There are a few poseurs but the REAL Monoi de Tahiti Oil is made in Tahiti. You can tell who's using it based on if they show the Appellation symbol either on the label/box or on their website -
In order to use it you have to use the certified Monoi de Tahiti and are required to use certain amounts of it in your products.
So first they've got the Coconut Trees which are growing on coral sand beaches. The coral is full of nutrients and, as a result, your coconuts are already more power-packed.
They carve out the meat of the coconuts by hand to press for the oil.
It takes a lot of coconuts!
Then the Tiare Flowers come into play. An island version of Gardenias they smell AMAZING.
They're picked by hand,
Stacked in groups
They then are macerated (mashed up like crazy) in the coconut oil and sit for about 10 days. They then strain the flowers out
And are left with the beautiful liquid gold that is used in daily life as well as religious ceremonies.
Monoi Oil is used as
*a facial moisturizer
*a body moisturizer/oil
*after sun care
*hair treatment mask
*hair protectant pre heat tools
Here are some of my favorite products with Monoi -
I loved it so much I added it to my line! I have the Monoi Tiare Oil ($25 - 2 oz) which has no additives, just the pure oil, and then the Monoi Tiare Body Lotion ($25 - 8 oz) which is an organic/vegan lightweight moisturizer that I fold the Monoi Tiare Oil into by hand.
Carol's Daughter was my gateway into the world of Monoi and her Monoi Longer, Stronger Set ($98) has the Shampoo, Conditioner, Repairing Hair Mask and Repairing Anti-Breakage Spray which are all awesome products for dry hair and smell super yummy.
Elemis's Frangipani Monoi Salt Glow ($58 - 16.9 oz) is the trifecta of flower happiness - it has Tiare, Frangipani and Hibiscus Flowers in an exfoliating salt scrub for the body.
NARS pops a couple of actual Tiare Flowers into their Monoi Body Glow II ($58 - 4 oz). They add a few stabilizers and preservatives to the oil.
So grab one of these products to carry summer with you wherever you go!