L’Observatoire des Cosmétiques (The Cosmetics Observatory)

Gascogne Plum Oil

The French, too, have their very own “liquid gold”! There is no need to travel far. It is found in the South West, in the Gascogne region. A treasure of luxury and sweetness , this predominantly organic plum oil is rich and nourishing. However, compared to other vegetable oils, this typically French ingredient offers a true bonus feature: its wonderful fragrance! You can find it in skincare products or nourishing body exfoliants, and its high tolerance works wonders in family skincare ranges…

Gascogne Plums, or Ente Plums, used to make the famous Agen Prunes, are a South Western speciality, more specifically of the Lot-et-Garonne region. It is a plum tree variety of the Prunus Domestica species. Ente plums are of a dark purple colour with a characteristic bluish tinge and have a very sweet, honey-coloured flesh. A real treasure of luxury and sweetness, only recently studied in terms of its cosmetic benefits, this vegetable oil is obtained by pressing the kernel found in the stone of the plum, and often discarded as waste by the food and agricultural industry.
After drying and shelling the plum stones, the kernels are ground and pressed in a screw press to obtain the oil desired (INCI : Prunus domestica seed oil). This first cold-pressed virgin oil, most often organically produced, is then simply decanted and filtered.
100% pure and natural, softening and conditioning, with a rich and nourishing texture and velvet to the touch (quite the opposite of a dry oil that seems to coat the skin without really penetrating the surface!),it provides a feeling of deep nourishment and does wonders for dry and sensitive skins, as well as for dry hair.

Above all, its defining characteristic is that it has the most magical olfactory quality. Its perfume of bitter almonds and marzipan is absolutely delicious and addictive! Both subtle and luxurious at the same time, it is almost one of a kind, in contrast to other vegetable oils that, for the majority, just smell like… oil! Naturally rich in antioxidant Vitamin E, it helps keep the skin youthful whilst also having a very good oxidation stability. It also has a high levels of Omega 6 and 9 (especially linoleic acid and oleic acid), the essential fatty acids necessary to maintain skin balance.


You can find it pure on Aroma-Zone, offered as a food product in various sizes (Organic Plum Oil, € 1.50 for 10 ml, € 4.90 for 30 ml or € 12.50 for 100 ml), but it is also found in combination with other ingredients in different skincare products, such as Decléo’s Aroma Nutrition Crème Riche Nourrissante Corps (body cream; € 38 for 200 ml), or in the form of a Gascogne Plum Oil or Butter with Provence essential mimosa wax, or in the Crème Nourrissante for dry skin from the Aromathérapie d’Académie Scientifique de Beauté range (€ 44 for 50 ml).
Given that it requires no added masking fragrance, it is exceptionally high -tolerance, perfect for family brands, such as SkinHaptics (Hair & Body Shower Gel with cotton and plum oils, 400 ml, € 16; Body Massage Oil with cotton, plum and sunflower oils, baby, child, adult, 125 ml, € 21), or for brands devoted to future mums, such as Beautanicae, that uses it in its organically certified Baume Onctueux Vergetures (Oily Stretchmark Balm) (150 ml, € 27).


We can also use the ground powder of the Gascogne plum stone as an exfoliating agent (INCI : Prunus domestica seed powder). Examples include Graine de Pastel’s Gommage de Cocagne Corps (body exfoliant) with pastel oil (150 g, € 23).

Gascogne Plum Oil is still used very little in face-care and it is a true shame! Up to now, we have only seen it in the new Acorelle Cleansing Oil (125 ml, €16 ), an organically certified cosmetics brand that is located right in the Lot-et-Garonne region!
It could also be adopted by parfumiers. It is without a doubt that this oil is not just about plums!

Ariane Le Febvre

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The Ente Plum is making oily ripples

Sud-Ouest newspaper, 12 June 2015


A three-star oil

Article published in the Sud-Ouest newspaper, Saturday 11 July 2015 :

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Following Chefs Loiseau, Ducasse and Sarran, prune kernel oil is going to make an appearance in the menus created by Michel Troisgros, in his three-star restaurant in Roanne, in the Loire.

Nathalie Barrère, who markets this superior quality product on the Vidalou estate, certainly has something to smile about. This oil is the fruit of an adventure that began in 2001, thanks to the determination and creativity of Jean-Pierre Clavié, its founding producer. This cold-pressed kernel oil can be used for both cooking and seasoning. Indeed, it is here that it truly finds its flavour dimension, especially when used in desserts. For the Perles de Gascogne company, in Pujols, this is a new stage in their conquest of the international market of food & wine.

André Dossat

Read the original articlehttp://www.sudouest.fr/2015/07/11/une-huile-trois-etoiles-2013805-3807.php


Nougatine and yoghurt biscuits



  1. Mix all the ingredients together until you obtain a smooth dough (a bit sticky).
  2. Make little balls/mounds with the help of a small spoon.
  3. Put in the oven at 180°C for 20 mins (cooking time may vary according to the size of the balls)

Recipe created and kindly provided by La Laiterie du Périgord

Discover prune kernel oil

Article published in Sud-Ouest Gourmand magazine, September 2015ARTICLE SUD OUEST GOURMAND SEPT 2015 box ARTICLE SUD OUEST GOURMAND SEPT 2015

An oil that is absolutely unique

Article published in Sud-Ouest, le Mag, 15 September 2015. Text: Bastien Souperbie, photos: André Dossat.

