Jojoba Wax

Jojoba Wax is one of many popular carrier oils used in massage, aromatherapy, and other body-work treatments.

Jojoba "Oil" (extracted from Simmondsia sinensis) is a golden coloured liquid wax rather than a true oil, is extracted by crushing the seeds of the plant to release a mixture of wax esters.

The therapeutic properties of the external use of jojoba wax are considerable and include properties thought to be beneficial for all skin types, dry scalps, sunburn, psoriasis and eczema. Because jojoba wax contains the anti-inflammatory agent myristic acid, it is considered to be beneficial in blends for conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism. Jojoba has also been found to have a molecular structure similar to sebum, hence it is used in cases of people with acne vulgaris.

However, jojoba oil/wax should be treated with respect and caution as there have been reports of possible allergic reactions, and the possibility of contact dermatitis. Many professional therapists carry out patch tests before using oils extensively on a person.


See also the general page about carrier oils for massage and bodywork therapies and information about massage and aromatherapy.

Note: There are many different carrier oils used for massage and other bodywork therapies. This section includes many popular oils but it is not a complete list.

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