When used properly, HobaCare will stay in the skin. If it is coming out on linens and clothing, you are very likely using too much.

HobaCare launders out of natural fabrics with the use of hot water and a good detergent. For synthetic and dyed fabrics we sometimes use a pre-wash. If you have combined oils, lotions, creams or essential oils with HobaCare, they--not the HobaCare--could cause staining. Also, and especially for massage therapists, if the lotion or cream was applied to the skin prior to massage, those substances could cause staining to occur.

If you or your laundry use cold water and dry the fabric, a mark may be visible. Relax. Don't be alarmed. The mark will not be permanent. Likewise, the mark will not turn rancid. Off-putting odors will not be a problem. The next time you launder the item, cover the mark with a pre-wash (we use "Shout") and use hot water and your regular detergent. The mark will launder out. Or, if very hot water is not available, learn from this tip provided by one of our customers, who is a massage therapist. She found a jojoba mark on her dark 100% cotton turtleneck, which had not come out in a cold wash. She re-washed the garment after putting soda water and baking soda on the mark and letting it soak for a bit in her machine. Even though the garment had already been through her dryer, the mark came out.

Storing HobaCare Jojoba

HobaCare is stable. It does not oxidize or turn rancid. It has an indefinite shelf life. Heat does not affect it. Unlike oils, it can stand up to heating and re-heating. Likewise, HobaCare Jojoba does not require refrigeration. It will congeal at temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. If congealing does occur, simply restore the product to room temperature. It will re-liquefy and can be used immediately. Congealing does not affect its quality. Store HobaCare Jojoba away from direct sunlight. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight bleaches HobaCare Jojoba.

A Common Sense Warning

Jojoba seeds are edible and non-toxic. Deer and other animals enter the jojoba fields to consume them. They were a source of food to Native Americans for centuries. Accidental or casual ingestion of small amounts of HobaCare does not cause harm. If you have some on your hands and are in proximity of a dog, it will lick your hand unmercifully!

However, we do not prepare HobaCare as a food. Do not ingest HobaCare. Keep it out of children's reach. The product is intended for topical application to skin, only. If you're applying it to the skin of a premature baby, or small infant use amounts that absorb into the skin. Excess amounts should be wiped away.

About the Safety of Our Containers

The Jojoba Company puts its HobaCare Jojoba into PET (1-oz, 125ml and 250ml) and into HDPE (litre and gallon) containers. These containers are entirely safe.

People are becoming increasingly concerned about Bisphenol A (BPA) and Phthalates. BPA is a building block for polycarbonate (PC), a rigid clear plastic commonly used for baby bottles, reusable water bottles and other applications. It is NOT found in polyethylene terepthalate (PET), commonly used for single-use water and soda bottles among other bottles, nor is it found in high-density polyethlene (HDPE).

The Jojoba Company does not use any bottles made from polycarbonate, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or polystyrene (PS), which have all been identified as having the potential for leaching BPA into the products they hold.

We know that many of our customers are very knowledgeable about the chemical composition of plastic packaging, but sometimes their customers are not.

Compounding the problem, incomplete coverage by the media has caused a great deal of confusion among consumers. For example, recent reports have identified "water bottles" as a pirmary source of BPA, and video footage accompanying the reports has shown single-use PET bottles instead of multi-use water bottles that retailers such as Wal-Mart in Canada have pulled from the shelves.

A second example of incomplete reporting: U.S. News and World Reports identifed recycle codes 3,6 and 7 as those indicating plastics that contain BPA. While PVC (recycle code #3), PS (recycle code #6) and PC (recycle code #7) do contain BPA. The media consistently fails to mention that recycle code #7 simply means "other plastics" that do not fall into categories 1 through 6. "Other" plastics include polylactide (PLA), a corn-based clear resin also used for single-use beverage bottles that also does not contain bisphenol A.

Fears about the safety of plastics are raised frequently, but PET and HDPE, the two plastics The Jojoba Company uses, have consistently been proven safe to use in rigid packaging applications.

If you have questions about our packaging, please do not hesitate to contact us.