If you are a fan of essential oils yet haven't heard of a personal diffuser then this product may be something for you to investigate. Ads for Monq had been popping up on my Facebook newsfeed for a while but to be honest I didn't pay too much attention. I thought they were vapes, which was something I was not interested in so much. Once I realised that wasn't what they were I had more of a read and was pleasantly surprised by what a Monq personal diffuser was. I'd been suffering from anxiety for a while and thought that this may be something to consider so I ordered a few different flavours from the Monq site to test them out for myself.
The package had to come all the way to Australia so I knew I had a little bit of a wait for it. I like the way it was packaged and it already smelled delicious when I took it out of the postage bag. I read the pamphlet that came with the box and it said to pop off the top and slide out the Monq. I was impressed by the look of the Monq, an elegant metal tube with a jewel on the end that I would later find out lit up when the personal diffuser was used.
I decided to try the Forest flavour first. After reading the instructions on use I pressed the end with the tiny circular opening to my mouth and gently breathed in. I paused and then exhaled through the nose. It was extremely pleasant and relaxing. I loved the aroma and I wasn't surprised once I read the ingredients on this one. Spruce, fir and sandalwood. Sandlewood is one of my favourite essential oils. I took a couple more breaths and then later in the day I did the same again. You can find out the ingredients to each flavour on the website too which gives you the benefits of each oil as well as the other oils included in the blend and where in the world they have come from. This flavour would prove to be my personal favourite.
The second one I tried days later was the Vibrant blend. The main ingredients being ginger, lemon and spearmint. I had a big road trip ahead of me and a fun day out so wanted something to keep me alert. I felt it did indeed keep me alert but I wasn't as much of a fan of the flavour as the first one I tried. But that's just a personal preference. To me the aroma of the ginger was probably the strongest but also a slight orange taste. One of the reasons I was so keen to try the Monq diffusers was that they have zero chemicals, zero tobacco and zero nicotine so I know it's a healthy product.
The third blend I tried was Happy! I was very interested to see how this one would fare as I wanted to try this one to see if it would assist with anxiety. I was going out for the day to an art exhibition on my own and wanted a boost, so this was going to be it! I liked this one the more I tried it. It has a main blend of fennel, thyme and vanilla. You can definitely notice the vanilla and the fennel gives it that bit of a kick. I found the aroma grew on me. Well it must have helped a bit. I wore a bright colourful dress and didn't feel like I wanted to hide. That's a bonus!
Last but definitely not least was the Zen flavour by Monq with a base blend of frankincense, sweet orange and ylang ylang. The hippiest of flavours this one! Effective at calming and a lovely relaxing scent. I found myself reaching for this one to relax when my head was racing with a million thoughts of things I needed to do.
The verdict? I would definitely recommend Monq. I was a bit sceptical as it is something new on the market. I am a big user of essential oils in every day use anyway so this just added another dimension to it. Each diffuser is meant to last about 3-4 weeks if you use 2-3 times a day. So these should last me a little while. But I am keen on trying more of the 'Feel Nature' blends as the Forest one resonated with me the best. So will most likely order these well before these ones run out.
They are very well made and look attractive to use. You can easily pop them into your handbag, purse or pocket and use whenever you need a pick-me-up. One thing that many has suggested is they would like to see these refillable and they have said they are looking into it. In the meantime you can send your empty diffusers back for them to recycle.
Some also comment on the price but when you think about it the cost is less than $1 a day and so it's well worth it don't you think?
I'd love to hear from you if you are thinking of giving Monq a go or if you had what did you think?