Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters



Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters at a glance

  • Essential fatty acids from the jojoba plant
  • Help skin retain moisture and improve its barrier function
  • Deemed safe as used in cosmetics
  • Has a tacky, viscous texture at room temperature

Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters description

Hydrolyzed jojoba esters are essential fatty acids from the jojoba plant, broken down by water to form a new complex with properties different from the original source. An analogy of this process is the way humans digest food to turn it into energy. Jojoba esters function as skin-softening agents in cosmetics. Research shows these esters play a role in helping skin retain moisture and improving its barrier function. When the bead form of this ingredient is used, it can function as a gentle scrubbing agent for thoroughly cleansed skin. The hydrolyzed form can also improve oxidative stability of vulnerable antioxidants. At room temperature, hydrolyzed jojoba esters are a tacky, viscous gel. The independent Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel has found that jojoba oil and its esters (including hydrolyzed jojoba esters) are safe as used in cosmetics.

Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters references

  • Advances in Environmental Biology, January 2016, pages 237-249
  • Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, March 2009
  • Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, December 2008, pages 268-274
  • https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.3109/10915819209141992

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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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