Jojoba (pronounced ho-ho-ba) is a shrub, or small tree, that grows a few meters tall and can live for 50-200 years. Thanks to its deep root systems, it is well suited for extremely hot climates and droughts. At the age of five, the tree begins to bear seeds from which the oil is extracted, even if it is called oil, it is actually a liquid wax.
The oil is antibacterial and very similar to the oil the skin itself creates during sebum production. This means that it helps to balance the production of sebum and helps with both underproduction (dry, easily irritated skin) and overproduction (acne, oily skin). Jojoba oil also binds moisture and is a fantastic emollient that gives a velvety feeling to the skin.
Grows in North America, Mexico, Israel and Argentina.