Since cradle cap affects roughly 50% of babies, there's a great chance that you will have to deal with this pesky problem if you have children. Babies have very sensitive skin which means they are more sensitive to harsh ingredients than adults are. Since jojoba is non-allergenic will not cause adverse reactions in infants, even those with ultra sensitive skin. If you have a baby with cradle cap try jojoba before you try other treatments, especially those that contain chemicals or harsh ingredients. Jojoba conditions the skin and will help relieve cradle cap almost immediately. Simple use a few drops of jojoba on your baby's scalp, massage into the scalp paying special attention to the areas affected by cradle cap. Use a soft brush to comb away scales, repeat as needed. Jojoba is safe enough to use after each bath, consider adding it to your baby's skin care routine (and don't forget to you use in on your own skin as well).
Of course our customers say it better than we can:
“I've used your jojoba for washing/moisturizing my face for about five years now. In that time, I've found other great uses as well. Last night I found yet another and it worked so well, I felt the need to reach out.
My toddler has perpetual cradle cap from needing EEGs for his epilepsy. We've never been able to find anything to get the EEG goo and the cradle cap out. Last night I massaged jojoba oil into his scalp and started combing it all out! 100% amazing.
So many uses for such a great, safe and local product.”
-Kellie from Wiscasset, ME
Have you used jojoba for cradle cap? Tell us how it worked for you.
Our customers tell us that they can tell a difference between our jojoba and other brands of jojoba. What makes ours better? For the past 20 years, our focus has always been on quality. We continually work with our growers and processors to make sure our jojoba meets our exacting standards. When you try our jojoba you will notice a difference, it goes on smoothly, has only a slightly nutty smell, and it absorbs quickly into the skin leaving no tacky residue.
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.
The Jojoba Company is a small business with only a few employees. We are able to work closely with our growers and processors to ensure a consistently high quality product. We also pay close attention to detail when bottling the product, which we do here in Waldoboro, Maine. Each bottle is filled and labeled by hand, each order is then packaged by hand. We pay close attention to quality throughout the process and are happy that our customers can tell the difference both in quality of product and quality of customer service.
The Jojoba Company offers 2 types of jojoba: 100% certified organic jojoba and pesticide free jojoba. With our certified organic jojoba, we are committed to going above and beyond the 95% organic standards put forth by the USDA. In our 100% certified organic jojoba, no chemicals are used, none. No pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides are used in our certified organic or non-organic product. Our pesticide free jojoba uses commercial fertilizers during growth or it may come from fields that are in transition to organic (a process which takes 3 years).
The results of all of our hard work is evident. You can see, smell, and feel the difference in our jojoba. Our jojoba is pure and naturally non-allergenic. It’s safe to use on newborns and is beneficial for all types of skin. It doesn't clog the pores and absorbs quickly leaving no tacky residue. Jojoba is for everyone!
Here in the office, we all use jojoba in different ways. Our employees use it for daily face care, make-up removal, shaving, baby skin care, cat care, aromatherapy, and our two volunteer firefighters use it to keep their hands from drying out. There are other uses besides personal care, the interior timbers of our barn are treated with jojoba, we use jojoba on squeaky hinges, to polish our shoes, preserve wooden plant labels, and the rags used to wipe up any jojoba spills during filling are used to start winter fires in the wood stoves of employees. We feel good knowing that the product we sell is pure, natural, and the best it can be.
If you’re looking to minimize toxic ingredients in your skincare and streamline the products you use, consider using jojoba as your makeup remover. In fact, jojoba is such an effective makeup remover that the Blue Man Group uses it. One our customers tells us that her eyelashes are longer and fuller now that she is using jojoba as her eye makeup remover. Pure jojoba has many fantastic benefits for the skin, which make it the ultimate makeup remover. In case you haven’t spent much time reading about these benefits on our website, here are a few: non-comedogenic, non-allergenic, and prevents dryness, alpha, delta and gamma tocopherols found in jojoba are all forms of Vitamin E, which eliminate free radicals.
Using jojoba to remove makeup is a simple process. There are two methods, try both and see which one works best for the makeup you use and your skin type.
First method: add a few drops of jojoba to a damp cotton ball or cotton pad then wipe over face and eyes. Use multiple cotton pads if you use lots of makeup. If there is still makeup in your lash line, add a drop or two of jojoba onto a cotton swab and rub along lash line. When all traces of makeup are removed, rinse face with water and wipe with a damp washcloth or use your favorite cleanser, then apply a drop or two of jojoba to your face.
