Vita Oil vs. Jojoba Oil

Written by on March 10, 2008 with 5 Comments

Date:  Fri May 18, 2001  2:14 am
Subject:  Vita Oil vs. Jojoba Oil

A while ago, I posted regarding this question, but was never quite clear what the difference was, and what the advantages were of Vita Oil over plain old jojoba oil from the health food store. So I wrote to the source, Dr. Sy, and she kindly responded this morning (and gave me permission to post her reply to me on the list). Here is my question, followed by her response:

> What makes your Vita Oil so much better than plain jojoba oil? I
> used Vita Oil for some months, but find the price a bit high for my
> only-slightly-better-than-grad-school budget, and I’m now wondering
> why I shouldn’t switch to plain old jojoba oil, available at my local
> Whole Foods. Is there something about using plain jojoba oil that
> ISN’T good for me? I’m willing to be persuaded, but I want to know
> why.
> Hope this isn’t too impertinent a question!

Hello Louisa,

No, it’s not impertinent at all! As a matter of fact, it’s an intelligent question and I’m glad you asked me. If you wish to post my answer to the Rosacea Board for the benefit of others who may also be wondering, you have my permission to do so. BTW, I have not left the support group. I still receive the e-mails and I do read and scan over them at leisure, usually a week or so late. (I receive tons of private e-mails & I do try to answer all). By the time I get to read the group messages, queries have already been answered very wisely by the “veterans” such as Jim, Matija, Erin and many others. I really couldn’t answer any better!  Re your question on Vita-Oil vs. simple jojoba oil from health food stores:

  1. Jojoba oil in our Vita-oil is processed to remove contaminants & microorganisms before being added to the formulation. Natural oils are easily contaminated especially if water is allowed to get into the product.
  2. We have added preservatives (a minimal amount without causing irritation) in Vita-Oil to help prevent contamination after it gets to the hands of the consumer. Even then, we have recently had to provide a dropper with our Vita-Oil because we wish to have some control on how the consumer uses the product.
  3. Vita-Oil contains other ingredients which I believe help it’s effectiveness.  One is lecithin. This is a natural phospholipid quite similar to the lipid in our epidermal barrier. Lecithin also acts as an emulsifier.  What this means is that it allows water on the skin to bind with the jojoba oil. As every one knows, water and oil do not mix. Water is what hydrates the skin. Oil prevents the water from evaporating. Vita-Oil will mix with the water because of the presence of this natural emulsifier. This is the rationale for my advising the consumer to use Vita-Oil on wet skin.
  4. Vita-Oil also contains other ingredients which serve as anti- oxidants.  Aside from the lecithin which is also an anti-oxidant, the others are esters of vitamin C & A. Anti-oxidants are important in a product to prevent uptake of oxygen which causes degradation of the oils causing rancidity.  They also have beneficial effects on the skin.  During formulating stage of Vita-Oil, one of the criteria I had was to have a simple product with as few ingredients as possible. This is critical for hypersensitive skin. The few ingredients included serve a purpose.  Unfortunately, they add to the cost of the product.  I hope this satisfies your question.

Linda Sy MD
Linda Sy Skin Care

update June 2009: Vita-Oil has been unavailable for several months, but it is now available again via RosaceaCare.

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5 Reader Comments

  1. viorica irimia says:

    I”m interested to buy ,,cristal oil,, I tray to order true internet and I coudn’t .I will be more then happy if you can help me.

    Thank you.

  2. handenur says:

    I’m writing from Turkey. I’m a student at pharmaceutical university and I am interested in healty foods. I was searching about Vita-Oil and I found your page. I wondered if Vita-oil contains any thing made from animals? I read lots of about “shortenings” and now I know it can contain lots of oil species and also animal fats. Is “vita-oil” a shortening also? I couldn’t find good information about its ingredient, I will be happy if you mail me.
    Sincerely, Handenur.

  3. Hello Handenur,


    you can see the ingredients listed as

    Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, lecithin, ascorbyl palmitate, zea mays (corn) oil, retinyl palmitate, cholecalciferol, propylparaben.


  4. Simon says:

    I Have Been Using Dr.Hauschka Products And My Skin Never Looked Better!!
    -Cleansing Cream
    -Facial Toner
    -Rose Day Cream Light

    -Cleansing Cream Or Cleansing Milk
    -Facial Toner
    Their Philosophy Is To Not Wear Any Greasy Night Cream..
    Only The Facial Toner Or Some Special treatments They Have For The Nigth That You Can Use 28 Days 3 To 4 Time A year Otherwise Only The Toner For The Night!

    My Skin Is So Happy With Dr.Hauschka!!
    My Face Is Not As red At All,Not Itchy Anymore….
    It Feels Great!!
    Thanks To Dr.Hauschka For Saving My Skin!
    They Only Use Natural Products! No Chemicals! No Perfume!Only Essential Oils And No I Didnt react To Them At All!! I’m So Frikking Happy!

  5. Anna Dougall says:

    Hi Everybody,
    I have finally found products which work for me. I am a fair-skinned, red-haired Scotswoman who has suffered with Rosacea for 10yrs and only recently found products which keep it under control [for most of the time.]
    I cleanse my face with A-Derma Dermalogical Bar which is soap free, fragrance-free and colourant free and then use two drops of Vita-Oil. My favourite moisturisers are:- Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream-I use this one in winter and in summer I use La Roche-Posay Toleriane riche moisturiser. A-Derma Skin Care Cream is a cheaper alternative to the Clinique Redness Solution moisturiser but is not absorbed as well by my skin and so is not so cosmetically pleasing. I think it’s important to find our skin care routine pleasant if possible, so I also use Bare Minerals foundation which is brilliant in covering the red patches and permanently broken veins. Hope this is helpful to someone else, I know how hard it can be to find something which works for you.
    Very Best wishes to everyone, Anna

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