Baobab seed oil

Baobab seed oil is a natural choice for our sunscreens for these healthy skin properties:

  • an excellent skin moisturiser, absorbing quickly into the skin without clogging the pores 
  • improves the elasticity of the skin and Ieaves the skin feeling soft and moisturised
  • contains Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids which contribute towards alleviating itchiness and dryness, and are essential to maintaining a healthy, glowing skin
  • used specifically by people suffering from Eczema, Sun Spots and Actinic keratosis for its healing and skin nourishing properties
  • It is a non-siccative (non-drying) oil

Baobab seed oil sustainable harvesting

Baobab seed oil treeThe glorious Baobab tree

We source our Baobab seed oil through a sustainable fruit harvest project whereby:

  • Only fruit that has fallen already from the Baobab trees are collected, which discourages any damage to the host trees.  
  • A research and monitoring program gathers ongoing information about the overall health of the baobabs within the area they are harvested from.   
  • Baobab seedlings are nurtured in a tree nursery and as soon as mature enough, are planted out into the same communities from where the seeds are harvested. 
  • Ongoing environmental education and training has been established as crucial within the communities where the baobab is traditionally harvested for all sorts of purposes beyond just the harvesting of the fruit.
The baobab seed podThe baobab seed pod

Why is Baobab seed oil so good for us?

Properties contained in Baobab seed oil:

  • Vitamin D: known as the ’sunshine vitamin’, is being upheld as vital to optimum health 
  • Rich sources of Ω-3 (Omega 3), Ω-6 (Omega 6) and Ω-9 (Omega 9) Fatty Acids: Essential Fatty Acids vital for the maintenance of healthy skin 
  • Palmitic acid, Oleic Acid, Linoleic Acid 

Builds healthy skin

Essential fatty acids are a group of fatty acids acquired through ingesting the right foods, as our bodies cannot manufacture them. Essential for good body health, they must therefore be obtained through diet or topical application to the skin. 

Fatty acid molecules (metabolites) are required as part of the structure of cell membranes.

They also form part of the process of producing prostaglandins, a hormone like substance, which help to regulate cell function.

They also help water-proof the skin, or counteract an impaired barrier function, to maintain the impermeability of the skin and stop toxic substances penetrating the skin.  

Over exposure to the sun’s UV rays, poor health or immune systems and natural ageing processes, will typically result in these essential fatty acids being depleted. Steroids and such drugs can also deplete the skin layers of these natural fats.

Topical application of Baobab seed oil 

Baobab tree flowerBaobab tree flower

Baobab seed oil, a 100% pure and natural plant based oil that is cold pressed to retain all its healing qualities, can be so helpful in building healthy skin or relieving dry skin conditions.

This remarkable natural oil extract used topically in an application, can help alleviate various skin disorders such as chronic dry skin, thin skin, chronic bruising and sun spots.

Baobab seed oil can be used directly for people suffering from eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, skin cancer, scaly skin disorder and non-healing wounds, such as diabetic ulcers. 

When your skin becomes dry, the structure of your skin changes, increasing its vulnerability. Dermatologists’ term for this is an ‘impaired barrier function”, where water can escape more easily, resulting in dehydrated skin. Soaps and solvents are more easily able to penetrate your dehydrated skin layers, removing natural skin oils.

Various weather conditions contribute to an impaired skin barrier, such as harsh winter weather with its cold and dry atmosphere which “pulls” water out of your skin. As your skin gets drier and drier, its barrier gets weaker and weaker, creating all sorts of skin conditions.

Baobab seed oil extraction process

Baobab seeds from the podsBaobab seeds after being extracted from the pods

The Baobab seed oil is extracted from the baobab seeds, which are found in the large capsule-like baobab fruit which hang down in great quantities from the baobab branches.

The Baobab fruit grows throughout the savannahs of Africa and the baobab tree itself is a bit of an iconic emblem in these regions. The fruit matures during the dry season and drops off the trees when ready, allowing both humans and animals alike to harvest. 

Our baobab seeds are sourced by people living in rural areas who gather the fruit husks from beneath the trees and then it is collected and transported to a central processing facility. The processes then involve first extracting the seeds from the baobab fruit husk by cracking the hard outer capsule to release them, after which a tumbling machine removes their tart powder coating.  Then they are air-dried in the hot sun. The seeds in this state can actually be stored for many months before pressing, if so required. 

The Baobab seed oil is then extracted by a large press, or expeller, which ‘squeezes’ the oil from the baobab seed. The cold pressing process of these seeds avoids any heated process which in  turn stops the destruction of the valuable properties of the oil.

The newly pressed oil is immediately filtered to clarify the oil, which is then bottled.  This pure baobab oil does not undergo any further refinement or processing and has no additives.

As such, the oil is proudly acclaimed to be 100% pure, and the processes from beginning to end are Eco-certified.

Environmental education

Venda community childrenVenda community children benefiting from the education program

The manufacturer, EcoProducts, works with rural Venda people, producing baobab powder and oil which is then sold to the manufacturing and retail sectors. This provides the local communities with employment and much needed income.

"For thousands of years, baobabs have made an important contribution to people’s livelihoods for food, fibre and medicine in Africa. More recently, the global trade in baobab powder and oil has become an important source of income for many rural families"

The EcoProducts Foundation is a non-profit organisation, "making a stronger connection between global markets and the source of baobab fruit. It allows benefits to flow directly to the care of these ancient trees, as well as to the lives of the women and children who live around them."

They call it Creating a Culture of Caring

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