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What Is Blue
Tansy Oil

(And
Can It Help
My Skin?)

More than a few of our favorite clean skin-care products come in fantastic shades of blue. It’s hard not be enticed by luxurious balms and heavenly face oils tinged a vivid shade of sapphire, but the real reason we love them so much is that they work so well, even for stressed and/or troubled skin. The ingredient that makes the difference, in terms of both results and color, is something called blue tansy flower, part of the chamomile family (and also known as Moroccan chamomile).

  1. Whether your skin is breakout-prone, dry, sensitive, or chronically dull, products made with blue tansy oil can make a huge difference. “Blue tansy is the ingredient that’s had the most impact on my wildly sensitive, angry-at-everything skin,” says May Lindstrom, the LA-based founder of an eponymous, exquisitely pampering skin-care line. “The magnificent blue color and the soothing effects come from chamazulene, a compound that has antioxidant activity.”

  2. Miracle Skin-Coddling Balm

  3. May Lindstrom Lindstrom May Lindstrom Lindstrom
    May Lindstrom
    The Blue Cocoon
    goop, $180
  4. At the same time, blue tansy oil is wonderfully moisturizing, which helps with dry skin and also with breakout-prone skin left stripped or raw by too-harsh products. And as is often a benefit with clean, nontoxic beauty, the scent of blue tansy provides an

    aromatherapeutic benefit. Inhaling slowly, you are pulled into the herbaceous, earthy, and faintly sweet world of blue tansy. As you go through your skin-care routine, it reveals itself to be beautifully calming and, as the plant lovers at

    Herbivore Botanicals like to think, even a bit mood-shifting. “It’s powerful when used topically, and blue tansy’s other big benefit activates the moment you inhale its scent,” says Desiree Pais, beauty editor at Herbivore. The brand’s bestselling face oil and exfoliating mask, both a gorgeous indigo, are incredibly effective for problem skin and also smell fantastic. “Take a few deep breaths as you apply either product to help soothe tension and stress,” says Pais.

  5. At the same time, blue tansy oil is wonderfully moisturizing, which helps with dry skin and also with breakout-prone skin left stripped or raw by too-harsh products. And as is often a benefit with clean, nontoxic beauty, the scent of blue tansy provides an aromatherapeutic benefit. Inhaling slowly, you are pulled into the herbaceous, earthy, and faintly sweet world of blue tansy. As you go through your skin-care routine, it reveals itself to be beautifully calming and, as the plant lovers behind Herbivore Botanicals like to think, even a bit mood-shifting. “It’s powerful when used topically, and blue tansy’s other big benefit activates the moment you inhale its scent,” says Desiree Pais. Herbivore Botanicals’ bestselling face oil and exfoliating mask, both a gorgeous indigo, are incredibly effective for problem skin and also smell fantastic. “Take a few deep inhales as you apply either of the products to help soothe tension and stress,” says Pais.

  6. Clarifying Oil—
    for Oily Skin

  7. Herbivore Botanicals Facial Oil Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Facial Oil
    Herbivore Botanicals
    Lapis Facial Oil
    goop, $72
  8. Exfoliating Mask for Soft,
    Pure, Brightened Skin

  9. Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Resurfacing Mask Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Resurfacing Mask
    Herbivore Botanicals
    Blue Tansy Resurfacing Mask
    goop, $48
  10. The blue-tansy-infused formulas we love most are pure lusciousness on skin. They smell like heaven and nourish, soften, and soothe as they melt in, leaving many different skin types more balanced, moisturized, and noticeably glowier. Even a simple cleanser becomes a beautiful ritual—one that really helps skin as it delights the senses.

  11. Soothing
    Oil-to-Milk Cleanser

  12. Foaming Gel Cleanser

  1. Soothing
    Oil-to-Milk Cleanser

  2. de Mamiel PURE CALM CLEANSING DEW de Mamiel PURE CALM CLEANSING DEW
    de Mamiel
    PURE CALM CLEANSING DEW
    goop, $98
  3. Foaming Gel Cleanser

  4. Ursa Major FANTASTIC FACE WASH Ursa Major FANTASTIC FACE WASH
    Ursa Major
    Fantastic Face Wash
    goop, $28
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