Second Method: add a few drops of jojoba to fingertips, massage over face/eyes. Wipe with a clean, dry cloth or cotton ball. Repeat if needed. When all traces of makeup are removed, rinse face with water and wipe with a damp washcloth or use your favorite cleanser, then apply a drop or two of jojoba to your face.
Jojoba can also be used as an alternative to oils in the oil cleansing method. Simply massage a quarter teaspoon of jojoba onto your face for a minute, then lay a hot, damp washcloth over your face for a minute. Wipe your face with the damp washcloth and you’re finished. This method will remove makeup and dirt.
You can also use jojoba to clean and condition your makeup brushes. It is especially beneficial if you use natural bristle brushes. Massage a few drops into the brush, wash with shampoo or Dr Bronner’s soap, and let dry. It’s beneficial to massage a very small amount of jojoba into the brush after washing to maintain the natural bristles.
Using jojoba as your makeup and/or face cleaner streamlines your beauty routine. Not only will you need fewer products at home, travel will be easier. Jojoba can be used for so many things, it may be one of the only body/skincare products you need to travel with.
Have you tried using jojoba as a makeup remover?
Note: Not all jojoba is created equal, some brands of jojoba include lower quality jojoba, deodorized jojoba, or jojoba with other ingredients. Make sure you are using only first press, unrefined jojoba on your skin, especially the delicate skin around the eyes. This is especially important if you have sensitive or reactive skin! Rest assured our jojoba is of the highest quality.
Jojoba’s non staining quality is very important to our clients. We receive many comments on how important this quality is. Massage therapists love that it doesn’t stain the sheets and doesn’t cause a rancid smell after a year. Others love that it doesn’t stain their clothing if they accidentally spill it or put too much on. When used properly, our jojoba will stay in the skin. If it is coming out on linens and clothing, you are very likely using too much. Try reducing the amount of jojoba being used to reduce skin of jojoba transferring to fabric.
Our jojoba launders out of natural fabrics with the use of hot water and a good detergent. For synthetic and dyed fabrics we sometimes use a pre-wash. If you have combined oils, lotions, creams or essential oils with our jojoba, they could the cause stains. Also, and especially for massage therapists, if you applied lotion or cream to the skin prior to the massage, those substances could cause staining. If you use cold water and dry the fabric, a mark may be visible. Relax, the mark will not be permanent. Likewise, the mark will not turn rancid. Off-putting odors will not be a problem. The next time you launder the item, cover the mark with a pre-wash, dishwashing liquid makes a nice treatment. We especially like Shout stain treatment or Dr Bronner’s Sal Suds. After pretreating, use hot water and your regular detergent. The mark will launder out. Or, if very hot water is not available, learn from this tip one of our our customers gave us. She had found a jojoba mark on her dark 100% cotton turtleneck, which had not come out in a cold wash. She re-washed the garment after putting soda water and baking soda on the mark and letting it soak for a bit in her machine. Even though the garment had already been through her dryer, the mark came out.
Brian, one of our employees, noticed that he gets a lot of jojoba on his shirt cuffs when attending trade shows. He simply adds a little Sal Suds to the cuffs before laundering in hot water with an all natural laundry detergent. They come out clean as a whistle every time. This method also works when there’s an accidental spill of jojoba on clothing here at the office. It’s worthwhile to note that some non-toxic laundry detergents don’t work very well at getting jojoba out of clothing. If your detergent is one of these, simply pretreat with a laundry stain treatment, dishwashing detergent, or Sal Suds.
Do you have any laundering tips to add?
Lotion bars look like bars of soap, but they are a solid form of lotion. They are extremely useful on extra dry skin and for protecting skin from detergents and overwashing. Beeswax in the mix adds a waterproof barrier to the skin, yet still allows the skin to breathe. Here at Jojoba, Sally recommends using it before heading out to work in the garden. She says it makes it much easier to get your hands clean when you're finished with garden chores.
There are many recipes for lotion bars out there, we found that far too many include canola oil and other oils that don’t have a long shelf life and run the risk of going rancid. Some recipes include grapeseed oil and vitamin E to increase the shelf life of the finished product. This is where jojoba shines, since it’s a wax ester and not an oil, it’s long shelf life makes it the perfect ingredient in lotion bars. There's no need to buy additional ingredients to preserve your final product. Jojoba also keeps the bars from being too greasy like some we’ve tried that use oils of some other variety. We have also tried several lotion bars that are difficult to apply, not so when you use jojoba in your lotion bars. The qualities of jojoba make it the perfect ingredient in homemade lotion bars.
