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I first experienced this wonderful oil several years ago when I received small bottle as a trial size with other Elemis purchases, it contained a good amount of product and was about a third of the size of the full size, and was an aesthetically perfect replica of the heavy deep red frosted glass bottle it even had the weighty quality feeling pretty, small oval metal lid. I liked it so much I bought the full 100ml size when my sample ran out, it's out of my budget range these days but I put a little birthday money to the purchase. I bought it from QVC as part of a double offer which cost quite a hefty £45 (offer still available at time of writing), I was going to save one for someone else's birthday but couldn't bear to part with the second one.
At about £22.50 per bottle although it is expensive (and usually out of my price range) for the uses it is suitable for, and the length of time it lasts I think it's good value. It does have a recommended shelf life and suggests that you use within 6 months of opening. However I keep mine in the fridge, and one bottle has lasted me a year without any deterioration in the scent or quality of oil. It's also available as a bath and shower cream.
The reason I was keen to repurchase this product was primarily because of the scent, I absolutely love it, it's like my own personal catnip, and the good thing about it for me is that it has such a natural scent with no chemical 'underbelly' at all. I'm pretty sure you could never use over use it and end up smelling too strongly of it. The primary fragrance is from the pretty blousy frangipani flower, I can't quit put my finger on the other scents but they blend into a sweet dusky floral scent which isn't at all sickly. I would say it has something in common with a musk/vanilla based fragrance, but more floral and gentle. This is how Elemis describe it "an exotic blend of Coconut Coprah Oil and sweet scented Frangipani flowers" I don't recognise a strong coconut scent but it is there well blended. I feel this is equally suitable for winter or summer use both for the moisturising qualities and the fragrance.
The oil at cool room temperature is a soft solid, but with only a little heat or a warm summer day it melts very quickly into a liquid. In the winter I sometimes tuck the bottle into my bra while I'm doing other things and in no time at all it's ready to use. If I'm using it after a bath I pop it in the bath water, (done up really tight - I've not had a spill yet), or on a towel on a radiator, a quick blast with a hair dryer will have a similar effect. Anyway I'm sure you get the idea and can come up with your own ways of liquefying the glorious oil.
Once melted it's clear, and sits on the skin nicely without being too watery so doesn't run all over the place before you can apply. You don't need to use a lot at a time, just a few drops is enough to do your arms for example, but you can use as much or as little as you want of course.
The moisture melt can be used in many ways, everywhere you would normally use a body oil, it's great on limbs, it gives lovely smooth sweet smelling tootsies, and as a cuticle treatment it's beautifully softening. One of my favourite uses is to rub tiny amount between my palms and run it through my hair,it gives a little sheen and a little protection against the elements, but more than that it gives a glorious scent which lasts a long time.
On the skin it sinks in very quickly leaving no oily residue, the skin looks hydrated, with a matt slightly satin sheen, this is not a cosmetic though so the sheen does wear off as the product is thoroughly absorbed. That is not a problem as your skin is left velvety soft and fragranced.
I have heard it recommended that you can use this as an intensive conditioning treatment for hair, or even splash in the bath to make it fragrant and moisturising. I'm sure it's great used in this way, but there are other products that will do the same and are much cheaper. Personally I'd much rather use it in a way that is a little less decadent, and would prefer to apply the oil direct to my skin after a bath, so I still get the benefit of trapping moisture in the skin, and don't use as much of the product to do so, and use as previously mentioned in the hair.
All in all I love this and when I can afford it will always try and replace a used up bottle, and being as skint as we are right now shows just how much I like this.
I first came across this gorgeous, multi use product on a trip to Centreparcs where they gave us this product to use on our hair - prior to having their 'Sauna Experience' - The oil is actually a solid in the bottle and has to be heated up to bring it back to its oil consistency, I usually do this by floating the bottle in a sink of warm water, of course - if used in a sauna - there is no need to heat!
This product has a range of uses - As mentioned above it can be used as in intensive hair treatment, although if you are going to do this make sure you have some shampoo with you as it does need to be washed out - I found this out unfortunately when I came out of the spa and didn't have any shampoo with me - I spent the rest of the day with a very greasy head!
Personally I like to use this oil after a facial or I smooth a little onto my face at bedtime or whilst in the bath so that it soaks in - a little goes a very long way and despite it being an oil it doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy after it has soaked in. I have also used it on dry areas of skin such as elbows and shins and it works a treat.
The oil has a what I can only describe as an exotic flowery smell that instantly transports me to come exotic island somewhere.
Pricewise - when I left the Aqua Sana Spa, I was going to buy a bottle to take home, but at £29 I gace it a miss - I was glad I did as the large bottles sell at about £19 on Ebay. To be honest though for facial use, I sually buy the small 35ml bottle at about £5 and I find this lasts me a good 6 months, although it wouldn't go as far if you were to use it all over your body.
I love this product!
