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Daily Essential Moisturizer

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4 oz Cream
Gluten Free
  • Desert Essence Daily Essential Moisturizer

  • Utilizes natural jojoba oil and aloe vera for opulent, natural moisturizing

  • Vegan, cruelty free, no artificial fragrance

Desert Essence Daily Essential Moisturizer features jojoba and aloe vera for effective moisturizing for normal skin. Nourish your skin with this light and gentle moisturizer, naturally scented with sweet smelling essential oil of geranium. Jojoba oil and aloe vera hydrate and restore skin's softness. Use daily to uplift your spirits and enliven your skin, leaving your complexion with a radiant glow.

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Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glyceryl Stearate (Vegetable Derived), Stearic Acid (Vegetable Derived), Cetyl Palmitate (Plant Derived), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol (Vegetable Derived), Propanediol (Corn Derived), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Glycerin (Plant Derived), Gluconolactone, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Geranium Maculatum Oil (Plant Derived).

Directions: Massage small amount onto face and neck daily.

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Desert Essence Daily Essential Moisturizer Reviews

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Customer Ratings & Reviews

Daily Essential Moisturizer 4 5 22 22
Great Moisturizer I love the Desert Essence Daily Essential Moisturer. I makes my skin feel silky soft, and Swanson's prices are the best! August 9, 2013
Disappointing product from good company I have used other products from Desert Essence and this is the first one that has disappointed me. First, it has an slightly unpleasant (to me, at least) smell. Second, it did not moisturize well. My face felt tight and dry after using it. And if I used more, I actually had some irritation. And I do not have sensitive skin. Also, I used it once after an apricot scrub facial product and it caused an unpleasant tingling which I never had with any other product after the apricot scrub. I had to throw away an almost full jar. October 24, 2012
Good value I like the fact that it's all natural and does the work. For the price I'm satisfied! September 11, 2012
Very light in everyway No scent so you could add your own essential oils for frangrance, that's a nice thing. This lotion is very light, the first time I used it I had to apply three times until my skin felt moisturized. It penetrated nicely though (maybe my skin was dryer than I realized!) Now that I'm used to it I use more the first time and it seems to keep my skin feeling smooth and moisturized. I use it all over except my face where I do need more moisture, but if your skin is oily, it would work great on your face too. July 28, 2012
Shame on Desert Essence I understand from reading many older, past reviews of this product on the internet that people used to love it, and the ingredient list was much better. But they have cheapened the ingredients and made it worse now. The worst thing, which made me decide to just return it and not even try it, is the fact that it now contains a scary-sounding ingredient, sodium hydroxide, which is a form of LYE. This ingredient is causing loads of people everywhere to get anything from irritation to redness and burns on their face. This is the ingredient that causes what Desert Essence calls "a radiant glow." I was afraid to try it. July 5, 2012
Excellent & Healthy Moisturizer No strong fragrance, absorbs quickly into skin and moisturizes right away. I also like that there are no potentially toxic ingredients according to the EWG Skin Deep website. A great price and a great moisturizer! I highly recommend! December 10, 2011
The BEST! This is the best facial moisturizer I've ever used!  It doesn't smell, is very gentle on my sensitive skin, and it is completely non-greasy - it's wonderful stuff!  Please, don't ever stop making it Desert Essence! March 6, 2014
Best Ever! I have tried every moisturizer known to man, from the expensive departments store brands to the cheaper pharmacy brands. They always start out working ok, however over time create a build up of oily or sticky. I started using Desert Essence Essential Facial Moisturizer a year ago, and am completely sold. I never have issue with sticky/oily residue and for the first winter ever, I wasn't left feeling like I needed to re-apply multiple times daily - clearly "animal free" was the answer! Don't ever stop making this product - it's the best! February 19, 2014
allergic reaction worked well for the first month, but then had an allergic reaction to it. February 2, 2014
Essential moisturizer! Love this moisturizer! Great ingredients! I use it to soothe skin after shaving and the end results are simply amazing! I'm left with baby soft skin that is not irritated! And best of all, it's unscented. What more can I ask for! Keep up the good work, Desert Essence! February 16, 2013
Great product It works well... doesn't feel sticky or greasy... keeps me feeling moisturized all day long. With my former facial lotion, I was applying both morning and night, but with this I only have to apply in the morning. I like that it has a very subtle scent. May 13, 2012
Perfect! I have combination skin that ranges from extremely dry to totally oily in some areas. Oh, and it's sensitive and fussy to boot. This moisturizer makes my skin so soft without being greasy. I love the fact that there are no sketchy ingredients (this is huge) and the price is amazing. Every other natural facial moisturizer I've tried has always been a bit too pricey for me to fall in love with and feel good about using consistently. Plus, this 4 oz. jar lasts forever. The only thing I'm not happy about is that this stuff isn't available in more brick and mortar retailers. January 3, 2012
