Organic jojoba oil (phonetically: ho-ho-ba) is a unique liquid wax obtained by cold-pressing from the seeds of the jojoba shrub (Simmondsia chinensis), used to hydrate the skin and condition the hair.
The plant is native to the Sonoran Desert (Northwest Mexico and Southwest USA). Jojoba shrubs can take up to 3 years to reach flowering maturity from seed. The shrub's deep root system and leathery leaves make it well suited to droughts and intense heat, even deserts. Jojoba is cultivated for its commercially important oil in places like Mexico, Israel, Argentina and the USA, but it is also grown in areas suffering from soil erosion to help improve soil quality.
Jojoba oil is an excellent moisturiser for skin and scalp, which makes it an ideal ingredient to soften the beard and give emolliency to the skin whilst shaving. Due to jojoba oils affinity with our own sebum, it is more readily absorbed and tolerated by the top layer of our skin, and can help to balance sebum production when applied topically. When used in the hair, the oil conditions the hair shaft by lightly coating it, adding shine and manageability.