This is a quick and easy project, melting the ingredients takes the longest. Once you make a batch you’ll be giving them out as hostess gifts, for baby showers, and just because you want to share the love of the lotion bar.
HANDMADE LOTION BARS
½ pound unrefined shea butter
½ pound organic beeswax
½ pound HobaCare jojoba
We recommend sourcing unrefined, fair trade, and organic ingredients if possible.
The weights/measurements aren’t exact, if you don’t have ½ pound of each simply use a third of each ingredient. You can melt and measure in a cup if you don’t have a kitchen scale.
Place all ingredients in a double boiler, we use a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water. Watch carefully, you want the ingredients to melt but you don’t want them to get super hot. Be very careful to not get any water in the mix, it can cause it to seize up and separate. Place molds on kitchen rack and pour melted mix into molds. After about 10-15 minutes you can empty molds and refill if you have extra liquid, if not allow to cool in molds. This recipe makes a fantastic lip balm too, simply pour warmed liquid into small tins or empty lip balm tubes.
You might wonder: can I add essential oils to my lotion bars? YES - you can, though you have to add a decent amount for the scent to come through. Add essential then cool a small amount to check for scent. Use lemongrass and citronella for a bug repellant lotion bar. Use lavendar and vanilla oil for a calming nighttime blend. Rosemary and sweet orange would be a great mix for a daytime bar.
Have you ever used a lotion bar?
One of the things we love about jojoba is its versatility, which exactly why we started the 101 uses for Jojoba campaign. With Father’s Day just around the corner, we decided to focus on using jojoba for shaving, though these tips aren’t just limited to facial hair.
Since jojoba is non-allergenic and non-comedogenic, it is perfect for using on the face as a pre-shave balm. HobaCare jojoba conditions and softens allowing for a closer shave. Jojoba is also naturally anti-inflammatory making it soothing to the skin and reducing risk of razor burn, it’s especially beneficial for those with sensitive skin.
Jojoba can be used by itself or mixed with aloe vera gel. Rub jojoba into skin before shaving or mix equal amounts of jojoba and 100% pure aloe vera gel together. We highly recommend using an all natural, non-toxic shaving soap. If you can find a small producer all the better, see below for a few recommendations.
Jojoba is also highly beneficial as an after shave balm, it soothes and conditions the skin, leaving it soft and smooth, but not oily or greasy. It also won’t sting like many aftershaves that contain alcohol and other harsh ingredients.
Feel free to add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to a 1 oz bottle of jojoba, rosemary is quite good for this purpose. Just be sure to test the mix on your skin before using it for shaving to make sure it is not irritating.
With Farther’s Day closing in on us, we thought we’d recommend a few of our favorite products to make up the perfect gift for dad. We selected products that aren’t too expensive, but products that are solidly
built and that will last for years to come. Here are our top picks and the ones pictured in our gift box:
We have found an old fashioned safety razor can’t be beat. Not only it is much less irritating to the skin than a regular disposable razor blade, it is much cheaper as well. The razor featured in our images is the Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor. We cannot recommend this product more highly.
The Omega 100% Pure Badger Shaving Brush is the ultimate tool when you want the perfect lather for shaving.
Along with a badger hair brush and an old fashioned safety razor, the Escali Deluxe Chrome Razor and Brush Stand will not only keep shaving tools organized, it looks fantastic as well. There’s no need to hide your shaving supplies in a cabinet any longer.
The large, handcrafted shaving mug pictured was purchased from Red Hot Pottery on Etsy. There are so many options in most locations to find great pottery locally. Try to find something at your local pottery studio or farmers market.
When it comes to shaving soap there are so many options. We recommend finding a local soapmaker that makes them. If you don’t have any in your area, we love the Beer and Clay Shaving Soap from Orange Fuzz.
Finally, we made this printout for you to use. Save and print the image at the end of the blog post to include in your gift.
Have you used jojoba as a pre/post shave skin conditioner?
Technically jojoba is a wax ester and not an oil but we’ll call it an oil in this post to avoid confusion because Beard Oil is the name of the type of product we're discussing.
