Product Review: La Flora Barbary Fig Seed Oil with Rare Cactus Flower
For those of you who don’t know, Barbary fig seed oil is one of my holy grail, can’t-live-without-it skincare essentials (I’ll get to the reasons why shortly). La Bella Figura offers the finest and purest I know of, and they just recently launched a special version called La Flora—a Barbary fig seed oil with rare cactus flower—and it’s absolutely to die for.
Named after Flora, the Roman goddess of blossoming flowers, renewal and spring, this new LBF release will help your skin transition to spring and beyond with a radiant, healthy glow.
La Bella Figura’s founders travel all over the world for product inspiration, and La Flora is no different. It was in Florence where LBF co-founder Victoria was introduced to the wonderfully rare cactus flower essential oil from Sicily. Naturally, she thought the soft and nuanced floral scent would pair well with the Barbary fig seed oil, which is also derived from a cactus plant. The cactus flower essential oil offers a beautiful, delicate scent plus an added boost of amino acids to the organic Barbary fig seed oil base. It’s a really special combination, and I think I prefer La Flora to the original.
Over the last few years Barbary fig seed oil has become an essential part of my skincare kit. I always have it on hand, and while I’m often testing new products I make sure to get in my BFSO fix because it does amazing and sometimes miraculous things for my skin. Simply put—it calms, heals and plumps my skin like no other.
Rich in essential fatty acids, active minerals, amino acids and powerful antioxidants like betalains, Barbary fig seed oil is lightweight and absorbs readily but performs like heavy hitter. This oil is packed with antioxidants and contains some of the highest levels of vitamin E you’ll find—much more than argan oil—so it conditions while combating free radicals like a boss. Barbary fig seed oil also contains significant amounts of linoleic acid, which helps to soften and heal skin. Studies have found that acne prone skin is deficient in linoleic acid, so yes — Barbary fig seed oil benefits the acne prone as much as the person who wants to benefit from its anti-aging prowess.
I’m using the new La Flora just as I do the regular BFSO from La Bella Figura. In warmer weather, I use the Barbary fig seed oil alone. In cooler weather or during times when my skin needs more hydration, I add Barbary fig seed oil as a booster to something heavier. If my skin is freaking out—breakouts, imbalances, and inflammation—I drop everything and use Barbary fig seed oil alone until it’s better, which is usually within a day or two. It’s truly a skin saver.
This spring, my favorite combination is La Flora and La Crema Supernova Vitamin C Day Cream. I’m pretty obsessed with both of these products individually, but together it’s an unbeatable combination. I add two drops of La Flora to one pump of La Crema, blend together and press into my face and neck—pure heaven! The scent is bright, uplifting and floral but very soft. The finish is perfect for this time of year when you need a lightweight but hydrating fix that will keep skin clear, bright and youthful.
Have you had the chance to experience La Flora? Do you love regular Barbary fig seed oil as much as I do?