7 Times Jojoba Oil Beats Out Coconut

by Julia Musto

I'm about to say something that may shock you: Jojoba oil can be better for you than coconut oil depending on the situation. Yes, I know coconut oil fixes your hair, skin, car door and relationship with your significant other, but here's to being open-minded. There are other types of oil out there, many of which are just as awesome and will improve your beauty routine.

Let me break it down for you. According to, jojoba oil is "a botanical extract of the seed of the jojoba tree" which is native to the southern U.S. and northern Mexico. It's classified as a wax ester, and is different from other seed oils because it does not contain triglycerides. reports that wax ester is akin to sebum, the oil produced by human skin, and can therefore "'trick' the skin into thinking it's producing enough oil," which makes it helpful for those who are acne-prone.

Desert Essences called jojoba oil "Nature's Multi-Tasker," since it has many different skin and health benefits. Here are a few of times when you should use jojoba oil in your repertoire and put the coconut oil back on the shelf.

1. As A Cleanser

8 oz. Organic Jojoba Oil, $16, Acne.Org

As mentioned earlier, jojoba oil doesn't block pores because of it's relation to sebum. For that reason alone you may want to introduce it as a cleansing oil over your precious coconut. says that many acne sufferers have also claimed that regular use of jojoba oil helps decrease break-outs.

2. As A Moisturizer

Jojoba Oil Moisturizing Body Lotion, $30, Crabtree & Evelyn

Jojoba oil helps the skin retain moisture. According to, this lotion is partly because it "doesn't evaporate like water based moisturizers." Jojoba oil as moisturizer is particularly recommended for those with sensitive skin, according to the TODAY show.

3. As A Makeup Remover

4 oz. Desert Essence Organic Jojoba Oil, $11, Amazon says that jojoba oil is neither an eye irritant nor an allergenic, so grab a cotton swab or whatever and swipe away that three day old liner.

4. As A Conditioner

100% Natural Australian Jojoba, $15, The Jojoba Company

The Desert Essence brand says that using jojoba oil to condition hair helps prevent frizz and keeps your follicles hydrated. It'll also condition your lips just as well!

5. As A Shaving Oil

100% Natural Ultimate Jojoba Youth Potion, $40, Future Derm

For super soft and shiny skin, Desert Essence recommends putting Jojoba oil on pre and post shave to prevent any possible razor burn.

6. As A Longer-Lasting Treatment

Trader Joe's Spa 100% Pure Jojoba Oil , $12, Amazon

According to, jojoba oil "does not become rancid or lose antioxidants" even it's been stored for a long period of time, unlike coconut oil! You can have that sucker on your shelf for ages.

7. As A Body Oil

Wilder Supply Grapefruit Radiance Body Oil, $10, Taproot Farms

Many people love the sheen jojoba oil gives off when applied overnight, but don't worry Bustle's Vanesa Pacheco promises it's not too shiny!

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