Naturally beautiful  – Monoï oil

Naturally beautiful – Monoï oil

Hello my lovelies,

today I’d love to start a series of posts focusing on ancient botanical-based elixirs used by women of different countries before cosmetology was born.
Most of the precious balms gifted from Mother Nature have become key ingredients in modern cosmetic industry.
Personally I’m fascinated by the self-enhancing instict driving women of all times to exploit local resources for the creation of unique potions whose secret recipes would be handed down generation after generation.


I have found this amazing article in Elle talking about the marvellous Tahitian beauty potion, and here’s an extract for you dolls. Hope you enjoy!

” This isn’t, however, just any coconut oil or suntan-lotion-scented imposter that’s sending us into such raptures — this is real monoï: a swoon-inducingly fragrant concoction made by steeping tiare flowers, a variety of gardenia indigenous to French Polynesia, in locally sourced coconut oil. […] When you stumble across a multitasking moisturizer said to deliver shiny, frizz-free hair and soft, glowy skin—and, in a single drop, an olfactive vacation—it’s hard not to become obsessed.

South Pacific islanders have used monoï, which means “sacred oil,” for centuries. […] They douse themselves with it daily from head to toe to protect their skin and hair from the drying effects of salt water and tropical sun; they use it to calm inflammation from grazes and insect bites; pregnant women apply it to combat stretch marks; and babies are massaged with it after being born. Most families have their own monoï recipes, many of them spiked with additional aromatics such as ylang-ylang, sandalwood, vanilla, and basil (the last, a local woman tells me, is a savory concoction worn to ward off “evil spirits and unwanted suitors,” which, really, could be one and the same). At Parfumerie Tiki—the oldest commercial producer of monoï in Tahiti, established in 1942—the oil has been incorporated into a variety of products, ranging from soap and body wash to bath salts, shampoo, perfume spray, and even bug repellent.

Like those of several ancient botanical-based beauty boosters favored in far-flung locales, many of monoï’s fabled benefits have been scientifically substantiated in recent years. The flowers contain high levels of methyl salicylate, known for its purifying and anti-inflammatory qualities (it’s related to salicylic acid, from which aspirin and many acne treatments are derived), and during the typically 15-day maceration, those active properties are transferred to the oil. While any coconut oil is an effective moisturizer for skin and frazzled strands—it protects the skin’s lipid barrier and easily penetrates hair follicles, preventing protein and water loss—the coral-island-grown coconuts used for monoï have superpowers: they contain additional protein and produce a silkier, less greasy oil than those grown elsewhere. It’s a happy alchemy. […]

With results such as that, it’s little surprise that a whole host of cosmetics companies are pitching their beach umbrellas on the same stretch of tropical sand: Monoï is cropping up in everything from bronzers to lipsticks to anti-aging creams. (There’s some evidence that it has a firming effect on the skin—women who participated in a small study conducted by the Institut du Monoï, a nonprofit founded by the Tahitian government to promote the wonder oil, showed a 27 percent increase in elasticity over 28 days of use.)

One monoï pioneer was the founder and creative director of Nars Cosmetics, François Nars, who, after visiting Tahiti in the ’90s, was so besotted with the region’s exotic charms that, in 1998, he introduced Nars Body Glow, a shimmer-infused monoï-based head-to-toe moisturizer. (He also bought his own island near Bora Bora.) For Nars, it wasn’t just the “soothing, moisturizing, and protective benefits of the oil, all of which I love,” he says; it was the fact that its voluptuous scent reminded him so vividly of his home away from home. “I have 60 or 70 tiare bushes in my garden, and the smell of the flowers follows you as you walk along the beach at night. It’s just incredible.”

Eric Vaxelaire, the Institut du Monoï’s charismatic French-born director, echoes Nars’ sentiment […] The heart of monoï’s appeal, he believes, is simple: It’s paradise in a bottle. “It creates a very strong, positive emotional response in people,” he says, “like Tahiti itself.” Because its prime ingredients can’t be produced anywhere else, monoï is imbued with an indelible sense of place: To use it is to sample the legendary sybaritic delights of the South Pacific, to be transported, in a sense, to its remote aquamarine lagoons and majestic volcanic peaks .[…]

We all want a multitasking moisturizer that works, end of story. But to find one with a story? That’s even better.”

