Tamanu pronounced TAW-man-oo this highly absorbable oil is native to tropical climates, harvested from the kernel of the tamanu tree. Called beauty leaf oil, due to the nature of the nutrient dense oil  produced from the kernel of the fruit, has been used for centuries as a skin heal-all, perfect for clearing and soothing sensitive skin. 

In 1918, researchers affiliated with the French Pharmacopoeia began investigating tamanu for topical and subcutaneous use. These scientists were immediately impressed by its cicatrizing — or skin regenerating effects. In 1928 a French nun, Sister Marie Suzanna used tamanu oil to treat the symptoms of leprosy, including painful inflammation of the nerves (leprous neuritis).


The all-round Skin Problem solver - Tamanu oil contains 3 essential classes of lipids (oils): neutral // glyco // phospholipids. 

The oil also contains 3 unique and novel compounds: 

  • Calophyllic Acid
  • Calophyllolide (anti-inflammatory) 
  • Lactone (antibiotic)

Anti-inflammatory - Tamanu oil demonstrates anti-inflammatory activity. This activity is due partly to the 4- phenyl coumarin calophyllolide and to a group of xanthones in the oil, including dehydrocycloguanandin, calophyllin-B, jacareubin, mesuaxanthone-A, mesuaxanthone-B, and euxanthone. All the xanthones in tamanu oil show anti-inflammatory activity, which explains reductions of rashes, sores, swelling, and abrasions with topical application of the oil.

Antibacterial and Antifungal - Tamanu oil demonstrates significant antimicrobial activity, as demonstrated in antibacterial and antifungal tests.The oil contains several powerful bactericide/fungicide agents, which demonstrate efficacy against various human and animal pathogens. These antimicrobial phytochemical agents include friedelin, canophyllol, canophyllic acid, and inophynone.

Cicatrization Properties - Tamanu oil applied to wounds possesses the capacity to promote the formation of new tissue, thereby accelerating healing and the growth of healthy skin. This process of forming new tissue is known as cicatrization.

AntioxidantXanthones and coumarins in tamanu oil demonstrate antioxidant properties, specifically inhibiting lipid peroxidation. Cell membranes are made of lipids. Lipids are organic compounds that are oily to the touch and are insoluble in water but are soluble in nonpolar organic solvents (e.g., chloroform, ether). Lipids include fats, oils, waxes, sterols, and triglycerides. The antioxidant activity of tamanu oil helps to protect skin cells from damage by reactive oxygen species (ROS) and other oxidative antagonists.

Water-Binding Properties - Tamanu oil has impressive water-binding properties, hence prevents water from leaving the cell, keeping your skin hydrated and glowing.

Acneic Skin - The mild antibacterial properties of the oil work consistently and without irritation to minimize growth of acne causing bacteria on the skin. The moderate antimicrobial activity of Tamanu Oil has been compared to antibiotics like amoxicillin. The actives, canophyllol and canophyllic acid, have been identified as the specific agents in the oil that provide the antibacterial activity. 

Study - Conducted in 2002, participants applied a product containing Tamanu Oil to aged scars twice daily for nine weeks and saw improvement, so even older scars can benefit from Tamanu Oil regenerative properties.


  • Vitamins: A // E
  • Fatty Acids: High Oleic Acid // High Linoleic Acid // Moderate Palmitic Acid // Stearic Acid // Low Linolenic Acid
  • Main Actives: Calophyllolide // Lactone

METHOD OF EXTRACTION: Cold Pressed // Unrefined - It takes 100 kilograms of tamanu fruit, the amount that one tree produces annually, to yield just 5 kilograms of cold pressed oil!

INCI NOMENCLATURE: Calophyllum Inophyllum