heritage & terre | coeur de cactus oil replenishing serum

heritage & terre cactus oil replenishing serum

Indian fig. Prickly pear. Barbary fig. Cactus pear.

Whatever you want to call it, opuntia ficus-indica is finding its way into myriad green beauty products, and for good reason: It’s exceptionally high in omegas 6, 9 and vitamin E, meaning your skin gets a dose of delicious with every application.

One cactus oil I’ve been experimenting with lately is Heritage & Terre’s Couer de Cactus Oil Replenishing Serum.

heritage & terre cactus oil replenishing serum

{Heritage & Terre sent me a sample of its Cactus Oil Replenishing Serum, which retails for $78 for a 0.15-ounce glass dropper bottle.}

Heritage & Terre’s Couer de Cactus, or “heart of the cactus,” is a simple blend of Moroccan cactus oil, Damask rose essential oil and vitamin E.

Though it’s blended with a bit of rose, the roasted, nutty cactus smell prevails; you will either love or hate the smell of cactus oil.

I can’t describe it any better than “extremely nutty,” but it’s not an offensive scent to me. It’s just different compared to most citrus or floral oil blends on the market. It may grow on you if you give it a try!

heritage & terre cactus oil replenishing serum

The medium thickness of this beautiful toasted-golden oil makes it wonderful for both evening and daytime use; I prefer to use it at night on drier areas of my face, such as my cheeks.

I’ll also admit that I’ve tried this expensive oil as a cleanser to test its effect on removing eye makeup; I’ve made mistakes in the past of trying oil cleansing with oils that burrrrrn my eyes (looking at you, tamanu oil).

I’m happy to report that this oil is gentle and non-irritating to my delicate eyes.

Speaking of eyes, I’ve also dabbed a bit of Heritage & Terre’s Couer de Cactus Oil Replenishing Serum under my eyes at bedtime to encourage dark circles to stay away; while I can’t say I’ve noticed much major difference, I think we can all agree that plentiful rest and a consistent skincare routine can help ward off dark circles.

Heritage & Terre Couer de Cactus Oil Replenishing Serum is one of those oils I’d look forward to using every winter. There’s something comforting about applying a toasted-nut oil to your face in the dead of winter that mimics the feeling of warmth.

However, if I’m going to splurge on cactus oil, I’d rather have a completely pure, no-other-goodies-added oil that I could use straight or experiment with on my own (this is why I, like most people, adore argan oil!) — Heritage & Terre, can you make that happen?

Have you tried cactus oil (straight or blended)? What do you like about it? Have you tried anything from Heritage & Terre? Tell me in the comments!


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  • Marcella

    Oh yes, nutty oils are so good but the scent of barbary fig seed/cactus oil… I’ve had my pure oil bottle for a year now and I’m still not sure what to think of its scent. It’s incredibly moisturizing and perfect for dry skin but I have to will myself not to say it smells bad when I put it on.

    • Hold your nose! LOL :)

      • Marcella


        • Caro

          Have just bought my first product with prickly pear oil and am taken aback by the smell. I was wondering if it was off (it reminded me of a farmyard…) – is this how it should in fact smell?! Not sure I can bear to use it! (It’s called Soothe and Smooth Eyes by Moroccan Natural and contains organic argan oil, prickly pear oil and cucumber seed oil.) Sadly, here in the UK you can’t ever send products back unless they are faulty in some way.

          • Oh wow! Smell is just so personal. To me, it smells like toasted nuts … but very, very nutty. It can be a bit strange but I’ve grown used to it. It’s kind of similar to tamanu oil, if you’ve smelled that, but deeper. Sorry it’s not working for your nose!

          • Caro

            I WISH it smelled like toasted nuts or tamanu oil (which I don’t mind)! If anything, this is more like very, very concentrated sea buckthorn oil, which I am not mad about. Maybe it’s the cucumber seed oil, which I didn’t even know was a thing! Am really enjoying your blog – I just wish more of the products were available in the UK… (Thinking of LBF in particular.)

