Today, you came to my blog and want to know “Is Monat A Scam?” Because someone tried to sell you the hair care products and talk about the business opportunity? Right?
Don’t worry, you are in the right place. In this review, I am going to share everything you need to know.
- First of all, I am not a distributor(Market Partner) of Monat, soI will not ask you to buy Monat hair care products from this review or request you to click a “JOIN NOW” button.
- All I want to show you is Monat’s business opportunity and the compensation plan then evaluate whether it suits me or not, so you can expect an honest & unbiased review.
- You did your researches and landed on my website without being scammed. You deserve a big HUG. By reading my review today, you are actually protecting your hard-earned money.
Let me explain more details of Monat further down. Shall we?
What is Monat?
-Summary of Monat-
Monat was founded by Luis and Ray Urdaneta in 2014. They provide a wide range of natural hair care products that could solve all kinds of hair issues. Monat is the first company in the personal care and beauty area of direct selling companies that take hair care products as the primary product. This is kind of makes them stand out from the crowd.
In 2017, MONAT’s sales revenue exceeded $300 million, and it was a growth of 700% in 3 years. They currently have close to half a million distributors and one million VIP customers around the world. They also run business operations in Canada(2015) & the United Kingdom(2018).
What’s inside Monat?
Besides haircare products, Monat also has other products to help its distributors to maximize earning. They expanded to skincare, pet, men product lines in recent years.
But, I won’t mention every item in this article, or we will digress from our main intent here – the business opportunity. So, I will only talk about things I have interests in or the products I want to sell to anyone If I become one of Monat Market Partners.
- Hair: Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive, restructuring/advanced hydrating collections, etc.
- Monat Junior For Kids: Shampoo, conditioner, gentle detangler.
- Monat Black For Men: Shave cream, shampoo + conditioner, styling clay, beard oil(similar to Young Living & doTERRA)
- Skin: Cleanser, illuminating serum, eye cream, moisturizer, etc.
- Pet: Dog wash and deodorizing spray.
If you are interested in Monat products and want to explore more by yourself, you are welcome to check HERE.
Does Monat Product Work?
I don’t use any Monat products, so I cannot give you any feedback on this. I suggest you try their products before deciding to sell them.
Taking Monat hair care products as instances, the negative comments seem to outweigh the positive. I cannot deny the truth that there are tons of complaints against Monat on the internet. Here are just some examples:
When I find a product that has so many complaints, I will also check their page on Better Business Bureau(BBB). Although Monat gets A rating on BBB, I am not surprised since it could be done by all distributors in the USA, Canada, and the UK.
Monat BBB page shows it has 1,023 complaints in the last three years(340 complaints each year), but there are only 166 cases closed in last year(less than 50%). The number is low!
If a company has a good product & customer service, do you think it would get as many complaints as Monat gets?
How Does Monat Work?
For all MLMs in the direct selling industry, there are two ways to make money:
- Sell Monat products to earn retail commissions
- Recruit more people to be your downlines to get your extra bonuses
Before we go directly to Monat compensation plan, you need to become the distributor(market partner) first.
To become a Monat distributor, the first thing to do is to pick a start kit $99 or one of the other packs. Once you get any of them at hand, that means you are all set and ready to start your Monat business journey.
- Business Product Pack – $299(Product Retail Value: $499)
- Success Product Pack – $399(Product Retail Value: $745)
- Overachiever Product Pack – $649(Product Retail Value: $1,299)
The Compensation Plan
Normally, your first customers are most likely your family, close friends, neighbors, or your colleagues. After selling them Monat products, I guess you want to know how much you can earn. Here we go!
- Retail Bonus: Earn 30% on sales from retail customers and 15% from VIP Customers.
- Personal Sales Bonus: Besides a retail bonus, you can earn a personal extra sales bonus once you reach a certain amount of sales. Sell $1,000-$1,999 PV and earn 3%. Sell $2,000-$3,499 PV and earn 5%. Sell $3,500 PV or above and earn 10%.
- VIP Acquisition Bonus: VIP customers are those who pay $19.99 every month to purchase at least THREE flexship orders ($84 or above) When you enroll 4 VIP customers in a calendar month, you can earn $60 bonus. This bonus is unlimited each month.
- Uni-level Bonus: This is the traditional MLM concept comes to play. When you bring people into Monat, they will be placed under you(the top) to become your “level 1”. When your level 1s bring people in, those people become your “level 2” and so on. You can earn this bonus 4 levels deep but infinity wide. It’s from 3% to 12%.
- Group Volume Bonus: This is only paid to Managing Market Builder or above. You are paid a 2% bonus based on the group sales volume made by you and the next Managing Market Builder in your downline.
These are probably everything you should know about Monat compensation plan. If you are interested and want to know every detail, you can check HERE or watch the YouTube below.
How Much Do You Need to Sell to Stay Active?
Before you earn commissions, there are some requirements you need to achieve to take all the bonuses home. For every Market Partner, you must have a 200 personal volume(PV) in a month, so you will become eligible for your bonus.
Let’s do a quick calculation here: $99 starter kit + $200*12 months =$2,499 in a year! This amount is probably the total expenses for your first year with Monat!
