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Tamanu Oil

  • Calophyllum inophyllum
  • Origin: Vietnam
Tamanu Oil



Method of extraction

Cold Pressed and Unrefined


This oil comes packaged in amber glass bottles. The 1 gallon bulk size comes packaged in a recycled plastic bottle.

Suggested use

Cosmetic use only

Kosher Certified


Tamanu oil can be used directly on the skin or mixed within formulations. It stores well under any condition but extreme heat will lessen the shelf life. Our tamanu oil has a rich, deep scent with a bold dark color and because of this it may alter the color and aroma of your cosmetic creations. Tamanu oil may naturally separate or solidify at cold temperatures. It may be liquefied in a pot of simmering water, in a microwave, in the sun, or at a temperature exceeding 85 degrees. While the internal uses for tamanu have been documented, the material offered by Mountain Rose Herbs was manufactured for external use only.

The tamanu tree is indigenous to tropical Southeast Asia; it is found in Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, South India, Sri Lanka, and the Melanesian and Polynesian islands. It grows up to three meters tall, sporting cracked, black bark and elliptical, shiny leaves. The tamanu tree blooms twice annually with fragrant, white flowers, which later yield clusters of yellow-skinned spherical fruit. The fruit's pulp tastes similar to an apple, within which a large nut is embedded. The nut contains an odorless pale kernel, called punnai in some Pacific areas. This kernel is dried in the sun for two months until it becomes sticky with a dark, thick, rich oil; it must be protected from humidity and rain during drying.

This sticky oil is cold-pressed to make a greenish yellow oil. It takes 100 kilograms of tamanu fruit, the amount that one tree produces annually, to yield just 5 kilograms of cold pressed oil! Natives believed the tamanu tree was a sacred gift of nature and that gods hid in its branches.

Typical Analysis

Color- Dark Green
Odor- Heavy, fatty and odoriferous
Free Fatty Acids- 0%
Peroxide Value- 0.68
Non-Saponifiables- 0.6
Saponification Value- 194
Iodine Value- 84.1 Specific Gravity- 0.91
pH- 4.11

Fatty Acids
Oleic- 41.4%
Palmitic- 14.5%
Linoleic- 29.7%
Linolenic- 0.2%
Stearic- 12.9%

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