Afrika Botanicals is the leading supplier of Prickly Pear Seed oil throughout South Africa and globally.
The Prickly Pear (Opuntia ficus-indica) Seed oil ingredient is an exclusive ingredient used in cosmetic products and formulations.
Prickly Pear Seed oil is extracted from the fruit of the prickly pear cactus. The oil is made by cold pressing the oil out of the seeds of the fruits. The process of pressing removes the outer shell, which gives the oil its distinctive colour. Over time, the colour of the oil changes from a greenish hue to a subtle yellow colour. It is one of the most expensive natural oils on the market due to the fact that it takes 500 kgs of seed to produce one litre of oil.
Our Prickly Pear Seed oil is sourced from the Free State Province in South Africa.
Southern Africa has an ideal climate for planting and cultivating the Opuntia ficus-indica plant. Although not indigenous to Africa, it has established itself as an essential crop for feed stock, fruit, seed oil and fuel for energy.
The Waterkloof farm outside Bloemfontein currently produces some of the most sort-after Prickly Pear Seed oil.
Prickly Pear Seed oil is used in many skin care products and has tremendous benefits. It is a natural antioxidant and has properties that make it ideal for use as an anti-ageing treatment. Here are some reasons why you should start using Prickly Pear Seed oil in your daily routine:
Opuntia ficus-indica oil is known as Prickly Pear Seed oil, Barbary Fig Seed oil, Indian Fig oil, and Cactus oil. It contains more natural Vitamin E than any other plant oil – even more than Argan oil – and is non-irritating and ideal for sensitive skin.
It is a thorny cactus that grows in arid and semi-arid regions. It most likely originated in Mexico yet has become a critical domesticated crop important to the agricultural economies of many other countries, including South Africa.
Growing in the Free State and Northern Cape regions mainly, South Africa is now producing world-class quality that is pure and cold-pressed.
Extracting the fruit from the seeds is a lengthy operation, which can take three to four days. It is a manual operation, and the season lasts only a few months. It is worth noting that half a ton of these cactus fruits only produce one litre of Prickly Pear Seed oil.
The seeds contain only 5 percent oil, making extraction difficult with low yields per batch. Thus, it is one of the most expensive oils available.
This oil has been around for over a thousand years thanks to its antioxidant, regenerative, moisturizing, soothing, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Argan oil is extracted from the kernels of the argan tree, a large evergreen tree that grows in the mountains of northern Morocco. It has been used for centuries as an antiseptic and cosmetic treatment. It is also widely used in the Middle East and in Europe. The oil is harvested by hand after the kernels have been dried, crushed and mixed with a solvent to extract the oil.
Prickly Pear Seed oil contains 65% polyunsaturated fatty acids (nourishing) while Argan oil contains 33 % polyunsaturated fatty acids. Prickly Pear Seed oil contains 150% more vitamin E than Argan oil.
Afrika Botanicals is your trusted source for Prickly Pear Seed oil supply. We supply the world's most sort-after oil to businesses and entrepreneurs. We must emphasise that we only cold-press 20 litres of the Prickly Pear seeds on-demand. Customers ordering more than 20 litres may expect a three-week delay while new seeds are freshly pressed.GET A QUOTE
Prickly Pear Seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the prickly pear cactus.
Prickly pear seed oil is different from other oils because of its high content of antioxidants.Prickly Pear Seed oil contains 65% polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Prickly pear seed oil is generally stable and if stored correctly in a dark and cool environment it should have a minimum of a two-year shelf-life. It is best stored in a glass container.
The best way to use it is to massage it into your skin. It’s great for all skin types, including dry, oily, and combination.
You can buy bulk quantities of Prickly Pear Seed oil from Afrika Botanicals. Contact us for further information. Our minimum order quantity is one litre.
The best way to apply it is to massage it into your skin. It can be mixed with hydrosols and other complementary essential and carrier oils. You can also add it to your bath water.
Afrika Botanicals is considered a leader in the supply of Prickly Pear Seed oil worldwide. We are located in South Africa and specialise supplying locally and worldwide.
It usually takes 30 minutes for the effects to start.
Afrika Botanicals are experts in supplying and distributing Prickly Pear Seed Oil.
Afrika Botanicals understands the export and import process and will assist with all documentation.
All batches have their own Certificate of Analysis and a Safety Material Data Sheet
Yes, there is research on its effectiveness. Studies have shown that it effectively treats sunburn and other skin conditions. A lot more research is being conducted worldwide, making Prickly Pear Seed oil an exciting and versatile oil to have in any formulator’s toolbox.