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Inca Inchi oil is awarded food product certification in Europe

Perles de Gascogne, a company specialised in the production and distribution of high quality first cold press virgin oils, has just been awarded European food product certification for virgin Inca Inchi oil, after seven years of analysis and additional studies.

European partner of the leading Peruvian producer, the Perles de Gascogne company has obtained Novel Food certification for its first cold press virgin Inca Inchi oil; the European certificate of authorisation to sell on the food market.

This oil is produced from Plukenetia seeds, which are cultivated in the Amazonian region of Peru using traditional and organic agricultural methods. Known and valued by the cosmetics industry for several years, it is currently the richest vegetable source of omega 3 available on the food market.

Also known as Sacha Inchi, this oily substance is a valid alternative for food processing and nutraceutic companies wishing to develop their ranges of omega 3 enriched products: combined oils, margarines, dairy produce, food supplements…

Its richness of flavour and nutritional qualities also make it a first-choice product for amateur chefs and professional caterers: restaurateurs, chefs, bakers…

Marketed and sold exclusively by Perles de Gascogne in France and in Europe since March 2013, this product completes the range of first cold press virgin oils produced and distributed by the company: virgin hazelnut oil, virgin walnut oil and the flagship product, virgin prune kernel oil.

Press contact

 Christophe Merle, manager of the Perles de Gascogne SARL (limited liability company)

Contact : christophe.merle@perlesdegascogne.com

Download the press release in PDF format (1 page) : Press release Inca Inchi Perles de Gascogne May 2013

Perles de Gascogne will be at NutrEvent 2013!Perles de Gascogne will be at NutrEvent 2013!

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An unmissable event in Health-Nutrition innovation

The next NutrEvent event will be held on 19 and 21 June and brings together in one single location the worlds of science, industry and regulation, with the aim of promoting an increase in Health and Nutrition R&D projects.

The Perles de Gascogne team will be there at the event. We hope you can be there to meet us at the Business Convention, where we look forward to presenting our products and developing new partnerships.

Let’s book the meeting now!

Renowned for their nutritional qualities, our first cold press virgin oils are produced by integrated and expertly controlled companies. No chemicals are added in our manufacturing process and we hold Organic certification for two of our oils: plum oil and Inca Inchi oil.

Naturally rich in vitamins, fatty acids and omega 3, our walnut, hazelnut, prune kernel and Sacha Inchi oils promote inner wellbeing and are ideal for use as food supplements, functional foods, etc…

Did you know? Perles de Gascogne is the exclusive distributor of Inca Inchi oil on the European food market! Contact us to find out more! 

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Newsletter September 2013



The Latest News from Perles de Gascogne!


In the heart of Fourcès, in the Gers region (32), l’Alamboutic, owned by Nicolas and Cécile CHEREL, reveals itself to be a culinary treasure! Open since early 2013, the boutique offers a variety of local wines and spirits and hand produced foods. Each product is all carefully selected for its unique character and quality. Hazelnut, Walnut and Prune Kernel Oils by Perles de Gascogne can be sampled in tastings and bought directly.

Location details:

L’Alamboutic, Au Village, 32250 Fourcès (32), tel: (0033) (0)5 62 29 35 04, www.lalamboutic.com

Inca Inchi Oil: a tasty treat that is good for your health!

Marketed exclusively in France and Europe by Perles de Gascogne since March 2013, Inca Inchi Oil is the richest vegetable source of omega 3 available on the food market to date.

Already used for its cosmetic qualities, it is produced from Plukenetia nuts cultivated in the Peruvian Amazonian region according to traditional and organic farming methods. This oleaginous fruit, of which there are both organic and traditional varieties, is naturally rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9 and vitamin E.

Inca Inchi Oil, also known as Sacha Inchi, is today a real alternative for food processing and nutraceutic industries that wish to develop their ranges of Omega 3-enriched products.

Learn more about:

cosmetic Inca Inchi oil,

edible Inca Inchi oil and Organic Inca Inchi oil.


September 2013

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Gascogne black pig’s trotter stuffed with lobster

It’s time for harvest! Despite the unpredictable weather, our Pautet variety hazelnut trees in Pujols (47) promise this year once again to bear great fruit! Our early-blooming hazelnut trees produce small sized fruit with an excellent flavour and very rich in fatty acids.

The oil obtained from this fruit is a natural antioxidant, recommended for cosmetic use due to its nourishing, healing and restorative qualities. Its powerful fragrance of dry toasted hazelnuts is also much appreciated in culinary circles. Learn more…

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Le Monde de l’Epicerie Fine (The World of Fine Foods): Full to the Brim with Omega 3

Article published in Le Monde de l’Épicerie Fine magazine, November December 2013 edition.