Monoi oil is a natural product resulting from the ancestral Tahitian know-how. Also known as “scented oil”, it is applied to the body and hair to moisturize and repair them. It has been used in Polynesia for 2,000 years. As for its method of production, there is the basic recipe that does not change and is passed on from generation to generation. But on the other hand, there are also the new ways of making Monoi oil. This can be explained by its arrival on the world market, which has led to an increase in demand. In any case, if you want to know everything about the secret of its manufacture, this article will give you an overview.
The traditional production of Monoi oil
Monoi oil comes from the maceration of Tiare flowers in coconut oil, preferably virgin. The process is fairly simple to design, provided you have great patience and proven knowledge of the basic products. To begin with, the fresh Tiare flowers must be picked at dawn and then the coconuts collected from the coral soils. Then, the coconut will have to be grated and the extracted flesh put into a container. By crushing the coconut flesh, we obtain an oil. Then just pour the Tiare flowers into the container and leave to macerate for several days. And so that the fragrances can mix perfectly, the mixture will have to be kneaded every day.
For the traditional production of Monoi, the operation consists of splitting the ripe coconuts to extract the almond and leave it to dry for a week until it contains only 10% moisture. The almonds are then stored in bags to be ground into flour and heated to a temperature of about 125°. By pressing the copra, a first-press oil is obtained. This oil will then be refined and placed in vats during the maceration of the flowers. And after the last filtration, it will be possible to perfume the Monoi with plant extracts.
What are the derivatives of Monoi?
Please note that there are derivatives of Monoï, i.e. those that do not respect the original manufacturing recipe. Some manufacturers add vegetable oils to the preparation of monoi. For example, they use sesame or sweet almond oil. On the other hand, there are manufacturers who do not hesitate to use synthetic oils, in this case liquid paraffin (a petroleum derivative) or isopropyl palmitate (a derivative of palm oil). And to go even further, substances of synthetic origin are used to enhance the fragrance of Monoi such as Hydroxyisohexyl, or Hydroxycitronellal.
Thus, the question arises: how to distinguish real Monoi from its derivatives? Well! To recognize real Monoi, you only have to look closely at the labels. Products that respect traditional manufacturing methods carry the logo “Monoï de Tahiti appellation d’origine”. This ensures its quality, reliability and authenticity. In addition, there are other tricks to help you recognize Monoï as the list of ingredients. Favour products containing more than 90% Monoï de Tahiti. Also check the temperature, as Monoi is available in solid form below 24°C. To make it look liquid again, simply put it in hot water. However, don’t worry, this regular change of state has no effect on its properties and virtues.