Wounded Warriors

Veterans and service members who have served our country deserve all of our gratitude. They fight for our freedom and work hard to keep peace. As you know, MONAT has chosen the Wounded Warrior Project as a way to express its utmost gratitude to these freedom fighters. Our More Than A Mist flash sale raised thousands of dollars to donate to two Wounded Warrior Project sites.
We called for nominations of two servicemen and/or servicewomen who would bestow the donation check on behalf of MONAT to the Wounded Warrior site closest to the winners’ home. We want to acknowledge everyone who involved themselves in this campaign.

Many of us participated in the selection process, which was extraordinarily difficult because of the overwhelming number of nominees’ moving stories. All deserve to be awarded the opportunity to give to Wounded Warriors on behalf of MONAT
First we’d like to announce the winners.
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IN THE US: Market Partner Donna Betts of Rockwall, Texas nominated her cousin, Corporal E-4 Bradley Ragsdale of the United States Marine Corp., Hot Springs, Arkansas. In 2005, he suffered a dislocated arm and burns across 25% of his body from a bombed vehicle…yet managed to pull another wounded Marine from the vehicle to safety.

After more explosions and crawling through enemy fire, Corporal Ragsdale directed medical help away from himself to the other marine. His actions saved both of their lives.
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IN CANADA: Associate Market Builder Karen Dickie of Shilo, MB nominated herself. Officer Karen Dickie of the Canadian Armed Forces has served over 16 years active duty as a Physician Assistant, traveling the world to treacherous places, including Afghanistan, to administer to the wounded and ailing.

She is married to Ryan Dickie, also on active duty serving 2 Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.
The other five nominees also deserve to be mentioned.
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Monica Hobbs, Managing Market Mentor of Indianapolis, Indiana nominated her brother Senior Master Sargeant Bryan Greene, who has been in the Air Force for 20 years. He is so dedicated to serving his country that he has moved his wife and four children six times for the sake of duty. Currently he is stationed in Korea while his family resides in Illinois.
Jamie Leigh nominated her oldest brother Robert Hodge of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne. He served two tours in Iraq as a 50cal shooter on a Humvee. During his deployment he was shot in the leg but that has not stopped him from being a stand-up man and protecting the family since their father’s death in 2000.
Tammy Fee, Market Mentor of Council Grove, Kansas nominated Kalia Purcey of the U.S.Army. A dream of hers since childhood, Kalia joined the Army first as an engineer stationed in Fort Stewart, GA, She eventually was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 to shut down bases as part of pulling out of that country.

While there Kalia sustained an injury that left her disabled. Still, her love for serving her country has not wavered and she truly is grateful for the bonds all those in service hold for each other. Ironically, Kalia was an MP for MONAT for a short while prior to her disability! She is married to a retired Army Drill Sargeant and they have a two year old daughter.
Jewely Stephens, Senior Executive Director, Founding Partner with MONAT Global, nominated Angelina DiFiore, a disabled combat veteran of the 3rd Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade, HHC 2-3 Brigade Troops Battalion, Military Police platoon. Her deployment of 15 months comprised over 350 missions outside the FOB and in harm’s direct way.

She spent over 10,000 hours deployed in Iraq, participating in various missions. For example, one was vehicle road-picketing: Angelina worked every morning and evening for a month to ensure that Al Qaeda and other foreign enemies could not lay an Improvised Exploding Device (IED) or Explosively Formed Penetrator (EFP) to prevent U.S. or allied forces from safely travelling through frequented routes during normal travelling hours.

Angelina was one of the first women ever to be trained and sent on an Infantry mission in Operation Iraqi Freedom. She was trained by the Asymmetrical Warfare Group for a month and out of the seven women who began the training, Angeline was one of only two who successfully completed it. Today, suffering from PSTD, she lives in Washington state and educates the public on mental health issues.
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Joey Zebb, Independent MONAT Market Partner, nominated her husband, Cpl. Steven Stoesz. Steve joined the II Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in 2006. In February of 2008 he deployed to Afghanistan.

During his deployment he was injured three times: May 25th by a suicide bomber, July 4th by a roadside bomb and again on August 7th by another roadside bomb. Sustaining injuries in each explosion, and excessive injuries in the last, he was sent home to receive medical care.

After recovering from multiple operations, Cpl. Steven Stoesz suffers chronic pain and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries. Yet he is a fighter and devoted to his wife and children. He has not given up on life, making him a true hero.

Here’s to 2017

There is no denying it’s the holiday season. Stores are filled with mounds of decorations and gifts, houses are draped in holiday lights and the smell of pine is in the air. We at MONAT call it the holiday season on purpose because it does not matter to us what holiday you celebrate… or if you celebrate a different holiday at another time of year.

