I have larger pores, acne-prone, sensitive skin. This stuff never fails to cause tiny flesh-colored bumps all over my face after about a week of use.... I've been using it on and off for years now and have had varying degrees of breakouts from it, depending on what other products I'm also using at the time. Castor oil does the same thing to me too.
I'm placing order for 3 more 4oz bottles of this. At first I didn't feel like it does anything for me, I mean, it's just jojoba oil and there's no anti aging benefits, no mile long ingredients and it can't clean my bathroom for me. So I threw it to one side and never glanced at it anymore.
A month ago I started breaking out after using Revlon Colorstay foundation, and my skin just went crazy - sensitive and acne prone. I tried a whole slew of salicylic products until rosacea condition I never knew I had all along started to flare up badly. Once I realized I had rosacea, I knew I had to start over and threw out everything I had been using, and use the GENTLEST products. I bought Avene Thermal Spring Water (I LOVE this stuff) and Avene Cleanance Soapless Gel Cleanser for oily, blemish prone sensitive skin and along with this jojoba oil as moisturizer.
MY SKIN HAS NEVER LOOKED BETTER. My mild rosacea has calmed down significantly and let me tell you, as far as I can remember I've always had pink cheeks. Today, I used blush for the first time. And the extra benefit that I never expected is that my oily T zone no longer looks oily! ALL DAY! I just can't believe it... I'm still in shock, and I wanted to cry from relief.
This is how I apply my jojoba oil: After I cleanse my face, I spritz Avene Thermal Spring Water on my face, wait a few seconds, then using clean hands, pat it into my skin until dry. Then, I spritz ATSW into my palm quite generously and put two drops (no more!) of jojoba oil, rub my palms together and pat it onto my face and neck. That's it. It didn't clog my pores, it didn't do anything other than just being kind to my skin, and that's what I need right now. For anti aging I just bought Avene Eluage cream and I'll review that once I felt sufficient time has passed.
PS: I also add this into my DIY Vitamin C serum.
I'm ecstatic that I ended up with an oil that worked for my skin the first time I experimented with the concept of using "oil". To give you an idea, I have oily/combination acne prone skin, so after years of having the "oil free" mantra preached to me, I was hesitant to use this even though Jojoba oil is technically a liquid wax. I've been using this for three months, and it does not cause any break outs (I go through phases where I still break out hormonally and phases when I have really clear skin while using this). The first few weeks of using this did making some of my active acne inflamed as it was definitely pushing the stuff out of my pores, but after that, it was just fine.
I did stray a little bit when I tried out Argan oil (which is an actual oil as opposed to Jojoba which is actually a wax), but that broke me out so I went back to this. I only use one or two drops on my damp face and no other moisturizer except for sunscreen. I find that it soaks in pretty well and balances my sebum output.
To people who want to try it out, it may or may not work for you. Some people seem to break out with Jojoba, so purchase a small size before committing to a larger bottle.
I don't think I will stop using this anytime soon; it's become part of my daily routine after cleansing.
A side note: Jojoba oil has a scent to it similar to sesame seed oil. There are some brands to take the scent out using a natural process so it doesn't smell. My Dessert Essence bottle (non-organic version) does not have a scent, my Trader Joes Jojoba oil does. I think both are fine.
i bought the vita5 cpr hair version of jojoba oil and its f**kin amazing!! my hair always seems to form these flicks after an hour or two of straightening my hair. my hair is so unruly, not even my ghd can tame it. my hairdresser recommended it to me (because i complain so much about my hair) and she told me to put it just before i straighten my hair and only a few drops of it (my bottle has a very small pump so i only put like 2 - 3 drops into my hand) and just put it through my hair with my fingers, mostly the ends, and to then apply some after im done straightening my hair, and my hair has never been so straight and volumised before. im in love. this is definitely a holy grail for me.
I'm not sure why this has such a good reputation. It isn't any more special or effective than olive oil or other oils.
I used it as a moisturizer only on the dry spots on my cheeks. It tended to sit there and my skin didn't feel any more moisturized.
I tried using it as a hair serum/treatment. It didn't change my hair that much and it was tricky to use the right amount or else my hair would get greasy and gross. I prefer a silicone serum or a regular leave-in.
I have a big bottle leftover and one use I actually liked was to mix some drops in my hand with a handful of conditioner (Garnier Triple Nutrition) and comb this trough my hair. I felt this was the right dose of oil and added a bit of shine.
Edit (2012): Tried again, same results. Made me break out the next day (haven't had acne for months beforehand and this was the only thing I changed in my routine. A week later still battling the effects.) To the trash.
I have tried this on the ends of my hair before to reduce frizzyness, and it worked pretty well, not making it too heavy like for example olive oil (that also smells weird to me...) or coconut oil (that after some time also changes in smell).
I do not like to use this as a makeup remover at all - my L'Oreal one works much better and it's cheaper for the same amount.
Right now I'm using this as a face moisturiser because the last moisturiser I bought broke me out in small white bumps after about two weeks use. I thought the bumps would go away, waited for 3 more weeks using my regular cream, but they actually turned hard under the skin, so I actually had to squeeze them out!!! :G I had them all over my face, and of course got a little bit of scarring left behind :(
I NEED to moisturise my face, because after the cream that... I don't know - gave me an allergy (+) my skin is now dry... Since I just don't have money right now, and because the bottle said that this was a non-pore-clogging oil, I decided to try it. Also, I have pretty sensitive and thin skin, and I'm afraid of experimenting more with moisturisers.
First off: Many people say that this is good because it is like the skin's natural oil. If this is true, I'm not sure I would recommend this product to the people that already have oily skin, because it can cause even more clogging (which oily skinned people is known of often experiencing). I have dry skin, and therefore a lack of natural oil on the skin.
