What is a Tahiti-Iti?
The island of Tahiti
consists of two ancient eroded volcanic cones, Tahiti Nui
and Tahiti Iti (the Taiarapu Peninsula) , connected by the
Isthmus of Taravao. Apart from a fertile coastal
plain, the terrain of Tahiti-Iti is jagged and mountainous.
On Tahiti Iti Mt. Roniu rises to 4,340 feet (1,323 m) The
island is fringed by coral reefs and lagoons. Natural vegetation
includes coconut palms, pandanus, lantan,
tiare, hibiscus and tropical fruit trees.
Is Monoi de Tahiti® just a glorified coconut
The unique documented properties and benefits of
Monoi de Tahiti®
cannot be compared to those of other ordinary
coconut oil. The special qualities of the Gardenia Taitensis blossoms and the
rich Tahitian coconut oil are certified by the prestigious Guarantee of Origin
What is so unique about Monoi de Tahiti®?
The two key factors are perfect climate and unique
soil. Tahiti's year round perfect weather conditions and its unique mineral
rich formation of coral islands, found only in a few other areas of the world,
play an important role in the cultivation of the Palm trees from which Monoi de
Tahiti's® coconut oil is obtained.
Are chemicals used in processing the coconut
Once the coconut meat is transported to the local
oil factory it is crushed, heated and pressed. Only one single
pressing is performed. No chemicals are used during the entire
the oil is never mixed with a lesser quality second
pressed oil. This traditional process is a unique
particularity of the local Tahiti oil plant.
How does it get that trademark unforgettable
Only the young unopened Gardenia Taitensis blossom
buds are handpicked and soaked in the first pressed refined oil within 24 hours
of their harvest. A minimum of 12 buds are soaked in each liter of refined
oil for a minimum of 15 days. This process, called "enfleurage (flower
soaking ) will allow the flowers to release their fragrance and their components
into the oil and thus trigger the famous alchemy which results in the
unparalleled scent of MONOI. After the soaking stage is completed, a final
process is applied to keep each
ingredients qualities and properties intact. Monoi de Tahiti® is
Is it greasy and sticky?
Even though Monoi de Tahiti® is a coconut oil base
product, it is not greasy when applied properly in small amounts and unlike other
natural vegetal oils, it does NOT clog pores. Its superior
protect the skin.
What is French Milled Soap?
An extra milling step is added to the soap making process. The result is a harder, denser and therefore, longer-lasting soap.
What are Monoi de Tahiti® traditional
Today Monoi de Tahiti® is essentially used as
scented oil for skin and hair care but its unique properties extend far beyond
simple cosmetic usages. Since immemorial time, it has been used in
ancestral rites, traditional pharmacopeia and in popular
cosmetology. Tahitians use Monoi in the following
- Protection against insect bites
- prevention of skin hydration
- eczema relief
- with cold water used to relieve certain types of migraines
- on crushed blossoms as a remedy for ear-aches
- In infusion to bathe sties
- with crushed badamier leaves for the relief of a skin disease known as erysipelas
Divers are familiar with Monoi since before each
dive they smear their bodies with Monoi to withstand the cold.
The Polynesians massage the bodies of young
children and babies in order to protect them from the fresh temperatures of the
These preparations have been transmitted from one
generation to the next, throughout the centuries.
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