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  • Mary Carolla

What’s that stuff you’re using? The Oil

Updated: Dec 17, 2022

That I have the absolute best clients in the world is no secret. Thus, you deserve the absolute best, including the products I choose to use during massage sessions or for care between sessions. So, meet the products I’m rubbing all over your skin each session. Today, let’s talk about oil.

HobaCare Jojoba by The Original Jojoba Company

Or maybe I should say “oil.” Fun fact: Jojoba is not an oil. It is actually a liquid wax. The liquid wax esters in jojoba are chemically similar to the oil/sebum produced by our own skin. It’s probably more accurate to call it jojoba extract rather than jojoba oil. This extract comes from pressing the seeds of the jojoba ( simmondsia chinensis) plant.

I have been using HobaCare jojoba from The Original Jojoba Company for many years - pretty much since the beginning of my massage career and probably will for the rest of my massage days.

I love jojoba because it’s practically non allergenic (allergic reactions are rare with jojoba, though sensitivity is possible), it feels great on my skin and my clients’ skin, it doesn’t turn rancid, and it washes out of natural fiber linens and clothing really well. My clients tell me they love not feeling greasy after their massages. What’s a massage therapist not to love about all of that?

I also love jojoba because it is an excellent carrier for essential oils. The oils stay smelling great, and jojoba’s natural, neutral scent plays nicely with any scent I choose to blend it with.

At home, I use jojoba as a skin and hair conditioner, especially helpful in the winter when the air is so dry, and my husband uses jojoba as a beard oil. We use jojoba on the dog’s paws in the winter to prevent cracking. Check out even more uses for jojoba here.

Clearly, I really love the stuff, and I especially love The Original Jojoba Company. It's a small vertically-integrated company that harvests their jojoba directly from a single source - their own cooperative of farms. The farmers lead the co-op, and they are collectively invested in innovation and sustainable practices. A company that makes a high-quality product that is good for the workers, the environment, and you and me is a win all around.

So, that’s the story of the “oil.” If you want to give jojoba a try outside of the massage room, I have Hobacare jojoba available in 125 ml (4.22 oz) or 250 ml (8.45 oz) sizes.

Next time we’ll dive into some of the other products I use here at Regeneration Massage Therapy.

*Please note: I am not being compensated in any way by The Original Jojoba Company, or anyone else, for writing this and/or any other informational piece about the products I use. I just believe my clients have a right to know what it is I’m using on their bodies and why.

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