An evergreen shrub. The seeds
of the female plants contain an wax often used in food, skin and soap products. Though the extract looks like an oil, it is a wax that is liquid at room temperature
. Being a wax, it is similar to natural liquid waxes in our own skin which prevent water loss. Thus it is often used as a moisturizer
Other uses for Jojoba:
The above list from: Naqvi, H.H. and I.P. Ting. 1990. Jojoba: A unique liquid wax producer from the American desert. p. 247-251. In: J. Janick and J.E. Simon (eds.), Advances in new crops. Timber Press, Portland, OR.