When it comes to caring for your skin, the forces of nature often come in to play—and that’s where a combination of skincare ingredients has you covered, with a range of benefits offering protection from the elements as well as hydration.
So when the sun shines brightly or the winds are high, it’s time to appreciate one of the most beneficial and least known ingredients in Eu2Be’s lotion and oil: the oil of the tamanu.
The tamanu tree’s native habitat is Vanuatu, an archipelago of 83 islands in the South Pacific formerly known as the New Hebrides.
After its 1660 colonization by Spain, Vanuatu eventually became an Anglo-French interest in the 1880s until its independence in 1980, when it became a self-governing republic. The Ni-Vanuatu people of Melanesian descent, dominate the population of over 220,000.
Since the early 1900s, researchers began documenting the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that have made tamanu oil a must-have skin care treatment among the Islanders.
Islanders rely upon its extremely soothing and healing benefits and use it as a topical aid to treat a variety of skin conditions, including over-exposure to the sun.
And yet, this not-so-secret nut oil has flown largely under the radar of the beauty-industrial complex. So far…
How Oils Are Harvested Matters
Eu2Be has harnessed these powerful properties using only organic, virgin tamanu oil. It’s sustainably harvested and cold-pressed from the sun-dried nut kernels that fall to the ground from the tamanu tree.
It’s worth mentioning the process of how tamanu oil is harvested because it highlights the difficulty of discerning whether an ingredient is green, sustainable, natural and/or pure.
It takes many, many nuts to yield a small amount of pure tamanu oil. For this reason, low-yield oils like tamanu are often combined with cheaper, more available carrier oils, like olive oil, to reduce cost.
The unfortunate result of this practice makes it hard to discern the pure and “natural” ingredients from those that have been altered.
Like buriti seed oil, another one of our favorite natural skincare ingredients, tamanu oil carries close cultural ties to its habitat community, making it an ingredient with sustainable benefits to the families who harvest the oil.
Beyond their gains from harvesting the oil, the tamanu tree has long been seen as a sacred gift, where the gods hide in its branches and offer physical protection, as well.
Be the guardian of your skin with these 5 secrets of tamanu oil for skincare:
- Protection from the elements—sun, humidity and drying winds
- Clinically proven to demonstrate wound-healing properties for damaged, sensitive and troubled skin, with a unique capacity to promote the formation of new skin tissue
- An effective treatment for a variety of skin conditions, including eczema, rashes, insect bites and scrapes
- Superb anti-inflammatory benefits derive from a fatty acid known as calophyllic acid, a non-steroidal agent called calophyllolide and the sweet-smelling plant derivative coumarone
- Natural anti-bacterial and antimicrobial benefits are on par with those of the much-heralded coconut
So when you’re seeking the perfect companion for the beach, for travel or for everyday protection, reach for Eu2Be lotion or oil. Tamanu in combination with our other bad-ass superstar oils make Eu2Be the optimum choice for moisturizing, softening—and protection.The Vanuatu beach photo with tamanu tree is a derivative of a Flickr image by Phillip Capper, used under Creative Commons license.