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  1. Hi! I really like this post and I find this oil amazing!
    I also started to write posts about oils, especially cold-pressed, which
    have a lot of benefits for the skin, as you wrote also about Tamanu oil.
    Can you let me know where can I find it to try it?
    Thanks
    Best to you:)
    Dasha

    • Crunchy Betty

      Hi, Dasha! I got mine from Mountain Rose Herbs, and I’m not really familiar with any of the other brands out there. I’ve been so happy with the stuff I DO have that I don’t know if I’d even bother to switch just to see. (But you never know.)

      Good job with the crunchiness! Cold-pressed or expeller-pressed is the only way to go with oils, IMHO.

  2. LarissaA

    Don’t go skate boarding!
    Thank you for this post. I’ve never heard of tamanu oil. Where dud you buy yours? I’d like to gift it a try.
    By the way, another topic, have you heard of cupuacu butter? Have you ever tried it?

    • LarissaA

      (sorry about the misspelling, my phone “corrects” words in a weird way)

    • Crunchy Betty

      Ha. No worries about the misspelling – at least it wasn’t of DYAC proportions!

      I got mine from Mountain Rose Herbs (big surprise). And like I just mentioned to Dasha above, I’m so happy with it, I doubt I’d even bother to switch brands.

      I’ve heard of cupuacu butter, but I haven’t ever tried it. It’s now on my ever-growing list of new things.

  3. Have you ever used it as a spot treatment for pimples?

    • Crunchy Betty

      Actually, I haven’t really. Whenever I start getting a pimple, if I can realize what’s happening BEFORE I start absent-mindedly picking, I always put a spot treatment of clay and lavender oil on it. That’s my favorite way to get rid of ‘em fast.

      I will say that I was getting a weird pimple on my neck last night that seemed like it was going to be a doozy, but then I put tamanu all over my face/neck to psych me up to write this post. This morning, the weird-o neck pimple is gone. Completely.

  4. Brittany

    I would love to hear why you bought this stuff!

    • Crunchy Betty

      Haha. Why? Because I kept reading about it in different places, and then I was placing a big order with Mountain Rose Herbs with a gift certificate my mom gave me for Christmas.

      So I stuck it in my cart, and it’s become just about my favorite purchase in that order (except for soap nuts).

      Really, I bought it out of curiosity more than anything at all. I LOVE that it’s turned out to be an accidental fave.

  5. Rebecca

    This is perfect timing! I have been breaking out like a teenager lately and I also am a picker. Just can’t leave em alone! Hopefully this will help with the whole thing. Also, there are at least four kids where I work that were just treated for scabies. I am feeling really paranoid about the whole thing right now! Crawly, crawly…ew!

    • Crunchy Betty

      Yikes-o. The only thing scarier than scabies is lice, when it comes to kids coming home with creepy stuff. Hope this helps! Let me know what kind you get, if and when you get some … and what your thoughts are!

  6. Brittany

    I definitely meant to type “where” but I’m glad i also got to hear why you bought it! Hahaha!

  7. Minerva

    i use tamanu oil daily for the past six months and it works great on my face. haven’t had as many breakouts. but it did wreak havoc on my eyelids. they are dry, irritated, and crusty in the morning. (yuck) although i will always use tamanu, i’m very careful not to put any oil on my eyelids.

    • Crunchy Betty

      Verrrrrry interesting! Thank you for sharing your experience with it. Nice to know what NOT to do.

  8. Angel

    That description of where the oil comes from makes me think – expensive. :) Haha Actually, I was wondering if this helps for acne that has already scarred. My skin just doesn’t heal like it use to and I have noticed that when I do get a pimple it usually ends up scarring in some way. I’d love to find something to lighten those scars and prevent them from happening in the first place.

    Loving your site, just found it a few weeks ago. I’ve been doing oil cleansing for a few weeks now and I’m really liking it. I need to get together a few pimple fighting ingredients for me to use when I have flair ups.

