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Since our founding in 1994, our goal has been to provide the highest quality jojoba in the most sustainable way possible. Our jojoba is our pure, first-press, unrefined, golden jojoba. We continually strive to provide the best quality jojoba on the market with the least environmental impact. Over the years we have continued to improve our practices.

non-toxic jojoba

Our most important job is produce the highest quality jojoba we can, our jojoba is First Press quality. The pressing is a light pressing, thus resulting in less quantity, but a higher quality product. This is the main reason you can see, feel, and smell the difference between our jojoba and others. A light pressing yields only about 38% jojoba from the seed, where some forms of pressing will yield up to around 50%. Some producers also use solvents to extract more jojoba from the seed. This results in more jojoba, but a much lower quality jojoba. The result is a beautifully golden product that retains its natural beneficial properties and benefits for the skin. Some processors deodorize their jojoba to remove smell and strip it of its natural color. We never do this, which you can see from the naturally golden color of our product. Our jojoba is pure. The only thing we do is filter the jojoba through a one micron filter. This removes any residual solids from the pressing process. (for more information about what makes our jojoba different from the other products on the market, read this blog post )

Solar Powered jojoba

Our facility is classified as a net-zero facility. We have an 18Kw solar array installed on our roof, it provides all the electricity for our facility here in Maine. We take great pride knowing that we are using the sun's power to fill bottles, heat our building, and power our computers.

When choosing packaging and suppliers, we're always looking for the best when it comes to recycling. Our packaging is 100% recyclable. We encourage our customers to reuse the boxes for shipping, storing, or even as mulch in the garden. Our packing peanuts are sourced from a company that makes them from cornstarch, they can be composted (though we encourage you to reuse them whenever possible). Very little waste is produced at our facility, we take great pride in reducing, reusing, and recycling!

If you have questions about our practices, feel free to give us a call.

In early July, I stopped by Glendarragh Lavender Farm during the lavender harvest. We are so incredibly lucky to have a source for organic lavender so close. Glendarragh has the same philosophy that we do here at The Jojoba Company, here's a quote from their website "We believe in the simple elegance and healthful benefits of synthetic-free, natural products". We couldn't agree more! Lucky for you, they sell their lavender on-line.

glendarragh lavender farm in maine

During my visit, I walked the fields inhaling the lovely scent of all the different lavenders. I watched lavender being harvested, which was then hung in the barn to dry. It's labor intensive, but well worth it for the quality of lavender they provide.

lavender plant in bloom

harvesting lavender at Glendarragh lavender farm in appleton maine

lavender drying in barn at Glendarragh lavender farm

After spending a relaxing hour touring the farm, I headed home with sachets of both fresh and dried English lavender. Each type will be used to infuse jojoba, I'm interested to see if there's a difference in scent or potency between the fresh and dried herb. When I got home, the fresh blooms were picked off the stems, put in a jar, and covered with jojoba. Then it went into a sunny windowsill to harness the power of the sun to infuse. The dried flowers were picked later, since they were already dry there was no rush to get them into jojoba right away. Both types are still in the windowsill steeping away, I'm going to give them two more weeks of steeping. Every few days I check the jars and the lavender scent is stronger each time.

glendarragh lavender farm in appleton maine

making lavender sachets

LAVENDER INFUSED JOJOBA

1. Place fresh or dried organic lavender flowers in jar, use enough herbs to fill jar 1/4-1/2 of the way up.

2. Top off jar with jojoba. The goal is to keep lavender submerged under jojoba, be sure to leave some headspace for expansion. The lavender blooms will float at first, don't worry too much about that. Within a few days they will all sink to the bottom of the jar.

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 lavender 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.

making lavender infused jojoba

These infusions will be a perfect as is, especially for a night time skin conditioner. They will also be a great base for various lotions, salves, and essential oils mixes. Stay tuned for recipes using our various infusions in the coming months. Until then, I'll be relaxed and happy as the scent of lovely lavender fills my office.

What's your favorite used for lavender scented jojoba?

Other Infusions you can try to make:
Arnica Infused Jojoba

Do your weekend plans include painting? If so, we have a tip to help make cleanup a breeze. Before you get started, massage a few drops of jojoba onto exposed areas: hands, arms, legs, and hair. Pre-conditioning your skin with jojoba makes it easier to remove oil-based or latex paint or stains from your skin and from your hair.

After you’ve finished the job, clean up your brushes and your skin with jojoba. You won’t need harsh chemicals. Wrap your cleaned brushes in tin foil and store them for the next use. They will not be hard and brittle when you need them again.

One last tip: You may mix small amounts of the jojoba with oil-based paint and stain to improve the flow from the brush, to reduce brush marks and to improve penetration. The blend will take longer to dry. You’ll need to experiment to achieve the best balance between jojoba and paint.

jojoba for easy paint removal from skin and hair

jojoba for easy paint removal from skin and hair

Since jojoba is a wax ester, it will help condition the skin and hair making it easier to remove paint, especially latex paint. There's no need to use harsh chemicals to remove paint from skin, use our all-natural product and make cleanup quick and easy! We have yet to try massaging a drop of jojoba into natural bristle brushes before and after painting, but we think it would be beneficial of keeping bristles soft and making brushes easier to clean. If you use natural bristle brushes let us know how this works.

