Ingredients Spotlight - Tamanu Oil


What is Tamanu Oil?

Tamanu oil is an intensely healing oil derived from the seeds of the tamanu nut tree, a tropical evergreen native to Southeast Asia and used medicinally for centuries by people in Asia, Africa, and Pacific Islands.

It has long been applied topically on skin as well as mucous membranes as a cure to all kinds of infections (burns, dermatoses, eczema, acne, psoriasis, chilblains, skin cracks, diabetic sores, hemorrhoids, etc.) and known for its wound healing and analgesic properties. 

Like one would expect traditional medicine to be, tamanu oil has a distinct greenish hue, accompanied by a thick consistency with an earthy and walnut-ty scent.  

Fun Fact: To obtain Tamanu oil, the tamanu tree nut is cracked, seeds are removed and sun-dried for up to 2 months, allowing the oil to accumulate in the seeds. Then the seeds are de-shelled and pressed to extract the oil. 

Warning! If you are allergic to nuts, shy away from tamanu oil infused products as it is derived from a tree nut. If you are one who is paranoid about clogged pores, tamanu oil is slightly comedogenic, however, it helps in battling acne and acne scars given its numerous beneficial properties. 

Skin Benefits

"All skincare oils are going to be moisturizing by definition, but tamanu oil is not only a standout in that department, it also offers a variety of other benefits"-Byrdie 

  1. Rich in Fatty Acids: Monounsaturated acid - oleic acid (20% - 26%) & polyunsaturated acid - linoleic acid (21% - 29%) are found in tamanu oil. As well has high concentrations of alpha-linoleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, and arachidonic acid, making it an intense moisturizer and skin protectant.

  2. Stimulates Collagen Production to Promote Wound Healing: Historically used for its regeneration properties, tamanu oil is known to promote the production of collagen and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). These polysaccharides are essential for creating and maintaining healthy collagen and elastin. In layman's terms, tamanu oil is powerful in healing wounds, and scars and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.  

  3. Anti-Inflammatory: With the presence of an anti-inflammatory molecule called calophyllolide.  The takeaway? Tamanu oil could potentially be suitable for skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea. 

  4. Antibacterial: Tamanu oil is antibacterial & anti-fungal, it works against the bacteria associated with acne, and it fights fungus on the skin. Paired with its anti-inflammatory properties, it is powerful against breakouts. 

  5. Antioxidant-Rich & Fights Free Radicals: Packed with potent antioxidants, making tamanu oil a powerful fighter against free radicals and UV damage. 

Tamanu Oil for Hair 

A versatile oil, tamanu oil's amazing properties also apply to hair care. 

  1. Anti-Inflammatory & Antimicrobial: Tamanu oil calms the scalp and promotes hair follicular health to create a better environment for hair to grow long and strong. 

  2. Weightless Moisture & Shine: Many who suffer from the oily scalps and greasy hair are scared of oils and heavy products; at the same time, our strands need moisture for optimal health. Tamanu oil provides weightless moisture that moisturizes hair at an inner cortex level. Shiny hair has long been a sign of beauty and vitality; who doesn't want shinier strands? Tamanu oil gives hair brilliance with its light-reflecting properties. 

  3. Sun & Heat Protection: Tamanu oil is also a natural heat & sun protectant; it is UV absorbent & provides a natural defense against damage from heat styling tools like your trusty blow dryer, iron, or curler.  

Tamanu Oil x Oil Divine 

Oil Divine certainly values the endless skin and hair benefits that tamanu oil offers, it is why we have included it in the Rejuvenating Eye Serum and Hair Growth Oil. 

An intense eye serum formulated specifically for the delicate eye area, the Rejuvenating Eye Serum harnesses the fatty acids and regeneration properties of tamanu oil and works with other botanical oils such as raspberry seed, cucumber seed, rosehip, borage, evening primrose, carrot seed, and others to reveal brighter, lifted, and ageless. 

Hair Growth Oil is a one-of-a-kind hair care product that addresses the problems of hair thinning & hair loss from the roots. Anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory tamamu oils work with other regenerative, cleansing, balancing & stimulating botanical oils to promote a healthy scalp, and follicular system to grow luscious, shiny, long hair. 

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