|Latin Name: ||Simmondsia chinensis |
|Status:||natural, expeller pressed, pesticide free |
Jojoba is not an oil but liquid waxy esters. Jojoba does not contain triglycerides which are a type of fat. Triglycerides break down in vegetable oils and turn rancid. The absence of triglycerides makes Jojoba extremely stable and it will last for years with an indefinite shelf life. Unlike vegetable oils, heating Jojoba will not damage it. It is non-allergenic and non- comedogenic (non pore clogging). It is a liquid ester molecularly comparable to the esters we produce in our skin. (Our sebaceous glands produce sebum, which is composed primarily of esters like Jojoba). Jojoba will not stain and washes easily out of natural fabrics with just hot water and detergent. Contrary to the belief that Jojoba is too expensive to use as a massage oil, those who use it in their practice find it very affordable due to the small amount needed. A therapist giving 30-35 massages a week customarily uses three to four gallons per year. Hot stone modalities will use more. Note that Jojoba can withstand heating and reheating, which makes it ideal for hot stone therapy. Jojoba softens and conditions skin. It is excellent used as a body moisturizer on slightly damp skin after showering. As it only has an SPF of 2-4 it is not recommended as a sunscreen alternative, but it can be applied to the skin before applying sunscreen to maintain skin health while in the sun. Jojoba is used to relieve the symptoms of psoriasis. It conditions the scalp and hair, and relieves cradle cap.
Jojoba is excellent for facial massage, removing makeup, and as an ingredient in facial masks to improve the flow of nutrients into the skin. Use after sugaring or waxing to soothe and condition the skin.
Jojoba contains a natural anti-inflammatory called myristic acid which is useful in formulations for arthritis and rheumatism.
Shelf Life: Stable long shelf life. Refrigeration not required.