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We received this note from one of our customers, we thought we'd share her great uses for jojoba throughout the seasons. We added additional notes and links in parenthesis.

There are some Maine products that serve us well through the sweltering days of August to the frigid days of January and every day in between. Jojoba is one of them! These are my personal experiences.

SPRING:
Those nasty black fly bites that surround our hairline after an afternoon clearing and/or planting our gardens are no match to this magical elixir. Rub Jojoba on the bites when you come inside and poof the action stops.
(works well on mosquito bites as well, adding a drop of lavender essential oil, or using lavender infused jojoba also works wonders on insect bites-- see our post on how to make lavender infused jojoba).

SUMMER:
Get into a patch of Wild Parsnip? Tame the results and shorten the healing with Jojoba. (also works well on other skin issues as well, especially for those with sensitive skin, check out our post about using jojoba for cradle cap).

FALL:
Keep the summer shine with a Jojoba and Himalayan salt rub on your face and hands. For real! (you can also use sugar, it can be a bit less abrasive for those with sensitive skin, check out our post on how to make jojoba sugar scrub).

jojoba salt hand scrub

WINTER:
Oh, that wood-stove heat dry skin just drinks Jojoba.It's nice to be warm AND supple! And for those of us who suffer from Venus Stasis Dermatitis, put your feet up, wear compression socks, and use Jojoba to keep the itching at bay.

And year round, there is no better make-up remover than Jojoba! Enjoy! -Jan

Do you have any great seasonal uses for jojoba to share? Send them along to us, we'll share them.

We were disappointed to learn that the North Atlantic Region Whole Foods Markets have decided to stop carrying our product in their stores. Their decision was not based on the quality or price of our jojoba, but rather, as they stated, “current directions we’re taking as a company”. You can read the full Press Release here.

Our jojoba has been carried in the Boston area Whole Foods Markets for 25 years, and we consider the store in Portland, ME our home store. Our main concern is that our customers will still be able to find the First Press quality that only we offer in Pesticide Free and Certified Organic HobaCare and Jojoba Baby that they have been using for years.

We appreciate your loyalty to our First Press quality jojoba. We encourage our customers to support local businesses by purchasing our jojoba from their neighborhood natural food market or co-op, however with this development, not all customers will have a local purchasing option. We will be contact more co-ops and natural food stores over the coming weeks but customers asking for the product is more effective than anything.

If you would like to purchase from us directly, we offer Free Shipping on any Retail Order of $35 or more.

There are so many items around the household that can be cared for with a drop of jojoba. Most recently, I purchased a new pair of Gingher scissors. The use and care guide states "Occasionally placing a drop of oil in the pivot area will facilitate a smooth cutting action." Naturally, I use jojoba for this lubrication need. Not only is it technically a wax ester, which means it won't get gummy or attract dust, it also won't stain clothing (an important thing since these are sewing shears).

Lubricating gingher shears with jojoba

Not only will these shears be lubricated occasionally with a drop of jojoba (putting some in an old dropper bottle is a great way to use with the precision needed), they will also be occasionally wiped down with the tiniest bit of jojoba and a soft, dry cloth to inhibit rust on the metal. Around here, jojoba is also using to lubricate the sewing machines (and sergers and coverstitch machines as well).

We are constantly trying to find better packaging options for our jojoba, particularly, closures that dispense drops of jojoba (since a little goes a LONG way) and that don't leak. Nothing is perfect, but sometimes small changes can make a big difference. In the coming months, you will be noticing a change in our closures and labels. After many trials, we have settled on a disc top cap instead of a pump.

100% pure expeller pressed jojoba

We have found that these new closures are much better at dispensing single drops and small amounts of jojoba. The pumps will still be available as an add-on (we find that some of our customers, like massage therapists and aestheticians use a little more jojoba at a time and prefer the hands-free pumps that dispense larger amounts).

100% pure expeller pressed jojoba flip top drop cap

100% pure expeller pressed jojoba flip top cap

We are also in the process of updating our labels, making them easier to read and a little more modern. As we use up our current labels, we will be transitioning to the new labels. Currently, 8oz HobaCare (Pesticide Free Jojoba) will be shipping with the new labels & disc top caps.

