This soft and creamy Monoi de Tahiti and Meadowfoam Lip & Body Balm comes together in a flash, and leaves you smelling of Tahitian gardenias and citrus. It sinks in quickly, and feels wonderful on the skin. The ingredient list is short, and you can use the balm on your skin and your lips. And, if you’ve been dreaming of the tropics, this beautiful balm just might soothe your wanderlust.
Monoi de Tahiti is a beautiful oil, made by macerating virgin coconut oil with Tahitian gardenias. The resulting oil feels just like coconut oil, but is heavy with the exotic scent of gardenias. This oil is what gives the balm the majority of its scent, so if you don’t like the scent of Monoi, I’d recommend replacing it with virgin coconut oil.
Kukuinut oil has been used by Hawaiians for centuries, so I thought it would get along well with the Monoi. Kukuinut is a favourite for protecting skin from salt water, sun, and wind, and it’s great for dry, irritated skin.
Lastly, meadowfoam seed oil. It’s high in Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada), and is popular in lots of skincare products for its healing and rejuvenating properties. It also absorbs quickly, helping to balance the slower absorption speed of the kukuinut oil.
This blend of oils is thickened with some beeswax, and then finished with a few drops of litsea cubeba essential oil. Litsea cubeba smells very lemony, but has none of the photosensitizing properties of the real thing. It’s brightness counters the rich sweetness of the Monoi for a balanced, bright balm. Mmm. Lovely.
Monoi de Tahiti and Meadowfoam Lip & Body Balm
Combine the oils and beeswax in a small saucepan or double boiler. Heat through until melted.
Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the essential oil, if using. Decant into a 30mL/1oz tin.
To use, smooth over dry lips and massage into dry skin.