    • Crunchy Betty

      It’s kind of expensive-ish, though not nearly a bank-breaker like I expected it to be. And a little goes a long, long, long way, so that really helps mitigate the price.

      So, it SHOULD work on pimple scars, and I totally have the same issue. I had pimples and stuff in high school, but it never scarred. In the last four or five years, whenever I forget and accidentally pick and it scabs, I’ve started scarring a little there. Weird how it just “happens” like that, yeah?

      ANYWAY, there was a scientific study done on tamanu a while back, and it showed significant improvement in the appearance of scars. I’m starting to use it – alone – more often on my mid-cheek scarred areas because of that. Fingers crossed – for both of us!

      • Angel

        Thanks! Good to know. Now I need to find some to try. :)

      • Beth Ann Donnelly

        Hiii! (Not sure if you’ll get this since it’s been 2 years since this post.) BUT I just discovered Tamanu Oil and I was hoping it would help “fade away” my awful acne that just “happened” to appear… (read: I’m a mindless picker as well.) :-/

        I was just curious to see if it did help your the appearance of the scars to fade, or at least some. Mine are mid-cheek as well and with no makeup or after a sweaty workout, I’m pretty self conscious about it and they just stick out.

  9. Paula Frazier

    I saw the supermodel Carol Alt talking about it on the Dr. Oz show a few months back, and had to have some because she looks gorgeous for her age. I too bought mine from Mountain Rose Herbs, but then I started reading comments about it where people were either pro or con about using it on their face, because even though it worked well at first, it quickly became a nightmare for them with breakouts (clogged pores).

    I bought my daughter a bottle at the same time I bought mine, but told her to hold off on using it until I could get more information. She is getting married in June, and I don’t want to be the cause of her skin breaking out beforehand.

    So, your suggestion is to use it with sugar at the same time?

    • Crunchy Betty

      Y’know, I did tons of research when I first bought it to find out whether or not it was noncomedogenic, and I think it just hasn’t been studied enough yet to know.

      I do find it VERY thick (like I said here) and slow to soak in. So I’m not sure it clogs pores as much as it just takes a long time to be fully absorbed.

      It would be interesting to do some sort of survey on people who’ve used it and have had trouble with it. Apparently, it comes in two different “colors” – dark, almost black-green and the lighter green like mine is from MRH.

      Apparently the darker oil is expressed via a very high heat (which makes the oil secrete faster, but probably inevitably makes the oil itself lose some of its antibacterial effectiveness). I’d just be interested to see if a decent percentage of those who broke out from it were using the dark oil.

      ANYWAY, as far as what I recommend … I really can’t “recommend” anything here, per se. Only because we’re talking about a wedding day. In my opinion, doing it (no more than once a week) with a light sugar scrub is going to be less “pimple-inducing” than using it nightly on your face. But, honestly, I don’t know for sure. It hasn’t made me break out any more than the usual hormonal pimples I get anyway, but I don’t really have acne-prone or incredibly oily skin, either.

      Ultimately, though, if she cut it with another oil, like jojoba (which many people have said helped their acne, too) and then put a few drops of an essential oil like lavender or tea tree, she might have more luck than the people who used it as a moisturizer straight. That way, you get the good healing properties without the ultra thickness.

      Let me know what you decide! And congrats!

      • Paula Frazier

        Thanks for your thoughts on it.

        One other thing that I found Tamanu is great for is as a cuticle oil. I have very dry cuticles, but the Tamanu keeps them looking nice all day long.

  10. alex smith

    I have a scar on my forehead about an inch or so in length do you honestly think this tamanu oil will help reduce the length and visibility of the scar?

    • Kara

      Hi there! I haven’t been using tamanu oil for very long, so I can’t yet vouch for ITS scar-fading power–but for several years now I’ve been using something pretty common in England called Kelo Cote. It’s a silica-based gel (your body uses silica to build things like hair and nails), and it’s a little pricey for a tube (you can find it on Amazon), but a little goes a LONG way. I’ve been using the same tube for two years. It’s AMAZING stuff. The instructions say that you can continue your regular skincare routine and just put a little Kelo Cote over the scarred spot. After it dries, you can apply makeup over it. It has worked great on my old scars, but now every time I get a new spot, I start applying Kelo Cote immediately after it has healed and the spot is usually completely gone within two weeks, sometimes faster. I HIGHLY recommend it. And I’m now using tamanu oil underneath it, so we’ll see it bumps up the effects!

