Prickly Pear Seed Oil

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prickly pear or tuna – I took this photo in Georgia

Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Barbary Fig Seed Oil

Origin

Prickly pear seed oil is a fairly newcomer to the beauty industry but one that is quite in vogue, no matter if you call it barbary fig oil, cactus fruit seed oil or opuntia ficus-inidica seed oil. However, in Mexico, I always knew  that a prickly pear is a  “tuna”, the fruit of a cactus called Nopal. Nopal is a cactus that is native to the Americas. Mexico, with over 80 different varieties of tuna, is the top producer and exporter.

Prickly Pear

Peeling a prickly pear or tuna is a delicate endeavor as it is full of small “espinas” thorns that can get under the skin. But once peeled it is a delicious treat. The fruit is used to make “agua frescas” or lemonade, marmalades, gorditas, gelatin, alcohol and in salsas. Prickly pears are quite versatile; however, my favorite way to eat them is just peel and eaten raw.

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Prickly pear seed oil is pressed from the seeds and depending on who you ask, it takes approximately 8 tons of cactus fruit to make one liter of  oil. The  seeds are hard and must be pressed to make the precious oil. You can see how it is our costliest ingredient and we buy only organic certified.

Here is a great article on the properties of the oil. The oil contains linoleic acid, phytosterols, polyphenols and Vitamin E. Therefore, it contains all your your skin needs to retain moisture, protect and nourish your skin.

Our skin therapy has prickly pear seed oil, camellia seed oil, beeswax, infused with lavender and lime. It is a customer favorite as it only take a small amount to hydrate the skin. Some of our fans also use it as a make-up remover. However you use it, you will love the delicate calming aroma that lingers on your skin.

 

 

 

The Benefits of Argan Oil for Hair

The benefits of argan oil for hair are widely touted by many beauty products. Shampoos, hair treatments, and styling products all praise argan oil as a defining ingredient.

What is Argan Oil?

Argan oil is a plant oil that comes from argan trees that are native to Morocco. The oil is extracted from the kernels in the nuts that are within an argan tree’s fruit. The extraction process is done by hand, including the pealing of the fruit, the cracking of the nut, and the pressing of the kernels for oil – quite an arduous task!

The Benefits of Argan Oil

So why all the fuss? Argan oil is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that hydrate, rejuvenate, and protect. Vitamin E and A promote new cell production while minerals and antioxidants nourish and calm inflammation. It is a multi-miracle serum straight from Mother Nature, perfect for pampering your skin and hair.

Argan Oil for Hair

Argan oil is great for keeping hair shiny and healthy. This non-greasy oil protects from heat damage (perfect for those of us attached to our blow dryers and flat irons) as well harmful UV rays from the sun.  It is also a great leave-in conditioner and split-end tamer! The benefits of argan oil apply to the body as well! It hydrates the skin and locks in moisture with just a few drops.

Go Organic

With so many products on the beauty market boasting argan oil as an ingredient, how do you know which one is the best? To keep your skin and hair free of unwanted toxins and parabens, it is always best to go organic. HollyBeth Organics’ Hair & Body Silk is 100% USDA Certified Organic, made with pure, organic argan oil. Use it all over your body for healthy, radiant skin and all good hair days.

The Best Organic Face Moisturizer

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The Best Organic Face Moisturizer

Looking for the best organic face moisturizer? Look no further than HollyBeth Organics’ Rose Geranium Face Moisturizer. This nourishing blend of camellia, rosehip, and sea buckthorn oils combine with antioxidant-packed Vitamin E to balance and protect your skin while antiseptic properties help reduce the signs of scars and aging. This velvety do-all is great for every skin type, even sensitive and rosacea-prone.

Fan Favorite

This silky face cream is one of HollyBeth Organics’ most popular products. Not only is our Rose Geranium Face Moisturizer a customer favorite, it is also a must have face making tool for professional makeup artist Fiona Stiles, and even in the travel bag of actress Nikki Reed! Definitely the best organic face moisturizer in our book ;).

Ready to see what all the fuss is about? Our Rose Geranium Face Moisturizer is available in a 2 oz. or sample size.

double duty eye cream

The skin around your eyes is the first area to show signs of aging and the damaging effects of sun exposure, smoking, and environmental toxins. Why? Skin is thinnest around the eye area and as we age we lose muscle tone.  Sun exposure damages the elastin and collagen in your skin thus decreasing elasticity. Our customers swear by our eye cream and tell us that they have seen positive results around the eye using HollyBeth Organics eye cream loaded with camellia oil (uva protection properties) Vitamin E and jojoba oil. This is by far our number one seller. Customers e-mail us telling us they swear by it for cuticle cream and cold cream – what do you use it for?

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under eyes' circles

We get so many calls from women about our eye cream and if our eye cream will diminish and/or erase the dark circles under the eyes. Dark circles under the eyes are attributed to so many different reasons: tanning, tiredness, allergies, heredity, smoking, eczema, drinking and according to the Mayo Clinic can even be caused the loss of weight. I like what the Mayo Clinic recommends as I have always said this: Camouflage. The right concealer can do just that – hide dark circles. If the circles under your eye are bluish, use a peach-colored concealer, not one that’s white or gray. Avoid scented products and those containing salicylic or glycolic acid, which can irritate delicate eye tissue, making redness and swelling worse. Having said this, I do believe that our eye cream (camellia oil, jojoba oil) provides the moisture and anti-oxidants in Vitamin E to keep the under eye area healthy. . This is our number one seller and I don’t believe it would be number 1 were it not for our wonderful customers who clearly feel they are getting results. Always use your ring finger and start on the outside of the eye and come in when using eye cream.

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Travel Gift Set – complete body care in a tin

What better gift than HollyBeth Organics travel gift set  in a reusable tin… enough product for 2 -3 month. Ideal for Christmas, Hannukah or a hostess gift. Lovingly hand made in artisan batches the set includes HollyBeth Organics best sellers, rose geranium face moisturizer, best selling eye cream, grits honey scrub, lavender hand cream, lemon lime shea butter for feet.

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