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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
We’ve had many clients tell us that they use jojoba on their pets (which we do as well). Animals can be very sensitive to toxins, especially cats, thus it's very important to be selective in the products we chose for them. Since jojoba is non-toxic and non-allergenic, it's a natural product to use on our pets. In fact we recently had a client call in to tell us that our product was indeed non-toxic because her dogs got into one of her bottles and ate the entire thing. The dogs are fine and she was extremely thankful for the non-staining property of jojoba as she cleaned the jojoba up from all over the house.
Several customers have told us that they have used jojoba on their pet’s hot spots. If you’ve ever had a pet with a hot spot you know how difficult these can be to get rid of. After hearing this from a few customers, one of our cats got a hot spot, thus we were able to try jojoba for this purpose. Jojoba was the only treatment we used on the hot spot and it worked beautifully. There's such peace of mind not having to worry about pets licking the spot after applying jojoba, unlike with other products.
Here are a few benefits of jojoba for your furry family members:
Apply a few drops of jojoba to hot spots several times a day.
Dry skin can be treated with jojoba.
Winter dried paws can benefit from nightly applications of jojoba.
Ears can be cleaned gently and safely with jojoba.
Add a drop or two of jojoba to combs before brushing out coats to soften and condition hair and fur (works well on horses).
Use jojoba on healing skin (after wound has be treated and is healing, do not use on puncture wounds).
We even have customers that use jojoba on their horses coats and to shine up their show pigs. As always, we recommend consulting your veterinarian about your pet's condition before using jojoba. If you have used jojoba on your pet, send us a note. We’d love to hear your experiences and start collecting these to share with other pet owners! Send a photo as well if you’d like, we’d love to use it on our Facebook page!
If you ask us, we'll tell you that jojoba is for everyone: babies, men, women, kids, and even pets. As a non-toxic, non-allergenic product, it's safe for everyone in your family. That's why we've come up with Mother's Day gift basket ideas to cover all kinds of moms. Whether your mom is a maker and would enjoy a basket filled with essential oils and supplies to make her own aromatherapy rollers or hand lotion, or a mom that loves to relax and soak in the tub, we have a gift basket idea for you. Here are our top four basket ideas, which all include jojoba, because all moms deserve the best!
What kind of basket would your mom find perfect for her interests?
With Mother's Day a month away we've been thinking about ways to incorporate jojoba into pampering gift baskets for mom. The beauty of jojoba is that it's pretty much the perfect all-natural product for skin, scalp, and hair. While a bottle of jojoba combined with a few plush towels or a robe, it's fun to make a bath product as well. We decided a sugar scrub was perfect, because it can be made easily by little ones. In our recipe, we used our lavender infused jojoba, but you can just a mix a few drops of mom's favorite essential oils into the mix as well. Fill a decorative jar with sugar, top off with jojoba (mix essential oils into jojoba before adding to sugar). Tie with a lovely ribbon and make a beautiful tag. Mom will surely be happy with her silky soft hands when she uses this lovely mix.
Jojoba is a fantastic natural product for your hair because it conditions hair and scalp, prevents dryness, boosts shine, conditions and strengthens the hair follicle, and restores manageability. It’s non-toxic and safe for the entire family, in fact it will relieve cradle cap (see this post for more specific info on this use).
Jojoba is often listed on shampoo and conditioner labels as an ingredient because it is so beneficial for hair and scalp. Manufacturers include jojoba in their formulations because it is safe, stable, and mixes well with other ingredients. It gives their products a silky feeling and is known to be good for the skin. However, such formulations do not include sufficient amounts of jojoba to penetrate the hair follicle and scalp. Thus it is best to apply jojoba directly to the scalp and hair prior to shampooing or in very minimal amounts afterwards.
Each of us has unique hair and scalp conditions. We suggest the following routines using jojoba for scalp and hair (including facial hair):
Massage a teaspoon or more jojoba into scalp and hair, letting it soak in for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight, then shampoo. The feel of your hair will tell you whether you wish to lather up once or twice.
For deep conditioning: Warm jojoba to body temperature, massage it into damp hair and scalp, towel-wrap hair, maintaining warmth and permitting jojoba to penetrate prior to shampooing.
If you have very thick hair, apply jojoba after shampooing and toweling dry and leave in. One or two drops of jojoba will be sufficient for use after washing. Start by massaging jojoba into ends of hair and then move up towards scalp. Applying jojoba after washing will also help eliminate frizz and calm static.
During the day, thoroughly rub a drop of two of jojoba into your hands and then pass your hands through your hair and scalp paying particular attention to ends.
If your hair feels greasy or oily after using jojoba it is because you are using too much jojoba. A little goes a long way, start with a drop and work up. If you want to get started using jojoba on your hair & scalp, we recommend an 8oz pump bottle
Stay tuned to the blog for an essential oil mix just for hair.
We frequently get the question:
What's the difference between Jojoba Baby and the regular organic Jojoba?
Our answer: The packaging.
