I first heard about Monoi Oil when it was introduced into Carol’s Daughter’s new line of products. After doing surface research I wrote it off as just fancy coconut oil. “Psssh! I can get coconut oil anywhere.” So I thought. On a whim I ordered Monoi Tipanie Oil online.
A little background about monoi oil from www.Monoi.com —
Monoi is a French-Tahitian cosmetic oil consisting of pure coconut oil and the fragrance of tiare, the Tahitian Gardenia. The product is a refinement of an ancient Polynesian beauty secret and has been manufactured commercially since 1942. Centuries ago the people of Polynesia discovered that pure coconut oil is an essential secret for beautiful skin and hair. Coconut oil is a natural replacement for your body’s skin and hair oils. The coconut oil used in Monoi Tiare Tahiti is so highly refined that it is quickly absorbed by your skin. This Tahitian beauty secret is now available to you.
Please note that because of its tropically grown ingredients, Monoi oil solidifies at temperatures below 68 F (20 C). This is a natural process that occurs because genuine Monoi contains no emulsifiers to keep it in a liquid state. Simply place the container in warm water to return it to a golden liquid form. Solidifying and warming will not affect the original properties of Monoi. Do NOT use a microwave oven to warm Monoi!
For soft supple skin, use Monoi oil as a moisturizer and bath oil. It massages quickly into the skin, smoothing away dryness and leaving behind only a delightful fragrance of island flowers.
Monoi oil may be used as a conditioner for dry hair. Pour a small amount into the palm of your hand and massage into the hair. Shampoo out after 10 or 15 minutes. The oil will enter the hair and replace the natural oils, giving your hair natural body and sheen.
I first used this oil on my skin as an after bath oil. Great absorption! My skin was soft and supple but not greasy. I figured it absorbs so well into my skin, it should work great on my hair. And it did! I used the oil on my hair which was in a twists out. I did not experience build up and there was a noticeable sheen and my hair remained soft.
I was completely wrong about this product. This oil is nothing like pure coconut oil. Based on how well it absorbed on my dry skin and hair, this product definitely contains some properties which are not native to pure coconut oil. As I have mentioned before, when I use coconut oil on my dry hair, it tends to leave my hair hard and brittle. How ironic right? But with this product I am spared the burden of oil sitting on my hair or skin waiting to be absorbed. It also has a more fruity/perfume-like scent, which is probably attributed to the curing process. To add it its presentation, there was literally a real, dried flower in my bottle.
I will definitely be adding this oil to my conditioners and maybe even oil rinsing with it instead of pure coconut oil. Check out a few products below which contain Monoi.