Jojoba, Simmondsia chinensis, is a shrub native to the Southwestern United States. It was used by Native Americans to heal and nourish both hair and the skin. Today it is grown commercially to extract its liquid wax obtained from the seed. In case you're wondering, it is prounounced hoh-hoh-buh.
Appearance & Aroma
Jojoba oil is virtually odorless and is a golden shade of yellow. It is a light oil in terms of feel, and it is easily absorbed by the skin.
Shelf Life & Storage
Jojoba oil should be stored in a cool and dark place. Extreme heat should be avoided. If stored properly, it should last about 1-2 years.
- Odorless so it will not impact the aroma of your blend
- Great for all skin types
- Long shelf-life
- Quickly absorbed into the skin
- Can be used alone or combined with other carrier oils
- Can be used for clogged pores
- Recommended for premature aging
- Great for hair and dry scalp
Where to buy and what to look for?
Jojoba oil is easy to find. You can often purchase in local health food stores, or you can order online from places like Amazon or Mountain Rose Herbs. If you are looking to buy in bulk, Jedwards International is a great option.
I recommend purchasing cold pressed, unrefined, and organic whenever possible.
Photo credit: Katja Schulz