For us, this is a season of celebration. It’s time to celebrate the year that just passed. To celebrate our blessings. To celebrate new friends we made and old ones whose company we’ve enjoyed.

And of course, it’s a time to celebrate family! We believe in celebrating the happiness that comes from the love of devoted and beloved family members, especially those who are not nearby.

Those distant family members include all of YOU, our MONAT market partners and VIP customers across the United States and Canada. We view all of you as part of our extended family. Your happiness and success are our happiness and success. Without you, we would not be rich with love, community, caring and blessings.

 

We wish all of you happy holidays,

continued success and great achievements in the New Year!

Blessings to all!

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Made with Love in the USA

For centuries, the United States has excelled at conceiving the greatest technological and scientific innovations, from the first patent for the telephone and the first long-lasting light bulb to the first automobile assembly line and the first sustained and controlled powered flight. These inventions impacted—and still effect—our planet and humanity today. (Not to mention advancements in computer software and hardware and mechanics and engineering and aerodynamics...the list goes on.)

These developments—plus the beautiful diversity in ethnicity, culture, geography and climate, among other wonderful aspects of this land—have made our nation stand out and become an extraordinary world-renowned melting pot of possibilities!

So what does it mean to be “Made in the USA”? For MONAT, it means creating and offering products that meet the highest standards of quality and excellence, and taking pride in doing so!

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MONAT was founded two years ago in Miami, Florida, where its 210,000 sq.ft FDA registered/cGMP compliant facility is located. There, our highly experienced Research & Development team formulates our products in a state-of-the-art laboratory and it is from this location that all of the MONAT products are packed and dispatched to the U.S. and Canada.

MONAT is the result of over 100 years of combined industry knowledge and high-end technology innovations that came together at the right time and in the right place to deliver the highest-quality products and an amazing business opportunity.

Green Your Beauty Routine

It’s Earth Month and here at MONAT we’re all about conserving our planet for our future. Below, we offer a few sustainable beauty practices to keep you and our beautiful Mother Earth safe from those pesky chemicals and cancer-causing carcinogens.

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Be conscious of water use.

Every minute the faucet runs, two gallons of water go down the drain; the average eight-minute shower dumps 17 gallons. So be a little more conscious while washing dishes, brushing your teeth and taking a shower.

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Brush up your act.

Opt for makeup brushes crafted from sustainable materials, like bamboo, and ones that feature vegan bristles. According to OneGreenPlanet.org, vegan brushes are hypoallergenic, safe for sensitive skin and cruelty-free.

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Check your labels.

Check the ingredients on all your beauty products. Many fear that chemicals such as parabens and phthalates may be toxic when absorbed in high doses. Another additive to watch out for is sodium lauryl sulfate, a common source of skin allergens. These chemicals wreak havoc on you and the environment.

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Make plant oils your best friend.

Oils are packed with antioxidants which fight free radicals and help reverse the effects of sun damage. Using oils on a daily basis is good for your skin and hair. Due to the decrease in the body’s own oil production as we age, fine lines and wrinkles appear, and hair loses its luster and bounce. Oils help replenish what has been lost and since they are not water-based, they don’t need any type of synthetic preservative or chemical added. This makes them pure, safe and one of the best sources of hydration and repair.

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Use every bit of your beauty products.

Be sure to squeeze as much as you can out of your beauty products. A wringer like the one used for toothpaste works exceptionally well at squeezing every last drop out of your MONAT products. After all, you don’t want to throw away product you can easily use!

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Reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Learn how reducing, reusing, and recycling can help you, your community, and the environment by saving money, energy, and natural resources, here.

9 Ways to De-Stress During the Holidays

 

Overcrowded department stores. Holiday shopping. Rush-hour traffic. Cooking. Cleaning. Yep, the holidays are upon us. Maybe you’re happy the season is here (or not!), but you might find yourself tired and frustrated.

Seriously, what gives? When we’re stressed, our bodies have a chemical response, causing all kinds of spikes in hormones that affect our state of mind, physical appearance and wellbeing (think acne flare ups, bloating, fatigue). Basically, when you’re stressed out, so is everything else inside your body.

Lucky for you, our staff has outlined a few positive practices to get you through the last week of the year.

From quick stress-survival strategies to mood-enhancing foods, here’s your cheat sheet to holiday cheer.

 

9. Take time (even if it’s just 10 minutes) for yourself.


Read your favorite book, take a bubble bath, and/or meditate. The proven benefits of meditation go a long way, and it’s also simple to do: just find a comfortable place, close your eyes, relax and focus on one thing. You can do this for as little as 10 minutes to experience benefits.

