PORTRAIT

Extraction

Inshanti’s Prickly Pear Seed Oil is 100 percent pure and extracted solely from the seeds of the prickly pear. It is not mixed with any other base/carrier oil, and more importantly, it is not mixed or made from prickly pear flowers, which would give it a lower quality.

Production

The production of Prickly Pear Seed Oil is a labor-intensive and extremely lengthy process. Its extraction is done mechanically by cold pressing (without solvents) from small seeds of prickly pears. Because the seeds are very hard and contain only about 5 percent oil, the amount of seeds required to produce a liter of oil corresponds to almost one ton of fruits. Hence, its production cost is very high and this oil can be considered the most expensive plant oil in the world.

The Moroccan Prickly Pear Seed Oil has the best quality when compared on chemical composition and ingredients to the Mexican, Tunisian or Greek prickly pear seed oils. There are many regions in Morocco in which prickly pears can be grown, but the best region is located in precisely in the city of Sidi Ifni, in the south of Morocco.

Inshanti’s prickly pear seed oil is first cold-pressed; the extraction is semi mechanical which preserves the oil’s main valuable ingredients such as vitamins and antioxidants. Other prickly pear oils on the market are extracted chemically, which causes the loss of valuable ingredients due to the heat produced during this kind of extraction. In order to replace the lost active substances, synthetic antioxidants may be added.

The prickly pear seeds are separated manually from the pulp (prickly pear fruit) and then dried before getting cold pressed. This carefully executed task takes patience, diligence and precise work (up to five days to prepare only one liter of this oil).

ESSENTIAL FACTS

Plant Parts: Seeds
Botanical Family: Rosacea
Country of Origin: Bulgaria
Method of Extraction: Cold Pressed
Cultivation Method: Certified Organic
Aroma: Herbaceous, Earthy

PROPERTIES

Rich in vitamins A (trans-retinoic acid), C, & E, this oil helps brighten skin and reduce blemishes and premature aging effects. Powerful antioxidants like beta-carotene and lycopene nourish the skin with essential micronutrients to protect skin against damaging environmental aggressors. Lycopene also gives the oil its rich amber color.

Essential fatty acids like Omega-3, 6, & 9 may help to regenerate skin cells, repair damaged skin tissue, hydrate dry skin, and help improve the appearance of burns, scars, wrinkles and stretch marks. Rosehip oil can be applied independently of other products or blended with our essential oils.

HOW TO USE

Rosehip Seed Oil Benefits:

  • Corrects UV damage from the sun
  • Reduces appearance of scars, burns and stretch marks
  • Treats fine lines and wrinkles
  • Hydrates dry skin
  • Great for eczema and psoriasis
  • Evens skin tone, great to use if you have hyper-pigmentation, age spots or other minor skin discolorations

Makeup Remover – Apply a small amount to a cotton ball and wipe on eyelids to remove make up.

Moisturizer – Rosehip seed oil is often described as a “dry” oil (one that is easily absorbed into your skin, leaving no oily residue). Apply a small amount to face and neck.

Scars – great to use on slow healing scars. Massage into affected area several times a day.

Dry Cracked Heels – massage a small amount into heels.

Hyperpigmentation – massage a small amount onto dark areas of the skin.

RECIPES

INGREDIENTS:

1 teaspoon jojoba oil

1 teaspoon rosehip seed oil

1 teaspoon marula oil

1 teaspoon evening primrose oil

3 drops frankincense essential oil

1 drops carrot seed oil

2 drops myrrh

1 drop rose otto

3 drops of vitamin E

Directions: Combine ingredients in a small dark-colored bottle with a dropper cap. Shake gently to combine. Apply 2-4 drops to the pad of your finger and massage into face, neck and chest each night.

SAFETY

For external use only. Keep away from mucous membranes & eyes. Test a small amount on skin for allergic reaction. Keep out of reach of children.      

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