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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.


Looking for an exciting and functional raw material for your cosmetic formulation?

25 May

Look no further than Jojoba Glaze®.   Jojoba Glaze® is an anhydrous jojoba gel composed of almost entirely jojoba oil.  It is available in three different viscocities: low, high, and extreme.

It is excellent for suspending pigments like glitter, penetrating cuticles, and dissolving sunscreen ingredients.  Please check out some of our Jojoba Glaze® formulations: Long-Wearing Lipgloss with Jojoba Glaze® – EV, Foaming Sugar Scrub with Jojoba Glaze® – HV, and Soothing Nail Glaze with Jojoba Glaze® – LV.

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.

We do more than just jojoba: See for yourself!

5 Nov

Below is a list of botanical triglycerides that provide emolliency to hair care, skin care and color cosmetic formulations.  For more information and/or a price quote please email


Apricot Kernel Oil

Apricot Kernel Oil

INCI Name: Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil

Product Description: Apricot Kernel Oil is a highly unsaturated emollient providing natural moisturization and nourishing Linoleic Acid in a dry, non-greasy form. Apricot Kernel Oil is good for sensitive, dry or inflamed skin. It is applicable in all skin care products.


Avocado Oil


INCI Name: Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil

Product Description: A rich oil that readily penetrates the skin due to the presence of Palmitoleic Acid. Avocado Oil is best suited for dry skin applications. With a high content of unsaponifiables, this oil is also an ideal ingredient in soaps.


Borage Seed Oil


INCI Name: Borago Officinalis Seed Oil

Product Description: 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.


Canola Oil


INCI Name: Canola Oil

Product Description: Canola Oil is often used in cosmetic formulations because of its slightly oily, less tacky skin feel. Its constituent fatty acids are primarily oleic and linoleic. It is easily absorbed by the skin, and is recommended for all skin types.


Crambe Abyssinica™


INCI Name: Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil

Product Description: A unique triglyceride with a lubricous skin feel and rapid penetration. Crambe provides moisturization to skin creams and lotions, with a non-greasy after-feel. It is also desirable for providing emolliency and gloss to highly loaded pigment systems.


Evening Primrose Oil


INCI Name: Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil

Product Description: Evening Primrose Oil is a superb emollient and skin nutrient high in Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), making it extremely beneficial to dry skin and scalp. Applications include intensive treatment products that call for non-occlusive moisturization.


Grape Seed Oil


INCI Name: Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil

Product Description: Grape Seed Oil is a rich source of Linoleic acid, and a great lubricant. It is light and penetrating for massage oil, and is also used in lotions, lip balms, and body washes.

Also available: Grape Seed Oil with Tocopherols


Hazel Nut Oil


INCI Name: Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil

Product Description: Hazel Nut Oil is a light oil known to be beneficial for oily skin as the only fixed nut oil with an astringent quality. This oil is high in oleic acid, and is applicable in color cosmetics and skin care products.


Hemp Seed Oil


INCI Name: Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil

Product Description: Hemp Seed Oil has a favorable balance of alpha linolenic, linoleic, and gamma linolenic fatty acids (EFAs). EFAs have been shown to reduce the inflammation associated with skin conditions. Hemp seed is also rich is phospholipids and sterols.


Kukui Oil


INCI Name: Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil

Product Description: Kukui Seed Oil has been used by Hawaiians for hundreds of years due to the oil’s soothing properties. This oil has an excellent skin feel due in part to its low viscosity. It can be used in applications where a dry, natural emollient is required.


Macadamia Nut Oil


INCI Name: Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil

Product Description: Macadamia Nut Oil is more stable than almost all other vegetable oils due to low levels of poly-unsaturated fatty acids. This oil has rapid skin penetration, leaves a velvety feel and is suitable for use in a wide range of personal care formulations.


Mango Kernel Butter


INCI Name: Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter

Product Description: Mango Kernel Butter is a creamy butter at room temperature, with a melting point of 28 – 36C. It is rich in stearic and oleic acids, and applicable in skin and hair care formulations.


