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Seed Oils

Published by Karen in Pure Organic Moroccan Oils · 28/3/2017 21:35:00
Tags: PricklyPearSeedOilUK



A seed oil, as the title suggests is an oil obtained from the actual seeds of a plant rather than the plant itself. Most vegetable oils are in fact seed oils, prime examples include sunflower, sesame, and canola.

Triglycerides
Triglycerides are basically fat. These fats are generally stocked in the seeds of the plant, to supply food for the new plants until they are able to grow their own roots and leaves that will enable them to survive independently. A few seeds also contain sugar to provide energy to feed young plants.

Almost all plants create seeds that encase oil. These nutrient rich oils supply considerable amounts of energy and nourishment for the young seeds to flourish and eventually become an independent plant that will grow roots and leaves that will enable it to survive.

Oil content
The amount of oil contained in different types of seeds varies even within the same kind of plant, due age and the environment that the mother plant grows in.

Best Quality Oils
The best quality oils are unprocessed and have a texture/flavour similiar to that of the seedlings that were pressed. Cold pressing preserves more nutrients ensuring a more nutritious oil than oil produced from the heat pressing method. Storage is also a factor in preserving oils, they should be stored away from heat light and air.

Fresh oils derived from quality seeds should always be cultivated from newly pressed seeds that are sealed and packaged to ensure the consumer receives the freshest quality oil.

Opuntia provide only the freshest cold pressed prickly pear seed oil money can buy, ensuring a top quality product.




Treat Yourself To Some Top Quality Hair Oil this Winter!

Published by Karen in Pure Organic Moroccan Oils · 9/11/2016 16:43:00
Tags: ArganOilPricklyPearSeedOilHaircare
 

Now that the winter season is almost here, it's time to think about protecting our hair from the harsh elements to come, especially if your hair is particularly thin and dry. This type of hair is more vulnerable to the elements and will need extra special care. During the winter time, it's a good idea to give your hair a regular weekly treatment to a deep conditioning oil to replace the moisture that can be lost due to central heating, and cold drying winds. Opuntia prickly pear seed oil applied to damp hair will help to replace and seal in the moisture lost from the winter elements that can cause dryness, frizz and static. A regular weekly treatment, together with a good conditioning treatment every time you wash will help keep those bad hair days away, giving your hair that is fit to be shown off. Here are a few tips that will help to keep your hair looking beautiful and healthy this season.

1. To keep hair in tip top condition, wash with lukewarm water as opposed to hot and use a good conditioner afterwards.

2. A leave-in conditioner together with Opuntia argan or prickly pear seed oil will help to lock in the added moisture as well as providing beneficial nutrients that will leave hair soft shiny and smooth. After each wash, add argan or prickly pear seed oil to your towel dried hair to seal in moisture. Either leave to dry naturally or blow dry on a cool or warm setting.

3. As a weekly treatment, apply Opuntia prickly pear seed oil or argan oil to hair overnight and wrap hair in an old towel. The oils will deliver their beneficial nutrients and provide much needed moisture. Wash out in the morning.


Why not treat yourself or a friend to some Argan or Prickly Pear Seed Oil this Christmas? Not only are they fantastic for your hair, they are also good for skin and nails. Opuntia cosmetic oils are 100% pure and natural. They are cold pressed which means none of the beneficial nutrients are destroyed during extraction, ensuring top quality products that provide the best possible results for hair, skin and nails.

Follow the links below to try it now!





Marrakech Market Place (Morocco)

Published by Karen in Pure Organic Moroccan Oils · 12/9/2015 12:29:00
Tags: MoroccanOilsOrganicSkincarePricklyPearOil
      

One place you simply cannot miss when visiting Morocco is the bustling market place in Marrakech where you will find a truly unique shopping experience. There is so much going on and so much to see. A carnival of vibrant colours and textures are everywhere you turn your head. The whole place can seem very overwhelming and chaotic, given the crowds of people, motorbikes zooming past, horse drawn carriages, and street vendors that will randomly wrap a snake around your shoulders for a photo souvenir. Visitors to the Marrakech market will find that almost anything can be bought here; perfume, Moroccan oils, spices for food, bags, scarves, shoes, arts & crafts, lanterns and rugs to name but a few, everyone has something to sell.

 

Though the market will seem quite busy during the daytime, at night people seem to flock from everywhere and the place gets ever more crowded as even more sellers appear, many just laying their wares to sell on the ground. Lights illuminate all around with so many pretty Moroccan lanterns, children's toys that glow in the dark and of course, all the shops and street lighting. Different kinds of Moroccan music can be heard all around, and the smell of exotic foods make the whole place so exciting. In addition to this, you will also find a labyrinth of small alley ways where there are even more shops and stalls. Through here it can be easy to get lost as you wander from alley way to alley way if you are unfamiliar with the area.

  

The market in Marrakech also known as souk (which translates to market in Arabic) is truly a delight to the senses with all of its colourful sights, sounds and exotic smells. It is located at a place known as Jemaa El Fna.

Organic Moroccan Skincare Products
At some point while wandering the Market of Marrakech, you will no doubt come across stalls that sell some amazing natural organic skincare products, there are so many soaps, balms, and oils that you won't know what to go for, everything looks so good and you just want it all! From black soap and sulphur soap to olive oil soap and soaps that incorporate argan and prickly pear oil, the choices are immense. You can find a range of organic Moroccan oils for the hair and body, and balms that are great all natural moisturisers. Concentrated perfumed oils can also be found that are very popular in Morocco and the Arab world. The Moroccan people truly know their stuff when it comes to body care products, after all, they do have to deal with the harshest of dry weather conditions.

