Is Tamanu Oil the New Argan Oil? The Story of a Little-Known Miracle Oil That Can Transform Your Skin


One of the key ingredients in our Advanced Nightly Skin Repair Phytonutrient Face Oil Serum is tamanu oil, an oil that is still unknown to many in the Western world. Although the mainstream market has discovered Moroccan argan oil and added it to all kinds of hair and skin products, tamanu oil is just starting to gain attention as the public starts to learn about how this humble little nut can be transformed into an oil with incredible skin-healing and anti-aging properties.

Tamanu nuts (Calophyllum inophyllum) are typically grown in Southeast Asia, East Africa and Australia. They are dried for several months until the nut secretes its precious oil that is cold-pressed to create a skin-healing oil that has anti-viral and anti-microbial properties. It is noted for its ability to heal scars and wounds and reduce stretch marks as well as its effectiveness in the treatment of mild abrasions and rashes. It is strongly anti-inflammatory and also full of antioxidants that can help prevent or reverse signs of aging. Tamanu oil has been used by traditional cultures to protect the skin from extreme weather. Preliminary research has indicated that tamanu oil contains an anti-inflammatory compound called calophyllolide as well as a form of vitamin E and other anti-oxidants.

Tamanu oil is strongly regenerative for the skin thanks to its free-radical-neutralizing polyphenol content, which is why Ora’s Amazing Herbals uses it as a key ingredient in our Night Serum. But it is also used for psoriasis, acne, athlete’s foot, rheumatism, scabies, eczema, sunburn and to prevent wrinkles. It is also used for topical pain relief, as it can relieve some of the symptoms of shingles, joint pain and other conditions. It is known in Southeast Asia and the Pacific islands for its ability to heal chapped or burned skin. Peer-reviewed research studies have shown tamanu oil’s efficacy in healing scars.

Tamanu oil, in combination with other phytonutrient-rich oils such as carrot seed oil and pomegranate oil, is a critical ingredient in our popular new Advanced Nightly Skin Repair Phytonutrient Face Oil Serum. Our restorative serums use only gluten-free, all-natural ingredients to protect and repair your skin and keep your face glowing all year long.

Sustainably swimming uphill

Sustainable Packaging
Sustainable Packaging

Damn it, if I wasn’t to grow my business as a sustainable one, what would I be doing it for (other than to pay for children’s shoes, and Legos)?

It seems that sustainable decision making like packaging choices seems to change in difficulty that is measurable like a bell curve as a business grows. First it’s easy, then it becomes more difficult and then it gets easier again. First, I was just making everything by hand in very small quantities so it wasn’t hard to strategize avoiding plastics for shipping. For Pete’s sake, my husband makes our store shelf salve displays by hand from locally reclaimed wood. You would think that is pretty much as far as one would have to go. Today, I was preparing a shipment for Amazon and they told me I need to bubble wrap it. Now, last time I checked, bubble wrap was one of those things that sits in a landfill for about…forever. So today I spent the day hand wrapping an entire shipment of salves in recycled and recyclable cardboard padding. What a mess! As our business grows, we will be able to custom make more sustainable and less labor intensive packaging and shipping solutions like bioplastics that are compostable and so on. But for now, I am relying on one thing my mother always hoped would pay off in the end, pure stubbornness. Let’s just hope the powers at Amazon will accept my green alternative to bubble wrap. Until next time…