It’s called oil but technically it isn’t. Jojoba oil really is a mixture of a long chain of monounsaturated liquid wax esters, which are structurally different from triglycerides that make up most of the other seed oils such as grapeseed or coconut. Whether you call it jojoba oil or like some refer to the ingredient as jojoba wax, as some have started to do, makes no difference. The bottom line is that jojoba has been popular since it came into commercial use about 30 years ago. At that time, jojoba oil, extracted from the seeds of the jojoba plant, which is indigenous to Arizona, California and northern Mexico, became a replacement for sperm whale oil when use of that product was banned because of the threat of extinction to sperm whales.
Jojoba oil originally was used by Native Americans to treat skin infections. It closely models the protection provided by the skin’s natural sebum, which also is largely composed of wax mono esters. It keeps the skin hydrated and supple and helps treat skin inflammation and infection. It also has an abundance of minerals -- silicon, chromium, copper and zinc -- and Vitamin E that protects and repair skin. It’s hypo-allergenic, so it can be used on the majority of clients. Non-greasy and easily washable, it’s a time and water saver at your spa or massage business.