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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.
jojoba shaving balm
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.
jojoba shaving gift set
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.
shaving gift basket

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.
jojoba shaving gift printout
Have you used jojoba as a pre/post shave skin conditioner?

jojoba shaving printout

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, the Perfect Beard Oil

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
Gin & Tonic 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.

using jojoba to condition and protect 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).

using jojoba to protect leather purses

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.

  1. Buff with a soft brush or a clean, soft rag (once again, an old sock works well for this)

  2. 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.

Using jojoba on leather shoes

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.

using jojoba to protect leather gloves

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.

Why jojoba is a great 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.

jojoba is a great carrier for essential oils

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
Muscle Rub Blend

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.
101 uses for jojoba
jojoba is a great carrier for essential oils
using jojoba to condition and protect leather goods
using jojoba as a beard oil

Naturally we try to find as many uses for jojoba as possible. Since jojoba is a natural product, it’s ecologically friendly if we can use it for in place of chemicals for various applications. Now that we are in the height of winter we wanted to share a use that we have found to be quite useful. Using jojoba to wax snow shovels!
using jojoba to wax a show shovel
(this shovel has not had an application of jojoba, you can see the snow is sticking to the blade)

Yes - you heard us right - we use jojoba on our snow shovels to keep the snow from sticking!!! Since jojoba is technically a wax ester and not an oil, it will help maintain a very nice slick surface on snow shovels.

Here are a few tips for waxing your snow shovel:
Make sure snow shovel is room temperature. Since jojoba solidifies at temps below 50 degrees, it will solidify like a wax and you won’t be able to apply it easily to a cold shovel.

Pour a teaspoon or so of jojoba onto the shovel and rub in with your fingers. Alternately, you could use a paper towel, but why waste the jojoba, you might as well condition your hands while you condition your shovel. When you’re finished, rub any remaining jojoba into your hands.

Now you’re ready to start shoveling without the hassle of snow sticking to your shovel. Once you try this method you’ll be hooked. Happy shoveling!

Let us know if you have success using jojoba to wax and condition any other item you use in snow or water.

Jojoba will solidify or go cloudy at lower temperatures

We have been getting a few calls from worried customers about cloudy or solidified jojoba. This is perfectly normal and there is no reason for concern. As the temperature drops jojoba will become cloudy or become solid. Hardening at lower temperatures is a normal process that occurs with most waxes and fats. Typically, jojoba will start to get cloudy or solidify at around 50 degrees fahrenheit. During winter more customers will experience this natural process. If you look at the image on the left, you will notice that one of the bottles of jojoba is clear and the other is cloudy. The bottle on the left was exposed to cold temperatures. After an hour or so at room temperature it looked just like the bottle on the right.

If your jojoba arrives cloudy or solid, allow it to reliquify at room temperature. The time required for this to happen will depend on the ambient room temperature and how cold the jojoba is. Please do not attempt to reliquify jojoba in boiling water or by placing it in the microwave.

Solidification does not affect jojoba's quality, however it may effect a separation of the phospholipids, a white wispy substance that can settle to the bottom of the container. Phospholipids are good for the skin. Shake the container well to reintegrate them.

Have you noticed your jojoba becoming cloudy or solid at low temperatures?

We've been working on getting our blog up and running for a few months now, gathering ideas, taking photos, writing articles....

Using Jojoba in Recipes

We are developing recipes for skin care products using jojoba, collecting various ideas for using jojoba, beneficial properties and qualities, how jojoba is processed, and much more. Let us know what you would like to see and read about here.

Are there any topics you would like to know more about: aromatherapy? natural skin product recipes? benefits of jojoba?

Notice any changes? We sure hope so.

First of all welcome to our new website. It has been a long and complicated process that has taken over 9 months. What started out as a need to provide our customers with a better online experience morphed into a decision to scrap our old site completely and start over.

It is truly remarkable that although we only sell one product, first-press Pesticide-Free and Organic HobaCare Jojoba, our site and the inner workings of it can be so complicated. We ship HobaCare Jojoba all over the world. Sometimes one 4oz bottle. Other times pallets of boxes full of gallons. In both cases the website has to be able to handle the order, the calculation of shipping, and the interaction with the customer. Because of this we feel like we need a customized solution.

But this is only the beginning. We are going to be constantly working to improve the site and its functionality for you, our wonderful customers. So take a look around. There is a lot to see. And please excuse the dust.

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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

My clients love Jojoba; it washes out of sheets and clothing easily, and it makes my work easier. The absence of fragrance is especially nice. I highly recommend it!

Deb Hewson

I want you to know I appreciate your wonderful customer service. There is never a delay in the shipment of my order and I very much appreciate it.

Shirley

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

Sara Garvin, LMT

Fabulous, fabulous stuff!

Sarah L.

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

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.

Terri Swain

After 35 radiation treatments I recommended your product to my friend for his burns. Like magic it is soothing and healing the area. Wonderful jojoba. Thank you.

Jayne Johnson

Your product is amazing and I couldn't be happier with it. It is high quality which is what I strive for in my own practice.

Julie Paus

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