We’ve talked about some great plant-based oils in our Ingredient Spotlight series and to be honest, we could kind of go on forever because there are so many incredible, natural oils that do amazing things for skin. One that you might have heard less hype about is tamanu oil, a darker oil with a slightly greenish hue that OBC Skincare uses in a few of its formulations because of its powerful properties.
Tamanu oil comes from the tamanu tree, which is native to tropical Southeast Asia. The tree grows up to three meters tall, with black bark, shiny leaves and twice annual blooms of white flowers. The flowers, after blooming, yield a cluster of yellow-skinned fruit that kind of tastes like an apple. The fruit’s inner nut contains a pale kernel, sometimes call “punnai,” which is dried in the sun for up to two months while it becomes sticky with a dark, thick oil. That oil is collected and cold-pressed to get tamanu oil, an oil rich in restorative, healing properties (natives to Southeast Asia used to believe it was a sacred gift of nature from the gods, as the oil protected their skin from hot sun, high humidity and the ocean wind).
Tamanu is one oil that has been fairly thoroughly researched for its healing properties—it’s been shown to be one of the strongest remedies against scarring, stretch marks, dark spots and hyperpigmentation, making it covetable for skincare that targets signs of aging.
One of the reasons the oil hasn’t become as quickly popular as lighter oils is likely due to its strong scent. It’s very herbal, with a hint of caramel, and can be too strong for some on its own. But in skincare formulations, the tamanu oil’s scent is diminished, leaving only its skin-healing effects behind.
Tamanu Oil Benefits
See why it’s a miracle oil? We vote for it to take over the beauty world next, right beside coconut oil! Try tamanu for yourself in OBC’s Nourish Night Balm, Nourish Day Oil and Nourish Night Face Oil.
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