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. Oil cleansing uses some type of oil to dissolve the dirt/grime/oil on our skin. Oil breaks down the dirt and grime on 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 the jojoba 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-allergenic, 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 too 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 use 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 the easy movement of fingertips.
- Continue massaging jojoba into the skin for 2-15 minutes using a light touch. I usually do a short cleaning most days and try to deep cleanse for 15 minutes once a week.
- 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 a damp washcloth, wipe off any excess jojoba.
- If skin feels dry, rub a drop of two of jojoba onto the skin.
- Enjoy beautifully clean, soft skin!
We love it when we can use jojoba to replace one or more items in our medicine cabinet. Most 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. So give oil cleansing with jojoba a try. 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.
In our ongoing series of collecting all the ways jojoba can be used, we were reminded of its value in removing sticky residue. As we put up the balsam fir tree (we are in Maine after all), our fingers were covered with bits of sticky pine sap. A few drops of jojoba and a few seconds of rubbing and voila - the sap was gone.
Jojoba is valuable for removing many types of sticky residue, there's no need to turn to something petroleum based. We find ourselves using it every time we remove a bandage, not only does it remove any residual adhesive, but it is beneficial for the soothing the skin.
We also find ourselves using jojoba on glass jars in the kitchen, if removing a label leaves sticky residue on the glass, a little jojoba rubbed on will almost always removed the stickiness left behind. Sometimes we also scrub with a stainless scrubber. Customers have also told us they have used jojoba to get bubblegum out of hair and off of shoes.
While you're at it, if you live in a cold climate, wax that snow shovel with jojoba to make your snow cleanup quicker. . Here's a blog post with directions
The Original Jojoba Company’s interview with Geralyn O’Brien
Today we have the honor of introducing one of our many valued customers, Geralyn O’Brien. Beyond being a customer, she is a comrade in the effort to educate the world about using safe ingredients on our skin.
While the terms “natural” and “organic” are much more widely used and sought after these days, many people are still in the dark about what really goes into their skincare products. It takes time to learn what to look for and what to look out for when reading labels.
Gaining knowledge in this area would benefit anyone, but it becomes vastly more important to those who have had to face disease. Finding safe and soothing skincare products becomes suddenly very necessary to minimize exposure to toxins.
Geralyn is a two-time breast cancer survivor. Her life’s journey has led her to become an oncology-focused esthetician. She now helps others, who bravely face cancer, find relief in their skin and we are so thrilled our jojoba has played a part in what she offers.
We all hope to not have to battle cancer, but we all know or love someone who has or is still struggling with it. We thought sharing an interview with such an educated and positive professional might be helpful to anyone interested in the use and safety of jojoba in the oncology world.
Check out two other articles featuring Geralyn talking about jojoba and oncology skincare: Oncology Skin Care in Integrative Cancer Review and Q & A with Bob Butler in Integrative Cancer Review
When did you first become interested in skin health and helping others with theirs?
I started to be more aware of what I was putting on my skin in 1998 during my first breast cancer. Chemotherapy put me into menopause at the age of 42. My skin became a lot more dry and dehydrated.
After treatment ended, I was on anti-estrogen medication because of my estrogen positive tumor, so I started experiencing the aging process a lot sooner than others. Also the area that had been radiated was extremely sensitive and any products I used would cause rashes and irritation. I started changing detergents and removing any products that contained fragrance.
I became a Reach to Recovery volunteer with the American Cancer Society shortly after my treatment ended and other breast cancer patients always had so many questions in the area of skin, hair and nail changes. Our doctors were treating our cancers and really didn't have a lot of answers in these areas. Yet every cancer patient just wants to feel normal. In 2010, when my full time job went part time due to retirement of my boss I took a leap and went to esthetics school with the intent of focusing on cancer patients.
You know the vital importance of treating skin, the body’s largest organ, with educated care. How do you convey that importance to people who aren’t fully aware of it?
We live in a world where we are product junkies. The average person probably uses more than 10 to 15 products a day exposing us to 100's of chemicals. When it comes to cancer patients it gets a little tricky because we need to be cautious of not only ingredients in skin care but price, access to products, and everything else they are dealing with when it comes to a cancer diagnosis.
