Ingredient Spotlight: Prickly Pear Seed Oil


It was called the Skincare Ingredient of 2015 by Byrdie Beauty, knocking beloved argan oil out of the top spot (and coconut oil before that!), but we think it’s a powerhouse that should stick around indefinitely: prickly pear seed oil.

Because it’s been touted by healthy beauty companies and traditional cosmetics brands alike, it’s likely that you’ve heard of this potent, skin-transforming oil (also known as barbary fig seed oil and cactus seed oil). But do you know why it’s taken the beauty industry by storm?

Prickly pear seed oil comes from the desert, from the prickly pear cactus. It used to be only found in Mexico, but has since been grown in dry climates like that of Morocco. It’s extracted, usually cold-pressed, from the seeds of the prickly pear cactus’ fruit, and has a natural scent reminiscent of hay. It’s light, and absorbs quickly, while boosting skin’s ability to retain moisture. But what makes it so powerful is that it contains incredibly high doses of the vitamins and antioxidants skin needs to regenerate, heal and repair.

Prickly pear seed oil contains nearly 150 percent of the protective, regenerating vitamin E that you can find in argan oil. It’s also composed of a little more than 60 percent linoleic acid, a fatty acid that is essential in stimulating healthy cell production and turnover, and helps acne-prone skin regulate itself. Omegas 6 and 9, which are essential fatty acids skin needs to remain hydrated and youthful-looking, and amino acids, which stimulate collagen production and cell turnover, are higher in prickly pear seed oil as well. And it contains high concentrations of vitamin K to brighten dark spots and under-eye circles.

What we’re saying is that all skin types can benefit from prickly pear seed oil. It’s a miracle in a plant-based oil, and we think everyone needs to try it. Not convinced? Here are a few more reasons to add it to your skincare regime.

More Benefits of Prickly Pear Seed Oil
  • It’s quickly and deeply absorbed by the skin.
  • It restores skin elasticity and brightens complexion.
  • It naturally nourishes, moisturizes and softens skin.
  • It tightens pores for a smooth and refined skin texture.
  • It prevents premature aging and wrinkle formation.
  • It brightens dark spots and under-eye shadows.
  • It protects against free radicals.

Want to give it a go? We recommend trying the Organic Bath Co. Nourish Night Balm or Nourish Night Face Oil. Both contain organic prickly pear seed oil and help to reveal your best skin yet—nourished, hydrated, younger-looking and beautifully you.

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