Jojoba (pronounced ho-ho-ba) oil is a pure seed oil from the jojoba tree. Although known as an "oil", jojoba is actually a liquid wax and has many similarities to sebum which is the oil found in human skin. This makes it a fantastically therapeutic product with a multitude of uses in remedial healing and beauty. This oil is a very penetrative substance which both softens and moisturises. Jojoba is very rich in proteins and is ideal for those with very sensitive skin or allergies.
Suitable for all skin types as it is not greasy, this oil is particularly effective for the hair as it acts as a conditioner and strengthener in one. Effective for dandruff too when applied and rubbed into the scalp.
Surprisingly, jojoba is semi water soluble which means that it does not leave a greasy residue when used in hair. I have very long hair which is regularly coloured in bright and unreasonable shades for a woman of my age, and I use jojoba when it is damp to condition it. Once a month I rub loads in and leave it on overnight before washing out, or use a hot oil ( recipe below). It keeps my hair strong and in good condition.
I also use this oil as a base oil with pure essential oils, to dilute them for medicinal use or for massage. I use a ratio of 12 drops of pure essential oil to 10ml of jojoba. Please note: it is only recommended that you use proper essential oils like this. Fragranced oils are full of nasties.
I also use jojoba as a general moisturiser. Since I have been ill with ME my skin has been affected. Jojoba is a light and effective was to moisturise skin, balance skin oils and is also useful as a cleanser to remove make up etc. Overnight use of jojoba oil is deeply moisturising and a little goes a long way. I have used jojoba for decades and I do not look my age. Partly this is genetic ( I am lucky) but I also believe that it is down to using this lovely oil. I have no wrinkles and my skin is very good on my face and neck.
Neal's Yard are an organic natural health and beauty store. Founded in 1981 in Covent Garden, London they are very well known for their organic products and offer a range of creams, oils and potions. This is my favourite brand of jojoba due to it being top quality and organic. If you ever get a chance to visit their main London store, you will be enchanted by the sights and smells within (and probably come away much poorer!).
* Acne : many people have found that regular use has decreased the incidence of acne.
* Moisturiser: after a bath or a shower- just a few drops in the hands spread on the skin is enough.
* Hair care: Conditions both the hair and scalp. Can be added to conditioner or applied directly.
* Cleanser: Make up removal without chemicals and day to day cleaning
* For babies: I used jojoba on my daughter from birth as nearly every baby product is full of nasty chemicals.
* Intensive facial moisturiser: great for lips, face, symptoms of agin on the face and neck. Apply lightly for day use or more heavily over night. Lightweight and non greasy.
* Nails: Good for strenthening nails and softening cuticles
* Shaving: when applied before shaving it gives a smoother and safer shave and conditions the skin.
* Balancing "problem" skin: jojoba is ideal for balancing out the issues in combination skin- dry/ greasy.
* Cleaning: Studies have shown that jojoba is an effective fungicide and can be used in the control of mildew.
* Pregnancy: helps prevent stretch marks and can be use for perenial massage as part of pre-birth preparation.
* Remedial uses: wonderful for dry and sensitive skin conditions especially dermatitis and eczema.
I will share a couple of my favourite jojoba oil recipes. Firstly, a healing facial oil which assists in skin conditions such as acne and irritation:
HEALING FACIAL OIL:
50ml jojoba oil with 10ml sweet almond oil and 10ml grapeseed oil. Add 8 drops of lavender, 8 drops of tea tree and 8 drops of neroli essential oils (organic is best ). Apply after cleansing and massage into the skin. Keep in a darkish and cool place.
50ml jojoba oil and 8 drops tea tree, 8 drops sandalwood and 4 drops cedarwood essential oil. Use to remove make up or to clean face at the end of the day.
HAIR CONDITIONING OIL:
This was the first product that I made from jojoba and I still use it regularly. This is a deep conditioner so can be used once a week, not everyday.
30ml jojoba oil
30ml coconut oil
3 drops rosemary essential oil
8 drops rose essential oil
Warm the oil in a bowl of boiling water ( place the bottle in the bowl ). When hot massage into the hair paying particular attention to the ends. Shove a plastic bag on your head (glamorous) to help the oil to stay warm and leave on for as long as you can bear (overnight is best). Rise and shampoo out.
EVERYDAY HAIR OIL: Add a couple of drops to your hands and smooth the oil on the hair paying attention to the ends. NO rinsing needed. This will strengthen and condition hair without leaving it greasy.
BLENDED OIL: Use a base of jojoba oil (50ml) and add essential oils of lemon (8 drops) for greasy skin, rose oil (8 drops) for dry skin or lavender and cedarwood (4 drops each) for combination skin.
STORAGE AND SHELF LIFE:
Jojoba is happiest when kept in a cool and dry place. Store in a dark bottle away from direct sunlight. Keep the lid tightly closed. The oil should keep well but you can check any oil by smelling it. If it is slightly rancid then obviously you throw it away. I have never had to do this though even with the oil preparations that I have made myself.
Neal's yard organic jojoba oil costs £16.75 for 100 ml . Certified organic with the soil association, vegan friendly and cruelty free.
In conclusion, I cannot recommend this oil enough. Versatile enough to experiment with by adding to soap, conditioners and making your own blends. Use on its own or as a blend with other ingredients. The Neal's Yard jojoba is top quality and extremely useful.
Ingredients: Jojoba oil (Buxus chinensis) / Jojoba is a highly penetrative, very protective oil with excellent softening and moisturising properties, recommended but particularly for the treatment of dry, mature or hardened skin / It can also be used as a treatment for dry hair, stimulating hair growth at the same time / Jojoba oil also aids in the healing of wounds /