What are they?
Jojoba is a plant native to North America, the liquid wax ester of which can be turned into spherical jojoba beads. The word "jojoba" is pronounced as "hohoba".
What are they used for?
Jojoba beads are often used in manual exfoliators. Whilst the particles used in exfoliating scrubs can vary from ground seeds and kernels to plastic microbeads, jojoba beads are popular due to being naturally sourced and relatively gentle.
What are the pros and cons of using them?
Plastic microbeads have been shown to pollute oceans and harm marine life, as well as being non-biodegradable, so jojoba beads act as a more environmentally-friendly alternative. Also some natural exfoliators such as crushed seeds can be abrasive on the skin due to their uneven surfaces, but the spherical shape of jojoba seeds means that they offer less aggressive exfoliation and are arguably more suitable for regular use. However, many argue that chemical exfoliators such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) are preferable to manual exfoliators due to the fact that they don't require scrubbing or dragging of the skin.
Which products can I find them in?
Jojoba beads are generally found in soaps, scrubs, masks and polishes. To scrub up, try Malin + Goetz Jojoba Face Scrub, Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser or Pai Kukui and Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator.