no matter the effort you put into helping people understand this concept, you will never escape the faint pangs of victimized protesters.

  15. Julie R Lilienkamp Reply

    Your comments and review of Monat are skewed, are not professional, or valid. Monat claims to use natural plant based products– never claims “all natural”. And you get more toxins in your skin and hair from visiting a Starbucks coffee shop, starting your car, or walking by someone smoking a cigarette. If we can reduce out toxins we use on our bodies to 80% our bodies can humanly take care of the other 20%. Try it before you knock it, and do your research a little better.

  16. Monat doesn’t claim “all natural” but science with plant based naturay products. Get your facts straight. https://truthaboutmonat.com/science-litigation/… You can get more toxins in your skin, scalp and hair by starting your car, walking into a coffee shop with burnt bagels, and from drfting cigarette smoke. Be careful.

  17. Fran Gorycki Reply

    I’ve been asking about the “fragrance” in my native deodorant and getting the run around also.

  18. Hi,
    I’m just curious what you searched for finding the EWG rating for these products? I use that app religiously and couldn’t find ANY products.
    Also most companies aren’t going to get back to you, to sit on the phone to explain their ingredients; big companies, small companies, MLM/Network marketing companies.. not even restaurants, bars, etc.
    Think your blog is great, keep crushing it!

  19. Thankful for a good solid review. Monat-after using the Renew line and rejuvinique oil-made my hair fall out (& dry up & suck my hair color out) and thin so badly for 6 months, I got all sorts of tests at the doctor. The rep kept telling me it was normal and your hair will get better. As the months went on, I finally told her I was stopping bc it ruined my hair. She blamed my lack of water (?it is literally all I drink & I drink plenty-my urine is pale yellow) and my hormones (all normal-I have the lab work to prove it). When I had earlier hesitations about the red clover, due to family history of breast cancer-she totally made me feel silly for even asking. ?
    I will NEVER buy their products again. And lost my trust in the beauty industry. That being said, it spured me on to examining all my products and being aware of the trickery companies use. Thank you for your reviews! Please keep them up!!!

  20. How did they pass the European commission
    standards without having to reformulate any ingredients when they launched in the UK?

  21. Marc Sansotta Reply

    From several people I heard Monat products are great quality. Having said that, for hair regrowth the products didn’t work, not even slightly. I took before and after pictures…no difference (maybe even slight hair loss). I gave the products 6 months. Used the shampoo daily (massage in shampoo, leave for 3 minutes, rinse and repeat). Used intense repair spray twice daily.
    Hair felt great but didn’t help with hair restoration. What really disappointed me was that Monat had the audacity to require $19 to leave the VIP program early (after having already spent over$200 on products for me and my spouse 🙁

  22. Is Isoeugenol an ingredient in Rejuvenique oil by Monat. If someone knows it would be great.

    • Hi! I use and love the rejuvenique oil. I just checked the ingredient list and it does not include lsoeugenol. Only 5 fruit and plant oils!

  23. I encourage you to review everything you wrote! Lots on inaccurate info. MONAT was approved to sell in the UK with not having to change a single formulation. uK standards are extremely strict. That alone proves half of what you wrote was inaccurate. Otherwise the UK would not allow it.

  24. The only shampoo I’ve found with no bad ingredients is Alaffia. I like it, but I’m wondering if anybody knows of any others?

  25. If you’re going to write an article on a company, maybe proofread it first.

    “AN UNBIASED REIVEW OF MONAT” in enormous white font on top of a pink background is at the bottom of your *review.

    Made me take everything I just read with a grain of salt.

  26. I was given several different types of the Monat hair masques. This week I used the super hydrating masque. The directions were to leave it on for three minutes, comb through with a wide tooth comb and rinse out. Instead of my hair feeling soft and conditioned (which one would expect from a hydrating product), my hair felt very coarse and it was impossible to get a comb through. I ended up rinsing it off and applying my usual conditioner (Living Proof). There doesn’t seem to be damage to my hair, but I don’t think I’ll be using it again. I have also tried to get an ingredient list to no avail. One can only get a list of what they say they don’t use. Where is the transparency?

  27. Thank you for this review. I’ve had an icky feeling in my stomach from the number of people touting the “natural”-ness of this company, knowing something wasn’t right. I don’t understand why they are getting away with the all natural claim when they clearly are not.
    The fact that they didn’t respond to you speaks volumes to me also.

    • dani Reply

      Unfortunately there are no guidelines, laws, rules, etc. surrounding the use of the term “natural.” It can really mean anything.