At the cancer centers everything is free to cancer patients and their families, and we do not sell products. So I like to do my own fundraising outside of the cancer centers and then purchase products that fit my standards of oncology friendly and that address the particular problems to be addressed. Educating cancer patients in fun, interactive classes is my favorite way to bring awareness to what they are using. I recently held a class at Waterford Cancer Resource Center in Aurora, Illinois. We had four stations for the cancer patients’ facials, foot soaks, making a body butter and make-up. Everyone went home with samples of my favorite things including the Original Jojoba Company’s 100% Pure Jojoba. Everyone had fun, but yet they are learning at the same time. All the estheticians are oncology trained at our spa nights, so they take the proper precautions at each station with due regard to cancers and other necessary adjustments.
How did you first discover jojoba and how long after trying it for yourself did you feel comfortable passing it along to your clients?
I first discovered jojoba in 2010 when I was in esthetics school. Many of the younger girls would bring jojoba to use on them during our facial massage training because the professional line we were using at school had ingredients that would aggravate skin prone to acne.
When researching products to use at the cancer center I felt it was the best option because it was most like the sebum in our own skin, and I would be dealing with so many skin types. I liked the fact that your jojoba has only one ingredient--100% pure jojoba. This helped to simplify what I would be using on fragile skin. I also talked to, I believe it was Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic, where your jojoba was being used.
What was the response from your clients when you started using the Original Jojoba Company’s jojoba? Were they already familiar with it or did you need to educate them on the safety and benefits of it?
Most people weren't familiar when I first started using it. But the response was always “my skin feels so soft” after I would use it during the facial massage.
As an oncology-focused esthetician, what services do you provide?
As oncology-focused estheticians we do not treat or diagnose skin conditions. Our goal is to help lesson and prevent skin changes by educating about the culprits in products that are the more sensitizing allergens causing irritation to fragile skin. We introduce cancer patients to safer brands with calming, soothing and hydrating ingredients.
Our facials will help dull skin that is dry, dehydrated, and sensitive from treatment, increase circulation for a healthy glow and also provide the physical benefits of bringing the body into total relaxation with healing touch since the first place stress shows up is on our faces.
How would your facial for a skin cancer patient differ from one given to a client without health challenged skin?
We would take into account any known allergies to products, foods and ingredients. We would also want to know where the clients were in their treatment schedule: surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy. Each administered drug can have numerous side effects at a time when patients are most at risk for infection. We make necessary adjustments. Other areas we would need to be aware of are any ports, pic lines, or pain or nausea patches. We adjust our facials and/or massages accordingly.
What range of clients are you able to use our jojoba with? Is there anyone who’s condition would make you uncomfortable using jojoba?
I have not come across any specific allergy to your jojoba. I have come across using other jojoba oils causing a reaction. After asking a few questions I found out such product contained jojoba with additives or fillers that were the most likely cause of a reaction. Also other jojobas are processed differently than yours and can have an odor that cancer patients have told me they couldn't tolerate.
You positively affect your client’s lives with each and every visit. Is there a particular client story you could share with us in which The Original Jojoba Company’s jojoba has played a part in their relief, hope, or well-being?
I had a client who had lymphoma of the skin, which is very rare. Her face was radiated over a large portion, and after her treatment ended she had constant shedding. With permission from her doctor to perform facials, some days her facial would consist of using jojoba for my cleanse, massage and everything in between.
She also has allergies to many ingredients after being tested by an allergist. Those allergies contributed to her skin conditions. Many of the ingredients she is allergic to are in not only skin products but food she is consuming. This client continues to be helped by using your jojoba daily as a main part of her skin regimen.
All the time I recommend using jojoba to replace other products as a makeup remover, scalp conditioner and skin conditioner. For my male clients I use the owner of the Jojoba Original Company’s recommendation to use jojoba with aloe vera gel for shaving.
Have any of your clients begun using jojoba in their home skin care routines? Have you heard any feedback from them?
Many, many clients add jojoba into their daily routine and love the difference in how it makes their skin feel but also using less on their skin. Many were using makeup removers filled with irritants. Now they use jojoba to remove their make-up.
In your article, posted on IntegrativeCancer.org, you shared a lovely home recipe for jojoba and coconut body butter. Do you have any other recipes or ingredients you enjoy mixing with jojoba?