Tahiti

Alkemie black jewelry
€270 – alkemiejewelry.com

Roberto cavalli
€44 – yoox.com

Lancôme
€34 – lancome-usa.com

Creed fragrance
€480 – neimanmarcus.com

Nars cosmetic
€44 – sephora.com

The Body Shop body shop
€7,50 – thebodyshop-usa.com

Carol s Daughter carols daughter
€13 – beauty.com

Voluspa Bella Sucre 3-Wick Tin
€42 – nelly.com

Hope to hear from you soon!
With love,
Coco

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17 Comments

  1. Fabiola Tinelli - January 15, 2013

    Non lo conoscevo!<br />Fabiola<br /><br /><a href="http://wildflowergirlstyle.blogspot.it&quot; rel="nofollow">wildflowergirl</a>

  2. ana - January 15, 2013

    Hi. I just wanted to let you know that your blog is amazing. Do you maybe want to follow each other?? Let me know. <br /><br />xoxo<br /><br />http://bblluusshh.blogspot.com

  3. Lucie Srbová - January 15, 2013

    Amazing article! Love it!<br /><br />Kisses, Lucy :)<br />stylewithoutlimits.blogspot.cz

  4. The Urban Market - January 15, 2013

    Neanche io conoscevo questo olio!<br />Buona serata!<br /><br />Valeria.<br />http://myurbanmarket.blogspot.it<br />http://www.facebook.com/ValeUrbanMarket

  5. Azucena Alonso - January 16, 2013

    Hello lovely Coco!!!<br />I a here agin… for now…<br />A lot of work this year but… I would want to say &quot;Hello&quot; to my blogger friends<br />I will back with Dolce Far Niente soon… I hope ;-)<br /><br />Pink kisses, sweetie<br />A

  6. Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) - January 16, 2013

    That is so interesting Coco! So many good things come directly from the earth. I&#39;m finding that people are trying to return to those basic things. Us women are very resilient!<br />http://www.averysweetblog.com/

  7. fluff and fripperies - January 16, 2013

    Oh I love oils and this one is new to me – thanks for sharing doll!

  8. Ms. Dainty Doll - January 16, 2013

    So interesting, I love it! I enjoy products that are natural…so nice! Oils are great for my skin, especially just now with winter! Have a wonderful day doll xx<br /><br /><a href="http://thedaintydollshouse.blogspot.co.uk/&quot; rel="nofollow">The Dainty Dolls House</a><br />

  9. Lilli - January 16, 2013

    Ciao Coco!! Io lo adoro! Soprattutto per i capelli! Un bacio cara!:*

  10. Laura Stradivari Chan - January 16, 2013

    i should try some of the products. my skin is so dry so white and flaky. i would try the nars one.<br /><br />5ftandpetite.blogspot.com

  11. Margaret Cruzemark - January 16, 2013

    Your choices my dearest Coco are always so refined! Lovely collection of beauty products. Well done!!<br />Best Regards<br />Miss Margaret Cruzemark<br />http://margaretcruzemark.blogspot.com/<br />

  12. Le Petit Plastique - January 16, 2013

    Love your blog! Maybe we could follow each other on bloglovin or GFC? Please leave me a comment or follow me and I will follow you =)<br /><br />http://lepetitplastique.blogspot.com/

  13. Aitana - January 16, 2013

    Awesome!!!^^<br />i love it ;)<br /><br />xoxo

  14. Diana Marks - January 17, 2013

    looks amazing! great post dear!<br /><br /><a href="http://www.LAByDiana.com&quot; rel="nofollow">LA By Diana Live Magazine</a><br />

  15. Lila Moonlight - January 17, 2013

    I love the smell of monoi oil very much, I have the NARS one and also got Yves Rocher one recently. My skin feels so soft silky after I use it : )

  16. Lila Moonlight - January 17, 2013

    And one more thing, I just had to enter 4 times the verification letters, some letters were really not readable. It is so annoying. Do you really need the verification part, I would be very happy if you removed it from settings : )) And it would make commenting much easier for everyone.

  17. Debra - March 8, 2013

    Hi Coco! Thanks for the post. Very informative. I had not heard of this ingredient before. Now I will be hunting for it. Lol! Thanks for this feature. I look forward to more articles like this one. :)<br /><br />Debra@stylewisebydebra.com

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