Archive | September, 2009

Exfoliate and Moisturize? Look no further than Jojoba Butter Beads™

30 Sep

Desert Whale’s Jojoba Butter Beads™ are soft crushable spheres.  This unique exfoliate can be used in leave-on and rinse-off formulations, offering gentle exfoliation and moisturization as they rub into the skin.  Jojoba Butter Beads™ can be customized with oil-soluble additives and pigments.

To view some of Desert Whale’s custom formulations with Jojoba Butter Beads™ please click here.

Jojoba Butter Beads

Jojoba Butter Beads

Natural Ingredient Supplier Desert Whale now aiding natural cosmetic formulators in more ways than one

29 Sep

With the natural and organic personal care industry growing steadily, Desert Whale Jojoba Company knows that is important to provide ingredients that aren’t just natural, but functional as well. Desert Whale recently introduced Jojoba Illuminate™, an all-natural ECOCERT approved raw material, which functions as a primary emulsifier that increases skin hydration and conditions the hair.

Aside from their raw materials, Desert Whale also has a variety of innovative formulations to aid cosmetic chemists.  Recent formulations include an All-Natural Lotion and a Natural Body Butter.   For more information please contact:

Supplying Green for over 30 Years

Supplying Green for over 30 Years

Desert Whale is one of the few companies in the world who grows, produces and supplies raw materials to the cosmetics industry.

28 Sep

And we’ve been doing it for 30 years!  Desert Whale owns several acres of farms in Arizona where we grow NOP organic certified jojoba!  We have designed our farms to limit water usage, we do not use pesticide on any of our plants, and we recycle our seed bags.

One of the coolest things we do though is we recycle our jojoba cake (the leftovers from making the oil and derivatives) and put it back into the ground to help restore nutrients!

Here is a picture of our farms, for more info you can click on the picture to watch our video:

DWJ Farm Row with Tractor

DWJ Farm Row with Tractor


Formulate better color cosmetics with jojoba and its derivatives

27 Sep

nAt the Institute for Applied Pharmaceutical Research, Christensen and Packman discovered that Jojoba oil materials can bring about marked increases in skin surface suppleness, which persist for many hours.  Of the four oils tested (jojoba, squalene, olive oil, and lanolin), jojoba oil provided the softest touch to skin when mixed into cosmetics.  Furthermore, the panelists answered that the sample containing jojoba was less sticky, easier to apply, and gave a moister feeling.
Check out all of our makeup formulations here: Formulation Guide: Makeup.
Check out Desert Whale's Long Wearing Lip Glosss

Check out Desert Whale's Long Wearing Lip Glosss


Keep cuticles soft, healthy and looking nice with Jojoba

26 Sep

In a study done by the American Jojoba Association, jojoba oil was found to be very beneficial to the cuticle.  Not only did the jojoba improved the condition of the cuticle, it penetrated the nail plate as well.

Jojoba is proven to soften your cuticles and keep you nails looking shiny and healthy.  Desert Whale has formulated a Nail Glaze with our Jojoba Glaze!  Check it out!

Jojoba Keeps Cuticles Healthy and Shiny

Jojoba Keeps Cuticles Healthy and Shiny

Tea Tree Oil: A Natural Ingredient for the Body Care and Cosmetics Industries

25 Sep

Here is a fascinating article on tea tree oil by by Cynthia Olsen. Tea Tree Oil is a wonderful ingredient because, as a natural antioxidant,  it has a variety of different benefits.  For the hair it controls oiliness, helps with scalp problems and even fights lice.  In Face and Lips, Tea Tree Oil helps repair cracked lips and helps fight acne.  Tea Tree Oil is also great for feet treatments and deoderants because it is anti-bacterial and can even fight athelete’s foot.

Please read the entire article below!

