Prickly Pear Seed Oil Cactus Seed Oil
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What is Prickly Pear Seed Cactus Oil?
The Prickly Pear Cactus, native to Mexico, is now found in many semi-arid parts of the world. Our Prickly Pear Seed Cactus Oil comes from Morocco, as do the rest of our MOROCCAN ELIXIR PRODUCTS.
Known as the “Miracle Plant”, the Prickly Pear Cactus is able to survive with very little water and still produce healthy fruit. Grown in open fields without exposure to fertilizers or pesticides, The Prickly Pear Cactus contains small black seeds, from which the oil is extracted.
The oil has been used by generations of Berber women to fight the effects of dry desert conditions.
Prickly Pear Seed Oil is one of the most expensive beauty oils in the world.
Its production requires a labor intensive, manual process by the Moroccan women at cooperatives. The Prickly Pear seeds are separated from the pulp and are then dried before being cold pressed. Because each seed contains only 5% of oil, up to 60 lbs. of seeds (and a half a ton of fruit) are required to yield about 34oz. of oil.
Poor Production Methods of Prickly Pear Oil we don’t recommend
Unfortunately, chemically-extracted prickly pear seed oil is available in the marketplace, involving solvent like hexane, which can cause adverse health effects and is hazardous to the water. In this process, extreme heat is used to evaporate the hexane, removing many valuable ingredients of the Prickly Pear Cactus Oil, such as natural antioxidants and vitamins. Other synthetic ingredients further degrade the quality of other commercial oils.
We produce fresh, cold-pressed prickly pear seed oil by treating the prickly pear seeds carefully,
NEVER USING CHEMICALS OR SYNTHETIC ADDITIVES, AND STICKING ONLY WITH WHAT IS 100% NATURAL AND EFFECTIVE.
Prickly pear seed oil has one of the highest amounts of essential fatty acids found in any natural beauty oil.
Prickly pear seed oil contains more than 88 per cent unsaturated fatty acids, important for many different metabolic processes of the human body, which is not able to produce this acid itself.
Prickly Pear Cactus Oil also contains Tocopherols, making it a very effective natural antioxidant, and a warrior against free radicals, which promote the aging process: exposure to smoking, environmental poisons, ultraviolet rays, alcohol, drugs, ionized radiation from our TVs and cell phones, stress and physical strain!
Beauty and Health Benefits of the Prickly Pear seed oil
Protects the skin against premature aging
Tightens the skin and prevents wrinkle formation
Promotes a beautiful and healthy complexion
Helps to repair fragile, fissured and lustreless Fingernails
Reduces the under-eye shadows and dark circles
Lightens age and brown spots on the face
Moisturizes and repairs hair and split ends
Gabrielle Francis is a Naturopathic Physician, Chiropractor, and Acupuncturist practicing as The Herban Alchemist in New York City.
She has contributed the Moroccan Elixir formulations of Pure Argan and Cactus oil with Organic Essential oils for added beauty and health benefits.
Moroccan Elixir is proud to produce the highest quality beauty products that are free from chemicals, synthetic ingredients and artificial oils. These pure and natural products are helping to promote culture, environmental sustainability, and Women’s Independence in Morocco and other parts of the world.
This is a project of love, hope, independence, beauty, and culture.
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Moroccan Elixir uses only the highest quality natural and organic Ingredients. Our oils are pure and cold pressed and contain no artificial ingredients. Our products are pure and made with the purest methods. Our products are all vegan, gluten free, paraben and petroleum free.
In other words, Moroccan Elixir is organic food for the skin and hair!
Our products are sourced directly from communities of women in Morocco and other regions of the world in an eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable way.