I like mixing jojoba with Hale and Hush's Relief Bio Powder to help calm and conceal any redness and sensitivities. One client recently asked, “What did you do? Look at me - I finally don't have my red, irritated skin I have had for months due to my chemo!” I also suggest mixing your jojoba with Mineral powder from Osmosis or Advanced Minerals for a great facial concealer or foundation look ...both are oncology friendly makeup lines.
Have you used jojoba as a carrier for essentials oils in your practice? Do you find aromatherapy to be a helpful aid for clients under stress?
When it comes to working at two cancer centers we need to take into account that many cancer patients are extremely sensitive to smells. So having the room smelling from the last client would not work at a cancer center. More studies are needed but we must also be aware of estrogen positive cancers and how some oils may fall under being phytoestrogens (meaning they can mimic estrogens). There are different views in this area.
As for the aromatherapy and essential oils, I believe essential oils can be very calming and helpful for clients under stress. I also believe in asking someone who is an expert in this area to make the recommendations for the cancer patients, since some essential oils are very potent in their pure form. I agree with you, it is always important to use a carrier oil, such as jojoba, with essential oils.
You’ve had wonderful training for your work. What are some of your favorite aspects of your job and how would someone who’s interested go about getting into that field?
One of my favorite aspects is getting the cancer patient interested in skincare. Many cancer patients have never had a facial before and never realized the benefits that monthly facials can provide, not only for cancer patients but after their treatment ends, when they discover how much better their skin can be. And of course I love being part of the benefits of stress reduction and relaxation that I can provide.
For licensed estheticians to get into oncology focused skincare I recommend Oncology Spa Solutions 3-day program. Check the website for when the program will be in your area. Becky Kuehn can also bring a class to your area with enough interest. Some online classes can be taken through Wellness for Cancer and Skincare Therapy, but I only recommend this course after one has had the hands-on class. These are some of the classes I have taken and the ones I am most familiar with.
Some books to read include Morag Currin's Oncology Esthetics book, Dr. Mario Lacoutores " Skincare And The Cancer Patient", Britta Aragons "When Cancer Hits" and Britta's blog cincovidas.com. Hale and Hush's skincare website ...Kris Campbell has some wonderful articles on oncology and health challenged skin. I think that's enough homework to get someone started.
Most estheticians and massage therapists who have compared The Original Jojoba Company’s jojoba to others offered on the market come to us exclaiming how different ours feels on the skin. In this case, much better! (This is due to our first-press standard, as well as keeping our jojoba unrefined and free of fillers of any kind). Have you tried other jojobas to compare and if so, what was your experience?
Yes, I couldn't agree more. I always say take the extra couple days to order your jojoba so you get the best around. And it is even better when I send them home with a sample because they will experience what I mean.
What are your favorite things about jojoba and your favorite ways to use it, either personally or professionally?
So many ways, but I think I would have to say using jojoba for my facial massage or healing touch portion of my facial. I can feel the tension leaving their faces, neck and shoulders almost immediately. Skin that is dry and dehydrated from treatment just soaks up the much needed jojoba bringing a glow back into their fragile, delicate skin.
What would you most like anyone reading this interview to take away when it comes to taking care of their skin? Research ingredients? See an esthetician? Keep skin conditioned?
I think all areas are really important in our skin care routines. We are using far too many products that are far too irritating and sensitizing. More people are experiencing so many skin conditions that can be attributed to or aggravated by what we are using.
I also hope from reading this that everyone adds a bottle of jojoba to their household since they can replace many of the products they are currently using with a bottle of jojoba. I guarantee everyone can find a way to add some jojoba ....maybe we can even expand on your 101 uses you already have.
And most importantly for the cancer patient, bringing awareness to all the salons and spas of the importance of becoming trained in oncology skincare and massages so no one has to be turned away during this difficult time in their lives. “Everyone Deserves to Feel Beautiful”.
I like doing business with companies that care, and I feel that you do.
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.
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.
The very best thing about jojoba is that is does not become rancid and aids in the integrity of essential oils.
I have been using your product for years and I love it! It is the only product I use for the face and body!
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.
Your customer service is impeccable and goes above and beyond. It is so refreshing!
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.
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.