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Sunday, May 23, 2010

it's not an OIL, it's an ESTER.

Jojoba's not actually an oil, it's an ester.

Gray got me hooked on it - and every day he'd preach about how wonderful and amazing Jojoba Oil was, and that it was even more amazing because it was an ester rather than an oil. Now for those of you who know Gray you know how incredibly passionate he is about EVERYTHING that he's passionate about. Cacao smoothies, jojoba oil, and agave just to name a few. I gotta admit it, 97% of the time...he's spot on.

Jojoba (pronounced ho-HO-ba) is a botanical extract of the seed of the jojoba tree (Simmondsia chinenis). What’s interesting about it is that it isn’t actually an oil, but rather what they call a wax ester. Why do we care? Because out of all of the compounds in nature, this wax ester is the most similar to human skin oil (sebum). It is theorized that applying jojoba to the skin can “trick” the skin into thinking it is producing enough oil, thus balancing oil production. The bottom line for us is that jojoba oil is non-comedogenic so we can use it without fear.

Benefits of jojoba oil

  • Provides all day moisturization – jojoba oil doesn’t evaporate like water based moisturizers can.
  • It is theorized, but not yet proven, that because jojoba oil is so similar to human skin oil, it can "trick" the skin into thinking it has produced enough oil and thus balance oil production.
  • Very stable – jojoba oil does not become rancid or lose antioxidants even after long periods of storage.
  • Spreads well and absorbs well.
  • The organic variety is free of pesticides, GMOs, and is sustainably farmed.
Uses of Jojoba Oil
  • Moisturizer – After dispensing any facial moisturizer onto your palm, try adding a few drops (I use 6 drops) of jojoba oil to make it into a super moisturizer. Flakiness will subside and the moisturizer will have an improved feel on your skin.
  • Make-up remover – Since jojoba oil is not an eye irritant, nor allergenic, you can use it to remove eye makeup. It also easily removes foundation, blush, and lipstick.
  • Lip balm – I use jojoba oil as a lip balm all the time. I just put a few drops on my finger and apply to my lips. Lots of lip balms tend to contain comedogenic (clogs pores) ingredients, so jojoba oil is a nice alternative. This is especially nice at night because, excuse the grossness, but if you tend to slobber when you sleep whatever you put on your lips will come into contact with your face. Jojoba oil is great for this purpose. As a side note, if you need major help with dry lips, pure petroleum jelly is non-comedogenic and works as well.
  • Hair conditioner – You can mix a few drops of jojoba oil into your current conditioner or use it on its own. You can also add it to damp hair before drying. Also, you can add it to dry hair to promote shine. Jojoba oil also moisturizes the scalp, helping prevent dandruff.
  • Shave prep - Put a whole bunch of jojoba oil on your beard area beneath your shaving cream (lather from cleanser or other non-comedogenic shaving cream) for a more comfortable shave. This helps prevent razor burn and leaves your skin feeling nice and soft.
Jojoba Oil comes from the seed of a desert bush yet it’s molecular structure is very similar to human skin oil… or sebum. It penetrates the skin down the hair follicle and also through the pores, coats the cell membranes and inhibits moisture loss. It has Vitamin E as a natural component to slow down the aging process. Jojoba Oil dissolves the wax form of sebum so it opens the skin allowing toxins out and oxygen in as well as allowing the natural oils to the surface of the skin.

My legs get super dry, so Gray concocted a SUPER MOSTURIZER for me. Firsts of all we went "hunting" for aloe vera. Drove the car and sliced up some aloe from a womans hillside, filled up a whole bag. Then Gray sliced them open, collected all of the juice and cut out the meat. Next step, he mashed the hell outta the aloe with one of those kitchen utensils you'd use to make smashed potatoes. Then he put the smashed aloe through a cheesecloth, just getting out the juices. He mixed this with coconut oil, Vitamin E, Skin Food, and Jojoba Oil. BOOM. The Master Mosturizer.

Now of course, Gray doesn't promote just any Jojoba Oil - there is one brand in particular.

Heather Loraine Cosmetics.
Our motto is: "If you wouldn't put it in your body, don't put it on your body."

Golden Jojoba Oil is heavier and penetrates more slowly. This is a good quality for symptomatic relief of skin problems like psoriasis, seborrhea, cradle cap, acne, rosatia, eczema and very dry skin.

Filtered Jojoba Oil is much lighter and will penetrate quickly without leaving and oily residue on the skin. It is an excellent carrier oil in aromatherapy or for use with other heavier oils to facilitate penetration.

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