I recently splashed out on a bottle of Elemis Exotic Frangipani Monoi Moisture Melt after seeing it used on QVC. It's a treatment oil with coconut and frangipani that hydrates and softens skin and it can also be used on nails and as a treatment for dry/damaged hair. The main reason I actually purchased it is because of how the scent was described and also because it seemed to absorb quickly. I hate using anything that sits on my skin after applying and normally stay away from anything with oil in the name because of this but this product looked different. I've tried a few products from Elemis in the past and I've never been disappointed with anything so I thought the exotic frangipani would be nice to try.
Although I bought it because of QVC I didn't actually order from them. I think it was around £40.00 plus postage for two 100ml bottles which I didn't want so I ended up searching around online to see if I could find it for less. I found a 100ml bottle on ebay for £15.00 with a free Elemis bag which I was pleased with but if you're not a fan of ebay, Hair HQ had it for £25.50.
The product comes in a red 100ml glass bottle with a small screw on silver lid which I have to say I've dropped and lost on quite a few occasions, it's slightly fiddly. I'm not normally a fan of glass bottles because I tend to be a bit clumsy but I can imagine it would be difficult to package this product in anything else. I'm guessing the reason behind the glass bottle is the fact that the product solidifies at cooler temperatures and in order to make the product a liquid again you have to warm the bottle in water.
The product itself was actually less scented than I thought it would be but I found it intensified when it was warmed. It's very delicately perfumed and quite unique actually, I can't think of anything else to compare it to. It does as the name suggests smell quite exotic but it's also a clean smell, not heavy in any way. I would say it's fairly long lasting too, I apply it after bathing before bed and I can still smell it in the morning when I wake up.
I find the fact that I have to warm it before using it quite nice because the oil stays warm for quite some time after and makes it feel even nicer when applying. It's pretty silky and very easy to spread/massage in and it does sink in pretty quickly. There is a small amount of time after application when skin feels oily but this doesn't last for long which I love. I have noticed how much softer and smoother my skin has been since I started using too, especially on problem areas like knees and elbows. I have been using on my hands for the past week or so as well because my knuckles have been very dry. These are normally a nightmare to sooth and moisturize but Monoi Melt has even done the trick on these and also on my cuticles. I haven't used it on my hair yet, I think it may be a bit too heavy as my hairs quite fine but I must admit I'm tempted to because of the scent.
The size of the bottle isn't bad for the money, I've been using it every night for the last three weeks and there's still a good three quarters left. As with most oil products a little goes a long way so you can use it sparingly. Overall I'm very pleased with my purchase, I have been put off by greasy oil products in the past but Elemis Frangipani is definitely not greasy in anyway and does an excellent job at adding moisture back in to skin.
Elemis Exotic Frangipani Monoi Moisture Melt 35mls
I was given this product recently as a gift along with a tub of Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream.
This Elemis Exotic Frangipani Monoi Moisture Melt comes in a small red glass bottle. The top of the bottle has very small silver screw top lid, you unscrew the lid to disperse the product. The packaging of this product looks great and exudes luxury with the combination of the red glass bottle and silver lid.
The product is actually a moisturising body oil. The oil is solid within the glass bottle and you have to place the bottle in hot water to make the oil lucid enough to disperse from the bottle.
When you disperse the oil it is quite clear in colour, the fragrance of the oil is one of the nicest fragrances I have ever experienced. It smell like no other body lotion or oil I have ever used. The fragrance comes from the frangipani flower and is known as 'flower of the gods'. For the fragrance alone it is worth buying this product.
The product can be used for very dry skin and it can also be used to condition very dry hair. The ingredients are basically coconut oil and frangipani. I did not smell coconut in this product but that is probably because of the smell of the frangipani flowers. The coconut probably just provides the oil base for this product.
When I use this product on my skin it sinks in really well, it moisturises and conditions skin and was really good on elbows, knees and feet. As I said before it can also be used on your hair but I have got really thick hair that can be a bit oily anyway so for that reason personally I would never use this product on my hair.
A little of this oil goes a long way and even the 35ml bottle I have has lasted for about 2 months. This would be a lovely product to take on holiday and I think it would be great to put on your skin after sun exposure. The thing I like best about this product is the fragrance - really to die for.
100mls of this product costs £29.00 and 35mls costs £13.00.
Definitely 5 Dooyoo Stars
This product is one that is mainly for body use, although it can also be good for dry hair. I have used it both for body and for hair and I do love this product as I feel it leaves my skin moist and hydrated, and my hair more silky and smooth. I have left this product in my hair overnight and whilst it does create good results, I have to admit that the smell can be a little too strong when left too long, and it is not a very pleasant smell. So whilst I would recommend this product, I would suggest not to leave it on the hair too long, and to use it mainly for the body.
