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is the alcohol fraction obtained by the saponification
Saponification is a process that produces soap, usually from fats and lye. In technical terms, saponification involves base hydrolysis of triglycerides, which are esters of fatty acids, to form the sodium salt of a carboxylate. In addition to soap, such traditional saponification processes...
of jojoba oil
Jojoba oil is the liquid wax produced in the seed of the jojoba plant, a shrub native to southern Arizona, southern California, and northwestern Mexico. The oil makes up approximately 50% of the jojoba seed by weight....
. Jojoba alcohol is commonly used in cosmetic
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Jojoba alcohol is a mixture of free fatty alcohols of between 16 and 24 Carbons in chain length.
CAS Number: 1217546-42-3
Jojoba alcohol has shown efficacy against cold sores, genital herpes, and varicella zoster virus (shingles). This is described in US Patent: 6,858,232. It is believed the Jojoba alcohol works as a viral fusion inhibitor, which suppresses viral entry into host cells.