If you go one level up to Managing Market Partner, you need to a 300 PV sales, two active members under you, and a 1,200 PV group sales made in the same calendar month.
In total, there are 11 distributor ranks within Monat. People start from market partner, managing market partner, and all the ways to the top – Senior Executive Director.
Higher the ranks, the more requirements you need to maintain your status & get your commissions and bonuses. The rule is simple: sell more products and get more downlines in your team.
What I Like About Monat
TOP#1 NO Toxic Ingredients
I love the way Monat claims that its products are not produced by any toxic ingredients. It’s good for our health since we wash our hair/face/body with shampoo/cleanser/body wash every day.
Here is the list:
- Cyclic Silicones
- Mineral Oil
- Paraffin Wax
- Plastic Microbeads
- Formaldehyde Releasers
- Harmful Colors
- Harmful Fragrances
Besides no toxic ingredients used in Monat’s products, they also received the Leaping Bunny Certification for their line of hair care products in 2018. Meaning they don’t use animal testing on their hair care products! Good on you, Monat!
TOP#2 Monat Gratitude
It’s not rare that many giant companies are doing charity as a favor returned to our society, and Monat is no exception.
Monat Gratitude is founded in Oct 2014, one month after Monat launched the very first 9 hair care products. Monat Gratitude aims to bring positive impacts in the communities and to change the world.
They are donating money domestically & internationally, volunteering with the salvation army, giving books to shelters, etc. It’s good to know Monat is doing something than nothing at all.
TOP#3 Won Many Awards
Monat is one of the MLMs that leverage social media(Facebook and Instagram) so well, which makes them win some marketing awards.
- 2016 Hermes Creative Awards Gold Award
- 2016 Bronze Stevie Award-Motivational Video (“Life After MONAT”)
- 2016 Communications Campaign of the Year – Social Media Focused (“Real People, Real Possibilities”)
- MarCom Awards Gold – Digital Media-Social Media (Social Media Engagement & Blog overall)
Ugly Truth About Monat
TOP#1 Lots of Complaints
Just like I mentioned in the previous paragraphs, Monat has many complaints, especially for hair care products. Other than that, it also got some issues about the cancellation process.
When you want to join Monat or just buy the products, you can refer to all the complaints I listed in this article. It’s highly possible that you will meet the same problem as those angry customers.
After so many complaints posted recently, it seems that Monat is not doing anything to improve the products themselves and the cancellation. Ask yourself, do you want to join a company like this?
TOP#2 Not Transparent
I didn’t find the official income disclosure from Monat website, but I did discover some numbers from Monat Canada’s compensation plan.
On the last page of Monat Canada’s compensation plan, there is a paragraph written in a light grey color that is super difficult to read. I guess Monat Canada doesn’t want you to read clearly for the truth.
A typical participant in the plan earns between Cdn $22 and $1,188 annualized. Let’s ignore the currency and take the numbers as USA dollars.
If you only make $1,188 per year, would you quit your job? I guess no, you still need to keep a 9-5 job and do Monat as part-time. It’s not even enough to cover the bills, let alone support your family.
TOP#3 Many Lawsuits
After many complaints about the products and the cancellation process, Monat also faced lawsuits for being deceptive and fraud. You can find on the Internet without much effort needed, here are some proofs:
Who’s Monat For?
Women love hair care products and like to constantly meet new people with the intent to promote Monat’s compensation plan/business opportunity.
If you are like me, shy & introvert & don’t care about hair that much, you still have a chance to make money online successfully.
Can You Make Money Selling Monat?
Yes, you can make a few bucks with Monat for the first year. But, if you want to make a lot of money, you need to keep recruiting people to become your downlines & also need to boost group sales.
This is the nature of any MLMs, so I don’t blame Monat on this business model. I cannot accept the truth that people need to recruit more people to join Monat instead of loving the products and sharing with anyone who might love them too.
Is Monat A Scam?
No! Although Monat has many complaints and lawsuits, we cannot say it is a scam. Monat has legitimate products and people do make money(no matter how much) from it.
The questions are:
- Do you want to join a company that has so many complaints and lawsuits?
- Do you really like face-to-face selling and constantly convincing people to buy from you?
- Can you accept that you might lose more money than you can earn? $2,499 vs. $1,188!
If you get one “No!” from the above questions, you are welcome to check my alternative to make money online:
My Alternative Way to Make Money Online
My alternative way to make money online is through Affiliate Marketing instead of promoting Monat products face-to-face or host a party to demonstrate Monat products to your potential customers. I feel blushed when I want to convince people to buy something from me, so it’s definitely not my thing.
Doing affiliate marketing can save you from that:
- You don’t even need to buy any physical or digital products and sell to someone face to face.
- You also don’t need to convince people to join you as you downlines to build a team.
- You are not restricted to only promote Monat products. You can promote anything you like!
You only need to create a website or YouTube channel with quality content that makes people trust you then purchase them through your links.
The platform I am using currently is Wealthy Affiliate. The reasons for “Why Wealthy Affiliate?” are for all the training courses, every Friday night LIVE training courses, 24/7 sitesupport, and the most friendly community.
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I hope you enjoy this review and you are more than welcome to share ideas or leave your comments below. I will reply as soon as I can, thanks.