Facts and Information About Jojoba Oil Benefits for Skin & Hair

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What is Jojoba Oil?

Jojoba oil is a natural substance extracted from the Simmondsia chinensis plant (commonly called the jojoba shrub) and is used in a variety of cosmetic applications. Extracted from S. chinensis seeds using the cold-press method, jojoba oil is also one of the most popular carrier oils for diluting distilled botanical extracts known as essential oils.

Although jojoba oil is an “oil” in look, feel, and general use, it’s technically a liquid wax ester when looked at from a purely chemical structure point of view. Like most natural carrier oils, jojoba oil is useful for not only diluting essential oils, but also moisturizing skin, hair, and nails. The unique chemical structure of the liquid wax creates a few other jojoba oil benefits that truly set it apart from other carrier oils.

In this article we’ll delve deeper into the chemical structure, physical properties and benefits of jojoba oil. We’ll also cover the botanical characteristics of the jojoba shrub in relation to the production of jojoba oil and how that relates to historical and modern day jojoba oil uses. You’ll also find an in-depth guide to using jojoba oil for sensitive skin, side effects and safety information, and many DIY jojoba oil recipes to try.

Jojoba Oil Chemical Structure

Chemically, jojoba oil is different than other natural carrier oils in that it’s technically a liquid wax ester and not an oil at all. However, physically the substance is very much “oil-like” and also used in ways similar to other carrier oils such as argan or tamanu oil.

The presence of fatty acids are what make natural oils so nourishing, and like other carrier oils, jojoba oil has plenty. The real difference between jojoba oil and the rest is the structure of the fatty acids at a chemical level. Jojoba oil is made of both fatty acids and esters all composed in straight chain alcohols called wax esters, instead of the fatty acids being composed in triglycerides like other natural oils.

The acid and alcohol parts of jojoba oil each have 20-22 carbon atoms. Each carbon atom has one unsaturated bond. Because of this unique structure, jojoba oil is actually a polyunsaturated liquid wax, which is a very difficult wax to synthesize. As a wax ester, jojoba oil is very useful because unlike other vegetable oils it can be heated up to 370 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 96 hours without showing signs of degradation or ruining the carbon chain length.

Made up of 97% liquid wax esters, with carbon chains 36-46 atoms long, jojoba oil has a fairly high molecular weight is very close to human sebum and whale oil. The similarity between human sebum and jojoba oil make it an invaluable natural ingredient in cosmetics, but the similarity to whale oil has many scientists considering jojoba oil as an eco-friendly bio-fuel as well. (1) (2) (3)

Physical Properties of Jojoba Oil

Virgin unrefined jojoba oil is a pale golden color with an extremely light earthy scent, often too light to discern unless smelling directly from a bottle. Although a wax ester, jojoba oil looks and feels like an “oil” in almost every respect. It is liquid at room temperature and thinner than argan oil, but thicker than fractionated coconut oil. Jojoba oil feels silky and fairly lightweight to the touch, easily absorbing into the skin without leaving a greasy residue.

Jojoba Oil Benefits

Long shelf life: One of the reasons jojoba oil is so widely used in cosmetics is because it resists hydrolysis and oxidation, and thus doesn’t become rancid. The triglycerides in most other carrier oils are generally used as fuel by the body and meant to be broken down. The absence of triglycerides makes jojoba oil resistant to breaking down under high temperatures and pressures. (4) (5)

Liquid at room temperature: Waxes, wax-like substances and even some natural oils (like virgin coconut oil) are generally solid at room temperature. Jojoba oil has the stability of waxes, but remains a liquid at room temperature because of its unique chemical structure. (6)

Good for your pores: As mentioned above, the chemical structure of jojoba oil is the closest natural plant-based oil to the sebum produced by human skin. Because it is so close in structure to your skin’s natural oils, jojoba oil is non-comedogenic (won’t clog your pores) and may help dissolve soft sebum. The ability to dissolve soft sebum is vital to preventing build up which can cause acne to develop if it’s left to harden and clog pores. (7)

Moisturizing: Moisturizers work by filling in the microscopic gaps in the epidermis, effectively creating a protective barrier to prevent transepidermal water loss or TEWL. Natural oils like jojoba oil contain fatty acids which are especially good at doing this and thus temporarily improving your skin’s natural barrier to help your skin feel soft, smooth and supple. (8) (9)

Easily absorbed & non-greasy: Because jojoba oil is a liquid wax ester and not an oil, it’s much more lightweight while still providing similar emollient properties as oils. As a liquid, jojoba oil absorbs into the skin easily, while the hydrophobic nature of wax esters contribute to the ability of jojoba oil to protect skin from TEWL. (10) The result is a boost to your skin’s natural barrier without feeling greasy.

