Jojoba is an always green woody bush native to the deserts of North and Central America but it is cultivated in other countries such as in Argentina, Chile, India, Tunisia, the Palestinian territories and Egypt as well. Traditionally, Native Americans and Mexicans used extracts from crushed jojoba seeds to treat eczema, sunburn, wounds, renal colic, hair loss, headache and sores.

The oil is produced from jojoba seeds and widely used in the pharmaceutical as well as cosmetics industry. The oil is almost glycerin-free and comprises around 50% wax esters, quite uncommon for a natural oil. For this reason, it is often referred to as liquid wax rather than oil. This is also a feature that makes it a close match to natural sebum composition. Compromised skin conditions can benefit from it due to these characteristics. 


Other important compounds found in jojoba oil include γ-gamma-tocopherol and α-alpha-tocopherol. Both of these help to mop free radicals. 

Skin uses:

  • Skin repair
  • Restore compromised skin barrier (from psoriasis, AD, rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis)
  • Improve acne and wounds
  • Excellent occlusive/Prevents transepidermal water loss (TEWL)  



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