THE PRICKY PEAR
This pure, Organic (bio) Prickly Pear Seed Oil is imported from source in Agadir, Morocco. It is also called Barbary Fig Seed Oil, Indian Fig Oil or Cactus Oil. This is a fruit of a cactus. A rather large and ugly rambling cactus. The fruit is about the size of a lime and has very tricky to see tiny prickles from spots on the fruit. If you pick them by hand you will spend days tweezering prickles from your hand. I know as despite my warning to our children they did try to pick some in Spain and I spend days getting the fine prickles from their hands!
I would imagine that the ladies pick they by hand. I also imagine the oil comes from the tiny seeds inside the fruit. You can eat the fruit and they are tasty, a cross between the texture of a melon and the taste of something sharper . You peel them wearing gloves before eating obviously.
The seeds are small and I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to extract the oil from these. I am telling you all this so that you understand how valuable this oil is because of its difficulty in harvest then extraction.
VWC’s PRIKLY PEAR OIL
This comes in a small brown glass bottle. The kind you buy essential oils in and it has the same screw top lid and inside the same plastic stopper with a hole so that the contents are dispensed frugally in tiny drops through this hole once the bottle is upturned and given a shake.
The oil is pretty much clear and has virtually no scent at all. It s a very light oil and not heavy and greasy at all.
This small 10 ml bottle usually costs 24.95 Euros and at present is reduced to 17.46 Euros which seems a lot but remember what I explained about harvesting these fruits for the oil and also I have found that a little of this goes a long way.
Initially I was a bit disappointed by the lack of scent but this is pure prickly pear oil with nothing added including other essential oils for perfume or otherwise
I used this oil night and morning after cleansing and toning my face and before applying the moisturiser which I also got from this company.
I always apply any facial oils whilst my skin is still damp from toning as I find the oil spreads more easily and the moisture from the toner is trapped in with the oil as it is absorbed.
This oil is a very light one and a few drops was enough to apply to my face and cover it all . The oil was REALLY quickly absorbed as it is so light and all natural. After the oil is absorbed I like to feel my skin to see if any bits feel dry. I love the way my skin feels , soft, smooth and not at all greasy even minutes afterwards.
I then apply the moisturiser and the any make up if I want to.
It seems to sink in quickly and my skin feels almost instantly moisturised, soft and not dry at all and after about a month I can honestly say my skin has had no break outs and looks healthy and the lines look finer and less obvious. I have used this as well as the moisturiser so I am not sure which has contributed more !
A FEW THINGS TO NOTE
This is a natural product but still some people may find they are allergic to it so if any irritation does occur stop using it at once ( then send any unused to me please! – only joking.)
It can sting your eyes so be careful when applying not to get too close to your eyes. I did find one day when it was really sunny my eyes watered and then I rubbed them which meant what was on my face got into my eyes – they did sting a bit and I had to use some eye drops to rinse them out.
Although this comes in a brown coloured bottle it is still best to store this out of sunlight. I keep mine in the small box it arrived in. It is also a good idea to keep it somewhere cool too as it may be damaged through light and heat.
Storage: Due to its high concentration of natural antioxidants and fatty acids, this oil should be stored in a dark, cool place.
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