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Because of its richness in linoleic and oleic acids, in vitamin A, E, C, and in potassium, calcium, iron, copper and zinc, the desert date palm oil (or the Balanites oil) is softening, emollient, nourishing, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory.


Ingredient Dattier



Part of the plant harvested: kernel of the fruit | Abstraction process: first pressing cold
Family: Zygophyllaceae or the Balatanitaceae | Scientific name: Balanites aegyptiacaTrade name: Desert date palm
Quality: 100% pure and natural, first cold pressing without chemical processing, cosmetics quality
Country of origin: Burkina Faso | Production area: Korko’s forest, in the department of Barsalogho, in northern Burkina Faso and Arly National Park in the South East.
Harvest period: November to March | Production capacity: Contact us


Organoleptic characteristics

Feature: Liquid, solid below 5°C | Colour: Transparent to yellow-orange | Smell: Without any particular odour or taste


Physical and chemical characteristics

Density: 0.918 | Melting point: 35°C | Saponification Index: 156-187


Fatty acids composition

30% saturated fatty acids and 70% unsaturated fatty acids: oleic and linoleic
Palmitic acid: 16.4% | Stearic acid: 11.3% | Oleic acid: 33.7% | Linoleic acid: 38.6%
It contains low levels of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids: EPA, DPA, DHA.


Condition of preservation

Store in a dry place away from heat and light.


Properties and uses

Emollient and softener (Unsaturated fatty acids), maintains cells’ membrane, improve the skin’s barrier function and slows its aging (Phytosterols), antioxidant and anti-free radical (Tocopherols)
Recommended for: dry, rough and scaly skin; muscle relaxation; sportsmen: preparation and recovery (massages).


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NGOs working in the sector

Southern Burkina Faso

Nature and Development (NatuDev) is an association under Burkinabe law, that aims at promoting integrative approaches, to combine nature conservation and the local populations development. Previously, another local association for the wildlife and development of Burkina Faso (‘AFAUDEB’) was responsible for creating village-hunting areas, also referred as “declared game areas” (‘ZOVIC’ in French). This official status allows local communities to preserve and manage forested areas on their territory by themselves. This association was founded and coordinated with great success by Alexis Kaboré. However, following the institutional difficulties encountered by the AFAUDEB, Alexis Kaboré decided to continue its dynamics through a new association: NatuDev.

Northern Burkina Faso

The mission of the Burkinabe association Impulsion is to contribute to the improvement of the populations’ socio-economic conditions. The NGO is particularly active in the fields of environmental preservation, the creation of businesses and income-generating activities in rural areas, the accessibility of populations to basic services: water, electricity and sanitation. It is supported by the University of Brussels (ULB), which cooperates to establish a workshop for processing non-timber forest products.


Impact on biodiversity and local communities

Southern Burkina Faso

Arli National Park and the contiguous wildlife reserves (sports hunting areas) still house all the animal species of the West African savannah, such as elephants, buffalos, large antelopes (bubal, damalistic, cobs), small antelopes (harnessed guibs, grimm duikers, urebis), as well as carnivorous mammals (lions, caracals, etc.).

Northern Burkina Faso

The forest of Korko, a 24 600 hectares’ area, is located in Barsalogho, in the north of Burkina Faso. It is located in the Sahelian zone with precipitations of between 500 and 900 mm and is essentially constituted by savannah shrub. This ecosystem is composed with tall grass, shrubs, small isolated deciduous groves from which large trees emerge, vestiges of an old forest that has disappeared. The great fauna is no longer present and the few animals that we can meet are small mammals (fennecs, hare and jerboas), some migratory birds and many reptiles. These extremely degraded areas are also subject to continuous desert advancement.


Man and Nature cannot be hold responsible for any misuse of the information contained in these pages. These factsheets cannot be considered as a therapeutic or medical prescription and cannot in any way replace a consultation with a health professional.

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