Yves Rocher • Monoi De Tahiti Gardenia Oil • Skincare - Body
|Would buy this product again.||81%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Grey
Amazing. Left my skin soft, hydrated but not overly oily.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Oily, Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Black
I have my bottle quite a while now and I ordered by mail directly from YR... The package is not bad, a 3.4oz glass bottle with cap screw top. The scent is quite strong (like chemical fragrance... like your air freshener) for my taste but bearable. The major con I have is this is not pure "Monoi Tiare"! This is only 50% Monoi Tiare Tahiti and the rest is mineral oil. This oil also includes paraben. You can see full ingredients from the package here: http://img.makeupalley.com/8/3/7/3/2301664.JPG
I should have known that before I placed my order. Well, I ordered from their catalog and it was not mentioned I would get 50% mixed mineral oil. Even today, I don't see Yves Rocher mentioned it on their website. What a rip off!
This oil never harden even in East Coast's harsh winters. I felt quite greasy to apply to my hair and I don't bother apply for the second time.
I recently bought Monoi Tiare (gardenia) Tahiti oil and it has mild natural fragrance scent. It doesn't have mineral oil or paraben.
Picture of ingredient: http://img.makeupalley.com/8/3/7/3/2301656.JPG
It has the 4 oz (0.6oz more than YR) in plastic bottle and I paid <$7 from vitacost, about half the price from $15 Yves Rocher charged. I feel a lot less greasy on my hair.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I bought this from eBay b/c I don't know it to be available anywhere locally.
This oil has a lovely soft gardenia scent, closer to the scent of Nars Body Glow II oil than any other monoi oil product I've smelled so far (ie: B&BW Tahiti Sweetie, TheBodyShop Monoi Miracle Oil, Monoi Tiare gardenia shampoo). Nars Body Glow II & Carol's Daughter Monoi hair products have the heavenliest smelling monoi fragrance I've ever encountered. I was surprised (& disappointed) to find that not all monoi products smell alike. I'm waiting to receive Monoi Tiki Tahiti Tiare in the mail to try - that brand seems to be the most well-known & popular.
This oil comes in a clear glass bottle with a screw-on cap, but as long as I pour carefully I find it's not a messy experience. I apply it to my legs & hands (I have yet to try it in my hair). The scent dissipates shortly after the oil has absorbed into the skin - I wish it would last longer. The moisturization is lightweight & non-greasy. This is really not an "oily" oil at all. It's made of 50% monoi coconut oil & the rest is mineral oil. It has that light golden yellow color that's typical of monoi.
Very nice to use, this is a less expensive alternative to Nars Body Glow II oil (which I adore).
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
In Canada real Monoi is really expensive and hard to find. I tried monoi from the tiki brand which I prefer over this one but Yves Rocher is a good alternative on a budget. I got it at 2 for one.
Mineral oil seals the cuticule more than coconut oil so this is a good oil as a leave in on my damp highlighted mid-back hair. It's useless as a pre-treatment though. I also use this oil after shaving. I took of one lippie because of the slightly chemical smell. Will repurchase!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
This somewhat thick oil is a staple for me in summer. Since it is 75% cocanut oil, it will solidify in cold weather. The packaging is cute, but it is very easy to overdispense this, as the bottle neck is "open" like a foundation bottle. It might be nicer to have this in a squeeze bottle, that is less slippery. In the summer, I apply this LIGHTLY all over my body on damp, just showered skin. I find it absorbs well and is not sticky. One of my biggest gripes with many body lotions is that they dry sticky and tacky from the emulsifiers and waxes. An oil does not. It would be prudent to wait until it sinks in a bit before you put on your clothes, to avoid an oil stain. The scent is very rich. Not pure gardenia, but gardenia and vanilla. When this goes on, I find it doubles as a fragrance. I have also used it very lightly in my hair, with good results. the key is to use it lightly on damp hair or skin.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
I had high hopes for this product. Yves Rocher has a reputation for quality, natural products, but the Monoi De Tahiti Gardenia oil falls short, IMHO. The composition of the oil is about half coconut oil and half mineral oil. I already use EV coconut oil and am happy with it as an all purpose moisturizer. Using (cosmetic grade) mineral oil does not bother me. It has been demonstrated that cosmetic grade mineral oil does not occlude pores. It's a good, cheap moisturizer. But I did not pay for good and cheap. The product was not inexpensive. I don't understand why YR couldn't use another more natural plant oil like almond oil or apricot kernel oil to maintain the liquidity of the product at room temperature.
