Found! A new Monoï-scented body product to add to my collection

Fruits & Passion Nourishing Dry Oil for Body and Hair in Monoï Oil

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!

3 Comments

cybele
Monday, July 12/2010 at 3:57 pm

I too am a fan of Monoi! That Dior one sounds fab. will have to investigate!!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Saturday, July 17/2010 at 4:21 pm

The only thing with the Dior is that it’s pretty pricey for the amount you get… so I try to use sparingly for special occasions! :-) The Fruits & Passion one is so inexpensive, it’s more of an everyday spray for me.

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Taradise
Monday, January 21/2013 at 1:11 pm

I love Monoï oil! My favorite is Traditional Gardenia Oil Monoï fromYves Rocher, its a bit thicker and a much stronger scent, which isnt a bad thing!

I use it while in the shower, right before I get out and I am still a bit wet I rub the oil all over my body. The moisturizing effects last until my next shower and the scent stays all day – it is amazing, especially in the summer :)

http://www.yvesrocher.ca/control/soins-corps/monoi/huile-tiare-tradition/

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