Organic Prickly Pear Seed Oil


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Inci:Opuntia ficus-indica Seed Oil

A powerful moisturiser and a light, stable and versatile oil, which absorbs easily and quickly into the skin, improving the skin’s elasticity. When correctly stored it has a shelf life of two years.


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.
Prickly Pear Seed oil is excellent for use on sun damaged skin as it is soothing, calming, anti-inflammatory and reduces redness which also makes it useful in products for Rosacea prone skin.
It moisturises deeply and gives long lasting hydration to the affected skin so why not include it in winter sports skin care products or for your after sun moisturising lotion, it’s also great in nourishing lip balms. Acne prone skin usually suffers from an excess of sebum production.
Prickly Pear Seed oil is non comodogenic and daily use can help to balance sebum production as well as reducing the appearance of scar tissue. It helps to even skin tone and can help to tighten the skin making it useful in products used for dark circles and bags under the eyes. It is good to use on large pored skin as it also has excellent pore size reduction qualities.
Try blending it with Kiwi Seed oil, Camelina oil, Chia Seed oil, Thistle and Rosehip oils. Having toning, firming and lifting properties means that Prickly Pear Seed oil can be used all over the face, neck and decolletage as the natural phytosterols it contains help to improve skin elasticity, blend with Pumpkin Seed oil for its lifting properties.
Organic Prickly Pear Seed oil works extremely well as a deep conditioning oil for your hair. It is especially good for dry, coarse hair or for hair with split ends. Use 15-20 drops of the neat oil rubbed between your palms then worked through your hair from root to tip, leave on for an hour or overnight before washing off.
When blended with Jojoba oil, Hemp Seed oil, Sesame Seed oil and Vitamin E it can be used as a deep conditioning oil for the cuticles and nails. In massage oil blends we suggest adding fattier and longer oils such as Avocado oil, Apricot Kernel oil, Peach Kernel oil, Sweet Almond oil or Jojoba oil to provide better lubrication.
Typical Fatty Acid Profile:
C16:0 Palmitic Acid 10-20% (Saturated fatty acid)
C16:1 Palmitoleic Acid 0.5-2% (Omega 7 Mono-unsaturated fatty acid)
C18:0 Stearic Acid 2-5%
C18:1 Oleic Acid 15-30% (Omega 9)
C18:2 Linoleic Acid 55-67% (Omega 6)
C18:3 Alpha Linolenic Acid 1-4% (Omega 3)
SAP value mg.KOH/g: 183-195.
Country of Origin: Madagascar


1-100% in all kinds of skin care products, for all skin types, even oily skin as it is a dry oil.


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