Tea Tree Oil: A Natural Ingredient for the Body Care and Cosmetics Industries

With a market-wide increase in the use of natural compounds and especially naturally derived essential oils, the focus is on cosmetic and body care formulations. Throughout the world, companies are launching new cosmetics and personal care products that include tea tree oil. This essential oil is obtained through steam distillation of the foliage from the Australian tea tree Melaleuca alternifolia, a particular species of the Myrtacae family. In the first classification, Melaleuca alternifolia was listed as a variant of Melaleuca linariifolia, and then later raised to species rank.1


Tea tree oil is a natural substance with a broad spectrum of activity. It is environmentally safe and has a long history of use and clinical data. Tea tree contains over one hundred individual organic compounds consisting of a mixture of monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes and terpene alcohols.

Read more HERE.

Save the Whales by Using Jojoba Oil

24 Sep

The founders of Desert Whale were originally activists for the Save the Whales Campaign.  Once they learned that Jojoba Oil closely resembles the solid wax obtained from the sperm whale, spermaceti; they began to become very active in promoting the use of jojoba oil.  Desert Whale bean by harvensting native seed, and in 1986 purchased multiple farms in Hyder Valley, Arizona – part of the Sonoran Desert region convering 120,000 square miles in Arizona, CAlifornia, and Mexico. In 1999, Desert Whale became the largest U.S. producer and processor of jojoba, and one of the few companies in the world growning and processing raw materials for the cosmetic industry.

As part of this growth process, Desert Whale invested millions of dollars in rural communities, India reservations and land cooperatives in Mexico.  The company’s employment practices reflect a longstanding commitment to to native peoples and minorities, with a farm labor force consisting of 63% women and an average wage 36% above the federal minimum.

For a more detailed explanation of the connection between jojoba and the whales read the interesting article below by Laura Thomas of Castle Baths Spa Products.

Save the Whales

Save the Whale by Using Jojoba Oil

By: Laura Thomas | Posted: Jul 9th, 2009

Jojoba oil is more commonly known as a hair care ingredient, but it is primarily a natural skin care product that also provides benefits to the health of your hair.

Although natural products are generally more beneficial than their synthetic equivalents, it is important to understand that this is not always the case, and that the benefits of the natural substance have to be evaluated in terms of what they, themselves, contain, and how these ingredients benefit your skin.

It is not enough to simply descry the synthetic ingredients of most commercial skin care products, and state blandly that ‘natural is best’.  This is not always the case, and you must either prove the statement or not make it. To do that you should investigate the substances that the natural products contain and the make the case for them.

In the case of jojoba oil, we first have to qualify the term ‘oil’.  In fact, it is not an oil but a wax. Technically it is a liquid wax in structure, and once it has been hydrogenated it very closely resembles the solid wax obtained from the sperm whale, spermaceti.

Read more…

Cosmetic and Personal Care Natural and Organic Seals – what do they mean anyways?

24 Sep
Natural Products Association

Natural Products Association

Natural Products Association (NPA)

Finished products must be made of at least 95 percent natural ingredients derived from purposeful, renewable sources.  The only time synthetic ingredients are permitted is when viable natural alternative ingredients are unavailable and when the synthetics are absolutely not suspected to pose a health risks. At least 60% of a brand’s products must adhere to the standards in order for an individual item to carry the seal.




ECOCERT currently carries out inspections and certification services in over 80 countries.  ECOCERT approved processes include bleaching (on an inert support conforming to the standard), deodorization, filtration, micro filtration, esterification, hydrogenation, neutralization, and saponification.  Processes not permitted include bleaching (on a support of animal origin), use of enzymes derived from GMO’s, ethoxylation, ionizing radiation, sulphonation (as a main reaction), among others.

Department of Agriculture

Department of Agriculture

USDA Organic

The National Organic Program (NOP) develops, implements, and administers national production, handling, and labeling standards for organic agricultural products and is administered by the Department of Agriculture (USDA).  If the entire product is labeled USDA Organic it contains at least 95% organic ingredients.  If the label says “made with organic,” it has at least 70% organic ingredients.




