There’s No Love Like Puppy Love

Fun Ways to Pamper Your Pooch for National Pet Day!
Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend forgot to consider dogs. Everyday is special with your pup by your side whether you’re taking walks in the park or sharing snuggles on the couch. But April 11 is especially significant because it’s National Pet Day! So let’s celebrate our four-legged besties and shower them with the love they deserve.

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Bake Some Homemade Treats!
What do you get for the puppy who has everything? Treats, treats and more treats! Swinging by the pet store for bacon strips and biscuits may be the easier way to treat your good boy or girl, but National Pet Day is perfect for a little DIY. Consider baking these Peanut Butter and Bacon Glazed Bones. We’re paw-sitive they’ll get your doggy’s tail wagging.

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Have an Outdoor Adventure
Every dog has its day when the day includes long walks and trips to the park. National Pet Day is a good time for a special outing, though. If your dog is energetic, BringFido.com is a worldwide guide to dog-friendly hiking trails. Let your pup run, play, fetch and more at a trail near you!

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Have a Doggy Photo Shoot
Showcase your dog’s adventures like the superstars they are with a doggy photoshoot! You’ll be out and about for National Pet Day, so it’s only natural you’ll want to capture all the fun and adventure for social media. Oh, and if you didn’t know, doggy selfie sticks are definitely a thing, so it might be a good idea to grab one to help you grab the perfect glamour shots. Be sure to hashtag #MONATPet when you share your posts! 😊

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Have a Puppy Spa Day
You treat yourself, so you have to treat your dog on National Pet Day! After a long day of treats, walks and photo shoots, take some time to re-floof your fur baby with a warm bath. They’ll be happy, clean and naptime ready after their adventures.
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Why Your Life is Healthier with a Pet

While owning a pet can be a big responsibility, there are some significant health benefits to opening your home to a furry, feathered or fishy friend. This is likely old news to you if you’re already a pet owner, but if you’re on the fence on whether you should adopt a pet, here’s how your life could be healthier with one.

Pets Help You Stay Active

This is a big one for dog owners, as dogs require daily exercise to stay fit and healthy. Dogs not only need to get out to use the bathroom, but walks around the neighborhood or in parks keeps their bodies in shape and their minds sharp. When you join them on a walk, the same is true for you – you’re also burning calories and raising your heart rate.

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Sometimes after a walk your dog can get a little, how do you say it, stinky. When it’s time for a bath, consider a sulfate-free gentle Dog Shampoo.

Owning a Pet Has Proven Health Benefits

There are positive benefits to owning a pet beyond an excuse to take a walk. Research has shown that owning a pet helps reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Watching your pet at play or just spending time with them helps you feel calmer and less stressed. The sensation of petting your dog or cat can reduce levels of cortisol – a stress hormone – while raising levels of serotonin – the chemical in our brain that helps us feel good. Isn’t that awesome?

Pets Offer Companionship and Can Make You More Social

It’s often said that pets offer unconditional love; as long as you don’t mistreat them, they’ll forge an unbreakable connection with you. In fact, both cats and dogs are legally defined as “companion animals” – which speaks to how much they can enrich our lives. They really are our best friends.
Owning a pet also offers opportunities to get out and be social. They give you additional points of contact for conversations, and create opportunity to build connections with other pet owners. You have a lot of things in common, anyway! Whether you’re exchanging training advice or sharing happy moments, your experiences with your pets offer new ways to connect with others – which is big boost to your emotional health.

Pets Teach Us to Be Better People

Pets Teach Us to Be Better People

It must be said that pets are a big responsibility becausetheir well-being depends on the level of care and attention you can give to them. That kind of responsibility can give your life meaning and purpose. The daily routine of caring for a pet may feel like a chore at times, but it allows you to create structure and stability.
This is even more important with children. Having pets in the house with children can seem like a hassle, but it’s far outweighed by how much your children will learn about caring for others, picking up after themselves, living up to expectations, and having empathy for other living things.
While cats and dogs are the most popular types of pets, any domesticated animal from birds and lizards to horses and rabbits, can increase our emotional, mental, and physical health. Share your life and your love, and you’ll reap the rewards.
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Fun Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve With Kids!

