It’s not an exaggeration to say that I’ve been sent thousands of things to review for my blog over the 13 years I’ve been editing HOB. Some are forgettable, some are O.K., and some are so impressive that they capture me as a fan for life. Desert Essence was sent to me 10 years ago and I’ve been buying it ever since. It’s actually on sale right now- 40% off of everything, so I thought it was a good time to talk about my very fave shampoo of all time as well as some other DE classics that I buy again and again.
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If you saw my IG stories a few weeks ago, you saw that I proclaimed Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo ($9) to be my favorite of all time. It’s rare that I make proclamations like this since I’ve learned that there’s always something better that comes along, but I don’t see how it’s possible in this case. It’s a clean formation that’s vegan, cruelty-free, made in the USA, gluten-free, with no artificial dyes or colorants. For under $10 it offers an unbelievably luxurious experience with tons of creamy lather that actually adds softness instead of stripping and smells incredible. I’m a lifer with this one and I’m not alone- it’s actually sold in 3 packs on Amazon because it’s so popular.
Coconut Conditioner ($9) is a good one too, I love conditioners that are THICK since my corse hair is so hard to brush after a shower. I’ve been known to use a conditioning mask instead of a regular conditioner just to get added hydration. This one is super hydrating without being greasy and easy to rinse out. It also smells like a yummy coconut dessert just like the shampoo.
Organic Jojoba Oil ($16) Post-shower this is what I use on semi-damp skin instead of lotion. My skin will still stay smooth until the next day when I use it. It’s also an awesome makeup removing pre-cleanse that melts away stubborn mascara. I use it about once a month combined with their Tee Tree Oil ($7) for a tingly fresh scalp treatment that zaps that itchy dry feeling. Their Tee Tree Oil is also great for breakouts, bug bites, and minor skin irritations. I always have a bottle on hand.
I also bought the Lemon Tee Tree Shampoo ($9) which is supposed to be clarifying, perfect for hotter weather to remove sweat and buildup. I’ve only used it once, but I didn’t love it. It fell a little flat for me and didn’t foam the way I hoped it would. It seemed a little drying too. I’ll give it another try to see if I can make it work into my routine but I probably wouldn’t repurchase.
I’m a body scrub lover- I probably have 4 in my shower right now. Their Detoxifying Sea Salt Scrub ($10) has that wet sand sort of feeling the doesn’t wash away easily so you can really slough off the dry skin and even shave with it. Amazing fresh scent too. I would buy this one again and again.
I also bought the Cinnamon and Charcoal Toothpastes ($7) and LOVE them both. The flavors are different but they still have a minty quality that leave my mouth so fresh. L They also foam up well so I can brush for a long time. (I usually brush for 4 minutes and most toothpastes thin out after that length of time.) I’m ordering this one next.
Their Thoroughly Clean Face Wash ($10) is a cult fave and even comes in this giant refill for under $20. It’s a Castile soap with tee tree and coconut oil that cleanses leaving your skin a perfect balance of hydrated and refreshed. It cleans without stripping and feels great on the skin.
I also grabbed a few travel sizes ($4) for the shampoo and conditioner hopping that I’ll get to travel again eventually. 🤷🏼♀️
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