Hello my lovelies,
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!
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 .[…]
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