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Refined Tamanu Oil

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The oil extracted from Tamanu kernels is used in traditional medicine and cosmetics, particularly to treat skin diseases (herpes, eczema, itching, ulcers), and to slow the effects of ageing. In Polynesia, women apply Tamanu oil to their skin to soften it and to their babies' skin to prevent irritations. This oil is also widely used as a pain reliever: massages with Tamanu oil are performed to relieve rheumatism and sciatica. Since 1920, the oil has been widely used to treat leprous neuritis. In 1948, it was at last included in European therapeutics thanks to the work of Mr. Jeanson at the Saint-Louis hospital in Paris. Tamanu oil was also used as fuel in oil lamps to give light and repel mosquitoes. Tamanu leaves are well-known for their curative qualities. They can be infused in water and to be used externally to wash the eyes (in cases of conjunctivitis, etc.), treat the skin (cuts, infections, scabies, etc.), or drunk to stop diarrhoea. The Indonesians use the 'green balm' as much for its healing virtues and to treat chest ailments as for its stimulant properties.

INCI name

Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil

Refined Tamanu Oil

Product details

Physical form at 25°C

  • Butter


  • Conventional extraction
  • Fats & oils


  • Emotive ingredients

Regional availability

  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • N America


  • Skin care


  • Bath, shower & soaps
  • After sun
  • Body care
  • Face / neck skin care
  • Face colour
  • Facial cleansers
  • Foot care
  • Leg care
  • Lip care
  • Lip colour
  • Make-up removal
  • Nail care & colour
  • Scalp treatments
  • Shampoos
  • Shaving / hair removal
  • Beard care

Consumer benefit

  • Anti-ageing
  • Repair

Certifications and standards

  • Halal
  • ISO 16128 - derived natural
  • Vegan suitable

Regional compliance


Ingredient origin

  • Plant derived

Composition information

  • Preservative free

% Natural content – ISO 16128

  • 100


  • Expected to be readily biodegradable


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Product brochures & guides

Category: Data sheet

Title: Refined Tamanu Oil

Mainly used for its repairing and protecting properties on the skin, tamanu oil is a butter composed of fatty acids with regenerating properties.

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