Now Trending in Beauty: Discover the Magic of Blue Tansy Oil

Jordana Gagnon October 26, 2018 Bath & Beauty Email Print Twitter Pinterest Facebook

It’s not hard to be captivated by blue tansy oil. Its vibrant, ocean-blue hue easily captures your gaze, and its subtly sweet, herbaceous scent transports you to a field of Moroccan flowers. But this hot new beauty trend is more than just another sense-stimulating, pretty-looking liquid. Blue tansy oil offers a variety of benefits for skin and overall routines, making it a superstar essential oil.

From breakouts and bug bites to allergies and stress relief, blue tansy is taking the health and beauty world by gorgeous, blue storm!

What is blue tansy oil?

Blue tansy oil is derived from a North African flower, known for its calming, soothing and anti-inflammatory benefits.

The funny thing is, the flower of blue tansy, or Tanacetum Annuum, is yellow. In fact, it’s known as Moroccan chamomile because its flower closely resembles that of chamomile, albeit a bit taller at 15 inches in height. The plant is a member of the Asteraceae family, which includes a variety of aromatic plants, such as tarragon, the aforementioned chamomile, everlasting and wormwood. Blue tansy is native to the Mediterranean basin, and it was very nearly harvested out of existence but was recently revived in Morocco, where it’s now thriving.

Why is it blue?

This brilliant blue-colored oil is extracted through a steam distillation process of involving the plant’s leaves, stems and flowers. It is this process that pulls out the plant’s naturally high concentration of chamazulene, transforming it from the color of the sun to the glorious, deep blue shade of the sea.

What does blue tansy smell like?

Besides being a delight to the eyes, blue tansy us a treat for the nose. Its sweet, fruity and floral aroma, coupled with camphor (menthol) and herbaceous undertones are sure to unwind and completely relax the senses.

What are blue tansy benefits?

Loved by both aromatherapists and dermatologists, blue tansy oil not only works to soothe the nervous system, it also works wonders on your skin. It’s believed to have antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Skin benefits

Blue tansy oil’s cooling and calming properties are great for angry, irritated skin conditions like acne and eczema, according to New York City dermatologist, Patricia Wexler, M.D. And since it’s packed with antioxidants, it’s great for all skin types – especially mature and aging skin.

This combination of benefits helps to:

  • Calm irritation (bug bites, heat rash, etc.)
  • Reduce heat and inflammation
  • Provide relief from skin issues such as eczema, acne and dermatitis
  • Soothe dry and sensitive skin

To help restore moisture and balance to your face, add this superstar oil to your nightly skincare regimen with Acure Seriously Soothing Blue Tansy Night Oil. It’s a pleasant, calming and refreshing formula that helps to rejuvenate your face while you sleep.

Aromatherapy benefits

The natural component, chamazulene, is responsible for much of the oil’s therapeutic benefits accordinbg to Michelle Gilbert, an Ohio-based aromatherapist. It’s this component that calms and relaxes the senses, making it a great emotional and mental rejuvenator when used in aromatherapy.

When used as an aromatherapeutic agent, blue tansy oil is:

  • Great for relaxation and calming anxiety and stress
  • A natural antihistamine, helping to alleviate seasonal respiratory symptoms
  • Provides respiratory support, helping to clear congestion and promote easier breathing

True blue tansy oil

Because blue tansy oil is such a popular product, it’s important to be wary of imitation products. Be sure to buy from reputable sellers, and if in doubt, double (and triple!) check ingredients lists. What’s the number one ingredient to look for in real blue tansy oil? Tanacetum Annuum. The ingredient Tanacetum Vulgare may seem similar, but it s completely different from Tanacetum Annuum. Before you buy, make sure you know the difference to avoid mistaken purchases.

*Always spot check

If you have an allergy to ragweed or suffer from hay fever, always do a spot check on yourself first, before using the product extensively.

