Laundering and Storage Instructions
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
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.