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Prickly Pear Cactus Seed Oilcactus seed fruits from Morocco

Prickly Pear Cactus Seed Oil is also known as Barbary Fig Oil, Prickly Pear Oil or Cactus Seed Oil.

These are all names for the oil pressed from seeds of the Opuntia Ficus Indica cactus.

1000Kg of raw cactus fruit makes just one litre / 34 fl oz of oil.
This is why genuine, pure, cactus seed oil is one of the most expensive oils in the world.
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  ●  What is Prickly Pear Seed Oil?
  ●  The Benefits of Organic Prickly Pear Seed Oil?
  ●  How to Use Prickly Pear Cactus Oil
  ●  What Does Prickly Pear Seed Oil Smell Like?
  ●  Buy on Our On-Line Store >

The Benefits and Uses of Prickly Pear Seed Oil for Skin

  1. Intensive anti aging treatment for lines and wrinkles on the face
  2. Reduce dark circles under the eyes
  3. Rich Moisturiser for Dry Skin
  4. Calms inflamed, red or blotchy skin
  5. Reduces dark skin pigmentation and marks
  6. Restores skin elasticity and firms skin
  7. Repair heat damaged hair tips and split ends
    As interest in cactus seed oil spreads so do the number of lower quality cactus oils for sale. Often, Cactus/vegetable oil blends are advertised as pure cactus seed oil. To make cheaper “cactus oils” they press the cactus fruit – not just the seeds.

    The traditional way of making a pure cactus seed oil is by pressing the seeds only. Moroccan cactus seed oils contain only pure, cold-pressed prickly pear cactus seed oil from the Opuntia Ficus Indica cactus.

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    What is Prickly Pear Seed Oil?

    Prickly Pear ( Barbary Fig ) Seed Oil is a natural oil extracted from the seeds of the fruit of the Opuntia ficus indica cactus. This cactus will grow up to 2 meters in height and needs little water.

    They thrive in hot, arid areas of the world – like Morocco. The Opuntia Ficus Indica cacti produce beautiful bright yellow and pink flowers in the spring which produce fruit by the end of summer.

    Cactus seed oil is a rich, fatty oil suitable for most skin types including those with sensitive skin. Perfect for deep hydration and protection of the face and hair in any environment.

    In Morocco cactus seed oil is also popular for use on acne prone skin. Regular use on the face appears to reduce breakouts and help toward the lightening and healing of marks.

    How is Cactus Seed Oil Made?

    To make cactus seed oil farmers harvest the ripe cactus fruit around the end of July. When ripe, the ovoid cactus fruit is slightly soft, 5 to 8 cm in length and has a green to reddish purple colour.

    It is the cactus fruit that contains a reddish, greenish, yellowish sweet pulp full of black seeds.
    The seeds are separated from the fruit and dried. Our Barbary Fig Oil is cold pressed from these seeds.

    Prickly pear cactus seeds are hard and woody and contain less than 5% oil.
    This is why 1000 kilos of fruit yields just 30 Kilos of seeds!
    Each 30 kilos of cactus seeds makes just one litre of pure oil.

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    The Benefits of Prickly Pear Cactus Seed Oil

    The many benefits of prickly pear include protection against free radicals damage, stimulating cell growth, and calming inflammation.
    Cactus seed oil has 150% as much vitmain E as Argan Oil, additional minerals, plant sterols, Betalains that help with lightening dark marks and Vitamin K for “spider veins” and dark circles under the eye.

    Prickly Pear Seed Oil vs Argan Oil?
    Due to its scarcity and high price, Prickly Pear oil is mostly used as an intensive treatment for the face.
    Apply to small areas such as wrinkles around the eyes, on the forehead, mouth or neck.

    TIP: Use pure Argan Oil for your skin or hair for moisturising and anti-aging treatment.
    Then target other areas with with an extra boost of pure Prickly Pear seed Oil.


