I've been a bar soap face wash girl for the past couple months--- or years? But I thought I would vary it up. Maybe go back to liquid for a little while. Bar soaps are messy. Liquids are a bit more contained etc. I had seen this in my local grocery store when I was perusing the natural beauty aisle. I like to use mostly natural cleansers and moisturizers on my face and a lot of things claim to be natural that aren't even close. This passed my expectations so into the cart in went. I think I paid around 8 or 9 for it. Not dirt cheap, but not super pricy either.
Desert Essence claims:
Leaves skin feeling clean and silky
• Works gently as it cleans thoroughly
• Helps improve skin clarity through regular use
When I think of this brand I think of Tea Tree oil. The magic oil that dries up pimples, disinfects cuts, is antibacterial, and is very clean and fresh smelling. I wasn't too far off with this product. This is basically a tea tree oil face wash. Reminds me a lot of the one by the Body Shop. But I think this one is better. That one used to break me out, always at least one giant pimple on my face with that. But not with this.
It's very thin and runny, like a Castile soap. But it lathers up nicely and cleans pretty well. Everything except my mascara. I always have to go over that twice. I'm not sure if it's just because of the brand of mascara I'm using or if its this that doesn't seem to break it down quickly. But I guess thats what eye makeup remover is for.
The only thing I'm not really found of is the scent. It smells like Tea Tea. Which is a very clean smell. Clean and serious smelling. I don't mind spraying tea tree as an air freshener or using it in the bath. But for some reason, I really dislike the scent in a face wash. I would prefer something citrusy...or maybe even Lavender would be nice. It just smells super serious ( I should probably find another word to describe it-but how do you describe Tea Trees scent?)
It is a tad drying and I wouldn't recommend it for dry skin unless you were in the routine of moisturizing with something heavy like Shea Butter or something afterwards. It does OK on my combination skin, but I still need moisturizer or it can feel dry and tight.
The packaging is decent. I haven't had any issues with the pump or anything. Just a nice basic plastic bottle (don't forget to recycle it!).
You get a decent amount for the money and it seems to really last well.
Ingredients (INCI): Castille Soap (Water (Aqua), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Tall Oil, Potassium Hydroxide), Glycerin, Eco-Harvest® Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (GoldenSeal) Root Extract, Hedychium Coronarium Root Extract (Awapuhi), Fucus Vesiculosus Extract (Bladderwrack), Cymbopogon Martini Oil (Palmarosa), Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil , Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil, Callitris Introtropica Wood Oil (Blue Cypress)
It's OK. It gets the job done. I would probably like it better if it had a different scent. I probably wouldn't buy it again or really recommend it to anyone unless they had oily skin and didn't mind the scent of Tea Tree. Or as a more natural, better alternative to the Body Shop's Tea Tree face wash to already fans of that face wash.