The dietary and especially medicinal and cosmetic properties of the well known Moroccan argan oil are no longer to discuss. Then, there's another Moroccan product attracting the attention of the world of cosmetics: Barbarian Fig (or prickly pear) seed oil. This oil is rich in vitamins and minerals, as well as active ingredients known for their anti-oxidant properties, which prevent from aging signs on the skin.
It is used in day creams, after-sun lotions, anti-wrinkle care and anti-stretch marks products. Moisturizing, nourishing and softening; the powers of this oil would exceed even those of argan oil. The destiction shows in prices as well; Pure argan oil is bought at a high price, a bottle of 50 ml sells for about 18€, while the oil of prickly pears costs almost 8 times more expensive. Paying 28 Euros for 10 ml makes a price per liter of 2800€! Hard to dream off let along to consume.
There are several ways in which you can benefit from this plant. as a Vegetable, animal feed, and biofuel. It can also be an effective way to combat desertification, planted in hedges, barbarian fig can prevent sand coming from Sahara from invading agricultural areas - a virtue that should not be underestimated.