From the wood of a small tree in Myanmar, Thanaka has been used for over 2000 years by Burmese people to protect and beautify their skin. Thanaka is sold in the market both as raw wood that is prepared with water on a grinding stone and also as a packaged, ready-to-use cosmetic that might contain additional ingredients in it.

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From chemical compounds that destroy ocean reefs to mined minerals carved out of the earth, many of the active ingredients found in today’s sunscreens have extremely adverse effects on our environment. Thanaka is the most ecological solution due to it’s regenerative nature and can be grown locally through sustainable farming techniques.


Thanaka contains two active compounds, coumarin and marmesin, which account for anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti acne, and anti aging properties. Thanaka is responsible for effectively removing dead skin cells and controlling excessive facial oil.


It is no secret that it is hot in Myanmar. Located close to the equator in South East Asia, the sun’s exposure is intense. To protect their skin from this harsh environment, the Burmese uncovered Thanaka as a natural and efficient alternative to sunblock. It’s hydrating and cooling effect make it ideal for post-sun exposure as well.

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100% Pure Thanaka Powder contains properties that inhibit Tyrosinase and therefore brightens a dull skin complexion. The regular use of Thanaka can help decrease melanomas activity and brighten your skin’s complexion.


With high amounts of Vitamin E, Thanaka is a natural antioxidant which protects our skin against free radicals and polluted air. Thanaka is an effective moisturizer. Non-greasy that replenishes essential nutrients for the skin which slows down the ageing process by reducing wrinkles and fine lines on the face.