Soothes irritated skin: Jojoba oil has been shown to exhibit some anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties. Using jojoba oil topically can help irritated skin feel more comfortable and help in the healing process. (11) (12) (13)

Antibacterial activity: Conflicting research shows jojoba oil to have had an inhibitory effect on either B. subtilis, S. aureus, P. vulgaris, and P. mirabilis bacteria strains or E.coli, P. aeruginosa, and K. pnuemoniae respectively. However, both studies conclude that jojoba oil shows potential for use as a natural antibacterial agent. (14) (15)

Eco friendly: Jojoba oil is sustainable crop often planted in marginal lands to stave off desertification. Not only do jojoba oil crops need less water than others, but the jojoba shrub’s ability to resist pest damage requires less chemical pesticides. Scientists are also considering jojoba oil as a replacement for fossil fuels, which may provide a renewable energy source while rehabilitating poor communities in marginal lands. (16)

Jojoba Oil Benefits Summary

  1. Long Shelf Life
  2. Liquid at Room Temperature
  3. Good for Your Pores
  4. Moisturizer
  5. Easily Absorbed & Non-Greasy
  6. Soothes Irritated Skin
  7. Antibacterial Activity
  8. Eco-Friendly Crop

Habitat & Botanical Attributes of the Jojoba Shrub

Jojoba shrub growing in the Sonoran desert.

Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba shrub) is an evergreen desert shrub native to the Sonoran Desert which covers parts of southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. In addition to being cultivated to make jojoba oil, S. chinensis is also planted to help resist desertification of at-risk marginal fertile lands.

Jojoba shrubs, are dense woody shrubs with a rounded form that retain their leaves all year and can grow from 7-15 feet tall. One of the main features of a jojoba shrub is a deep root system that evolved to thrive in desert conditions, needing only 10-18 inches of rainfall per year, and able to sustain the plant in a variety of soils.

In fact, jojoba shrubs are very hardy plants and require very little attention. For example, they tolerate soil with poor nutrients, only experience weed problems within the first two years, resist damage by insects, and live between 100-200 years. The increasing popularity of jojoba oil and the minimum maintenance required to keep crops alive makes jojoba the second most valuable plant native to the Sonoran Desert.

However, not all jojoba shrubs can produce jojoba oil, because interestingly, jojoba shrubs are dioecious. This means that some jojoba shrubs are male and some are female. Both types of jojoba shrubs feature leathery leaves that range from soft gray-green to darker green. The male jojoba shrubs have clusters of yellow flowers, while the female jojoba shrubs produce the little bunches of pale green flowers which bear the fruit for jojoba oil production.

Jojoba shrubs pollinate solely by wind in late March, with the female (jojoba oil producing) shrubs producing fruit by August. The desert heat dries out the green fruit causing the outer skin to shrivel and pull back. By October, the fruits have ripened and dried out exposing the seed that contains jojoba oil.

Once the ripe fruit has fully dried to expose the seed, the jojoba oil is extracted using the cold-pressed method. Jojoba oil makes up half the weight of the S. chinensis seed. A fully matured jojoba shrub can produce as much as 30 pounds of seeds, which can produce just under 2 gallons of jojoba oil.

