Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Oils for Health & Beauty: Foxbrim Jojoba Oil Review

Over the past several weeks, my interest in essential oils has really taken off. Last week, I spent hours upon hours researching the different essential oils, their health benefits, the science behind distillation, as well as how to determine whether the essential oils you have are high-quality.

Today, I will be discussing jojoba oil, its uses, and health benefits, while also providing a review on a specific brand of jojoba oil.


* Product and/or service provided for review without cost. As always, all opinions are my own.

During my quest for information on essential oils, I received a bottle of Foxbrim Jojoba Oil for review purposes. Foxbrim Jojoba Oil is 100% pure and is certified organic by the United States Department of Agriculture.


What is jojoba oil?

Jojoba oil is extracted from Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) seeds. In it's unrefined state, jojoba oil is a transparent, golden color, and is in a liquid form. It has a very slight "nutty" scent that is not extremely potent. It is used in numerous applications, mainly in the beauty industry in skin, hair, and body products.


My Experience with Foxbrim Jojoba Oil

The jojoba oil was packaged well, as to prevent damage during delivery, which I appreciated. The oil came in a dark, amber-colored glass bottle, which is ideal to prevent sun or light damage during both delivery and storage. It came enclosed in a small cardboard box.

The oil itself did not leave a greasy residue and was easily absorbed by the skin. I applied it to a small area on my body after shaving, and the inflammation was significantly reduced.

Overall, I found the oil to be useful, particularly in skin care application.

Is Foxbrim Jojoba Oil high quality?


Organic
To determine whether an essential oil is high quality or not, there are two major factors to consider, as well as several others that I will discuss in a later post.

First and foremost, I would like to point out that Foxbrim Jojoba Oil is certified organic. When purchasing jojoba oil, you certainly want an organic product. You do not want herbicides and pesticides penetrating your hair or skin, therefore, it's always best to shell out the extra cash for a certified organic essential oil.

Extraction
Foxbrim Jojoba Oil is extracted via cold-pressing, also known as expeller-pressing. Cold-pressed jojoba oil is extracted by pressing Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) seeds until the oil is released. For many plants (mainly citrus) the cold-press method is ideal, as it doesn't involve chemicals or high heat. Steam distillation is also favorable, but certain oils. Methods other than cold-pressing and/or steam distillation are not considered therapeutic grade oils.


Is Foxbrim Jojoba Oil first-pressed?

During my research and various inquiries, I contacted Foxbrim and was provided with some information that I found to be interesting.

When it comes to oils such as argan and jojoba, the seeds or kernels are only pressed once.

With that said, it appears that Foxbrim Jojoba Oil is, indeed, first-pressed, although that term seems to be somewhat outdated, from what I now understand.


Is jojoba oil a real oil?


What's interesting about jojoba oil is that it is technically not an oil at all, but rather a "wax ester." Does this make render jojoba oil useless? Absolutely not. What's interesting about wax ester is that it is incredibly similar to human skin oil. Theories exist that claim topical use of jojoba on the skin is ideal for balance of oil production, as it "tricks" the body into believing it has produced enough oil.

Pros of Jojoba Oil


  • Moisturizing
    The oil adds incredible moisture to my skin, and does not evaporate. Therefore, I receive long-lasting, all day moisture, which I appreciate.
  • Spreads well
    Whether applying topically to my skin or using it to create lotions, the jojoba oil spreads and blends well, which makes application and mixing very easy.
  • Absorbs well
    Absorption is fairly quick—around 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Stable
    Because jojoba oil does not contain triglycerides, it is very shelf-stable.


Uses of Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil has so many uses, especially in body care routines. 


Below are only a few of the many uses available for jojoba oil:

  • Skin Care
    Jojoba oil may be applied to the skin both diluted or undiluted for extra moisture, or to provide relief from dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, or even to reduce irritation after shaving.
  • Hair Care
    When used in combination with carrier oils and other, more fragrant essential oils, jojoba oil can add plenty of moisture to a homemade shampoo or conditioner.
  • Fungicide
    A lesser known use for jojoba oil is as a fungicide. Place a few drops in a spray bottle, along with a little water, shake well, and spritz it into your washer to prevent mildew.

What should I watch out for when using jojoba oil?

Jojoba oil is a pretty tame oil, considering. However, you should always do an allergy test before applying any product (natural or not) to the body.

Also, when used in high amounts, jojoba oil can cause the skin to appear shiny. Because of this, it is wise to be conservative with the amount of oil that you use, especially on the face.


My Personal Opinion

I find Foxbrim Jojoba Oil to be a superior product for use on the skin. I have yet to use it on my hair, but I do look forward to using it in a homemade shampoo recipe that I've discovered on Pinterest.

Another point that I would like to touch on is that Foxbrim was prompt and informative in their response to my inquiry regarding the "pressing" of jojoba oil. I appreciated this and truly believe it reflects a company that cares about their consumers, and is also highly knowledgeable about their product. Definitely a plus in my book!

Purchase Foxbrim Jojoba Oil!





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