This Unique Potent Ingredient Is Actually A Liquid Wax

Pronounced ho-ho-ba, Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis) is extracted from the seeds of Jojoba, a shrub belonging to the Buxaceae family that grows wild in the desert areas of Arizona, Mexico, California, and Egypt. In Southwest and northern Mexico, jojoba nuts are eaten and indigenous peoples have used the extracts to treat skin conditions, sore cuts bruises, and burns.

Why Jojoba Oil is technically a wax 

Jojoba is composed of ester and long-chain fatty acids, long carbon chains are combined with a double bond and fatty alcohol. It looks like an oil but behaves like wax in cold temperatures it will solidify (10°C)

Research has shown that the wax ester (oil) produced by the jojoba bean is similar to the protective wax produced by human skin. Jojoba oil can mimic the skin’s natural oils and can penetrate deep into the skin layers.

Jojoba is the only plant on earth known to produce this unique golden liquid wax.

About 30% of our skin’s sebum (this is the natural substance that coats our skin) is a natural wax ester. It plays a protective role -  kill germs, viruses and creates a protective barrier for locking in moisture. This protective wax ester in our skin diminishes as we age, after illness, due to a poor diet and lack of nutrition and even some medications. Skin can appear dry, tired, and dull.


  1. Grows in harsh environments where temperatures range from + 40°C to - 30°C.
  2. Jojoba plant can live for up to 200 years. 
  3. Known as Hohowi by the Aztecs who used the jojoba plant as food and oil, to treat skin diseases and wounds.
  4. Jojoba oil was originally developed in 1970 as an alternative to sperm whale oil, and jojoba was successfully developed as an agricultural crop.
  5. Jojoba plants grow in sandy or stony soil, do not need fertilizers, have very deep roots, and require little water.
  6. The liquid wax jojoba produces protects the plant by sealing the stomata (plant pores) against water evaporation in the high daytime temperatures along with providing insulations against very low nighttime temperatures.
  7. Jojoba contains few triglycerides - which is the definition of oil. 
  8. Environmentally Friendly – a jojoba crop removes carbon from the atmosphere as it grows – it’s carbon negative.


  • It absorbs easily because is very compatible with the skin, similar to the waxes found on human sebum.
  • It glides over the skin and it feels very smooth. This is due to the abundance of long fatty acids.
  • Due to being rich in natural antioxidants, it is highly stable to rancidity.
  • Great for sensitive skin - It is not irritating and non comedogenic.
  • It is considered a natural SPF booster because of the stability of the molecules to UV rays.
  • Excellent properties for the skin - emollient, regenerative and toning. 
  • Jojoba when applied topically to the skin provides a light film which helps maintain skin moisture.
  • It is capable of mixing easily with other substances without separation, it dissolves easily with the oils of the skin.
  • Jojoba oil is able to penetrate beyond the epidermis layer (top layer) of the skin. It is in these deeper layers where cell regeneration and cell synthesis occurs, jojoba also ‘carries’ other important nutrients deep into these layers, acting synergistically with other active ingredients.
  • It assists in the healthy production of the acid mantle that guards against harmful bacteria and skin imbalances.
  • Non-greasy, quickly absorbed. 


Vitamin A // Rich in natural Vitamin A, and unlike synthetic formulas, is safe through pregnancy. Vitamin A is important for skin cell regeneration and keeps skin healthy.

Vitamin E // Anti-inflammatory properties in protecting skin. Also helps prevent UV damage caused from free radicals. 

Vitamin B-complex // Act as antioxidants, helping the body fight off free radicals and cell damage. 

Minerals // Silicon, chromium, copper and zinc. It has a very high percentage of iodine at 82%, which gives jojoba oil its power to heal.

Essential fatty acids omega 6 and 9 // Help to
regenerate skin cells and repair damaged skin tissue. Helps reduce skin pigmentation.

Powerful antioxidants // Able to penetrate down to the skin matrix level. The wax esters are able to fill the gaps between skin cells, slowing their metabolism, protecting the skin against premature skin ageing.

Erucic Acid // Is a monsaturated fatty acid Omega 9, naturally contained in jojoba. Erucic Acid, also known as Docosenol, is antiviral and is used in cold sore treatments.

Eicosenoic Acid 50-80%
Erucic Acid 4-20%
Oleic Acid 10-25%
Palmitic Acid 4%
Palmitoleic Acid 1%
Stearic Acid 1%
Alpha-Linolenic Acid 1%

CONCLUSION // Jojoba oil is included in the formulation of our Hero Face Serum, synergistically blended with CO2 carrot root extract, enabling deeper penetration of this Powerful Cellular Regenerator, a true cell renewal boost comprising of Vitamin A and beta-carotene which are a natural exfoliants helping to increase cellular turnover. Resulting in the removal of damaged skin cells to reveal, less visible fine lines and a brighter more even skin tone.

Until next time

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