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.

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