ati tree produces white, perfumed flowers and later a small fruit. The tamanu
fruit is edible and tastes a bit like an apple. When the fruit is removed or
falls away, the fruit's kernel or shell contains the tamanu nut. When the
kernels are dried in the sun for a few weeks, they turn brown and give off a
characteristic odor. With drying, the oil content of the nut becomes very high,
in spite of the fact that the oil does not exist in the ripe fruit. Ati trees
grow wild and no pesticides or man-made fertilizers are used. Natural mulch from
the trees themselves fertilizes the trees.
ancient Tahitians soon discovered that the dried nuts contained the tamanu oil
and they soon learned to extract the oil from the nuts and use it for skin care.
The hot sun, high humidity, and the sea winds laden with salt made it imperative
they find something that would help them protect their skin. With tamanu oil
available to the natives, successful skin care became possible for them. They
believed that tamanu oil was a natural skin care aid, skin protector and
cosmetic. It was the natural sunburn lotion and moisturizer of the time.
our Tamanu Oil is made:
Our Tamanu Oil is processed in a state-of-the-art laboratory,
under medical lab standards of cleanliness and where the best quality control
procedures are always used.
Tamanu nuts are dried in the sun for approximately two months
while still in their slightly-cracked shells. The nuts must be protected from
rain and humidity during the drying process.
When deemed ready, the tamanu nuts are then cold-pressed to
extract the oil. The average ati tree may produce over 200 pounds of tamanu
fruit per year from which the company may extract approximately 10 pounds of
tamanu oil. The limited production of oil per tree and the high cost of the
process explain why the oil is relatively expensive and in limited supply.
In its initial state, tamanu oil contains resins that must be
eliminated through a careful purification process. After that occurs, the oil is
ready for bottling. The Oil is then 100% pure Tamanu Oil with no additives or
adulterating substances of any kind included in the oil.
Tamanu Oil Facts:
to use Tamanu Oil:
Apply a few drops of Tamanu Oil to the skin, either with your
fingers or a Q tip. Gently rub it into your skin. It penetrates very quickly
and leaves no oily shine on your skin. You will smell its mild, nutty
fragrance which will dissipate rapidly.
Used as a cosmetic moisturizer, after thoroughly cleaning your
face, hands or other skin areas, apply a few drops to your hands and massage
the oil into your skin.
Many of our customers like adding a few drops to their hair
after shampooing. It adds a nice natural sheen to the hair.
Tamanu Oil is
for topical use only. It is not for internal use and should be used only for the
skin. People with allergies to nuts of any kind should not use Tamanu Oil.