Outside of its native habitat, jojoba shrubs are cultivated on plantations in desert or semi-desert regions around the world. Large scale crops for jojoba oil production can be found in Argentina, Australia, Peru and Israel. The United States and Mexico continue to be the largest market and producers of jojoba oil, accounting for 39.2% of the world-wide jojoba oil market. Due to the high demand for jojoba oil beauty products, other countries including China, India and South East Asia have also seen growth in jojoba oil production.(17) (18) (19) (20)

History (and Future) of Jojoba Oil

Jojoba shrubs are one of the oldest cultivated species in North America. We know indigenous people of the area have used jojoba oil and jojoba seeds for hundreds of years at the very least. From records of Spanish explorers and missionaries in the early 1700s, we know jojoba oil was used for cooking, hair care and curing a multitude of ills. Some of the historical medicinal uses of jojoba oil include treating poison ivy, sores, and wounds. Jojoba seeds were even used to make a substitute for coffee. (21) (22)

Although interest in the chemical analysis and practical application of jojoba oil have been recorded as early as 1910, it wasn’t until the 1930s that the most important breakthrough in jojoba oil research occurred. In 1933 Dr. Robert A. Greene and student Elber O. Foster published their chemical analysis of jojoba oil done at the University of Arizona College of Agriculture. Greene and Foster’s research revealed the liquid wax nature of jojoba oil and that it was nearly identical with sperm whale oil.

Before the rise of petroleum, and well into the 20th century whale oil was the most widely used form of fuel and lubricant. It was also a crucial ingredient in soap making and cosmetics. The similarity of jojoba oil to whale oil was unique to the plant world and greatly increased the interest in cultivating jojoba oil world-wide.

During World War II, when the United States’ supply of whale oil was cut off, interest as jojoba oil as a replacement continued to rise. After the Endangered Species Conservation Act of 1969, environmental consciousness regarding the mass commercial hunting of whales caused another spike in jojoba oil interest.

In 1972 the U.S. passed the Marine Mammal Protection Act which prohibits citizens from hunting, killing, or injuring any marine mammal, regardless of status. In the same year, the Indian Division of the Office of Economic Opportunity, took advantage of the whale oil shortage and looked to jojoba oil cultivation in Arizona and southern California as a means to improve economic conditions on reservations.

Today jojoba oil production is a thriving industry, and whaling is largely illegal world wide. The jojoba oil industry was definitely bolstered by the decline of whale oil availability, but the true end of the whaling era was actually due to the rise of petroleum oil and other fossil fuels.

During the whaling era (17th to 19th century), many species of whale were brought to near extinction and are still endangered today. Fossil fuels may have helped end the atrocity but they come with their own environmental dangers. As a sustainable crop, jojoba oil may be the next evolution of fuel. (23)(24)(25)(26)(27)

Is Jojoba Oil the Next Big Development in Biofuel?

Green biofuel pumps at a gas station.

Diminishing supplies of fossil fuels combined with the pollution and land degradation caused by producing them are an increasing concern. Jojoba oil is one of several alternative sources that scientists are researching and positing as an eco-friendly renewable replacement for fossil fuel energy.

Researchers at the Rangasamy College of Technology (RCT) in India have been researching a wide variety of seed oils, including jojoba oil, for use as fuel in compression ignition engines. The RCT team is studying many different fuel properties of jojoba oil and other seed oils as well as “advantages, limitations, performance and emission characteristics” of engines using such oils. (28)

In an article for the Energy Conversion Management journal, Mohamad I.Al-Widyan and Mu’taz A.Al-Muhtaseb investigate the use of both pure jojoba oil and jojoba cakes for use as fuel. The pure jojoba oil would be used in a 50/50 mix with diesel fuel and the jojoba cakes are made with the seed byproduct left from jojoba oil extraction. The article asserts that these jojoba oil derived fuels “hold real promise as alternative energy sources.” (29)

Replacing fuel for cars and trucks is at the forefront of most discussions regarding jojoba oil use as a renewable energy source. The NewScientist reports that jojoba oil is considered by engineers to have “potential as a motor fuel because it releases a lot of energy when it burns and is chemically stable at the high temperatures and pressures in a working engine.” The publication also asserts that jojoba oil is “unlikely to challenge diesel globally,” but that Egyptian farmers have already begun cultivating crops for jojoba oil to use specifically as fuel. (30)

Clearly research on jojoba oil for use as biofuel is still in relatively early stages. However, the stability of jojoba oil at high temperatures due to its unique chemical structure seems to be worth investigating. As an eco-friendly sustainable crop that can help marginal lands resist desertification, using jojoba oil as fuel is particularly appealing from many fronts.

