Desert Essence

Beauty is Natural, and Nature is Beautiful

Who They Are

Desert Essence was founded in 1978 around one simple concept: beauty is natural, and nature is beautiful. They believe that by bringing the magic of nature into your daily personal care routine, we can collectively strengthen the bonds between our planet and the people who call it home.

The desert is both the source of Desert Essence ingredients, as well as a model of pristine balance and sustainability, where limited resources can offer unimaginable benefits. With that in mind, they strive to have their practices reflect this relationship, reaping the benefits of nature while maintaining a healthy balance. By sourcing natural and organic ingredients from deserts around the world, as well as supporting a federation of Australian farmers who pledge to grow pesticide, herbicide, and fungicide-free, Desert Essence uses only the purest ingredients in their products.

To Desert Essence, beauty is more than skin deep. It’s found in the thoughtfulness and kindness that touches all the lives around us.


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Why We Like Them

Desert Essence knows their products are only as great as their ingredients, which is why for the last 35 years, they’ve sourced and harvested some of the most powerful ingredients on Earth to create their sustainable and ecologically conscious personal care products. Their ingredients are hand selected to work in harmony with you and the planet, to bring you the results and peace of mind you deserve when using personal care products.

Over 30 natural and organic ingredients compose various Desert Essence products, and all are entirely vegan and created without animal testing. They are proud to be Leaping Bunny certified, refusing animal testing of any kind throughout all levels of production. Instead of using parabens, silicones, and artificial fragrances and colors, they find natural solutions that nourish just as effectively as top brands. That way you can say goodbye to glycols and phthalates, and hello to natural tea tree oils and aloe vera extracts. When you get to the end of your product, don’t fret. All Desert Essence products have biodegradable formulas and come in recyclable packaging, so you can minimize your footprint.

For Desert Essence, success isn’t just a number. It’s about the positive impact you’re able to make. As a company centered around making a difference, they have become a certified B-Corp Corporation member, part of a group of businesses that hold the highest standards in environmental and social transparency and performance.

Because sustainability is a living, ever-evolving commitment, they’ve also partnered with Renewable Choice to constantly find ways to be greener in their business. From purchasing wind power credits, to printing business materials on recycled paper, and even cracking down on turning off the office lights, Renewable Choice elevates Desert Essence to stay at the peak of sustainability.

Desert Essence believes true beauty is found in health, happiness, and harmony; and their purpose is to share that with others. To make a difference in lives of people worldwide, they’ve partnered with organizations like Plan International USA’s Because I Am a Girl Initiative to give back and amplify the voices of others. With every purchase of oil blends and facial oils, 1% of sales will go towards girls without access to education, so they can begin to change their own lives, and their communities.

  • Paraben Free
    Paraben Free
  • Phthalate Free
    Phthalate Free
  • Sulfate Free
    Sulfate Free
  • NSF/ANSI 305
    NSF/ANSI 305
  • Leaping Bunny
    Leaping Bunny
  • Vegan
    Vegan
  • B Corp
    B Corp
  • Made in the USA
    Made in the USA

Parabens are synthetic chemical preservatives, commonly used in beauty products like shampoo, lotion, and deodorants. Parabens can accumulate in your body, and have been linked to hormonal disruption and reproductive problems. In studies of breast cancer patients, parabens have been found in the tissue of cancerous tumors–yikes! If you want to avoid Parabens in your beauty products, keep an eye out for methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben in the ingredients list.

Phthalates are found in toys, electronics, personal care products, plastic wraps, containers, and more. These petroleum based chemicals help soften plastics, and bind fragrances to perfumes, deodorants, creams, and other personal care products. Phthalates are are not chemically bound, meaning they can easily get released into the air, water, or your body, just by using the products as intended. Phthalates have been found to disrupt the endocrine system, which can cause reproductive damage, hormonal imbalances, infertility, mood changes, metabolism changes, and more.

Sulfates are synthetic chemical ingredients commonly used in beauty products and household cleaners, like shampoos and dish soaps. You can usually identify sulfates in an ingredients list by looking out for the most common types: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLC) and Sodium Laureth Sulfates (SLES). These chemicals, often derived from petroleum, are used to help form the “lather” we’re used to seeing in our beauty and cleaning products. When used in the shower or sink, these chemicals can flow through the pipes and into our waterways. Synthetic sulfates have been linked to allergic reactions, eye and skin irritation, and hair loss, and some studies suggest they contain carcinogenic ingredients.

The NSF/ANSI 305: Personal Care Products Containing Organic Ingredients Certification helps to label personal care products that may not be eligible for USDA certification, as they are non-food items. Products are evaluated by an independent organization to assure they contain at least 70% organic ingredients by weight. NSF allows for limited chemical processing that is deemed necessary for the production of certain personal care products.

Cruelty Free International certifies that cosmetic and household products are not tested on animals. These companies are audited to ensure that the ingredients and finished products are not causing harm to animals.

This product does not contain any animal products or byproducts, and has not been tested on animals.

The B Lab is a third-party, non-profit organization that certifies companies as socially and environmentally responsible. B Corps are businesses that go above and beyond traditional business models and aim to create positive change in the world through their practices. These companies must meet rigorous transparency and accountablity standards, while doing what is best for people and the environment.

This product was made in the United States. Buying locally made items helps to reduce harmful emissions that result from transportation during and after the production process. Purchasing products made in the United States also ensures that the items are produced in ways that meet strict safety and labor standards.

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