      • 5 stars
        After my research I decided to try monat products and was very impressed with the outcome of my hair. However, I noticed that I keep getting headaches and nausea. My diet had not changed and then realize these symptoms did not occur until I started using monat products. I had not seen these possible side-effects in my previous research until I started experiencing it myself, then I knew what to look up. I truely believe the Trifolium Pratense (red clover) is what is causing my discomfort. Although they state the amount used in their products cannot give you a reaction. This ingredient is found in a lot of their products, so if I’m using multiple products of theirs… I will be returning my products and hope to get a full refund (fingers crossed).

        Thank you for your honest review.
        Which hair products do you recommend based on your experience?

  28. Jessica H. Reply

    Not sure why they didn’t answer you, that’s certainly annoying. However, in May 2018 monat began selling the entire line in the UK. No reformulation or anything like that. With their strict guidelines, I feel good about the use of these products and have the best hair I’ve ever had.

      • Bowles Lise Reply

        I am sorry to hear this, another company “greenwashing” to sell a product! It’s everywhere!
        Thank you for your research…..

        • ALOT OF YOU ARE SO DRAMATIC! EVERYTHING YA EAT AND DRINK PLUS THE SHAMPOOS, CONDITIONER, LOTIONS, PERFUMES, LITERALLY EVERYTHING IS TOXIC TO US HUMANS. SO STFU! YA WORRIES ABOUT A HANDFUL AMOUNT OF INGREDIENTS THAT MAY BE TOXIC IF USED IN LARGE QUANTITIES OR WHATEVER THD BULLSHIT YOU SAID BUT THEN AGAIN YA ARE THE SAME PEOPLE THAT EAT CRAP AND DRINK CRAP AND EAT OUT AND USE PANTENE, AUSSIE, AND WHATEVER OTHER CRAP THATS OUT THERE BUT DONT BE ON THEIR SITES RESEARCHING THEIR INGREDIENTS. THE MAKEUP COMPANIES THAT YA SPEND YA MONEY ON AND RUB ALL OVER YOUR FACE IS TOXIC TOO STFU AND LET PEOPLE DO WHAT THEY DO SINCE EVERYONE DO

          • It’s a review. If you don’t want a review than stfu and let people do what they do!
            New word for you : hypocrisy

    • Unfortunately, it’s when you stop using it that the effects happen. Hair loss, awful color jobs-etc. I’ve been a licensed stylist for 10 years and I can tell you that while you hair probably feels great (from the coating of wax) now, it won’t when you discontinue using the product. But good luck.

    • There are many monat products that are not sold in the UK, and will not without reformulation. The Junior Line is one.

  29. The same ingredients in monat products is in the lush products too… !!! 😀 In french ‘ Don’t panic monique ‘ ! 😀

  30. Someone I know who sells Monat just got diagnosed with head and neck cancer and says she had no risk factors. She’s 23.

    I googled to see if there were any connections and stumbled upon this article. I’m in shock

    • I’m so sorry to hear about your friend, that’s terrible! If you don’t mind me asking… Do you know how long your friend had been using the product? I am asking because my daughter has been using it and now I am worried. Thank you

    • It is impossible for a shampoo to cause cancer. Your friend may want to find the real cause of her cancer. Shampoo doesn’t have long enough contact with your skin and it is not ingested. This is in fact impossible

    • First off, there has not been one winning lawsuit to prove this so either it’s coincidence or Gods will! I’ve used it for 2 years and my hair and life have changed. You ought not listen to every thing you hear in speculation

  31. i’d love to see a review of beautycounter. i love their products and, according to some doctors and others, they are the only truly natural skin care, makeup and body care line. i’d love to see if that’s true!

    • dani Reply

      I actually have a review of BC, you can search the site for it!

    • I don’t know anything about Beauty Counter, but I have used Young Living Savvy makeup and to the best of my knowledge they have non toxic ingredients.

    • Is there a hair line that you recommend? So thankful that you did this research!

  32. MOnat Revive shampoo caused over half of my hair to fall out. If you care for your hair and yourself or anybody you love is using this, STOP them immediately! I had sores left on my scalp and chemical burns. My hormones have also been severely off ever since using this shampoo. This line of products has a phytoestrogen (Red Clover) and DHT (basically something that INDUCES hair loss!) I fear I am suffering from androgenetic alopecia now and have recently been prescribed Spironolactone. It has been a year and 2 months since this first happened and I still have bald patches and have had severe emotional and psychological issues that have affected my life and relationship. This shampoo ruined my life. I used to have long, thick beautiful hair and have not been myself for over a year now. PLEASE do not use this shampoo.

