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

Cleansers -Desert Essence -Thoroughly Clean Face Wash - Original

on 3/17/2019 1:28:00 AM


This is the only face wash I use. I've tried A LOT of face washes and this is the one I always go back to. I have sensitive, acne prone, combination skin. Really I break out no matter what, but this helps keep my breakouts to a minimum. It also is VERY good at removing excess makeup. The smell is a bit strong, but I like tea tree oil so it doesn't bother me. It can also be a bit drying but that's why you should always follow up with a moisturizer while your face is still a bit damp from the wash. I use jojoba oil. Even if you have oily skin you gotta aalwwaayysss moisturize. Drying your face out is NOT the key to fixing oily skin.

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Treatments (Face) -Desert Essence -Blemish Touch Stick


I bought this during a time of crisis. I had a patch of cystic acne on my chin that WOULD. NOT. DIE. No sooner did the zits start to heal than new ones would appear in the same spot. I'm generally skeptical of "natural" remedies and hesitant to use essential oils on my face, but I was desperate. I didn't really expect this to work--I just needed to feel like I was doing something--but you know what? It definitely helped!

My skin has cleared up a lot in the couple of years since I bought and finished this (thanks to birth control), but I won't hesitate to repurchase if my skin goes to pot again. I believe I paid around $10 for this at Whole Foods. The rollerball packaging is very handy, but the glass bottle with metal cap is a little heavy. I also worried about breaking it. On the plus side, it's earth friendly, right?

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Moisturizers -Desert Essence -Organic Jojoba Oil

on 2/22/2019 3:00:00 AM


I enjoy using this product! It is part of my oil cleansing routine in the morning (mixed in with some Vit E too) and also my night time oil mixture that I apply on as the final step of my skincare regime. Definitely would recommend!

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.

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.

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