100% pure expeller pressed jojoba one ounce

Our one ounce bottles will be completely different as well. So long little round caps, hello taller, sleeker bottles with labels that fit more information.

Most likely, if you have pets, you've experienced a hot spot. Hot spots are acute moist dermatitis, and are characterized by red, irritated, weepy sores that can be terribly difficult to get rid of. They can grow rapidly as pets try to clean them with constant licking. There are loads of treatments out there, but we have found a simple treatment that works beautifully. Plain jojoba works wonderfully on hot spots, we've heard from many pet owners that have used 100% jojoba straight from our bottles on hot spots. It works not only on hot spots but on other skin issues in pets as well, like dry skin. While you can use plain jojoba with success, the addition of calendula will make jojoba even more effective for hot spot treatment. Calendula is said to have be antiseptic and anti-imflammatory properties as well as speeding up healing of wounds. These properties make it especially beneficial in troubled skin salves and mixes, and they make it particularly great for hot spots on your pets. Here's how to make a simple calendula infused jojoba for treating hot spots. After you make a batch, gift some to your friends with pets, they will appreciate it!

herbal hot spot treatment

CALENDULA INFUSED JOJOBA FOR TREATING HOT SPOTS

1. Place dried or fresh calendula flower petals in jar filling to about 3/4-2/3 full, quart size is generally a good size to start with. You can use fresh herbs, but make sure they are allowed to dry down for a day or two. The moisture in the herbs can increase risk of mold. So be extra watchful if you use freshly harvested calendula from your garden.

2. Top off herbs with jojoba. The goal is to keep herbs submerged under jojoba, be sure to leave some headspace for expansion.

3. Cap, shake jar and place jar in sunny windowsill. Allow to infuse for four to six weeks, shaking every couple days. It is helpful to write the date the mix was made on the bottom of the jar.

4. Strain herbs out of jojoba with cheesecloth, a couple of layers might be needed to remove all particles. Transfer infused jojoba to smaller bottles to be used as needed or gifted. Write date finished on bottom of jar and try to use up within a year. While jojoba has an indefinite shelf life, the herbs introduce properties that can go bad or increase risk of mold.

As with all herbal preparations, please test your calendula infused jojoba on skin in small amounts before using a lot. While jojoba itself is non-allergenic, the herbs used in infusions can cause reactions in some people.

calendula infused jojoba

Naturally, we recommend taking your pet to see a veterinarian if your pet's hot spot is really bad, doesn't heal up, or seems to worsen.

The most important reason to use jojoba, as opposed to other massage mediums is that it’s a 100% non-toxic product. In fact, it’s recommended for oncology massage because cancer patients are so sensitive (see Geralyn O’Brien’s article for the Integrative Cancer Review). In addition to being non-toxic, the second best reason to use jojoba is because clients LOVE it. It doesn't have any added fragrances and it leaves their skin feeling soft, smooth, and conditioned, not greasy, oily, or sticky and they won't feel compelled to take a shower when your therapy session is concluded. Jojoba’s non-staining quality will be something they appreciate. Massage sheets/towels will not get the sour, rancid smell either (see our directions for laundering jojoba out of linens & clothing). While many companies sell jojoba, our jojoba is better, Why? It’s a first press, light press quality. We are the only company that uses these parameters for pressing jojoba, the result is a jojoba that feels much better on the skin than others. For more about our product quality, see this post. https://www.jojobacompany.com/blog/what-makes-our-jojoba-different

Of course these aren’t the only reasons to use jojoba as a massage medium in your practice here are a few others:

JOJOBA IS NON-ALLERGENIC
Why? First, it's a liquid ester akin to the esters we produce in our own skin. Second, it's unadulterated. There is no formulation. HobaCare Jojoba contains only the pure expeller pressed extract of the jojoba seed we have grown to our unique requirements. Absolutely nothing is added. HobaCare Jojoba is pure. Period. The product is especially useful to therapists and clients with sensitive skin. Everyone, no matter what his or her skin type, benefits from using the product.

