Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil



Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil at a glance

  • Oil extracted from the jojoba plant, processed through controlled hydrogenation resulting in a soft wax
  • Functions as an emollient, providing skin-softening and moisturising properties
  • Occlusive nature helps lock in hydration
  • Jojoba is pronounced “ho-ho-ba”

Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil description

Hydrogenated jojoba oil is a non-fragrant emollient that provides skin-softening and moisturizing properties. Of note, it is touted for occlusive properties that can help reduce trans epidermal water loss, thereby boosting hydration. The jojoba oil itself is extracted from the _Simmondsia chinensis_ plant and is processed through controlled hydrogenation, resulting in a chemical classification as wax. Jojoba oil is noted as one of the more stable plant oils in use today. The shrub itself is native to North America where it goes by various local aliases including coffeeberry, gray box bush, wild hazel, and goat nut. Hydrogenated jojoba oil was deemed safe by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel in 2008. Their report looked at personal care products containing up to 31% concentration (the highest concentration was found in lipstick; skin care formulations usually use lower amounts). For reference, jojoba is pronounced “ho-ho-ba.”

Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil references

  • Polymers, May 2021, pages 1-22
  • Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research, June 2016, pages 381-388
  • Cosmetic Ingredient Review, September 2008, pages 1-37

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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