Tamanu E-mail
INCI: Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed oil

CAS N°.: 241 148-25-4

EINECS N°.: 310-127-6

 icone Pdf

Ref.: VHON09MA

Tamanu is the Polynesian name for Calophyllum Inophyllum, «the tree of thousand virtues», the sacredtree of royal marae, or Ati enjoys a very special place in the Maori culture.
It is used by Vahine to protect their children’s skin.
The tree is also scattered in Indian Ocean and especially in Madagascar, identified in the Mangrove swamp where it develops aerial roots and withe flowers with hudge fragrance.
The oil’s quality comes from its origin and preparation. The nuts are exclusively gathered on the beaches, then dried up in the sun, then the oil is obtained from first cold pression and filtered. It green colour to clear browncome from the presence of a specific resin.
A resin (10 % to 16 %) containing mainly: phenolenic compounds such as: Biflavonoids, neoflavonoids, xanthones, trepenoids.


Technical Information
 Appearance (20°C) Viscous liquid
 Colour  Green to Brown
Odour   Aromatic
 Refractive Index n200  1,470 - 1,487
 Acid value 28 - 40
 Peroxide value < 10 meq/1000g
 Iodine value 80 -100 gl2/100g
 Saponification value  190-210 mgKOH/g
Palmitic acid C16 : 012 - 20 %
Stearic acid
 C18 : 08 - 20 %
Oleic acid
 C18 : 1 20 - 40 %
Linoleic acid
 C18 : 225 - 50 %
 about 6 % of the oil
about 1,5 % of phospholipids


Properties and Cosmetic Applications
Used in frictions or massages on painful joints or in cases of pains, sciatica and rheumatism, oil can be used in compresses for the treatment of wounds and scars.
Repair balms and otions (afteshav, posdepilatory or after-sun products), anti-ageing serums and hand creams, night creams, dry and damaged skin care, lip balms, reparative nail care, conditioning and repair masks and lotions for dryand damaged hair.

Skin and Hair Applications
Tamanu oil is endowed with smoothing, moisturizing, regenerativen, purifying and free-radical properties.