Moabi Butter - Baillonella Toxisperma Seed Oil -
With a height of between 50 and 60 meters, the Moabi is the tallest tree in the rainforest of the Congo Basin and is found in Central Africa between Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon and the Congo. Its wood is also used in the production of parquet floors. Used in hair care, Moabi butter repairs the hair and gives it a healthy shine.Thanks to its moisturizing and nourishing properties, it strengthens the protective barrier of the skin. Moabi butter is solid at room temperature (melting point 26 to 28 ° C), which allows its use in formulations for body butter, rich body lotions or face creams.
Protecting The Rainforest
This butter is produced as part of a sustainable development program that ensures traceability of quality from tree to product. By boosting demand for moabi butter, the cosmetic industry encourages local people to preserve parts of the tropical forest: three years is enough to ensure that the profits from the fruits exceed those made from sawn timber.
A Logistical Challenge
Only trees that are more than 50 years old bear fruit of about 100 kg every two years. Moabis's geographical spread of less than one tree per hectare requires on average long distances through the rainforest to harvest. The route is marked because the collections must take place regularly in order to preserve the fruits after falling, maintain the quality of the butter and at the same time protect the seeds from the appetite of the elephants...
Harvest is performed by pygmy communities. Nuts are then sorted, crushed, cold pressed and the butter is filtered.