How Does Cari HobaCare?

Over the coming months we will be sharing posts about how The Jojoba Company staff use our jojoba themselves in our new #HowDoYouHobaCare campaign. Today’s post is from Cari Balbo, our Director of Strategic Growth.

HowDoYouHobaCare

Hello from Palermo, Maine, where I’m currently working from home to reduce the number of our staff physically working at our facility right now. I feel very fortunate to live in the country where I can get outside and into the woods during this strange time. Like everyone else I’m washing my hands constantly. As we’ve shared before, jojoba is a perfect complement to the resulting dryness from all that hand washing. Additionally, jojoba has many wonderful uses and I thought I’d share some of the ways I love to use HobaCare myself.

golden jojoba for skin and hair

Jojoba has a seemingly limitless number of uses (see here for our previous posts about all the many ways to use jojoba). I personally use our jojoba most often for my skin and hair. HobaCare is different from other jojoba you can buy because our farmers give the seeds a light, first-pressing (maximizing quality of the extract over quantity extracted) that results in a lighter feel in the final product, virtually no scent, and never any tackiness/stickiness. Because jojoba is so similar to our skin’s own sebum, jojoba won’t clog the pores and absorbs readily into the skin. I use jojoba on my face to oil cleanse and to moisturize (it makes a great one-ingredient silky facial serum) as well as an all over body moisturizer. I especially love using my own herbal-infused HobaCare jojobas (more about that below) to bring added skin benefit. My favorite way to use jojoba in my hair is to either apply a small amount throughout my hair while it’s still wet from washing, or just a bit (a few drops rubbed into my hands) on my hair ends when dry to add shine and minimize frizz and flyaways.

Calendula Infused Jojoba

Jojoba has a myriad of uses in and outside of the home. My husband has a pair of leather shoes he conditions with our jojoba (see more about conditioning leather here). Jojoba helps removes those annoying labels that won’t come off jars easily. It keeps garden tools rust-free and working smoothly. And because jojoba is nontoxic, for humans and animals, it’s safe to use on our pets and other furry friends. We have house cats and if one of them gets a hot spot, jojoba can be used to treat it. We also have three goats and one of them tends to get dry, flaky skin this time of year. Brushing a small amount of jojoba through her coat helps her skin and gives her fur a glossy shine.

using jojoba on goats

Finally, I use a lot of organic HobaCare jojoba for my own herbal skincare business, Ridge Pond Herbals, which I run in addition to working for The Jojoba Company. From the outset of launching my business in 2015, HobaCare was the only jojoba I sourced for my products because I knew the quality was superior and because I loved that it was a local Maine company. I include jojoba in quite a few of my products but I especially love infusing jojoba with herbs before adding them to recipes. One of my best sellers, and my favorite infusion to use on my own skin, is calendula-infused jojoba. Using the dried flowers of bright orange and resin-rich calendula varieties that I grow on my farm results in a gorgeously orange final product. Other favorite herbs to infuse singly (or combined) into jojoba are roses, lavender, balsam fir, arnica, and St. John’s Wort. Because jojoba’s chemical composition (technically it’s a liquid wax) is so similar to our own skin, jojoba sinks deeply into the epidermis. When infused with an herb that has skin benefit such as anti-inflammatory calendula or soothing rose, jojoba will bring those properties more deeply into the skin.

Jojoba Calendula hand and cuticle salve

At The Jojoba Company we occasionally refer to our jojoba as liquid gold. Sometimes, however, you want something a little more solid and spreadable for your skin and jojoba makes a great base for a skin salve. I’ve created a new salve exclusively for The Jojoba Company using organic HobaCare, my organic calendula-infused jojoba for extra benefit, and just enough organic beeswax to hold it together. I like my salves to have a soft, spreadable texture, more like an ointment than a hard salve you have to scrape out of the container with your fingernail. HobaCare Hand & Cuticle Salve takes just a little longer to sink in than liquid jojoba but absorbs much faster than a salve made with other carrier oils. As with liquid jojoba, a little of this salve goes a long way and after a minute of rubbing a small amount into your hands it should be fully absorbed, leaving your hands soft, protected, and ready for more hand-washing.

Those are some of the ways I HobaCare for my skin, hair, and more. How do you HobaCare?

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I love how it absorbs into the skin and leaves it silky smooth, what a fantastic carrier it is for essential oils, that it doesn't go rancid, so my sheets remain sweet-smelling and that the (jojoba) is so stable with an incredible shelf-life. What's not to love?

Annie/Arianna Mitchell, LMP

I did a lot of research on what to use on my skin and then where to get it. I know I made the right choice.

Jackie

After few days of using it, I must admit that the product has proved itself beyond my expectations! My 4 year old son was suffering from a red bottom due to frequent wetting. Since I've used the Jojoba, his skin is bright, clean, and with no signs of red. I'm very grateful to you.

Orit Vainer

I've ordered jojoba before and your jojoba is leaps and bounds above any other. I could immediately feel the difference in the way it looks, smells & feels on my skin. The first thought in my head was that this is truly an elegant product. I'm glad I purchased it.

Robyne Lopez

I started out trying the jojoba on an older leather day planner that I have. It is in very good condition, so I didn't think I would see much of a difference. Boy, was I wrong! I didn't realize how dull it was until I used the jojoba on it.

Dee

Thank you so much for providing a wonderful product. I have been using your golden jojoba in my skincare products for many years and all my customers (and me) love it.

Kathleen

We have been using Hobacare for nearly two years now and have found our family's skin is amazing looking - which is truly a feat considering the eczema and dry skin that so plagues us!

Heather B.

I also feel good that by using your product I'm doing everything I can to protect the new mother and delicate new life in my care - no chemicals, preservatives, or pesticides here, thank you very much.

Sara Garvin, LMT

I continue to be impressed with your company and the high standards that it promotes. Your responsiveness to questions, shipping and customer service is top notch. Thank you for everything.

Heather Piper

The results were instant! My hair not only had sheen, but totally eliminated the friz!
I threw away all of the other goopey hair gels.

Terri Swain