Over the years we received lots of questions from parents wondering if jojoba was safe for babies. We decided making a bottle specifically for babies was the best way to answer this question. It's perfect for babies for a wide variety of reasons, but most importantly, because it's non-allergenic and non-comedogenic. Our jojoba is pure, first-press, unrefined, certified 100% organic golden jojoba, which means it's great non-toxic product to use on sensitive baby skin. Use it after a bath and after each diaper change to sooth dry, chafed, irritated, and sensitive skin. Use it to give your baby a soothing massage. Use it to naturally relieves cradle cap. And remember, it's for the whole family, so use it on yourself as well. Don't forget, a bottle of Jojoba Baby also makes a great gift for baby showers!
We've discussed using jojoba as a non-toxic alternative to removing make-up, but did you know that it can replace your face cleanser as well? When, Jacqueline, one of our customers wrote in about using jojoba as her oil cleansing medium we figured it was time to share the word on our blog.
You've most likely heard of Oil Cleansing, if not, the basic idea is to use oil to clean your face. Many modern skin cleansing products contain detergents and other components that can strip it of its natural oils resulting in dry skin. The basic idea behind oil cleansing is to use some type of oil to dissolve the dirt/grime/oil on our skin. Oil breaks down the dirt and grime in our face without stripping it of the natural lipids. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like”, thus using oil on your face actually breaks down and dissolves the oil and grime that builds up. The best way to dissolve the sebum on your skin is to use another product in similar composition (like jojoba, which is the closest product in nature to the sebum your skin produces). By using jojoba as the "oil" in the oil cleansing method, it will help clean your skin naturally and gently. The theory is that as it dissolves the dirty sebum from your skin, it will replace it with clean sebum. This method can be used by anyone with any skin type. If you research oil cleansing, you will find a wide variety of oils recommended. Jojoba is actually one of the best cleansing mediums because its chemical composition is closest to the sebum that our skin naturally produces. It's also non-allerginec, which means it's suitable for those even with very sensitive skin.
I've been oil cleansing off and on for quite a few years, many years ago I used a combination of olive oil and castor oil, but I found my skin wasn't fond of that mix. The castor oil seemed far to drying for my already dry skin. I tried other oils for cleansing here and there, but wasn't impressed with the results and didn't use oil cleansing frequently, until I started using jojoba. Now I use jojoba, that's it, no other oils, no other cleansing agents. My skin has never looked better! Personally, I use jojoba for oil cleansing nightly, once a week I do a deep cleansing by massaging it into my skin for 15 minutes.
Now you're probably wondering how to actually using jojoba as your cleanser. It couldn't be any easier.
- Squirt about a quarter size amount of jojoba onto one palm
- Using fingertips, massage jojoba on your face in small circular motions. Use more jojoba is necessary to maintain easy movement of fingertips.
- Continue massaging jojoba into skin for 2-15 minutes using a light touch. I usually do a short cleaning most days and try to cleanse for 15 minutes once a week for a deep cleansing.
- Wet washcloth or hand towel with hot water (be careful, you want hot water but not scalding water).
- Lay washcloth over face and allow to cool.
- Using damp washcloth, wipe off any excess jojoba.
- If skin feels dry, rub a drop of two of jojoba onto skin.
- Enjoy beautifully clean, soft skin!
We love when we can use jojoba to replace one or more items in our medicine cabinet. Mostly likely you will be able to replace: cleanser, toner, and moisturizer if you start using jojoba with the oil cleansing method. When using jojoba for oil cleansing, you don't have to worry about stripping your skin of its natural healing sebum. Jojoba is very close in make-up to the sebum your skin produces. So give oil cleansing with jojoba a try and let us know how it goes. Make sure you give it time to work and time for your skin to adjust to your new routine (product). We'd love to hear how it works for you.
We’ve all heard that we should never stick anything smaller than our fingers in our ears, and yet many of us persist in using cotton swabs to clean our ears. For many of us this doesn’t cause any issues, but for some it does. There are a wide variety of ways to clear the wax and buildup out of our ears: peroxide, warm oil, etc. It’s probably not a big surprise that jojoba works very well for this as well. If you want to add herbal benefits you can infuse the jojoba with garlic and mullein, two classic herbal treatments for ear issues.
For maintenance ear cleaning, simply add a drop or two of jojoba to each ear a few minutes before showering. This will help soften and remove wax buildup as well as conditioning the ear in case of dryness (just like it does with skin). While showering, it will drain slowly from the ear, you may want to wash behind the ear if you used more than a drop or two (or used garlic infused jojoba as it will smell like garlic).
To make an herbal infusion for the ear, take one garlic clove, crush it lightly and warm slightly in jojoba taking care not to get it too hot (around 120-150 degrees F is a good temperature). Add a Tablespoon of dried mullein flowers if you have them. Allow to cool, strain and put in a dropper bottle. Label and store in a cool, dry place, use within a year. If your ears are bothering you, take a teaspoon of this infused jojoba, warm slightly, pour into an ear, lay on side to keep the mix in the ear for a few minutes. Then put a cotton ball in the ear and repeat it on the other side. You can do this a few times a day to help clear up mild ear issues. If you suspect a perforated eardrum, have ear pain, or fluid draining from the ear, contact your physician before using this.
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.
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.
Thank you! I just wanted to say that I am just getting into making my own cosmetics and had been searching high and low for the most responsibly produced jojoba. This is very good quality at a fair price...
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.
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.
I have been using your product for years and I love it! It is the only product I use for the face and body!
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.
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!
I just wanted to email to say that I'm so in love with Jojoba.
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.
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.