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Prickly Pear Cactus Seed Oilcactus seed fruits from Morocco

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

These are all names for the oil that is pressed from the seeds of the Opuntia Ficus Indica cactus. An oil that is prized for its effects on lines on the face, around the eye and also for dark circles under the eye.

It takes over 1000 kg of cactus fruit to produce enough seeds to make just one litre / 34 fl oz of genuine, pure, cactus seed oil.
This is what makes it one of the most expensive oils in the world.

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  1. What is Prickly Pear Cactus Oil?
  2. The Benefits of Organic Prickly Pear Seed Oil?
  3. How to Use Prickly Pear Cactus Oil
  4. What Does Prickly Pear Seed Oil Smell Like?

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What is Benefits & Uses of Prickly Pear Oil

In Morocco we use Prickly Pear Oil because it is so good for for skin.
The main benefits pf Prickly Pear Oil for skin are:

  1. Intensive anti aging effects on wrinkles on the face
  2. Works well at Reducing dark circles under the eyes
  3. Contains Vitamin K known to reduce spider veins and “dark circles”
  4. Is the ultimate Rich Moisturiser for Dry Skin
  5. Calms inflamed, red or blotchy skin and is great for Skin Conditions like Acne, Eczema or Psoriasis
  6. Gently Reduces dark skin pigmentation and marks to even out complexion
  7. Restores skin elasticity and firms skin
  8. Can also be used to Repair heat damaged hair tips and split ends

These benefits come from the unique, rich  blend of bio-active nutrients.

Cactus seed oil has 150% as much anti-oxidants as Argan Oil, plus minerals, vitamin-K, plant sterols, fatty acids, β-carotene and betalains.
All of which have properties that help with many skin problems where other treatments may fail.

Cactus Seed Oil for Hair

Barbary fig seed oil is a bit expensive to use as a hair mask or conditioner!
However, we do use small amounts and work into target areas of damaged hair – usually the tips of damaged hair or on dry patches on the scalp.

TIP. For hair care add about 5ml of cactus oil to 65ml of pure Argan Oil to give you an Argan Oil hair treatment with an extra boost!


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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

However, as interest in cactus seed oil spreads so do the number of lower quality cactus oils for sale.
Cactus/vegetable oil blends are often advertised as pure cactus seed oil. To make cheaper “cactus oils” they press the cactus fruit – not just the seeds.

You should also be aware that cactus seed oil are sometimes offered as a “macerate” which the sellers don’t make clear. A “macerate” is where an ingredient, like a flower or in this case cactus seeds, will be steeped in a vegetable carrier oil with the idea the properties may ( or may not! ) be carried into the oil.

As discussed the only correct amd traditional way of making a pure cactus seed oil is by pressing the seeds only.
This is why our Moroccan cactus seed oils contain only pure, cold-pressed prickly pear cactus seed oil from the Opuntia Ficus Indica cactus.

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.


How to use Cactus Seed Oil

prickly pear seed cactus oil plant

How to apply Cactus Oil 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 Cactus Seed Oil 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.


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]


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

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What Should Prickly Pear Oil look like?

Pure Prickly pear oil should have a pale to medium greenish or greenish yellow appearance – although you will see significant seasonal variations.
However, it should certainly not be clear or any other colour.

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 Should Cactus Seed Oil Feel Like?

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

How to Spot a 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 – ( possibly lighter to yellow for summer pressings ).
4. It should quite a definite smell – fruity / floral / sweet smell – ( this may be lighter for a summer pressings ).
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.
7. Make sure the oil is not actually a “prickly pear macerate”.
8. Prickly Pear Cactus grows all over the world. But it is really only Morocco that produced it for cosmetic use.
We have tested cheap oils from Mexico and India. They may well be real cactus seed oils but they are just not the same. In our opinion 🙂

We aim to keep prices as low as we can and are less expensive than some expensively packaged brands..but … when you see 80 ml for the same price of 10ml in most other stores alarm bells should ring!

How long does Prickly Pear Oil 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.


Prickly Pear Oil Nutrient Facts

  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 K1 0.525 g/kg

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We currently sell Organic Cactus Seed oil in 10ml and 30ml bottles.
They are provided with a dropper dispenser for easy and accurate application.

Around 3 to 6 drops will normally be enough to treat the areas of wrinkles on the face.
You can also use for any areas of skin, hair or nails that need that extra intensive therapy.

Our 10ml / 0,34 oz bottle contains around 240 drops and so should last you 4 to 6 weeks.
Our 30ml / 1 oz bottle contains around 750 drops and so should last you 8 to 12 weeks – but of course this depends very much on usage.

Try our pure and certified organic Argan Oils and Cactus Seed Oil today.
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References and Resources
[1] (Lamjed, 2011; Bullitta, 2007).
[2] Vitamine Fatty Acids
[3] Oil cactus pear (Opuntia ficus-indica L.) Mohamed Fawzy Ramadan Jörg-Thomas Mörsel

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

  • Amalia says:

    Hi! Where is this oil produced and bottled? Thank you in beforehand. 🙂

    • arganoildirect says:

      Dear Amalia
      Sorry for taking so long to reply – ( we get so many spam comments sometimes a real comment gets overlooked ).
      Our Prickly Pear Cactus Seed Oil is extracted from cold-pressed seeds only sourced from cooperatives in Morocco.
      The seeds are pressed in Agadir in Morocco and bottled in Europe.

      Any further questions about buying Cactus Seed Oil or Argan Oil or the uses and benefits please get back to me.

  • sophie says:

    Hi,I am from Canada. Please let me know where I can get your produce?Thank you!

    • arganoildirect says:

      Hello Sophie
      We currently only sell direct online.
      Selling into shops there is the problem that product will sit on shelves.
      We sell direct and so oils you buy will be literally a few weeks form pressing up to 3 months.

      Products are available on our store here.

  • jeffrey molongwa says:

    How can I make a home made prickly pear seed seed oil?

    • arganoildirect says:

      Hello Jeffery
      Sorry for such a long delay replying but there is so much spam comments sometimes get missed.
      No reason why you can not make your own oils but you will need a machine that can extract oils from hard seeds and you will need about 30kg of seeds to make a litre of oil!
      Best Wishes

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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 🙂


  • 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.

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