General: With a taproot up to 40 feet long, jojoba is a shrub-like tree native to the Sonora desert (Mexico & U.S.A). Centuries ago, the O'odham people used jojoba to make a salve to treat burns and soreness. In the 1970's some intrepid farmers anticipated a federal ban on sperm whale oil and secured a tax break to start cultivating jojoba, an alternative to sperm oil. The jojoba farmers we source from are descendants of these initial investors. Read about Kirk, one of those farmers, here.
Skin Benefits: Cold-pressed jojoba oil is hypo-allergenic (unlike most nut oils) and is the closest plant oil to our skin’s own sebum (skin oil), providing a uniquely breathable and non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging) protective layer on the skin, increasing moisture retention. We use Kirk's jojoba oil in many products, including Silky Skin Oil, Verbena & Sage Foaming Cleanser, and Goji Mate Ultralight Moisturizer. We also use a unique jojoba oil-based alternative to plastic microbeads made by our friends at Purcell Jojoba. They take the stable oil and turn into various sizes of tiny, exfoliating microbeads, also called esters, a biodegradable alternative to problematic plastic microbeads. We use these gentle exfoliants in Brighten Up! Creamy Face Polish and Neem & Sandalwood Purifying Mask.
Source: Jojoba oil—Organically grown and processed on the world’s largest organic family jojoba farm in Arizona, Oro de Sonora. Jojoba microbeads/esters—also grown and processed in Arizona by Purcell Jojoba.
Method of Extraction: Jojoba oil—cold-pressed from slightly hydrated jojoba seeds. Jojoba microbeads/esters—created from jojoba oil using proprietary techniques.
Photos: Jojoba seeds | Purcell's jojoba microbeads