The good oils

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Truly nat­u­ral skin prod­ucts are hard to find. This is why The Sum­mit Van­u­atu (TSV) com­pany takes pride in its pure range of skin fix­its, hand- made from lo­cally grown plant prod­ucts and oils.

The range of oils, skin, hair and body prod­ucts – plus soaps and can­dles – are hand-made from san­dal­wood, co­coa but­ter, ground cof­fee beans and vir­gin co­conut oil, as well as the lesser­known nan­gai and tamanu oils.

Ben­e­fi­cial prop­er­ties of nan­gai and tamanu nut oils ex­tend be­yond sim­ply mois­tur­is­ing, plus TSV’s prod­ucts are hand-pressed to main­tain their full anti-in­flam­ma­tory and anti-bac­te­rial and qual­i­ties.

Nan­gai is es­pe­cially nu­tri­tious and thought to al­le­vi­ate arthri­tis pain, and used to treat acne and eczema. Tamanu oil is also renowned in the Pa­cific for a huge range of uses, from treat­ing hair loss to heal­ing wounds and re­duc­ing the ap­pear­ance of stretch marks and wrin­kles.

TSV’s ob­jec­tives are as no­ble as its prod­ucts. In found­ing the com­pany in 2012, Pa­tri­cia Rivier and Les­ley Batty have suc­ceed­ing in their goal to pro­vide dozens of jobs for lo­cals, plus a new and grow­ing mar­ket for farm­ers. Even the pack­ag­ing is hand-made, and of clean, re­cy­cled card­board.

“We are very proud that our prod­ucts are what we say they are – pure and real and hand-made, not a con­coc­tion of chem­i­cals mixed in a test tube,” says Batty.

TSV ships world­wide from its dis­tillery near Port Vila. Vis­i­tors are wel­come to view the hands-on pro­duc­tion and dis­till­ing pro­cesses and browse the on-site shop. See the­sum­mit­van­u­

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