Jordana Gagnon

Jordana is a copywriter who loves to create informative yet captivating lifestyle, beauty and travel articles. It’s her goal to leave readers with helpful takeaways, new ideas – and smiles on their faces! Jordana co-owns a copywriting business called Grub Street Writing with her husband, Jonas, and she’s always on the lookout for new opportunities to hone her writing skills. Interesting fact: Jordana loses her mind when she sees baby animals.

Jordana is a copywriter who loves to create informative yet captivating lifestyle, beauty and travel articles. It’s her goal to leave readers with helpful takeaways, new ideas – and smiles on their faces! Jordana co-owns a copywriting business called Grub Street Writing with her husband, Jonas, and she’s always on the lookout for new opportunities to hone her writing skills. Interesting fact: Jordana loses her mind when she sees baby animals.

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Blue Tansy Essential Oil

The botanical Tanacetum annuum is used to produce Blue Tansy Essential Oil. The photographs depicted on this page reflect the appearance of the botanical Tanacetum vulgare, not Tanacetum annuum. The physical appearance of both botanicals is similar but not identical.

Blue Tansy Essential Oil is sometimes known as Moroccan Chamomile or Moroccan Tansy. The true oil can be hard to acquire and is frequently adulterated. It’s very important that you ensure that you are purchasing from a reputable supplier. Be sure that you are obtaining an oil that is specifically distilled from Tanacetum annuum. Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) and Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum) oils are very different oils.

Blue Tansy Essential Oil is recommended by Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt and other holistic aromatherapy experts for its use as a powerful anti-inflammatory and for its anti-histamine, anti-allergen and anti-fungal applications.

Due to its chamazulene content, Blue Tansy Essential Oil is very dark blue in color. Aromatically, Blue Tansy Essential Oil possesses a complex, sweet, slightly floral aroma with camphorous and herbaceous undertones. I find the aroma pleasant, calming and refreshing.

See the “Uses” section below for additional information.

Botanical Name

Tanacetum annuum

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used

Flowers/Buds and Sometimes Leaves


Deep Blue



Perfumery Note


Strength of Initial Aroma


Aromatic Description

Blue Tansy Essential Oil smells sweet and fruity and possesses subtle floral, camphorous and herbaceous undertones.

Blue Tansy Essential Oil Uses

Anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine, anti-allergen and anti-fungal applications including but not limited to the following:

  • Asthma
  • Muscular Aches
  • Eczema

Major Constituents

  • Chamazulene
  • B-Myrcene
  • Camphor
  • Sabinene
  • B-Eudesmol
  • 3,6-Dihydrochamazulene
  • B-Pinene
  • a-Phellandrene

See Essential Oil Safety for a more complete list of typical constituents.

Blue Tansy Essential Oil Safety Information

Tisserand and Young caution that a drug interaction may occur with Blue Tansy Oil when using drugs metabolized by CYP2D6. Reading Tisserand and Young’s full profile is recommended.

Tansy Oil is different from Blue Tansy Oil. Tansy Oil is high in B-Thujone and poses a hazard for neurotoxicity.

General Safety Information

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb’s Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Before using this or any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb’s Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

Shelf Life

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Important Information About the Profiles

The essential oil information provided on AromaWeb is intended for educational purposes only. The references to safety information, constituents and percentages is generalized information. The data is not necessary complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate. The essential oil photos are intended to represent the typical and approximate color of each essential oil. However, essential oil color can vary based on harvesting, distillation, age of the essential oil and other factors. Profiles for several absolutes are included within the directory, and are denoted as such.

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What is Blue Tansy?

The plant itself is hairy and green with yellow flowering tops. It hails from Morocco. Although the flowering tops are steam distilled to create the oil, it turns blue during the process because of the azulene content; ‘azul’ meaning ‘blue.’

There is a lot of confusion surrounding this hard-to-find and expensive oil. Reading books by various essential oil experts and doing Google searches does not prove to be helpful, either, and will likely just confuse the home user further.

To help weed out the misconceptions and try to help you understand why there is such confusion and what to look for, I’ll compare some of the oils you may come across that can be confused with this elusive oil.