The OASIS seal, tailored specifically for organic personal care products, currently requires that finished products contain 85% organic materials.  This will increase to 90% and 95% in 2010.  Under OASIS, products made with 70% organic ingredients are allowed to be labeled as “made with organic,” with rules further imposed on the remaining 30%



The COSMOS-standard

Recently published standard which is supposed to come into effect in September of 2009.  At least 95% of physically processed agro-ingredients must be organically produced. All products will consist of no more than 5% synthetic ingredients.  Nanoparticles, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), irradiation and animal testing will be prohibited

Attention Soapmakers: Glycerin Soap with Jojoba Hydrate™

23 Sep

Glycerin Soap!

Glycerin Soap!

Please contact for this unique formulation.  We offer a lot of great ingredients for soapmakers and cosmetic formulators:

* Jojoba Oil
* Apricot Kernel Oil
* Avocado Oil
* Borage Seed Oil
* Canola Oil
* Crambe Abyssinica™
* Evening Primrose Oil
* Grape Seed Oil
* Hazel Nut Oil
* Hemp Seed Oil
* Kukui Oil
* Macadamia Nut Oil
* Mango Kernel Butter
* Organic Rose Hip Oil
* Organic Sesame Seed Oil
* Organic Shea Butter
* Organic Sunflower Oil
* Pistachio Nut Oil
* Rose Hip Oil
* Safflower Oil – High Oleic
* Sesame Seed Oil
* Shea Butter
* Sunflower Oil
* Sunflower Oil – High Oleic
* Sweet Almond Oil
* Tea Tree Oil
* Wheat Germ Oil
* Iso Jojoba™ – 35, 50 (Jojoba Butter)
* Jojoba Aqua Sol 120
* Jojoba Illuminate™
* Jojoba Glaze® – EV, HV, LV
* Jojoba Hydrate™
* Jojoba Wax Flakes
* Jojoba Pro – HP®
* Jojoba Esters 15, 70
* Jojoba Butter Beads™
* Jojoba Meal
* Jojoba Scrubeads™
* Jojoba Spheres™
* OFJ™ Spheres

Desert Whale: An eco-friendly supplier

23 Sep

Corporate Social Responsibility:

Desert Whale Jojoba Company was founded as an environmental group by three activists of the Save the Whales campaign.  Over the past 30 years of being in business as a woman owned company, Desert Whale has invested millions of dollars in rural communities, Indian reservations and land cooperatives in Mexico.  Also, in 2005, Desert Whale set aside 80 acres of land for conservation, now being restored and revitalized. By reclaiming this land, the natural habitat is being re-established to help native plants and animals flourish.

Organic Farming:

Jojoba is a sustainable plant and a renewable resource.  On our farms, Desert Whale has implemented environmentally friendly farming practices in order to reflect a natural lifestyle.  No roads are paved and nothing is added to the soil that isn’t native to the environment.  Aside from all of our farms being pesticide-free, we recycle our jojoba cake to reuse on our farms.  By doing this, we reduce solid waste and replenish the soil with natural nutrients.

Although the jojoba plant requires minimal amounts of water, we have taken measures to reduce our water usage by maximizing our stream efficiency.  We have also reduced waste by reusing and recycling our seed bags.

In the Office:

Although Desert Whale has no city recycling pick up service, the DWJ employees have placed recycling bins throughout the office and warehouse work areas for the vast amount of cardboard, bags of shredded paper, and other recyclable material that are collected every week. When they are full, an employee backs a truck up and takes it all to the recycling center.  In addition to our recycling bins, DWJ also reuses packaging material to reduce bubble wrap and box usage when we send out samples.

DWJ also tries to promote being green in creative ways, for example at In-Cosmetics Munich we made our tradeshow booth entirely out of recyclable materials.  The booth consists of cardboard chairs, a cardboard display case, steel tables with grass and stone tops.

100% Recyclable Tradeshow Booth from the carpet to our grass-top table!

100% Recyclable Tradeshow Booth from the carpet to our grass-top table!