Gardenia, A few Facts you may not Know..

WaterFigs & Honey proudly uses Tahitian Gardenia Monoi. 

Monoi means sacred oil.  It has been used since the mists of time by Polynesians for its moisturizing virtues as well as in traditional pharamacopeia.  No other product can boast two thousand years of successful individual testing.  It is specific to French Polynesia because it is made from ‘tiare’ flowers (Gardenia Tahitensis) that are soaked in Copra Oil (Coconut Oil).  Monoi de Tahiti Appelation d’Origine (AO) is the first cosmetic product to be protected by an international decree.  Gardenia Tahitensis Flower the Tiare Flower, is Tahiti’s national flower.  That variety, which is adapted to the Polynesian soils, grows everywhere in FrenchPolynesia and blossoms all year long.  The air is full with the sweet smelling frangrance of this small white flower that grows on small three foot tall bushes.  This flower is native to the Pacific Region and requires the action of men for its asexual reproduction, and therefore is achieved without seeds.  The Gardenia Tahitensis bushes grows best on soils of Coral Origin.  Tiare flowers are deeply rooted in the Polynesian cultural life.  Indeed, they are much used in the flower necklaces which are offered to tourists as a welcome token on their arrival.  The vahine (Polynesian women) also use them everyday to enhance their beauty.  Among all Tahitian plants, the tiare is the one which is most used in traditional medicine.  Although its active principles are not known yet, one thing is certain, the tiare is absolutely not toxic!  In infusion with other essentia loils or as an external remedy, it is used to treat various problems, from mosquito bites to headaches and even liver cancer.  Its flower buds, when crushed with a few drops of MONOI, are used to soothe ear aches or can be applied on wounds after mixing them with breadruit tree latex (Artocarpus Altilis) ” It appears undeniable to us that the tiare has a soothing effect.” Petard, 1986, Plantes Untiles De Polynesie.

Copra Oil (coconut Oil) another symbolic element of the Polynesian environment is also an ingredient of MONOI.  The coconut tree called “haari” is Tahitian (Cocos nucifera) from ythe Palm tree family, and which was introduced during the first migrations, perfectly adapted itself to the Ploynesian soil and climate.  Since the export of coconut oil resulted in a substantial need in coconuts a century ago, the coconut tree has ranked firs tin the Polynesian Flora, which is reflected by the great number of coconut groves around Polynesia.  Since it is widely used in the domestic life, in the diet and the traditional medicine the coconut tree is closely associated with the settlement of the island and atolls of French Polynesia.  I will mention here only a few of the numerous uses associated with it.  It’s dried leaves  make up the roofs of “fare” (Polynesian Houses), its trunk is used in carpentry work, its roots infused in herbal teas to help struggle against dysentery.  The ‘coconut butter’ is easy to digest, does not go rancid easily and has aromatic qualities.  The coconut water ‘pape haari’ is the perfect drink to quench one’s thirst.  Moroever, it is completely sterile!  it is a harmless diuretic product because of the presence of levulose, a type of sugar that is tolerated by people suffering from diabetes.  Its pulp, when grated then squeezed, provides coconut milk, one of the basic ingredients in the Polynesian diet.  Refined coconut oil is mainly used in the making of MONOI, and thus gives its natural moisturizing virtues.  Once dried and grated, the pulp gives the famous coconut oil.  Coconuts are harvested in the islands and atolls, the pulp is taken out of the shell and then dried under the sun.  The dried pulp is then transported to the refinery, where the coconut oil is extracted through a pressing process.  When the MONOI oil has solidified it is necessary to expose it to heat (natural sun, hot water or close to a heat source). 

So…… this amazing Gardenia Monoi is in all the Gardenia products that contain Gardenia at Figs & Honey.  If you notice the perfume seperating in cooler temperatures, warm it in the hand or a cup of warm water.  I think this makes this product the REAL DEAL.  The Hand and Body wash seperates because of the MONOI, It looks great and just needs a shake and it will be rich and luxurious.

Hope this article was not too long winded.  Just another little Fact ……..

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” I loved your healing hands, you touched and healed my soul, thank you so much” Lilly Rumi (Artist) Salt Spring Island

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Figs & Honey Organic Beauty Therapy and Healing Arts Centre represents a very personal journey. I feel truly honoured to be able to share my knowledge, offer my Facials, my own Specialist Fusion Treatments and provide the world with our wonderful, healing, natural and holistic skin care products. I am so excited to be able to share all my experience with my clients and support them on their healing journey. Our unique program that tackles chronic skin conditions like Acne, are very special, entirely holistic and effective. I am dedicated to showing people that holistic solutions can give unexplainable healings and lifelong habits to maintain healthy bodies and minds.

