Now Trending: Baobab Oil in Skincare and Haircare


If you’re suddenly seeing baobab everywhere, you’re not alone—but this trending ingredient has actually been around for centuries. The baobab tree, aka the “tree of life”, is native to Africa and can live for well over 500 years (!) From the baobab tree comes baobab fruit, which is transformed into an oil that’s incorporated into some of your favorite wellness and beauty products.

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What’s so great about it? For starters, Baobab is packed with vitamins A, B, C and E, antioxidants, and omega 3 fatty acids. Plus, it has a smooth, lightweight texture that absorbs quickly without ever feeling oily or greasy. Did I mention it boasts numerous beauty benefits for both the skin and hair?

Baobab for the skin

If you have dry, aging skin , good news: baobab oil is most commonly known for its deeply moisturizing properties that help nourish dry skin. Taking hydration a step further, its antioxidant properties even help preserve collagen and combat fine lines and wrinkles for youthful-looking, glowing skin.

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If you have oily, acne-prone skin , baobab oil can help prevent the production of excess oil without clogging pores. I know it may seem counterintuitive to use oil for oily skin, but trust us on this one.

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If you have sensitive skin , baobab’s gentle, anti-inflammatory properties can also help soothe irritation. But that’s not all—this next-level oil is even known to help relieve skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis.

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Baobab for the scalp and hair

Baobab oil’s potent, moisturizing properties work wonders on not only the skin but also the scalp and hair. Similar to skin, baobab intensely moisturizes dry hair and scalp—even treating dandruff and flaking—to strengthen strands. After all, a moisturized scalp is the key to boosting hair health.

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As with every new ingredient you introduce to your skin or hair, be sure to test a patch for any reactions before adding to your routine.