Jojoba Oil Side Effects & Precautions

Jojoba oil is best used in dermatological preparations as a cosmetic ingredient. Jojoba oil taken by mouth is widely regarded as unsafe and we do not recommend ingesting jojoba oil for any purpose. When used topically (applied to either skin or hair) jojoba oil is considered safe for most people.

Topical application of jojoba oil is considered likely to be safe even while pregnant or nursing, however, it’s always a good idea to discuss using new products with your doctor if you’re unsure. In the case of jojoba oil, some sources suggest there is not enough information on the subject while others have noted jojoba oil side effects in studies with pregnant rodents and birds.

There are currently no documented interactions or contraindications associated with the topical use of jojoba oil. While jojoba oil is considered by many to be hypoallergenic, everyone has different sensitivities and some allergic reactions to jojoba oil have been reported. We recommend always doing a small skin patch test when trying any new product. (31)(32)(33)

How to do a Skin Patch Test with Jojoba Oil

If you have sensitive skin it can be very difficult to find beauty products and bath and body care that don’t irritate your skin. Many people with sensitive skin turn to jojoba oil to replace irritating pre-made lotions or create their own natural beauty and skin care products. Patch tests are always important, but especially so if you have sensitive skin— even with a gentle ingredient like jojoba oil.

What you’ll need:

  • Soap & water*
  • A clean dry towel
  • 1-2 drops of jojoba oil
  • An adhesive bandage

*It’s important to use a soap you are already comfortable with to ensure accurate results.

Instructions:

  1. Choose a jojoba oil test area. We recommend the inner elbow or inner wrist as these are sensitive areas that are also easy to quickly wash if you experience a reaction.
  2. Use soap and water to cleanse the test area and pat dry.
  3. Dab 1-2 drops of jojoba oil on your test area, apply bandage.
  4. Leave jojoba oil undisturbed on test area for 24 hours, unless you feel burning or itching. If you feel uncomfortable wash the area with soap and water immediately.
  5. After 24 without experiencing discomfort or visible irritation, jojoba oil is safe for you to use topically.

How to Use Jojoba Oil for Sensitive Skin

Using jojoba oil for skin care generally benefits all skin types because it so closely resembles our own natural oils. Jojoba oil acne recipes are especially beloved by natural beauty enthusiasts because of the ability of jojoba oil to dissolve soft sebum in pores. However, if you have sensitive skin the most major benefit of using jojoba oil for skin care is that it’s one of the most gentle natural ingredients out there.

Jojoba oil can be used for a variety of skin care applications in DIY recipes or even by itself. If you’ve already done a successful jojoba oil skin patch test, you may want to try swapping out your drugstore makeup for gentler, more natural DIY recipes.

Jojoba Oil DIY Makeup for Sensitive Skin

Remember, especially if you have sensitive skin, it’s important to always use clean makeup applicators to avoid bacterial contamination. We also recommend everyone do a skin patch test using the method above before using any new DIY recipe.

Homemade Mascara Using Jojoba Oil*

What you’ll need:

  • 1 tsp jojoba oil
  • 2 tsp aloe vera gel
  • 1/2 tsp plain activated charcoal
  • 10 ml makeup pot, orange stick (for stirring)
  • Clean mascara wand

Instructions: Combine jojoba oil and other ingredients in makeup pot. Use orange stick to stir well. Brush onto lashes with clean mascara wand.

*You can also use this same recipe as a hypoallergenic jojoba oil eyeliner! All you need is a fine brush for application.

Jojoba Oil Organic Foundation Recipe

What you’ll need:

  • 1 oz jojoba oil
  • 2 oz shea butter
  • 1/2 oz beeswax pellets
  • 1/2 oz zinc oxide
  • 2-4 tsp cocoa powder
  • Microwave safe bowl, whisk
  • Storage container with lid

Instructions

  1. Combine jojoba oil, shea butter and beeswax in bowl. Microwave in 15 second increments until all ingredients are fully melted. Whisk until fully combined.
  2. Allow jojoba oil mix to cool for 1-2 minutes (but not enough to let solidify).
  3. Whisk in zinc oxide for about 10 SPF coverage.
  4. Whisk in cocoa powder ½ tsp at a time until you reach your desired color.
  5. Pour into your storage container. Let cool before using.

