There’s nothing better than pure plant oils to heal and strengthen the skin. They’re balancing, beautifying, and so easy to use. While we are obviously huge fans of raw African Shea butter for all things skincare, we know there are other wonderfully healing plant oils out there as well. Sometimes we even mix them together, blended with Shea butter in a healing lipid rich slurry of skincare goodness. And one of our favorite and quite popular plant oils for skincare is Jojoba oil.

Golden, silky, light and with an effortless glide, Jojoba oil is actually a plant wax with a chemical composition very similar to that of human sebum. Because of this, Jojoba oil is exceptionally easy for the skin to absorb and utilize. It is completely non comedogenic, just like Shea butter, and actually helps to dissolve clogged dirt and oil from the pores. It is thus a great plant oil to use to help prevent the occurrence of blackheads and clogged pores.

Similar to Shea butter in that it does not clog the pores, it is different in that Shea butter is much more suited for topical application than it is for facial cleansing. Jojoba oil actually makes a great oil cleanser because of its viscous texture and clogged pores remedying properties. The thickness of Shea butter makes it less suitable for such a purpose.

Both Shea butter and Jojoba oil are similar in that they do not go rancid quickly- if at all. The only real precaution necessary is to keep water out of them, as that could cause them to go off. This is in part due to the essential fatty acid composition of each oil and can also be attributed to the very high concentration of antioxidants they contain. In fact, Jojoba oil contains the entire spectrum of botanical vitamin E, making it a superb vitamin E oil replacement.

If you enjoy an oil cleansing routine, consider using Jojoba oil and then following with a light application of moisturizing Shea butter. You can also mix the two of them together for a DIY face cream that can be whipped with a hand mixer for a fluffy texture. Their therapeutic botanical qualities perfectly compliment each other and make for the perfect Shea butter based skincare routine. While not as thick and with its own unique chemical makeup, Jojoba oil has many beneficial similarities to Shea butter.

If you're ready to strengthen your skin with Raw Shea butter and other healing ingredients, try our popular and versatile Raw Shea Dermal Repair cream.