I am a fully qualified Beauty Therapist trained in London, England. I have over 11 years experience and specialize in Holistic Solutions to all your skin care needs and to assist me in this process I use Intuitive Reiki & Therapeutic Touch and have developed my own specialist Fusion Programs. I am a trained Reiki Master and have found the combination of practical hands on solutions, coupled with the healing art of Reiki, to be extraordinarily effective in solving chronic skin complaints. [Read more…]

Figs & Honey Noroushing & Healing Face Oil

LavendaerOilNoroushing & Healing Face Oil

A blend of four luxury skin oils high in omega 3 and vitamin C to brighten and nourish dry or aging skin.  Best used at night after cleansing.  This oil gives  incredible moisture and elasticity to the skin.  The special component also help to take away blemishes, leaving the skin really smooth and clear.  At the same time, although this is an ‘oil’, there is absolutely no clogging of pores or greasy residue after application.  The aromtherapy also induces a wonderful, relaxed sleep when applied at night and at the same time is very refreshing in the morning.  A real find.  $28

Really a fabulous treat to dry, dull skin.

Figs & Honey Grapes & Honey Face Cream

This is a luxurious face cream with a good proportion of a very high grade cold pressed grapeseed oil.  It is meant for aging skin or very dry skin since it is highter in lipids than the Whipped Face cream.  Velvety smooth, the grapeseed oil is very high in resveratrol – a powerful antioxidant found in grapeskins and seeds.  What makes the antioxidants so crucial to help aging is that they assist to remove and neutralize free radicals that cause toxicity, wrinkles and premature aging.  This cream also contains manuka honey, high in minerals and humectant.  Circulation stimulating essential oils like fresh ginger assist the resveratrol to bring health and youthful skin.  Shea butter and extra virgin coconut oil fill out the faccy acid profile to protect and heal and support collagen renewal. Top quality ingredients for just $25!

Figs & Honey Pore Refining Cleanser

This superb cleanser deeply and gently cleans without stripping the natural oils in the epidermis or altering the acid mantle.  In fact the cleansing oil – castor oil and the moisturizing oils – coconut & shea – restore moisture.  The oats are softening cleansing and soothing with a high mucilagenous content (as does the xanthan gum) that nourishes and detoxifies.  Willow is a whole, natural acetacylic acid, an often used exfoliant for acne prone skin.  Other exfoliants in this cleanser include whey protein (lactic acid) and honey.  The goatsmilk is highly nutritious and is known as a pore refining ingredient (made famous my Cleopatra)!  Very well priced for top quality ingredients $20 for 100ml.

Figs & Honey Whipped Face Cream


This delightful, light face cream is not to be missed.   Containing Coconut oil which is high in lauric acid which promotes elasticity and regenerates skin cells as well as softens.  Shea butter, which is rich in medium chain fatty acids, vitamins a, c and e all known for their antioxidant and skin benefits.   Shea butter provides an invisible barrier to hold moisture in the skin.  It heals irritated skin and also has some sun protection (approximately 8spf) from the natural cinnamic acid in it.  In Africa they use it for everything, babies, sun protection, hair and food.

Figs are one of the oldest fruits in the world and one of the highest in minerals (calcium, Phos, Iron and Mag) and very nutritious for the skin.  Also high in pectin, a soluble fibre that is known for softening and detoxifying.  Figs are superior skin cleansers and a highly effective treatment for acne.  Honey and Manuka Honey, one of natures finest skin treatments is a humectant.  It draws moisture into the skin like vegetable glycerin does, so keeps skin moist and hydrated.  It has strong antibacterial properties and this makes it good for acne and blemishes too.  The cream promotes skin growth as it has natural exfoliation (from the sugar acids) and even and tones the skin.  It can be used as a gentle skin lightener too.  Wonderful for wrinkles!

Rosemary Oleoresin, acts on the face cream oils to keep them fresh.  Rosemary is a powerful antioxidant and age defying herb.  Essential Oils which are the healing and aromatic parts of leaves, blossoms, roots and seeds provide powerful healing and detoxification.  Rose geranium is an age defying oil and encourages blood circulation which enlivens the complexion as well as wicking away toxins.  All this for $25! 30ml.