    Top 7 Ways to Use Prickly Pear Cactus Seed Oil

    1. Around the eye area for “crows feet” lines
    2. On the face for reducing the appearance of dark circles under the eyes
    3. To help lighten hyper pigmentation or dark marks
    4. Ideal for mature, damaged or dry skin
    5. Combine Cactus Seed Oil with Argan Oil as a general anti aging moisturiser
    6. Tighten pores for a smoother skin texture
    7. Use to calm inflamed and dry skin conditions, Eczema, Psoriasis

    Cactus Seed Oil for Hair

    Barbary fig seed oil can be used as a treatment for dry hair and scalp. Use small amounts and work into target areas of damaged hair. Combine Barbary Fig Seed Oil with Argan Oil for hair treatments to boost shine and improve hair condition.

    Lightening Dark Spots

    Cactus seed oil is rich in Betalains, Vitamin E and Vitamin K. Betalain derivatives found in Cactus Seed Oil have shown beneficial effects on cell growth and inflammation.[15]
    Vitamin K is famous for reducing spider veins and contracting blood vessels. Vitamin E also helps fade light marks.
    This makes cactus seed oil ideal for dark circles and “bags” under the eyes.


    Nutrients in Prickly Pear Seed Oil

    1. Campesterol 1.66 g/kg
    2. a-Tocopherol 0.056 g/kg
    3. b-Tocopherol 0.012 g/kg
    4. g-Tocopherol 0.330 g/kg
    5. d-Tocopherol 0.005 g/kg
    6. Total vitamin E 0.403 g/kg
    7. Stigmasterol 0.30 g/kg
    8. b-Sitosterol 6.75 g/kg
    9. b-Carotene 0.047 g/kg
    10. Vitamin K 10.525 g/kg


    Medicinal Uses of Opuntia Ficus Indica Oil

    Traditional Moroccan medicine also uses whole prickly pear fruits for their hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic actions. Opuntia ficus-indica is used in other regions as laxative, anti-inflammatory, or against diarrhoea. Prickly Pear Seed Oil reviews also reveal it is also an antacid, astringent, antidermatosic, emollient, antiseptic, vulnerary, analgesic, expectorant, antiviral, sedative and antioxidant.[1]

    Cactus seed oil is also a natural insect repellent.

    prickly pear seed cactus oil plant

    How to use Cactus Seed Oil

    How much oil will I need to use?

    We currently sell Organic Cactus Seed oil in 10ml and 30ml bottles with a dropper dispenser. This allows easy and accurate application and avoids wasting any of this rare oil. Just 3 to 6 drops will normally be enough to treat the face area and target smaller areas of skin, hair and nails that require more intensive therapy.

    A 10ml bottles contains around 240 drops and so should last you 1 month or more – depending on usage.

    How to apply on Skin

    Barbary Cactus seed oil is applied to wet or dry skin after cleansing.
    Put a drop or two on your fingertips and gently massage it into any areas that need treatment. The oil will leave skin feeling soft and smooth.
    Use on facial areas that need extra care at once a day. Around the eyes, lips and any areas with wrinkles. The ideal time to apply is before going to bed to allow the seed oil to work overnight.

    How to use for Hair

    For dry, chemical or heat damaged hair put the oil into the palm, warm and work the oil through your hair. Wrap the hair in hot towels and leave for 30 minutes. Try to keep the hair hot during the 30 minutes changing the towels if necessary. Wash and rinse if necessary with a cleansing – non-chemical – shampoo.

    Where the ends of the hair shaft are split, damaged or where it is frizzy work a few drops into the hair using your fingertips.


    FAQ’s – Prickly Pear ( aka Barbary Fig ) Cactus Oil

    What does it look like?

    Pure Prickly pear oil should have a pale to medium greenish or greenish yellow appearance.

    What does Prickly Pear Cactus Seed Oil smell like?

    A genuine high quality pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil has a pronounced but pleasant odour.

    Research shows that the main active odour producing compounds in Prickly Pear are the same as cucumber and melons.
    However, this smell does vary depending on when are where the seeds were collected.

    A genuine Organic Cactus Seed Oil has a unique smell we would describe as Floral, Fruity and a Sweet Honey.
    The purer the oil the richer the colour and scent will be.

    Cheap prickly pear seed oil has a weak smell and pale colour.

    What does cactus seed oil feel like?

    Cactus seed oil has a rich, fatty, silky smooth feel.

    How to Tell Fake Cactus Seed Oil?

    Genuine Pure Cactus Seed oil is pressed from seeds only making it very expensive to produce.

