This simple, sweet-smelling oil continues to play a large part of Polynesian beauty rituals and offers numerous benefits that range, quite literally, from head to toe.Many Polynesian families have their own monoï recipes, many of them spiked with additional aromatics such as ylang-ylang, sandalwood, vanilla, and basil.

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And although coconut oil is an effective moisturiser for skin and frazzled strands—it protects the skin’s lipid barrier and easily penetrates hair follicles, preventing protein and water loss—the coral-island-grown coconuts used especially for monoï have superpowers: they contain additional protein and produce a silkier, less greasy oil than those grown elsewhere.

Benefits of monoï for the skin: In a clinical study from the Monoi Institute, when Monoi was used on the skin against jojoba oil, shea butter and Vaseline oils, the moisturising benefits of monoï was gradual and longer lasting against its competitors.

Similar to ancient botanical-based beauty boosters used in far-flung region, many of monoï’s fabled benefits have been scientifically substantiated in recent years.

The flowers contain high levels of methyl salicylate, known for its purifying and anti-inflammatory qualities and during the 15-day maceration, these active properties are transferred to the oil.

Tamanu oil Less known than monoï, yet equally effective is tamanu oil.

Thousands of years ago, native Polynesians discovered the oil as a wonderful skin-care aid, skin protector and cosmetic.It is used as antiseptic and against wrinkles, stretch marks and burns.It too is recommended for skin ailments as varied as eczema, shingles and varicose veins.Benefits of Tamanu oil Add 20 ml of neutral oil (olive, argan or sweet almond) to 30 ml of good quality of (tamanu).Flavour the mixture with 60 drops of Helichrysum essential oil.Tamanu oil is indeed another well-kept beauty secret of Polynesian women who are noted for their wonderful complexions and the oil with its spicy fragrance, rich in antioxidants, can really do miracles for your skin.