8. Say no!


Set limits and boundaries to give yourself a break. You’ve tried to do it all, but you know you can’t. Trust us: Once you say no to Aunt Sally the first time, it becomes a whole lot easier.

 

7. Exercise regularly.



Exercise keeps your mind fresh and allows you to sweat out some of your body’s toxins. One of the most significant benefits of a cardiovascular routine is the immediate effect it can have on your mood.

 

6. Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night.


It’s simple. Sleep helps recharge your body, making it more resilient to stress. So the next time you’re feeling foggy, hit the hay.

 

5. Create a holiday playlist.


Nothing makes you feel merry and bright faster than songs (think “Winter Wonderland” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”) and with good reason: research shows that listening to music can crank down stress hormones, lower blood pressure and heart rate, and kick your anxiety to the curb. So make it easy to listen to holiday songs by creating a playlist, or by visiting your favorite music streaming website, then playing it
in the background while you wrap gifts.

 

4. Press here for peace.


Feeling flustered? Sneak into the bathroom during the festivities and do this quick acupressure move: apply firm pressure to the fleshy place between your index finger and thumb for just 30 seconds; this can reduce stress and tension in your upper body. So if you start to feel overwhelmed by the holiday chaos, give your hand a squeeze and take a deep breath.

 

 

3. Pamper yourself.


You’ll be surprised what a DIY facial with REJUVENIQE™ and a deep moisturizing hair treatment with Replenish Masque can do for your mood. Let’s face it; when you look good, you feel good.

 

2. Eat mood enhancing foods.


It’s proven that junk food can make you depressed (not to mention fat!). Healthy nutrients like whole grains and protein can improve your mood and give you long-lasting energy. Foods effective for reducing stress include those high in omega-3 fats, like almonds and salmon. Drink coffee? Limit your intake. While studies have shown that some coffee during the day can offer health benefits, too much caffeine will make you jittery and can lead to a crash.

 

 

1. Disconnect.


Turn off your phone! Cell phones stress you out, there’s no question about that.Too much talk and text can even raise your blood pressure. Sometimes we all need a break from being “connected,” especially if you work in network marketing. Our advice? Designate a time each day when you aren’t on-call and power off, play with The Kiddo, or take a nap.

 
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What Does Naturally-based Mean

What does “naturally-based” mean?

In terms of MONAT products “naturally-based” means we strive to use ingredients that are “close to the source”. This means that we use high-quality botanical extracts, essential oils and vitamins in pleasing and effective formulations. That means we blend natural ingredients with surfactants (for cleansing products), emulsifiers (for creams and lotions) and preservatives (for a product that is free of contaminants and safe to use).

Is MONAT “all natural”? No. And it would serve you best not to use this term.
Let’s talk for a moment about the difference between “all natural” and “naturally-based”.
To fall into the all-natural category would mean that we would be either using natural preservatives whose safety has not been substantiated or the complete lack of preservatives all together. The absence of preservatives would also mean that our products would have a very limited shelf-life and would need to be refrigerated. That alone, would make it difficult for MONAT to exist. Items would have to been expressed shipped cold-packed and that would make the products quite cost prohibitive.

Let’s review the terms introduced in the beginning: surfactant, emulsifiers and preservatives.

Surfactants
One of the functions of a surfactant is to cleanse. A surfactant is any ingredient which reduces the surface tension between water and another liquid or between a liquid and a solid. There are good surfactants and bad surfactants. SLS has caused quite a controversy in recent years as a bad surfactant and linked to possible disease. You will never see SLS in any of MONAT’s products.
To cleanse, a surfactant interposes itself between dirt and the object being cleansed, thus separating the two and allowing for easy rinsing. It’s what makes your cleansers, body washes and bubble baths foam and bubble. Some surfactants are also known as detergents (remember “detergent” is not a dirty word!) There are mild cleansers and harsh cleansers. At MONAT, we use the gentlest and safest surfactant blends possible to effectively cleanse the skin, yet keep it moisturized and comfortable. Without surfactants, our products wouldn’t bubble and face it, most of us associate “foam” with “clean”.

Emulsifiers
Simply put, an emulsifier is what makes a cream a cream. It’s what “marries” oil and water. An emulsion is created when fine droplets of a liquid are dispersed in a second liquid; both liquids do not mix on their own and must be held together using an emulsifier. A great example of an emulsion is mayonnaise. Mayonnaise is a mixture two liquids that normally can’t be combined. Oil and water is the classic example, but for mayo you are trying to “marry” lemon juice and oil. Emulsifying is done by slowly adding one ingredient to another while simultaneously mixing rapidly. This disperses and suspends tiny droplets of one liquid through another. However, the two liquids would quickly separate again if an emulsifier were not added. Emulsifiers are liaisons between the two liquids and serve to stabilize the mixture. In mayonnaise, the emulsifier is egg yolk, which naturally contains lecithin, a fat emulsifier.

