Why We Love Tamanu Oil (And You Should, Too!)

Jayleen Rennebergbeauty care, natural living

Pure Essentials Winter Cream

When we think about oils for our skin, we want them to be able to clean out zits, repair fine lines and wrinkles, calm down inflammation on the skins surface, make our scars look a little better and hydrate. Well, guess what? There is an oil out there that comes from blonde nuts grown in south-east Asia and in areas of Africa. Tamanu oil is an oil that has been used traditionally in other areas of the world extensively for skin issues and to help ease the mild pain. This oil is dark green in color and has it’s most beneficial properties intact when it is unrefined and cold pressed. What makes Tamanu so seemingly miraculous is its fatty acid composition, it’s antibacterial properties, it’s antioxidant properties and it’s ability to work as an anti-inflammatory transdermally (aka- through the skin).

We instantly fell in love with this oil. We originally started researching it for our eczema balm and were very excited to see it in action once we had our hands on it. We were very impressed. Even though the oil appears thick, Tamanu oil actually absorbs quickly and thoroughly into the skin. This allows the naturally occurring phospholipids and glycolipids in Tamanu oil to provide deep hydration to the skin’s surface. Tamanu oil has been used across south-east Asia to treat all kinds of skin conditions including psoriasis, herpes/cold sores, blisters, sunburn, diaper rash, abrasions, shingles, and eczema. It was not until Japanese, Canadians, and Europeans started extensively studying these oils that we have been able to make the conclusion that the effectiveness that Tamanu has on these skin conditions is because of the anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in it. There has even been one study conducted in Japan that has suggested that Tamanu oil has an ability to inhibit skin tumor growth. We’ve had such great feedback on our eczema balm and we both feel that Tamanu oil plays a major role in the effectiveness of our balm.

The Testing Phase

For the last 9 months, Rachel and I have been wanting to create a face cream that would provide moisture to the skin, diminish signs of aging, repair scarring, penetrate deeper into the skin for our harsh cold climate and still be suitable for acne-prone skin. At first, this seemed like a pretty tough challenge, but once we decided that Tamanu oil should be the foundation for this cream, the task became a lot easier. With the ability for quick absorption, married with its history of being used to treat acne and Tamanu’s ability to promote new skin growth, this oil was a perfect fit. Tamanu improves microcirculation under the skin’s surface allowing for more nutrients to be delivered to the skin’s surface while providing the skin the building blocks it needs to treat signs of aging we all fear: fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. These properties also make Tamanu oil a great choice for reducing the look of scars. The natural antibacterial qualities of Tamanu help to keep pores on the face clean and help to reduce the occurrence of breakouts, and, if you already have a zit, these properties can help it go away faster! Tamanu has been effective in alleviating ingrown hairs which is great to know if you are someone that suffers from ingrown facial hair due to hormonal imbalances. We are so excited about the winter face cream we have formulated and have been testing for the last 3 months. Both of us just love the way it feels on the skin and has noticed an improvement in our own skin in a very short period of time. It’s set to launch in Nov so keep an eye out!

I would love for you to take the time to check out our products that contain Tamanu oil. I’m sure that you will fall in love with this green, nutty smelling oil as quickly as we have especially when you see the results we have seen too!

Check out our “find us” tab on the main page of our site to see where you may be able to try it out in person or just trust us and I’m sure you’ll be satisfied.


NOTE: This oil should be avoided by those with severe nut allergies.