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  • Why is Jojoba compared to human sebum?

    Posted by graillotion on May 8, 2023 at 3:44 pm

    A lot of beginner sites will teach that Joboba oil (don’t even start with me) is the closest oil to human sebum.

    This does not seem logical to me…as Jojoba is neither an oil, nor does it contain triglycerides. Can someone explain how something so different…is considered the closest match?

    Just curious….what natural lipid…would YOU consider the closest to sebum? Do I hear a ‘Mac Nut’ out there? @Pharma

    loretta replied 8 months, 4 weeks ago 6 Members · 9 Replies
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  • jemolian

    May 8, 2023 at 7:50 pm


    Probably people will associate Squalane due to squalene. Though if just one plant oil is enough, then i’d assume there’s no point in a blend like L22?

  • graillotion

    May 8, 2023 at 8:36 pm

    I always liked the concept of L22…it was just too expensive…and I could never source the mac sterols. So I kinda made my own hack…with acai sterols in place of.

    I think….if you are really looking for a close match…it would have to be…a blend.

    Great link….I had spent some time on ‘Scholar’ before posting…but not enough. 🙂

    • This reply was modified 11 months, 1 week ago by  Graillotion.
    • jemolian

      May 8, 2023 at 8:51 pm

      Hmm, how about Plantasens® LS6?

    • pharma

      May 9, 2023 at 1:55 pm

      Somehow, I can’t reply to the original post but only to subsequent answers???
      Aaaanyway… I don’t know why. It’s, as you said yourself, counterintuitive.

      You’ll find tons of nice graphs on google when searching for ‘sebum composition’ with some examples of artificial sebum which might be copied fairly easily in adjusted form… dunno what else I could contribute. Maybe ‘Try water instead of soap’? LoL!

  • abdullah

    May 9, 2023 at 9:05 pm

    As jojoba oil reduces sebum production, maybe they think it is closest to sebum so our body thinks there is enough sebum and reduces sebum production

  • abdullah

    May 9, 2023 at 9:08 pm

    @Pharma i have this problem too.

    You can write your comment, go one step back and then try to write it again. Now you will be able to comment it.

    • graillotion

      May 9, 2023 at 9:39 pm

      @Abdullah and @Pharma …above an beyond the myriad of problems with the new format…I also had problems. I typically use Microsoft edge (as I hate goofle) …and was having trouble commenting… So I tried entering the forum on Google Chrome….No problem. I think the new system…is not supporting all browsers equally.

  • mindyourmolecules

    May 11, 2023 at 9:51 am

    I’ve always assumed it’s equated to sebum due to being a wax ester, which is part of sebum, so it’s unique compared to other emollients in that regard. But as sebum is a complex mixture, and mostly triglycerides, it’s definitely an over simplified (and incorrect) comparison.

  • loretta

    July 19, 2023 at 8:10 am

    I believe there should be a section for handcrafters forum, as I come across some questions, it appears to be from non chemists. We can if anything can teach them marketing vs science.

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