    1. Ingredients should read 100% Pure Barbary Fig Oil ( Prickly Pear Oil ) from the Opuntia Ficus Indica Cactus.
    2. Product should say Cactus Seed Oil in description.
    3. Oil should be a pale to medium green colour.
    4. It should have a quite strong smell
    5. It has a rich fatty feel between the fingers when compared to Argan Oil
    6. Prices vary a lot for a genuine oil. Compare prices and you should soon get a good idea.
    When you see 80ml for the same price of 10ml in most other stores alarm bells should ring!

    How long does it keep?

    Cactus Seed Oil is very rich in natural anti-oxidants and has a long shelf-life.
    Stored out of direct, strong light and heat, cactus seed oil should stay in good condition for up to 18 months.

    What is in Prickly Pear Cactus Fig Oil

    Cold pressed and organic Prickly Pear Cactus Seed oil is produced from cactus seeds alone. These seeds produce very little oil but the oil obtained has a wide range of nutrients. It has 150% more anti aging and anti oxidant Tocopherol than even Argan oil.

    The oil is rich in minerals and has over 80% Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids.

    It is fatty acids that repair and generate tissue within the body helping with the natural healing process.

    Prickly Pear Cactus Seed Oil Bottle

    Prickly Pear Cactus Seed Oil - 30ml

    (aka Barbary Fig Oil )
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    Cactus Seed oil

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    Fatty Acids In Prickly Pear Seed Oil

    Compound   Seed Oil%
    Fatty Acids    Linoleic C18:2 58.79
    Palmetic C16:0 11.18
    Stearic C18:2 1.5
    PUFA 58.79
    PUFA/SFA 4.63
    Sterols ß-sitosterol 21.93
    Campesterol 3.75
    Stigmasterol 1.64

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    References and Resources

    [1] (Lamjed, 2011; Bullitta, 2007).
    [2] Vitamine Fatty Acids

8 Responses to Prickly Pear Cactus Seed Oil – Organic Barbary Fig Seed Oil

  • Dimitri says:

    I was told that this Morrocan oil you can take by mouth. Is this true?


    • arganoildirect says:

      No . Not really. People dont eat cactus seed oil. But I dont think it would not do any harm and it is packed with vitamin and other nutrients.

      You may be thinking of Culinary Argan Oil? You can read about culinary Argan Oil for health using the link at the top of this page.

  • Suzanne Laughlin says:

    Love this oil!! Can I use it with geranium, frankincense, myrrh, and rosehip?? Currently using olive oil as a carrier oil.
    Thank you for your feedback in advance, Suz.

    • arganoildirect says:

      Hello Suzanne
      I’m sure it will blend with other oils.
      I’d recommend Argan Oil over Olive for a carrier oil though especially if it is for use on skin 🙂


  • Karleen says:

    Hi, is it safe to apply on face while breastfeeding?

    • arganoildirect says:

      Dear Karleen

      I do not think there have been tests looking into this.
      Also, I am not qualified to offer a medical opinion.

      However, Cactus Seed Oil is a pure oil, organically produced.
      The effects of some natural oils while breastfeeding have been looked BUT this when they are eaten – not applied externally.

      None of the hazardous chemicals you will find in many commercial products you may be using are found in this pure oil
      It contains a only range of natural plant sterols, vitamin e, omega fatty acids and vitamin A & K – amongst others.

      It safe to eat so I would think that it is quite a safe product to use externally while breastfeeding.
      Argan Oil is widely used in Morocco during and after pregnancy to prevent stretch marks and is considered totally safe.

      You may want to consider asking your doctor for a definitive opinion.

  • Kevin says:

    Hi Malika if you can add Catus oil with Argan oil what is the ratio of Catus oil to Argan oil for best results or best blend .

    • arganoildirect says:

      Hello Kevin

      You can certainly blend Argan with Cactus Seed Oil.
      How much of each to use is difficult to say and will depend on what you plan to use it for.
      Cactus Seed oil popular for use especially in the area around the eyes as many people say that it helps fade dark circles under the eye and reduce lines.

      To create a serum to use on the whole face I think you would use around 5ml of cactus to 50ml of pure Argan Oil.
      It may be easiest to put a few drops of cactus seed oil in the palm of your hand then add some Argan and apply.


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