Aqua Cacteen


Soothes and hydrates women’s and men’s skin

Firmness / Plumping

Firmness / Plumping

Hair & Scalp

Hair & Scalp

Hydration / Barrier

Hydration / Barrier

Redness / Sensitive Skin / Wellbeing

Redness / Sensitive Skin / Wellbeing

Sun Care / Photo-Aging

Sun Care / Photo-Aging

AquaCacteen™ is an ultra-refined elixir from prickly pear (Opuntia ficus-indica) that blocks the release of stress markers from sensory nerve cells in the skin, calming and soothing irritated skin. AquaCacteen™ features outstanding hydrating properties thanks to its high content of water-binding compounds.

Clinical studies conducted on both men and women showed that AquaCacteen™ was exceptionally soothing and firming for the skin. Furthermore, it was found to be very hydrating, even in rinse-off products.

The cactus raw material for AquaCacteen™ is organic certified. Available in an COSMOS certified, in a NATURE certified and in a COSMOS approved version.


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Product Documents

Plant Source

Opuntia ficus-indica is a succulent cactus that is native to Mexico and is also known as prickly pear, nopal or Indian fig. The use of Opuntia as a food and medicine dates back to the Aztecs of pre-Hispanic Mexico, who revered it as a sacred plant. Opuntia also contains piscidic acid, an excellent iron chelator that prevents the formation of ROS in skin tissues by complexing Fe2+. Moreover, it contains the vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, and C, the minerals potassium, calcium and magnesium.


Plant Source
Proven efficacy

In vitro

  • Inhibits the release of stress factors

In vivo

  • Soothes men’s skin after shaving
  • Long-term soothing effect on irritated skin
  • Firming effect on UV-treated skin
  • Hydration properties in a shower gel
  • Soothes and calms irritated skin
  • Hydrates the skin even in rinse-off formulation
  • Protects and firms the skin
INCI (EU/PCPC) Declaration

AquaCacteen™ (standard version): Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract (and) Glycerin (and) Phenoxyethanol (and) Aqua / Water

AquaCacteen™ O (oil-soluble version, COSMOS approved * version): Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract (and) Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride

AquaCacteen™ nc (COSMOS approved *, COSMOS certified **, NATRUE certified): Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract (and) Glycerin (and) Aqua / Water

* Raw material certified by ECOCERT GREENLIFE according to the ECOCERT Standard for Natural and Organic Cosmetics available at

** Raw material approved by ECOCERT GREENLIFE in accordance with the COSMOS Standard




  • Liquid
  • Water-soluble
  • Without alcohol
  • Oil-soluble version available
  • Version without preservatives available

Recommended use level

  • 0.5 – 2%
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