Everything You Didn’t Know About Jojoba (But Will Be Glad You Do Now)

She’s a tried and tested beauty staple, as classic as MAC’s Ruby Woo. But what do you really know about her? It’s time to meet jojoba.

Will the Real Jojoba Please Stand Up?

First things first, jojoba oil is not a true oil; it’s actually a liquid wax. It’s true that golden oil-like liquid is extracted from the jojoba seed. In fact, the liquid component makes up around 50 percent of the seed itself. But this prized liquid is almost entirely composed of wax esters, which are compounds of fatty acids and fatty alcohols.

Image credit: Valentina Razumova

Image credit: Valentina Razumova

Waxing Lyrical About Esters

The unique wax esters found in jojoba have an identical double bond molecule structure to the natural sebum produced by our own skin. This means that jojoba is readily recognised and accepted by the skin. The benefit? Jojoba absorbs quickly, penetrates deeply and acts the same way that sebum does to provide a barrier against dehydration and environmental pollutants without clogging pores or leaving a greasy residue.

It’s What’s Inside that Counts

Jojoba is naturally rich in vitamins A, D and E and essential minerals including chromium, copper and zinc, which all nourish and protect the skin. It also contains powerful fatty acids omega 6 and 9, which help to regenerate and repair damaged skin cells. 

Jojoba is a natural source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, so it can help to reduce chaffing, peeling and redness, and ease skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. Plus, jojoba contains natural microbial compounds so it can assist with wound healing and help to prevent bacteria growth on the skin.

Hands Up For Smooth Skin

When applied regularly, jojoba can improve collagen synthesis, repair damaged skin, smooth fine lines and increase skin suppleness. It can also act as a protective barrier and lock moisture into the skin for long lasting hydration. This makes jojoba ideal to care for hardworking hands that are exposed to sun, wind and harsh detergents and soaps.

At WØRKS melbourne, jojoba is an essential ingredient in the formulation of our ÅRHUS organisk hand creme. We source certified organic cold pressed jojoba that has been grown and harvested sustainably. Our jojoba undergoes minimal processing to ensure that it retains its nutrients, nourishes deeply and absorbs quickly so our clients can enjoy a little luxury in their everyday routine.