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Thoroughly Clean Face Wash—Original

• Leaves skin feeling clean and silky
• Works gently as it cleans thoroughly
• Helps improve skin clarity through regular use

The extract of Hawaii’s fragrant Awapuhi plant brings additional softening properties to this gentle, but effective cleanser already rich in soothing extract of Goldenseal and essential oil of Chamomile. Eco-Harvest® Tea Tree Oil leaves a clean that feels oil-free, and with regular use, helps improve your skin’s texture and radiance.

Better Nutrition Best of Beauty Awards, 2009

8.5 fl oz


Please note that Desert Essence is in a packaging transition. There is a chance your products will arrive in the older package instead of new. Please know that we assure you it is the same great formula with effective results.

Thoroughly Clean Face Wash—Original is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 230.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Too early to tell I am 60 years old, prone to eczema my whole life, allergic to many things in the environment, and I live where it's cold and dry in the winter and hot and humid in the summer. In a good year when allergies and eczema are not an issue, my skin is normal/combination. (I had oily, acne prone skin in my younger days.) This year has been especially bad for allergies and has caused severe dry, tight, red, extremely flaky patches on my face, including my eyelids, which have felt like sandpaper. (I also have blepharitis). So frustrating, but it's been slowly getting better. All of my toiletries for the past 10 years or so have been fantastic natural mostly vegan skincare lines (a little beeswax in a few products). The amount of flakiness is astounding, not to mention embarrassing. I believe it's seborrheic dermatitis, basically dandruff on the skin, which I've never had on my scalp. I know that tea tree is very effective in treating that and the blepharitis, so I decided to try this face wash. I've only used it for the first time last night, and did not put anything on my face afterward. It felt a little tight, but when I woke up this morning, my whole face, including my eyelids, felt so soft and almost normal for the first time in many months, and there was a lot less flakiness. I'm going to contiune to use this once or twice daily to see if my face will continue to improve, though I will include a face cream or oil to ward off any possible extra dryness this face wash might cause. From what I've read about tea tree, it is very effective in treating dermatitis and blepharitis. Also, as long as tea tree in a product is sufficiently diluted by the other ingredients, it is not necessarily the tea tree that causes the eyes to sting. This product is castile soap based, and that is what is causing the stinging. I used to use Dr. Bronner's castile soap as a face and body wash, and it stung my eyes, private parts, and if I had any irritated spots on my skin. Even the unscented baby castile soap stung like crazy.
Date published: 2020-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clean, refreshed skin I am a 63 year old woman and have been using this lovely face wash for 5+ years. I had problem skin as a teenager and it followed me into my later years. While my skin is not oily, this has been a wonderful awakening for my face. I will definitely continue to use it.
Date published: 2019-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Helped clear up acne TLDR: First bottle helped clear up acne but second bottle dried out my skin. It's been a process but this has helped clear up my acne! When I turned 27 I started to get acne. I grew up having a pimple or two that came once a month but all of the sudden it got worse. I used some other products before I came to this and this has been a life saver. I have sensitive skin so I'm always hesitant with trying new products but since the Desert Essence face oils and hair care products didn't cause any irritation, I thought I'd try this. It started to clear up the acne immediately. I used it twice a week, any more it would dry out my skin. It controlled my acne and got it two to four pimples a month. The second bottle I received dried out my skin so badly even when I diluted it. I thought maybe the winter weather was different this year but even into spring I was having issues. I gave up on that bottle and tried the Gentle Nourishing Organic Cleanser. I'm only on my first body but this worked! This cleared up everything!
Date published: 2019-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gentle on skin I’ve used this face wash before and I like it. it’s gentle on my skin that is acne prone. It lathers well when applied dry
Date published: 2019-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Completely cleared up my skin. I wish I had found this product sooner. A gal suggested this product to me and All of my acne completely cleared up. What a huge relief in day to day life. I have been shooting this at the rooftops.
Date published: 2019-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cleans gently A little bit goes a long way. I have dehydrated skin and this cleans very gently. I've seen an improvement in my skin.
Date published: 2019-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Face Cleanser I have been using this cleanser for more than fifteen years, along with my daughter and now grandson. My adult acne has benefited from finding your product. I started buying it in a supermarket, then a co-op grocery, and finally ordering online. We’d never be without it. We find it controls breakouts, never makes skin feel stripped or dry. Love this product!!
Date published: 2019-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features! I purchased this a few weeks ago and am very pleased so far by the response my skin has had.
Date published: 2019-05-01
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Animal Derived Ingredients
Animal Testing
Artificial Fragrances or Dyes
Petroleum Compounds: Mineral Oil, Petrolatum or Paraffin


Gluten Free
Renewable Sources
Cruelty Free

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)

Moisten face with warm water and gently massage a small amount of cleanser in circular motions onto cheeks, chin, forehead and neck, avoiding contact with eyes. Continue for approximately one minute, then rinse thoroughly with cool water. Follow this procedure twice daily. Avoid contact with eyes. In case of eye contact, rinse immediately with plenty of water. Contact a physician if symptoms persist.