  11. J.C

    where can you buy this product in Australia, Sydney. it sounds amazing and i cant wait to try it.

  12. Fliptryp

    hi betty,

    i live in hawaii…east side of the big island, on the coast of puna.  kamani trees grow all along the coast here.  i make my own kamani oil by hand (a very involved and tedious process), it is gorgeous, pure, potent stuff.  (a surfer friend of mine taught me how, he learned from an old tahitian woman.)  i use it on my face, neck, shoulders and decolette…for acne, acne scars, sun damage, and aging skin.  (i’m in my fourties.)  i’ve also used it on burns, cuts, mild skin infections, and rashes.  it is amazing stuff, and is by far my favorite oil!! 

    the fresh nuts can also be shredded and mixed with coconut oil as a poultice, and the leaves have powerful healing properties as well.

    i have another friend who makes larger batches of kamani (and kukui) oil with a mechanical press, but i prefer my magical hand-made stuff.  the nuts i use are gathered from trees right next to the ocean, in an area that is known for having some of the cleanest air on the planet.  i have great appreciation and respect for the kamani trees, and i send them love & thanks every time i see them.

    thanks for this great post, and for your fabulous blog! 

    btw…my other main beauty product is raw honey…i use it as a face and body mask, and i mix it with salt for a scrub…incredible results.  one of my fave at-home spa treatments is this:  i scrub my whole body (using scrubbie mitts) with cider vinegar, then rinse…then i coat my body in honey, put down a towel, and do yoga for 20 minutes or so, then rinse it off.  oh my, total goddess-ness! also nice to do with a partner :)  i call it “honey yoga”, and i’m convinced this treatment has mood elevating effects as well!

  13. Maggie

    I love love LOVE tamanu oil!  It has helped my acne scars clear up, relatively quickly, and it helps heal the random pimples I get (only occasionally now, thanks to the honey wash!!!)  We use it on minor cuts and we even used it when my daughter got a mild staph infection–and it cleared up about a week faster than without the tamanu oil.  My only complaint is the smell…it’s not horrible, but it doesn’t smell good.  It’s plenty worth it for the benefits, I just make sure I put it on at night.  I don’t think it clogs pores, because I’m pretty prone to pimples and clogged pores (I have to be really careful about what I put on my skin) and I haven’t had any issues with that even though I use it daily.  I got mine from a seller on amazon.com.  I have the raw and cold pressed kind.  

    • Samantha

      Hi there! It’s been a long time since your comment, but I hope that you can answer this question…. how exactly did you use it to cure acne scars? Do you spread it on plain over dry skin, or mix it with anything? I’m so desperate to fix up my scars, but don’t want to resort to anything drastic like a chemical peel. Thank you so much!

      • Kara

        Hi Samantha,

        I just replied to Alex (also an old post) a few posts up about what has worked really well for me for fading scars. I won’t annoy other readers by copying and pasting it again here, but when I reached your post, I really wanted to respond to you, too. Please scroll up and read about Kelo Cote! You can use it with Tamanu oil for hopefully even faster fading!

        Also, something I forgot to mention in my first reply, is vitamin C is also kind of a miracle worker on old scars. Kelo Cote says it works best over and “aqueous moisturizer,” so before I discovered tamanu oil, I would rub a little vitamin C cream into my skin before applying. My new routine is to cleanse my face, then rub in some vitamin C cream (because it absorbs the fastest as it is “aqueous”), then a blend I made myself of fractionated coconut oil (fractionated oil is non-comedogenic unlike regular coconut oil, and has natural SPF properties), raspberry seed oil (more vitamin C and a natural SPF of 40), and tamanu oil infused with thyme (to help prevent future breakouts). Then I top the spots with Kelo Cote and I’m out the door!