Fun Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve With Kids!

Spending New Year’s Eve with your children…or any kids for that matter…can be a lot more fun than going to your typical dress-up party. Kids have such natural enthusiasm for anything fun and it’s contagious! Plus, staying up late for kids is a really big deal—you’ll get to share in their excitement at being a key part of the New Year’s celebration. After all, there’s nothing better than being around happy children! Here are some ways to get the party started!
  • Make a piñata ball the looks like the glittery ball that drops at midnight. Make this on New Year’s Eve day to increase their excitement. Be sure to decorate it with sparkles, beads, anything to make it stand out. At midnight, let the kids bang it open. Sure will be a lot less noisy than banging pots and pans in the street, which was the old-fashioned way to ring in the New Year.
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  • Forget the bar. Set up a fun ice cream station with different flavors ice cream and all sorts of toppings. Decorate the table with a paper tablecloth and New Year’s Eve napkins and plastic utensils. Put a New Year’s Eve centerpiece in the middle. Keep the ice cream in the fridge until 11 pm, then “open” the ice cream station with a flourish of tooting horns. This will be your pre-midnight countdown “appetizers.”
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  • Play dress up! Pull out your high heels and old party dresses. Bring out some ties and suit jackets for the boys. Pull out your lipstick if you dare! You can even go to a party store and buy top hats, feather boas and child-size sparkling clothes. Make sure you take lots of pictures! If you’re up for it, rent a Polaroid, take snapshots and tape the photos up on a New Year’s Eve wall.
  • If you’re up for it, let your children have a slumber party too! Fabricate a tent out of old sheets. For once, let them run around the house and scream. But be sure to keep it an at manageable level. Remember, this is all about celebrating and having fun.
  • Play New Year’s Eve bingo. There actually is such a game. Get the free printables from Capturing Joy. Don’t forget prizes!
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  • Balloon pop may be loud but it sure is fun. If you have older kids, tie a balloon around each one’s ankle and then let them loose around the house as they try to pop each other’s balloons. The last one with an unpopped balloon wins. If you have younger kids, blow up balloons and let everyone run around trying to pop as many as they can in a specific time period. So no one feels left out, reward everyone at the end with a piece of cake or some sort of dessert.
  • If your children are older, have a board game marathon, with prizes for those who win milestones in the game. Think glow sticks, noisemakers for prizes. Have everyone wear a New Year’s Eve hat while they play.
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  • Be sure to watch the ball drop at midnight. Give each child a small plastic cup of sparkling cider to celebrate. Do the countdown starting at 30 seconds. When the ball drops, make sure everyone kisses everyone. Jump up and down. Act like a kid yourself! You’ll never have more fun!
You can turn 2019 around to give you a sunny outlook. Here’s 7 things you can do to make the New Year great!

Self-Care isn’t Selfish. Start the New Year less Stressed. You can do it!

