- Base Oil
- INCI: Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil
- Comedogenicity: 2
- Composition: Palmitic acid (up to approx. 30 %), oleic acid (up to approx. 30 %), linoleic acid (up to approx. 30 %), stearic acid (up to approx. 5 %), sterols, vitamins A, D and E.
- Cosmetic use: Dry, chapped, barrier-disturbed skin; hair care.
The Baobab tree is part of the natural vegetation of the dry savannah in Africa and reaches a height of up to 20 m. It is able to store large quantities of water (more than 3000 litres) in its trunk, which is why the trunk is very wide and relatively short (8-10 m in diameter). According to some botanists, the Baobab tree can live up to 3000 years. The leaves of the tree are hand-shaped and dark green. After pollination of the large, white blossoms of the tree, fruits start to form that can grow up to 40 cm long. These green fruits turn yellow to brown as they ripen and contain a mealy white flesh with many seeds.
Extraction of Baobab Oil
To obtain baobab oil, the fruits of the tree are dried and then crushed. This allows the seeds to be separated from the pulp. The seeds are then washed, dried and machine-ground. Afterwards the oil is extracted with the help of solvents. Another way of obtaining Baobab oil is by cold pressing the seeds.
Cosmetic use of Baobab Oil
Baobab oil is quickly absorbed by the skin and increases its elasticity. Compared to other natural oils, it has an unusual amount of palmitic and linoleic acid, which has a balancing and stabilizing effect on the skin. The oil has moisture-binding, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. It is excellently suited for the care of barrier-disturbed skin that is prone to dryness and cracking. The formation of a light protective film on the surface of the skin traps moisture, making the skin soft and supple. The oil strengthens the top layer of the skin without clogging the pores. Due to this anti-comedogenic property and its regenerative effect, baobab oil is also used for blackheads, psoriasis and eczema. The oil not only moisturizes skin but also brittle hair and increases its elasticity