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10 Essential Oils That Pair Well With Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil

Are you looking for a versatile oil with a myriad of skin benefits that pair well with most, if not all, essential oils? Jojoba oil is the answer. A faint aroma, long shelf life, considerable skin benefits and compatibility with most essential oils make it one of the best carrier oils out there. Let’s look at what makes jojoba oil stand out and how pairing it with essential oils makes it more useful.

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What is Jojoba Oil?

Jojoba oil is a wax ester derived from seeds of Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) plant, a shrub native to North America. So even though this long-chain monounsaturated liquid wax ester is not technically an oil, it is referred to as one because of its appearance, feel and use.

Golden in colour with a mild, nutty scent, this oil is favoured among many natural skincare enthusiasts and, for a good reason, too! Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, non-comedogenic and non-irritating, this lightweight oil is a skin saver, providing moisture, nourishment and protection to your skin.

Jojoba Oil Skin Benefits

Gentle to use on its own or in combination with essential oils, applying jojoba oil to the skin can help:

Moisturise the skin: Jojoba oil is a light emollient that helps moisturise the skin by preventing water loss, thus reducing dryness and keeping it soft and smooth. 

Prevents fine lines and wrinkles: Jojoba oil is rich in antioxidants, which, when applied to the skin, may help prevent fine lines and wrinkles by improving collagen synthesis. 

Manage acne: Non-greasy and easily absorbed; jojoba oil is known for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it particularly useful in treating acne. Applying it to the skin can help:

  • Balance sebum production, thus helping reduce acne breakouts caused by clogged pores.
  • Reduce redness: anti-inflammatory properties in jojoba oil may help alleviate inflammation, keeping the skin calm and comfortable. 
  • Treat acne scarring: jojoba oil’s wound healing properties may also help with acne scarring. 

Soothe a sunburn: Anti-Inflammatory, antioxidant and analgesic activities in jojoba oil may help ease sunburn symptoms and protect the skin, keeping the skin healthy and moisturised.

Remedy cold sores: Naturally rich is docosanol, an ingredient used to treat cold sores; jojoba oil has been shown effective in treating cold sores. So next time you feel a tingling sensation, apply jojoba oil to the affected area to nip it in the bud. 

What Makes Jojoba Oil a Good Carrier Oil?

There are many different types of natural oils; however, jojoba oil has been popular among cosmetic users for decades as it:

  • Absorbs quickly into the skin
  • It doesn’t clog pores
  • It’s non-irritating
  • It has a mild, agreeable aroma
  • The minimally cold-processed version offers more skin-benefits
  • Silky texture
  • It provides a myriad of skin benefits

All of the above makes jojoba oil one of the most popular carrier oils in natural skincare products. In addition, pairing jojoba oil with essential oils can boost the efficacy of the oil even further. 

10 Essential Oils That Pair Well With Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is a versatile carrier oil that will blend with most essential oils. Below are my favourite picks to get you started.

1. Rose Absolute

Known for its soothing, balancing and rejuvenating properties, rose absolute is a popular choice in facial care formulations aimed at those with dry, mature, or reddened complexion. When used topically, it helps manage dryness, fine lines and wrinkles associated with ageing.

Pair rose absolute with jojoba oil and add it to your massage oil to create a relaxing, soothing massage oil for a blissful spa experience. Its sweet, floral scent has a soothing effect on the mind and is said to decrease stress and anxiety. 

INCI Name: Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Extract

Properties: Anti-inflammatory, toning, moisturising, rejuvenating, antidepressant

Fragrance Family: Floral

Fragrance: Sweet, floral

Note: Base to Mid

2. Sandalwood Amyris Essential Oil

Extracted from the bark of Amyris Balsamifera, sandalwood essential oil has a rich, sweet, woody aroma and is renowned for its hydrating, rejuvenating and soothing properties. 

