"Fleur de tiaré (gardenia)" French Polynesia Favorite Tip by Muya

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  Tiaré flower
by Muya

Favorite thing: THE symbol of Polynesian's legendary hospitality and of the traditional ?Maeva? (welcome).

Gardenia flowers are mainly grown for the manufacture of local cosmetics and oil. Some also use them in jams or ice creams. But the most famous use is in the flower necklaces offered to every visitor arriving in Tahiti.

The locals have always worn flowers in their hair, and the tiaré in particular, because they believed its fragrance could keep evil spirits away. A tradition that has its roots in an ancient myth : evil spirits particularly like nasty smells, so the only way to get rid of them is to always smell good ! And you can't beat the sweet fragrance of the gardenia on this matter :-)

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 6, 2008
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