Posted by: Chelsea Novak | April 29, 2008

NARS Monoi Body Glow and Body Glow II Set

Somethings are worth using on the basis of their smell alone. I like to think of Tahiti as a place that smells like every good smelling thing in the world, mixed together in the perfect ratios.

Monoi de Tahiti is a sacred oil that is traditionally a mixture of coconut and the Tiare flower (aka gardenia). It’s such a glorious combination that it makes me want to hop on the next plane to French Polynesia and just bury myself in flowers. Scent is very powerful for me and honestly, just taking a sniff of the oil is like eating a boatload of Kraft caramels without any indigestion or weight gain.

The oil is intensely moisturizing and Tahitians use it for skin and hair. The NARS versions of the oil not only smell glorious but have distinct personalities. The original Body Glow is mixed with a rich chocolate shimmer, which gives pasty, white skin like mine a soft, beautiful shimmer. Just what I need coming out of the long, dark winter.

Body Glow II is a purer strain of the Monoi de Tahiti and can be used as a daily moisturizing product, as it provides sheen, not shimmer. This oil is developed through a more complex process than it’s shimmery powder. According to NARS:

Monoï de Tahiti oil is the result of macerating the Tiare flower (Tahitian gardenia) in refined coconut extract for at least ten days, slowly infusing the oil with nutrients as well as a delicate, natural fragrance.

On top of this process, each bottle of Glow II has at least one Tiare flower in the actual bottle to intensify the fragrance.

I adore this stuff and I wish I led a life that called for me to wear bronzer and strong, yet amazing Tahitian scents each day. At the very least I can come home, smell it and be off on a mini vacation to the South Pacific. It’s not just body oil, it’s a vacation.



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