Efforts are being made for the products of Myanmar’s Thanakha (a yellowish-white cosmetic paste made from bark of the Thanakha tree) to be exported to European countries.
Thanakha products were previously sent to European countries to be tested in a laboratory. These products, already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), are required to be in accordance with the quality and standards of the countries to which the products will be exported, said Kenneth Sein, a managing director from KSH Co., Ltd.
Thanakha is traditional cosmetic of Myanmar. Fifteen varieties of thanaka include soap, toner, perfume, shampoo and facial foam.
Apart from cosmetic use, Thanaka also imparts a cooling sensation with its fragrant scent that is similar to sandalwood and provides protection from sunburn. It is also believed among Myanmar women to help remove acne and promote smooth skin.