Not a miracle product, but still worth it
works if used consistently
smells a bit odd I have been trying to fade/get rid of the numerous red marks left from moderate acne on my cheeks, and after reading about the supposedly miraculous healing properties of tamanu oil on the internet, I decided to try it for myself.
I purchased pure, organic, cold-pressed, unrefined oil - if it didn't work, I wanted to be sure it wasn't because I used an inferior quality. The oil was expensive - about $7 for a two-ounce bottle, plus shipping. However, I feel that it was worth it, as a little goes a very long way.
I have been using tamanu oil for about three months now, applying it one to two times daily. After washing my face, I put several drops of oil on the worst looking spots using an eyedropper, and gently massage it into my skin, spreading it over the rest of my face. The results were nothing miraculous - if you are looking for something that will fade red marks overnight, this isn't it. However, I found that it works quite well when it is used consistently; I started noticing a difference after about a week or two.
The oil also makes a great moisturizer. I have very dry skin that is often dull and flaky, and sometimes feels tight and itchy after I wash it. The tamanu oil absorbs well into my skin, and makes it feel good, normal and even a bit silky/soft. I like that I don't have to worry about it causing me to break out, like I did with my other moisturizers. Tamanu oil is noncomedogenic, and shouldn't cause any problems unless you put too much of it on your face (a little goes a long way) or are allergic to it.
The tamanu oil that I purchased is a lovely deep green color, and has an unsual scent. Many people have commented that they can't stand the smell, but it has never really bothered me. Actually, I kind of like it - it smells natural, like nuts and plants or something, and now that I have been using the oil for a while, I hardly notice the smell at all.
Overall, I think the tamanu oil works well and was worth the price, and I plan on continuing to use it.