Laundering and Storage Issues and Instructions

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.

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--not the jojoba--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 or your laundry use cold water and dry the fabric, a mark may be visible. Relax. Don't be alarmed. 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 (we use "Shout") and 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.

Storing Jojoba

Our jojoba is stable. It does not oxidize or turn rancid. It has an indefinite shelf life. Heat does not affect it. Unlike oils, it can stand up to heating and re-heating. Likewise, our jojoba does not require refrigeration. It will congeal at temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. If congealing does occur, simply restore the product to room temperature. It will re-liquefy and can be used immediately. Congealing does not affect jojoba's quality, however it may effect a separation of the phospholipids, a white whispy substance that can settle to the bottom of the container. Phospholipids are good for the skin. Shake the container well to reintegrate them. Store jojoba away from direct sunlight. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight could result in bleaching.

Air and Moisture Contamination

We have one last point about storage. You must tighten the cap on the container securely to prevent moisture and odor contamination.

Moisture in and of itself is not the problem. The problem is the bacteria, which grow in moisture. If this happens, you'll notice dark dry specs in the jojoba, which ultimately settle to the bottom. Don't throw the jojoba away!. Filter the contents of the container using a paper towel or a coffee filter and then place the filtered jojoba into a clean and dry stainless steel container. Pasteurize the jojoba for 20 minutes at 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Let the jojoba cool down and pour it into a clean dry container for storage. Do not reuse the bottle it was in. It's not a good idea to store jojoba in a shower. Avoid moisture contamination by storing the jojoba in a dry area and ensuring the cap is always securely fastened.

As for contamination from the air, just remember that jojoba is a fixative. That's what makes it the ideal carrier for essentials oils. And that's why jojoba will pick-up odors from the ambient air. If you minimize "air time" and always keep the cap securely fastened, you will avoid air contamination.

A Common Sense Warning

Jojoba seeds are edible and non-toxic. Deer and other animals enter the jojoba fields to consume them. They were a source of food to Native Americans for centuries. Accidental or casual ingestion of small amounts of jojoba does not cause harm. If you have some on your hands and are in proximity of a dog, it will lick your hand unmercifully!

However, we do not prepare our jojoba as a food. Do not ingest it. Keep it out of children's reach. The product is intended for topical application to skin, only. If you're applying it to the skin of a premature baby, or small infant use amounts that absorb into the skin. Excess amounts should be wiped away.

About the Safety of Our Containers

The Jojoba Company puts its jojoba into PET (1-oz, 125ml and 250ml) and into HDPE (litre, half-gallon, and gallon) containers. These containers are entirely safe.

People are becoming increasingly concerned about Bisphenol A (BPA) and Phthalates. BPA is a building block for polycarbonate (PC), a rigid clear plastic commonly used for baby bottles, reusable water bottles and other applications. You will not find BPA in polyethylene terepthalate (PET) or in high-density polyethlene (HDPE). Companies commonly use PET containers--which have the #1 in the recycling symbol--for single-use water and soda bottles. Companies often use HDPE containers--which have the #2 in the recycling symbol--to hold milk

The Jojoba Company does not use any bottles made from polycarbonate, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or polystyrene (PS), which have all been identified as having the potential for leaching BPA into the products they hold.

We know that many of our customers are very knowledgeable about the chemical composition of plastic packaging, but sometimes their customers are not.

Compounding the problem, incomplete coverage by the media has caused a great deal of confusion among consumers. For example, recent reports have identified "water bottles" as a pirmary source of BPA, and video footage accompanying the reports has shown single-use PET bottles instead of multi-use water bottles that retailers such as Wal-Mart in Canada have pulled from the shelves.

A second example of incomplete reporting: U.S. News and World Reports identifed recycle codes 3,6 and 7 as those indicating plastics that contain BPA. While PVC (recycle code #3), PS (recycle code #6) and PC (recycle code #7) do contain BPA, the media consistently fails to mention that recycle code #7 simply means "other plastics" that do not fall into categories 1 through 6. "Other" plastics include polylactide (PLA), a corn-based clear resin also used for single-use beverage bottles that does not contain BPA.

Fears about the safety of plastics are raised frequently, but PET and HDPE, the two plastics The Jojoba Company uses, have consistently been proven safe to use in rigid packaging applications.

It's important to us that the packaging materials we use can be recycled. This is especially true of our PET and HDPE bottles and jugs. Please recycle those containers after you've emptied them.

Finally, if you locate a glass that is lightweight, will not break if dropped onto a bathroom floor, and is relatively affordable, please contact us! We're interested.

If you have questions about our packaging, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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I love how it absorbs into the skin and leaves it silky smooth, what a fantastic carrier it is for essential oils, that it doesn't go rancid, so my sheets remain sweet-smelling and that the (jojoba) is so stable with an incredible shelf-life. What's not to love?

Annie/Arianna Mitchell, LMP

I like doing business with companies that care, and I feel that you do.

Thank you for a fabulous product and great customer care!!

I have been using your product for years and I love it! It is the only product I use for the face and body!

Debra Peters

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.


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'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.

Robyne Lopez

We have been using Hobacare for nearly two years now and have found our family's skin is amazing looking - which is truly a feat considering the eczema and dry skin that so plagues us!

Heather B.

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

Janet Walker

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.

Orit Vainer

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