Where this product really fails is the scent. The gardenia fragrance oil that they use smells really awful. It has that acrid, burnt plastic note that signifies a cheap oil. Overall, I'm disappointed. 3 lippies for the cut retro packaging and it's ability to soften skin,but I would not repurchase.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
This is something that I was keeping repurchasing year after year. So in love with the scent and it makes my skin so soft. But I don´t use it on my face, only body and I put some in my hair from to time or in a bathtub. And honestly: The older version was better. So much better. It sucks that they changed the formula as it even stays liquid when it´s colder. I´d still repurchase it though but I´m already looking for an alternative which doesn´t contain mineral oil or paraben but still smells so divine.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Red, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
This product is an addiction... Or should i say bad habbit? I'm crazy about the scent, i'm crazy about the way it makes my skin so soft and radiant BUT took two lippies off because a) it contains 50% mineral oil and b) i feel decieved when i read on the product description "traditional gardenia oil" with all this petreleum-based ingedients in it. I'm not naive, of course 80%, if not more, of the products out there don't do what they say but to be honest Yves Rocher is one of the brands i trust. Fully absorbed 15-20mins after application and oddly enough it doesn't feel greasy at all. However, i keep this thing away from my hair and face where i strictly use Nuxe's Huile Prodigieuse. Monoϊ de Tahiti costs 15Euro for 100ml and i will repurchase since i can't get over the smell and especially the scent combination of Noix de Coco EDT + Monoϊ de Tahiti. Oh! And the bottle: The bottle is OMG p-e-r-f-e-c-t! But seriously, i can't recommend it.... It's up to you to try it, if you don't mind the mineral oil, that is.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I liked the original version of this that was made up of coconut oil, fragrance and tiare flowers.I've bought several of those from YR in the past years untill now. You can use true monoi oil on you skin and hair for deep conditioning.
The newer version offered now has % 50 mineral oil in it. YUCK!! It's not terrible but I still feel cheated. I still have a little left of older bottle of the original one that still turns solid (like coconut oil should) in colder temperatures. Real Monoi oil is simply just Gardenia scented coconut oil that has been infused with Gardenia (Tiare) flowers. I'm not too happy with the newer revamped YR version because the cost is still the same if not a little more than the past.(4.oz for $15)
I've seen other Monoi oils & soaps that have the original recipe from a web site from Hawaii without the cheap mineral oil filler in it. I'm going to try those next after I finish this crap up. They even seem to come in different scents now. I think their true version is called "Monoi Tiare Tahiti Monoi Oil". You can google it and the site should pop up with everything monoi on it.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
The smell of the product is amazing its smells even better than a 100% monoï. I use it as a mask before the shampoo or to nurrish my skin.
This monoi contains only 50¨% of real monoi and also parabens (a real one dont contains anything more than coconut oil and gardenia tahensis). The formula has changed lately because years ago when i bought it use to be solid at 24°celcius and now even in winter it s liquid.
Whatever i will buy it again for the vey sensual fragrance.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette, Fine Eyes: Brown
How I love the scent of this oil! It deserves 5 lippies, just the scent itself. And I love the idea of gardenia flowers drenched in coconut oil. This product smells like holiday paradise to me, summer heat, jungle flowers and seawater. The bottle couldnt be cuter. Now, the product performance... It doesn't absorb well which leads to that overly greasy feeling. And my skin usually agrees with oils. But now I see that this product consists mainly of mineral oil- which is why it isn't absorbing. What a disappointment. I much prefer olive oil for this purpose. If they replace mineral oil with coconut or some other plant oil, I will repurchase in a heartbeat.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I ove this product. I have been using it for over 10 years and still love it. I love the smell for a start - especially during summer it makes you smell yummy. I use it on my hair and on my skii, and it does great work on me. Plus, during summer you can find sme with glden shimmer into it, and it makes your skin look even more gorgeous !
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
Yves Rocher's monoï is incredibly inexpensive, which is why I bought it, but I have to imagine that the more costly versions don't smell quite so manufactured. Still, the oil has a viscous, rich texture, and during a recent vacation when I had an in-room massage, I requested that she use this stuff -- and actually, she wrote down the name of it afterwards to buy more for other clients. This absorbs so readily that even though I went swimming afterwards, my skin was still supple and scented. Still, the perfume is way too strong for me to use when not on vacation, and far too rich to use on my fine, straight hair, as the product recommends.
