Originally, the evergreen jojoba plant Simmondsia chinensis comes from the American Sonora desert. Today, the shrubs, which grow up to 3 metres high in dry, desert-like areas, are also cultivated in Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Australia or Israel. The leaves of the jojoba shrub are covered with a waxy layer to protect the plant from moisture loss. The separately sexual plants are pollinated by the wind. After only 3-5 years the fruits can be harvested, each containing 2-3 oily seeds. In the coastal desert of western Peru, the climate is ideal for jojoba plants. On the farms of our cultivation partner, the bushes have been cultivated organically without pesticides for over 20 years. The plants grow in sand, and the compost and fertilisers used are produced on the farm itself. The plantations are irrigated with a drip irrigation system, which is fed from a partially underground river from the Andes. The deep tap roots protect the soil from erosion and desertification, and the plantations provide a positive microclimate.
After ripening, the nuts are shaken from the trees for harvesting, picked together by hand and dried. In the oil mill of our cultivation partner in Panama, our jojoba oil is gently cold-pressed according to modern standards.
Learn more about the sustainable cultivation and supply chain of our jojoba oil here.
Sustainability plays a crucial role for AOT. From the very beginning, we have focused on organic farming. It protects the climate, ensures soil fertility and protects the environment. Synthetic fertilisers and pesticides are not used.
The nuts for our organic jojoba oil come from organic and sustainably managed plantations. These plantations employ 140 permanent workers and up to 260 people during harvest time. The fair working conditions are confirmed by the social seal 'for life'. Our cultivation partner also supports a local school.
You can find out more about the sustainable orientation of our company here.