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

2,936 reviews

77% would repurchase

Not tested on animals

Recent Desert Essence Reviews

Moisturizers -Desert Essence -Jojoba Oil - 100 pure


Jojoba Oil is one of nature's best-kept secrets for oily skin types or those prone to oily areas/patches.

Now up until late last 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 really soft. 

My other use for Jojoba oil was (and still is) as a deep cleansing oil. I would apply a dime size amount to my face whilst it was still dry and gently massaged into my skin for 60 seconds, 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 that won't break the bank...

Selena x

~ My HG list ~

(As I've sampled many 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, I 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. I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora)

1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: 'Nuxe' - Reve De Miel Lip Balm
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. Foot File/Callus/Heel Treatment - 'Microplane' - Colossal Pedicure Rasp Foot File
9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' - Rejoice Light Day Cream
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment

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Shampoo -Desert Essence -Italian Red Grape Shampoo

on 12/14/2018 11:24:00 AM


Just started using this shampoo. Made my hair soft and nice. The grape smell doesn't linger, but my hair smells clean.

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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