What is the chemical composition of Baobab Oil?
Baobab oil is a golden-yellow oil that is gently lightly scented and contains nearly equal amounts of saturated (33%, palmitic acid, stearic acid), mono-unsaturated (36%, oleic acid, linoleic) and poly-unsaturated (31%) fatty acids, and the essential linoleic acid.
What is the origin of Baobab Oil?
The baobab is probably the best known tree in Africa. Its thick, grey, fibrous trunk (reaching, in some instances, over 25 meters in circumference) and large, spreading crown, seasonally devoid of foliage, are instantly recognizable. Baobabs are extremely long-lived, with some specimens believed to be as much as 3,000 years old. The baobab belongs to its own family, Bombacaceae.
The Baobab tree is found throughout Africa, generally at low altitudes and in the hotter, drier areas. In fact, so widespread is the tree that, to many people, it is an icon, symbolic of the continent itself.