Article - Ingredient spotlight: Jojoba

Ingredient spotlight: Jojoba

You’ll find jojoba oil in our body lotion, baby moisturiser and hand cream. Although it’s called an oil, it’s actually a wax that closely resembles the oil our skin produces naturally, and is often used as a moisturiser and cleanser.

It’s rich with fatty acids; vitamins E, A and D; and antioxidants, which means it can work well for people with dry skin, quickly reducing moisture loss and balancing the production of skin oil.

But it’s not just for skin - it can also work as a moisturiser for the lips, nail cuticles and hair.

One of our customers told us our hand cream absorbed easily into her skin, which was of real benefit because of how much she used her hands for all the potentially de-moisturising things that help her care for her young daughter.

Jojoba also contains myristic acid, which has anti-inflammatory properties, and some clinicians say it helps with acne, psoriasis and sunburn. We’ve also heard it used as a makeup remover.

The jojoba plant’s botanical name is simmondsia chinnensis and it originates in the deserts of California, Arizona and Mexico. The substance is pressed from the nut that grows on the tree.

It’s also biodegradable and can be used with greywater and septic tanks.

You can read more about jojoba oil on our site and what the Environmental Working Group has to say about it here.

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