Here’s 7 things you can do to make the New Year great!
Make Some Short-term Goals!
Everyone makes New Year’s resolutions…and then breaks them pretty quickly. We don’t want you to do that. Instead, set two or three goals that you can accomplish. Write them down by hand (that’s been proven to make more of an impact than typing) and then write what you need to do to achieve each goal, even it’s as simple as reconnecting with a few people. Text them, email them, call them? Be specific about what you need to do. You’ll feel soooo good when you can check off one of your goals!
Do a Spring Cleaning in January!
And do we mean cleaning! Turn everything upside down and get your residence sparkling and shiny clean. Purge, purge, purge! Donate what you haven’t worn in a year and other outdated items, even homegoods. This will, in turn, simplify your life. Then take some sage and get rid of any airborne bacteria. Amazing, a truly clean abode will make you feel really good about yourself.
While You’re At It, Do a Digital Cleanse Too!
Tackle that laptop with a vengenance! Too many emails coming in can truly be overwhelming so put a stop to it. Delete all those emails you’re not going to read anyway. Unsubscribe from newsletters and store announcements that you never read or go to. Then, declutter your email inbox. Organize your email inbox with folders and then move emails into the right ones. An organized computer will give you more peace of mind than you ever thought possible. And yes, a bottle of wine during this process will definitely make it go easier! That’s a tip from those who know! 😉
Focus on Yourself
What do you need to make yourself feel good? A long bath? A day at a spa? A hair makeover? Do what it takes to refresh yourself. And make sure your health is in tip-top shape. Schedule those doctor visits you’ve been putting off. Do you need to get that tooth crown? Would you feel better if you talked to a therapist? Holiday break is a great time to really throw yourself into yourself so you start the new work year on top of the world.
Stop Projecting the What If’s
We all do it. What if I don’t get a raise? What if I don’t get that job? What if someone steals the FedEx package with my new iPhone XS Max that I already paid for? The list of “what if’s” can go on and on. Halt! We’ve all heard about the self-fulfilling prophecy. Well, it’s true. Mentally rearrange your brain. If you think differently and more positively, you will create new mental pathways1 where positive thoughts will accumulate.
It’s Time—Get Rid of Toxic Relationships
If you involved in a relationship that today we call toxic, you’re going to be in a dysfunctional situation. And that will cause stress, like you don’t already know it. Take a hard look at your “close” friends and ask yourself if you give more than you receive? Are you always available to them but they aren’t for you? Do they subtly constantly call upon your good will without returning a favor? Mentally unhealthy relationships wear on you. Disengage yourself from them. That doesn’t mean you have to unfriend them on Facebook, which can send a troubling signal. Just stop getting notifications from them. They’ll fade away.

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Contemplate About Your Highlights from 2018
You’re great, you know that, right? You achieved a lot of super accomplishments in the past year but you were in such a rush, you didn’t take time to really reflect on what they said about yourself. Do that now. Think back over each past month and really ponder what you did and how much you grew and how you became more self-aware and authentic. These traits really count in life and you deserve to know in your heart how much you count!
We hope 2019 brings you lots of joy, health, wealth and happiness. Here’s to our next adventure together!
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1 Creating new neural pathways. True Vitality. http://www.truevitality.com.au/articles/creating-new-neural-pathways-2/. Accessed 12/5/2018.

Get The Lead Out Of Your Hair Dye, Rules The FDA

Lead acetate can no longer be included in hair dye formulations, according to a ruling by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The new rule does not take effect until October 2019 but, significantly, it finishes the one remaining use of lead, a neurotoxin, in cosmetic products in the US.1

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“In the nearly 40 years since lead acetate was initially approved as a color additive, our understanding of the hazards of lead exposure has evolved significantly,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb explained in an agency news release.
“We now know that the approved use of lead acetate in adult hair dyes no longer meets our safety standard,” he added. “Lead exposure can have serious adverse effects on human health, including for children, who may be particularly vulnerable. Moreover, there are alternative color additives for hair coloring products that consumers can use that do not contain lead as an ingredient.” 2

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no safe level of lead exposure. However, lead has been a key coloring ingredient for hair and occupies a significant part on ingredient lists for hair dye products. While targeted for use as a hair dye, it can enter the body through the scalp and skin, to deleterious effect. Bismuth, a chemical element, has been formulated to be the candidate as a replacement for lead in hair products.3

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You can’t be too careful. In order to avoid hair dye products that may contain lead acetate, check the ingredients on the dye container label.

1 Lead in hair dyes must go: FDA October 30, 2018. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-10-hair-dyes-fda.html
2 FDA takes action to stop the use of lead acetate in hair dyes. Oct. 30, 2018. U.S. Food & Drug Administration. https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm624589.htm
3 Kashikar, A. FDA Orders Companies To Remove Lead From Hair Products. Nov. 9, 2018. http://industrynewsinsights.com/3830/fda-orders-companies-to-remove-lead-from-hair-products/

Success boils down to some strategic habits. If you want a successful life, check out these habits that most goal digging women follow…to great success!

10 Habits For Successful Goal Digging!

We hear the word success and we each think of something different. But ultimately, success boils down to some strategic habits. Setting your own goals and then making sure you reach them, however you can, doesn’t happen overnight. You need to be devoted, dedicated and continually persevere. If you want a successful life, learn from others. Check out these habits that most goal digging women follow…to great success!
Develop A Distinct Personal Identity or Brand1
What do you want people to think of when they first meet you? What do you offer to others? What do you want your legacy to be? Just like companies do, develop a brand for yourself and then promote it where those that matter to you will see it: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook…even at conferences or meetings!2 You want to hear people say the same thing when they talk about you…and this will get them talking!

