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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.


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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Natural and Functional? Check out an article that mentions our new raw material – Jojoba Illuminate™

21 Sep

This is an interesting article from SPC discussing new cosmetic actives.  John Woodruff states that the majority of new actives are being derived from botanical sources.  He mentions are ECOCERT approved Jojoba Illuminate:

Jojoba Illuminate from the Desert Whale Co is derived from the saponification of jojoba oil that functions as a primary emulsifier and increases skin hydration and conditions the hair. It is a combination of jojoba fatty alcohol and jojoba soaps provided in a paste-like form.”

You can read the entire article here:

Our new raw material Jojoba Illuminate™ is featured in Cosmetics & Toiletries September Issue.. check out this Jojoba Emulsifier on page 83!

21 Sep

Natural and Functional: Jojoba Illuminate

CNBC: Cultivating Jojoba’s Future

21 Sep

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