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Imagine….the dazzling blues of the lagoons, the lush tropical foliage, the sweet scent of the Tahitian Gardenia. This is paradise. And from this paradise comes a range of products to protect and nourish your hair and body, and lift your spirits with their divine scent.

28 Jun '14

Frangipani - tropical icon

The frangipani is arguably one of the most recognisable symbols of the tropics. Used in floral leis and as offerings to the gods, the frangipani originated in South / Central America, but has become so entrenched in Polynesian culture that many people mistakenly believe that it is native to that region.

Known as Tipanie in Tahiti, the flowers are used decoratively and in preparations where their divine perfume can shine through. Although this is not the national flower of Tahiti, you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise, so prevalent are the trees and imagery throughout her Islands.

The scent is heady and sweet, evoking warm nights and tropical sunsets. It uplifts the spirits, nourishes the soul, and is said to reduce anxiety with its calming effect. (Personally, I just love the smell!)

But the frangipani is more than just a pretty face! Used for centuries for its own soothing and moisturising properties, Monoi scented with frangipani makes for a silky, sensual oil, perfect for massage or as a decadent addition to your bath. Use it as your daily moisturiser and banish dry skin, or as a dry hair treatment to restore shine and lustre.


14 Jun '14

What makes Monoi de Tahiti so effective for skincare?

Posted by Megan Watkins in coconut oil, dry skin, eczema, Monoi, skincare
Monoi de Tahiti contains the beneficial properties of both naturally refined coconut oil, and the Tiare (Tahitian Gardenia).  The national flower of Tahiti, the Tiare is a precious source of active compounds and one of the most important plants in the traditional Polynesian pharmacopoeia - the Ra’au Tahiti. Maohi (ancient Polynesians) used it in preparations to treat migraine or earache, heal wounds or insect bites, and even cure certain types of eczemas*

Studies have shown Monoi to be an effective, long-lasting moisturiser that leads to smoother, more supple skin.  The moisturizing properties of Monoi have been scientifically tested, and the results can be compared very favourably with those of traditional moisturizers such as Shea Butter or Jojoba oil.

Anecdotal evidence also points to Monoi being a long lasting moisturiser, with people reporting the feeling of soft, moisturised skin more than 12 hours after application. Not only is this remarkable oil beneficial for your skin, with its divine scents, it also has a positive effect on your senses.

Finally, testing show that Monoi de Tahiti is extremely safe. It does not cause skin reaction, and carries no risk of allergies for non-sensitized subjects. Testing included;
  •     Skin and eye tolerance
  •     Sensitizing potential
  •     Hypersensitivity and hypoallergenic properties
  •     Photosensitizing potential
Further information about the testing conducted can be found on the Resources page

* Paul Pétard, Doctor in Pharmacy. Useful plants in French Polynesia - Haere Po no Tahiti Edition