Desert Essence

Desert Essence is a natural and organic beauty care company founded in 1978 by Sridhar Silberfein. Its first products aimed to promote the many benefits of jojoba oil and aloe vera. They were the first company to introduce Australian Tea Tree Oil to the U.S. market. Their products range from body oils to dental care products, contain no artificial colors or ingredients, and are cruelty-free. They are a certified B-Corp Corporation.

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76 products

2,937 reviews

77% would repurchase

Not tested on animals

Recent Desert Essence Reviews

Moisturizers -Desert Essence -Jojoba Oil - 100 pure


This has to be one of nature's best-kept secrets for oily skin types or those prone to oily areas/patches. Now up until earlier this year, before my skin started to head more towards the 'normal' category, this was my HG moisturizer every morning. All I needed was a couple of drops of this and I was good to go when it came to hydration. Jojoba oil is definitely not a product for those with drier skin types - unless the skins' hydration levels are adequately topped up with another product afterwards.

My personal experience taught me that this oil can help to reduce my skins production of sebum (to an extent) whilst keeping my skin supple at the same time. It also helped fade blemishes. Luckily I had zero purging or any other of the issues I'm seeing listed here. If anything it helped to reduce comedones, leaving my skin feeling oh so soft.

My other use for Jojoba oil was as a cleansing oil. I would apply a dime size amount to my face whilst it was still dry and gently massaged into my skin for a minute before using a cotton pad to wipe off, followed by a quick rinse. This not only helped completely dissolve makeup but also kept a thin film of the oil on my skin that helped retain moisture and not allow my skin to dry out. On the days when I used m/u and removed it this way, no other moisturizer or product was required after, the cleansing method was more than sufficient. A true multi-tasker!

Selena x

~ My HG list ~

(I've sampled many 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, as I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora. Thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective)

1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: Jack Black - Intense Therapy
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Face Scrub: ‘Sisley' - Botanical Gentle Buffing Cream
9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' - Rejoice Light Day Cream
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment

Cleansers -Desert Essence -Thoroughly Clean Face Wash - Original


My love! I like to try out a new face wash every now and then, but this is the one I keep running back to. Castile soap and tea oil is a winning combination for my oily-skinned, acne-prone peeps out there. I have used cleansers for my skin type that leave my face dry, itchy, peel-y, and uncomfortably tight. "Thoroughly Clean" is an apt name for this product, as it REALLY strips all the crap out/off of your skin. However, unlike most harsher formulations, this cleanser doesn't suck the life out of my face. After rinsing, my skin is left pleasantly dry and very, VERY clean! Though I can definitely see how this cleanser could irritate dry, normal, or even combo skin, I maintain it is a magic elixir for us oily folks.

My only complaint about this product is one common to all castile soaps: it takes a bit of time to rinse off and can leave a residue behind if you don't rinse it thoroughly. This isn't a problem for me in the shower at night, but when I'm washing my face in the sink in the morning, I really need to make sure I take that extra 30 seconds to focus on rinsing. If I'm in a hurry, I will probably reach for something that rinses off more quickly. You'll know your skin is clean when it squeaks!

Lastly, the price is definitely right--especially for an all-natural soap. If you want to buy this in-store, check out Whole Foods. If you struggle with oily skin and/or acne, give this cleanser a whirl. You may just find out why they sell it in a 32-ounce bottle.

Lotions/ Creams -Desert Essence -Almond Hand and Body Lotion

on 11/19/2017 11:33:00 PM


So disappointed in this lotion. I love the sweet almond scent and my all time favorite is L'occitane almond lotion. But since it is so ridiculously pricey so I made it my mission to find a drugstore substitute. I found it online and I ordered 4 of them based on the good review and I wish I haven't done that.

Upon first application (within 2 minutes) the initially heavenly sweet almond scent quickly turned into a nauseating cough syrup smell. I have tried it 3 times and I was so turned off and hugely disappointed. I am not sensitive to fragrance at all but I felt like I have been lied to, lol. The texture and consistency is nice and rich but I can't get over the horrible cough syrup smell.

I am so bummed. I think I have to find a way to give the remaining three away as Christmas presents. Do not recommend at all.

Conditioner -Desert Essence -Fragrance Free Conditioner

on 11/5/2017 9:46:00 AM

If you need a fragrance-free conditioner, this will suffice. Just be warned, this is a rather old-school conditioner -- if you want one that's modern in its formulation to be light and airy, forget it. I use this only because it's fragrance-free and detangles, but if you don't wash your hair every day (I don't anymore), your head will be a grease pit. The key is to use a teeny tiny amount, i.e. dime-size and don't put it near your roots or they'll be weighed down terribly. On the up side, it really is fragrance-free, and that's very hard to find.

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Cleansers -Desert Essence -Thoroughly Clean Face Wash with Organic Tea Tree Oil and Awapuhi

on 8/31/2017 3:47:00 PM


This has been my go to cleanser since 2001. I always try other cleansers and always end up back to this one. If you have oily, acne prone, clogged skin that's hard to normalize this has been life saving for me and recommend you try it. If you have really dry or really sensitive skin and are scared to try it or if this doesn't work for you they have a much gentler one called Thoroughly Clean Face Wash with Green Tea & Sunflower and I think you can only find it on amazon now. That one is just as effective without the slight stinging sensation or really strong tea tree smell. Both are good tea tree cleansers. I use the Green Tea & Sunflower one in the winter. I follow them up with the burt's bees blemish touch stick which is also tea tree and it works great. Desert Essence's tea tree stuff is really reliable.
Other people have mentioned this was stripping or it left a film and I have never had those issues at all. Your skin does feel squeaky clean but not stripped and I feel no film what so ever. I used this for 10 years like any other face wash before I read the actual instructions on the back which says to rub your face with it for 60 seconds which feels like a bit too much for me so I probably do 30-40 seconds. Overall it's awesome and it's all natural and cruelty free too :)
PS I forgot to mention if you already bought this and it's too strong you can dilute it 50/50 with water which is how I started out using it.

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