Feeling “in the moment” and within one’s self is a challenge in the modern world. Having the chance to recenter yourself and take a pause to check in to your surroundings can help with work or relaxation.
MONQ is a pen-style diffuser that delivers on-the-go essential oil aromatherapy. There are no buttons and no heat-up times, making MONQ pens much more convenient than large diffusers. MONQ pens also deliver a direct breath of essential oil mist, which is a more efficient way to experience aromatherapy.
There are 11 blends of MONQ:
Each MONQ pen features its own blend that’s designed to deliver a different experience and feeling. MONQ diffusers are loaded with three essential oils that work in conjunction with a multitude of additional extracts. For a more comprehensive review of all the MONQ blends, head over here.
For now, we’ve gone through and picked our favorite of the 11 current MONQ blends available. Full disclosure: these flavors aren’t ranked in any way, these are just the five MONQ flavors that have had a strong impact on our staff.
Sleepy: Chamomile, Kava, & Lavender
Having trouble sleeping is one of the most common annoyances people attempt to help with essential oils. MONQ’s Sleepy blend uses three of the most popular essential oils used in aiding sleep: chamomile, kava, and lavender. Each MONQhale (a deep inhale with the pen, followed by an exhale through the nose) tastes earthy with a bit of a sweet flavor. Instead of gulping down an entire cup of sleepy-time tea, a quick reset with the Sleepy blend of MONQ can add some tranquility to your pre-bedtime routine.
Our staff tried this flavor, and while we didn’t have to set out cots in the office, a sense of calm was noted by those who tried this blend.
Also tasted in the Sleepy MONQ: Sandalwood, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Neroli, and Bergamot.
Vibrant: Ginger, Lemon, & Spearmint
And now for the opposite of the Sleepy blend—the Vibrant MONQ. This flavor is a sweet+minty+tangy experience that stimulates and helps lock in on whatever task is in front of you. With no heat-up time, the MONQ Vibrant is the perfect blend for any office setting when focus is needed. The inhale on this MONQ flavor is where you’ll taste the sharp ginger and lemon tanginess, while the exhale is smoothed out by the spearmint.
Also tasted in the Vibrant MONQ: Clary Sage, Dill Seed, Caraway, Black Pepper, Basil, and Geranium.
Ocean: Eucalyptus, Lime, & Tangerine
Another MONQ flavor that falls into the “calming” category is the Ocean MONQ. This unique pen captures the relaxing vibe of the sea, and helps smooth out the wear and tear of the sometimes grinding daily routine we all have. The initial taste we found was eucalyptus, followed by a nice combination of lime and tangerine to deliver a little jolt to the senses. Alert, but not jittery, this MONQ blend is a great way to reset before getting home to just relax and reflect on the day.
Also tasted in the Ocean MONQ: Lemon, Juniper Leaf, Lemongrass, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, and Cedarwood
Mountain: Juniper Leaf, Peppermint, & Scotch Pine
This MONQ blend was concocted to generate courage and fortitude, taking the weight off your shoulders so you can meet challenges head on. A cool sensation is the initial feeling from the peppermint in the Mountain blend of MONQ, following that is the juniper leaf and pine combining for a sharp, refreshing shakeup of the senses. We found this was a great blend to use right before attempting a task you had initially thought of as “too hard” or out of reach.
Also tasted in the Mountain MONQ: Lemon, Thyme, Douglas Fir, and Cypress Leaf
Zen: Orange, Frankincense, & Ylang Ylang
Ah yes, this is the best MONQ blend for those who have high-stress jobs or difficult commutes. The menthol-like flavor has a touch of spice to it to restore calm, and help reset when you feel tension in your body. Frankincense aids in restoring mental clarity, while the sweet orange and ylang ylang do their best to decrease stress. The Zen MONQ blend isn’t a “stress ender”, but it does help to take the edge off of your daily annoyances.
Also tasted in the Zen MONQ: Black Pepper, Tea Tree, Spearmint, Rosemary, Lemon, & Sage
Those are our top picks for the 11 MONQ blends out right now. These pens are fantastic for office settings or any work situation where you might need a little more focus, or a break from the grind. Be sure to check out other MONQ flavors that might help you out (if you’re curious, yes there is a Sexy MONQ flavor), and let us know which ones you’ve used that have had a positive impact!
Charles Mockler is a vaporizer critic and writer at The VaporNation Blog, a leading source for expert opinions and information about vaporizers. His blogs are read by tens of thousands of people each month. He specializes in the latest technology trends including induction heating and decarboxylation.
Charles' goal is to provide readers with reliable, helpful, and balanced opinions on vaping. He does not recommend vaping to those who don't already smoke, but his articles do offer advice for existing vape enthusiasts including reviews and how-tos about the latest vaporizers. Charles has reviewed and tested a myriad of vaporizers and recommends people do as much research as possible before buying any vaporizer.
Charles was introduced to vaping after moving to Los Angeles during the vaporizer boom. A fan of "true vaporization," he prefers convection vapes with ceramic ovens. His articles include What is an Induction Vaporizer?, How to Decarb Dry Herb, and 8 Best Electric Dab Rigs of 2018.
A graduate of the University of Montana, Charles now resides in the Greater Los Angeles area where he reviews vaporizers and hosts a podcast about the Los Angeles Clippers.