        The tamanu oil part is still new for me, so I can’t really say how much it helps yet, but I’ve seen pretty fantastic results using this routine otherwise. I was also considering a chemical peel some time ago, so I empathizing with you as I read your post. I know it’s been long time since you posted this, but I hope you’ve found something healthy that works for you and makes you feel good! :) Best of luck! Hope this helps!

  14. Lisa

    I have just purchased this oil and it arrived today, I can’t wait to use it for my dry skin and acne scarring! Yay!

  15. What would be the best way to use it to get rid of stretch marks? Would you mix it with another oil like jojoba? Curious as to your thoughts and suggestions!

  16. Pam

    Yay! I’m excited to have read this this morning.  I just ordered some Tamanu oil.  It should be here tomorrow.  I have been researching ingredients as I’m starting up a natural skin care company, and this is one oil that really grabbed my attention.  You had some info about it that I hadn’t read about, though.  Go, Crunchy Betty! I’m thinking it would be great to add to a healing salve.

  17. [email protected]

    Hi Betty,
     I regularly use tamanu oil, and I love it. it really does work. it works great on scars. i have very fair skin, and had gotten a really bad sun burn mark across my chest, after just a few days, it was almost gone, and now it is completely gone! i use it daily on my face in stead of moisturizer, alternating only with a vitamin a polyglycenol moisturizer sometimes. Just wanted to spread the word! Love your logo by the way!  

  18. byoteenapp

    Smell aside,…love the stuff. Aside from rose hip see doil, tamanu oil has the best healing properties in my opinion. For acne or pimples, I apply it about 4xdaily and see an immediate reduction. I’m not happy about the time it takes to reduce hyperpigmentation, but it does a great job on that also.

  19. Guest

    I’ve been using Tamanu oil for 5 weeks now ( cold pressed organic) for tha facial scar left after chemical burn ( had terrible experience with glycolic peel). I regret not starting this oil sooner, cause it does help. Hyperpygmentation post chemical burn is nearly gone and scar is less noticable. I doubt that scar will go away at all, it’s quite deep, but I am gratefull it is improving.  Neither vit E, nor vit A were working, and after I’ve read about Tamanu oil I decided to try and it does work. It did cause break outs initiallly ( I have acne prone skin), but hardly anymore. I hope this review helps.

  20. Cboust

    I love Tamanu oil and I’m so glad I found it. I put it on at night when I go to bed. I first heard about it in a health food flyer. I didn’t expect much at first..(like most stuff I buy for my face), but after a week…I noticed a nice glow to my skin and my pores seemed smaller. Women at work noticed how nice my skin looked and when I told them what it was, they all headed to the health food store to buy it. I pass on the virtues of Tamanu oil whenever I can.
    I did notice though…after a few weeks of using it….my facial skin started to get that tight feeling (dried out). Who knew that an oil would DRY out your skin! So what I do now is moisturize in the evening with either Argan Oil or Sweet Almond Oil and use Tamanu Oil alone once per week or in the alternative I dilute a few drops with the other oils and use it every night. I also use it on it’s own as a spot treatment for the odd pimple and it works wonders! For example…the other day I noticed a few dark hairs on my upper lip and waxed them off (yes, I’m at that age)….the next day two tiny white heads appeared. The old me would have popped them, and been left with a couple of red marks that would have taken a few weeks to disappear. Instead, I dabbed a drop of Tamanu on them. The next morning when I woke up..they were completely gone. I would highly recommend Tamanu oil to anyone who may have an acne prone teenager at home or acne themselves. I just wish this was available when I was in my twenties and suffered with acne!

  21. Nanel

     Hi, well today it’s the first day I have applied the Tamanu Oil. Since, I am barely using I cannot say much. But I do want to say that the smell does not bother me at all. I can tell that it’s that ichy or dense on my skin. It’s like using my fave moisturizer. I took pictures and as the days go by I’ll keep track of the process. 

