Monat Revive Shampoo Review

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Last updated on November 3rd, 2017

Monat Revive Shampoo ReviewFirst of all, Monat Revive Shampoo has the longest list of ingredients I have ever seen in my experience reading shampoo ingredients almost daily for the past 5 years.

 

Here we go:

 

Monat Review Shampoo Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Stearyldimoniumhydroxypropyl Decylglucosides Chloride, Polyquaternium-11, 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, Tocopherol, Dextran, Citric Acid, Propanediol, Glycol Distearate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Hydroxypropylphosphate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer, Lauramide MIPA,Sodium Hydroxypropylphosphate Laurylglucoside Crosspolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Propoxytetramethyl Piperdinyl Dimethicone, Trideceth-6, Centrimonium Chloride, Aminomethyl Propanol, Fragrance (Parfum), C11-15 Pareth-7, Phenethyl Alcohol, Undecyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol

 

Source: http://monatglobal.com/revive-shampoo/

 

Second, you will probably read lots of enthusiastic reviews for the Monat Revive shampoo. I could have been paid very lucrative commissions, too, for promoting Monat’s expensive products but after reading each ingredient, I decided that Monat products, including the Monat Revive shampoo, do not adhere to my standards.

 

Monat Revive shampoo is also probably the shampoo with the highest price tag I have seen.

 

Monat claims its shampoo “Helps increase hair density, strength and manageability.” In this post, let’s focus on the ingredients underlined in red and how this shampoo is able to increase hair density and manageability.

 

Allergens in the Monat Revive Shampoo

 

There are two ingredients – Cocamidopropyl Betaine and Benzyl Alcohol – that are associated with contact allergy. Typical symptoms of a contact allergy (its clinical manifestation is allergic contact dermatitis) includes redness, swelling, itching, and fluid-filled blisters, which are more severe symptoms than the symptoms of irritation.

 

Also, the difference between an irritant and an allergen is that an allergen (aka sensitizer) causes the allergic contact dermatitis after repeated contact with the allergen over time. So if you used the Monat Revive shampoo once and did not experience any symptoms, there is no guarantee that you won’t have a reaction sometime later.

 

Cocamidopropyl Betaine

 

Cocamidopropyl Betaine is a surfactant that makes a shampoo lather. It is commonly used in so-called “natural” shampoos as a better alternative to SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) or SLES (sodium laureth sulfate). The proponents of Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB) claim it is safe, based on the fact it is derived from coconut oil.

 

I encourage you not to fall prey to this marketing technique and read what the medical branch of dermatology has found in its research.

 

Yes, CAPB is manufactured by reacting coconut fatty acids with 3-dimethylaminoproplylamine (DMAPA) to produce amidoamine, which is then combined with monochloroacetic acid to get to CAPB (source). It does not sound like CAPB is a natural ingredient to me. Does it sound natural to you?

 

That fact that coconut oil is used to make CAPB becomes irrelevant, in my mind, when we learn that some amounts of the two chemicals DMAPA and amidoamine remain in CAPB. Commercial-grade CAPB can contain up to 3.0% amidoamine and up to 0.02% DMAPA (source).

 

The personal care products trade association itself tells us that both DMAPA and amidoamine are known skin allergens. (source)

 

The first reports of allergy to CAPB were published in 1983. The first two case reports were women with red lesions, which cleared after they stopped using their shampoos with CAPB.

 

After that, many cases have been reported in association with shampoos, liquid soaps, bath gels, toothpastes, contact lens solutions, make-up removers, and hygiene products, with a range of incidence between 3% to 7.2% (source).

 

In fact, American Contact Dermatitis Society named CAPB the 2004 Allergen of the Year (source).

 

And lastly, in the Environment Canada Substance List, CAPB is marked as being toxic to aquatic life.

 

Benzyl Alcohol

 

True, benzyl alcohol is an aromatic alcohol found in many naturally occurring plant products such as balsam of Peru. It is also a naturally occurring component of essential oils such as hyacinth, jasmine, and ylang-ylang oils and even of foods such as apricots, cranberries, cocoa, honey, mushrooms, and snap peas. However, when used in products, it is synthesized in labs by reacting benzyl chloride with sodium hydroxide (source).

 

In personal care products, it is often used as a preservative.

 

The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) has concluded that it is safe for use in cosmetic products, at concentrations of up to 5 percent, and up to 10 percent in hair dyes. (source)

 

However, in the European Union, benzyl alcohol is allowed as a preservative in cosmetics and personal care products at a maximum concentration of 1%. (source)

 

It is restricted because it may cause an allergic reaction. While it is rated higher (worse) (at 5 out of 10 being most toxic) in the Skin Deep database than CAPB (4 out of 10), according to the American Contact Dermatitis Society, it is recognized as a “weak” sensitizer. The American Contact Dermatitis society states that an allergic reaction to it is rare and a Belgian patch-test of 8,521 patients revealed that only 25 (0.3%) people had a positive reaction. (source)

 

I do not have any information as to what concentrations of benzyl alcohol is used in the Monat Revive shampoo.

