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

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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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France Soir: “He invented an oil… made from prunes!”

Article on Jean-Pierre Clavié, founder of the Perles de Gascogne company and creator of the first cold press virgin prune kernel oil.Article in France Soir on Jean-Pierre Clavié, creator of the Prune Kernel Oil

Fashion Style Paris “Et toque” on Dominique Bouchet, chef of Le Crillon

Virgin prune kernel oil is mentioned in good places to eat by Dominique Bouchet, chef of Le Crillon.

Article published in Fashion Style Paris on Dominique Bouchet, chef of Le Crillon

The Nouvel Observateur: “Parfum de cuisine ! Mets de l’huile” (“Scent of cuisine! Add some oil”) by Michel Gardère

Article by Michel Gardère, published 1 March 2013 in Le Nouvel Observateur:

Scent of cuisine! Add some oil

How long have we been using perfume?

Miss Cro-Magnon was already crushing strawberries or cranberries behind her earlobes to attract her lover, of whose name we are unsure. However, historians attribute the invention (in 1709) of the first ‘factory-made’ perfume much later – to Jean-Marie Farina: the Eau de Cologne that he made in his great Italian villa.

Since then, it has been irreparably copied and imitated. And that’s how our much-loved perfumes for the body came about. But is there such a thing as the scent of cuisine? A real one, kept in a bottle, that you can pour, at the last minute, on a dish, savoury or sweet, to add both a particular flavour and totally new fragrances. The answer is yes.

This perfume has existed since 1995

That year, Jean-Pierre Clavié,an agricultural farmer in Pujols (next to Villeneuve-sur-Lot) who already produced hazelnut oil and quietly tended to his plum trees, dreamed that Agen prunes, which have nothing of the Agen region and are mainly cultivated around the old river Lot, also had a stone and that inside that stone there was a kernel. This kernel, when pressed, could, like walnuts and hazelnuts – and even almonds – produce an oil.

In 1997, with the help of the Bordeaux Institut de Recherche sur le Corps Gras (Institute of Fatty Substance Research), Jean-Pierre Clavié collected the first drops of his oil that was then patented and made subject to the requirements of pharmaceutical standards.

” It looks like an oil, but it is more a flavouring that can be used in many different recipes, both sweet and savoury “

This is the explanation given to us today by Nathalie Barrère, daughter of the inventor who now markets and sells her father’s amazing invention. And it’s best to talk about it in a direct manner and not to be afraid of superlatives. This prune kernel oil is truly extraordinary. It is the scent of lovers of cookery. The one we were all waiting for. It enhances a roast just as perfectly as it does an endive salad (3 – 4 drops are enough) and it makes a macaroon something sublime, and the same goes for muffins and brioches. The truth be told, you can (or must) use this perfume everywhere. Or nearly.

It is very rich in vitamin E

The virgin plum oil or virgin prune kernel oil is obtained from the first cold pressing of the kernels found inside the prune stone, entirely without the use of solvents or chemical products. The virgin plum oil is a natural oil free from all additives. It is also non GMO and non allergenic. Very rich in vitamin E, which is always good for you, it also possesses truly exceptional organoleptic and aromatic qualities. Its intense natural almond flavour could class it as a natural flavouring and thus be used to replace artificial bitter almond flavourings. One final detail: it can be used just as well hot as cold.

The word perfume comes from the Latin ‘per fumus‘ meaning through smoke, and this oil certainly adds something special to everything it touches. Absolutely to be tried by all.

Perles de Gascogne


47300 Pujols – tel: (0033) (0)5 53 70 21 55


Michel Gardère – Le Nouvel Observateur

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Photo Le Nouvel Observateur

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Website www.nutraingredients.com : Amazonian omega 3 oil wins EU approval

Article of 8 January 2013 on the food certification approval of Inca Inchi oil, distributed by Perles de Gascogne.

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Letter in the Objectif Aquitaine: Perles de Gascogne sells a Peruvian oil

Brief mention in Letter n° 880, of 4 June 2013 in the Objectif Aquitaine

It has been seven years in development, but finally here we are. Perles de Gascogne (company registered in Pujols – 47. 3 employees – turnover of €450,000), until now known for its production of plum, hazelnut and walnut oils for the food and cosmetics markets, has just been approved by the European authorities (Novel Food) to distribute a Peruvian oil. This virgin Inca Inchi oil is unique for its richness in Omega 3 (50%) an Omega 6 (approx. 40%). Perles de Gascogne has been awarded exclusive distribution rights for the food and nutraceutic industries. With this Peruvian oil, Perles de Gascogne reinforces its position as leading distributor of rare oils.


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