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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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