 

While an allergic reaction is rare, the American Contact Dermatitis Society encourages to use caution. (source)

 

Fragrance in the Monat Revive Shampoo

 

Fragrances are normally undisclosed mixtures of a long list of various chemicals. The FDA does not require companies to disclose the ingredients of fragrances. On my blog I recommend products made by companies that value transparency. Thus, I recommend products that have only natural scents that come from essential oils and/or plant extracts and oils. Fragrances have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system. They are rated 8 out 10 (10 being the most toxic) in the Skin Deep database.

 

Ethoxylated Ingredients in the Monat Revive Shampoo

 

There are two ingredients – Trideceth-6 and C11-15 Pareth-7 – that are made with a process called ethoxylation. What are the problems with this process? To begin with, most manufacturers use harsh petrochemical raw materials. To make them less irritating to the skin, ethoxylation is used in which ethylene oxide is added. As a result, traces of un-reacted ethylene oxide might be left in the final product. Moreover, 1,4-dioxane gets created during the ethoxylation process. Unless a manufacturer uses the vacuum-stripping method to get rid of 1,4-dioxane, the dangerous chemical can remain in the shampoo.

 

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified ethylene oxide as “carcinogenic to humans” and 1,4-dioxane as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” “Probably carcinogenic to humans” is defined by stating that “there is limited evidence of carcinogenicity in humans and sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals.”

 

For a full list of ethoxylated ingredients in personal care products and how to spot them, visit here.

 

Even if the company makes sure that there is no 1,4-dioxane left in the Monat Revive Shampoo, I am not very enthusiastic about ingredients the manufacturing process of which includes two carcinogens.

 

On my blog, I do not recommend products with ethoxylated ingredients.

 

Does the Monat Revive Shampoo make your hair thicker?

 

I am not familiar with any independent studies illustrating that by using a shampoo you can increase hair growth, or make hair thicker and stronger. Keep in mind that contact with shampoo is short and relatively infrequent. I had a hair-thinning problem and took the time to look for any independent studies on this subject. (Let me know in the comments if you are interested in learning how I solved the problem.) But my point is that I was unable to find any scientific studies proving that hair does get thicker by using shampoo.

 

On the other hand, I noticed that there are quite a few ingredients that I believe coat the hair, which I assume would make the hair look and feel thicker.

 

Here are the ingredients that may coat the hair:

 

Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride

Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride

Stearyldimoniumhydroxypropyl Decylglucosides Chloride

Acrylates Copolymer

Sodium Hydroxypropylphosphate Laurylglucoside Crosspolymer

Propoxytetramethyl Piperdinyl Dimethicone

Centrimonium Chloride

 

I have not seen so many coating agents in one single shampoo including even Acrylates Copolymer that I normally see in nail polish as a film former and in hair sprays as a hair fixer.

 

So what do you think? Do you think it is worth $35 for 8 oz? Let me know in the comments. I personally would not use this shampoo even if they send it to me for free.

 

For shampoos that I like, visit here and here.

 

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29 Responses

  1. Salsadancer

    Irina, I am very interested in your hair-thinning problem and solution. I am using minoxidil.

      • Salsadancer

        I have been using minoxidil for 2-3 years. It does stop the fall-out and stimulates some but not complete re-growth, but only as long as you keep using it. I use it twice a day, as recommended, but if I skip now and then, it’s not a big deal as long as I get right back on the routine. I have heard the complaint that it causes dandruff but I believe that the white flakes are a result of using too much resulting in it collecting on the scalp and chipping off. The simple solution to that is to not apply too much.

        I have taken all the recommended vitamins for thinning hair — biotin, folic acid, fish oil, etc. — for at least 3-4 years and still do. I cannot say that this has helped but it hasn’t hurt so I continue taking them.

          • Salsadancer

            Yes, as a matter of fact, I had a long discussion and lesson with my doctor about the thyroid and pituitary glands, TSH, and T3 and T4 just this week! He, at least, is certain that is not the source of my problem.

      • rose

        i just bought my first 400ml 2 weeks ago. it is really really expensive . it does feel well and my kids who are swimmers like how it wash chlorine out… but i am not sure that price justifies it.

        • Irina Webb

          Thank you, Rose. I will take a look at it if there are many people interested in it. Have you used on your hair? What do you think? ~Irina

      • Sharon

        I do use it and like it. even though it’s not the most non-toxic option out there. I have thick curly hair and need a conditioner (which this basically is) that is really moisturizing and emollient to cut through my tangles. Even though there are some ingredients that I don’t love, from my email exchanges with the company, I know that it is at least paraben and phthalate free, but I’d love your thoughts on the ingredients as well. Thanks Irina for all that you do!

