The jojoba plant is a shrub that is native to the desert areas of California, Arizona, and Mexico. The hard seed is pressed to make the oil, which is more similar to natural skin oils than other vegetable oils. The oil is generally not intended for food use but has excellent laxative properties. Jojoba oil is highly favored for its emollient properties in soaps, lotions, skin balms, and bath oils. Great by itself as a massage oil, or as a carrier oil for essential oils.