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Establish Goals
Successful women have both small and big goals. Meeting the small goals helps motivate goal diggers to work towards the bigger ones. The key is to follow through on them! As this becomes a habit, set bigger goals and a process for achieving them.
Make Sure Goals Are Part of a Plan
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” This famous quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French writer and pioneering aviator, couldn’t be more on point. A successful woman has a vision for herself and develops an action plan to achieve that vision. Then she regularly evaluates her progress, modifies her actions if necessary…and sets more goals.

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Push Yourself
Take on new goals intellectually, physically or mentally. Then reach even higher. Always try to go the next step and achieve more.3 This is definitely what goal diggers do. They dig and dig…and keep on digging.
Prioritize Each Day
Success doesn’t come without work. Each day should have scheduled actions that get you to your goals. Goal diggers always know what their next day will involve. And they always make sure to save time for destressing and relaxing.4
Keep On Learning
It’s a well-known axiom that knowledge is power. Ask any successful woman how she stays at the top of her game and she’ll tell you that she keeps educating herself…on business, on world affairs, on health, on her skills level…anything that is important to her success. Research, read and, above all, ask questions. You can never ask too many!
Be a Savvy Money Manager
It goes without saying that staying on top of your financial picture is critical to your success. A secure financial situation is a tremendous part of your success…and your life. This doesn’t mean earning a six-digit income; it means living within your means and managing your cash flow properly so you don’t find yourself in on-and-off dire circumstances.
Make De-Stressing Part of Your Life
Keeping stress under control is crucial to achieving success. Whatever helps you alleviate stress is what you should do regularly, whether it is meditation, going to the gym, yoga, journaling or even cooking. Making sure your stress doesn’t overtake you is integral to being a successful woman.5

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Don’t Compete With Other Women
Successful women know that other women can help them achieve their success. A female support group lifts everyone up, can help you brainstorm new ideas and be there for your when the going gets tough.
Always Pay It Forward
The notion that ruthlessness is required to succeed has gone the way of the dial phone. A truly successful woman smiles, give back, helps others without expectation of something in return and is, above all, kind.
Are you a goal digger? Could you be one? Try it and see how wonderful it is to achieve your dreams!

1 Bisharat, J. Habits of Highly Successful Women in the Future of Work. Updated Oct 09, 2013 https://www.huffingtonpost.com/jaleh-bisharat/7-habits-of-highly-succesful-women_b_3713126.html
2 Ibid.
3 Habits of Successful Women. Project Hot Mess https://projecthotmess.com/11-habits-of-successful-women/
4 Behaviors Successful Women Display Without Realizing It. https://www.powerofpositivity.com/successful-women-habits/
5 Ibid.

How To Survive The Holidays And Maintain Your Sanity!

How To Survive The Holidays And Maintain Your Sanity!

Holidays, for most of us, are a special time of year when we link up with friends and family, attend parties (or rather, endless parties!), share food and drinks (maybe too much at times! There goes that waist!) and exchange gifts.
Unfortunately, some of this excitement can create undue stress. I overate! Is this the right dress? What if she doesn’t like this present?

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See, the holiday season always causes changes in our regular routine of eating, exercise and sleeping. Forgoing your regular health habits will simply worsen your ability to get through this busy season. So keep exercising, eat the best you can and really be sure to get enough sleep. Here are some tips to help you survive the holiday season with a smile!

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  • Don’t eat sparsely the day of the party. Instead, eat early and eat often. Keep your metabolism burning all day rather than slowing it down during periods of “mini-starvation.” Your metabolism will work faster and more efficiently.
  • Eat a small, nutritious snack before the party. This will help you resist hors d’oeuvres. Save your calories for the main meal.
  • Use a smaller plate. Psychologically it makes you look like you have more food so you cut down on the amount you eat.
  • Monitor how much alcohol you drink. Alcohol lessens your inhibitions around food. When drinking, stay hydrated. Do the 1:1 trick—one drink, followed by one drink of water, repeat. If you drink lots of H2O throughout the night, it’s a good bet you won’t wake up with a wicked hangover.