  33. Terry Brochu Reply

    I use Monat and love it, its done wonders for my hair, I also care deeply what I put on my skin and in my body. I have sent your article to the compliance department at Monat for better clarification! But looking at your article the first thing I noticed is your explanation of the rejuvenique oil is incorrect.

    It’s actually an organic product, as I have done the research…and it only includes oil! I’m sure your intent isnt to mislead people.

    A blend of 13+ Natural Plant and Essential Oils rich in omega fatty acids, antioxidants and nutrients highly compatible with the skin and hair.

    Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Adansonia Digitata Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Caryocar Brasiliense Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil.

  34. I’m sorry but this article does not have enough research. One of the main problems is that it is giving false statements that shampoo can cause cancer and birth defects. Red clover is only bad if you ingest it and Monat has a tiny amount that does not cause damage (plus not ingested). The products are tested by scientists and dermatologists. I’m going to stick with what they have to say. Also, of course, they are going to have fragrance, the fact is that they are not harmful fragrances (again tested by scientists and dermatologists to prove). If there were not fragrances I’m sure there would be people complaining about how they smell bad. People always find something to complain about. Also, the “PEGS” you talked about at the beginning. You got the ingredient wrong and if you look up the ingredient it is not in the least bit harmful. Monat sells in the UK and their guidelines are extremely strict. You should definitely do more research.

  35. As you state many times, you don’t have specifics for many ingredients, I.e. exact percentage of use in the products, or exact ingredients of fragrance, yet you go on to cite “lies”. If you don’t know how much of something is used you shouldn’t use “science” to back your claims. Monat is naturally based. That is an important difference from “all natural”. I believe if you actually get real information you would realize many of the ingredients listed are in different form from what you state, or in such small quantity as to render them safe in their specific use in these products. Many times the processing of the ingredient changes the reactive effect of the ingredient. Also, Monat is Leaping Bunny certified, look that up, and no products, or processes, or any portion of Monat is tested on animals. Perhaps your review should begin with, “not having all the information on this product, here is my opinion and some non-applicable science”.

  36. Mary Oliver Reply

    Unbiased? I checked the chemicals you had a problem with. Some are not even the same ingredients that you listed. Some come in different forms {some harmful and some not]. Unless you are a chemist you may need to hold off on your judgements until you really know.
    I am biased, I sell Monat and have seen what it can do for people first hand. My grey hairs are coming in brown again, I have friends who are growing hair in their thin and balding spots, damaged hair is being restored to healthy hair. They have done the science.
    I’m sorry they have not gotten back to you. Keep trying, and hold off on posting until you have the information you need. Assumptions are not facts.

    • dani Reply

      Actually they did get back to me and they refused to answer my questions. You don’t have to be a chemist to have common sense.

      If you have an issue with the science I provided via numerous studies, I think it would be a great idea to take it up with Monat so they can improve their formulas.

      • There are well renown chemist working Monat each and every day and all products are scientifically tested for 5 years before they release them for use to the public. I’d say expansions happening in Poland and Iceland, where they actually regulate and inspect ingredients an have banded over 1/2 products used in the United States… APPROVAL IS PROOF THAT MONAT IS GOOD! It’s a shame America doesn’t do better because the crap y’all likely buying is full of crap hitting ypir blood steam!

      • Are you sure it’s not biased? You disregard the fact that is says no Phthalates which means they don’t use phthalates in their fragrance. Which is totally possible to have a safe fragrance. The EWG bans phthalates. Monat distributes in the Uk.
        If you researched red clover you’ll find that it’s used in a loooot of different ways with different health benefits. Yes their could be effects if you gorge yourself in red clover, but whose doing that? Lol
        Just a few things.

    • I just went to a wash party on Friday it is now Tuesday night and I have blisters popping up all over my scalp and some on my face from using the Monat. I don’t know if it was the chemicals or if I am allergic to something in the product itself but I wouldn’t be able to tell anyway with the list of ingredients they have. I’m glad that it works for some people but it for sure does not for me. And unfortunately I am in pain.

    • This is unbiased because she’s posting facts-not her opinion. If you want opinions, google Monat Lawsuits and see how many lives it has ruined. Hair loss and all. Red clover? Just seeing that in the ingredients alone, (or you can find the article where they admit to it) would make me run and never look back. Straight from the internet-‘Red clover alters the level of estrogen in the body and when a change occurs in the natural balance of the body’s chemicals, dangerous side effects may occur.’