First, blue tansy (T. annuum), should never be confused with tansy (Tanacetum vulgare). This oil is highly toxic due to its high thujone content and should never be used in aromatherapy, much less by an untrained home enthusiast.

Tansy is known by many names, such as bachelor, bitter, or golden buttons; cheese, cow bitter, common tansy, or scented fern. It is related to feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) as well as daisies and marigolds.

Common tansy was once known as a ‘cure-all,’ being used for all sorts of ailments. However, we now know that the essential oil produced by the aerial parts is an oral toxin and abortifacient. The oil can be yellow, olive, or orange and has a sharp herbaceous odor.

The second oil that blue tansy is often confused with is chamomile maroc (Ormenis multicaulis). You may see the oil called chamomile mixta, wild chamomile, Moroccan chamomile or botanically named Anthemis mixta, or O. mixta. The oil is sometimes called ormenis oil.

While both blue tansy and ormenis oil are both called Moroccan chamomile at times, they are distinctly different. The ormenis plant also closely resembles the traditional chamomiles Roman (Anthemis nobilis) and German (Matricaria recutita), but it is a separate species.

Both of these plants grow in and their oils primarily produced in Morocco. Nonetheless, chamomile maroc oil is greenish-yellow to amber and warmly balsamic yet sweet and herbaceous.

The oil from O. multicaulis has no known contraindications or side effects and is considered non-irritating and non-toxic, unlike common tansy oil. However, it is not interchangeable with blue tansy oil.

True blue tansy oil, sometimes called Moroccan tansy or Moroccan blue chamomile, has a beautiful deep blue hue due to its chamazulene content. Because of this, it is also sometimes confused with German chamomile (Matricaria recutita), which also contains chamazulene.

This oil is often adulterated and not pure. For your safety, it is important to find a reputable distributor. Unscrupulous suppliers have even been known to add constituents to the harmful common tansy oil to give it a blue color and mislabel it to dupe consumers.

Always perform due diligence to ensure the oil is sourced from Tanacetum annuum. Often, the price of the oil will provide clues to whether the oil is pure. If it seems too good to be true, it likely is. True blue tansy is pricey and can be hard to find in pure form.

Blue tansy oil blends well with lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia), citrus oils like sweet orange (Citrus sinensis), clove bud (Syzygium aromaticum) and other spice oils, frankincense (Boswellia carterii), lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus / citratus) and more.

Due to the possible contamination and prohibitive cost, blue tansy is not an oil that is often used. However, if you are able to source it and want to experience its benefits, there are numerous uses for it in the home.

The blue color can stain surfaces and clothing, so take care when using it.


There are a number of uses for blue tansy on the skin. That being said, you will want to dilute the oil well. Just as it can stain objects, it can stain your skin. Using too much could have you looking like a smurf for a while!

You can use blue tansy in blends for acne, psoriasis, eczema, dry skin, and more. It has a cooling sensation that makes it fantastic for sunburns. One drop neat on an irritated bug bite can help fight the inflammation.

For Acne:

You can put one drop neat on a blemish. For more persistent breakouts, add a couple drops to your favorite cleanser. Do not go over five percent per volume.

For Dermatitis, Dry Skin, Eczema, Psoriasis:

Just like for acne, you can add a few drops to your moisturizing lotion. Again, no more than five percent.


While we all know the dangers of too much sun, yet sometimes we still get burnt. Aloe is one of the most common soothers for what can be rather painful, depending on the severity. Next time a summer day turns into a painful week, try the following blend:

  • ½ ounce Aloe Vera gel
  • 10 drops Rosehip Seed (Rosa rubiginosa)
  • 5 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 4 drops Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)
  • 4 drops Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum)


Aromatically, blue tansy is a mood enhancer. Add it to your diffuser or room sprays to create an uplifting, brighter-feeling environment.

You can also use blue tansy in personal inhalers, your bath or shower, or simply place a drop on a cotton ball to inhale when needed.

