Jojoba, an oil that loves your skin.
Jojoba oil, or jojoba wax, is truly a gift from the Earth. Jojoba is not an essential oil, but it’s what we refer to as a carrier oil. Carrier oils are often used to form the base of an aromatherapy product, which essential oils are then added to. (For example: olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter… all considered “carrier oils”.) Jojoba is often called an “oil” but in reality it’s a liquid wax. Jojoba is cold pressed from the beans, or seeds, of Simmondsia chinensis, a shrub-like plant.
FUN FACT: Jojoba also has a long shelf life and will not go rancid, and can
extend the shelf life of other products it’s blended with.
Here at Pasithea’s Garden we love using jojoba for many of our products because jojoba loves our skin. Jojoba is wonderful for our skin because its molecular structure mimics that of sebum, the natural oil that our skin produces. Therefore jojoba is easily absorbed by our skin and hydrates and nourishes it without clogging pores. It’s also antioxidant. This makes jojoba a wonderful ingredient in our Nourishing Face Oil.
Jojoba also makes a great massage oil. We already know it’s great for the skin, but its texture makes it glide well for bodywork. It also contains an anti-inflammatory agent called myristic acid, which is helpful for recovery of soft tissue strains.
Here at Pasithea’s Garden we also love using jojoba as a main component in our oil based rollerball perfumes. It has almost no aroma, so it doesn’t interfere with the scent of the materials being added, and its molecular stability makes it easy to blend with other oils. Jojoba is a great carrier oil to use for infusions. One of my favorites is infusing it with vanilla beans, for a luxurious, rich, vanilla scented oil!