Jojoba oil is used as a substitute for whale oil and its derivatives, such as cetyl alcohol. A ban on imports of whale oil to the US in 1971 led to the discovery that jojoba oil "in many respects superior to sperm whale oil for applications in cosmetics and other industries.
Jojoba oil is found as an additive in many cosmetic products, particularly those marketed as made from natural ingredients. In particular, such products generally contain jojoba are lotions and moisturizers, shampoo and conditioner. Pure oil itself can also be used on the skin, hair, or cuticle.
Jojoba oil fungicides, and can be used to control fungi. Such as Olestra, jojoba oil is edible but no calories and does not digest, which means that the oil will pass through the gut unchanged and feces can cause a condition called steatorrhea. Jojoba biodiesel has been explored as a cheap, sustainable fuel that can serve as a substitute for diesel oil.