Desert Essence

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.

https://www.desertessence.com/
Overall rating
4.1
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78%
would repurchase
4.1
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Overall rating
78%
would repurchase

Recent Desert Essence Reviews

Fragrance Free Conditioner
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2 months ago

came to makeup alley to look at reviews for the fragrance free shampoo and was curious about the reviews for the conditioner since i use and love it, and am kind of shocked at the low rating - maybe they've changed the product in recent years, but either way, i felt like i had to throw in my two cents for others who have hair like me and are searching for the right conditioner. i actually LOVE this conditioner and think it works better than anything - including much more expensive professional lines - that i've tried in years! i'm on my third tube already and i find it amazing, and surprising, coming from a brand that doesn't specialize in hair products. i also LOVE that it gets a great EWG rating for safe ingredients and i don't have to worry at all about what i'm being exposed to every time i use this. so my hair is wavy/curly (probably 2bish?), and though it used to be very full, the past few years it has been thinning, both in number as well as density of each strand. i believe my strands are miniaturizing and in the process the texture has gone from silky and substantial to light and cottony and frizzy, so it's been a real challenge to manage. the products i used to use just don't work anymore to keep my frizz away or they overwhelm and look silly on my thinning hair. because i want as much volume as possible at the root, i never use conditioner on my roots nowadays, but for the rest of my frizzy fly-away curls, to date, this conditioner does the BEST job of smoothing them out and making them soft and shiny (ie silky vs cottony) - you can feel the strands transform as soon as you put this in your hair, and it does a fantastic job of detangling as well. for anyone out there with similar hair, i'd def recommend giving this one a shot! at under $7 for 8 oz online, it's pretty reasonably priced too. i try my best to avoid fragrance (and any other ingredients that could potentially cause irritation or increased thinning) on my scalp, but i like the body of my hair to smell good, and since my conditioner doesn't generally come in contact with my scalp, i do wish this had a nice fragrance. but my solution is to just mix it with another conditioner that smells good. (unfortunately, though their raspberry conditioner has similar ingredients, it just did not work as well for whatever reason - and I don't love that fragrance either.) i don't love having to mix it with something else every time i use it, but i'd definitely rather my hair look good than smell fragrant, so i will keep buying this again and again. please dessert essence, don't change anything about this conditioner (except maybe create a fragranced version)!

Fragrance Free Conditioner
5.0
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2 months ago

came to makeup alley to look at reviews for the fragrance free shampoo and was curious about the reviews for the conditioner since i use and love it, and am kind of shocked at the low rating - maybe they've changed the product in recent years, but either way, i felt like i had to throw in my two cents for others who have hair like me and are searching for the right conditioner. i actually LOVE this conditioner and think it works better than anything - including much more expensive professional lines - that i've tried in years! i'm on my third tube already and i find it amazing, and surprising, coming from a brand that doesn't specialize in hair products. i also LOVE that it gets a great EWG rating for safe ingredients and i don't have to worry at all about what i'm being exposed to every time i use this. so my hair is wavy/curly (probably 2bish?), and though it used to be very full, the past few years it has been thinning, both in number as well as density of each strand. i believe my strands are miniaturizing and in the process the texture has gone from silky and substantial to light and cottony and frizzy, so it's been a real challenge to manage. the products i used to use just don't work anymore to keep my frizz away or they overwhelm and look silly on my thinning hair. because i want as much volume as possible at the root, i never use conditioner on my roots nowadays, but for the rest of my frizzy fly-away curls, to date, this conditioner does the BEST job of smoothing them out and making them soft and shiny (ie silky vs cottony) - you can feel the strands transform as soon as you put this in your hair, and it does a fantastic job of detangling as well. for anyone out there with similar hair, i'd def recommend giving this one a shot! at under $7 for 8 oz online, it's pretty reasonably priced too. i try my best to avoid fragrance (and any other ingredients that could potentially cause irritation or increased thinning) on my scalp, but i like the body of my hair to smell good, and since my conditioner doesn't generally come in contact with my scalp, i do wish this had a nice fragrance. but my solution is to just mix it with another conditioner that smells good. (unfortunately, though their raspberry conditioner has similar ingredients, it just did not work as well for whatever reason - and I don't love that fragrance either.) i don't love having to mix it with something else every time i use it, but i'd definitely rather my hair look good than smell fragrant, so i will keep buying this again and again. please dessert essence, don't change anything about this conditioner (except maybe create a fragranced version)!


Creamy Oil Cleanser
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2 months ago

I think this stuff is amazing. I was hesitant to buy it because there were some pretty bad reviews about it. Some people thought that it smelled like rotting fish. When I bought it I smelled it first and I think it smells wonderful. I think maybe it can go rancid because of all the oils so perhaps smell it first if you decide to buy it. I've tried a few oil cleansers and have never liked them because I feel like that they leave a film on my face and I have to double cleanse just to get the film off. This one comes off easily with no film my skin feels really nice afterwards. Removes all my makeup and doesn't break me out, which I have very oily acne-prone skin so I'm kind of surprised. It's funny that a lot of oil free products make me oily and break out and then products with oil feel really good on my skin. Makes no sense. I love this cleanser so much I also bought the Desert Essence revitalizing oils moisturizer and love that too.

Creamy Oil Cleanser
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2 months ago

I think this stuff is amazing. I was hesitant to buy it because there were some pretty bad reviews about it. Some people thought that it smelled like rotting fish. When I bought it I smelled it first and I think it smells wonderful. I think maybe it can go rancid because of all the oils so perhaps smell it first if you decide to buy it. I've tried a few oil cleansers and have never liked them because I feel like that they leave a film on my face and I have to double cleanse just to get the film off. This one comes off easily with no film my skin feels really nice afterwards. Removes all my makeup and doesn't break me out, which I have very oily acne-prone skin so I'm kind of surprised. It's funny that a lot of oil free products make me oily and break out and then products with oil feel really good on my skin. Makes no sense. I love this cleanser so much I also bought the Desert Essence revitalizing oils moisturizer and love that too.

Thoroughly Clean Face Wash - Original

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.

Thoroughly Clean Face Wash - Original
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10 months ago

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.