Winter Skin-Saving Ingredient: MONOI


Cold, dry air is my skin’s worst enemy.

A humidifier in my bedroom keeps me somewhat supple, but I still suffer from dry, itchy skin on my trunk (that sounds weird) and legs. Thankfully I found an ingredient that’s been saving my skin this winter: monoi.

Monoi is basically just pressed coconut oil infused with sweet smelling gardenia but it seems like so much more. Applied after a bath or shower to damp skin, monoi oil locks in moisture and relieves even the driest skin. Like the women of Tahiti (where monoi oil is part of a long-established cosmetic practice) I’ve also been using this as a pre-shampoo conditioning treatment, applying to my hair 15 minutes before I shower, to restore shine and bounce to my dehydrated hair.

Here are my favorite Monoi oils:

Elemis Exotic Frangipani Monoi Moisture Melt ($48)

I had a sample of this Elemis monoi oil sitting around for nearly a year before I discovered it. Of my three favorites, I like the smell of this one the best.

NARS Monoi Body Glow II ($59)

The most expensive of my three favorites, this luxurious NARS oil has an original tiare flower in each bottle for a special touch.

The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Monoi Miracle Oil ($20)

Affordable and moisturizing, I’ve had friends that have sworn by Spa Wisdom Monoi Miracle Oil for years.

Note: Monoi oil tends to harden in colder temperatures. To liquify, just place in a bowl of warm water (or, I prefer to keep a bottle on the floor of my shower where the hot water and steam liquifies the oil).

Share this!Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someonePin on PinterestShare on Tumblr

Posted in Makeup Bag

Tagged: ,


  • Very timely post as I’m hear lots of complaints about dry skin these days.

    Have you tried Sundari Omega 3 and Flaxseed Body Exfoliator? It’s pricey but a 22 oz. jar will last me a good 6 to 8 months. I use about once a week and makes my skin feel like silk. (I’ve heard good things about Elemis— will have to give that a try.)

  • I’m a big fan of Jojoba oil, but I’ve never heard of Monoi. I’ll have to try it. Thanks~

  • i love monoi oil for my hair too, i’ve been using yves rocher’s for years now and completely reccomend it!


Leave a Reply