Differentiating the Good Jojoba Oil from the Bad

When looking for a fresh, new bottle of jojoba oil, how are you able to tell whether you’re getting your money’s worth? Going with whichever bottle is cheapest could seem like a simple, hassle free way of shopping for jojoba oil. However, good quality jojoba oil always possess a number of characteristics that can each be used to differentiate them from lackluster variants. Although the intricacies of this oil may seem like something unworthy of particular attention, knowing what makes one brand of oil better than the rest is an easy skill that can save you plenty of money and time.

As with any oil, an entire range of factors contribute to the final quality of the jojoba oil. Although we will primarily be focusing on jojoba oil, in theory, the set of criteria outlined below could apply to most types of oils.


The first and easiest characteristic to look out for is color. Does the oil you’re looking at have a color you would expect of jojoba oil? Are there any differences in color within the bottle you’re looking at, and does the oil seem to be clear and pure?

Jojoba oil is usually found in a subtle and soft golden color. However, it can also be found in richer tones of yellow or gold, and can even be colorless. Different shades of color can indicate differences in the jojoba plant that the oil was extracted from, such as the soil conditions in and around the location of the plantations, as well as the techniques used in the processing of the oil.

Although the colorless form of jojoba oil is generally cheaper and easier to use (especially in the context of massages) , there are points worth mentioning about this variant. The lack of color is due to the heavily industrialized process through which the oil is refined. Jojoba oil that has a golden luster to it is always unrefined and exists in its natural form. As a result of being in its natural state, the highest quality jojoba oil is invariably of a pale, golden color.

Well produced jojoba oils should be visibly free of any impurities and appear clear. In some cases, lower quality oils may contain impurities that have not been filtered out. These impurities can appear as a fine sediment, lying at the bottom of the bottle or dispersed throughout the oil.

Although being an indication of lower quality oil, very small amounts of fine sediment or soft coagulation is nothing to worry about and bottles of oil containing such sediment can be used regardless. Anything  larger than a sand particle lodged in the oil is definitely something to be avoided.


The best and most informative way to test an oil is by touch. This is a particularly useful way to test an oil if you’re planning to use it in massage sessions. Simply squirt a little onto your fingers and rub them together. Does the oil feel slick and slightly adhesive, but doesn’t stick excessively when you pull your fingers apart? How easily is the oil absorbed into your skin?

Usually, jojoba oil is quite absorbent. Whilst being rubbed across the skin or a similar absorbent surface, jojoba oil will rapidly be absorbed with the skin. Depending on how much oil is rubbed in, the oil may leave a very slight shine over the skin, or, in some cases, may leave the skin looking perfectly dry.

Whilst naturally absorbent, it shouldn’t feel very sticky when applied to the skin. Pulling your fingers apart after applying jojoba oil should be effortless and your fingers shouldn’t adhere to one another.


Have you done some research on the different brands of jojoba oil? Does the price sound right?

Although there are many different brands offering jojoba oil as a massage oil, each with their particularities and difference in quality, most good quality jojoba oil can be expected to set a somewhat similar price.

A flask of 30mL (one fluid ounce), standard quality jojoba oil can generally be found at $12 to $15 USD. Increasing in size, larger flasks are generally priced more cheaply per ounce, depending on the quality of the oil contained and whether any other oils, such as scented oils, are mixed in. Flasks of 30mL with a scented oil such as rose-hip or lavender oil mixed in, for example, are generally priced close to $20 USD.

If you pay keen attention to the color, sensation and pricing of your next bottle of jojoba oil, you won’t go wrong with your purchase!