At Nine Naturals, we’re on a mission to make beauty simple, smart and safe for moms and moms-to-be. Integral to that is understanding our ingredients’ science and benefits. Today’s Nine Naturals Ingredient Story featuring Jojoba Seed Oil is part of an ongoing series featuring the natural, plant-based ingredients behind our high performance beauty products.
Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Seed oil is a relatively recent discovery in the cosmetics world. Native to the southwestern United States, Mexico and parts of Africa, Jojoba seed oil became popular as an ethical and sustainable alternative to whale oils in the 1970s. In fact this rich, natural oil proved superior to animal derived alternatives – particularly because of its significant cosmetic benefits for skin and hair.
The Science & Extraction of Jojoba Seed Oil
Jojoba seed oil is extracted by pressing the dried seeds harvested from the fruit of the jojoba tree. This process yields over 50% of the weight of the seed as a waxy mixture mainly made of single chain fatty acids. Because the resulting Jojoba seed oil doesn’t contain any triglycerides it has a very long shelf life making it an ideal ingredient for cosmetics. The single chain fatty acids in Jojoba seed oil also mimic natural skin oils, which is what makes Jojoba oil an effective moisturizer and why it helps to balance your skin’s oil production naturally. In addition, Jojoba seed oil contains large amounts of vitamin E so it not only moisturizes, but also promotes skin health.
Jojoba Seed Oil’s Benefits for Skin and Hair Care
Jojoba seed oil is a powerful moisturizing agent for both skin and hair, but that’s not all. Jojoba seed oil is also promising acne treatment and has anti-inflammatory and skin healing properties. On top of this Jojoba oil provides some natural UV protection and can help reduce photoaging.
Why Nine Naturals Loves Jojoba Seed Oil
The combination of Jojoba seed oil’s versatile moisturizing power and its additional protective and antioxidant properties make it an ideal natural cosmetic ingredient. At Nine Naturals we’ve used it in a host of our high performance beauty products. Our Citrus + Mint Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner, and Mandarin + Ginger Restorative Conditioner all take advantage of its potent moisturizing properties, while our Repairing Body Balm and Natural Sunscreen – in addition to moisturizing – incorporate the Jojoba oil’s healing and protective properties. To learn more about all our natural ingredients check out our Ingredient Glossary.