Relaxing Massage

Between its cooling and uplifting effects, blue tansy essential oil is an excellent choice for times when a massage with a little extra ‘oomph’ is needed. You can use it for after-exercise blends, cramping muscles, aching joints, arthritis, or just to unwind.

Ready-for-Sleep Massage Blend

  • 3 drops Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum)
  • 2 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 1 drop Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

Add the above blend to one teaspoon of carrier oil. Massage around the shoulders, back, and other areas where tension is felt. Do not use this recipe on pregnant women, epileptics, or anyone on multiple medications, especially antidepressants or sedatives due to the valerian.


The antihistamine effects of blue tansy can extend to the airways as well. Many people suffer breathing problems, whether acute or chronic, and some essential oils can help with that. This is especially true of those containing camphor, like blue tansy, or eucalyptol, like eucalyptus oils.

You can use blue tansy in facial steams by adding 3-6 drops of the oil to a bowl of steaming water. Place a towel over the back of your head and breathe in the vapors with your face about 12-inches from the water for 5-15 minutes. Stop if you get dizzy or feel ill.

According to published aromatherapist KG Stiles, the bronchodilating effect of the oil can be enhanced by lemongrass and is useful for asthmatics and those with emphysema as well.

Blue Tansy Essential Oil Benefits

Kurt Schnaubelt, as well as many other essential oil aficionados, tout the benefits of blue tansy as a potent antihistamine and anti-inflammatory.


When bugs bite, there can be many reactions ranging from mild to severe. They can cause itching, pain, redness, and swelling. These are caused by an allergic reaction, which your body’s immune system responds to with histamine.

Oral antihistamines like Benadryl® are often recommended to calm the histamine reaction. This is helpful for allergic reactions ranging from runny noses and sneezing from pollen to skin rashes from detergents, bug bites, and more.

There are also topical antihistamines, like Calamine® lotion, hydrocortisone, or baking soda. Some essential oils, especially the chamomiles, blue tansy, and lavender, can calm the histamine reactions on the skin from irritations like bug bites due to their active constituents.

You can apply these oils neat using one drop on the bite. You may also add the oils to your regular topical application like those above.


According to Kurt Schnaubelt, the sesquiterpene lactones available in blue tansy essential oil inhibits NF-kappa-beta, which mediates inflammation. He states that the oil works in the beginning stages to prevent protein synthesis that causes the inflammation in the first place.

Repels Insects

Besides being able to ease the inflammation caused by histamine reactions from bug bites like mosquitoes, it may be able to help keep them away too.

Next time you need to keep the annoying critters and no-see-ums away, try the following blend.

Insect Guard

  • 4 drops Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus / citratus)
  • 4 drops Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus)
  • 4 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • 4 drops Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum)

Add the above to a spray bottle with 8-ounces of room temperature water. Spray the area around where you would like to keep mosquitoes and other biting insects.

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Blue Tansy Essential Oil Research, Facts, and Studies

There is very little reliable information about blue tansy oil, and even less reputable studies.


Besides chamazulene, blue tansy contains sabinene and camphor. In a research study in 2011, the oil was tested against numerous fungi:

  • Alternaria solani
  • Botrytis cinerea
  • Helminthosporium oryzae
  • Pyricularia oryzae
  • Verticillium dahliae

At 5,000 parts per million (PPM), the oil was found to effectively inhibit the growth of all fungi above.


While blue tansy oil is considered generally safe for most people in the normal range of use, there are some considerations to take into effect.

According to Robert Tisserand, the chamazulene found in blue tansy “inhibits CYP1A2, CYP3A4 and CYP2D6” enzymes. Therefore, anyone taking drugs metabolized by them should avoid blue tansy and other chamazulene containing oils due to a possible interaction.

This oil should also not be used by pregnant or nursing women or those who have an endocrine imbalance.

Camphor, which is found in blue tansy oil, is not recommended for children under ten or the elderly.