$12 for 3.4 ounces at yvesrocherusa.com but watch for sales -- I paid only $5 for mine.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown
I used to love this and it used to be a staple every day especially during the summer, even though the scent is quite overwhelming and chemical and can get nauseating after a while. But I stopped liking it and threw it all away when I checked its ingredient list and discovered that it is 50% mineral oil, that is liquid petroleum. Now just tell me, do you really want to be putting PETROLEUM onto your skin and into your hair??? Petroleum and petroleum by-products are toxic and clog your skin so it can't breathe. They are also not good for your hair, if they appear to be moisturizing your hair it is only superficial, when washed out you will discover that they actually make your hair more brittle. There are so many much nicer and more natural Monoi products out there, products that even if they may not be 100% pure Monoi oil, will be Monoi oil mixed with much healthier plant oil alternatives such as Monoi mixed with almond oil. Here in Europe I can find one such alternative in the brand Polysianes, I don't know if it is available in the States but even if it isn't there must be other brands, just ask in your local health food store.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
Love it! I use it on the crunchy dry ends of my hair, on my legs after a shower but it has other uses as well. Smells summery and wonderful and feels gooood.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
This review is for an unbelievable $12 product from Yves Rocher. The scent seems very powerful at first, but after 10-15 minutes of blending in with your skin you are able to pick up the wonderful aroma of Tahitian Gardenia. When massaged in, it doesn’t feel oily on your skin yet it’s unbelievably rich and moisturizing. The product comes in a retro-looking glass bottle and has an official Monoï Seal in the back.
So, whenever I feel nostalgic (especially during cold winter months) I treat myself to a hot bath with few drops of YR Monoï de Tahiti Oil (It’s my present to me ;-) And if that great scent and an aftermath of such pampering are not going to do it for you- nothing will!
P.S. Here is a link to a “not-so-much-cheaper” imitation from NARS. Dear NARS production executives, please leave some things to trusted professionals and stick to blushes. Regards
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
At first glance, this product seems good for the price - it does help moisturize my hair and it smells very tropical (what comes to mind is Comptoir Sud Pacifique's Aloha Tiare). Like Aloha Tiare, the tiare in this is very overwhelming and headache-inducing. The oil smells very strong and chemically when you first put it in your hair, but as you warm your hair under a blowdryer the scent starts to warm a little and smell less harsh. It seemed to moisturize my hair at first, but not that well, and I noticed that it stripped my hair of a great deal of color. I checked the ingredients to find out why. Even though 50% of this oil is Monoi de Tahiti (coconut oil/tiare flower), but what they don't tell you is that the other 50% of this product is mineral oil -and that's the culprit. Mineral oil is my skin and hair's worst enemy, and it really doesn't work well in the hair, it just strips color and adds build-up. While a lot of beauty companies have done away with adding mineral oil in their products, I've noticed that the cheaper beauty products sometimes still use this since it's cheap. There are better monoi oils even for the price, I wouldn't use this again.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Just gorgeous. The scent of gardenia with a touch of coconut is heaven, even if it doesn't last long. Love what it does for my skin. The sheen it leaves wherever I rub it in and how soft is leaves it. I love body oils and this is a really good one for the scent and price.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I decided to try this oil based on the raves on MAU and I'm very glad that I did! It smells fantastic and has so many uses. I've used it on dry skin before bed and woke up so soft and smooth. I've also used it on my hair 15 mins prior to washing and it really brought out my highlights and left my hair soft, shiny and smelling lovely. I didn't love the scent when I first opened the bottle, but when left on skin or hair for a few minutes, it really has the most lovely, tropical scent. This is a fab all-round product and I intend to stock up during my next Yves Rocher order!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Green
I love this! I tried it for the first time this summer, I have been using it in my hair as a pre-shampoo conditioner and my hair has never been so shiny. It hangs beautifully, it is finally well-conditioned and not crunchy in the least. It isn't too heavy an oil that it requires a lot of shampooing to get it back off, it also smells divine.
Edit June 21, 2010:
I haven't used the Gardenia Oil for a couple years, then
ordered a bottle last week--I forgot how wonderful it was.
I slathered some in my hair & let it rest until shower
time, and in just a few hours, my hair was like silk.