Natural Beauty: DIY Tamanu Oil Serum

September 4, 2014

Natural Beauty: DIY Tamanu Oil Skin Serum

Let tamanu oil help prep your skin for the coming season.

Lucky for us, there’s no shortage of “It” oils—from versatile coconut to miraculous argan, one would be hard-pressed to not find an oil suited to her complexion.

Here’s another one for your Whole Foods splurges: Tamanu Oil.

Natural Beauty: Benefits of Tamanu Oil & DIY Recipe

Tamanu Oil may be used as a carrier oil for your favorite DIY skin elixirs.

Who is it for: Anyone, but especially those with scarring, stretch marks, rashes, sores, and minor cuts. Deep yellow in color and slightly pungent, Tamanu oil is notable for its ability to promote some serious skin healing. Its anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and antioxidant qualities make it yet another skin superstar.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been using it on my face to help fade acne scars and boost glow. I noticed a difference in a matter of days: my skin seemed more even-toned and even plumper—like I actually hadn’t lost any sleep the past few weeks. Of course, I’m not terribly surprised. The more I rely on whole products for my skin, the more pampered it looks!

I wouldn’t want to abandon my other favorite oils, however. The following recipe is for my current facial oil blend. As we move into a chillier season (well, maybe not yet in Texas), this rich, nourishing blend will stand by your skin like you stand by your pumpkin spice latte.

DIY Tamanu Argan Facial Serum

Natural Beauty: DIY Tamanu Oil Skin Serum

What you need:

Clean, small, glass eye dropper. (I like to reuse sample bottles for my DIY skin serums.)

Equal parts organic, cold-pressed argan, rosehip seed, and tamanu oil. (Other choices for carrier oils: almond oil, jojoba wax, shea butter, olive oil, sunflower oil, and apricot oil.)

For extra skin benefits, add a few drops of jasmine and frankincense essential oil. Jasmine soothes skin while frankincense is particularly healing for “problem” skin.

Add a few drops of the serum to your moisturizer or mix with your favorite mask. Store in a cool, dry place.  I like to make my oil blends in fairly small batches, so I can tweak or start from scratch after a month or so.

What are you favorite facial oils? Have you tried Tamanu oil?

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Photos: Eyrne via Flickr, Mountain Rose Herbs, Mary Hood

Peaceful Dumpling Beauty Editor and creator of Bisou du Jour, Mary Hood Luttrell lives with her husband in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mary is a freelance writer and writing and blogging consultant. A lover of whole foods, Mary delights in learning new ways to prepare vegan dishes. Mary also enjoys reading and writing poetry, art journaling, running, and practicing yoga and ballet. Follow Mary on her blog Bisou du Jour, Instagram and Pinterest.


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