Jojoba makes an excellent carrier for essential oils, we won't got into the nitty gritty of why in this post, find out more on our post dedicated to this topic. We decided to do a Mix of the Month, essential oil mixes to make and use. With summer upon us, many of us are working in the garden and participating in sports and other active hobbies. This means sore muscles! While sore muscles heal well on their own, this essential oil blend will help reduce the pain, it is also said to promote faster healing. We used our arnica infused jojoba, which can be used on its own as a muscle rub, but we thought adding a few beneficial essential oils would not only make it smell great, but increase benefits and hopefully make it more effective.

herbal muscle rub recipe

MUSCLE BLEND ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND
1 glass roller bottle (.3 oz size)
20 drops essential oil of peppermint
5 drops essential oil of clove
5 drops essential oil of rosemary
5 drops essential oil of lavender
100% pure jojoba (we used our jojoba jojoba infused with arnica)

*Place drops of essential oil in roller bottles, top off with jojoba, shake gently. For use, roll on palm, massage gently onto sore muscles. Also try using this blend with a lymph flow massage to improve healing of sore muscles.

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

To create labels, right click on this image and "save as" then drag and drop it into a file to print on the label of your choice. We used Avery Print-to-the-Edge Square Labels, Kraft Brown, 2 x 2 Inches, Pack of 300 (22846). Make a bunch to give friends & family members.
sore muscle essential oil blend,

There are a few precautions with any essential oils: Never use undiluted, in eyes or around mucus membranes. Do not ingest. 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.

Jojoba's properties make it fantastic as an after sun skin soother. Of course we can't make any medical claims, but we can share with you what our customers say. Last summer, one of our customers sent us this note:

You can also mix jojoba with aloe if your sunburn is particularly bad. Apply often, at least a few times a day until skin is no longer pink or red. We have heard from many customers about how wonderful it is for an after sun soother, give it a try and let us know what you think. We use it regularly for this purpose during our short Maine summers. The best part is that jojoba is non-toxic!

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 arnica infused jojoba can be used as is, for massaging sore muscles, or it can be used as an ingredients in salves, balms, and other products. You can use this basic method for a wide variety of infusions. We will be coming up with a few over the coming months, check back to see our recipes.

arnica infused oil
infusing jojoba with arnica

No doubt, you've heard of the health benefits of arnica for muscle pain, bruises, soreness, swelling, arthritis, and other types of pain. Rub this arnica infused jojoba on areas affected by soreness or pain. Arnica should not be used on open cuts/wounds because it is toxic if it gets into the body. It's fine for external use. As with almost everything, there are some individuals that can be sensitive to one specific compound in arnica, helenalin. If you develop a rash, discontinue use, you are mostly likely one of those sensitive.

jojoba infused with arnica

ARNICA INFUSED JOJOBA

1. Place organic dried arnica flowers in jar, quart size is perfect for about one pound of dried flowers. 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.

2. Top off herbs with jojoba. The goal is to keep arnica 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.

arnica infused oil

Other Infusions you can try to make:
Lavender Infused Jojoba

Jojoba makes an excellent carrier for essential oils, we won't got into the nitty gritty of why in this post, find out more on our post dedicated to this topic. We decided to do a Mix of the Month, essential oil mixes to make and use.

We all suffer from anxiety here and there, some of us more than others. The power of botanicals can be highly beneficial for dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression. Of course we recommend seeing your physician if you are dealing with severe symptoms.

While doing research on which essential oils were best for symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress, Bergamot came out as the frontrunner. Bergamot has a calming effect, in fact in some studies it showed itself to be as powerful as pharmaceuticals for reducing symptoms of anxiety and depresson. Bergamot has a wonderful scent, in fact it's one of my favorite essential oils. It is reported to increase hormone secretions, which is the main reason it is beneficial for boosting mood and helping create a positive mental state. Bergamot is also a natural analgesic, which means it helps reduce the feelings of pain, particularly nerve pain. Definitely something to keep in mind when developing our sore muscle mix. Clary sage is also popular for its uplifting and mood boosting properties. It is a beneficial oil to use before bedtime to aid in relaxation. It has a spicy/herbal scent, which can be quite strong for some people. When applying this mix, clary sage notes will come out first and then fade leaving the long-lasting bergamot scent. Lavender is perhaps one of the most widely known and used essential oils, its relaxing benefits have been proven over and over again. There are many mainstream products that use lavender in their calming products. We included this wonderful oil in this mix, but if you aren't a fan of lavender, feel free to substitute frankincense if you have it on hand.

anxiety and depression essential oil recipe

PEACE OF MIND ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND
1 glass roller bottle (.3 oz size)
20 drops essential oil of bergamot
4 drops essential oil of clary sage
4 drops essential oil of lavender
100% pure jojoba
(feel free to substitute frankincense for clary sage if you don't have that in your essential oil kit)

Place drops of essential oil in roller bottles, top off with jojoba, shake gently. For use, roll on palm, rub palms together, inhale mix, then rub on forehead, temples, behind ears, and on back of neck. Follow by cupping hands and placing them over nose, take a few moment to breathe in the benefits. Hopefully your stress and anxiety will start to diminish quickly.

