One scent we always need is monoi oil – this is found in many things, namely the wonderful Thalgo Polynesia Sacred Oil which moisturises and hydrates skin.
Monoï oil is an infused perfume-oil made from soaking the petals of Tahitian gardenias (best known as Tiaré flowers) in coconut oil. Monoï (pronounced Mah-noy) is a Tahitian word meaning «scented oil» in the Reo-Maohi language. Monoï is widely used among French Polynesians as a skin and hair softener. It is also popular in Europe and gaining recognition in the United States.
The date when monoi was first created is unknown; however, its origins can be traced back 2000 years to the Maohi people, the indigenous Polynesians. Early European explorers who travelled to the Polynesian Islands, including James Cook, documented the natives’ use of monoi for medicinal, cosmetic and religious purposes. Monoi featured prominently in the lives of these ancient people, from birth until death. It was applied to the bodies of newborns to keep them from dehydrating in hot weather, and from getting chilled in cooler temperatures. When a person died, their body was embalmed and perfumed with manoi to help facilitate their journey into the afterlife.
Monoi was also used in ancient Polynesian religious rites. During ceremonies which took place in the maraes (temples), Maori priests used manoi to anoint sacred objects and purify offerings to their deities.
Maori navigators used manoi to protect their bodies from cold, harsh winds and salt water during long canoe expeditions at sea. Even today, many divers rub monoi all over their bodies prior to diving for the same purpose.
Thalgo Polynesia Sacred Oil is for anyone wishing to moisturise and nourish their body while leaving a subtle golden pearly finish on the skin.
Inspired by Ma’ohi traditions, the Polynesia Sacred Oil nourishes and enhances your skin. As a beauty secret borrowed from Polynesian women, this scented Monoi-enriched dry oil leaves skin feeling soft and moisturised, enhanced with a subtle shimmer.
Apply this dry oil all over the body and hair for an immediate moisturising and iridescent effect. The product is quickly absorbed, without feeling sticky. Shake before use to evenly distribute the pearly particles. The skin is nourished, moisturised, protected and beautified – all with a sense of sheer lightness.
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