My New Wonder Oil — Monoi Oil

by West Parsons on October 13, 2011 · 6 comments

in product review

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

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!

Skin Moisturizer
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.

Hair Conditioner
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.

Have you used any monoi products?


lina November 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Love monoi oil – have been using it for a number of years and used it exclusively on my sons hair from birth to now (2.5yrs). not only does it smell amazing, but it leaves my hair softer than no other oil on my serious 4b hair 🙂 glad you found a hidden hair treasure !

Sasha February 29, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Great article! What did you mean by oil rinsing?

westNDNbeauty March 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Many people oil rinse differently. When I oil rinse, after deep conditioning and rinsing my hair, I follow with an oil like coconut oil, let it marinate and then rinse. This helps to seal in the moisture of the deep conditioner.

valerie March 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm

I use Flower of Tahiti. It’s an organic hair moisturizing masque. It’s amazing!

Rae January 25, 2014 at 6:04 pm

I love the pure monoi oil(from the health foodstore)on my skin. Like carol’s Daughters hair products but not spending 30 for shampoo.It keeps my skin ash free. And a little bit goes a long way. I am going to use it as a hot oil treatment for my hair and see what results I get.

Kate February 6, 2014 at 9:28 pm

I recently bought traditional monoi oil directly from a Tahitian website. The smell is very nice, softer than other commercial products I have used, but I would say not tampered with additives.