Extend the Summer: Monoi de Tahiti
Extend your summer and capture the scent of the French Polynesian Islands with Monoi de Tahiti. ‘Monoi’ is an ancient Tahitian word that means “scented oil”. The gorgeous fragrance comes from the Tahiti’s national flower, Tiaré, also known as the Tahitian Gardenia. When the tiaré flower is infused in traditional Tahitian coconut oil you get the decadent scent and skin savor, Monoi de Tahiti.
The tiaré flowers that are used in Monoi de Tahiti are hand-picked at a very particular stage of their growth, specifically when they are still unopened. The flower portion is placed in refined coconut oil for a minimum of 15 days. This is known as “enfleurage” (flower soaking), a French term used to designate a specific extraction step. According to specific maceration standards set by the decree of Appellation d’Origine, which each manufacturer must scrupulously follow, a minimum of 15 tiaré flowers must be used in every liter of refined coconut oil.
Beyond their contribution to Monoi de Tahiti, tiaré flowers are deeply rooted in everyday Polynesian life. In traditional medicine, the flower is prepared in a variety of concoctions to alleviate headaches, sunburn and even the common cold. It is also known for the benefits to the skin, body and hair, because it does not contain any emulsifiers. The oil moisturizes, protects and conditions skin while combining the beautiful scent of Tahitian gardenia flowers and coconut oil.
Used in many beauty products, the fragrant scent of Monoi perpetually remind me of summer. During the colder months of the year, bring a little sunshine into your life with Monoi.
The Body Shop ~ Spa Wisdom Polynesia Monoi Miracle Oil: $20.00
NARS ~ Monoi Body Glow II: $59.00
Carol’s Daughter ~ Monoi Repairing Hair Mask: $29.00 (FULL REVIEW: HERE)
Monoi Tiki Tahiti ~ Tahitian Coconut Oil: $6.75
C. Booth ~ Tahitian Monoi Dry Oil Spray: $6.99
Easy Breezy: Summer Scarves
This summer leave your statement necklace at home and add a splash of color with a lightweight scarf. This finishing touch is versatile, vibrant and adds an extra layer of style to any look.
From bold, graphic prints to floral bouquets, adding something extra to your ensemble has never been easier. The breezy, effortless nature of a lightweight scarf is perfect for summer. It pulls together a chic look and also acts as an extra layer of sunscreen. Functional and versatile, here are a few fresh new ways to wear your scarves this summer:
Turban: Take a long scarf and tie it into one knot on your forehead, then cross the ends around each other and tuck them in place behind your head. (This look is great for bad hair days)
Mini Caplet: Fold the scarf in half, diagonally, and tie the ends together around your neck – scarf should be draped on shoulders.
Belt: Tie scarf around your waist or weave through belt loops to cinch the waist.
Experiment to find new ways to wear your favorite scarf: twist, braid, tie two scarves together… Here are a ton of different scarf options to choose from, separated into four categories: Stripes/Florals/Brights/Graphics.
Mango ~ Cotton Sailor Style Foulard: $19.99
Juicy Couture ~ Chevron Striped Scarf: $68.00
J.Crew ~ Lemlem Gama Gauze Scarf: $125.00
Marc by Marc Jacobs ~ Jacobson Striped Modal Scarf: $180.00
American Eagle ~ AEO Floral Scarf: $24.50
Forever 21 ~ Floral Scarf: $8.80
Rebecca Minkoff ~ Floral Explosion Silk Scarf: $210.00
J.Crew ~ Printed Summer Scarf in Bold Orange: $59.50
J.Crew ~ Italian Summer Scarf in Belvedere Red: $45.00
Love Quotes ~ Knotted Tassel Scarf in Sunshine: $88.00
Mango ~ Basic Cotton Scarf in Mint: $19.99
J.Crew ~ Italian Summer Scarf in Brillant Purple: $45.00
ALDO ~ Draughon: $22.00
Lucky Brand ~ John Robshaw Vines Print Scarf: $34.99
Tory Burch ~ Ikat Scarf in Turquoise Lucio: $155.00
Tillys ~ Aztec Pattern Scarf in Navy: $9.99