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A Natural, Affordable Exfoliant

1 Dec

Have you heard of Jojoba Scrubeads™?  There are a natural, affordable alternative to polyethylene beads. They are ideal for formulations that require higher mixing temperatures as their melting point is above that of a traditional wax sphere. Available in a variety of sizes (20/40; 40/60; /60/100) and colors (below).

Check out our body wash formulation –  Scrub-a-dub-dub Body Wash with Jojoba Scrubeads™  !!

Secret Ingredient: Jojoba Oil

13 Oct

Although many people have never heard of it, jojoba oil has been used for centuries. Native Americans have used jojoba oil (or liquid gold as it was often referred to) to cure cuts, scratches, sores, and even promote hair growth.  It was not until the 1970’s that collection and processing of the seed became commercial.  Today there are over 40,000 acres of jojoba farms in southwestern United States and jojoba oil and its derivatives (jojoba butter, jojoba proteins, jojoba wax, and jojoba beads) are prominent natural ingredients in hair products, skin care products, and cosmetics.

Jojoba oil (pronounced ho-ho-ba) which is clear and golden is obtained by crushing the seeds that grow on simmondsia chinensis plants which are native to the Sonoran Desert.  Jojoba has a unique chemical structure and even though it is commonly called an oil, it is actually a liquid wax ester. This means that jojoba oil is non-comedogenic (it won’t clog pores), has great oxidative stability so it won’t go rancid, and great penetrability on the skin and hair.

Jojoba oil is often referred to as nature’s best moisturizer and this is because it mimics sebum which is the natural oil our body produces.  When jojoba oil is applied to the skin it helps regulate sebum production.  Sometimes our bodies overproduce sebum which may cause oily or acne prone skin or under produce it which may cause dry or aging skin.  When jojoba oil comes into play, it can trick the body into thinking it is sebum which can either stop overproduction or aid in moisturizing dry skin.

Likewise, jojoba oil has been found to reduce facial lines and increase skin’s softness.  In a study conducted by Jaime Wisniak, a professor of chemical engineering, he found that jojoba improved the condition of acne in all but severe cases.  Similarly, several acne blogs such as Proactiv and state that jojoba oil is great for treating mild cases of acne.

Similar to the way it regulates oil production on your skin, it does the same for the scalp.  As a result, jojoba oil is often used in hair products to help combat dry, flaky, or damaged hair because jojoba is known to penetrate the hair shaft and scalp.  By doing this jojoba moisturizes the hair and keeps it looking and feeling healthier.  In a study conducted on jojoba proteins, it was found that repeated use of jojoba proteins significantly improved strength, body, shine and nourishment to everyday damaged hair.

Aside from skin and hair, jojoba oil is proven to be great for nails as it penetrates the nail plate and improves the condition of both the nail and cuticles.  Additionally it can be used for a variety of things such as lip moisturization, eye makeup removal, and it is believed to relieve symptoms of eczema and psoriasis.

As more and more consumers are striving to be “green” and healthy, jojoba is an excellent choice for personal care. Jojoba oil is naturally free of tars, resins, alkaloids, phosphatides, chlorophyll and other impurities.   It is typically non-irritating to the skin and eyes and it’s hypoallergenic.   On top of it all, jojoba grows in the desert, uses minimal water, and is derived from a natural, renewable resource.

Natural Body Butter with Jojoba

27 Aug

This formulation is amazing! It’s Desert Whale’s natural body butter formulation containing only naturally derived and ECOCERT approved raw materials. This creamy moisturizer highlights the sensory benefits of Jojoba Butter, and includes Jojoba Wax Flakes for added structure and Jojoba Oil for elegant emolliency.

