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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™  !!

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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)
Ingredient
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
Beeswax
16.00 %
11.00 %
5.00 %
1.00 %
6.00 %
1.50 %
C  Fragrance
0.50 %

Cosmetic advertisements and their effect on women

4 Aug

With all these beautiful, perfect images of women in magazines; it is hard for us to realize just how much of it is fake.  Research has shown that airbrushed images, when taken at face value, have had a very negative effect on the way women view themselves.

Look at this image of Madonna with and without airbrushing.  What a huge difference!  It is easy to see from images like this how unrealistic expectations for beauty are created.

In a paper supported by 44 academics of the Advertising Standards Agency, claims were made that airbrushed images encourage eating disorders and self-harm amongst girls in particular, but boys, too. While this study had a political agenda and may be a bit exaggerated; it is clear to see that airbrushed images do have a negative effect on women.  While the majority of these images are created by the cosmetic and personal care industry it is great to see companies like Dove stand up with their Campaign for Real Beauty where they have pledged to not distort any of their images to create unrealistic and unattainable ideas on beauty.  Check out one of their ads:

Natural is beautiful and we hope the cosmetic industry starts to follow the trend!

Avocado Oil and Personal Care

22 Jun

Avocado Oil is a rich oil that readily penetrates the skin due to the presence of Palmitoleic Acid. The oil also contains vitamin A, vitamin, D and vitamin E.

When viewing the fatty acid profile of avocado oil, the most prominent fatty acid is oleic, followed by palmitic and linoleic acids. The fatty acids also contain myristic, stearic, linoleic, and arachidonic.

As a result of its chemical makeup, avocado oil is easily absorbed by the skin and has excellent emollient properties. In 1991, the Department of Food Engineering and Biotechnology, Technion Israel Institute of Technology found that avocado oil significantly increases collagen in the skin which is why it is commonly found in antiaging products.

Avocado Oil is best suited for dry skin and anti-aging applications. With a high content of unsaponifiables, this oil is also an ideal ingredient in soaps and shampoos.

The Cosmetic Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

21 Jun

Tea Tree Oil and Hair/Scalp

Tea tree oil has beneficial activities in shampoos and conditioners containing between 1-5% tea tree oil and suggested higher strengths for extreme scalp problems.  Tea Tree Oil is known to balances excess oily hair and can be used as an anti-dandruff treatment at 1-5%.  Tea tree also repels and kills mites and eggs.

Tea Tree Oil and Acne

Tea Tree Oil is known for its antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties.  Tea Tree helps inhibit bacteria growth and reduce redness. Because tea tree oil has broad-spectrum antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activity in vitro it is commonly used to treat cuts, insect bites, and boils. A study in 2007 found that a six-week course of 5% tea tree oil to be effective in reducing both inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne lesions due to the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects of tea tree oil.  Tea tree oil has been shown to inhibit or kill many detrimental micro-organisms such as Eschericia coli, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Porphyromonas gingivalis, Propionibacterium acnes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus pyogenes, detrimental fungi on the skin, Candida albicans, Pityrosporum ovale, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, detrimental protozoa, and Trichomonas vaginalis.

For more great info on Tea Tree Oil, read this article by Cynthia Olsen.

For a price quote on Desert Whale’s Australian grade tea tree oil, email marketing@desertwhale.com.

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 dailymail.co.uk 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 www.desertwhale.com or email marketing@desertwhale.com for more information.

Happy Earth Day from Desert Whale!

22 Apr

Happy Earth Day.

Today is a very special day for our company.  It was at Earth Day back in 1977, when the founders of our company, two avid members of the Save the Whales Campaign, began to promote jojoba in order to curb sperm whale hunting.

Promoting Jojoba at Earth Day in 1977

Since jojoba closely resembles sperm whale oil, it sparked interest in the cosmetic industry.  In 1978, Desert Whale Jojoba Company was founded to meet the demand.

We began harvesting native seed on Indian Reservations and native jojoba strands.

In 1986, Desert Whale purchased multiple farms in Arizona and one of the few companies in the world that grows and produces raw materials to the cosmetic industry.

First Jojoba Plantings

Since the beginning Desert Whale has been committed to the environment.  From recycling in the office to composting and tilling seed back into the soil on our farms, we want to ensure that the great cosmetic products our customers manufacture are pure in the bottle and clean in conscience!

For more information on our jojoba oil, jojoba derivatives and natural emollients please visit our website: www.desertwhale.com.