A beautifully scented treasure from Tahiti
Monoï is made by soaking the petals of Tahitian gardenias (best known as Tiaré flowers) in coconut oil.
Over the past 2,000 years, it has been used by the people of Tahiti as a skin and hair softener. Nowadays, it is one of the main local exports for various uses. 400 brands in the world sell over 13 million products: shampoos, facial creams, lipsticks, soap, and even detergent.
How is this beautifully scented oil made? How can the island keep this fabulous nugget?