Prickly Pear Seed Oil is a Moroccan plant oil that is even more effective than Argan oil. It comes from the seeds of the Opuntia ficus-indica or Barbary Fig cactus and once you try it you’ll be hooked.
Argan oil is an amazing natural skincare product that has taken the beauty world by storm over the last 15 years, transforming the skin health of millions of people. Prickly Pear Seed Oil has many of the active ingredients of Argan Oil and some that Argan Oil doesn’t have.
Most importantly Prickly Pear Seed Oil is high in Vitamin K, a skin lightening and brightening compound that you really need as part of your skincare regime.
Prickly Pear Seed Oil has 50% more Vitamin E weight for weight and a much higher percentage of Linoleic acid, a key skin health lipid that our bodies can’t produce themselves.
Prickly Pear Seed Oil is absorbed faster and more completely than Argan Oil
Argan Oil is a relatively heavy oil, similar to Olive oil, some people don’t like to rub these oils into their skin because of the greasy feel, even though they’ll be absorbed after a short period of time.
Prickly Pear Seed Oil is a much lighter oil that is quickly and completely absorbed and doesn’t leave any greasy residue. It’s especially useful for sensitive and thin skin in areas such as the cuticles and under the eyes.
Unlike Argan Oil, Prickly Pear Seed Oil has the perfect combination of Linoleic acid and Oleic acid.
Linoleic acid is a powerful skincare ingredient that our bodies don’t produce naturally, many skincare issues are caused by a shortage of linoleic acid and Prickly Pear Seed Oil has far more Linoleic acid than Argan Oil.
Oleic acid, also has an important part to play in skin health, especially in combination with Linoleic Acid but as it occurs naturally in our bodies it’s less likely that we need to add it as a supplement.
Argan Oil comes from the Argan tree nut, so take care if you have a tree nut allergy
Argan oil comes from the nuts of the argan tree and, although there are very few recorded incidences of allergic reaction, some experts advise against using Argan oil if you have a tree nut allergy.
Prickly Pear Seed Oil doesn’t have any listed allergies and any adverse reactions noted have come from people eating a lot of the fruit.
Prickly Pear Seed Oil is odorless; Argan oil has a nutty odor that some people don’t like
Some people don’t like the smell of Argan Oil. It’s nutty and varies in strength depending on the time of year the nuts are harvested. As it degrades the smell can become sour and even rancid.
Because of this a lot of Argan Oils are advertised as deodorized or fragrance free. This means they have been filtered through activated charcoal or other chemicals. There’s another process that uses steam and this is less sustainable because of the amount of water used.
Argan oil without any smell will have been deodorized by steam processing, filtered through activated charcoal or extracted with chemical solvents.
The problem with deodorizing is that it reduces the skin healing antioxidants by 20% and chemical extraction degrades the oil qualities by more than 60%.
It also makes it easier to mask the aroma of low quality Argan Oil and to extend the shelf life of stale oil.
Prickly Pear Seed Oil has a very light odor and most people consider it naturally fragrance free.
Prickly Pear Seed Oil is rich In Vitamin K, Argan Oil has none
Vitamin K is one of the most potent skincare ingredients. Vitamin K is essential in aiding the body’s process of blood clotting, which helps the body heal wounds, bruises, and areas affected by surgery.
Vitamin K are can help certain skin conditions including acne, dark circles under the eyes, stretch marks, spider veins, scars, dark spots and hyperpigmentation,
Both Prickly Pear Seed Oil and Argan Oil are super sustainable, bio, and organic
Prickly Pear Cactus and Argan Trees are both very sustainable crops that grow readily In arid areas without chemical treatment, fertilizers and additional watering. They play an important role in the climate emergency as they prevent and reverse desertification and grow in areas that other CO2 scavenging trees can’t survive.
They don’t use much water and much of what they need comes from the sea mists rather than from groundwater
Every part of the plants are used so there is no waste, however Argan trees are used to produce carbon charcoal so the Prickly Pear has the edge here as it is only used for Food, Cosmetics and Skincare.
Prickly Pear Seed Oil and Argan Oil have been tested safe on humans for hundreds of years
Both Prickly Pear Seed Oil and Argan Oil have been used in Morocco as Food and applied to the skin for centuries so any adverse effects would have been discovered; there are currently no known acute or chronic toxicity levels.