Pair sandalwood essential oil with rose absolute and jojoba oil to create a light, rejuvenating face moisturiser for dehydrated, mature skin to provide deep hydration and nourish and soothe the skin.

INCI Name: Amyris Balsamifera (Sandalwood Amyris) Bark Oil

Properties: Calming

Fragrance Family: Woodsy

Fragrance: Deep, rich, sweet

Note: Base

3. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular essential oils used in aromatherapy due to its relaxing and soothing properties. When used topically, it helps alleviate sunburn pain, redness and discomfort.

Pairing lavender essential oil with jojoba oil and applying it to the sunburned area should help to soothe the skin and ease redness. In addition, you can put on a cold compress to relieve discomfort. 

INCI Name: Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil

Properties: Anti-inflammatory, calming, soothing

Fragrance Family: Herbaceous

Fragrance: Herbaceous with floral notes

Note: Mid to top

4. Peppermint Essential Oil

Rich in menthol, peppermint essential oil is one of the most popular natural ingredients in sunburn treatments. It has a cooling and numbing effect on the skin, which makes it especially useful in alleviating sunburn pain. 

To create a soothing, cooling and moisturising remedy, mix the lavender essential oil with peppermint and jojoba oil and apply it to the affected area several times a day.

INCI Name: Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil

Properties:  Analgesic, cooling

Fragrance Family: Camphorous

Fragrance: Fresh, minty scent

Note: Top to Mid

5. Rosemary Essential Oil

Commonly found in culinary and herbal preparations, rosemary essential oil is a popular ingredient in anti-ageing skincare formulations. It may help reduce wrinkles by alleviating damage caused by UV radiation.

Blending it with jojoba oil will enhance the benefits and effectiveness of the other. Add to your DIY face oils, serums or creams to moisturise the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

In addition, rosemary oil is a potent acne fighter said to kill acne-causing bacteria but also reduce redness and puffiness associated with acne breakouts. It works like a charm when combined with tea tree, peppermint and jojoba oil.

INCI Name: Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil

Properties: Antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory

Fragrance Family: Camphorous

Fragrance: Fresh, green

Note: Mid

6. Frankincense Essential Oil

If there is one oil synonymous with anti-ageing and rejuvenating, it is frankincense essential oil. The oil’s ability to improve skin tone, regenerate skin cells and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles makes it a must-have in any beauty product formulation.

Pairing it with jojoba oil and rose absolute will help to nourish and revitalise your skin. Add it to your DIY face oils and use it as a lightweight, overnight moisturising treatment. 

INCI Name: Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil

Properties: Astringent, regenerating

Fragrance Family: Resinous

Fragrance: Earthy, woody, balsamic

Note: Base

7. Geranium Essential Oil

The deep, soothing, floral scent of geranium oil is known to help bring a sense of calmness. When used therapeutically, rose geranium oil helps reduce stress and anxiety. 

Pairing it with rose absolute, ginger and benzoin essential oil, and jojoba oil in your DIY body massage oils will promote relaxation and calm your mind. 

INCI Name: Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil

Properties: Antidepressant, sedative

Fragrance Family: Floral

Fragrance: Deep, floral, reminiscent of roses

Note: Middle

8. Myrhh Essential Oil

When applied to the nails, Myrhh essential oil has been known to promote nail growth and increase nail strength. Combine it with lavender essential oil, jojoba oil, rosehip oil, avocado oil, and vitamin E to create a nail cuticle treatment for healthier and stronger nails. You will find a full recipe here

INCI Name: Myrrhis odorata (Myrrh) Oil

Properties: Antiseptic, antiphlogistic, tonic

Fragrance Family: Resinous

Fragrance: Smokey, gum like

Note: Base

9. Chamomile Essential Oil

It is not just for your complexion. The analgesic, antiphlogistic, cicatrising, and antiseptic properties of chamomile essential oil make it effective in treating various skin conditions, including chapped lips. 

