Hundreds of women across the country share similar stories. Multiple lawsuits including one filed here in Florida and around 300 adverse event reports with the Food and Drug Administration chronicle hair loss and scalp sores.
Monat, which is based in Miami, claims its ingredients and products are safe. They point to new testing they paid for showing their products are non-irritating, hypoallergenic and dermatologically safe on all skin types.
In March, the FDA sent inspectors to B and R products, Monat's South Florida manufacturing plant.
The agency recently released a report which found Monat cosmetics being "prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions whereby it may have become contaminated with filth." The report notes multiple products were at risk of cross-contamination due to open reactor lids and missing protective caps on hoses used to pump product, however it cited no instances of contamination.
In March, Monat co-founder Luis Urdaneta posted on Facebook live about the inspection. In the video, Urdaneta says the FDA told them everything is fine.
An FDA legal expert says the report demonstrates minor violations. Monat calls it nothing of significant concern. Meanwhile, the FDA did take samples of Monat products for further testing. We will let you know what they find.