Today’s the day: it’s MONQ’s fifth birthday! That means five whole years of bringing you essential oil blends that are portable, easy-to-use, and high-quality. This year, we’ve loved bringing you the products you’ve loved for years, as well as introducing new products that have quickly become favorites. As we enter our next trip around the sun, we can confidently tell you that it’s only going to get better from here, and BIG things are coming very soon.
So, before we reflect on MONQ’s journey over the past year and give you a sneak peek of some of the things to come, let’s go back to the very beginning: the founding of MONQ.
How It All Started
One day, orthopedic surgeon-turned yogi, Eric Fishman, MD, realized that a scalpel may not be the solution to some of the issues that individuals face. Additionally, Dr. Fishman could only treat one patient at a time—he wanted to improve on this number, but there was seemingly no way to do so within the confines of his field.
The combination of these factors led him to seek out more holistic approaches that focused not only on physical health but also on mental and emotional health and could impact a larger group of people.
Dr. Fishman looked to the natural compounds that have been on Earth since ancient times: plants—and specifically, the essential oils and terpenes they contain. By combining these ancient therapeutic substances with modern technology, the idea behind MONQ was born.
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On July 30th, 2014, the state of Delaware approved MONQ, LLC—and the rest is history. Within a few years, a fraction of the enormous number of essential oils and over 30,000 named terpenes were consolidated into a range of personal diffusers, starting with the seven Feel the Way You Want® blends. This later expanded into three Feel Nature Blends,® the Love diffuser, and a set of bottled blends—all within the first four years!
Looking Back on Our Year
These first few years were a strong start, but our last year was better than ever! We kicked it off by releasing Relieve, which features a blend of ginger, helichrysum, and spikenard to help soothe your aches and pains.
In the fall, we brought you Autumn in a bottle for a limited time starting in October to boost your mood and remind you of the holiday season year-round with some nostalgia therapy.
Next, we brought you what you’d all been waiting for: MONQ’s first rechargeable diffuser, MONQ R. This release was especially exciting because it provided you with more potent essential oil blends in disposable Blend PODs while offering an environmentally-friendly option with a rechargeable battery.
Initially available in just Zen, Ocean, Happy, and Relieve, we’ve since expanded the Blend PODs to include all of our permanent blends. Best of all, MONQ R allows you to carry several different Blend PODs in one sleek FlipCase and with one reusable, rechargeable diffuser, providing you with easy access to all of your MONQ favorites at once.
In February, we released FOCUS, the first MONQ nootropic designed to help you enhance your body’s ability to reach a Flow State. Studies have shown that this product can help boost clarity, productivity, and vision, and arrived just in time for a hectic time of the year for busy students and stressed-out professionals.
We finished off our year by releasing summer sticker packs to help you take the joy of summer with you wherever you go.
We’re so excited about everything that we’ve been able to bring you this year—and even more excited by how much you’ve enjoyed it. So, what’s next for MONQ? Well, you asked, and we answered. Something BIG is coming soon, and we’re excited to share it with you. We know you’ll love it as much as we do.