The Prickly Pear
"We use the best quality of prickly pear oil, organic and ecocert, for our haircare range."The prickly pear oil, fruit of the cactus, is not very commonly used in cosmetics despite its exceptional virtues, due to the sector not being highly developed. We build our short supply chain with cooperatives in Morocco. We aim to reach a volume in our production that will both help in the development of this sector as well as the local population, particularly the women, who are primarily employed in the coops!
A little bit of botany!
But where does the cactus come from?
Even today, the Mexican coats of arms represents a royal eagle, perched on a cactus of Opuntia, devouring a snake. This coat of arms is inspired by an Aztec legend: the Aztecs roamed throughout Mexico looking for a divine sign that would indicate the precise location where they should build their capital. After two hundred years, they found the promised sign and this is where they established their new capital.
Today, the Barbary fig (prickly pear) is mostly consumed as a fruit: it is a thorny fruit with a prickly skin but sweet. Because of its many qualities, it is considered by the ONU and FAO as a Super Food ! It could be part of the solution to the famine and peace in the world in the near future !! Today, there are many experimental farms where we test products from the prickly pear. Thanks to global warming, the cactus is able to grow (nearly) everywhere !
The oil is exceptionally rich in linoleic acid (60-70%) and also contains oleic acid (9-26%). Its unsaturated fatty acid content is high (about 85%). These characteristics reflect the benefit of the Barbary fig (prickly pear) as a natural source of essential fatty acids (omega 6). It is also very rich in vitamin E (110mg / 100g). This gives it the ability to fight against free radicals, a high moisturizing value, and a real cell renewal capacity. It fits perfectly dry curly hair - or dried out and dehydrated. Unlike argan, prickly pear oil is still relatively unknown in Europe, and we would like to develop this sector with its enormous potential: it is why we created a range of products enriched with prickly pear seeds oil !