Furthermore, as the name states, blue tansy should be blue. If it is brownish or black, it is no longer viable for aromatherapeutic uses. The change of color indicates age, which means oxidation and free radicals and therefore should not be used.

This color change extends to other oils as well.


Blue tansy oil is as elusive and confusing as it is beautiful and helpful. The blue color will tip you off to its chamazulene content, but you still have to be careful to source it proactively.

If you can find the true oil, it is beneficial for many things, primarily to aid in skin and mood conditions. Find a reputable supplier, and when you are able to, try to purchase an organic form.


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The Blue Tansy Skin-Care Trend Is About to Blow Up Your Instagram Feed

Photo: William Boyce/EyeEm/Getty Images

If you choose skin care based on looks alone, go ahead and switch to blue tansy everything. The oil, which has been buzzy of late, turns products a stunning shade of blue somewhere between turquoise and azure. So naturally, masks, eye creams, and cleansers containing the ingredient make the best nightstand candy. If you’re not buying your skin care based on pretty bottles, here’s what else you need to know about blue tansy’s powers.

What Is Blue Tansy?

Blue tansy is a flower grown in Europe and Morocco. Blue tansy oil, an essential oil derived from the plant, is what’s added to skin-care products. Blue tansy is sometimes referred to as Moroccan chamomile, though it’s not technically chamomile. You might also find it listed in the ingredients by its botanical name: Tanacetum annuum.

Benefits of Using Blue Tansy

Blue tansy’s main draw when it comes to skin care is its potential for calming inflammation and reducing redness. A compound in blue tansy called azulene, which gives the oil its color, has been linked to anti-inflammatory effects in multiple studies. And on top of antibacterial properties, which are common to other essential oils, blue tansy brings antifungal properties to the table. (Here’s more on the benefits of essential oils, according to the latest research.)

While lab studies suggesting the oil’s anti-inflammatory benefits are promising, there’s a lack of evidence about how the oil affects skin, says Yoram Harth, M.D., dermatologist and co-founder of MDacne. “There aren’t really any clinical studies or subjective data to really show that it does help the skin,” says Dr. Harth. “In theory it can help rosacea, dermatitis and acne, which have inflammatory complements,” he says. However, he notes that if you really want to clear your skin, you’re probably better off going with medications that have been scientifically proven to kill bacteria and unplug the skin pores based on years of research. (Maybe try one of these best drugstore acne products, according to dermatologists.)

When to Avoid Blue Tansy

All essential oils have the potential to irritate sensitive skin, but blue tansy doesn’t tend to be problematic, says Dr. Harth. People with epilepsy or Parkinson’s disease should completely avoid the oil, and no one should ever ingest it because of its toxicity, he says. And if you’re pregnant, consult a doctor before using any essential oil since it’s unclear how they may affect the fetus. (Related: Safe Skin-Care Products for Pregnant Women-Plus the Ones to Avoid)

How to Use Blue Tansy

Several skin-care products you’ve probably already heard of have blue tansy in them. Start with one of these frequently hyped-up options.

  • Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm uses blue tansy to make removing makeup less aggravating. ($50; And FYI, the brand’s popular Luna Sleeping Night Oil contains both retinol and Germain chamomile essential oil, which, like blue tansy, contains skin-soothing azulene. ($105;
  • Widely considered the OG blue tansy product, May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon is a luxe melting beauty balm. ($180;
  • Herbivore’s Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask is a cooling gel mask containing alpha hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acid with blue tansy for gentle exfoliation. ($48;
  • For a more affordable option, Acure’s Seriously Soothing Blue Tansy Night Oil will keep skin soothed and hydrated while you sleep-and is both natural and vegan. ($13;

It might be having a skin care moment, but you can also purchase pure blue tansy essential oil and use it as you would other essential oils. (Here’s everything you need to know before trying out essential oils.) The oil is commonly used to combat allergy symptoms thanks to potential antihistamine effects and to calm the mind, so the aromatherapy route is also a promising option. It’ll look just as pretty if you use a sleek diffuser, promise.

