With the booming of the beauty industry, there are more choices for beauty products such as make-ups, lip care, masks, creams, moisturizers, spray deodorants, aftershave balms and countless others than in the past. In spite of new products and brands being created every day, thanakha is a unique beauty product of Myanmar. It is inseparable from the daily life of most women in Myanmar. In other countries, it is used mostly for medicinal purpose. Only in Myanmar is it used mainly as a cosmetic. In Myanmar, Thanakha means different things to different groups of people. To Myanmar children, it means just a paste their mother smear on their faces and bodies after bath. To beauty conscious young ladies, a thin layer of the best quality Thnakha applied to their faces somewhat covers pimples and acne on their faces. It also keep them sweet-scented, cool and fresh the whole day. Some young ladies find time to make decorative patterns such as that of a leaf, or flower. To teenage boys, Thanakha helps them hide the ugly pimples the begin to appear on their faces just at the age when they want to look handsome.To older women,
Thanakha makes them feel protected from getting wrinkles and freckles.To those who have to
Toil in the paddy fields, or sell things in the tropical sun, a thick layer of thanakha definitely serves
as a sun block, protecting their faces and limbs from sunburn. To a youn man returning from a
visit to upper Myanmar, a sizable price of thanakha serves as a cherished gift for his beloved.
To indigenous medical men, the roots of thanakha tress are of much value as they form important
Ingredients in some medicines.
And what might thanakha mean to a foreign woman visiting Myanmar for the first time?
She is likely to be bewildered to see most local women with yellowish patches on their faces and
arms. She will likely ask a person nearby what those yellow patches are paste from the bark of thanakha with a bit of water on a Kyauk pyin, a piece of float stone. At the time,she is likely to lern about its many benefits.
Thanakha comes in different forms and sizes: from pieces cut from the slender branches to huge think, which look like logs for the fireplace with fragrances of flowers and fruits is available on the market.
Today,my form of beauty products may complete with thanakha and many young and old Myanmar ladies may show preference for western dresses and beauty products,but many of them may still continue to rely on the power of thanakha for their beauty and comfort. Currently,
Thanakha is exported in the form of cakes,creams and powders.There are Myanmar entrepreneurs who are doing their best to promote the sale of thanakha abroad.This will surely help the world to recognize thanakha as a Myanmar cultural heritage. It might even convince non- Myanmar women the thanakha is good not only as a cosmetic but also as a skincare product