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  • Keep up your regular physical activity during this season and especially get in a good workout on party day. You’ll be so glad you did.
  • Don’t overlook sleep. It’s a fact. Your body needs time to recuperate.
When the Season Becomes Too Much
No matter what you do, sometimes the holidays overload you. If that happens, take time out and care for yourself.

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  • Treat yourself to some alone time to rejuvenate your spirit. Get a mani/pedi, a facial or a massage. Take a yoga class. Or splurge and do a full spa day! You’ll feel so much better.
  • Call up a friend who lives far away. Conversation with an old friend is always enjoyable.
  • Try to spend a minimum of five minutes a day to quietly sit, meditate, relieve stress and use your breath to calm your body and mind. Or even watch some TV or read a good book to distract yourself.

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Another thing you can do to calm down a hectic schedule is to shop early! Change your last-minute, night-before shopping habits and get to the stores (or online) now for anyone you need to buy a gift for. You’ll avoid really harried crowds and be way better off for having your presents wrapped and ready to go!
If you follow these tips, we guarantee this is one holiday season you’ll really enjoy!
California Becomes The First State To Ban Animal Testing. Totally!

California Becomes The First State To Ban Animal Testing. Totally!

From the beaches of SoCal to the red carpets of Hollywood to the natural beauty of northern California, the trend-setting state and MONAT, the global haircare brand that embodies modern nature, applaud this awesome, important and long-overdue event.
On August 31, in a unanimous vote of 80 to 0, the California State Assembly passed a bill which will make it illegal to sell products that have been, or include ingredients that have been, tested on animals. Products will include makeup, skincare, shampoos, deodorants, and other personal hygiene products. California Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign the bill into law soon and the change will go into effect on January 1st, 2020.
The bill states that it is unlawful for a manufacturer to import for profit, sell, or offer for sale in California any cosmetic if the cosmetic was developed or manufactured using an animal test that was conducted or contracted by the manufacturer, or any supplier of the manufacturer, on or after January 1, 2020.

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The law puts California alongside the European Union, Switzerland, India, Israel and Guatemala, among other countries that have shifted away from animal testing. In the U.S., the bill could pave the way for the other 49 states to do the same.
Many products claim to be “cruelty-free” or “not tested on animals” but their claims are misleading because they may only refer to the finished product. In fact, most animal testing takes place at the ingredient level. Adding to the confusion, some companies may state, “We do not test on animals” when in fact they contract other companies to conduct the testing. These kinds of statements are misleading for consumers.

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With 2020 still years away, it’ll be some time until we see the ban’s effects. In the meantime, if you’re looking to make your haircare routine cruelty-free, MONAT is your trusted brand of premium Leaping Bunny Certified haircare products that you can count on for high ethical standards and gorgeous results. The Leaping Bunny Program is the gold-standard in cruelty-free certification for personal care and MONAT is proud to be a member.
Not only are MONAT products cruelty-free, they are also all naturally based, and do not contain sulfates, parabens, mineral oils, phthalates, PEG, DEA/MEA, harmful colors and harmful fragrances.
For shoppers in California the ban is going to simplify transparency. Californians will no longer have to decode tiny symbols to make sure their beauty products haven’t been produced at animals’ expense. California shoppers will take comfort and pride in knowing that every beauty purchase they make reflects their values of cruelty-free beauty.

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In anticipation of this major event, let’s all look forward to a big celebratory trip to California in 2020, rock some awesome West Coast looks and shop cruelty-free cosmetics to our heart’s content.

Employee Edit: Who Loves What at MONAT!

Many times people ask us who work at MONAT what we like, especially because we have so many, many products to choose from. So we thought we’d show you exactly what some of our employees in this company use and why. Maybe you can take away some useful tips!

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Mary Ensor, Manager of Philanthropy and Gratitude Efforts
More than a Hand cream is one of the products I can’t live without! I keep one at home and in my purse so that it is always with me. I love the refreshing scent and how moisturizing it is.”