Preservatives
Preservatives are a good thing, you want them to be in your beauty care products.

Preservatives are added to skin, hair and body care products to protect the product and the consumer from the many types of mold, bacteria, yeast and fungus that can grow in a product. These unwelcomed “critters” can compromise the integrity of a product (make it separate, make is smell bad) and can in some cases can hurt you (from skin rashes all the way to blindness).

Most companies use a blend of preservatives to protect against a wide range of contaminants (this is because some preservatives only protect against bacteria, some only get mold and fungus. These blends of preservatives provide us with broad spectrum protection.

It is fairly safe to say that the total preservative blend used in our products is less than 1% of the total formulation, are a natural alternative to synthetic, and are non-toxic to the consumer.

Is naturally based better? Yes! Naturally-based means you get the best of both worlds: a product with ingredients that are as close to the source as possible blended in effective and safe formulations. We will continue to use only high quality botanicals, essential oils and vitamins in MONAT formulations so that you get the most benefit of what the earth has to offer.

 

5 Distinct Qualities of MONAT

MONAT’s Ingredient Qualities

There are five distinct qualities of MONAT’s naturally-based products:

1.  MONAT uses only R.O. (Reverse Osmosis) USP Pharmacopeia grade water as the base for all of the products. Sixty to eighty percent of most body care products are water. Using R.O. water assures that the products do not contain contaminants. These contaminants include heavy metals, pesticides and other things found in our water today. By using R.O. water, MONAT is able to use minimal amounts of preservatives to maintain the integrity of the products.

R.O. water acts as a sponge. It contains empty water molecules looking for something to absorb. These molecules absorb the botanical extracts and vitamins that we add in the manufacturing process, which also provides consistency and superior texture.

2.  MONAT products are produced using the highest quality food and pharmaceutical grade botanical extracts, essential oils, vitamins and minerals. We do not use industrial grade vitamins that are found in most body care products on the market today.

3.  Small batch manufacturing assures that the products are consistent.

4.  The products are never boiled. This assures that the natural, health giving vitamins and botanical extracts, will not lose their nutrient values.  Most cosmetics are manufactured in large steam pressurization vats that boil the products at high temperatures, which causes them to turn to a liquid or cream state. This is equivalent to boiling your vegetables too long, taking away all of their nutrient values.

5. Our products are manufactured avoiding the use of heavy chemicals. These ingredients often lead to unwanted skin conditions.

It is the goal of MONAT to always provide products that are as close to natural as possible.  Product integrity and consumer safety will always be the guiding factor in ingredient choices.

MONAT follows three principle rules when determining ingredients that will be used:

  • We will consult with multiple leading industry laboratories for input and evaluation as to what ingredients will provide the best results.
  • We will only use ingredients that are accepted by the FDA and those that are recognized by the FDA’s GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) rule.
  • We also use the USP (United States Pharmacopoeia) standards for ingredient determination.

It is our commitment at MONAT to always research and identify ingredients that will provide health, product integrity and consumer satisfaction.

 

 

Why Oils

Why Oils?
Today, most individuals arm themselves with multiple hair supplies like high-end shampoos, conditioners, treatments, and creams, much of which lay on top of the hair. and only temporarily help, if at all. Alcohol-based sprays, gels, and mousses dry, damage, and split the ends of hair we so desperately try to grow. Daily washing strips our scalps of natural oils and attempts to replace them with unnatural chemicals . These chemicals go down our drains and pollute the earth, the very water we would drink. The entire process is backwards and harmful to our hair, our health and the earth.
There is, however, an alternative – one found in an age-old tradition celebrated for thousands of years.  Ancient women traditionally treasured their hair and in doing so they didn’t strip their stands with chemicals but rather pampered them by oiling, unlike today’s routine of only washing and then conditioning.
Oil is absolutely vital for healthy hair and skin – it cleans dust from our scalps to prevent dandruff, infections, irritations, and even hair loss and contains antioxidants for follicle health and repair.
Oil Uses: Rejuveniqe™ Oil Intensive is so pure and versatile, that it can be used in multiple ways to improve skin and hair.

HAIR

Pre-shampoo treatment: Apply a generous amount to dry or damp hair and scalp. Leave on for 15 minutes; rinse thoroughly. Shampoo and condition (optional) as usual.

