Botanist's Glossary

Jojoba - Simmondsia chinensis

  • Description
    • Jojoba (the only species in the Simmondsiaceae family) is an evergreen shrub that grows to a height of 2 to 3 meters in the semi-desert areas of North Mexico and the Southern United States. Its small, leathery, opposite leaves are similar to the leaves of an olive tree and help the plant to resist drought. The roots of the jojoba plant collect water from depths of several tens of meters.
  • Traditions
    • Jojoba oil is actually a wax that is liquid at room temperature. Jojoba oil contains ceramides that are very similar to those in the skin. They have a deep moisturizing action and help restore the natural oily balance of the skin.
  • Properties
    • Jojoba seed oil is used for its remarkable emollient, regenerating, restructuring and toning qualities. It helps regulate sebum production and treats dandruff.