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What is jojoba? Learn all about this amazing carrier!

by Andrea Butje on May 11, 2015

what is jojobaI use jojoba in a lot of aromatherapy recipes.

It is so familiar to me, it feels like a friend.

But the other day I heard someone ask, “What is a jojoba?” And I realized that maybe it’s not as familiar to everyone else as it is to me! So I thought it would be a good idea to talk a little about jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis).

We often say “jojoba oil,” but jojoba is actually a liquid wax. So if we say “jojoba wax,” just know that they are the same thing. Because it's a natural wax, it never goes rancid. It nourishes skin and absorbs well, and it doesn’t stain clothes.

I reach for jojoba wax when I want to make a blend softer—a more creamy body butter, a lip gloss rather than lip balm, a loose oily salt scrub for the shower.

Of course, there are other carrier oils I use (and love!), but jojoba is a great “go to” ingredient.

Jojoba wax has a rich texture, and it doesn’t have much scent . . . which means it doesn’t alter the aroma of the essential oils you blend into it.

Pure, raw jojoba wax closely resembles the natural oil produced by our skin, called sebum, which means our skin reacts well to it. It’s great for even very sensitive skin—including skin that is prone to conditions like eczema and dermatitis.

I interviewed The Jojoba Company a few years ago, and I posted that on my blog. You can find it by clicking here.


So now you know some reasons jojoba is an excellent ingredient to blend with:

  • It never goes rancid.
  • It resembles our skin’s natural oils.
  • It doesn’t significantly change the aroma of your blend
  • It’s great for people with sensitive skin

And that’s why I love jojoba wax. If you use it in your blends, I’m sure you’ll be able to add a few of your own points to the list!

Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

Topics: jojoba, Recipes and Blends, jojoba oil, jojoba wax

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