La Bella Figura Beauty is the first brand to import this next wonder oil and possibly topple Argan’s immense popularity. What makes Barbary Fig so special is how it has nearly four times the Vitamin E concentration found in your common variety Argan oil. But the tiny amount of oil extracted from each cactus fruit makes Barbary Fig oil the most expensive on the market, about a $1,440 a liter. And, so much of it is needed. Eight tons of the Barbary Fig fruit – sometimes known as prickly pear – are needed to produce a liter (quart) of oil used for cosmetics.
The Barbary Fig Renewal Serum ($125) paves the way for those lusting after the next big thing in skincare. Argan 2.0? Perhaps, as you can also source this epidermal virtue from Morocco, too. The serum has Barbary Fig at its core – plump and viscous – and threads Broccoli Seed, Guava Seed, and Milk Thistle Seed oils throughout the carrier. Highly rich in linoleic acid, it’s a swiftly absorbing serum. Day after day, fine lines are appear smoothed out, skin appears more firm, dense and nourished for an exceptional, youthful radiance. It’s one of those oils that can be layered over a barely there night cream for an added boost.
Guava oil is the never before seen surprise in this treatment. Guava is very rich in lycopene, potent antioxidant known for its protective action against cell-damaging free radicals. Guavas are also an excellent source of beta-carotene and vitamins A and C, copper, zinc, selenium and phosphorus, which makes this an excellent organic alternative to retinol.
Blood Orange, Magnolia Blossom, Rose Otto, Frankincense and Melissa Leaf essences round out the effervescent scent. Fresh from atop its wildcrafted notes, the lyrical unison of accords bring a voluptuous form to the flourish, sweetened ever so slightly on the spread. It's the accumulating wisps of Magnolia Blossom that entice from the persistent rhythm of floral essentials.
All of this as a preamble to my word to capture the oil? Hailing from the capital of cool, I’d say it’s a classic in the making. Ok, it was more than one word. But, the oil is more than just that, too.
Scent Classification: Floral
Viscosity: Slightly viscous (4/10)