Latin Name: Simmondsia Chinensis
Extraction: Pressed & Screened Seeds
Jojoba is not an oil but a light golden coloured liquid wax. This is because it is not composed of triacylglycerols but of wax, esters found formed from long chains of fatty acids and long-chain fatty alcohols. The oil does not oxidise easily and has good thermal stability and does not become rancid, so it has a good shelf life.
Simmondsia Chinensis is a woody, evergreen desert shrub indigenous to the American Sonoran Desert. The plant grows slowly and begins to bear seeds in its fifth year, it takes twelve years to reach maturity.
- The seeds have a reputation of being an appetite depressant
- Contains myristic acid which is an anti-inflammatory agent, thus the oil can be beneficial in mixies for arthritis and rheumatism
- Beneficial to all skin types
- Useful for dry skin, psoriasis, eczema, sunburn, chapped skin, nappy rash
- A molecular structure similar to sebum makes it useful in cases of acne
- It is claimed that Jojoba can reduce superficial facial lines by 11% after eight hours
- Cosmetic uses include: facial moisturisers, hand creams, foot care products & massage oils, baby care creams and lotions, hair care: commercial soaps, shampoos, conditioner, sprays and oils, in hand care, cuticle oils and nails strengtheners
(Len & Shirley Price: Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage 4th Edition)
Jojoba oil may cause an allergic reaction and contact dermatitis has been reported. Safe as a cosmetic ingredient in concentrations from 0.1% to 25% (CIR Expert Panel and Journal of the AmericanColleahe of Toxicology)
Jojoba Oil Safety Data Sheet