Also note that essential oils of the citrus family, which includes bergamot, can make some individuals photosensitive, so it's best to not use this topically before spending a day in the sun. Always test essential oil mixes on a small spot of skin, if reaction occurs reduce amount of essential oils in mix by half or a quarter.

essential oil recipes

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

To create labels, right click on this image and "save as" then drag and drop it into a file to print on the label of your choice. We used Avery Print-to-the-Edge Square Labels, Kraft Brown, 2 x 2 Inches, Pack of 300 (22846). Make a bunch to give out to all your bearded friends & family members during the holidays.
anxiety essential oil blend recipe

There are a few precautions with any essential oils: Never use undiluted, in eyes or around mucus membranes. Do not ingest. 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.

We hear from clients often about the wonderful benefits of jojoba, one area that we hear more and more about is its benefits for oncology patients. Our jojoba is 100%, we do not use chemicals to extract more jojoba from the seed or to remove anything from the jojoba. Our jojoba is a first press quality, we also do a light pressing, which produces less jojoba, but a higher quality jojoba. The result is a very pure form of jojoba, most of our customers can tell a difference between our jojoba and other jojoba.

Geralyn O’Brien, a two time cancer survivor, and aesthetician, wrote a wonderful article about the benefits of jojoba for the cancer patient. Please head over to Integrative Cancer Review to read her article Jojoba and The Cancer Patient: Essential Facts for Glowing Skin and a Q&A with Bob Butler (our founder).

jojoba and the cancer patient

Last year we started our Jojoba 101 series in which we chronicle all the variety of things jojoba can be used for besides skin care. This week it was time to season all the wooden utensils in the kitchen, so we thought it was fitting to share this particular use. Jojoba makes a fantastic conditioner and protector for unsealed wood. It is great for use on kitchen utensils because jojoba is safe enough to eat (though we don't recommend actually ingesting jojoba).

It is a great alternative to mineral oil, which is a petroleum based product. Our tips for using jojoba to protect and condition your wooden items: sand lightly with fine grit sandpaper, apply jojoba liberally, wipe off any excess jojoba after allowing it to soak in for an hour or two.

jojoba is safe to use on kitchen wooden utensils to protect and condition them

jojoba used to protect timber fram beams

We love jojoba so much that the beams in our timber frame facility are protected with jojoba. We also use it on all of our wooden handles for garden tools and pretty much any wooden item that we want to protect with a breathable finish.

Jojoba makes an excellent carrier for essential oils, we won't got into the nitty gritty of why in this post, find out more on our post dedicated to this topic. We decided to do a Mix of the Month, essential oil mixes to make and use. Since it's that time of the year when many are plagued by colds and flus, we decided a little decongestant essential oil mix would be useful. This mix was developed by me over a few years. When I was a kid, my mom used to rub Vicks Vapo Rub on my chest, I loved the results, but I hated the way it felt. The great thing about jojoba is that it doens't have that sticky feeling, it absorbs quickly into the skin, no sticky residue. This mix is not just for those times of sickness, but also whenever you're feeling a little congested, perhaps by allergies.
sinus clear essential oil mix

SINUS CLEAR ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND
1 glass roller bottle (.3 oz size)
30 drops essential oil of eucalyptus
20 drops essential oil of peppermint
20 drops essential oil of white camphor
2 drops essential oil of thyme
100% pure jojoba

Place drops of essential oil in roller bottles, top off with jojoba, shake gently. For use, roll on palm, rub palms together, inhale mix, then rub on forehead, temples, and behind ears. Follow by cupping hands and placing them over nose, take a few moment to breathe in the benefits. Also rub generously on chest and bottoms of feet is congestion is bad, this is especially helpful to do at night. Hopefully your sinuses will start to clear in a jiffy. Try using this blend with a lymph flow facial massage to help remove excess congestion.

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

To create labels, right click on this image and "save as" then drag and drop it into a file to print on the label of your choice. We used Avery Print-to-the-Edge Square Labels, Kraft Brown, 2 x 2 Inches, Pack of 300 (22846). Make a bunch to give out to all your bearded friends & family members during the holidays.

sinus clear essential oil blend label

There are a few precautions with any essential oils: Never use undiluted, in eyes or around mucus membranes. Do not ingest. 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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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!

Jann Minzy

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

The very best thing about jojoba is that is does not become rancid and aids in the integrity of essential oils.

helen Schultz

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

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 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, thank you, thank you!!! I have had the pleasure of working with your excellent Jojoba for 11 years as a massage therapist and also for personal use. I have occasionally tried other highly regarded massage oils and lotions over the years but always come back to your product. It is simply the best!

Janet Walker

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

I just want to let you know how much I love your Jojoba. I have been using it for about 10 years now, after seeing it at a massage convention. One year I decided to go cheaper and found my sheets smelling rancid and after throwing them out decided I'd never do that again.

Katie Dickinson

I’ve used other jojoba extracts and this one is by far superior.

Jacob