From Paul Gauguin‘s Masterpiece to new Disney princess Moana (Vaiana in French) it is all about Polynesia. Here are a selection of island beauty finds infused with healing botanicals.
In Polynesia, the Monoi of Tahiti is much more than an oil of Care. It is a daily beauty ritual. Polynesians use it to moisturize, soften, nourish their skin or protect their legendary hair for millennia. Monoï oil is an infused perfume-oil made from soaking the petals of Tahitian gardenias (best known as Tiaré flowers) in a semi-wax Coprah (coconut) oil. Monoï (pronounced Mah-noy) is an ancient Tahitian word meaning “scented oil” in the Reo-Maohi language. Monoï is widely used among French Polynesians as a skin and hair softener. It penetrates and hydrates the skin rapidly and reduces transdermal water loss. You can use it in making creams, lotions, and soaps, but we love it as a simple, luxurious body oil. Semi solid at room temperature, try melting it gently and adding essential oils such as Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Neroli, and Sandalwood, or Desire Synergy.
Applied pure, Monoi de Tahiti allows the Polynesian women to protect, repair and nourish their long hair while giving them shine, suppleness and softness. It can also be used in mask after the beach or the pool to repair hair attacked by wind, sun, salt, chlorine …
An oil with high moisturizing power and repair
Exposed to the extreme climates of the islands, Polynesians have the habit of falling from Monoi de Tahiti to soothe and soften their skin after exposures to the sun or sea baths leaving a delicate and infinitely sensual veil on the body.
A Fresh and soft skin
Associated with white sand, Monoï produces a delicious exfoliant. Polynesians use this blend to erase imperfections and find a smooth skin. This natural scrub also helps to limit the appearance of ingrown hairs. It leaves the skin incredibly soft, satiny and fragrant!
The secret of dark skins
In daily contact with the sun, Polynesians use the Monoi of Tahiti to sublimate their tan and to enhance the tan. However, even with an index of protection, it is recommended, like the vahinés, to avoid exposing oneself to the hours of strongest sunshine.
Deeply attached to a culture of well-being, Polynesians usually pour a little Monoï into the bath water to create a real moment of relaxation. Their skin is then satin, nourished and delicately perfumed.
Reseting positive energy
Monoi de Tahiti is renowned for its use in massage. It is used by Polynesians for a pleasant moment of relaxation thanks to the ritual massage “the Taurumi” which can be interpreted by “health in the hands”. The body and mind thus benefit from all the benefits needed for relaxation and complete serenity.
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