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WTF Is Blue Tansy?

On what it can do for eczema and psoriasis:

“Eczema, as well as psoriasis, is a metabolic issue—an internal issue that is going on in the bloodstream. regenerates liver cells and assist in detoxifying the body, so it is definitely going to take effect on inflammation, which is generally what eczema and psoriasis is. It is manifested inflammation within the body.”

Her favorite product from KHUS+KHUS:

“By nature, I am what people call a ‘perfectionist,’ so I wouldn’t put something out if I didn’t 100 percent stand behind the formula. Our Bleu Serum has blue tansy in it and is fantastic; it’s one of our star products. Especially during this time of year, moving into spring, we get a lot of orders for that. It’s so soothing for the skin—it really works on the texture of the skin; you can really start to see things go into balance. What we are trying to do is create formulas that take effect on the nervous system, that go through the bloodstream, the olfactory system, and assist you in creating balance.”

On who should stay away from blue tansy:

“If people are allergic to ragweed, or they have some sort of hay fever, they should definitely spot-check. A lot of people would know if they are allergic to chamomile or ragweed—they have probably already had a reaction.”

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

  9. 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. de Mamiel
    goop, $98
  2. Ursa Major
    Fantastic Face Wash
    goop, $28

It makes for a gorgeous Insta photo and looks so pretty sitting on your vanity, but what exactly is blue tansy and — most importantly — what are the benefits of using it?

“Blue tansy is a botanical related to chamomile, and they share many of the same anti-inflammatory and antioxidant characteristics,” explained Dr. Arash Akhavan, a dermatologist and the founder of NYC’s Dermatology and Laser Group.

“Its anti-inflammatory characteristics make it ideally suited for conditions of skin inflammation such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. It also has properties that fight off oxidative stress from the environment, helping to combat premature aging.”

Typically, blue tansy is extracted into an oil, and it’s incredibly hydrating without leaving any sort of oily film on the skin. That makes it perfect for combination, dry, and oily skin types who want a boost of moisture. It’s very safe to use, said Dr. Akhavan, though you may want to avoid it if you have sensitivity to chamomile or similar botanical ingredients.

We’ve rounded up a handful of blue-tansy-oil-infused skincare products, including a couple of the doctor’s favorites!

You’ve Never Heard of This Blue Skin Care Ingredient—But It’s an Acne-Fighting Secret Weapon

Breakouts, dryness, bug bites—sometimes your skin just needs to chill out. But when it comes to relieving flare-ups, finding the right treatment is no easy task. If you’re trying to soothe irritation—whether it’s blemishes or windburn—and simultaneously fight signs of aging, there’s one powerful ingredient you should have in your skincare arsenal: blue tansy.

Thanks to its striking hue, there’s a good chance you’ve already noticed blue tansy products on store shelves. Beyond being pleasant to the eye, though, the bright shade is one reason why the ingredient is so impressive. “The essential oil’s gorgeous, deep indigo color reveals itself only upon distillation, where it naturally produces a component called chamazulene,” explains Michelle Gilbert, a holistic aromatherapist based in Cleveland, Ohio. “It’s this very transformation that gives us much of its therapeutic benefit.”

Blue tansy is a potent anti-inflammatory that helps reduce the appearance of redness and settle irritation, explains Patricia Wexler, MD, a New York City dermatologist. A natural multitasker, this calming essential oil can help mitigate various skin concerns, she says, including eczema and acne.

“Its cooling, calming nature is a terrific support for angry, irritated conditions,” adds Gilbert, explaining that since it’s packed with antioxidants, it’s also a good choice for mature skin.

Here, our favorite blue tansy skincare products to help you tap into the ingredient’s powerful benefits.