Affordable Daily Cream It is a different type of cream than you are used to - the hot feeling/tightening initially is from the aloe. that shows there's really a good amount of this super skin nutrient in there. Try putting regular aloe on your face, direct from the leaf - it lifts and tightens. The feeling subsides and makeup glides out. It's moisture without being slick, oily, etc. I have dry skin and it works great for me. Also great with other products like serums etc. I will try the heavier moisturizer for night now. December 26, 2011
Allergic Reaction I'm giving it a 3 for middle-range but only because I don't feel that I can fairly review it. It gave me an allergic reaction. I've never had an allergic reaction to any cosmetic in my life. This is the first time. The only food I'm semi-allergic to is onions. I put this on and I felt like my skin was being burned off everywhere I applied it. My skin also felt like it was being stretched and drying out where I applied it. It wasn't intolerable but it also didn't feel good. I finally went to look in the mirror and my face was red and blotchy. I had to wipe it off. So I wouldn't discourage this product but something about my body chemistry didn't like it and I figure it's good information for the company to know. I absolutely love the Thoroughly Clean face wash and I was sad and surprised this didn't work out for me. November 6, 2011
THE BEST MOISTURIZER ON THE PLANET ~ I AM GONNA BE SO SERIOUS-- I HAVE " LITERALLY" TRIED EVERY SINGLE PRODUCT ON THE MARKET, ALONG WITH ATTEMPTING TO MAKE MY OWN FACE CREAM- TO FIND THE PERFECT PRODUCT....... and no such luck, i"ve spent ton's of money and lot"s of break outs and irritations- i just returned all my expensive creams- they are no good and a waste of anyone's money!!! AND THIS MOISTURIZER IS THE BEST ON THE PLANET~ to everyone who has been searching around for a simple, yet amazing moisturizer,... please try this one- i promise you will not be disappointed!!!!! IT IS SO NOURISHING, IT"S NATURAL, IT FEELS LIKE, IT"S EXACTLY WHAT MY SKIN IS THIRSTING FOR -- EACH & AND EVERY DAY!!! DESERT ESSENCE: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS PRODUCT AND PLEASE KEEP MAKING IT FOR YEARS & YEARS TO COME,... I AM IN-LOVE!!!!! WITH GRATITUDE: AUDRA LEIGH ~ xx September 27, 2011
Used to be good, now irritates skin I have been using this for over 2 years and absolutely loved it, but the past 2 jars have caused my face to turn red and feel hot for about 10 minutes after use. I don't know of anything else different. I have no problems with the tea tree facial cleanser that I also use daily, but as soon as I put on the moisturizer, I have a bad reaction. I'm going to try a different brand. September 13, 2011
Great Matte moisturizer I love this moisturizer mainly because it creates the matte finish that so many other products promise but never deliver. I have somewhat oily skin so this works best for me in the fall/winter because it is a rich and creamy moisturizer, but even if I use it in the middle of July, it still provides a nice matte finish on my skin! I love to mix it with foundation to create a beautiful tinted moisturizer. The only thing I would note about this product is that it 'set's quickly. If I try to layer it, especially if I've mixed it with foundation, it becomes sort of flaky and I have to start over. But if I apply it fairly quickly (probably about 25 seconds-don't rub this into your face for 2 minutes, thinking that you're 'blending well') it sets up and creates a beautiful and long lasting matte finish. This cream is also very nourishing and smells/feels wonderful going on my skin. LOVE IT. and I love the price! August 29, 2011
Soothing comfort This stuff is not only amazing, but it is so affordable. With cosmetics being a billion dollar industry it is comforting to know that I do not have to spend $60 on a moisturizer. I have super sensitive dry skin and this is the most soothing and moisturizing cream that hydrates without feeling oily. Thank you DE. August 2, 2011
Totally in love I love this moisturizer. I have very sensitive acne prone skin and when I said sensitive I really meant it. Other moisturizer broke me out besides this one and Cerave but then Cerave containing parabens which I totally dislike. So, all in all, this is the only one that works for me so far without harsh chemicals. Highly recommended. And you cant beat the price. February 15, 2011
works for me! I love this product. My skin breaks out with anything heavy or greasy. light things don't do enough. I bought this from [...] and it works great. I don't put my fingers in it though. I dip into it with a qtip so it doesn't get contaminated with make up and such. December 13, 2010
Weird Smell? This product seems to work pretty well but after about a month it started developing a strange smell, almost like it went rotten or something. I can't figure it out- it almost smells like cheese. Is there a shelf life on this product? December 10, 2010
Above and beyond any other moisturizer! This stuff is pure heaven to my sensitive skin! I have been using this product for 2 years now along with the original face wash and my skin has never been more beautiful and smooth. It is not greasy, absorbs completely into my skin and gives the perfect base for makeup application. I also notice a huge difference in my skin after using it, smoother texture, fine lines are softened and dry patched healed. When I run out I have tried using other moisturizers in my bathroom and I always end up running to the store to restock this one! I have recommended this product to several friends and they all use it daily as well. November 30, 2010
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