Monoi de Tahiti – Best Products is the second part of my home spa mini-series, as it ties in beautifully with the self-care and relaxation theme. Also, I have tested at home all the products presented in this review, so let me share with you everything that I have discovered.
Monoi de Tahiti – What is it?
Firstly, Monoi de Tahiti is a perfumed oil made by infusing coconut oil with Tahitian gardenias. So it has the benefits of coconut oil, alongside the unique perfume of Tahitian gardenia, also known as tiaré flower. The word “monoï” means “scented oil“.
Secondly, Monoi de Tahiti is my current favorite scent. I have discovered it this year while searching for a birthday present for myself. I knew I wanted a body milk and shower gel set from La Maison du Savon de Marseilles. But I went there to buy some products with donkey milk. However, I was lucky enough to discover the Monoi de Tahiti products, and I immediately fell in love with them.
Today I will compare the SEPHORA Monoi Shower Gel and Monoi Body Milk with the Maison du Savon de Marseilles Monoi Shower Gel and Monoi Body Milk.
Maison du Savon de Marseilles – Shower Soap
This product is a “Savon Douche”, a shower soap. And you can definitely notice that, as it has quite a fluid texture, unlike a regular shower gel. The disadvantage, in this case, is that a little doesn’t go a long way. So chances are you will finish the product pretty quickly.
On the other hand, the scent is out of this world. I haven’t smelled anything more beautiful than this, it is a pleasure using it. Also, the perfume stays on the skin after you come out of the shower, which is a huge plus.
Last but not least, the packaging looks premium and expensive, same as for the body milk.
Maison du Savon de Marseilles – Body Milk
It was love at first
sight smell. As soon as I tested this body milk on my skin, I fell in love with its unique scent. It doesn’t resemble anything that I have ever smelled before. So I gave up on the donkey milk body lotion and went for this one instead.
However, as soon as I tested it at home, the scent seemed quite milky. But the sensation is just momentary, as the scent becomes milder after the product gets absorbed into the skin. After a few hours, you are left with smooth, floral-scented skin. The perfume is creamy and luxurious, definitely my favorite between this one and the SEPHORA one.
The scent lasts on your skin for such a long time! This is something very rare, from what I have experienced so far. It lasts for a whole day, depending on your skin type.
Also, it is really hydrating. The consistency is lightweight and it absorbs quickly, without feeling sticky or oily. On the other hand, the fact that it has a more fluid consistency means that you have to use a bit more product to properly hydrate the skin.
Lastly, the product is on the expensive side, as compared with a drugstore body milk. But I am super happy for indulging on my birthday, and I am pretty sure I am going to repurchase it in the future.
SEPHORA – Bubble Bath and Shower Gel
I reached out for this product in order to complete my shower gel + body milk combo. But I didn’t know that this is also a bubble bath, not only a shower gel. And, let me tell you, it does make a lot of foam. So I am super pleased with it.
It has a nice and delicate scent. It is thicker in consistency than the Marseilles one, but it feels similar on the skin. However, it feels like the bottle will last me longer than the Marseilles shower gel.
Moreover, I really like the packaging of this product. The bottle has a unique shape and it looks beautiful and luxurious.
As a shower gel, the product does the job. However, I will only use it as a bubble bath from now on, as I really like how it works.
SEPHORA – Body Milk
I was pleasantly surprised by this body milk. That is because, after seeing how great the Marseilles Monoi de Tahiti Body Milk is, I didn’t expect the SEPHORA version to be this close in terms of performance.
First of all, the product smells nice! You can tell it smells slightly more artificial, but not enough to bother me. If I were to compare it with the Marseilles one, this one smells more floral, whereas the other smells milkier. The scent doesn’t last as long on the skin as with the Marseilles body milk, but it is stronger when applied, and the first few hours afterward.
Secondly, it is really hydrating! Another aspect that completely surprised me. I expected it to offer momentary hydration, but I was wrong. The skin feels nice and moisturized for the whole day.
Thirdly, the consistency is just a bit thicker than the Marseilles one. But it is pretty similar in terms of how much product you have to use on the skin.
Lastly, the packaging is nice and fun, bright yellow with tiaré flowers on it. It makes me smile, and I think SEPHORA did a great job in terms of packaging for this product range.
The SEPHORA Monoi de Tahiti Body Milk is a great match for the Marseilles Monoi de Tahiti Body Milk. Judging by the advantages and disadvantages of both products, I find it difficult to decide between the two.
I have summarized the pros and cons of all products in the table below:
Monoi de Tahiti – Conclusions
I have been using these products for more than a month, and I love them. I really find it difficult to choose between the two brands. Therefore, I will say that I would splurge on some Monoi de Tahiti products from Maison du Savon de Marseilles on special occasions. But I would go for the SEPHORA products for daily use, to save some money.
In conclusion, I have been pleasantly surprised by both brands. All products presented in this article are great, and I recommend you give them a try. Let us know what you think about them if you try them out!