The 2,000 Year Old Secret
For over 2,000 years, the people of Myanmar have used the bark of Thanaka trees to keep their skin clear and healthy. The bark was made popular by the legendary queen of Beikthano, whose envy-inducing skin was attributed to using the paste.
In the 1500s, Princess Razadatukaly, the eldest daughter of King Bayintnaung, is believed to have used a kyauk pyin- a stone slab used to grind Thanaka into a paste.Learn More
What makes Healing Bark so effective?
Three natural compounds work in unison to create a powerful skin perfecting combination that works on all skin types.
In a recent study, "extracts from Thanaka bark showed strong anti-inflammatory, significant antioxidation, mild tyrosinase inhibition and slight antibacterial activities.[...] The use of the Thanaka bark in the form of a watery paste as a skin care regiment is not only safe but also beneficial to skin."
Doing our part for the environment
All our Thanaka is sustainably sourced from local farmers in Myanmar. It is our mission to support the local economy and share our cultural traditions.
For many years, visitors to Myanmar (formerly Burma) had been wondering how the women of this country kept their skin glowing and soft. The secret was a 2,000-year-old natural skincare tradition derived from the Thanaka tree. As a perennial, this tree is indigenous to Southeast Asia and enjoys widespread growth throughout Myanmar. When its stem is ground into a powdery form and mixed with water, it forms a yellowish paste that offers the user many benefits such as a skin beautifier and sun blocker.
For many individuals that have visited Myanmar, one of the more distinct memories they have is the golden-painted cheeks of many Burmese women and children (along with some of the men). Whether they’re Buddhist or Muslim, young or old, most Myanmar females apply Thanaka paste to their faces on a daily basis. So the question arises. What is Thanaka paste and why do so many women paint it on their faces?