      All that being said, maybe don’t sell a product until you do YOUR research. And maybe don’t JUST research through the people who made the product to begin with. I have seen the horrors of this product and will never be okay with it.

    • Heartbroken Reply

      Well my hair is ruined after just 2 months of use. I have large panels of hair that is broken off and I have lost 50% volume. Do not tell me it’s my fault, I do not need lab work (which I had my yearly labs and all came back normal), I have always used professional hair products, my hair was not already ruined before I started. Furthermore my hairdresser/friend has been doing my hair for 6 years and was in shock when I saw her at the 2 month mark of using it. I had not told her I started using it. In hindsight I should have so I could have avoided this nightmare. Those products are horrible and those MP’s are preying on vulnerable people just to earn free trips, multiple checks per month and a paid for Cadillac by telling lies about the products. They are all brainwashed and I hear the same info from many MP’s as they are coached on how to respond and what to say! Absolutely sickening.

    • Hi Mary,

      Your hair coming back brown has to do with methylation of your DNA not using a certain shampoo (Monat in this case). Meaning that the part of your DNA that codes for hair colour (Melanin) becomes damaged and replicated many times in your life. Eventually as you get older, this leads to loss of DNA coding for hair colour and your hair will grow, but without colour (Silver/white hair). A shampoo simply can not change that. Perhaps you have decreased the stress in your life and this caused less grey hairs to grow. That can definitely happen as decreased stress slows down methylation and increased stress can speed up the methylation process. Just go on the Goggle Scholar search engine and look up research articles, there’s data to support this. Thanks 🙂

  37. what are your thoughts on all of the class action lawsuits about monat shampoo and conditioner making children’s and adults’ hair fall out?

  38. Hi there , I am using MONAT products and is the best company ever how can people start judging if they didn’t try. Our if you heard something and it’s already true I seen so many happy people using MONAT for more then two years and non of them had cancer our whatever any other problems. It’s natural products really you will say about this lush products that they are good I tried and I hade infection of them, it was really bad for me but I didn’t write the articles about it because we all people are different and maybe for some of you can be tiny reaction it’s just 1% can have but it doesn’t mean it’s bad and not safe I using Rejuveniqe oil everywhere it’s my family’s saver even for kids number 1…. I am sorry but did you are the cientist which finish very high colleges. I don’t think so , we all can judge from tiny things but it doesn’t mean it will not help others. Buy from the shop and you will have a cancer for sure because there is all toxins. If this company and all products would be so bad it would lots of people complaining and plus just week ago our Golden elixir REJUVENIQE OIL win another Award 2019if that’s would be so bad I don’t think that it grow so fast and help people a lot …

  39. I have been skeptical about Monat and have a few friends that recently starting using or selling it. Have you ever reviewed L’BRI products?

  40. I have very fine thinning hair and would love to have your recommendation on a good clean shampoo to use

  41. What hair products do you recommend as an alternative? I am about to ditch all the Monat I have after reading this!

    • Diane Volgenau Reply

      Check out Joyous health, Joy has a shampoo and conditioner all natural like really all natural!

  42. Do you know or recommend a brand that does not contain harmful ingredients?

  43. This is the best shampoo line I’ve ever laid hands on and a 2 year use timeline for myself and my entire family of 8! My husband has psoriasis and it has saved us a ton of bs terrible treatments with dumb doctors and money hungry insurance companies. Not to mention, my dog loves it to! It’s like Amy other damn thing on the planet… what’s good for one May not be good for another so the negativity and false research in this article, GOD will deal with! Have a nice day!

  44. LMAO. Your article seems very professional until you scroll down to the comments and read the attitude you reply with. Kinda sneaky. I don’t even sell the products but you are stating that this is unbiased, yet reply to one of these comments saying that you “don’t like the products”.

    Unbiased: showing no prejudice for or against something; impartial.

    Sorry my friend; you are NOT unbiased.

  45. Um the lady saying monat made her gray hair grow back brown, are you serious?!??!?!?!
    Hilarious. Ridiculous. Impossible.

  46. Could you please do an unbiased review of Atolla? I’m really curious and it looks legit.

  47. Ok, the US bans 11 ingredients from skin/hair care. EU bans roughly 1,300. All ingredients in there products are by EU standards. Should we use just water and a leaf to wash our hair?

  48. 5 stars
    omg yes thank youuuuuu, my moms friend got sponsored by them and my mom knew something wasn’t okay with them. this was very useful <3.

