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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.

What is Jojoba?

20 May

In the austere and unforgiving climate of the American Southwest blooms the unique Jojoba plant. Native to the arid Sonora Desert , Jojoba contains natural emollients that penetrate, moisturize and condition the skin and hair. Although Native Americans harvested Jojoba and utilized its curative properties for centuries, it wasn’t until the 1970s that scientists discovered that oil extracted from the plant could provide a natural base for cosmetic formulations.

Jojoba Seed

Although Jojoba is commonly called an oil, it is actually a liquid wax ester. As the singular botanical source for such esters, Jojoba possesses a chemical formation comprised of long chains of unbranched esters ranging from 34 to 44 carbon atoms. Jojoba’s molecular composition results in exceptional oxidative stability.

What does all of this mean? It means that Jojoba provides an unsurpassed, non-oily, and non-occlusive base for a wide range of superior personal care products. In shampoo and conditioner, Jojoba adds shine and improves the combing and manageability of hair. In lip care products, it imparts gloss, moisture and improves slip for dispersing of pigments. In hand and nail care applications, Jojoba penetrates and conditions the fingernail and cuticle.

From the seeds of the Jojoba plant come products that satisfy discriminating consumers everywhere. Whether you are a manufacturer, distributor, or retailer of fine cosmetic products, Jojoba has the qualities that are right for you.

Desert Whale offers a complete range of products derived from Jojoba. These functional ingredients originate from various parts of the jojoba seed through proprietary methods of extraction and/or processing. The first process is extraction of the oil from the Jojoba Seed. The resulting products are Jojoba Oil and Jojoba Meal. Our family of products are then produced from these two ingredients.  For more information on our products please visit

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.


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…

Gentle Make-up Remover with Jojoba Aqua Sol

21 Sep

We have created the greatest eye makeup remover ever! Check it out here:  Greatest Make-up Remover Wipe Ever!

Jojoba Aqua Sol is the perfect ingredient. Takes makeup off gently and moisturizes the skin too!

We sell more than just jojoba oil and jojoba derivatives

21 Sep

Check out a complete list of natural emollients we offer:

* 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

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

New Raw Material: Jojoba Illuminate™

21 Sep

Check it out here:  What’s New from Desert Whale

Desert Whale Jojoba is proud to introduce Jojoba Illuminate™.  Jojoba Illuminate™ is an all-natural , ECOCERT approved combination of Jojoba Fatty Alcohols and Jojoba Soaps provided in a paste like form.  Jojoba Illuminate™ is derived from the saponification of Jojoba Oil, a renewable and sustainable plant from the desert.  Propanediol (derived from corn sugar) is added as a solubilizer.  This multifunctional raw material can be used to overcome challenges in creating “All-Natural” formulations, functioning as a primary emulsifier that increases skin hydration, conditions the hair, and is suited for both leave-on and rinse-off applications.

Desert Whale has been producing jojoba for over 30 years and is one of the few companies in the world that’s growing and processing raw materials for the cosmetics industry. We export jojoba derived ingredients and over 20 natural emollients globally, and take great pride in the success of our customers. Contact for more information.