Lisa Widdowson, LMT

What was that oil?

Actually, it's an ester from the jojoba plant.  It's not really an oil at all.  

Why do I use it?

It is best for you in my daily work with hot stones and essential oils.  That's the short answer. 

The longer answer is because it won't turn rancid, and that's because it's not really an oil.  It's an ester, extracted from the jojoba seed. It conditions your skin and allows me to concentrate on your muscle and pain issues rather than wondering if you'll break out because of chemicals and additives that is put into other massage gels and oils.

The following has been excerpted from the site where I purchase my supply:

"Experienced massage therapists prefer HobaCare™ Jojoba. It's a superior massage lubricant, and it fulfills the cardinal rule of every therapeutic discipline: DO NO HARM. ...

HobaCare is non-allergenic

Why? First, it's a liquid ester akin to the esters we produce in our own skin. Second, it's unadulterated. There is no formulation. HobaCare Jojoba contains only the pure expeller pressed extract of the jojoba seed we have grown to our unique requirements. Absolutely nothing is added. HobaCare Jojoba is pure. Period. The product is especially useful to therapists and clients with sensitive skin. Everyone, no matter what his or her skin type, benefits from using the product.

HobaCare is stable

It does not oxidize or turn rancid. It has an indefinite shelf life. Heat does not affect it. Massage Therapists in Florida, California and other warm climates prefer HobaCare Jojoba to triglyceride oils such as almond, grape seed, macadamia and other fragile products, which deteriorate in the heat. Therapists performing hot stone massage are excited about HobaCare Jojoba because, unlike oils, it can stand up to heating and re-heating. HobaCare Jojoba does not require refrigeration. Indeed, HobaCare will congeal at temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. If congealing does occur, simply restore the product to room temperature. It will re-liquefy and can be used immediately. Congealing does not affect its quality. Store HobaCare Jojoba away from direct sunlight.

HobaCare Jojoba does not clog the pores

It is non-comedogenic. Aestheticians give facial massages with jojoba. They value the silky quality it gives to facial skin and its ability to cleanse the skin.

HobaCare Jojoba does not stain

It washes out of clothing and linens with hot water and detergent. If used appropriately, the product will stay in the skin and will not come out on linens or clothing. For more on this, see our Laundering Instructions.

The key to understanding the use of HobaCare Jojoba is to heed the admonition, "less is better". A little really does go a long way. You can use as much as you wish, but using more than you need is wasteful.

Remember, HobaCare Jojoba works by conditioning (not moisturizing) the skin. Determine the amount you use by balancing the needs of your client's skin with the requirements of your methodology. Experiment. Apply a couple of drops to the back of the hand. Massage it in. Gauge the degree to which the product has conditioned the skin. You're looking for a very soft, smooth, silky feeling, one that evidences reduced friction but keeps you in total control. Always work in increments of drops, not dollops. If the product is coming out on your linens, you're probably using too much. Please review ourLaundering Instructions.

Your clients will appreciate HobaCare Jojoba. It leaves their skin feeling soft, smooth, and conditioned, not greasy, oily or sticky. They won't feel compelled to take a shower when your therapy session is concluded. They will feel secure in the knowing exactly what you are using. And they-and you-will love the fact that it does not stain. Why? First, when used appropriately, it stays in the skin and doesn't come out onto linens or clothing. Second, if you use too much it washes out with hot water and a good detergent. Synthetic or dyed fabrics may require a pre-wash. (We use "Shout".)

Finally, you won't need to towel your clients off when the massage is over. You will find yourself using measurably less HobaCare Jojoba than other products. A therapist giving 30 to 35 massages a week customarily uses three to four gallons of our product a year. Hot stone modalities will require more.

Hot Stone Massage Therapy, a relatively new introduction to U.S. spas, virtually mandates the use of HobaCare Jojoba. The procedure requires the heating and re-heating of massage lubricant. HobaCare Jojoba is the only massage lubricant, which survives such intensive use. Oils cannot withstand repeated heating and quickly turn rancid, creating an undesirable odor, an impression upscale spas and massage practices can ill afford to tolerate. La Stone Therapy ( endorses and uses HobaCare Jojoba in their stone therapies.

As for the day-to-day cleaning of the stones, themselves, we recommend a good dishwashing detergent. If for some reason you notice a build-up on the stones, laundry detergent eliminates it. We recommend wearing gloves if you're using laundry detergent. It can be harsh on skin.

To enhance your client's experience, add essential oils to HobaCare Jojoba. It is the best "carrier" or "base" for essential oils. It extends their shelf life and ensures their absorption into the skin.

Aromatherapy has been cheapened in recent years by mass marketers' attempts to cash in on a renaissance of appreciation of plants and our connections to them. There are now many so-called "aromatherapy" products on the market that have about as much relevance to true aromatherapy as tin does to gold. Most of them carry synthetic fragrances, which do more harm than good. None of these counterfeit products get to the true character of aromatherapy, which is not just about smelling something. Genuine Aromatherapy is more ethereal and diffuse. It goes to the heart of the chemistry of the plants and their effects on our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual consciousness.

Massage Therapists interested in integrating aromatherapy into their practices need to do more than cursorily review available, pre-packaged aromatherapy products. They need to educate themselves about the aromatherapeutic effects of specific plant essences on the emotional, psychological, physical, and mental states of their clients. We encourage all massage therapists with a genuine interest in aromatherapy to read deeply and to learn as much as they can about this increasingly important field. Our Bibliography is a good place to start. A second starting place is the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (, which is a wonderful source of knowledge."


Information for Aromatherapy

"HobaCare Jojoba is a "fixative". While it has a mild, almost imperceptible scent of its own, it takes on the scent of its immediate environment. After HobaCare has been in your skin for a minute or two, you will not perceive its scent, only your own.

Likewise, HobaCare Jojoba fixes, or makes permanent, the scent of essential oils you add to it. This characteristic makes HobaCare an ideal carrier or base for essential oils and perfumes. Adding essential oils to HobaCare enriches one's experience with the product, whether it is used for skin, scalp, hair, massage or any of the other applications described on this web-site.


We always recommend that you mix your own essential oils with a base or carrier of your choice--as opposed to purchasing pre-mixed products--unless you're purchasing from Essence of Vali ( By mixing your own, you will know exactly what you have added to your base and in what strength. Please consult the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy ( to obtain reliable sources for essential oils.

Please consult our Bibliography to obtain additional information about Aromatherapy."