  2. Helga

    Hi Irina, I would definitely like to hear about how you got a handle on your hair thinning/falling out??
    As goes for shampoos I use Aubrey Organics Green tea shampoo, especially in the summer because Green tea is naturally sun protective…. I HOPE that their ingredients are OK!!! Do you know?

  3. Margaret

    Hello Irina,
    Thank you for all you do!
    My hair has been thinning for several years now. I am 52 and have very little hair on the top of my head. I used Minoxidil for several years and it did seem to help some. I stopped a year or so ago. I have had my thyroid panel done and it is normal (with some borderline normal results). I am on Estrogen and progesterone HRT and have taken vitamins for years. My iron level is normal. I was told by my hairdresser that Nioxin has helped to grow hair in some of her clients. I am currently using Everyday Shea Shampoo by Alaffia. My dermatologist has not helped. I feel desperate. Did you really notice new hair growth using Hairprint shampoo?
    Margaret

    • Irina Webb

      Thank you, Margaret. I am sorry to hear about your difficulties. I will be working on that blog post as soon as I can. ~Irina

  4. Dorothy

    Hi Irina,
    Thanks for the interesting article.
    I was curious about how you solved your hair thinning problem too. Was it to do with a thyroid problem?

  5. Theresa

    Excellent information from your research. Thank you very much. My hair has been dropping out like crazy from the roots, so I’m searching for solutions. There are lots of “success stories and photos” on the Monat website. Very tempting, but expensive. Is there a safe shampoo/conditioner that is known to help with hair growth, one that people brag about? Looking forward to more of this as I get to know your web site.

    • Irina Webb

      Hi, Theresa: I do not believe there is a shampoo/conditioner that can prevent hair loss. You would need massaging something into scalp for a longer period of time and probably a few times day. Even with medicated treatments, I hear people get only a temporary relief. I suggest looking into the root cause of your hair loss. With this said, if you are looking for a shampoo/conditioner/treatment for hair loss without concerning ingredients, you can check out the Intelligent Nutrient system for thinning hair. Let me know how you like it, if you try it. Thanks! ~Irina

  6. Lia

    Just curious why you didn’t cover the ingredient Acetyle Tetrapedptide-3 which is the ingredient in the shampoos and conditioners that has studies in the hair care industry that result in hair growth? It’s included in the diary of Monat hair ingredients, but it was not created by them. They took this ingredient and added it to their formulas for hair growth after researching the ingredients on the market. Studies done by Lucas Meyer Cosmetics and there are other companies using this ingredient with their formulations for hair growth as well.

    http://www.redenhair.com/img/cms/CAPIXYL-Techfile.pdf

    • Lia

      I also wanted to point out that Sodium Hydroxypropylphosphate Laurylglucoside Crosspolymer and Sodium Hydroxypropylphosphate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer are BOTH SURFACTANTS which means they ingredients that are used to remove and cleanse the hair not coat it.

      • Irina Webb

        Thank you for the pointing this out. I will correct that. Although they may still coat the hair because they are polymers, which normally refers to plastic or large molecules. Thanks. ~Irina

    • Irina Webb

      Hi, Lia: The reason I did not cover Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3 is that I had not found any independent studies that it actually works. Are you a Monat’s sales rep? ~Irina

  7. Lia

    Did you read the studies by Lucas Meyers? Or this one http://geosmatic.com/ProductClinicalReferences/A_PRP_ANewStrategyToModulateAlopeciaUsingACombination.pdf
    Its actually an ingredient that’s being used as an alternative to the chemical based hair growth products in European countries and studies. So it’s interesting that MONAT is the only one getting noted for it here in the states.
    I am a rep with the company and as such have spent my time looking into ingredients, benefits, downsides, etc especially in the curly world.
    I also find it a bit miss leading to mention that there are a LOT of ingredients when 1 of the clusters is actually the blend of oil signature product.
    I’m glad you’ve taken the time to highlight some of the ingredients, since a lot of people aren’t even that aware of what they are using but at the same time it is important to walk objectively through label reading, if that is what we are doing right?
    Cheers

    • Irina Webb

      Lol. Of course, objectively. I could have paid commissions just like you to recommend the Monat shampoo. I do not have any inferior motives to highlight its ingredients. Lucas Meyers study you keep linking to is not an independent study so I am still looking for any independent studies. Here is a question for you. If this ingredient truly works and stops hair loss, why don’t other shampoo companies use it in their shampoos? ~Irina

  8. Robyn

    Thanks for your informative review. I used monat for months, what a huge mistake, my hair is ruined.

  9. Brandy Niccum

    I’m interested in knowing how you solved your problem of thinning hair. Thank you!

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