What Is Blue Tansy and Why Should You Be Using It?

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If you ever see a product that claims to be all-natural but is also a pretty science-experiment shade of bright blue, it’s probably made with blue tansy. And if it feels like you’ve suddenly been seeing it everywhere, you’re not wrong. This powerful ingredient is popping up in a whole slew of natural skin-care lines for its impressive blemish-fighting and skin-soothing benefits. Curious? Here’s everything you need to know.

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What exactly is blue tansy?
It’s an essential oil made from Moroccan chamomile (where it gets its bright blue hue and sweet, herbal scent) using a process called steam distillation. But it’s more than just a gorgeous color that would look kind of amazing on your bathroom sink—it’s jam-packed with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and overall well-being benefits.

What are the benefits of using blue tansy?
It can reduce the appearance of redness and soothe and repair irritated skin thanks to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It’s often dubbed a “miracle product” for those with acne since it helps clear blemishes and calms skin without over-drying. And since blue tansy is technically an essential oil, its sweet, herbaceous scent has its own set of benefits—including upped self-esteem, confidence and relaxation. Use it in the morning to stop any case of the Mondays in its tracks.

OK, where can I get it?
While you can grab a bottle of pure blue tansy essential oil on Amazon, many brands are incorporating it into moisturizers, serums and shampoo. We love using a combo of Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Resurfacing Mask ($48) and Lapis Facial Oil ($72) to clear a stubborn breakout. For an everyday dose of antioxidants, we’re also big fans of Josh Rosebrook Vital Balm Cream ($45), Kahina Giving Beauty Lip and Face Balm ($44) and Living Libations True Blue Spirulina Shampoo ($13).

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