Travel Souvenirs from Around the World: Tahiti

When you experience Tahitian paradise and become enamoured with its nature’s beauty, you inevitably want to bring its essence back home with you.

Monoi Tiare Oil - Tahiti

Monoi Tiaré Tahiti is an oil perfumed with the scent of paradise. Made according to traditional Tahitian methods, the Tiaré flower is macerated in coconut oil to extract its fragrance. The flower, which has a sweet scent is the emblem of Tahiti and is also known as the Tahitian Gardenia.

Monoi Tiare Oil - Tahiti

When Mr G and I had a traditional Tahitian wedding ceremony, I was rubbed with the Monoi oil as part of a pre-nuptial ritual. Its perfume has forever been associated with that romantic event.

Every time we visit Tahiti, whether we are staying in Moorea or Bora Bora with a stopover in Papeete, I always bring home the scent of paradise. The oil turns into solid when the temperature drops below 20 C but can easily be brought back to its liquid state in the sun. Each bottle has a dried Tiaré flower in the bottom, a memento to keep long after the last whiff of oil has been committed to memory.

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Corinne Mossati is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues. She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List.

13 Comments:

  1. @gourmantic Love the Monoi! Really is the scent of my childhood holidays! Have u tried l’Huile prodigieuse Nuxe? Reminds me a bit of it :-)

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  8. I also bought some of this oil in Tahiti. I even got a hair/head massage with it. I love the way it smells, and how fun that it was incorporated into your wedding ritual!

    Tahiti is the island paradise of one’s dreams, isn’t it? Since going there, I feel like no other island can quite measure up. Of course there are so many beautiful island destinations in the world, but Tahiti is special.

  9. Tahiti is just a dream location. I love the idea of the island oils to remind you of Tahitian Memories.

    • Incomparable, isn’t it… We often say if we could bottle something and bring it home, well, this oil does just that :)

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