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The Body Shop have created a renowned range of personal care products, including 'spa' style treatments and massage products. The Body Shop's Polynesia Monoi Miracle Oil is part of their Spa Wisdom range.
Price and where to buy:
Monoi Miracle Oil is sold in 150ml bottle sizes from Body Shop stores, its online official store and some other retailers (Amazon, EBay etc). The price per bottle is £10, which does seem initially quite pricey for such the quantity, however a little (and only a very little is needed!) does go a long way with this oil. The Monoi Miracle Oil has been repackaged of late and now comes in the Body Shop's trademark plastic bottle, with the gorgeous, golden oil showing through the clear bottle and with a pretty blue and pink design on the front. The bottle has a secure lid with a small hole dispenser for the oil, which allows measured amounts to be poured out with control (and no oily spills!).
The key ingredients in the Oil are emollients, fragrance and plant extracts (I've added a full ingredients list, taken from the Body Shop site, below for reference to check for allergy sufferers or those with skin concerns).
The stars of the show is the Monoi oil itself - this is made from soaking tiare gardenia flowers with coconut oil. This is a luscious oil with a gorgeous, decadent flowery scent that is definitely not for the faint-hearted. Tiare flowers are grown throughout French Polynesia and are used in traditional medicine for treating colds, headaches and sunburn, as well as being highly prized for their beauty and strong fragrance.
It also heartening to know that, in true Body Shop style, the coconut oil used is organically pressed and sourced from a Community Trade organisation in Samoa - so you're doing your good deed for the day too!
The product and its uses:
This is a beautiful product. The gorgeous, rich golden colour of the oil is very pretty (and the bottle will look lovely in your bathroom too!) and the smell is unbelievable - strong, floral gardenia with a tropical fragrance instantly fills the air and fills you with summer sunshine (perfect in these cold Winter days!). I had initially bought the product as I wanted to find a nicer, more indulgent post-shower/bath moisturiser and I have found Monoi Oil has many, many uses, including:
- Moisturising - after a shower or bath (or simply rubbed into your hands after washing), the oil glides onto the skin easily and is quickly absorbed, leaving radiant skin with a soft sheen and a sumptuous feminine smell. Only a small drop or two is needed as the oil does go a long way (one of the reasons to justify the price tag).
- Bath oil - a few drops (or, in my more greedy phases, a drizzle!) in the bath really adds a beautiful scent to the bath, which can make a refreshing change. Being an oil, the droplets do not emulsify and sit on the surface of the water, but on lowering yourself into the bath you will notice the oil on your skin, leaving it moisturised and silky.
After a bath (or shower) with a few drops of the product, it is worth rubbing any oil into the skin and gently drying any excess off with a towel, as being too liberal with the oil can mean slight oil stains on bed linen/nightwear. That said, the oil does leave that beautiful, lingering scent which can be fantastically relaxing when incorporated into a night-time routine.
- As a nail treatment - fantastic rubbed into cuticles and swept across the nails as an intensive nail treatment. Only a tiny drop is needed for the nails on each hand and the rich coconut oil ensures that nails are well-nourished, reducing splitting/peeling or dry skin around the fingertips and nail bed.
- Hair deep conditioner - a fantastic deep conditioner, if you want to use Monoi Oil on your hair to add extra lustre and help enrich the condition of the hair shaft, I have found that dripping a couple of drops onto my palms or straight onto the hair, starting from the root and along the hair length (*not* into the roots, as this will cause greasiness!) and leaving for 5 - 10mins before washing out really leaves hair with a beautiful scent and shiny appearance (much like olive oil, a much-praised hair treat).
- Stretchmark/scar reducer - much like Bio Oil, rubbing oil into the skin daily can really help to reduce the appearance of stretchmarks and scars (helping to fade them and assist the body's natural healing process).
- Shaving - ladies, have you ever reached for your shave gel/hair removal cream and found there's a pathetic, tiny squirt left? Have no fear - Monoi Oil is perfect to use as a replacement for shave gel or foam, softening the hairs and skin surface perfect for shaving. This is best done after exfoliating the skin (as with any hair removal) to remove dead skin cells and is really surprisingly effective! You will need to ensure your razor blades get a good rinse between shaves, as the oil can cause build-up which needs to be removed for a smooth, clean shave. Also, once you're done, your skin will feel soft, moisturised and not at all sore for those with sensitive skin.
- Massage oil - I'll leave this one to your imagination...! ;)
Overall, I would recommend Monoi Miracle Oil. It is incredibly versatile, having a multitude of uses and makes a fantastically girly addition to my bathroom cabinet.
I have found that a bottle has lasted for months and months with continuous use and looks in no danger of running out, as I have found it really only has to be used sparingly. The price is a little steep when compared to other massage oils/moisturisers, however this little bottle has lasted so long I feel I have had value for money out of my purchase. I would definitely give this lovely oil a try.
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