Jojoba oil is mildly comedogenic (2 on a scale of 5, but many things people regularly use is much worse than that). This does not mean that everyone will get clogged pores from this. I don't have much problem with pores - I both regularly exfoliate my skin, and just have always had small pores.
This oil is considered as 0 on a a scale of irritating chemicals. This does not mean no one will react bad to it. Some bacteria feeds of oil (especially vitamin oils), and therefore, much oil can cause more bacteria on the skin.
The way I use this: wash my my face (with a soft sponge and facial soap) and then taking 3 drops of this on my palm, rubbing my hands together, pat on the oil, and then massage it in a little.
Now for my experience: I have been using this for 3 weeks now. This is a non-tacky, non-greasy-looking oil. It has no smell. Till now it has definitely not broke me out, and have been working pretty well for moisturising my skin, but I'm not sure how it would work on skin that's very dry. I wear foundation every day right now, and this oil haven't interfered with it or made my face becoming oily faster. I have noticed that my pores doesn't get bigger at all using this - they're just as small as after an exfoliation - very impressive!
For the first week I wasn't feeling that this oil was doing anything for my face - which it really wasn't. My skin felt dry and slightly oily at the same time. So why have I given it a 5? Because after about 2 weeks I started noticing a difference: my skin slowly began to normalize and regain moisture while it wasn't becoming too oily oily, no clogged pores and no irritations.
One bottle will last me sooo long, and I certainly will use it again! I would suggest other people trying it out if they have dry skin, want a natural product, have sensitive skin, or want to use this for the same purpose as me or another.
This stuff is awesome. Multi-useful, and got rid of (most) of my acne (eventually)
OKAY yeah the packaging SUCKS, but whats inside is golden.
Hair: putting some on the ends of my hair as a leave in treatment, wash out in the morning - helps dry ends. you can also use it to help flakiness or as an anti-frizz treatment. but only use A FEW DROPS or you will look too oily :O
Makeup remover: I use it in the shower to take my eye makeup off. successfully takes off eyeliner, 2-3 coats of mascara, AND face makeup. might need to apply twice for heavy eye makeup though, then use a regular face wash after. sometimes makes eyes a little blurry when you get out, though
Face: I use it as a night time moisturizer. after washing, i put in few drops on my palm and massage into my face. I'm not trying to impress anyone, so yes it's super oily looking on the skin but completely absorbs by morning.
*****TIP**** yes, if you put this on your face and you already have acne...you will probably break out the first few weeks. this is because the oil is getting under your skin and pushing out all the bad junk, and replacing it with healthy oils that aren't clogging :) so TRUST ME, if you bare with it through the breakout...you will have soft smooth skin in the end! it took a good month or two for me to see results, but my breakouts have been reduced by 80-90 percent with consistent use. If i forget to use a couple nights or sleepover at a friends house, I start breaking out!! then I use this and wake up...no more breakouts :)
Hope this helps!
Really helps to give hair a nice shine. Didn't do much for my skin however, in fact, caused a fair bit of whiteheads on my face. When I use it on my hair, it clogs the pores on my back and gives me back acne.
with so many people saying it's great for oily and acne prone skin, my friend recommended this for me, she have dry skin, it work nicely on her skin, so she heard it's great for oily acne skin too. After a few tries, I broke out, like people warned, the "initial" clean out of the pore, but this clean out appear on places I never ever had acne before, like my eye lid, forehead etc. I kept trying different amount, believing this stuff gonna work somehow, cause it worked on so many other like me. Man, I was so wrong on this one. after days, it just get worse and worse, the worst I have had for years and my acne was mostly mild or none, just the oily skin most of the time. it got to the point of quite severe, I stopped using it, and my skin went back to normal. I don't have acne right now, might a few in future in certain time of the month, but I can live with that. Thank God!
This oil is not for everyone. Try the small size bottle before you order a whole bunch to stock up at home thinking it's some miracle oil. Miracle for some, skin crisis for others.
I did like that it stops the oil and works great under makeup or as night cream, but somehow more acne pops up.
I use (and LOVE) jojoba oil as a hair serum. A tiny amount rubbed between my palms and smoothed over dry hair, concentrating on the ends, adds softness and shine, tames frizzies, and seems to be generally good for my long suffering color-treated hair. I will repurchase this forever.
Some people have suggested that you can achieve the same effects more economically with olive oil, but I have never had success using olive oil on my hair. It never seemed to do anything more than weigh it down, add grease, and leave a funny smell.
I was also surprised to see most people use jojoba oil as makeup remover/cleanser/moisturizer; I have really dry skin that's not acne prone at all, but the idea of using this on my face still freaks me out. If I decide to give jojoba oil a go in one of these other capacities, I'll update this review.
UPDATE: I ended up leaving my bottle of Jojoba oil at the BF's because I was using it most often to give him back rubs (a great hair cut has really eliminated most of my dry/dead ends and hair problems in general), and now I'll use it in place of moisturizer whenever I spend the night unexpectedly and don't bring my normal products. I don't prefer it to creams, but it gets the job done (my skin actually hurts when it's dry) and hasn't made me break out. It does work very well to remove stubborn eye makeup residue as well.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Seriously downgrading my rating... the only thing I use Jojoba oil for any more is back massages and eye makeup cleanup. When I tried to use it as my primary moisturizer, I started flaking like crazy and I quickly realized that it did nothing to hydrate my dry skin. I think I didn't notice before because I was using my regular moisturizers most of the time.
I'm having problems with my ends again, but I also stopped using Jojoba oil in my hair because I found that when I used enough to make a difference it made my ends looks greasy and weighed down. Finding the perfect balance was too difficult to warrant giving Jojoba oil a permanent place in my primping routine.