  22. Hanne Aga

    Hi! I discovered your blog yesterday and am currently plowing through all your posts looking for tips and inspiration. I recently started using OCM to clear up my acne, and after reading this post I just had to order a little bottle of Tamanu oil from iherb.com (it’s impossible to find that kind of stuff in stores here in Norway). It sounds pretty amazing, and hopefully it’ll make my scars heal a bit faster.

  23. Aussie

    Australian Ballnuts are not Tamanu, they are a relative of the macadamia but their fruit is poisonous.

  24. Hi Maggie, Kindly give me the name of the tamanu oil you purchased from amazon. Thanks!

  25. damisme

    After several trips to the Derm doc, and several hundreds of dollars in acne products, I learned about tamanu oil on….Dr Oz. I ordered the purest form of the oil which smells not so great. It worked a miracle on my son’s acne. He was so embarrassed by his skin that he didn’t even care how bad it smelled. Within a couple of weeks his skin was majorly improved. In one month his skin was baby smooth and no trace of acne. He kept using it for another couple of weeks just to be sure, but its now two years later and his skin is still beautiful and acne free. Be sure to look at ingredients before you buy. Many are mixed with other oils or ingredients. Pure tumanu oil is about $50 for a small amount. Be sure to go for purity.

    • Amelia

      PURE tamanu does NOT cost that much! Believe me! It costs nowhere near that much, I get 30ml for £10 that’s approx $15! And it is from a reputable company as I know a lady who works there, VERY well, besides I can tell pure tamanu because I used it a lot in the last 3 months of my Beauty Therapy level 2 course.

  26. Amelia

    WHAT???? I have been using pure cold pressed tamanu as a moisturiser ALONE for 2 years and I can go out in public IMMEDIATELY after applying, also it does NOT take a while to soak into the skin! It takes like a MINUTE. You are supposed to shake it before hand. (I did two year beauty therapy course and did best in facial and essential oils part of the course) Also for those saying it may clog your pores, these types of oils CANNOT clog your pores! You can however select an oil that just doesn’t work for your skin type, ie too heavy…. The oil cleansing method for instance made my life a misery! Because you must use hot water to steam several times AND rub the oil off well with a facde cloth I was breaking out in CYSTIC ACNE TERRIBLE FOR 4 MONTHS before I decided enough is enough, now I quickly remove make up with olive oil then wash face with honey, rinse and then apply a honey face mask for 15 mins rinse, apply natural yogurt with chamomile extract in it (my face LOVES this) and then moisturise with almond oil and 2 drops of tamanu oil. Note my skin has NOT recovered from the awful breakout the oil cleansing caused! 6 weeks of leaving that method and new cysts have STOPPED appearing but the old ones WON’T go away!!! And there are lots, if you have acne but with COMBINATION skin or even dry skin DO NOT use the oil cleansing method, in fact really it is not a good method for 2 reasons, the facial skin is SO delicate you should NEVER rub it, especially if you have acne, also hot water should NEVER be used on the face because it dries the skin causing sebum levels to rise, (use luke warm water) and steaming should NEVER be done on acne prone skin as this too causes dryness which means your oils over work, This is a simple thing ANYONE who does level 2 beauty therapy is taught, I STUPIDLY gave the oil cleansing method a try, although did my best to wipe VERY gently but although I loved the fact that lots of black heads came out (gross I know) I have HUGE cystic acne in CLUSTERS all over my chin, forehead and cheeks…. MONTHS past the purging peroid!

    • AliMae

      I have cystic acne too. The culprit is hormones not the oil cleansing method. The imbalance of hormones due to the food we eat and just because our hormones change during our life makes life miserable for some of us. Me included.

      I found that I am allergic to a lot of food and it happens to show up in my belly BUT also my FACE…. ARGH

      The oil cleansing method along with scrubs are helping drastically improve my skin. In fact I have scarring that leaves no pigmentation – so my tan skin has white scar spots all over it – talk about horrifying and so embarrassing.

      So far all the essential oils and almond, coconut oils are helping. I just added tamanu into the regime and it seems to be improving the appearance of my skin.