All-Natural Jojoba Oil Cream Blush

What you’ll need:

  • Jojoba oil with drop applicator
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • Small mixing bowl, whisk
  • Small makeup pot for storage
  • Optional: small spatula
  • Powder color(s) of your choice
    • Hibiscus powder for light pink
    • Fine beet powder for red

Instructions

  1. Add 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder to your mixing bowl. Whisk in the powder color of your choice 1/2 a teaspoon at a time until you reach your desired color.
  2. Add jojoba oil one drop at a time to your dry mix and whisk well. Continue adding drops of jojoba oil until your mix is a creamy consistency.
  3. Use a small spatula or spoon to scoop your jojoba oil cream blush into the makeup pot for storage.

Jojoba Oil Uses for Skin Care with Recipes

As mentioned above, jojoba oil is one of the best natural ingredients for all skin types, but it can be particularly useful if you have sensitive skin. If you have very sensitive skin and are trying to use as few ingredients as possible, a few drops or jojoba oil on its own can be used for all the applications below.

Moisturizer for face & body: If you want one carrier oil to use for moisturizing head-to-toe, jojoba oil is the answer. Jojoba oil helps balance oily skin, so it’s perfect for facial moisturizing straight out of the bottle. Simply massage a few drops of jojoba oil all over your face and neck after cleansing. Jojoba oil is also good for moisturizing all over without leaving a greasy residue, you can use it by itself right out of the shower or try your own DIY moisturizer recipe.

Jojoba Oil Body Butter Recipe

What you’ll need:

  • 4 oz raw shea butter
  • 1 oz jojoba oil
  • Optional: 20-30 drops essential oil
  • Deep glass bowl/ mixing spoon
  • Hand mixer
  • Container for storing

Instructions

  1. Add shea butter to glass bowl and microwave just until soft. No more than 15-30 seconds.
  2. Mix in jojoba oil. You can add 20-30 drops of your choice of essential oils if you prefer. We recommend lavender oil for semi-sensitive skin as it’s one of the most gentle essential oils, or you can skip them all together.
  3. Using hand mixer, whip jojoba oil and other ingredients together until blended.
  4. Scoop jojoba oil body butter into container for storing.

Makeup remover & cleanser: Oil based cleansers are really the only way to remove waterproof and long-lasting makeup. A natural oil is always going to be better for your skin (and the environment) than a synthetic petroleum based oil, and we already know how wonderful jojoba oil is for skin. To remove makeup with jojoba oil you can simply use a few drops on a clean cloth and wipe away, use the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) or make your own makeup remover wipes.

How to Use Jojoba Oil to Cleanse (OCM)

What you’ll need:

  • 1-2 tbs jojoba oil
  • Clean face towel
  • Hot water

Instructions

  1. With or without your makeup still on, rub jojoba oil all over your face.
  2. Soak a towel in water that is as hot as you can comfortably stand.
  3. Place the hot towel on your jojoba oil covered face and let sit until the towel is completely cool.
  4. Once it’s cooled, use the towel to wipe away all the oil and dirt until your face is completely free of jojoba oil.
  5. Repeat weekly.

DIY Makeup Remover for Sensitive Skin

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 2 tsp liquid castile soap
  • 1 tsp jojoba oil
  • Organic cotton rounds
  • Small bowl
  • Whisk
  • 16 oz mason jar with lid

Instructions

  1. Combine jojoba oil, water and castile soap in bowl and whisk together.
  2. Add cotton rounds to clean mason jar.
  3. Pour jojoba oil mix over cotton rounds, close lid tightly, gently swish around until the liquid is fully absorbed by the cotton rounds.
  4. Use individual cotton rounds to wipe away makeup as needed.

Facial recipe base: If you’re concerned about breakouts it just doesn’t make sense to use heavy oils on your face. Jojoba oil is the perfect carrier oil base for all kinds of facial recipes because it’s good for your pores.