  49. Ingredient “researchers” drive me crazy because they do the same thing you and I do…they head to google. They don’t take into account formulations. Your comment above about “common sense” does not apply because it’s not so common to have a degree in chemical engineering or microbiology. Reading the ingredients off a bottle does not take into account temperature, order ingredients are added, buffers, PH etc. All of that plays a factor. Some ingredients cancel out others. Some are only there for suspension. Some are neutralized with buffers. Fragrance is an umbrella term, but it also allows companies with proprietary fragrance blends to hide them from their competitors. This company follows EU standards. They have a clinical advisory board including a world renowned trichologist. The formulator is an award winning scientist that has sat as chair for the society of cosmetic chemists. What I’m saying is, these people have devoted their life to understanding formulations. I’m going to choose their input over a poor “investigative review” from someone that doesn’t have the experience or the education.

  50. 5 stars
    hi thank you for your findings 🙂
    I realize you said they claim they don’t use fragrances but that’s not true, on their site it says they dont use “harmful fragrances”, understanding all fragrances are most likely not the best to use i know they are using the least harmful. Also, what products did you find the steareth-21 or ceteareth-20 or any (PEGS)in ? just curious because I’m trying to do this research myself so i don’t have to take anyones word for it 🙂
    Also you wrote, “PEGs are banned in Europe and rated a 3 on the EWG scale, though the ingredients they are often contaminated with – ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane are rated a 10 and 8 respectively” but they are approved not only by the FDA but also the european commission, and in Europe they are a lot stricter with harmful ingredients, so the fact that theyre able to pass that test and sell over there says alot to me .
    I am emailing them right now with more questions lol but thank you for sharing really!

  51. I find this so helpful and really appreciate there is a blogger out there that takes the time to make blogs such as this and look into all of the products we use deeper. I have been using Monat for three months now and I must say my hair looks amazing. But I am starting to see all of the negative comments/reviews on this product and I’m wondering if it’s time for me to let go and look elsewhere. I’m not feeling right about this company anymore. Anyone else on here that used it? What did you switch to?

  52. Since this review is now over 2 years old, has there been any response from Monat to your claims?

  53. Hi there, I am a board certified Oncologic Surgeon and my area of expertise is in breast cancers. I would like to correct your statement regarding red clover flower extract. It cannot be absorbed through the scalp into the blood stream in the quantity it would take to have any effect on estrogen within the body. Monat products are also sold in the UK and their ingredients are all approved by the EU standards. I think your readers need to have both of these facts before making a decision. Some of the ingredients you listed are incorrect as well. Please take care to provide correct information to your readers. Thank you

  54. 5 stars
    I tried Monat and I had horrible scalp burning, tons of hair loss, and a heavy period and I’m always on schedule and just have spotting or a light flow and am regular with birth control pills. The fragrance alone I was so allergic to, but I also thing since I am estrogen sensitive and red clover does that that it’s not safe for anyone with estrogen sensitivities and maybe that’s what causing people to have hair loss.

    I also read somewhere it basically coats the hair follicle giving a soft pretty appearance and this coating doesn’t allow any moisture to actual penetrate the follicle inside and long term use causes breakage and horrible hair damage. But people think when they stop using it and the coating goes away they need to start using again. I’m sorry but where’s the common sense, lol you don’t use a product for months, stop using it for a week with a new product and assume all the damage is from that week of new product.

    Clearly the product is masking something. I will say the rejevenique oil made my hair look gorgeous like best it ever has but it has red clover and the hair loss and painful scalp were too much. I also got vivid nightmares after the use.

    Took a few weeks off and tried again, same thing- heavy bleeding, nightmares, scalp burning, chunks of hair loss.

    The girl selling it to me told me this is part of a regrowth phase- I’m like girl- no I’m a science major that is not what’s happening no product should ever do this to your hair. Makes me weary of what I use now, it gets absorbed into your scalp.

    It makes me sad to think they’re promoting this to people with severe balding or hair loss like cancer patients!!!

    And none of them have any background in hair usually- just are marketed to say exactly what Monat tells them.

    Oh and it’s been over a year and I can’t get them to cancel my flex ship- I have to go in every 6 weeks and push it out 6 more weeks or they automatically charge you.

    Horrible company.

  55. My hair fell out badly after using Monat shampoo and conditioner for 6 months. I reported the adverse event to the FDA. Hope they crack down on the company.

  56. 5 stars
    I am very appreciative of you taking the time to research these things as well as sharing your findings. What do you use, and what is your daily skin care routine? I am interested in trying what you do as well as offering better options to my daughters. Many thanks!

  57. stop making reviews that put other companies down. youre so good at that. just focus on the strengths of your own products.

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