When it comes to skincare, blue tansy has had center stage for a few years now, and for good reason. Learn more about this deep blue ingredient gracing Instagram, beauty blogs, and all over with its beautiful color, incredible benefits, and of course, the catch.
What is it:
Moroccan Chamomile, or Moroccan Tansy (not to be confused with common tansy which is toxic) is in the same plant family as it’s close cousins, German and Roman chamomile, and gets harvested mid July through September. It’s a quite sustainable Mediterranean herb, native to Morocco. Despite its bright yellow flowers, the color of this plant’s essential oil is a deep ocean blue, where it gets its name. During the distillation process, the compound chamazulene is created when the tansy plant reacts to the hot vapor. This is where it gets its more intense therapeutic benefits and color so deep, that it actually stains the skin when undiluted.
What does it do:
The oil itself is probably best known for its topical application to soothe, aches, pains, and skin... whether it be blemishes, bug bites, or sensitive angry skin in general. In our previous post, we discussed briefly how key anti inflammatory properties are to anti aging as well, which is equally relevant when it comes to blue tansy. So when it comes to skincare, what matters is how well it’s able to rejuvenate and calm skin, and how anti oxidant rich it is. When skin is calm, it holds onto moisture, feels better, looks smoother, and ages more slowly. As a skin professional of over a decade, I also truly believe that acne prone skin needs anti inflammatory first and foremost to heal and prevent scarring.
Who is it for:
Basically everyone. Every skin type and everyone with multiple concerns will most likely benefit from a blue tansy based product. Nothing is ever as cut and dry as some lines market skincare types to be. Blue tansy based products are a great option for people who find themselves with conflicting concerns. For example, people who tend to be dry but also struggle with hormonal acne, people who are dry but struggle with large pores, skin that often looks red or blotchy with pronounced pores, or anyone with signs of aging. Fragile skin typically reacts very well to blue tansy based products, whether break out prone, or battling signs of aging.
Ok, so what’s the catch?
- Blue Tansy oil is EXPENSIVE. So expensive that there are actually some products who use fake blue tansy to cut costs. If you see a product significantly lower than average in price, do some research before investing in it to make sure you’re getting the real deal. If a product is blue tansy oil based, it should be blue. Like actually blue. Remember that the oil itself is so dark in color it’ll stain skin (blue tansy hydrasol however, is clear not blue). There’s not really a way around slightly higher costs when it comes to blue tansy, it’s a high cost ingredient in the raw.
- Do not use if you are allergic to chamomile or any plants in the chamomile family such as ragweed, daisies, etc
- As wonderful as the oil itself is for acne, proceed with caution before use on intense or cystic acne because the carrier oils and other ingredients may or may not be ideal for your skin worries.