Featured Posts

Travel-Sized Beauty Favourites for Your Next Holiday
Times are tough right now. As well as the ongoing societal problem of systematic and systemic racism against black people across the world, the Coronavirus pandemic continues. With many of us still abiding by lockdown restrictions, travelling has been severely disrupted.  You may have had a holiday planned that’s been cancelled or postponed. You might have planned to take a quick trip away to escape the hustle and bustle of life. You probably planned a staycation to get away from your hometown for a short while. Regardless of your travel plans, it’s annoying to have to put things on hold. 
View Post
Face SPF Products You Need to Try Right Now
It’s hot. There I said it. It really crept up on us. We were given rain and storms before a heatwave no one saw coming. I’m the first to burn too. I’ll step outside and within 10 minutes, I’m a rosy hue. This list is as much for me as it is you and I’m excited about it, let me tell you. 
View Post
Summer Lovin’
You've binge-watched Normal People, developed a mild case of repetitive strain injury from swiping left on boys who are 'just looking for a quarantine buddy ;)' and Love Island 2020 (much like my own love life) is cancelled.   If you're a hopeless romantic like myself and need your fix of summer lovin' in the absence of skin-tight white jeans peacocking around a firepit (I mock, but I've never missed an episode), then pick up a love story.   
View Post
The Benefits of Meditation On Your Mental Health
Life is still a little on the crazy side right now… I mean, if you’d have asked me back in January what I thought I’d achieve this year, you can bet your bottom dollar I wouldn’t have said building a loungewear collection and not leaving my house for months, other than to go food shopping and walk the dog. No socialising… no holidays… not going into work…  Life has literally been flipped upside down for a lot of people and now more than ever, it’s important to look after our mental health and wellbeing. Spending most of your time alone, or with the same few people in your household can also be hard, especially if you’re a natural social butterfly.  
View Post
To top
25 Aug

The Benefits of Tamanu Oil

There seems to be new trending ingredients popping-up in skincare all the time; some are natural, some are manmade. Though something which unifies them in similarity is the common focus on aiming to improve the appearance of skin which has either aged or been damaged by both environmental and physical external factors.  

Within the last 3 years or so, the K-beauty market has begun to rekindle the appreciation of homegrown ingredients native to Korea itself or South Asia in general. This involves resurfacing ancient natural remedies, which are indeed trustworthy and safe for use; this of course excludes herbal remedies or some aspects of Hanbang (Korean Traditional Medicine/Therapy), which have since been debunked of being beneficial. Aside from the well sought-after ingredients such as Matcha Green Tea, Yuzu/Yuja citrus fruit and Chaga Mushroom being used in modern-day K-beauty, the demand for organic and natural Tamanu Oil-based skincare has increased within recent years. It is considered as an all-round ingredient. 

So what exactly is Tamanu Oil?   

Tamanu Oil is the product of pressed nuts derived from various tropical trees, belonging to the Calophyllaceae family originating from Polynesia. Centuries ago, Polynesians discovered the wound healing properties of Tamanu Oil; the result being that the use of the oil grew exponentially across the land, as well as the number of ways in which to utilise it. It has been suggested that originally, this “green gold” was used to treat minor wounds to aid the healing process, whilst also lessen the risk of infection, whilst hydrating and soothing dry skin and perhaps also for the odd cosmetic reason. However, by the time the French discovered Tamanu Oil during the early 1900s, the use of Tamanu Oil for beauty-related purposes became more favourable.  

Now that we have sufficient knowledge surrounding Tamanu Oil, we have been able to officially and more scientifically, recognise it for its skin rejuvenating properties; Coaxing the production and turn over the cycle of healthy and strengthened skin cells. In the present time, Tamanu Oil is more greatly advertised as an intensive treatment for diminishing the prominence of dark or reddened acne scarring, dark spots, ageing spots, hyperpigmentation and as topical relief to chapped areas of the skin (e.g. lips, elbows, knees and heels of the feet).

Countless online reviews and surveys have noted that Tamanu Oil is more effective than Vitamin C, which is widely used for solving numerous skin discolouration issues. Some report that overall, Tamanu Oil irradiates scarring and pigmentation issues within a shorter time frame than Vitamin C rich skincare, whereas others stated that Tamanu Oil performed best overall. Are we tempting you yet? 

For those who are skincare enthusiasts and have delved into K-beauty, their first encounter with Tamanu Oil (or at least the first time they hear about this ingredient) is via KRAVE Beauty – a Korean skincare brand founded blogger Liah Yoo. Some say that KRAVE Beauty should not be defined or categorised as “K-beauty”, as Liah’s skincare line is unique and encompasses more than just Korean ideals – although her and her team’s creations are heavily influenced by the knowledge she gained, whilst working at Korea’s most successful beauty company ‘Amorepacific’.  

KRAVE Beauty’s “Great Barrier Relief” skin-soothing serum is centred around Tamanu Oil and actually contains a generous 10% worth of the nicknamed “miracle oil”. Great Barrier Relief contains Tamanu Oil for strengthening weakened skin barriers and encouraging skin to recover from acne and other common skin issues. 2% of all sales for the product are donated to the Great Barrier Reef Foundationone of the seven natural wonders of the world, which is in need of protection.  

There are plenty of other easily obtainable Tamanu Oil skincare products to chose from; most of which happen to be cruelty-free, mostly natural and vegan (it depends case by case so always refer to the product descriptions). You can now find Tamanu Oil or Tamanu Oil infused skincare – in balm form for example – on websites like Amazon, Facetheory, Tropic, Holland & Barrett and more.  

Emma Moseley

I’m a twenty-something year old South-east Londoner, with my heart in the East. Skincare, Kbeauty & Jbeauty are what get me enthusiastic. Need any sheet-mask recommendations? – I’m your girl for that! ‘Writing freely’ is my motto, so you’ll often see me rambling on about tasty food for the West & the East, idyllic cafés, & travel/cultural experiences in addition to must-try skincare products.

No Comments

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

JOIN
THE
CULT

We’ll keep you up to date on hot topics and industry news. You’ll be kept up to date on a need to know basis on all things culture, you won’t want to leave… Subscribe now!