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Prickly Pear Seed Oil


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Inci:Opuntia Ficus-Indica Seed Oil

A very stable oil that is a powerful moisturiser which absorbs easily and quickly into the skin. Very versatile with many uses.


A clear, light yellow oil with virtually no odour. It is expressed from the seeds of the Prickly Pear fruit. It is then refined, bleached and deodorised to improve its keeping qualities as well as help to stabilize it. It is also known as Barbary Fig Oil.
The seeds are taken off the fruit and then dried in the sun. After drying, the oil is extracted but as seeds contain less than 5% oil, it takes at least 10,000 seeds to produce just 1kg of oil. As this is an expensive process, fake oil is also produced by macerating the flowers in a cheap vegetable oil. We do not stock this - our Prickly Pear Seed Oil is the genuine thing!
  • Use 1% to 100%.
  • Oil soluble so cannot be used in water only products. It can be used in small amounts in water based gels that will hold it in suspension.
  • Heat stable so can be used in Stage 1 (fat stage) when making creams and lotions.
Combine Prickly Pear Seed Oil with Shea Butter Oil, Castor Oil and Avocado Oil for a super effective massage oil blend. Adding a little EcoSilk, Chia Seed Oil and Vitamin E will make it a premium, luxury massage blend.
Blend Prickly Pear Seed Oil with Hazelnut Oil and Squalane oils for a balancing skincare product. Consider using a little Geranium Essential Oil as well as Palmarosa Essential Oil to further enhance the effect.
Typical Fatty Acid Profile
C16:0 Palmitic Acid 10% to 20%
C16:1 Palmitoleic Acid 0.5% to 2%
C18:0 Stearic Acid 2% to 5%
C18:1 Oleic Acid (Omega 9) 15% to 30%
C18:2 Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) 50% to 65%
C18:3 Alpha Linolenic Acid (Omega 3) max 1.5% to 4%
Saponification Value mgKOH / g 183-195
Cosmetic Functions:
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Prickly Pear Seed Oil are:
To view more information, visit the Cosing Database here


Skin Care
  • Regular use of this Prickly Pear Seed Oil can help to keep the skin smooth and firm, giving the skin a natural luminescence.
  • It feels very light on the skin and spreads and absorbs easily. Creams and lotions made with this oil tend to feel very light and sink in quickly. This is even more noticeable when using Emulsifier M as the emulsifier.
  • Prickly Pear Seed Oil is a powerful moisturiser and leaves the skin feeling velvety soft.
  • It is a good choice in men's skincare products as well as anti acne products.
  • It is a good emollient and keeps the skin soft and flexible. This is a benefit in cuticle and nail oils as well as in massage oils. Blend with more lubricating oils like Avocado Oil or Moringa Oil for massage.
  • Mature, ageing or damaged skin will benefit by using Prickly Pear Seed Oil. It helps to combat the signs of ageing from the sun as well as from wind. It locks in moisture and is a great emollient. Especially effective with other anti ageing active ingredients such as Eco Marine Algae Extract and Algaktiv Zen. Adding Pumpkin Seed Oil will give some lifting quality to the skin.
Hair Care
  • Prickly Pear Seed Oil conditions and protects the hair without adding weight.
  • It softens and moisturises the hair so use in shampoos and hair conditioners.
  • It is excellent for keeping the hair flexible and strong.


Click on the links below to be directed to great recipes featuring Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Refined:

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    15 November 2021
    Maria C.
    United Kingdom

    Prickly pear seed oil

    High quality oil, leaves skin feeling moisturised

    24 November 2020
    United Kingdom United Kingdom

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