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Prickly-pear-fruitWe have heard of everything from donkey’s milk, ingestible collagen, injecting Botox in unnatural places and now cactus is finding a place in the cosmetic industry. To be more precise, derivatives of prickly pear cactus is being sourced from Mexico and China for the beauty industry.

China is the leader to-date in processing the cacti for the beauty industry, but Mexico is right on its heels with 410 varieties of cactus from 23 unique species and may have stiff competition from Brazil. On the market already are products formulated with cactus oil and may be identified on ingredient labels as: Barbary fig seed oil, Indian fig seed oil or prickly cactus seed oil.

A company in France is already marketing serums for mature skin with prickly pear seed oil and plans to expand the use by including it in clay masks and hand creme. Prickly pear seed oil is reported to have an excellent source of essential fatty acids naturally found in the skin, Vitamin E, Vitamin K and amino acids.

In 2015 a writer for Elle magazine reported that prickly pear seed oil is comparable to Argan oil, but better. Prickly pear seed oil can also be found in the U.S. in products by Sia Botanics (cleansers) and G.M. Collins (hair care products marketed as “MyChelle”).

To read more on this new trending product, click on the following link:

Utroske, D. (2016). Cosmetics Design, “Is cactus from Mexico the next big person care ingredient?” Retrieved, February 29, 2016, from: http://www.cosmeticsdesign.com/Market-Trends/Is-cactus-from-Mexico-the-next-big-personal-care-ingredient/?utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=29-Feb-2016&c=9sHOSUTBWSi4bKcj4JTD0kulxICz0E6T&p2=