Found! A New Monoï-Scented Body Product to Add to My Collection

Fruits & Passion Nourishing Dry Oil.
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Fruits & Passion Nourishing Dry Oil.
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I have a bit of thing for Monoï oil. Okay, a MAJOR thing.

Probably it all started when I lived in Australia for a few years and travelled to places like Bali, Tahiti and the Cook Islands. Everywhere you go there, you smell these AMAZING tropical flowers—so to this day, I can't resist the siren call of Monoï, which is the oil you get when you soak Tahitian gardenias in coconut oil. If there is a better summer scent out there, I don't know it!

I bought my first Monoï product at the source, in Tahiti, and then over the years accumulated others: NARS Monoi Body Glow I and II, Dior Bronze Monoi Balm and Yves Rocher Gardenia Oil Monoï.

Then it seemed like Monoï was falling out of favour with the beauty marketers—until Fruits & Passion's delicious Nourishing Dry Oil for Body and Hair ($14, fruits-passion.com) showed up on my desk.

At just $14, this is probably one of the best-priced and most authentic-smelling Monoï oils out there (and yes, I consider myself a connoisseur!).

It's too heavy for my fine hair, but I LOVE it for the body because the oil penetrates fast, leaving skin super-hydrated, not greasy. AND it doubles as perfume!

Bonus points: there are no silicones, parabens, sulphates, mineral oils or colouring in here. And if you don't like Monoï, it's also available in argan and avocado oil versions. (Maybe the argan oil one could pinch-hit for Moroccanoil?)

Do you love Monoï as much as I do? What are your fave Monoï oil products? Inquiring minds want to know!