Jojoba oil (pronounced ho-ho-ba) is extracted from the seeds of the jojoba shrub, which is native to Southern Arizona, California and North-western Mexico. It has a golden colour and is known to have a faint nutty aroma. Despite the name, Jojoba oil is a wax ester; a molecule that have undergone a chemical reaction to create an ester and water by-product. It is high in monounsaturated fatty acids and has a combination of palmitic, stearic, oleic and gadoleic acid. Jojoba oil also acts as an emollient and contains vitamin A, B and E.
One of the unique characteristics of jojoba oil is that it is similar to our body’s natural sebum, which lubricates and waterproofs the skin and hair. For this reason, jojoba oil is found in products for the hair and skin. Jojoba oil is great at penetrating hair follicles, which allows it to condition and moisturise the hair. It is also good at adding shine and increasing the hair’s elasticity.