The Jojoba Company was founded in 2008 by planting their first crop of jojoba on the family estate. Since then the natural beauty company has grown with an amazing range natural skin and body care products with a strong focus on anti-ageing and skin health. Jojoba Oil is in fact not even an oil but a liquid wax ester with the same properties as our skins natural sebum. There are many benefits of Jojoba Oil, it’s packed with vitamins, enriched with essential fatty acids and literally has endless uses. I was lucky enough to catch up with co-founder Vicki Engsall to hear all about the companies journey of natural skincare.
Vicki, thanks for joining us! So tell us, what were your intentions and inspirations in starting the brand and how has it grown throughout the years?
I was recommended to use jojoba throughout my pregnancy as the safest thing to use to moisturize and guard against stretch marks and I became addicted! But I could only buy it in tiny little brown bottles that lasted me only 2 weeks (I guess I was a little heavy handed with it but I loved it!). My Dad planted jojoba on his farm in Yenda in South Eastern NSW 14 years ago. He was one of the first farmers in Australia to plant it. It took him 7 years to yield his first crop.
My original intentions were purely to offer jojoba in larger sized bottles that were pretty and beautiful. Once learning about how wonderful jojoba is as a skin care ingredient, I realized that we absolutely had to have a full skin care range based around this beautiful and unique liquid. So The Jojoba Company was born and we developed a full range of 20 products which has now grown to 26 and we are looking to launch 3 new products next year.
What is Jojoba?
Jojoba is a shrub that evolved in the harsh conditions of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona US. It is very unique as it is the only known plant on earth to produce golden liquid wax instead of oil. The liquid wax that jojoba produces is identical to the liquid wax found in young, healthy human skin so it has a perfect affinity with the skin so it able to balance, heal and soothe skin and at the same time being hypoallergenic. As we age, the liquid wax in our skin begins to diminish until, by about the age of 50, it has gone completely. Jojoba is the only known plant source of liquid wax so by applying jojoba to the skin, you are putting back what age has taken away.
The other amazing thing about jojoba is that it is able to penetrate the skin to a deeper level than oils and whatever is added to jojoba is carried deep down with it. So by adding vitamins and antioxidants to jojoba, skin is gaining great benefits as it is reaching the deeper levels of the skin where new healthy cells are generated.
Read more about jojoba and The Jojoba Company, here.
If you were to give advice to women starting a business what would that be??
Follow your passion. You must genuinely believe in your product to succeed. Our business started from a fantastic ingredient, NOT a business idea/venture. I didn’t wake up one morning and decide to start a skin care range. I discovered Jojoba and it all went from there. You must believe in your product!
What should consumers know about natural vs. artificial skin care?
We know that chemicals can enter our blood stream through the skin so why would you choose to use artificial skin care if you can get the same, if not better results with natural skin care?
Natural skin care actually helps the skin to become healthy, much like eating the right food makes your body healthy. Artificial skin care may give your skin the moisture etc that it needs but it may not necessarily be healthy. Healthy skin glows. Our products have been tested for their efficacy and the results our natural products have achieved are really amazing. For example, our Absolute serum which is 98% natural is proven to decrease crow’s feet and frown lines by 27% and increase skin elasticity by 19% in one month!
The Jojoba Company have a wonderful range of products check them out here!
The philosophy of The Jojoba Company is ‘ Beauty is in our nature‘ – how does this carry over into your everyday life?
I am a natural nut! I start each day with my green smoothie and try to eat unprocessed and organic foods most of the time. I regularly see a naturopath as a means of preventing illness and keeping healthy rather than visiting a doctor. I truly believe that Beauty is in our nature we just need to be aware of it and take the opportunities nature offers to us.
What is your favourite can’t live without product?
OuNaturalnatural Ultimate Jojoba Youth Potion! It is absolutely addictive! The linden blossom scent is a beautiful way to start the day and my skin just drinks it!
What is a quote you live by?
Live life naturally
Benefits of Jojoba Oil
The wonderful jojoba oil is an antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, hypoallergenic natural products packed with natural vitamins and antioxidants.
It can be used for:
- In your first-aid kit for burns, bites, and rashes
- Eczema and rosacea
- As a cuticle oil
- Skin moisturizer including face body and neck
- Makeup remover
- Hair treatment
You can purchase a bottle of the glorious liquid here! You won’t regret it, I use mine everyday, EVERYWHERE. (Guys this isn’t a sponsored post, I really do adore it!)
Have you tried The Jojoba Company before? What are your favourite products? Any beauty secrets you’re dying to share? Comment below!
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