      A few weeks ago I used jojoba for the first time and had such a horrible allergic skin rash from the oil – I am still suffering from the effects today. My skin on my neck and chest are not healing very quickly – hoping the tamanu helps heal my skin.

      Everyone has the “right” balance for them. And finding it is what is best for each individual. And as we grow older this balance changes. We change.

  27. Amelia

    ps I use the tamanu oil on its own in the morning and mixed at night….

  28. worried

    I have been using tamanu oil for a few weeks and at first my skin seems less red and any new acne disappeared quickly, but lately I have notice my skin is clogged and I have new break outs and its red. I only use it at night because my skin is too oily for me to use this in the morning. I want to know if anyone has experienced breakouts? I don’t know if my skin is just purging and I’m scared to keep using this and be left with cystic acne.

    • Grace

      This happened to me to, but I can’t tell if it’s the Tamanu oil or not! :( I’m scared to keep using it but I’ve searched everywhere and it seems like Tamanu oil is supposedly safe for all skin types including sensitive skin?! I also tried it as just a spot treatment but I can’t tell if it’s making it worse or not…

  29. Deepthi

    I started using tamanu oil for about two months for my acne,since then I don’t have any
    major breakouts,but I have a question regarding its usage during pregnancy..Iam 5 months pregnant and I want to use this oil for stretch marks and acne.Can I use it during pregnancy?Please reply.Thanks!

  30. Everything is very open with a really clear clarification of the issues.

    It was really informative. Your site is very helpful.
    Thank you for sharing!

  31. I recently started using this oil and love it. I apply rigorously to my stretch marks. Picked it up
    In the “natural” section of Fred Meyers along with rose hip and Aegean oils from aura caviar. Great site! ;)

  32. Correction: argan oil and aura cacia (dang auto correct lol)

  33. Very descriptive blog, I enjoyed that a lot. Will there be
    a part 2?

  34. Lydia J.

    I actually have this AMAZING lotion I bought from a shop that uses natural ingredients in all their products. Up until now, it’s just been my miracle lotion; I put it on at night, and in the morning, yay! Clearer skin! But after I read this post, I took a closer look at the label, and wouldn’t you know it? Infused with tamanu oil. The stuff is amazing.

    • Catherine

      Hi dear Lydia,
      I have just bought my tamuna oil as well. Waiting for the shipping to arrive.
      Would like to know the miracle lotion you are using? The brand please? able to purchase online?

      thanks a bunch, pretty!

  35. Rosie

    I was just doing a search on Tamanu oil (I tested some on my hand and arm today when shopping for skincare but didn’t buy it as it is so thick, plus: how many times I’ve bought an oil/treatment/etc that promises to treat acne and scars…) and found your article. I’m happy to hear that you love it so well, I’ve read your blog in the past and agree with your findings on many things so I feel comfortable with your opinion. Also, just wanted to mention that ice cubes are really excellent for clearing and healing pimples. Literally more amazing than anything else ever and I can’t believe I didn’t learn about it longer ago.

  36. Hello from South Africa Crunchy Betty,

    As per usual, this article made me very, very curious. You write fantastically and I just love, love, love your journey.

    Here we call it ‘Foraha’ and it is very expensive, even though it is made locally…however, as a little goes a long way, I’ll be taken a page from your book once again and try it.

    Did I say THANKS for what you mean in my life?
    xxx

    • Kath

      Hi Anel,

      Been reading this blog and came across your your comment. I too am from South African and have just found out about Tamanu, but cant seem to find anyone that sells it here. I see you mentioned a different name. Where did you get yours from?

  37. Amy

    Bought some a month ago for the oil cleanse but never kept up with it. Saturday night I went on a picking spree, popping every pimple and digging into very blackhead. It looks like I fell face first into a thorn bush. STUPID! I had been using neosporin bc it really heals cuts faster. Then I noticed the tamanu oil and immediately rinsed the news neosporin and applied the tamanu oil… After reading this site and the comments, I’ll be sure to use it in lieu of my moisturizer in the AM. Fingers crossed I’m healed soon!!

