What Is Pili Oil?

pili oil in test tube

The heritage of Pili Ani really begins with an amazing gift from nature only found in a specific region of the Philippines.  This area, known as the Bicol region, is so remote there are almost no roads to get there. At the foot of the Mayon Volcano, in rich fertile soil, the Pili Tree grows and provides its bounty to the local people.  Called the Chosen Tree, the magnificent Pili Tree is better described as the Giving Tree because of all the amazing things it provides to the community where it grows. Not only is it a source for a multitude of products including food, healing oils and anti-aging skincare, it supports the local economy in countless ways. 


pili tree

Locals have harnessed the Pili Tree’s unique benefits for centuries. They eat the nuts from the tree like a superfood snack. They harvest Elemi Oil, a rare and potent extract with healing and topical properties, from the sap of the tree. And then there is the Pili Oil…it comes from the fruit of the tree and people in this region have used it for hundreds of years to treat a variety of skin ailments including cuts and rashes.  It is truly one of the only trees in the world where every part of it benefits mankind.  

The resilient Pili Tree is hit by multiple storms each year but weathers each one and continues to stand tall, earning its other nickname the “stress-loving tree.” It actually bears even more fruit after every storm, further proof that the Pili Tree is truly a remarkable feat of nature, providing so many benefits from a single source.  

pili fruit from the pili tree

What is Pili Oil?

The best kept beauty secret from the Philippines, Pili Oil is a remarkable superfood for the skin. This fountain of youth in a nutshell is sourced from the fruit of the Pili Tree.  Taking 1,500 to 3,000 Pili fruits to produce just one liter of Pili Oil, it is truly rare and precious.  Each step in the process is done by hand, with the fruits harvested, washed and processed entirely by the farmers and their families in the communities where the Pili Tree grows.   

a dropper with pili oil

The Benefits of Pili Oil

The local people of the Bicol region have long known of its benefits, but more recently modern science has validated just how effective it is.  It is rich in antioxidants, fatty acids and vitamin E which help rejuvenate, reinvigorate and revitalize and was also scientifically proven to be more hydrating than well-known Argan, Rosehip or Abyssinian oils.   The potent Pili Oil is also rich in natural antioxidants which protect the skin from elements that cause skin aging, particularly free radical damage and other environmental aggressors. These ingredients are then compounded to create high performance products that redefine beauty, products like the Pili Ani Ageless Concentrate which nourishes skin deep from within while moisturizing and restoring skin’s youth and vitality, leaving it soft, smooth and supple, all from one amazing ingredient!