JOJOBA IS SHELF STABLE
It has an indefinite shelf life, and does not oxidize or turn rancid. Heat does not affect it and it does not require refrigeration. Massage Therapists in Florida, California and other warm climates prefer Jojoba to triglyceride oils such as almond, grape seed, macadamia and other fragile products, which deteriorate in the heat. Therapists performing hot stone massage are excited about HobaCare Jojoba because, unlike oils, it can stand up to heating and re-heating. See our post about laundering linens that have jojoba on them.

JOJOBA IS NON-COMEDOGENIC
It does not clog the pores. Aestheticians give facial massages with jojoba and it's used in many skin care products.

face massage

JOJOBA DOES NOT STAIN NATURAL FABRICS
It washes out of 100% cotton clothing and linens with hot water and detergent. If used appropriately, the product will stay in the skin and will not come out on linens or clothing. For more on this, see our Laundering Instructions.https://www.jojobacompany.com/blog/laundering-directions-jojoba-spills

Jojoba works by conditioning (not moisturizing) the skin. Determine the amount you use by balancing the needs of your client's skin with the requirements of your methodology. Experiment. Apply a couple of drops to the back of the hand. Massage it in. Gauge the degree to which the product has conditioned the skin. You're looking for a very soft, smooth, silky feeling, one that evidences reduced friction but keeps you in total control. Always work in increments of drops, not dollops. If the product is coming out on your linens, you're probably using too much. The key to using Jojoba is to heed the admonition, "less is better". A little really does go a long way. You can use as much as you wish, but using more than you need is wasteful.

You will find yourself using measurably less HobaCare Jojoba than other products. A therapist giving 30 to 35 massages a week customarily uses three to four gallons of our product a year. Hot stone modalities will require more.

Hot Stone Massage Therapy, a relatively new introduction to U.S. spas, virtually mandates the use of Jojoba. The procedure requires the heating and re-heating of massage lubricant. Jojoba is the only massage lubricant, which survives such intensive use. Oils cannot withstand repeated heating and quickly turn rancid, creating an undesirable odor, an impression upscale spas and massage practices can ill afford to tolerate. La Stone Therapy endorses and uses HobaCare Jojoba in their stone therapies. (As for the day-to-day cleaning of the stones, themselves, we recommend a good dishwashing detergent. If for some reason you notice a build-up on the stones, laundry detergent eliminates it. We recommend wearing gloves if you're using laundry detergent. It can be harsh on skin.0

If you'd like to add essential oils or infuse jojoba with herbs, see our blogs posts on those topics.
Jojoba as a carrier for essential oils
Herbal infusions with jojoba

A month or so ago, one of our customers contacted us to see if she could use jojoba on a vintage spinning wheel. She was interested in its protective properties for wood. She sent us after photos of her spinning wheel and said:

"The wheel was quite dull before using jojoba oil. And for a 36 year old wheel, it came up beautifully.
It is amazing how a shiny revived spinning wheel makes spinning even more enjoyable." - Julie

spinning wheel protected with jojoba
vintage spinning wheel protected with jojoba

We love hearing about the ways you are using jojoba around the house, especially on wood products. If you use it to protect any furniture items, take before/after photos and send them along. We'd love to share them here on the blog.

For all the same reasons that jojoba makes a great carrier for essential oils, it also makes a great carrier to infuse with botanicals (see our post dedicated to this topic here). Infusing jojoba with botanicals can take it up a notch, adding healing elements to an already amazing product. Jojoba's shelf stability and long life makes it one of the best mediums for such infusions. This calendula infused jojoba can be used as is, for dry or blemish prone skin, or it can be used as an ingredients in salves, balms, and other products. Calendula is said to have be antiseptic and anti-imflammatory properties as well as speeding up healing of wounds. These properties make it especially beneficial in troubled skin salves and mixes (like our acne treatment we will be posting soon).

calendula infused jojoba

CALENDULA INFUSED JOJOBA

1. Place dried or fresh calendula flower petals in jar filling to about 3/4-2/3 full, quart size is generally a good size to start with. You can use fresh herbs, but make sure they are allowed to dry down for a day or two. The moisture in the herbs can increase risk of mold. So be extra watchful if you use freshly harvested calendula from your garden.

