Paradise In A Bottle | Hei Poa Pure Tahiti Monoï Oil

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We all know that when the heat turns up, so does our mood. A good old dose of vitamin D can bring upon a little more cheer and an elevated mood; which is why we look forward to the summer months all year round. Although I’m more of an autumn girl, there are certain aspects of the summer which I throughly enjoy. Fruity cocktails, open toes, family BBQs and the scent of something tropical. I, of course, can achieve that with a tall glass of pina colada (and preferably a handsome waiter to go with it), but I also like to incorporate a little paradise into my beauty routine.

Multi-purpose oils have been an inclusion in my beauty regime for many many years. From my hair to my nails – I use beauty oils on a daily basis no matter the weather. Scented oils are my particular favourite; which is why I squealed for joy when I discovered the Hei Poa range. Their core product, Pure Tahiti Monoï Oil in various scents, encompass everything you could ever imagine from a tropical scented oil.

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Derived from the French Polynesia, Monoï oil has been a hidden gem of the tropics for over 40 years. Naturally fallen coconuts are pressed to produce unrefined oil; which is then infused with the natural essence of Tiare Flowers (Tahitian Gardenias). This is then brewed for several months before bottling up and shipped to our shores. Sounds like something from a Sandals advert doesn’t it? Well not only does it smell INCREDIBLE, Monoï oil is also very moisturising, nourishing and holds many restorative properties for our skin, hair and nails.

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In natural ‘Reena-fashion’, I tried a sample of this beautiful oil from a friend and quickly proceeded with an online order for 6 bottles. However, the difficult part about that was choosing the fragrance. Hei Poa stock 11 variations of this magical elixir, each with their own individual appeal. Some are recognisable by name, but others, such as the Tamanu oil, require a bit of reading up. I settled on the Tamanu oil for its anti-ageing properties (preventative measures of course), Frangipani because I thought it had something to do with almonds (it doesn’t and yes I’m really that stupid) and the 1,000 Flowers  because…well…why wouldn’t you?! I, of course, bought two of each in case the world decides to end and I had no more access to the internet…

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With coconut oil being the core ingredient, it was no surprise to see that the oils solidify in colder temperatures. This is easily overcome by placing the bottles in a jug of warm water before use. The mixture then turns to a beautifully silky oil, with no sticky residue. This is particularly useful in the summer months, when feeling sticky is the least of your desires. What the oil does leave behind is a lingering smell which can only be described as heaven in a bottle.

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Apart from basting my chicken with it (no that’s not a euphemism), I use this oil for pretty much everything. I love how easily it absorbs into my skin and hair ; which is something I rarely find apart from with dry oils. My favourite use is right out of the shower, whilst my skin is still damp to lock in the moisture and retain that heavenly scent. My skin is left feeling supple with a beautiful ethereal glow and a scent that would make even the flowers turn their heads.

Now here comes the negatives – it’s not that easy to source in the UK and the glass bottle will annoy each and every bone in your body. It’s not a game changer as such, but the glass bottle is a real shit design element. I mean, why pick glass?! If I want to travel with this oil and use it in a tropical destination (as it should be used), I can’t. If I drop the bottle, I’m screwed. In fact, the bottle’s only use is to sit pretty on my vanity table with no true purpose to the product. Of course, sourcing this oil is a bigger point to cover. Amazon, naturally, have all scents in stock for the RRP. I bought mine from Sanareva.co.uk who stock pretty much all of the Hei Poa products. Most listings that I have found are priced between £8-£9; which I’m more than happy to pay for the amount of product that you get.

If you’re on the lookout for a new summer scent, why not put down the perfume bottle and invest £8 in a bottle of this tropical elixir – I promise you will never smell better!

Current Bath/Shower Obsessions

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For me, the bathroom is a place of sanctuary. Not for obvious reasons (get your mind out of the gutter), but for the simple fact that the bathroom is where I unwind, pamper and indulge.

There’s nothing that I love better than enjoying a long soak in the tub after a stressful day or having an invigorating shower to wake me up in the morning. I take my pampering very seriously, as the older I get the more attention my skin requires to stay soft, supple and youthful. Adding some fragrant bath products into the mix makes the experience that more enjoyable.

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When spending my hard earned money, I would much rather invest in a luxurious bath product than a new mascara. Don’t get me wrong, I love makeup, but the sensuous descriptive packaging of bath and body products get me every time.

