Hei Poa – Monoi Beauty Oil

Posted by Lipglossiping On February - 28 - 2010

Back when February was still so new I was calling it January, I blogged about this:

Hei Poa Pur Monoi Beauty Oil, my skin was bone dry at the time and as a fan of most body oils anyway, I was keen to try another.

I ordered from Zuneta and it arrived within two days with a couple of posh samples enclosed as a bonus!

It’s not particularly attractive in it’s solid state, infact… it’s not at all appetising until you unscrew the lid and give it a sniff.  The unmistakable scent of Frangipani fills your nostrils, a beautiful tropical aroma.

So how do you turn it from that solid, waxy-looking state into a warm oily texture ready for use on your skin or your hair?

I fill a jug with hot tap water and simply sit the bottle in the water whilst I’m in the shower.  It takes about 4-5 minutes to melt completely, but you don’t need to melt the whole bottle.  If you only wanted a little, you could be done in 30-40 seconds.

Not a huge thing… but a point of note is that the labelling on the bottle  is waterproof and has so far remained intact despite being submerged countless times!  I hate paper labels on bath products that disintegrate as soon as they get a splash of water on them!

After about a minute in the hot water, I pulled the bottle out and although you can see it’s not completely melted, there’s enough there for one application.

I find the Hei Poa to be a particularly dry body oil, it’s not massively ‘glidey’ and once I’ve started to spread, it drags a touch on my skin.  The flip-side to that is that I’m not left feeling at all greasy.  It’s a trade off that I’m happy with.  The oil leaves my skin feeling noticeably smoother with a beautiful sheen and delicate scent.

I’m a very happy Hei Poa convert!

What to try next?  The ‘golden glow’ version or the shower/bath oil? – decisions, decisions!


7 Responses to “Hei Poa – Monoi Beauty Oil”

  1. Grace London says:

    Love this stuff. I think it’s a pretty reasonable price too, particularly compared with the Elemis and NARS interpretations.

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  2. Dv says:

    Ima tell you a recipe that my momma uses to make me a nice, moisturizing scrub: just some olive oil and sugar! You’ve probably heard of this before. The olive oil doesn’t leave a greasy feeling on your face though, it only leaves a kind of, soft feeling. I don’t know how to describe it. But it does the job that a scrub is supposed to do, especially in this winter time.

    This oil seems pretty weird, especially when you said it doesn’t leave a greasy feeling, aha! :P I’m hoping to try this one, now! :D

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  3. Lorraine says:

    When I lived in France I used monoi on my hair — apply it and leave it for half an hour, then wash it off with shampoo a couple of times to remove the greasiness… I’d end up with lovely silky hair, and it really helped with the sun damage and the dryness cause by the beach too… I had forgotten about monoi, I do miss it now :(

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  4. Ally says:

    This sounds really good! I don’t like body oils because of their tendancies to be greasy, but this sounds pretty good. I love anything tropical scented! Try the shower oil next ;) I love my l’occitane shower oil..definitely a wonder product. I would be interested to see how this works.

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  5. I’ve never even heard of this before! It looks so weird….good, but weird.

    Definitely try the golden glow one next :)

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  6. Wordbird says:

    I picked up a bottle of Monoi Oil in a French supermarket and I’ve recently been using it post-shower. I have to say that mine isn’t ‘dry’ and takes a while to sink in, but the results are fabulous. My skin feels a lot softer and smells gorgeous. Can’t wait to try it on my hair now.

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