Intensive hydrating treatment: Apply a generous amount to damp hair and scalp.  Place a warm moist towel around the head and leave on for 30 minutes.  Rinse thoroughly; shampoo and condition (optional).

Leave-in finishing treatment:  Apply a small amount to hair, concentrating on the ends.  Style as usual.

Anti-frizz treatment: Rub a small amount between hands and apply to hair, concentrating on the ends. Style as usual.

Suggestion: Mix a pea size amount with conditioner or masque for added nutrition, protection and shine.

BODY

Facial moisturizer: Apply morning and evening to face, neck and décolleté prior to moisturizer, concentrating on problem areas such as fine lines and wrinkles for instant hydration, protection, and improved texture and tone.

Suggestion: Great for all areas of the body that are prone to dryness such as cuticles, nails, elbows, knees, and heels.

What Does Naturally-based Mean

What is Naturally-based?

What does naturally-based mean?

In terms of MONAT products “naturally-based” means, we strive to use ingredients that are “close to the source”.  The naturally-based ingredients we use are high-quality botanical extracts, essential oils, and vitamins in pleasing and effective formulations.  MONAT blends natural ingredients with surfactants (for cleansing products), emulsifiers (for creams and lotions) and preservatives (for a product that is free of contaminants and safe to use).

Is MONAT “all natural”?

No.  And it would serve you best not to use this term.

Let’s talk for a moment about the difference between “all natural” and “naturally-based”.

To fall into the all-natural category would mean that we would be either using natural preservatives whose safety has not been substantiated or the complete lack of preservatives altogether.  The absence of preservatives would also mean that our products would have a very limited shelf-life and would need to be refrigerated.  That alone would make it difficult for MONAT to exist.  Items would have to be expressed shipped cold-packed and that would make the products quite cost prohibitive.

Let’s review the terms introduced in the beginning:  surfactant, emulsifiers, and preservatives.

Surfactants

One of the functions of surfactant is to cleanse.  A surfactant is any ingredient which reduces the surface tension between water and another liquid. This applies to liquids and solids as well.  There are good surfactants and bad surfactants.  SLS has caused quite a controversy in recent years as a bad surfactant and linked to possible diseases.  You will never see SLS in any of MONAT’s products.

To cleanse, a surfactant puts itself between dirt and the object being cleaned, thus separating the two and allowing for easy rinsing.  It’s what makes your cleansers, body washes and bubble baths foam and bubble.  Some surfactants are also known as detergents (remember “detergent” is not a dirty word!)

There are mild cleansers and harsh cleansers.  At MONAT, we use the gentlest and safest surfactant blends possible to effectively cleanse the skin, yet keep it moisturized and comfortable.  Without surfactants, our products wouldn’t bubble and face it, most of us associate “foam” with “clean”.

Emulsifiers

An emulsifier is what makes a cream a cream.  It’s what “marries” oil and water.  An emulsion is created when fine droplets of a liquid are dispersed in a second liquid. Both liquids do not mix on their own and must be held together using an emulsifier.  A great example of an emulsion is mayonnaise.  Mayonnaise is a mixture two liquids that normally can’t be combined. Oil and water are classic examples, but for mayo, you are trying to “marry” lemon juice and oil. Emulsifying is done by slowly adding one ingredient to another while simultaneously mixing rapidly.  This disperses and suspends tiny droplets of one liquid through another.

The two liquids would quickly separate again if an emulsifier were not added. Emulsifiers are liaisons between the two liquids and serve to stabilize the mixture. In mayonnaise, the emulsifier is egg yolk, which naturally contains lecithin, a fat emulsifier.

Preservatives

When it comes to beauty care products, preservatives are a good thing. Preservatives are added to skin, hair and body care products because they protect the product and the consumer from the many types of mold, bacteria, yeast and fungus that can grow in a product.  These unwelcome “critters” can compromise the integrity of a product (make it separate, make it smell bad) and can in some cases can hurt you (from skin rashes all the way to blindness).

Most companies use a blend of preservatives to protect against a wide range of contaminants (this is because some preservatives only protect against bacteria, some only get mold and fungus.  These blends of preservatives provide us with broad spectrum protection.

It is fairly safe to say that the total preservative blend used in our products is less than 1% of the total formulation, are a natural alternative to synthetic, and are non-toxic to the consumer.

Is naturally-based better?

YES!  Naturally-based means you get the best of both worlds:  a product with ingredients that are as close to the source as possible blended in effective and safe formulations.  We will continue to use only high-quality botanicals, essential oils, and vitamins in MONAT formulations so that you get the most benefit of what the earth has to offer.