If you have a beard you’ve probably heard about beard oil and if not - where have you been? Beard oil is perfect for moisturizing the skin and softening the beard hair, making it looked shiny and groomed. If you have trouble with itchy, flaky skin, under and around your beard, and/or unruly and dry facial hair you would definitely benefit from using a beard conditioning product.
Jojoba makes the perfect beard oil on it’s own or when mixed with other oils and essential oils. Jojoba has many properties that make it valuable as a conditioner for the beard. It conditions and softens both the facial skin and the facial hair. Jojoba is also non-comedogenic and non-allergenic so it will not block pores and shouldn’t cause skin irritation. Jojoba is also reputed to strengthen the hair shaft and clean the hair follicle, which is important if you’re trying to maintain a long beard.
How to use jojoba on your beard:
If your skin and facial hair are excessively dry apply, massage a few drops of jojoba into your beard and skin, let it penetrate for 30 minutes or overnight. Wash/shampoo your beard as usual.
If your skin and facial hair isn’t overly dry, massage a few drops of jojoba into your damp beard and on skin after showering.
If needed, add a few drops of jojoba to your beard throughout the day, especially if you have trouble with dry skin and hair.
Your hair/skin should not feel greasy or oily, if it does, shampoo and use less product in the future. You will be able to determine the correct amount that works best for your personally. We recommend starting with a few drops and working up as needed. Feel free to mix a few essential oils in with your jojoba, spicy scents would be perfect, sandalwood is one of our favorites.
If you want to try to mix up your own beard oil with essential oils, check out our recipes (complete with printable labels):
Stress Less Beard Oil Recipe
G&T Beard Oil Recipe
Fue Gotee over on the Beard Board forums recommends using this method for using jojoba in facial hair: “take a wet brush and brush up from underneath my chin so that the hairs stand on end like I was exposed to a massive field of static electricity. Then I put a few drops on my bristles of the brush and continue brushing outward until I'm certain I've distributed the oil as best I could. Then I stroke the goatee down with my hand and I'm done. One of the best things is that there's no odor to the stuff”
Do you use any kind of product to maintain your facial hair? Have you tried using jojoba?
As we’ve been collection 101 uses for jojoba, we’ve come across some very beneficial ways to use jojoba instead of other products. Some of our clients use jojoba on their leather goods.
If you think about it leather is skin, with pores and fibers that no longer have the ability to protect themselves. This is why leather goods benefit from protection and conditioning and why they dry out and crack if we fail to maintain them. It’s also why using non-porous finishes on leather isn’t a good idea, leather needs to breathe and be able to release moisture. Protecting leather while allowing it to breathe will keep it soft and strong for years to come. By using jojoba, we are extending the life of our leather goods with a product that is similar to skin’s natural protection.
Leather goods will develop a beautiful patina when used frequently and cared for properly. The oils produced by our skin are transferred to them which naturally darkens and protects leather goods. Some leather items like wallets are more likely to be handled, others, like our shoes can use a little extra help. Since jojoba is very close to our the natural sebum our skin produces, it is the perfect product to condition our leather goods. Many leather conditioning oils contain chemical additives, if you’re trying to remove chemicals from your life, jojoba is a natural option for conditioning your leather shoes, wallets, bags, baseball gloves, etc. without chemicals.
Jojoba’s non staining quality is another fantastic benefit for using it on leather. If too much is added accidentally and it rubs off on clothing, jojoba will come out easily in the laundry (see our laundering directions).
Since jojoba is very shelf stable and doesn’t go rancid, this also makes it beneficial as a leather protector. There is no need worry about leather goods developing an off smell or getting sticky, which can happen with oils.
Here are the simple steps to use jojoba to condition, soften, and help protect your leather goods:
Use a few drops of jojoba on a soft, lint free cloth (an old sock works very well)
gently rub the jojoba into the leather, working over the entire piece until it’s absorbed. If needed add a few extra drops of jojoba on your cloth.
Buff with a soft brush or a clean, soft rag (once again, an old sock works well for this)
That’s all there is to it. We love using jojoba as a shoe polish. There’s no need to carry additional products when traveling, a quick buff with jojoba every now and then keeps shoes and other leather goods beautiful and protected.
If your leather has been colored or stained, it’s important to note that jojoba will not re-stain it to the original color, you will need to add the correct color stain to the leather before adding jojoba as the protectant.
