EWG level: 1
This is an oil extracted from the seeds of the desert shrub Simmondsia chinensis, which originated from California, Arizona, and Mexico. This oil is different from other common plant oils in that it is composed almost completely (97%) of wax esters of monounsaturated, straight-chain acids and alcohols with high molecular weights (carbon chain lengths from 36 to 46). This makes Jojoba Oil and its derivative Jojoba Esters more similar to sebum and whale oil than to traditional vegetable oils. Among the ingredients made from jojoba, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil is most frequently used in cosmetics and personal care products. Product categories in which Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil may be found include bath products, eye makeup, hair care products, makeup, nail care products, personal hygiene products, shaving products and skin care products.
Its functions are: Hair Conditioning Agent, Skin-Conditioning Agent, emollient, viscosity controlling
“Risk assessment method deficiencies and data gaps – Maximum reported “as used” concentration is basis of safety assessment by industry safety panel” (EWG Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments)
“Not suspected to be an environmental toxin” (Environment Canada Domestic Substance List)