If your lips are dry, chapped, or just uncomfortable due to the weather, use chamomile lip balm to soothe, heal and hydrate your lips. Combine beeswax, shea butter, jojoba oil, vitamin E and chamomile essential oil to create a nourishing and moisturising lip balm that you can whip up at home in no time. 

INCI Name: Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil

Properties: Analgesic, antiphlogistic, cicatrising, antiseptic

Fragrance Family: Herbaceous

Fragrance: Sweet, herbaceous aroma 

Note: Mid

10. Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano essential oil is one of the most popular and effective essential oils in fighting against cold sores. Blending it with jojoba oil, also known for its cold sore preventative properties, may help alleviate inflammation and size. Using a small cotton swab or cotton bud, apply a blend of oregano and jojoba oil to the cold sores several times a day to help speed up the healing process.

INCI Name: Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Oil

Properties: Antiviral

Fragrance Family: Herbaceous

Fragrance: Strong, herbaceous

Note: Mid

How to Use Jojoba Oil

Whether you are looking to switch up your beauty routine or create homemade beauty products, you will find endless uses for jojoba oil. Use it in your balms to moisturise your lips, facial oils to restore your skin’s glow, remove makeup, hydrate cuticles, treat cold sores or soothe sunburn. The possibilities are endless, and you will find yourself using it in your daily regimen as well as in homemade beauty products.

Below you will find 3 DIY recipes to get you started on your journey.

1. Homemade Jojoba Rose Geranium Body Massage Oil

The nourishing blend of almond, grapeseed and jojoba oil is fragranced with uplifting bergamot and soothing rose, geranium, benzoin and ginger oil to replenish, smooth your skin and promote relaxation. To make 100g, you will need:


  • 50.00g almond oil (sweet)
  • 25.00g grapeseed oil
  • 23.25g jojoba oil
  • 1.00g vitamin E
  • 0.50g rose otto damask 5% dilution
  • 0.10g bergamot essential oil (FCF free)
  • 0.05g geranium essential oil
  • 0.05g benzoin essential oil
  • 0.05g ginger essential oil


  • Weigh all ingredients in a glass beaker and stir until well combined. 
  • Transfer into a bottle, label and date. 

2. DIY Jojoba Chamomile Lip Balm

When the weather is bitter cold, most of us try to protect our lips to prevent them from cracking. This simple lip balm will help to moisturise and soothe your lips. To make 100g, you will need:


Phase A

  • 30.00g beeswax
  • 30.00g shea butter

Phase B

Phase C

  • 1.00g vitamin E
  • 0.20g roman chamomile essential oil


  • Prepare a hot water bath by bringing 2-3 cm of water to a simmer over medium-low heat in a small saucepan.
  • Weigh beeswax and shea butter (phase A ingredients) in the glass beaker, place them into a bain-marie and allow them to melt gently.
  • When wax and butter have melted, remove from the heat and add jojoba and chamomile-infused oil (phase B ingredients). Keep on stirring while the blend is cooling down. It will prevent graininess in the balm. 
  • Once the mixture has cooled, add vitamin E and chamomile essential oil. Keep string till thin trace. 
  • Pour the balm into aluminium jars, label and date. The balm should last up to a year if stored well. 

3. DIY Facial Oil for Radiant Skin

This face oil is chock full of nourishing oils that will help your complexion glow. To make 100g, you will need:


30.00g jojoba oil

20.00g rosehip oil

20.00g grapeseed oil

20.00g marula oil

8.30g sweet almond oil 

1.00g vitamin E

0.50g frankincense essential oil

0.20g rose otto damask 5% dilution


  • Weigh all ingredients in a glass beaker and stir until well combined. 
  • Transfer into a glass dropper bottle, label and date. 


There you have it, ten essential oils that blend with jojoba oil and three recipes for you to experiment with! I hope you have enjoyed the blog post. If you did, share it with your friends and family. Have a lovely day!


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