Natural Body Butter (Prototype)
WT. %
A  Deionized Water
Xanthan Gum
58.60 %
0.40 %
B  Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Butter (Iso Jojoba™ 35)
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Butter (Iso Jojoba™ 50)
Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil (Jojoba Wax Flakes)
Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside
16.00 %
11.00 %
5.00 %
1.00 %
6.00 %
1.50 %
C  Fragrance
0.50 %

The best bead for your cosmetic formulation

13 Aug

There are so many different exfoliants used in scrubs nowadays from polyethylene, to jojoba, to almond shells, walnut shells, and many more.   Some common factors when determining what exfoliant to use are

  • Ability to remove dead skin cells
  • Ability to smooth skin
  • Ability to clean skin and prevent acne
  • Size and Shape
  • Stability

Polyethylene beads are the most commonly used scrub agent but they are not the best option.  Polyethylene beads are plastic and they are not biodegradable.  Millions of these little tiny beads are getting washed down shower drains and into our watersheds (and eventually our oceans) EVERY DAY! We encourage you to read this article by Hilary Rosner – “Scrubbing Out Sea Life“.

Some better more natural and environment-friendly alternatives are almond meal, apricot meal, and our favorite – Jojoba Beads.

Hydrogenated jojoba oil is ideal for scrub applications because it is:

  • Spherical in shape, which reduces irritation
  • Very Stable, not influenced by pH and water content of base
  • Great for skin, smooth feeling, and moisturizing
  • Has a light specific gravity and can be easily washed out
  • They do not leave micro-lacerations on the skin
  • They are natural and can be ECOCERT approved

In a study done at the Central Research Institute in Nagoya Japan,  jojoba was found to be one of the “the mildest preparations among scrub agents, and even the excessive use for three minutes may induce almost no skin irritation.”

For more information on Jojoba Exfoliation please visit our website, we have the following products available:

What exactly is BIODIVERSITY and why is it becoming a BUZZ word?

2 Aug

Biodiversity is the variety of life (species/plants/animals) in a region.  It is also the study of how those species came to be and the natural patterns that formed to get them there.

The reason biodiversity is becoming so important in 2010 is we are starting to realize that extinction is rising at an alarming rate and much of this is due to human activity.  Here are some astonishing facts:

  • Studies have found that species have been disappearing at up to 1000 times the natural rate, and the group predicts this rate to rise (UBTE).
  • Based on current trends, an estimated 34,000 plant and 5,200 animal species – including one in eight of the world’s bird species – face extinction.
  • Up to 10 per cent of coral reefs – among the richest ecosystems – have been destroyed, and one third of the remainder face collapse over the next 10 to 20 years.

“We are creating the greatest extinction crisis since the natural disaster that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.” [CBT] While species begin to grow extinct we are not only losing diversity but sources for food, medicine, and natural resources.

So what can we do to counteract this?  It all boils down to making sure our needs and waste are in line with what nature can handle.  And we get there by taking action through education, conservation, rehabilitation and prevention.  For more ways you can help click here.

So what does this mean for the cosmetics industry?

The cosmetic industry is one of the largest users of natural ingredients.  It is important that personal care companies not only ensure that their natural ingredients are being harvested in  environmental and bio-diverse friendly ways but also start educating consumers on the importance of purchasing truly sustainable products.

Use Borage Oil… Save the honeybees!!!

17 Jun



What is Borage Oil?

Borage Oil is also known as the starflower because of its star-shaped flowers.  Like Evening Primrose Oil, Borage Oil is rich is Essential Fatty Acids and is well known for being the richest commercial plant source of Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). 

Borage Oil is grown in the UK.  UK produced Borage Oil  is estimated to have around 2½ times more active GLA than Chinese Evening Primrose Oil.


Borage Oil Benefits:

Borage Oil is very high in the essential fatty acid Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA), making it extremely valuable in skin care formulations. Numerous studies have shown the topical application of oils containing GLA will effectively repair severely dry skin.  Many studies suggest that borage oil has anti-inflammatory and healing properties for skin diseases such as Psoriasis.

