I love to soak in a nice hot bath with sweet smelling bath salts. The problem, this habit is very drying. I've started adding a few drops of this to my bath and it's made all the difference. I'm silky smooth and very moisturized.
After reading the reviews, and acknowledging that my skin needed some help, I picked this up at Trader Joe's for $6 and some change. The packaging sucks - easy to spill, sort of drips down sides of the bottle when you try to extract it in small drops - but don't judge an oil by it's bottle! I LOVE this so far! I find that it absorbs much quicker than I ever anticipated and doesn't leave me feeling or looking greasy - just with a nice *glow*. I've started using it on my kids as well. It's a great post-shower/bath moisturizer. And, after reading a previous review, I've started adding a drop to my proActiv repair lotion - it has really helped it be less drying on my skin!
Using this oil has literally saved my skin. I've been "blessed" with very oily skin prone to clogged pores, but the jojoba oil really helps to control the sebum secretions and loosen up the hardened oil in my pores (gross). It took a few weeks to see significant results, but it definitely has improved its texture and lightened my acne scars. The key is to use only 2-3 drops at a time (which can be hard to control due to the packaging) and to pat it on still damp skin. This really helps to "lock in" moisture. The oil itself has almost a velvety, smooth feel -- it's not at all heavy or greasy feeling. I use this as both my daytime and nighttime moisturizer, but usually it needs some time to absorb before I can put on s/s in the morning.
First off, if you have acne-prone skin, I would suggest people try this if they haven't. While I didn't have a good reaction to jojoba oil, I have heard many others who have said this is the only moisturizer that hasn't broken them out. Anyways, this stuff sucked for my skin. I only put one to two drops on a cotton ball, then applied it on my face. Contrary to other people's experiences, the oil did not absorb into my skin. In fact, it kind of just sat there, feeling really greasy and gross, clogging up my pores on the surface. It broke me out, particularly around my chin and face area. Won't buy again. I'll stick with the Dove Sensitive Skin Day Lotion until I find something better.
Love this oil! Have been mixing a few drops in with my moisturizer every night and using this in face masks. I have sensitive skin with rosacea and I have had no problems with breakouts or irritations.
(Please click on 'Continued' at the bottom to see the paragraphed version of review.) LOVE! I have been using Desert Essence jojoba oil regularly for about 2.5 years now. In the distant past, I'd tried it several times but quit using it in my crazy quest for THE perfect product. (I have combination skin that is very acne prone & I'm almost 31 w/ ever-changing issues. No ONE product would help my unique skin issues; it takes an arsenal of pinpointed products, some of which are rotated depending on current needs.) Since then, I've learned that simple skincare is best. Jojoba oil has a firmly set place in my daily routine, despite the fact that the other products can change or rotate.My personal skincare needs include the following: thorough makeup removal (I use cleansing oil or makeup removal cloths); thorough skin cleansing (I use a non-alcohol, pH-balanced toner at night after makeup removal & a gel cleanser in the morning) ; rebalancing of skin's pH level to a slightly acidic condition (either an active BHA toner or glycolic acid product); disinfecting to prevent acne blemishes (Benzoyl Peroxide); moisturization & protection (various products!) Jojoba oil falls into the moisturization/protection category for me.Even though my skin can get quite oily in the T-zone, prior cleansing steps can sometimes strip or disturb the lipid barrier (especially when removing heavy makeup, which I wear on occasion.) Since jojoba oil mimics skin's own sebum, the lipid barrier is replaced (or at least somewhat rebuilt.) This is crucial for my acne-prone skin, since a disturbed lipid barrier on skin can leave skin open to irritation, which in turn causes more acne blemishes.I add a drop or two to my morning & evening moisturizer. I am a ProActiv system user & I regularly add a drop of jojoba oil to the 3rd step of ProActiv which is the Repairing Lotion. Other times, I'll add a drop to whatever other moisturizer I am using, depending on season & current skin moisturization needs. I won't be caught without jojoba oil! continued >>
I LOVE this oil. I have waist length hair, and I put a dime-sized drop n rub it in my hands, and then onto the ends of my hair. it works on wet and dry hair. It has kept my hair moist and tangle free, which i love!! I bought it at trader joes grocery store for about 6$ its sort of expensive for such a little bottle, but ive barely dented it and ive had it since last summer. It is by far the best hair product ive ever used. If I ever run out ill never stop repurchasing! There is nothing better to keep my hair condioned. It never leaves build up, and has no smell whatsoever, which im very sensitive to. id reccomend it to anyone with hair! LOL
I'm actually not using the Desert Essence oil, I'm using a clear version in a pump bottle that I got at the health food store which I recommend everyone tries since it will eliminate your leaky bottle problems. Anyway I mix a few drops of this in with my Olay Complete Moisture Lotion every morning and have been for 3 months now (still on same bottle). I haven't had a pimple since I started using it! Also the blackheads on my nose are slowly disappearing. I have a hypertrophied scar on my neck from thyroid surgery and I have been rubbing the oil into the scar as well, and I'm not SURE, but I think it's beginning to fade. I'm positive that it's flatter and less inflamed. All in all I think jojoba oil has brought a nice balance to my skin and I will continue to use it.
Thank god for this wonderful oil!!! It does wonders for my skin. I've used this for only a week, yet my skin has improved greatly. My dry/flaky/red skin went away, replaced by a soft and even-tone. The ONLY downside to this oil is that it takes a little too long to absorb completely into your skin. It takes about 15-20 mins. Patient is required but it's great afterward. Packaging leaks and is messy. Other than that, it's a great buy.
I am sooooo glad I found this stuff, it's amazing. I mix a drop into my AHA moisturizing cream in the am and pm . In the two weeks I've been using it, I absolutely notice a difference in my skin. It's so much more radiant and my fine lines are seriously disappearing before my eyes!!!!