During hot weather, you may not have to leave this product in hot water for a few minutes to let it melt, as it may already be a liquid substance, however in winter or in the cold, it can be a bit more inconvenient as you have to leave it in hot water to let the product melt into a liquid. This is the only way you can use it as originally it will be a solid substance.
Whilst I noted before that the smell can be unpleasant when left in the hair, when it is used for its main purpose (body) the smell is actually really nice. It has that exotic smell which makes you feel like you are on holiday. I also think the smell is rather unique. I have never experienced the smell in any other product I have used before. It really is quite amazing.
But what I really love about this product is the fact that it just leaves skin looking and feeling great. It is almost 100% certain that if you use this product, your skin will feel moisturised and hydrated, and will look like it has a healthy glow to it. Sidetracking slightly, I once applied it then went out and got caught in a thunderstorm. The rain literally caused this product to pour off my skin, leaving it look like I had just got out of a shower with lotions making my skin really glowing. It looked quite 'hot' although the reason I mention this is because it made me think that the product takes a little while to really sink into the skin.
You can get this in the sized bottle that is in the picture, or a bottle that is about the third of that size, so if you just want to try it out, I would recommend the smaller bottle.
Not a lot is needed when applying to the body, although because the liquid is quite thin and not very concentrated, it may look like not is being applied, but trust me - it is!
The fragrance does linger slightly. I have had many people comment on what body lotion I am using. Admittedly I have had mixed comments, although the majority of people do like/love it.
Skin will also feel a lot smoother. Just look at your hands after using it, you will see what I mean!
I would definitely recommend this product, especially to people with dryer skin, or looking for a unique fragrance body lotion/oil. However, if you do not like exotic or overpowering smells, I would not suggest it.
I think I paid about £30 for it, although I know you can get it cheaper for around £20-25 in Elemis stores in Harvey Nichols, or from salons, online or other department stores.
I've been using Elemis products for about a year and I've not been dissapointed with any products I've tried, my most recent purchase has been the Elemis Exotic Frangipani Monoi Moisture Melt, it's not a cheap product at around £25:00 for 100ml, but a small amount goes a long way, so it will last a long time.
So what is it??
It's an exotic treatment oil for the body, it nourishes and protects dry, parched or mature skin. It would be a great product to take on holiday and use after a day on the beach.
Frangipani "flower of the gods" scents this oil with an exquisite aroma, intoxicating the senses and calming the body. The oil is rapidly absorbed leaving the skin unbelievably soft and smooth.
How to use it.
This product will go solid when cool, so before you use it it's recomended to put it in a bowl of warm water, I take mine in the shower with me and it's melted by the time I'm ready to use it.
After my shower I towel dry lightly and while my skin is still slightly damp I gently massage the satin soft silky oil into my skin, around 4 drops is all you need for each arm and about 6 drops per leg, so you can see you need such a small amount, it's going to last a long time.
The oil is absorbed really quickly and it doesn't leave my skin at all sticky or greasey.
I also like to massage it into the backs of my hands and cuticles for an intensive moisturising manicure, I do this at night before I go to bad and wake up with lovely soft hands.
It's also recomended you use it as a weekly over night hair conditioning treatment, I've not tried this yet.
This probably isn't a daily use product, but lovely for those times when you shut yourself away in the bathroom with a glass of wine, a few candles and dream of far away places.
I think it would be a lovely gift for a bride.
This is a really lovely body product from Elemis which is part of their exotics range and so it comes in a deep red coloured bottle with a silver cap. At £29 for a 100ml bottle it is a little on the expensive side but I think you do get what you pay for with beauty products from this brand and they are used in luxury spas worldwide. You can also get little mini 35 ml sizes which is great as it allows you to try it out for a lower price.
The moisture melt exists as a solid inside the bottle and you leave it in a bowl of hot water or in the bath water for a few mins to get it to it's fluid oil consistency. I find running it under the shower for a minute or two is more than enough to get the oil. Once your out the bath or shower you apply the oil to damp skin (not wet skin as this will waste the product!). The oil comes out really well in droplets so it's easy to get the exact amount you need out. A few drops go a long way so it is a product that will last you a while.
The oil is a lovely golden honey colour and it smells beautiful. It has a very exotic smell to it, slightly coconutty and with a hint of exotic flowers which apparently comes from the Frangipani flower (known as flower of the gods). It's a light and delicate scent that lasts on the skin but is not overpowering. It's just a lovely light aroma. The oil sinks into the skin very quickly indeed and leaves your skin soft and glowingly healthy looking. It doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy.
I have also discovered that you can use this product as a hair treatment and it apparently works very well indeed to soften the hair and leave it smelling lovely. I have yet to try this out but I'm sure I will. You leave it in overnight and then rinse out in the morning.
This is a really lovely luxurious product and you feel lovely after using it! It's like having your own little spa as home and you feel pampered when you use it. I would definately recommend this product as I think it is great value for money when you consider the beautiful natural ingredients and the length of time it will last you.