It’s been over 10 years since I first heard about jojoba oil. Back when I was first dipping my toes into the rabbit hole that is organic skincare, jojoba oil was one of the first oils I came across. As opposed to the other oils I used, such as grapeseed oil or apricot kernel oil, jojoba sounded so exotic. I was shocked to learn it is actually more native to my homeland of America than the other two!
Jojoba oil comes, not surprisingly, from the jojoba plant, Simmondsia Chinensis. This shrub-like plant is native to the deserts of southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. People in these areas have been utilizing the nut of the plant for various uses – including an antioxidizing salve for burns, a tanning agent for hides, and a moisturizing balm for skin and hair – for thousands of years!
Long answer short, jojoba oil is THE single oil I recommend to people trying out natural skin care for the first time. Its properties mimic skin’s natural sebum (oil) so well, that nearly everyone can benefit from it, no matter your age, skin type, or skin condition.
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Jojoba oil can be used straight out of the bottle as a moisturizer, but it is also a great base or carrier oil!