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Boost Your Moisturisers With Oils

Published by Karen in Pure Organic Moroccan Oils · 1/4/2017 12:14:00
Tags: Seedoilspricklypearargan
Moisturisers are a fundamental part in keeping our skin supple and younger looking. As the name suggests, moisturiser keeps the skin hydrated which not only keeps it looking better but feeling better also.

It is well known that oil and water do not mix but many cosmetic companies that create moisturisers for the worldwide market use emulsifiers to bind water and oil together. Essentially, a moisturiser is a combination of water and oil blended together with the help of an emulsifier which is the glue that binds them. Our skin needs both water and oil (which helps to seal in the water) but not all oils are equal. Prickly pear seed oil and argan oil are some of the most beneficial oils available buy for the skin. In addition to using these oils neat, they can also be mixed with some of your favourite products such as a moisturiser or leave in conditioner to not only add some extra moisture but also some extra nutrients to give your hair or skin a boost.

Moisturisers & Body Lotions
Have a favourite moisturiser or body cream? Add a drop or two of prickly pear seed oil or argan oil to enhance the mix. Depending on skin dryness or in the case of an overnight treatment, you may need to add a little more. You can do this with any moisturiser including cheaper ones to upgrade them to a more high end product. In some cases it may be more beneficial to make your own recipe as many moisturisers or body creams available, state that they contain prickly pear or argan oil but actually contain very little of it and top of this, you pay a higher price!

Leave-in Conditioners
Many of us these days use a leave in conditioner due to the adverse effect from weather conditions such as dry heat and wind. If your regular leave in conditioner just isn't doing the job, rather than rush out and buy a more expensive product, try adding either some prickly pear or argan oil to the blend. You can either mix a little with your product or simply add a little oil to your hair afterwards by rubbing a drop or two into the palms of your hands and smoothing through the lengths of your hair.

Adding oils to your moisturisers, especially seed oils which contain triglycerides (basically nutritious fats that are stocked in plant seeds) will indeed enhance your products making them a more beneficial and richer product. Additionally, it is quick and easy to implement.

Natural Moroccan Hair and Body Products

Published by Karen in Pure Organic Moroccan Oils · 3/10/2015 13:09:00
Tags: OrganicSkincarearganoilpricklypearoilMoroccanperfumecosmetics

The North African country of Morocco is a great place to find a wide range of organic skincare products from perfumed oils to cosmetics and skin treatments. Visitors to the country will be intrigued by the many unusual products and exotic smells that are derived naturally from mother earth and sometimes still handmade. Listed below are some of Morocco's most popular beauty products that have been used for centuries.


Argan Oil
Native to Morocco is the world renowned Argan oil that is used not only in skincare but also for hair. In its purest form, argan oil has been the number one organic product that has been used for generations by the Moroccan people to moisturise, nourish and protect their skin from the extreme desert like conditions, especially during the summer months. Argan oil is packed full of nutritious natural elements including a high level of vitamin E that is commonly used in many beauty products because of its skin benefits.


Prickly Pear Oil
Prickly pear seed oil is a relatively new product on the market to the western world but the Moroccan people have also been using this for generations. It is set to rival even argan oil due to its greater potency of beneficial fatty acids and high level of vitamin E. Prickly pear oil is already big in the United States and France, so we can probably be sure that it won't be long before we see this and beauty products that contain it filling our shelves in the near future.


Rose Oil and Rose Water
Rose petals from the Moroccan Rose are used widely in fragrances and other hair and skin care products. Rose oil is considered an essential oil that is highly moisturising and packed full of vitamins and minerals. This lightly fragranced oil also contains antioxidant properties.

Rose water is often used in face mists, cleaners and toners as well as hair products. It is produced by steaming the rose petals. The extracted liquid obtained contains small particles of essential oil as well as other beneficial ingredients.
One of the best places to buy rose products is in the village of Kelaat M’gouna in Morocco which means valley of roses. It is homeland to the largest rose production manufacturers in the country, and shops and sellers can be found everywhere. A rose festival is held late springtime each year during harvest time.