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Melissa Zoque, Global Assistant Project Manager
“I absolutely cannot live without the Super Moisture Masque! I mix and match my products—Smoothing Shampoo, Revitalize Conditioner and Restore Leave-In Conditioner—but I HAVE to use the Super Moisture Masque at least twice a week to soften my hair. I’ve also noticed it works as anti-frizz. I love it!”

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Luis Valencia, Social Media Support Representative
“I cannot live without the MONAT BLACK Shampoo + Conditioner and Restore Leave-In Conditioner. Why? Well they’re simply awesome. I love the 2-in-1 because it is strong enough to clean my hair and gentle enough for everyday use. The Restore Leave-In Conditioner is part of my daily routine because it makes my hair looking and smelling great all day!”

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Marisol Diamond, Project Manager/Creative Dept.
“I really like REJUVABEADS® because I can use it on my hair before I blow dry it and it makes my ends look nice rather than frayed and split. I also like it because I can use a little bit to tame my flyaways. And, I use it on one of my kid’s hair when I do a pony tail on her. I am conditioning her hair while it is also helping me tame her curls to pull them back.”

A Healthy Conscience Says Hello To Naturally Based Products

A growing number of consumers are interested in naturally based, vegan and/or plant-based alternatives. It’s a thriving sector—one that some experts think could change the beauty industry for good.
This seismic change in what people want is part of the larger shift in consumer awareness about health and wellness. Thanks to a growing number of beauty blogs and social media accounts dedicated to the benefits of wellness, consumers have access to more information than ever before about what helps them.

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The Cruelty-Free Movement Has Taken Over
One tremendous movement is for corporations to be cruelty free. Public opinion and consumer power have had monumental influence on influencing corporate behavior and legislative initiatives toward saying no to animal testing. Over the last 25 years, the public demand for cruelty free products has grown so much that innovative non-animal testing strategies which yield efficient and accurate safety data have proliferated. Changes in the law haven’t been far behind.
Organizations like Cruelty Free International and The Leaping Bunny Program, the gold-standard in cruelty free certification for personal care and household products companies and signifies no animal testing at any stage of product development. It’s the only globally recognized guarantee that a brand has made a genuine commitment to ending animal testing for its products. Certified companies must meet its rigorous criteria. To be Leaping Bunny certified is a big win for those of us who care.

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Saying Yes to Naturally Based Products
Naturally based products are becoming the rage among today’s health conscious shoppers. As more and more people become aware of how naturally based products can positively affect their lives, they are making the switch and opting for healthier options.

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MONAT Global is at the top echelon of hair care companies that are cruelty free, manufacture naturally based products and say yes to acceptable products. Leaping Bunny certified, MONAT has made a commitment to providing animal-friendly options.
And when it comes to naturally based, just look at some of the many botanical oils that MONAT’s flagship product, REJUVENIQE® Oil Intensive contains. Abyssinian oil was the first ingredient selected for its remarkable rejuvenating properties. Next, a blend of unique ingredients, including antioxidants, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids was developed. This unique product also contains Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Lime Oil, Citrus Bergamot Fruit Oil, Coconut Oil and Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract. Sounds yummy, bringing new levels of nourishment and anti-aging benefits to your hair and skin.
Or look at MONAT’s Smoothing Shampoo, formulated to gently cleanse and nourish while smoothing and softening the hair cuticle to reduce frizz. Smoothing Shampoo takes charge to reduce dry static flyaways, de-frizz, and resist humidity for a smoother, sleeker, silkier look. And these are just two of their line of products.
What you will not find in MONAT products are listed below in our “no’s”
  • Parabens
  • Sulfates
  • Cyclic Silicones
  • BHT
  • DEA/MEA
  • Phthalates
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Petrolatum
  • Mineral Oil
  • Paraffin Wax
  • Triclosan
  • Plastic Microbeads
  • Formaldehyde Releasers
  • Harmful Colors
  • Harmful Fragrances
What you will find in MONAT’s products are naturally based ingredients and botanicals extracts that benefit the hair and scalp. These ingredients gently cleanse, moisturize, hydrate and improve the hair’s overall condition to leave it silky, shiny, healthy and beautiful.
For more about MONAT, visit https://monatglobal.com/all-our-products/. You’ll be glad you did!
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