Borage Oil and Honeybees

The UK honeybee population has been declining at an alarming rate of 30%.  Beekeepers have been relying on oilseed crops to serve as a home for their bee colonies.  This helps conserve bee populations, increase honey production, and help crops that rely on insect pollination. Beekeepers tend to keep 2 hives in each acre of borage crop.

It is estimated that the use of 1,000kg of Borage Oil sustains up to 3 million honeybees! 

Do you have any idea how many chemicals are going into your body?

13 May

On May 6th, the president’s cancer panel released a 200+ page report about risky chemicals in our environment.  Out of the 80,000 chemicals or so that are currently being sold in the U.S. market, only a few hundred have been proved safe.  From BPA in plastic to BHA in food  to the many cancer causing chemicals in cosmetics (Oxybenzone, Parabens, Formaldehyde), it is important that Americans start paying attention.  Consumers need to become more aware of what they are buying and manufactures need to be responsible and ensure they are offering  safe products to the market place.

For a more in depth article regarding this report please click here.

The cosmetics industry was a main concern in the report.  It is estimated that a woman may host over 515 synthetic chemicals daily as a result of her beauty routine.  See the image below from which summarizes these findings.

Research by Bionsen, a natural deodorant company, found that the average woman's daily grooming and make-up routine means she 'hosts' a staggering 515 different synthetic chemicals on her body every single day.

For more information about Desert Whale Jojoba’s natural, organic, and ecocert compliant products please visit our website at or email for more information.

The Growing Need for Corporate Social Responsibility in the Cosmetic Industry

12 May

Due to consumers becoming more aware of the environmental and social impacts behind the beauty products they purchase, it is becoming more and more important for personal care manufactures to put CSR at the forefront in their decision-making.

Companies are implementing CSR into their business plans in a variety of ways.  Whether it be through environmental sustainability, philanthropy, or helping women/minorities.  To read what many multi-national companies are doing please read this article by Leah Armstrong.

At Desert Whale CSR and being green have been important to us long before our company was founded back in 1978.  We want our customers to know that by using our products they support all that we do and all that we give:

Environmental Stability

– Jojoba is a sustainable plant from a renewable resource

– On our farms, 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.

– In 2005, Desert Whale set aside 80 acres of land for conservation.


– Last year at Christmas time we donated to the World Wildlife Fund and helped support 8 different endangered species.

– Desert Whale invested millions of dollars in rural communities, Indian reservations and land cooperatives in Mexico.

– Desert Whale is currently donating much of it’s time and resources to help Greenpeace further their petition to help Save the Whales AGAIN. (The Obama administration plans to overturn the ban on commercial whaling at the IWC meeting in June.  Please sign the petition by clicking here.)

Helping Women/Minorities

– Desert Whale is a women-owned business

– Our farm labor force has consisted of 63% women and an average wage of 36% above the federal mi9nimum

When you use Desert Whale as a supplier you know the raw materials you get are in no way detrimental to the environment and you can be positive you are helping support our philanthropic and social efforts in a meaningful way.

For more information on Desert Whale’s sustainability efforts please contact

Check out the article “Adjusting to the Natural Impact” from the March issue of GCI

29 Mar

Although Desert Whale has been supplying natural raw materials for 32 years, we have seen a dramatic change in the industry over the past few years due to the Natural Impact.

Check out the article by clicking here.

New Products and New Formulations to check out!!!

23 Mar

We are excited about our prototype product – Jojoba Buttercreme™ which we plan to launch at In-Cosmetics in Paris!  Jojoba Buttercreme™ is a a self-emulsifying butter made from two of natures greatest inventions – jojoba and shea. This exclusive combination of ingredients ensures a complete solution of Shea Butter while providing an elegant, creamy skin feel.

We also have 2 brand new formulations with Jojoba Buttercreme™:

Sheer Foundation with Jojoba Buttercreme™

Crème Naturel

Please e-mail for more information:-)