Organic Prickly Pear Seed Oil is a thin, slightly dry, clear light yellow to pale green oil, reminiscent of Thistle oil, but fattier with a pleasant natural aroma.
It is also known as Barbary Fig Oil, Desert Fig, Cactus Oil and even Tuna Oil (so called as the edible fruits are called Tunas).
It has a remarkably high level of Omega 6 (Linoleic acid) (55-67%) making it a very stable oil with a long shelf life. Prickly Pear Seed oil has been found to have more naturally occurring tocopherol than many other vegetable oils, giving it superb antioxidant properties.
Prickly pear is a genus consisting of about 200 species of cacti.
Prickly pears are the fruits of this resilient cactus that is native to Mexico and South America, but is now grown in many areas of the world, including Southern Africa, Australia, United States of America, Tunisia and Morocco.
Our oil is sourced from Madagascar.
Organic Prickly Pear Seed oil is a light, stable and versatile oil, that is suitable for all skin types, especially those that are more sensitive. It spreads well and absorbs easily and quickly into the skin leaving no oily residue.
Adding Prickly Pear Seed oil to creams and lotions will make them lighter and drier. Prickly Pear Seed oil is deeply moisturising as it penetrates the upper layers of the epidermis working as both an emollient and an occlusive, lending itself well to combatting very dry skin, improving hydration and helping to stop Trans-Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL).
It can help to encourage the production of collagen thus giving the skin a plumper appearance and decreasing the depth of lines and wrinkles.
Due to the natural tocopherols found in the oil it has excellent antioxidant properties so acts as a free radical scavenger. It helps to prevent skin cells from aging prematurely and can promote the growth of new skin cells making it very useful in pro-aging formulae for mature skin especially when combined with our new organic Sacha Inchi oil and Cucumber Seed oil.
For even greater efficacy, formulate pro-aging serums, creams or lotions with some of the Vitamins as well as actives like Remodelling Intense, Hyaluronic Acid, Liftonin, Lupine Peptides and Eco Marine Algae Extract. Prickly Pear Seed oil is a perfect choice for use in daily moisturisers as it can help to protect the skin from modern environmental stress such as extended use of computers in dry, centrally heated offices.