Bye Bye Blemish Spot Treatment

What you’ll need:

  • 1 tsp jojoba oil
  • 1 tsp aloe vera gel
  • 1-2 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 10 ml makeup pot, orange stick (for stirring)

Instructions: Combine jojoba oil and other ingredients in makeup pot. Use orange stick to stir well. After washing your face before bed, use a clean finger or cotton swab to dab jojoba oil spot treatment on acne bumps or blemishes. Let sit overnight, cleanse and moisturize face as usual.

Oil-Buster Jojoba Oil Face Mask

What you’ll need:

  • 1 oz jojoba oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3 tbl raw honey
  • Mixing bowl, whisk

Instructions

  1. Combine jojoba oil and other ingredients in your bowl. Whisk together until completely combined.
  2. Wash your face using water as hot as you can comfortably stand.
  3. Smooth jojoba oil mask mix all over your face and let sit for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Rinse mixture off face. Repeat weekly or as needed.

Lip balm: Jojoba oil is an extremely popular ingredient in natural lip balms. If you’re trying to condition your lips with the intention of applying lip liner or lipstick afterwards simply rubbing in a drop or two of pure jojoba oil is the way to go. Jojoba oil absorbs quickly into your lips without leaving any residue and there is no wax (natural or otherwise) to get between your lips and the lip color. If you’re looking to moisturize your lips and also add a bit of a smooth protective barrier, making your own natural jojoba oil lip balm is easier than you might think.

Jojoba Oil 5 Minute Lip Balm Recipe

What you’ll need:

  • 2.5 tsp jojoba oil
  • 2 tsp beeswax pellets
  • 3 10ml makeup pots
  • 6 drops essential oil of your choice
  • Microwave safe bowl, spoon

Instructions

  1. Combine jojoba oil and beeswax in microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 15 second intervals until mixture is liquid, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add essential oils to your mix and stir well.
  3. Quickly pour mix into makeup pots before it cools.
  4. Let sit until fully cool. Makes 3 pots of lip balm. Store unused pots in the fridge.

Massage oil: Jojoba oil is the best carrier oil for making your own massage oil when it comes to universal appeal because it works so well with any skin type. The light scent and very pale color also allow jojoba oil to be a good canvas for adding essential oils for aromatherapy massage. If you have very sensitive skin and you find it can’t tolerate essential oils, you don’t have to skip the aromatherapy. Simply use the jojoba oil neat for massage and use an oil diffuser for the beneficial essential oil aromas.

Drops of Joy Jojoba Massage Oil

What you’ll need:

  • 1 oz jojoba oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 5 drops pine needle essential oil
  • Small bottle for mixing/storing

Instructions

  1. Add jojoba oil and essential oils to bottle, cap and mix well
  2. Rub a quarter sized dollop of the mixture between the palms of your hands
  3. Massage oil onto upper back and shoulders in wide circular motions
  4. Add more oil to hands as necessary

DIY natural bath & body products: Having sensitive skin doesn’t have to mean boring bath and body products. Jojoba oil is a fantastic base for making your own homemade bath and body products that only contain natural ingredients you can pronounce.

Sensitive Soul DIY Jojoba Body Wash

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 2/3 cup liquid castile soap
  • 3 tsp jojoba oil
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil*
  • 15 drops frankincense essential oil*
  • 16 oz soap dispenser bottle
  • Mixing bowl, whisk
  • Optional: funnel

*Lavender and frankincense are very gentle essential oils and they are heavily diluted in this mix, but remember you can always leave out essential oils if you’re trying use as few ingredients as possible.

Instructions: Combine jojoba oil and other ingredients in mixing bowl, whisk together gently. Pour mix into soap dispenser bottle and use as needed.

Gentle Buff Jojoba Oil Body Scrub

artnaturals Jojoba oil and brown sugar scrub ingredients gathered on table.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 oz jojoba oil
  • Mixing bowl & spoon
  • Mason jar for storing

Instructions

  1. Pour jojoba oil into mixing bowl, mix in sugar little by little so it is evenly dispersed and doesn’t clump.
  2. Transfer mix into mason jar for storing.

