Minimalism is a word not often associated with K-beauty, but Korean brand Huxley is changing all that. Huxley's minimalistic design is what first peeked Ohlolly’s interest when the brand launched in 2016. Its desert-inspired packaging combined with practical but uber sleek glass bottles equaled instant crush. After initially testing Huxley our crush continued thanks to the luxurious quality, the tight range, and the heavenly scent created by a 90-year old Swiss perfumery.
The True Star
Now, we’re officially in love with Huxley. Yes their philosophy is applaudable, their design impeccable and their scent addicting, but it’s what’s packed inside these beautiful bottles that keeps us coming back for more. It’s called the secret of sahara. Anti-aging, antioxidant-rich and highly nourishing, prickly pear cactus seed oil is the true star of Huxley and the missing ingredient your skin needs.
What is Prickly Pear Cactus Seed Oil?
Prickly pear cactus seed oil comes from the prickly pear cactus, a desert plant thriving in some of the driest and harshest environments in the world, like the Moroccan Sahara Desert where Huxley sources all the organic prickly pear cactus seed oil used in their products. Prickly pear cactus bears fruit and it’s inside the fruit seeds where the oil is hidden. Every seed is carefully hand selected and then cold pressed to extract the oil which procures maximum benefits.
About a million seeds are required to produce just one liter of this oil, which makes prickly pear cactus seed oil some of the most precious and expensive oil on the beauty market today. But extracting this oil is worth the effort and subsequential price tag. And while Huxley is undeniably contemporary, this ingredient is an ancient secret, used for over a thousand years by the Moroccan royal family keeping their skin youthful and hydrated despite their desert environment.
What are the benefits?
The list of skin benefits from this oil is impressive--it protects skin from free radicals and environmental pollutions, stimulates cell regeneration, reduces the appearance of wrinkles by restoring skin elasticity and brightens complexion, all while providing skin a serious boost of hydration. It’s essentially an anti-aging superstar loaded with extremely high levels of linoleic acid and vitamin E. These are exact same vitamins and antioxidants found in argan oil, except that prickly pear cactus seed oil contains even larger amounts of both linoleic acid and vitamin E. Plus its lightweight texture absorbs easily and quickly into skin.
What else is in Huxley products?
While prickly pear cactus seed oil may be the star, Huxley products are packed with the perfect amount of supporting ingredients including yerba mate leaf, birch sap, hyaluronic acid and centella asiatica, just to name a few. Huxley values skin, that is why all their products are truly created for all skin types, including those with extra sensitive skin. Parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, artificial dyes or mineral oils are never used in Huxley products.
Huxley products are ideal for transitioning your routine through the seasons, protecting your skin against urban pollution, or simply adding anti-aging benefits and hydration.
The best Huxley products for my skin:
Find your perfect products with our Huxley Quick Guide.
Ohlolly's top picks:
A deeply moisturizing foam cleanser for all skin types.
“This stuff is perfect! I have absolutely no tightness or dryness after using it, even though it completely removes everything, including my oil cleanser. The bottle is beautiful and it dispenses the perfect amount to create a great lather.”
- Cierra D
A fantastic, perfectly balanced blend of oil and essence that smoothes over skin in need of protection against various environmental stressors; free radicals, pollutants and moisture loss.
“The search is over. I found the product that makes my skin feel hydrated and healthy.I have a combo skin that needs a lot of TLC. I will restock for sure!”
An antioxidant-rich cream that smoothes over rough and dull skin, Anti-Gravity Cream contains 51% of Sahara prickly pear cactus extract to provide long-lasting hydration while firming to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
“I love this moisturizer with heavenly scent and anti-aging benefits. Every time I put it on, I feel like I'm treating myself. Love!”
A new way of sheet masking: When prickly pear seed oil and cactus extract meet, they transform into a unique formula that takes moisturizing skin and sheet masking to the next level.
“This mask has by far the best fit I've ever come across in my long sheet masking years. It's also very very hydrating and moisturizing. I love the whole experience. I've already told my friends about this mask.”
The latest from Huxley
Now the same hydrating goodness plus intoxicating scent found in Huxley face products are available in body care.
Huxley Body Wash - Silky soft bubbles cleanse while retaining skin’s moisture and oil balance (pH 6.5) thanks to the non-chemical, coconut-derived surfactants.
Huxley Body Lotion - A lightweight yet long-lasting formula that replenishes moisture deep into the skin.
Huxley Body Oil - Never greasy or sticky, this oil leaves skin feeling soft, smooth, moisturized and subtly fragranced.
Written by Kait @ Ohlolly