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Ode to Jojoba

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Jojoba (pronounced ho-HO-ba) oil has been in use for centuries in the southwest region of North America, where jojoba shrubs grow wild. Native Americans used liquid wax (which we call oil) from crushed jojoba nuts to heal, soothe and condition skin and hair. That's no surprise, given that fact that jojoba oil's molecular makeup is similar to the oils our skin naturally produces. Since the 80s, jojoba oil's popularity has grown and can be found in far reaches of the globe.

A few wonderful reasons that keep us reaching for jojoba oil:

  • Non-allergenic even for the most sensitive of skin types. Jojoba oil is an effective moisturizer for babies, parched winter skin, and skin affected by eczema and psoriasis.
  • Anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging--need we say more?
  • Resistance from rancidity means your oil will last as long as you need it to. Jojoba oil has an indefinite shelf-life when stored properly. (Though we recommend using a bottle within 18 months for freshness' sake.)
  • Ability to withstand heat of up to 500°F without any effect on functionality. No worries if jojoba oil heats up in storage or during travel. 
  • Versatility as jojoba plays well with other oils. Add other essential oils to create your own sweet smelling blend of oil for greater health benefits.
  • Few oils are as multi-functional. Jojoba oil can be used as a moisturizer, make up remover, cleanser, massage oil, scar minimizer, aftershave and hair conditioner. It even aids absorption of other topical products.

When selecting a jojoba oil for your skin and hair, choose organic, cold-pressed and unrefined. If you have the option of oil made with pre-selected jojoba seeds, even better!

What's your favorite way to use jojoba oil?

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