Perfume Bars
Something very interesting you can find in Morocco is solid perfume, a bit like a bar of soap to look at. These highly fragranced blocks are designed to be rubbed directly on the skin. They are an all natural alternative to traditional perfumes and the block will last for ages.

Natural khol is a black powder for the eyes that has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes as well as a cosmetic. It is believed to nourish the eyes and protect from UV rays and in the past was used by the ancient Egyptians to soothe eye infections. As a cosmetic, it is used as an eyeliner and eyeshadow not just by Moroccan people but also in many eastern countries. The product is applied to the eyes using a small stick called a mirwed.

Ghassoul (pronounced rassoul) is an organic clay powder that contains calcium, potassium and magnesium. It is harvested from the beds of the Atlas mountains and used on the skin to absorb excess grease and impurities (a bit like a mud mask) It is mixed with floral water to form the clay mask. Ghassoul is also used on wet hair mixed with water to form a thick paste to help with greasy hair.

Black Soap (Savon Noir)
Black soap or savon noir as it is often labelled, is very popular in Morocco as well as other parts of North Africa. It has been traditionally used in hammams and has moisturising and exfoliating properties. Savon Noir is used to rid the body of dead skin and toxins to leave the skin thoroughly cleansed and moisturised since it is also packed with vitamin E.

Moroccan Oils For Retaining Skin Moisture

Published by Karen in Pure Organic Moroccan Oils · 1/9/2015 17:22:00
Tags: Moroccanoilspricklypearseedoilarganoilorganicskincare

Both prickly pear oil and argan are a great way to preserve the water content in our skin. Not only will they help to seal in moisture but they will also infuse the skin with precious vitamin E as well as essential fatty acids. Both of these Moroccan oils contain the same valuable elements that provide great benefit not only to the skin but to hair also. Our body loses moisture in a number of different ways and this water loss can cause skin to look and feel dull and dried out.

Water Content In Skin
The skin consists of approximately 64% water, depending on age and gender. It is the largest organ of the body and is made up of varied skin cell layers. Water is important in the skin for many reasons as it is an essential nutrient for the survival of every cell and behaves first as a building material aiding the repair, maintenance and replacement of cells. As we age, the normal functions within the skin become less efficient and water content decreases leaving our skin cells more dull, dry and wrinkled.

Glycosaminoglycans are a group of carbohydrates found naturally in the body. These glycosaminoglycans are responsible for preserving and supporting collagen and elastin in the skin, helping also with maintaining moisture. These carbohydrates help to plump up and fill skin cells when they combine with water and are reliant on liquid taken in through the body whether consumed or otherwise. Also, as we age, they become less efficient and don't absorb water so well. The gradual decline in water within the cells results in skin that not only becomes more dull and dry, but also it starts to form fine lines and wrinkles over time. This situation is added to by the fact that the glands that secrete oil to the surface of the skin, shrink, leaving it without a protective film of oil that would otherwise seal in moisture.

Apart from the gradual decline of moisture with aging, there are many other reasons by which water can be lost through the skin, such as sweating, sun exposure and alcohol intake but we can help to preserve it to keep our skin looking its best.

Help Is At Hand!
Opuntia Moroccan Oils are considered to be dry oils and are a fantastic way to keep skin looking and feeling soft and supple without leaving it greasy. The fruits from which they are derived are 100% organic and cold pressed which means they haven't been subject to harsh chemical fertilizers during the growth period nor stripped of valuable nutrients during extraction. No perfumes or additives are contained in our oils so you can expect a completely natural product.

To find out more about Organic Moroccan Oils from The Opuntia Company, follow the links below.

Moroccan prickly pear seed oil - Contains a high amount of linoleic acid that is great for skin softening as well as a high level of vitamin E (895mg per Kg)

Moroccan argan oil - World renowned beauty oil, rich in fatty acids and vitamin E (620mg per Kg)

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