2. Top off herbs with jojoba. The goal is to keep herbs submerged under jojoba, be sure to leave some headspace for expansion.

3. Cap, shake jar and place jar in sunny windowsill. Allow to infuse for four to six weeks, shaking every couple days. It is helpful to write the date the mix was made on the bottom of the jar.

4. Strain herbs out of jojoba with cheesecloth, a couple of layers might be needed to remove all particles. Transfer infused jojoba to smaller bottles to be used as needed or gifted. Write date finished on bottom of jar and try to use up within a year. While jojoba has an indefinite shelf life, the herbs introduce properties that can go bad or increase risk of mold.

As with all herbal preparations, please test your calendula infused jojoba on skin in small amounts before using a lot. While jojoba itself is non-allergenic, the herbs used in infusions can cause reactions in some people.

Other Infusions you can try to make:
Lavender Infused Jojoba
Arnica Infused Jojoba

Our ongoing series "Jojoba 101" is all about unique ways to use jojoba throughout the house/garden. Around our office and homes, we all use jojoba in a wide variety of ways. It's always nice to have an alternative to petroleum based products, especially one that is non-toxic like jojoba. One way we have been using jojoba is to protect our garden and garage tools. It protects not only the wooden portions, but the metal portions as well. The first step to using jojoba for this purpose is to clean your tools well, sanding the wooden portions and removing any rust with a metal brush is ideal. Once the tool is cleaned, simply rub a coating or two of jojoba on, we use an old cotton sock that has been demoted to the rag pile.
non toxic garden tool protectant
After cleaning our tools well, we gave them a few coats of jojoba (this was in February). Most of them are kept indoors to keep them out of the elements, a few have been left out so we can monitor the protective efficacy of the jojoba. As you can see here, after four months, the jojoba is still doing its job of protecting the metal and wooden portions of the the tools.
non petroleum garden tool protectant
We will clean these tools again this fall and reapply jojoba. Then in the spring they will get another coat to be ready for the gardening season once again. Jojoba not only works on garden tools, but garage tools as well. Any metal or wooden tools can be protected with jojoba.

Our mix of the month for May is fitting, it's an itch stop mix for insect bites. Here in Maine the period between Mother's Day and Father's Day is known as "Black Fly Season". These little insects can make being outside very unpleasant, their bites can itch for days or a week. There are many different essential oils recommended for insect bites, we found that eucalyptus worked best here and for black fly bites. Others you could try if you don't have eucalyptus are: lavender, chamomile, tea tree, and peppermint.

essential oil insect bite itch relief mix

Our mix is pretty simple:
20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
1/2 oz. jojoba
mix in a dropper bottle and use a drop or two on each insect bite several times daily. Be sure to note date mixed and use up within a year.

It really is that simple, let us know how this works for you!

Try our various Mix of the Month Essential Oil recipes:
MIX OF THE MONTH LIST
Headache Blend
Peace of Mind Blend
Sinus Clear Blend
Muscle Rub Blend

There are a few precautions with any essential oils: Never use undiluted, in eyes or around mucus membranes. Do not ingest. Do not use for a prolonger period of time. Keep away from children and do not use essential oil on children or pets unless directed by a professional (cats in particular are very sensitive to essential oils, never use on cats). Avoid while pregnant and with homeopathics. May cause skin irritation (test on a small patch of skin in an insensitive portion of your body with proper dilution rate).

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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I don't know what I did before I started using your product.
It is by far the finest skin care product I have ever used.

Nanci L. Maloney

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

Every one of your claims are true - the lack of staining and smell, the affinity with the skin, and my clients love that they don't get up from the table feeling like greased pigs (my words). Of course, as a massage therapist, none of that would matter if the grip and glide weren't perfect... and they are.

Sara Garvin, LMT

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

I like doing business with companies that care, and I feel that you do.

Thank you for a fabulous product and great customer care!!

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

I love your stuff. I've been using it for years and refuse to use anything else. I've tried them all. Your jojoba, is by far, the best available.

Bella Donna

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 ordered one gallon of jojoba online yesterday afternoon and I received it this morning at 9:30!!!!!
Thank you so much for your prompt service.

Sarah Litchfield, LMT

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