To use: Gently massage a handful of scrub onto freshly cleansed damp skin using wide circular motions. Let sit for 1-2 minutes to let the jojoba oil absorb into your skin, then rinse.

Jojoba Oil Uses for Hair Care with Recipes

One of the benefits of using jojoba oil for hair care, rather than a heavy-hitter like argan oil or coconut oil, is that you can use it regularly for dry hair issues even if you have a fine or regular hair type. Many natural shampoos & conditioners already include jojoba oil, but you can also make your own jojoba oil hair treatments at home.

Leave-in conditioner: Natural leave-in conditioners help keep hair moisturized, tame frizz, and reduce breakage. Jojoba oil on it’s own or in a DIY mix is especially good to use in leave-in conditioners to help protect your hair. Not only does it provide a natural barrier to things like wind and heat, but jojoba oil also has an SPF 4 rating. (34) Using jojoba oil to protect your hair from sun, wind and heat also helps your color treatment last longer.

DIY Jojoba Oil 2-in-1 Moisturizing Spray

The best part about this recipe is that you can literally use it head-to-toe. Spritzed on hair it works as a leave in conditioner, applied to skin it works as an all-over moisturizer.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 2 oz jojoba oil
  • Spray bottle
  • Optional: 10-12 drops of essential oil of your choice

Instructions

  1. Combine jojoba oil and other ingredients in spray bottle.
  2. Replace the nozzle and shake until mixed well.
  3. Shake before each use to evenly disperse ingredients.

For hair: Work through hair from ends up to roots. Repeat daily or as needed.
For body: Spray on after showering and massage into skin.

Scalp conditioner: The skin-soothing properties of jojoba oil can help calm an irritated scalp. Best of all, jojoba can also moisturize your scalp to avoid dryness and flaking without causing greasy hair. Research has linked changes in the sebaceous glands (the glands that produce sebum) to androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness). Because jojoba oil can help keep sebum from clogging pores, some believe it may help keep hair follicles from clogging and help with hair loss due to alopecia, however, this is still just a theory. (35)(36)

Feeling Fresh Scalp Serum

What you’ll need:

  • 1 oz. jojoba oil
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • Small dark glass bottle for mixing/storing

Instructions

  1. Combine jojoba oil and essential oils in bottle. Cap tightly and shake well.
  2. Use fingers to thoroughly massage jojoba oil mixture into scalp for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Let sit for 2-3 minutes, rinse thoroughly. Shampoo and condition as usual.

* For very fine hair, shampoo well before conditioning or skip your regular conditioner step.

Conditioning hair mask: Jojoba oil makes an excellent base for conditioning hair masks that don’t feel heavy. If you have very fine hair or an oily scalp it can be extra frustrating trying to moisturize the actual hair strands without turning your roots into a greasy mess. Jojoba oil can help moisturize your strands, but also help balance the natural oils on your scalp.

Jojoba Oil Protein Hair Mask

What you’ll need:

  • 2 tsp jojoba oil
  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Mixing bowl, whisk

Instructions

  1. Combine jojoba oil and other wet ingredients in bowl, mix well.
  2. Slowly whisk in cornstarch to thicken.
  3. Apply mix to freshly washed damp hair. Wrap in towel and let sit 30 minutes.
  4. Wash and condition hair as usual.

Beard care: Jojoba oil is especially helpful for conditioning beards and mustaches without causing oily skin or breakouts. A few drops of pure jojoba oil massaged through facial hair easily works as a natural beard oil. You can also use jojoba oil to make your own beard balm for moisturizing and style control that’s good for all skin types.

DIY Jojoba Oil Beard Balm

What you’ll need:

  • 2 oz shea butter
  • 3 oz jojoba oil
  • 1 oz beeswax pellets
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 6 oz shallow round balm tin for storing
  • Microwave safe bowl, spoon

Instructions

  1. Combine jojoba oil, shea butter and beeswax in bowl.
  2. Microwave in 15 second increments until the mixture is liquid. Stir occasionally.
  3. Let mix cool slightly (but not solidify) and add essential oils. Mix well.
  4. Pour mix into balm tin and let cool.
  5. Rub a dime size amount of balm into the palm of your hand. Work through beard to condition and style.

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