EWG scientists tested the Desert Essence Bodywash, Fragrance Free (2020 formulation) offering top grades for fragrance, body wash lathering, chemical composition and sensory evaluation as per the guidelines set out by the European Cosmetic Ingredient Review Organization (ECR). Our scientists evaluated the ingredients present in this body wash according to data from the European Cosmetic Ingredient Review organization (ECR), government and health agency evaluations, toxicity and chemical composition data from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INACS). The water-based Evening Spray is also among the top 10 recommended skin care brands. The water in the Evening Spray is distilled to a non-toxic strength. The testing was conducted both in the clinical laboratory and on humans. This information should help consumers understand that skin care brands to choose.
According to the analysis, the Nighttime Therapy with Desert Essence Shower Gel was the best performer among all formulations in terms of skin washing performance and overall contaminant removal. The key active ingredient, coconut oil, was selected as the topmost component in the complete set of Desert Essence body washes. It outperformed the other common natural skin care moisturizers and facial cleansers/scrubs in terms of water solubility, photo-carcinogenicity and total surface area. Coconut oil improved on all measures when compared to other brands. It demonstrated its effectiveness through a reliable negative charge cytometer for sperm count, motility, DNA integrity and denaturation.
The findings of the scientists were published in a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. The study used a sensitive instrument to measure THMs or trihalomethanes, a known carcinogen. The researchers found that the personal care products contained significantly lower levels of THMs than did the control group. The median value of the THM concentration was found to be 6.5 micrograms per millimeter of hair for all types of shampoo and conditioner. In comparison, the personal care product brands analyzed had higher values.
“DESMA”, which is the brand name of the product, contains a host of safe and effective ingredients such as lavender, peppermint, lime blossom, Aloe vera, lemon grass and marjoram. None of these ingredients were found to cause any skin irritation when used as a bathing aid. This is in contrast to some facial cleansers and body washes that use fragrance oils to mask dryness while leaving behind a greasy film. Some manufacturers use different ingredients to achieve these effects, and this may explain why their products cause such adverse reactions.
The manufacturers use high quality ingredients to make their products but they do not include essential oils in their products. Essential oils are plant fragrances that have been shown to offer numerous health benefits including healing of the skin. The problem is that some plant extracts can be too harsh on the skin. When using such products containing essential oils, you should limit your exposure time to them by wearing gloves or a facemask. The concentration level of the fragrance oil being used may be too low for the concentration of essential oils byproducts it produces.
There are a number of other ingredients that help protect the skin during a shave or bath. Desert Essence Shower Gel has been scientifically formulated to lock in moisture in your skin, leaving your skin soft and supple. It also leaves your skin feeling incredibly comfortable so you can enjoy your shower or bath without feeling the stress of a stiff neck or legs. As well as helping to lock in moisture, Shower Gel helps to prevent irritation by locking in your skin’s natural oils.