Leading Prickly Pear Seed Oil Supplier 

Prickly Pear Seed Oil Supplier in South Africa

Afrika Botanicals is a leading and established brand focusing on the supply of Prickly Pear Seed Oil (Opuntia ficus-indica).

We are proud to offer our Prickly Pear Seed Oil ingredient to businesses and entrepreneurs looking for alternative sweetening in their production processes.

Bulk Supplier of Premium Grade Prickly Pear Seed Oil

Our Prickly Pear Seed Oil is sourced from the Free State Province in South Africa.

Southern Africa has an ideal climate for the planting and cultivating the Opuntia ficus-indica plant. Although not indigenous to Africa, it has established itself as an essential crop for feedstock, fruit, seed oil, and energy production fuel.

The Waterkloof farm outside of Bloemfontein produces some of the finest Prickly Pear Seed oil.

Afrika Botanicals is your trusted source for Prickly Pear Seed Oil supply

Please note that we supply smaller quantities to a minimum of one litre. Afrika Botanicals is a leading South African business that exports Prickly Pear Seed Oil to any company or individual worldwide looking for this speciality oil to augment their cosmetic and pharmaceutical offering.

Afrika Botanicals is a supplier of the world’s finest Prickly Pear Seed Oil.

Contact Afrika Botanicals for Prickly Pear Seed Oil.

We must emphasise that we only cold-press the Prickly Pear seeds on-demand over 20 litres. Customers ordering more than 20 litres may expect a three-week delay while the seeds are freshly pressed. We welcome business owners and entrepreneurs from South Africa and worldwide to contact us for further information on our Prickly Pear Seed Oil.

Why deal with us?

We are experts in supplying and distributing Prickly Pear Seed Oil. 

We understand the export and import process and can assist you with all paperwork and documentation.

Contact us for all Prickly Pear bulk supply enquiries.


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Prickly Pear Seed Oil / Opuntia Oil (Opuntia Ficus Indica)

Opuntia Oil is also commonly known as Prickly Pear 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.

Where does it come from? 

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, and Spain, Tunisia, Morocco, and Turkey, among others.

In the Free State region 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 only lasts for 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.
Opuntia Oil has been around for more than a thousand years thanks to its antioxidant, regenerative, moisturizing, soothing, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Opuntia Oil versus Argan Oil

  • 65% polyunsaturated fatty acids (nourishing) as opposed to 33% for argan oil

  • Vitamin E (antioxidant) over 100mg/100g as opposed to 65mg for argan oil

  • It contains 150% more vitamin E than argan oil

Opuntia Oil versus Argan Oil

  • 65% polyunsaturated fatty acids (nourishing) as opposed to 33% for argan oil
  • Vitamin E (antioxidant) over 100mg/100g as opposed to 65mg for argan oil
  • It contains 150% more vitamin E than argan oil

This oil is also extremely rich in essential fatty acids, including omega 6 and 9, antioxidants, polyphenols, amino acids, and vitamin K.

It calms inflammation and rehydrates your skin. Its high Linoleic Acid content allows the oil to absorb quickly and penetrate deeply without leaving a greasy residue.

Opuntia contains effective and potent antioxidants known as betalains which are red and yellow pigments found in plants. Prickly Pear contains the highest betalains than any other plant, including beetroot, Goji berries, and Acai. These super antioxidant pigments help protect skin against aging from various damaging radicals that would otherwise encourage wrinkle formation. Aside from its betalains content, this seed oil contains amino acids that may help stimulate collagen production.  Containing vitamin K, prickly pear oil helps brighten hyperpigmentation areas such as dark spots and benefits under-eye dark circles.

Skin Treatment Benefits

  • Intensely hydrates the skin
  • Suitable for all skin types but works particularly well on dry, mature skin
  • Brightens skin and gets rid of dark spots
  • Reduces wrinkles and adds firmness
  • Highly effective moisturiser
  • Easily absorbed into the skin
  • Does not clog your pores
  • Calms down any inflammation
  • and redness, especially for those prone to rosacea
  • Brighten under-eye circles and minimize spider veins
  • The fatty acid profile of linoleic acid and oleic acid replenish lost lipids within the skin, which helps moisturise and restore skin elasticity.
  • The high linoleic acid content, roughly 62%, ensures that even the most dehydrated skin is soothed.
  • Sufferers of acne usually have higher oleic acid levels in the skin than linoleic acid.
    Its high linoleic acid content helps prevent sebum from hardening and thus prevents blocked pores, leading to acne and spots.

Hair Treatment benefits

Opuntia Oil is excellent for dry, dull, and lacklustre hair. For hair treatment, use one or two drops and massage into hair every night; leave for 15 minutes before washing.

Nail Care

When applied regularly to the nail cuticles, this oil strengthens nails, making them less prone to breakage.

Weight Loss

Opuntia oil is also used in herbal supplements for weight loss.

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