  38. Brendan Oh

    GUY REVIEW:
    I started using tamanu oil last summer on my body because it has an awesome omega profile and a slightly sweet/nutty scent. It was really great for the existing sunburn I had and I didn’t get burnt after that. I never thought to use it on my face because it was thick and I had given up on using facial oils because I couldnt find one I liked/ could afford. I never tried to make my own because I thought companies knew more about my skin then I did. Recently I’ve been seeing facial oils making a comeback (there was recently an article in Details about why men should use a facial oil!) so I figured what the heck. I googled how to make facial oil and read over the crunchy betty article (thanks by the way) and it reminded me of my unused portion of tamanu. It’s starting to get cold now so a little extra moisture couldn’t hurt. I’ve been using it every night for a week now and my skin is looking really great. I add 1 or 2 drops of lavender/teatree blend to 2 pumps of my Aura Cacia organic tamanu oil and it’s been working out so far.

    It’s only $15 and you could technically use it as your carrier oil. I think frankincense and myrhh would be great in it.

    -Hope that helps!

  39. Suzan

    Dear Ms Crunchy,
    You are so much fun! HAD to contribute my experience with Tamanu. I use it at night because it’s an oil that has no aroma toxicity for kitties (like Helichrysum-and almost anything else)…they don’t recoil in horror with squinty eyes and it smells like a sort of yummy nutty topping for a sundae. Anyhoo, an UGLY looking scabby bump SUDDENLY appeared where my bra strap hits my shoulder joint-oddly not painful, but like a mole gone really bad. Couldn’t afford a dermatologist right away, so I put tamanu oil on it every night. In a week it was COMPLETELY GONE. AS if NEVER there at all-perfectly smooth unblemished skin. I wish I could afford to BATHE in Tamanu – and Frankincense.(It’s the new survival of the fittest.)
    I really enjoy your crunchiness! Best regards!

  40. misty

    hi, i am trying to heal acne scars and a surgical scar and i have found several oils, and i cant choose one. do you think that the saying too many cooks spoil the broth in this type of scenario? i would liket o mix wheat germ, rose hips, tamanu and sea buckthorn. any thoughts?

  41. Melissa

    I found this blog researching essential oils and I found an anti-viral oil called Ravensara that stated mixing 50:50 with this Tamanu Oil healed shingles .. even could cause the virus to go into remission .. I know doctors say there is no “cure” but I believe God put things on this earth that can cure us of anything. I hope this info helps someone or many. Thanks

    Ravensara oil is recommended in almost every aromatherapy text for Herpes Zoster, i.e. ‘Shingles’ – in a blend with Tamanu oil. Mix in a 50/50 ratio and apply regularly to the outbreak – terrific results are noted with this combination.

  42. Theresa

    I am a licensed esthetician, and I LOVE Tamanu oil! My mom had been on rosacea medicine for years, and nothing really ever gave her relief. She tried Tamanu oil, and bingo! This was the answer! It totally cleared up her rosacea and she has used it faithfully for years. I keep it handy for any cut, scrape, irritation, burn, pimple etc. Love, love, love it!!

  43. Stef

    After oil cleansing with a castor, jojoba, tea tree blend I splash my face with rose water place a little dollop of tamanu oil in the palm of my hand, a little squirt of jojoba and a drop of jasmine oil. Rub my hands together and massage the blend into my damp face. It moisturizes beautifully, the rose water is a mild astringent, and the jasmine totally masks the tamanu scent (which isn’t that bad to begin with) so that I can use it durning the day. The tamanu is really helping with my breakouts and I don’t have any dry patches.

  44. VAL

    Interesting stuff! I wound up here b/c I was thinking of purchasing 1 oz (for $65) of Dilo oil by Kate Somerville only to realize Dilo & Tamanu are the same. Apparently hers is mixed w a few other oils for added benefit and better smell… But I see you can get 2 oz at Mountain Rose Herbs for $7 ( plus shipping)

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