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What are wax esters?

wax esters

Wax esters are a natural and vital element in maintaining youthful skin, hair and nails.

The Australian Wadi Wadi variety jojoba plant draws Carbon atoms from the atmosphere to build wax ester molecules in its leaves. These molecules are remarkably long chains of 40-44 Carbon atoms. Jojoba is the only plant known to produce wax esters. These long liquid wax molecules lay across each other in the outer dermal layer of the leaves and branches where they create an insulating barrier from radiation damage and moisture loss.

The shrub stores it wax esters in its beans where the long molecules are layered to protect complex proteins against oxidation and radiation damage. Jojoba evolved in the harshest desert in isolation from other plants. It took a completely different evolutionary path to other plants in order to survive. Jojoba is the only plant known to produce wax esters.

The jojoba wax ester molecule has two remote double bonds which give it remarkable stability and an ability to protect whatever it contacts from oxidation. It is designed by nature to protect and preserve. The natural affinity of jojoba with human skin is due to this structure which is remarkably similar to the wax esters (below) that are produced by human skin to soothe skin and protect it from moisture loss.