Pistachio Nut Oil


INCI Name: Pistacia Vera Seed Oil

Product Description: Pistachio Nut Oil is ideally suited for moisturizing in the form of an emulsion or as part of an anhydrous solution. Pistachio nut oil also contains an appreciable amount of linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid, and is rich in natural occurring sterols.


Rose Hip Oil

rose hip

INCI Name: Rosa Canina Seed Extract

Product Description: Rose Hip Oil is high in Linoleic and Linolenic essential fatty acids, which are key components of the epidermal lipid bilayer. This oil is beneficial for the treatment of damaged and distressed skin by providing intense moisturization.

Also available: Organic Rose Hip Oil


Safflower Oil – High Oleic


INCI Name: Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil

Product Description: Safflower Oil serves as a botanical alternative to mineral oil and other synthetic ester emollients. It is high in Linoleic acid, which is beneficial for the treatment of dry skin. Safflower oil is widely used in skin care and color cosmetic formulations.


Sesame Seed Oil


INCI Name: Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil

Product Description: Sesame Seed Oil is resistant to oxidation due to the presence of several cyclic ethers that exhibit antioxidant properties. This oil is resistant to clouding at low temperatures, and is a great moisturizer. It is widely used in skin care formulations.

Also available: Organic Sesame Seed Oil


Shea Butter


INCI Name: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit

Product Description: Shea Butter is a superb emollient, ideal for use in products designed to smooth and replenish dry skin. It is also a stable ingredient high in Oleic and Stearic acids.

Also available: Organic Shea Butter


Sunflower Oil


INCI Name: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil

Product Description: Sunflower Oil is rich in essential fatty acids. It is easily absorbed with a light texture, and can be used on all skin types. This oil is ideal for use in skin care products, hair conditioners and bath oils.

Also available: Sunflower Oil High Oleic and Organic Sunflower Oil


Sweet Almond Oil


INCI Name: Prunus Amygdalus Dulceis (Sweet Almond) Oil

Product Description: High levels of oleic acid make Sweet Almond is a stable oil. The presence of unsaturated triglycerides provides moisturization with a refined and elegant feel. Sweet Almond Oil is easily absorbed into the skin, making it ideal for skin care and color cosmetics.


Tea Tree Oil


INCI Name: Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil

Product Description: Tea Tree Oil is a proven natural antiseptic with anti-microbial activity. Tea Tree Oil also has excellent dermal penetration and anti-inflammatory properties, shown to help in the treatment of dandruff and other scalp conditions.


Wheat Germ Oil


INCI Name: Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil

Product Description: Wheat Germ Oil is a good skin nourisher that also contains a high amount of natural tocopherols. This is a viscous oil used to treat dry or cracked skin, and is known to sooth skin problems such as eczema.


What Women Want

30 Oct

In an interesting article by Happi Magazine, they explore the buying behavior of women.  Women are responsible for 85% of the purchases of consumer goods.  Here is a summary of the key trends:

• Green beauty is here to stay,
• Brand URLs are migrating to social networks,
• Anti-aging and mineral makeup SKUs are still big,
• Fabulous 40+ is the new standard of beauty and
• Trading down doesn’t mean trading out.

If you would like to read the whole article please click here.

Formulating for women is very important as they control the market.  In sticking with the trends, make sure to use natural moisturizers such as jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil, and sweet almond oil!

Looking for a light, unique, moisturizing carrier oil? Crambe Abyssinica™ is the natural emollient for you.

3 Oct

Crambe Abyssinica™  Seed Oil is a unique triglyceride with slip, a lubricous skin feel and rapid penetration. Crambe provides moisturization to skin creams and lotions, with a non-greasy after-feel. It is also desirable for providing emolliency and gloss to highly loaded pigment systems.

Crambe Abyssinica is an oilseed crop native to the Mediterranean area.  For more information on this unique ingredient email us or click on the image below.

Crambe Abyssinica™

Crambe Abyssinica™

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