Tiare Tahiti - gardenia tahitensis

The Importance of Flowers in Polynesian Life and Culture

Flowers have been a mainstay in human life for thousands of years. In Polynesia, which includes places like Rapa Nui, Hawaii and Tahiti, flowers are not only an expression of beauty, but also a cultural and spiritual symbol that has been kept alive to this day.

The Polynesian islands, and especially Tahiti, are a floral paradise with a multitude of beautiful species full of color and soft aromas. Like these destinations, the local flora attracts and intrigues all travelers who discover it.

Whether endemic or from distant continents, flowers have thrived thanks to Polynesia's ideal climatic conditions, which are perfect for their development. Once sacred to the original inhabitants, today they are a strong symbol and an integral part of the myth of these magical islands that make the world dream.

Species such as ti or Auti (cordyline fruticosa), tipanie (plumeria), bougainvillea, bird of paradise (strelitzia), opuhi (zingiber zerumbet) and, of course, tiare (gardenia tahitensis)... each one of them surprises by its appearance and its enchanting perfume.


Traditions and Rituals

Making a wreath

One of the most beautiful traditions is the creation of Tiare necklaces, known as "hei" or "lei", which are made with various types of flowers. These necklaces are worn by the locals and are also offered to tourists, immersing them directly in the Polynesian magic.

The Symbolism of the Tiare Tahiti

Tiare Flor- gardenia tahitensis

The Tiare Tahiti, or "Tahiti flower", is the national emblem of French Polynesia and is also present in most of the other Pacific Islands. This flower is more than just a plant, it is a symbol of Polynesian life and culture. Women ("vahine") usually wear the flower open in the ear, while men ("tane") wear a flower bud. In addition, the position of the flower indicates the sentimental state of the wearer.
In Tahitian language, Tiare has 10 different names according to its stage of maturity and is used for various traditional remedies. However, its best known use worldwide is undoubtedly the famous Monoï de Tahiti; it is a very mild oil that is used in many ways, from moisturizing and nourishing the skin of babies from birth, to skin and hair care for people of all ages, not forgetting of course its best known use: to achieve a beautiful golden tan.

Tiare in Cosmetics and Wellness

Beyond being a cultural symbol of Polynesia, the Tiare flower and leaves have many other practical applications, such as for performing various types of "Ra'au Tahiti" (traditional Polynesian massages).

Monoi de Tahiti Anakena Chile That is why, in Anakena, we have captured the essence of this wonderful flower in our Monoï de Tahiti. Tiare flowers are picked before dawn and soaked for 12 days in coconut oil with a minimum concentration of 12 flowers per liter, using a special enfleurage method. In addition, each bottle of our Monoï oil contains one Tiare flower. Tiare Tahiti original, bringing an authentic Polynesian touch to your skin care routine.

Authenticity Certification

Appellation d'OrigineThe authenticity of Monoï de Tahiti Anakena oil is attested by the certificate ".Appellation d'Origine®"Monoï de Tahiti is the first cosmetic product to receive an Appellation d'Origine, a seal of guarantee confirming the origin and the manufacturing process of the product. Monoï de Tahiti is the first cosmetic product to receive an Appellation of Origin. The seal on our label confirms the Polynesian origin of its ingredients, its selection and the quality of its production. Monoï de Tahiti Anakena carries this seal on each bottle.

In short, flowers in Polynesia are much more than just a decoration, they are an integral element of culture and daily life. By choosing products like our Monoï de Tahiti Anakena, with a 100% natural origin, you are not only choosing a high quality body and hair oil, but you are also participating in a tradition that has endured for hundreds of years, celebrating the cultural richness and natural beauty of Polynesia.


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