“Topically, used in a blend, it is great for moisturizing as well as helping treat the skin due to its antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory actions while also soothing dry, itchy, or inflamed skin,” Blades said. For this reason, it’s a great addition to a nighttime balm, treatment, or serum. Acure Organics’ Seriously Soothing Blue Tansy Night Oil is a nontoxic, wallet-friendly option under 10 dollars. Living Libations Open Sky Eye Serum, named for its beautiful color, uses blue tansy as an anti-inflammatory, soothing solution for puffy, tired eyes. And balm-wise, if you’re looking for a budget-friendly version of the infamous Blue Cocoon, try Live Botanicals’ Aer Balancing Whipped Oil Serum. This goes for body care, too: Primally Pure’s blue tansy body oil helps to calm skin irritation and inflammation, which may give sore muscles the extra TLC they need.

New York City–based aesthetician and mbg collective member Britta Plug, whose signature all-natural facials have a two-month waiting list, has also noticed the blue tansy trend. “I love how the blues have steadily been gaining popularity over the last few years,” she said. “They tend to be very calming and anti-inflammatory, which is just what so many of my clients need. Several women I see have skin that is freaked out or broken out, often from stress, environment, or overuse of prescription topicals. The blues like blue tansy and blue yarrow are great ingredients to help guide the skin back to homeostasis,” Plug said. She uses Laurel Organics’ blemish treatment, which contains blue tansy, on clients recovering from inflamed skin. Other blue tansy product options that keep inflamed skin calm include Josh Rosebrook Organics Vital Balm Cream, rich with butters and active botanicals, and Ursa Major’s Fantastic Face Wash, which is nondrying but still refreshing and brightening.

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Ingredient To Know: Blue Tansy

This piece is dedicated to commenter ModernGrace, who suggested in a comment on our review of May Lindstrom’s Blue Cocoon piece that “Blue tansy seems to be the ingredient of 2015. I’ve already seen it in Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil.” Quite on the nose, Grace: three of us in the office had already been testing (and loving) the stuff, and are now obligated to tip our hats. You’ve trend scooped us, well done.

But back to that Luna Sleeping Night Oil (the most fairytale name you could hope for). You’ll find out why it’s reserved for sleeping—it’s really blue. Not a color-changing blue. We’re talking aftermath-of-Avatar-Halloween-face-paint kind of blue. It’s suitable to nighttime not only because it contains a retinoid (!) but also because, well, a slightly aquatic tinge is not going to look so great under tinted moisturizer. Which got the three of us wondering—why is it so indelibly blue?

That’s the blue tansy, this week’s Ingredient To Know. It’s a flower—poisonous if ingested, but if you render it just right, it’s got a great medicinal range (pity the ancestors who figured this one out the hard way). Blue tansy’s most salient features are its antibacterial, antihistamine, and general anti-inflammatory nature, with a side effect of skin-calming and reaction-soothing (as you may expect). It’s got a pretty herby bouquet that announces itself assertively (but not annoyingly) to a room. How do you tell if a product has blue tansy? Don’t worry—it will find several ways to let you know.

The tansy, itself, is genetically very similar to chamomile and shares much of its sister-plant’s calming qualities. If you get just the straight blue tansy oil, you can mix a little in with your shampoo to calm an itchy scalp (although platinum blondes might want to rinse extra thoroughly). If you’re at least intermediate in the essential oils game, you can mix with jojoba oil and rub on minor aches and pains.

It’s a prominent ingredient in May Lindstrom’s The Blue Cocoon, an almost coconut-oil-feeling beauty balm that proudly wears the blue-tansy team color. Lindstrom takes full advantage of tansy’s aromatherapeutic potential, adding a few extra essential oils in the mix for an even wider range of benefits—‘calming’ being chief among them.

In the Luna Oil, tansy’s been deployed equally as deftly—a star feature in a night oil whose steady and slow regenerative process is equaled only by its redness-calming properties. With an early-season showing as strong as this, we’re predicting blue tansy will be the next hero ingredient—maybe even the next argan.

And it’s worth pointing out that products with blue tansy seem to share thematic titles—Blue Cocoon and Luna? Sounds perfect for an overnight metamorphosis.

Photographed by Tom Newton. Read more about ingredients here.

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