Let me provide some background on this product and why it sparked my interest!
I personally went through tons of articles, blogs, and information about the oil since I was quite unfamiliar with it.
Monoi oil's claim to fame is that it contains immense soothing and moisturizing properties, and have been used by Polynesian woman for centuries.
I will provide more detailed information as well as my personal thoughts on this product I adore.
Information on Monoi Tiki Tahiti Oil
- According to the website Monoi.com, monoi oil is a unique blend of cosmetic grade coconut oil, tiare flower (a Tahitian gardenia flower) and vitamin E
- There are no preservatives, or animal products added
- The handpicked tiare flower is placed into the monoi oil to add a beautiful scent to the product (soaked in for 15 days)
- The tiare flower is said to slowly release their unique properties and legendary virtues into the coconut oil
- There are several scents of monoi oil sold: the original monoi tiki taire, ylang ylang, coco coconut, vanilla, santal sandalwood etc
- Monoi is commonly used among Polynesians as a skin and hair softener
- There are many monoi oils on the market however authentic monoi oils follow a very strict manufacturing code that supervises the entire process from handpicking the tiare flowers to storage and shipping of the final product.
- There is an official Appellation d'Origine seal on every Monoi product
- Monoi oil retails for $14 CAD
- Contains 120ml of oil in each bottle
- Can be purchased at Monoi.com, at some natural health food stores, and Honeyfig (Toronto)
My Personal Thoughts:
- The smell of this product is absolutely divine and leaves a sweet smell in your hair for days (I have purchased the Vanilla scent)
- Even though it comes in a small bottle it lasts for a long time because very little product is actually needed to coat ends of hair
- The actual tiare flower is in the bottle floating around
- After washing and conditioning hair I add monoi oil after my moisturizer has been applied to seal the ends of my hair
- I also will use the oil sparingly when my hair is dry and I am braiding/twisting it for the night
- I also will add it sparingly to my hair throughout the week
- I have used monoi oil not only in my hair (which it keeps moisturized) as well as on my skin in the winter months (does wonders to keep skin hydrated)
- I stick to the original brand of monoi because of the product ingredients (no preservatives)
- The coconut usually gets solid (in the packaging) in the winter/spring time so I let it sit in a bowl of warm water to melt down the product
- I have found it has helped reduce split ends when used consistently and adds shine and bounce to the hair when used moderately
- Coconut oil has always helped me throughout my hair journey and this is like a step up from regular coconut oil
- Too much of the monoi oil can weigh down hair and make it feel and look greasy so use moderately
- I absolutely recommend this product to any woman that wants to improve the condition of their hair