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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Review: Eden's Semilla Jojoba Oil

jojoba oil for hair and skin

I have recently started to listen to all the people who have told me I needed to use different oils in my beauty routine. I finally jumped on the coconut oil bandwagon and now have decided to try using jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is in many products that I have used, but I never thought to try just jojoba oil. I even make cold-process soap as a hobby, you would think I would have tried it by now, but nope.

Jojoba oil isn't actually an oil, but a liquid wax extracted from the seed of the Simmondsia chinensis shrub. It closely resembles sebum, a substance created by our skin. It has been known to help with acne, psoriasis, eczema, oily skin, and is a great moisturizer. For hair, it can help with hair loss and dry hair.

After reading a little, I decided to jump right in.

jojoba oil for hair and skin

I cleansed and applied toner to my face, then I applied a few little drops of Eden's Semilla jojoba oil to a pimple on my forehead and one of those horrible under-the-skin pimples. I rarely get those, but when I do they bug the bejeezus out of me. The under-the-skin pimple looked like it wasn't close to going away, but perhaps about to erupt into a big whitehead. When I woke up the next morning I noticed it and the forehead pimple were slightly smaller and less inflamed. They were still there, but much less noticeable. By the end of the day they were hardly noticeable and seemed to be going away.

I thought, "Okay, that could just be a coincidence" and decided to try it out in my hair. Although I do know better, I heat style my hair like nobody's business. I have a few cowlicks that can only be managed if I blow dry my hair immediately after a shower and honestly, when I let my hair air-dry it just looks weird. Really weird. And then I love curling it with a wand or hot rollers, but when I'm short on time I straighten it. I would try pin-curls but I don't have the skill, patience, or ability to keep track of that many bobby pins.

Back to my dry, frizzy, damaged hair-- after a shower I got as much moisture out as I could with a towel, put perhaps 3 drops of jojoba oil in my hand, and evenly distributed it throughout my hair but also focused on the ends. I blow dried my hair, brushed it, then ran my fingers through it. My hair was so silky. So, so silky. I stood in front of the mirror for a few moments and played with my hair, staring at it in amazement. You know when you get an inch or two of your split ends trimmed off and your hair feels incredible? That's exactly how my hair felt, and my last trim was in July. I also think it's worth mentioning that I didn't put any other products in my hair and I had used my usual shampoo and conditioner.

I continued using the jojoba oil in my hair for a few days and kept getting the same results. I continued to use the jojoba oil as a spot treatment for acne as well as a facial moisturizer. I noticed my acne was going away quicker than usual and my face felt so soft and smooth, and not at all greasy.

Of course, you should be careful not to use too many drops or you could end up looking greasy. It's a fine line and remember that a little goes a long way! I also have to be mindful when applying it to my hair, because if the jojoba oil gets in my bangs, where my worst cowlick is, it accentuates it. But really, my only complaint is that when I have it on, my dog is very determined to lick all of it off of me. It's very gross and annoying, but I guess it gets a thumbs-up from him, too.

*This post was sponsored by Eden's Semilla. I received this product complimentary from Eden's Semilla for testing purposes. All opinions stated here are mine!* 
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