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Did you know one of the main ingredients in our new natural shampoo is Cactus Seed Oil? It’s a mysterious precious oil from Morocco that will do wonders for your hair, from leaving it shinier and softer to generally feeling healthier. Want to know how?
Cactus Seed Oil, also known as Prickly Pear Seed Oil or Barbary Fig Oil is actually a super powerful and nourishing ingredient that will fit perfectly into your grooming routine. But don’t take it from us, keep reading to find out all the benefits and uses of this amazing essential oil.
Cactus Seed Oil is actually one of the most moisturising natural beauty ingredients currently out there. You’ve probably heard about Argan Oil and how good it is for your hair, right? Well, Cactus Seed Oil has even bigger quantities of the same vitamins and antioxidants that make Argan Oil one of the preferred ingredients of many Beauty and Grooming editors.
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The oil is extracted from the seeds of the cactus plant Opuntia ficus-indica, commonly called Prickly Pear and found in the Moroccan Desert. As the cacti blooms, it grows a fruit that is full of these precious little black seeds.
To extract them, farmers need to take special care and use special gloves to collect the ripened fruit and avoid splinters in the process. The seeds are then separated, washed and air-dried under the sun.
Once the seeds are harvested, a high-tech machine squeezes the oil out. The process is actually quite similar to that of extra virgin olive oil, ensuring the purest oil with absolutely no dilution, chemicals or nasties.
The challenge is that each seed contains only around 5% of oil and you need one tonne (1000kg) of fruit to extract 25kg of seeds and the equivalent of 1 litre of oil, making the entire process very time-consuming and resource intensive. This is why this oil is one of the most expensive oils in the world, but it’s so powerful a few drops will go a long way.
So we know it’s the main ingredient in our new shampoo - but why is it so good for your hair? Cactus Seed Oil is exceptionally rich in Vitamin E and Fatty Acids which promote healthier, shinier hair. Some of the benefits are:
So, have we convinced you yet? Our brand new Fig Barbary Musk Shampoo is rich in Cactus Seed Oil and is still on offer, so grab yours while stock lasts. It will leave your hair feeling soft, shiny and moisturised, perfect to be followed by one of our styling products.
Bonus Fun Fact: Cactus Seed Oil has somewhat of a fruity yet not sweet smell. It’s not floral at all but instead will leave you feeling crisp, cool and invigorated - just how a Funky Fella should feel!
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Sal Essa is the Chief Funky Fella & Founder of No Gunk. Fluent in French & Spanish, during his spare time he enjoys travelling, improving his Mandarin & learning from great entrepreneurs and brands.