Here’s a snapshot of my current bathroom staples that help me along the way when I’m in pampering mode:-

Rituals Hammam Hot Scrub £19.50 available here

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You can’t talk about at-home pampering without mentioning the Dutch brand Rituals. Their zen-like bathing products are designed to treat your skin and your aura with ancient eastern traditions. The ginger and eucalyptus components in the Hammam range really stuck out for me and gave me a good enough reason to try it out. If you’ve been a fan of my blog for a while, then you will know that I absolutely love Turkish Hammams. The smell of rassoul mud and eucalyptus is enchanting and always make me feel like I’ve had a good cleanse!

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The scrub consists of large sea salt particles; which easily dissolve under running water. The blend of aromatic oils help the scrub glide seamlessly across your skin . The heat from your skin warms the product, giving you an invigorating feeling, leaving you smooth and buffed to perfection. I use this scrub twice a week to ensure that my skin remains soft and glowing, free from any imperfections.

Korres Basil Lemon Shower Gel £8.00 available here

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When I need a pick-me-up in the morning, I reach for my Korres showel gel. I find that most shower gels on the market irritate and further exaggerate my dry skin. The wheat proteins in this product form a barrier of protection on the skin, leaving a long-lasting, moisturised feeling all day. It’s rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc and antioxident enzymes; which boosts the natural immune system of the skin.

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In terms of affordability, it’s pretty decent. A tiny 50p sized amount is enough to create a wonderful creamy lather. The smell is absolutely amazing, but to be honest, if you’re not a fan of citrus smells, you won’t like this. I, however, love smelling like a giant lemon (insert joke here) so this, for me, is my perfect morning time pick-me-up.

Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Honey Bath £33.00 available here

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Laura Mercier has always been a firm favourite of mine for many years. She knows how to get it right when it comes to her complexion products, and when I first came across the bath range, I knew to expect nothing but luxury. The bath cremes come in an array of scents including Fresh Fig Honey, Creme Brulee, Ambre Vanilla and my favourite, Almond Coconut Milk Honey. Are you salivating yet?

The Almond Coconut Milk Honey Bath is a new twist on bath time indulgence. The product itself is set within a glass jar complete with a wooden honey dipper. As you lift the lid the scent is almost intoxicating, transporting you to a land far away full of delicious delights. The wooden dipper is used to scoop a small amount of product and twirl under running water to turn your bath water into a beautifully scented concoction of extravagance. The notes of powdered sugar, vanilla and cinnamon leaves your skin with a soft veil of fragrance and the natural ingredients help to firm, lift, tone and moisturise your skin.

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It’s been said that one of Cleopatra’s many beauty secrets was to bathe in only milk and honey to keep her skin irresistible. Here’s the way I see it – if it’s good enough for Egyptian royalty then it’s good enough for me!

Jason 5000IU Vitamin E Beauty Oil £7.00 available here

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This is a great all-rounder for the face and body. It contains a blend of almond, apricot, avocado, sunflower and wheat germ oils; which promote intense hydration and skin renewal. Vitamin E nourishes, moisturises and helps regenerate the skin. Fines lines, uneven texture and elasticity are all improved with continuous use of this magical elixir.

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Add a few drops of this oil to a warm bath or slather over your skin after you get out of the shower. The residue is non-sticky and easily absorbs into the skin leaving it healthy and plump.

Calorie Free Bathing

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I’m a sucker for dessert scented bath products. There’s something about lathering on a sweet fragranced shower gel in the morning that leaves me smelling like I’ve just walked out of a patisserie.

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I first discovered the Dolly’s Mixtures range whilst browsing the toiletry aisle of Asda. I know right – ASDA! I was immediately drawn to the vintage style packaging, but more importantly the price. At a jaw-dropping £2 per bottle, this had to be the biggest beauty bargain I have ever discovered!

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These cute, pint-sized bottles come in an array of ‘flavours’ including Candy Floss, Lemon Bon-Bon, Bucks Fizz and my personal favourite, Red Velvet Cupcake. The consistency is thick and creamy and a little squirted on a shower puff goes a very long way.

Whichever scent you choose to go for rest assured you will smelling as sweet as pie all day long!

Find the Dolly’s Mixtures range online and in store at Asda.

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