 

Argan oil, which is one of the rarest oils is the world can be bought for cooking purposes and cosmetic use. You will find all types of hair and body products that incorporate argan oil as it is highly prized for its cosmetic virtues. It is produced only in Morocco due to the specific growing conditions that the argan tree thrives in.

Prickly pear oil can also be found on the souks although finding a genuine product may prove difficult since it has frequently been found to be mixed with other oils making it a less effective product. The oil that is obtained from the tiny seeds of the prickly pear fruit is set to be the new jewel of the cosmetics industry, being even more potent than argan oil with its incredible skincare benefits. The Opuntia Company sell only genuine prickly pear seed oil. We have all the relative product certifications with our oils so you can be sure that if it says '100% prickly pear seed oil' on the bottle, then that is what you get in the bottle, no cheap mixes or imitations.

When to Visit
The market at Jemaa El Fna in Marrakech is a great place to visit all year round. Temperatures are still pleasantly warm during the daytime even in winter, around 18C - 23C, but the nights can get a bit chilly dipping down to about 6C - 10C, so best to pack a good jacket! July - August in contrast, are the hottest months and can get unbearably hot during the day with temperatures soaring to around 40C-45C. If visiting Marrakech in the summertime, the markets, shops and restaurants stay open until late in the evening so you can still enjoy some shopping after sundown when temperatures are a little more comfortable.

Marrakech in Morocco is situated in North Africa between the Atlas Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. There is a strong Arab tradition blended with European sophistication. Spoken languages include Moroccan Arabic, Berber, French and Spanish with English becoming more popular especially in the major cities. Also, most people in Morocco speak at least two different languages.




The Importance of Vitamin E For The Skin

Published by Karen in Pure Organic Moroccan Oils · 19/8/2015 09:17:00
Tags: VitaminEPricklyPearOilUKOrganicSkincare
It is well known that vitamin E is highly beneficial for the hair and body for many reasons with even doctors prescribing diet supplements to their patients. It has the capacity to help with heart related problems, skin disorders, scars and wounds. Vitamin E in the cosmetics industry these days is like the kingpin of skincare ingredients, as when applied topically, it moisturises, protects and repairs skin. Being one of the most potent anti-oxidants, vitamin E neutralises free radicals, preventing damage to the skin cells. In addition to the above, it is also a powerful anti-inflammatory which helps with premature skin ageing as it is now known that inflammatory conditions are a prime cause of this.

Moisturising
Vitamin E is considered to be highly moisturising since it prevents the loss of water through the skin, therefore creating a barrier to seal in its own natural moisture levels. This in turn will leave skin more soft, supple and bring welcome relief to dry skin conditions.

Vitamin E and Sun Exposure
Vitamin E or tocopherol as it is also known, is normally found in skin but exposure to the sun's rays has been proven to reduce this highly important antioxidant but direct application increases the availability of it. When our skin is exposed to the sun, it reduces the level of vitamin E in the skin, which leaves it more susceptible to developing free radicals. This is caused not just by environmental factors but also by the body's own oxidative reactions, the chemical and structural changes during exposure. Vitamin E, being a powerful antioxidant helps to counteract this reaction. The effects of sunburn on the skin cause a breakdown of elasticity and reduced moisture levels which leads to lines and wrinkles. Although vitamin E can help to minimise the damage of sunburned skin and the formation of free radicals, it must be noted however, that it cannot be used to replace a sun protection lotion, cream or oil. Most of a topically applied treatment of vitamin E oil or cream will be diminished through sun exposure.

Skin Ageing
Changes that occur in the skin as we age are related to many factors including the environment, genetics and diet but the biggest culprit is the sun. This is evident from comparing parts of the body that have had a lot of exposure to areas that that are usually hidden. Since the amount of vitamin E in the skin decreases with age, it becomes more important to replace this. A topical application of vitamin E will help to keep ageing skin supple and plumped up since it helps to retain water content by creating a barrier to keep in precious moisture.

It is worth knowing that the majority of cosmetic creams, lotions and oils containing vitamin E cannot necessarily reverse the ageing process but it can be considerably slowed down through proper care. With this in mind, we should not wait until we get older to start thinking about skincare but rather it should be taken into account when we are young. A good understanding of the skin, its needs and how it works cannot be underestimated to keep our skin looking its best for a lifetime.

Vitamin E Oils (Topical Application)
There are many beauty oils that contain vitamin E but one that stands out from the rest is prickly pear oil which contains a hefty 895mg per Kg. This oil possesses more vitamin E than any other cosmetic oil on the market today, rivalling even the well known argan oil containing 620mg per Kg. In addition to this, prickly pear oil has many other benefits for the skin as it also contains essential fatty acids and is highly moisturising. Prickly pear seed oil is obtained from the tiny seeds of the prickly pear fruit that grows on the opuntia ficus indica cactus plant and has been used by the Berber women of Morocco for generations, not just for direct application to the skin but also in cooking.

       

Dietary Vitamin E
Foods rich in vitamin E include nuts (especially almonds), dried apricots, sunflower & pumpkin seeds, green olives, avocados and plant oils, (especially wheat germ) to name a few but there are many more. Furthermore, vitamin E supplements are widely available in many stores.

It may be worth knowing that vitamin E taken orally, takes a least 7 days to take any effect on the skin as it first mounts up in the sebaceous glands prior to being conveyed to the outside of the skin via sebum. (Source

It is evident that vitamin E is a fundamental component of the skin’s antioxidant protection, largely giving protection against UV rays and other free radicals that could come into contact with the skin. It helps to delay the processes that harm the skin cells, also providing a barrier that will help to lock in moisture, resulting in skin that looks and feels its best.


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