          • Oooh, interesting. I’m not familiar with the smell of cucumber seed oil, but I couldn’t imagine it being that harsh. You will have to find some more cactus seed oil to compare! Let me know :) Thanks for reading my blog, I appreciate it. I do believe La Bella Figura is making plans to expand to the UK … you should reach out to them via Twitter to find out when! I hope you get a chance to experience the line soon. xoxo

          • Caro

            It does seem an unlikely culprit! Thank you very much for the heads up about LBF coming here – I shall investigate. I hear so many good things about them. One face oil I love, though (because?!) it doesn’t have prickly pear, is Marble & Milkweed’s nourishing ‘serum’, which has *argan oil, *rosehip seed oil, *sweet almond oil, *evening primrose oil, *sesame oil, *tamanu oil, *baobab oil, neroli essential oil, wild-crafted essential oils of wild carrot seed and sea buckthorn, *rose otto, non-GMO vitamin E (*organic). It’s quite a ‘dry’ oil with a fairly pungent scent that fades pleasantly and quickly. I use it at night and it makes my combination skin brighter and more rested-looking, and hasn’t broken me out (I’ve been using it about a month). They sell samples, which is how I tried it.

          • Looks like the LBF ladies are participating in the comments … chance to ask them directly here! :) I haven’t tried Marble and Milkweed yet … le sigh, so many great brands on the market now. I love it!

          • Caro

            Thank you – fingers crossed! Do add M&M to your list – they have some lovely things (especially if you like sandalwood) and their samples are fab and inexpensive. The owner is also very kind about adding free ones with your order. :)

  • Mademoiselle nature

    Nice ! I am intrigued now as I have never tried them …..

    • Let me know if you try anything from Heritage & Terre!

  • Kelly

    I recently got a sample of fig oil from my last order from LBF. It is a weird smell, sorta like it. It feels better then argan oil. Would purchase if I didn’t have so many oils as it is. I like LBF fig renewal serum a lot.

    • Yes, LBG Barbary Fig Renewal Serum is a favorite of mine.

  • I don’t think I’ve smelled cactus oil by itself so I’m curious if I would mind the nutty smell? One of my favorite serums is mun’s no. 1 aknari with prickly pear, argan and rose which I think smells amazing – though definitely not nutty!

    • I realllllly want to try that Mun oil. I bet the argan and rose help cut through the prickly pear smell.

  • Victoria and Karen

    We’re going to weigh in here and be brutally honest. Barbary Fig Seed Oil (which is what we call it since it’s provenance is Tunisia and that’s how they call it) isn’t the most “girl friendly” smell on its own. It’s not a bad scent just a little too earthy for some . I think it smells like earth, grass and mushrooms and over the years I have grown to love it. Of course, I love very gourmand and big odors so I’m different than most. Karen (LBF Co-founder) is quite averse to the scent. It kind of drives her crazy, but she loves the effects on her skin. So what’s a beauty girl to do when she absolutely is intrigued by a product’s spectacular efficacy and worried about the scent? I say try it! If you really want fresh, clear and glowing skin NOTHING beats pure unrefined barbary fig seed oil. We have put acne prone customers on a regimen of just BFSO and our Healing Mask twice a week to results they never expected. There are tons of amino acid, vitamins, minerals and EFAs in this single ingredient that can really change your skin’s texture and health factor. You will either not mind the scent or grow to love it. It’s worth it if you’ve struggle with the health of your skin.

    • Caro

      Speaking as a Londoner who would love to try LBF, do you have any plans to come over here? Please do – I think you would be very different from the brands we already have here :)

      • Victoria and Karen

        Hi Caro, we do! We’ve begun the process of becoming EU certified and it’s a lengthy and complicated process so it’s moving slower than we’d like. We are so excited about being in Europe as we have many fans and customers and hope to bring our line to more beauties like you to try. Thank you for the encouragement. :)

    • Marcella

      The Healing Mask is sooo good for acne and clearing out my pores. It’s on my must repurchase list when I finish up my current one!