If you are dealing with a leather piece that has unfortunately mildewed or developed mold, we have heard that mixing five drops of tea tree oil with a teaspoon of jojoba to use on the leather after cleaning away the mold/mildew. To clean leather of mildew, use a rag soaked in vinegar and allow to dry. A little time in the sun will also help remove mildew. Once mildew is gone, follow with the same steps as listed above but use the tea tree/jojoba mix to keep mildew away.
Have you used jojoba to condition and protect your leather goods? Do you have any other great uses to add to our 101 Jojoba campaign?
Essential oils are quite strong and should be diluted before applying them to skin, if not burns and other severe skin reactions can occur, particularly with children, the elderly, or those with sensitive skin. While some people recommend using some essential oils neat or undiluted, many practitioners recommend using a carrier for essential oil, especially hot or spicy oils like oregano and thyme. Using a carrier isn't just to dilute the essential oils, it also helps with absorption and minimizes evaporation of the essential oils.
We think jojoba makes the perfect carrier for essential oils (notice we don’t call it an oil, because technically jojoba isn’t an oil, it’s a wax ester). Here’s why we think you should use jojoba as a carrier for essential oils.
Jojoba is a "fixative". While it has a mild, almost imperceptible scent of its own, it takes on the scent of its immediate environment. After HobaCare has been in your skin for a minute or two, you will not perceive its scent, only your own.
Likewise, HobaCare Jojoba fixes, or makes permanent, the scent of essential oils you add to it. This characteristic makes HobaCare an ideal carrier or base for essential oils and perfumes. Adding essential oils to HobaCare enriches one's experience with the product, whether it is used for skin, scalp, hair, massage or any of the other applications described on this web-site.
Unlike carrier oils, such as sweet almond or grapeseed, HobaCare does not become rancid. HobaCare jojoba does not oxidize or turn rancid. It has an indefinite shelf life and will help extend the shelf life of your essential oil mixes. For best results store the mixtures in dark, closed, glass bottles or in glass bottles that are stored away from the light. Essential oils are light sensitive and lose their effectiveness with prolonged exposure to the air.
Also, unlike other carriers, HobaCare mixes naturally with our skin's fluid; it does not stay on top of the skin but penetrates it, carrying the essential oil(s) with it into the skin. HobaCare is also non-allergenic. It's a liquid ester akin to the esters we produce in our own skin. Jojoba is the perfect carrier for persons with ultra sensitive skin.
Jojoba is also a non-staining product, since it’s not technically an oil. It won’t stain your clothes like fractionated coconut oil. If your essential oil rollerball leaks in your bag or on your clothes, jojoba will wash out easily. It washes out of 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.
As a general rule, the following proportions are recommended for aromatherapy recipes using jojoba:
- General Massage and Face Recipes: 20 to 25 drops of essential oil (or combination of essential oils) to 100ml (approx. 6 3/4 Tablespoons) HobaCare Jojoba
- Massage of Specific Body Areas: 35 drops of essential oil (or combination of essential oils) to 100ml (approx. 6 3/4 Tablespoons) of HobaCare Jojoba
- Bath: 20 drops of essential oil (or combination of essential oils) to 60ml (approx. 4 Tablespoons) of HobaCare Jojoba
- Hair: 50 drops of essential oil (or combination of essential oils) to 70ml (approx. 4 3/4 Tablespoons) of HobaCare Jojoba.
Write on the bottle containing the recipe, the name of the essential oil(s), the date, and the purpose for which the recipe was made.
Have you used jojoba as a carrier? What properties do you like most?
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 is a versatile product that can be used for a wide variety of applications. Massage, aromatherapy, and skin care are the most common uses, but we hear of other creative uses from our customers frequently. Jojoba is also used in many applications that are not related to personal care. Can we come up with a list for 101? With your help we think we can. We'd love to hear your creative or common uses for jojoba. Let us know how you use HobaCare jojoba. If you have a business or blog make sure you include that so we can link to your website. We will add your creative ideas to this list and feature them on our facebook page.
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...
The Jojoba esters is an excellent bodywork tool (multiple treatment modalities) as well as at home for my skin. I've even used it to mix with essential oils and given it as a gift.
After more than 20 years of practice I have used numerous products. The Jojoba Oil is superior to any and all.
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.
The glide is perfect and I have yet to find another product that can rival its positive effects on the skin. And as a therapist who does mostly medical work, it is a wonderful thing to have found a product that none of my clients are allergic to.
I just wanted to email to say that I'm so in love with Jojoba.
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.
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'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.
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.