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Tamanu Oil Benefits for the Skin

by Kirstyn Porter March 24, 2023 4 min read


Tamanu Oil Benefits for the Skin

Whether you’re just getting into the beauty industry or a seasoned professional, you’ve surely come across oils within products! Oils like lavender and peppermint, popular essential oils, are often added to products to provide a scent but come with added benefits as well. 

In other cases, oils can be the main star and stand-alone, like coconut oil. Here at Nova Wax, our favorite oil Tamanu Oil has a very faint smellandprovides all of the skincare benefits of natural oils.

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What is Tamanu Oil?

Tamanu oil is a fatty nut oil that is often listed by its scientific name,Calophyllum inophyllum seed oil.

Tamanu Oil

It is rich in fatty acids including alpha-linoleic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, palmtic acid, archidonic acid, and stearic acid.

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Where Does Tamanu Oil Come From?

Tamanu oil comes from the tamanu tree, which is a tropical tree found in Asia and Australia. The oil itself comes from the tamanu fruit seeds on the tree. 

The nuts are first cracked, then the seeds are removed and dried in the sun for 1-2 months, which allows for the oil to develop on the seeds. After the oil is accumulated, the seeds are de-shelled and pressed to extract it.

Since tamanu oil comes from trees and is ethically extracted, it is vegan and considered a very clean ingredient.

Benefits of Tamanu Oil on the Skin

Tamanu oil provides a ton of great benefits for the skin. Since it is so rich in fatty acids, which provide structure for your skin by helping it retain water and function properly, tamanu oil is very beneficial for moisture.  

A second powerful benefit of tamanu oil is anti-aging, thanks to the high content of antioxidants naturally found in it. Antioxidants are super important in fighting free radicals, which float freely around the body and can cause damage. Free radicals occur with exposure to environmental damage like sun and pollution.

Antioxidants are typically found as additives in anti-aging products and in sunscreens. That being said, not only does tamanu oil add added moisture to strengthen the skin’s barrier to counteract aging but it also fights against the environmental damage caused by aging’s enemies – like the sun! 

A third benefit of tamanu oil is its germ-fighting capabilities. Tamanu oil is both antibacterial and antifungal, working againstp. acnes andp.granulosum - the bacteria associated with acne. The antibacterial and antifungal properties also make tamanu oil great at fighting inflammation.

Tamanu Oil’s anti-inflammatory benefit can be attributed to the compound molecule found in it called calophyllolide. Calophylloide heals wounds and can be very helpful in fighting skin conditions that cause inflammation like psoriasis and eczema.

Lastly, tamanu oil stimulates collagen growth, making it great for targeting wrinkles, reducing scars, and general skin cell regeneration.

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Risks of Using Tamanu Oil

Tamanu Oil is a very skin safe oil, with a comeodogenic rating of 2 (it won’t cause acne and is safe for combination skin!) However, there are risks associated with using tamanu oil if you have an allergy to nuts.

Since tamanu oil is sourced from tree nuts, nobody with a tree nut allergy should use it. Additionally, tamanu oil is toxic if internally ingested.

As for other precautions, like any other product, a patch test should be performed if you commonly experience sensitivity.

Tamanu Oil in Waxing Products

Now that you know all about the amazing benefits of tamanu oil and the very few risks, it’s time to introduce you to Nova Wax products that contain tamanu oil! 

Tamanu oil is a great product to add after waxing because of its moisturizing and anti-inflammatory benefits. When the skin is waxed it is exposed to trauma, from the temperature and the repeated pulling from the hair follicles. 

Skin that is compromised is very prone to irritation and that’s where tamanu oil comes in to save the day and provide peace of mind!

Nova Pre and Post Wax care

Nova Pre and Post Wax Care contains tamanu oil to combat that trauma and restore moisture and powerful antioxidants into the skin. 

Pre-Wax Cleanser:

This professionally crafted cleanser contains powerful hydrating and exfoliating ingredients to prepare the skin for waxing. It also helps produce seamless results while reducing the chance for ingrown hairs.

Formulated with tamanu oil to fight free radicals that dry the skin out while nourishing the skin with fatty acids through added vitamin E.

Post-Wax Oil 

This multifunctional skin nourishing oil that can be used both before and after waxing to keep the skin smooth and supple. Tamanu oil helps fight free radicals that dry the skin out while nourishing it with fatty acids through added coconut oil.

Post-Wax Lotion:

Our post wax lotion is made with anti-inflammatory ingredients. This barley extract and tamanu oil-infused formula contains natural acids that soothe the skin after the irritation that happens during waxing from heat exposure.

Pre and Post Wax Care Bundle

Final Thoughts

Tamanu oil is a superhero in the skincare world! Not only is it vegan and ethically sourced, but it also has a ton of benefits. 

Tamanu oil is great for providing moisture to the skin, combating ageing, fighting acne causing germs, wound healing, and stimulating collagen growth. With all of those benefits considered, tamanu oil infused products like ours at Nova are the best solution for sensitive skin before and during waxing.

Kirstyn Porter
Kirstyn Porter