Desert Essence - Thoroughly Clean Face Wash with Tea Tree Oil and Awaphuhi - 8.5 oz.For Oily & Combination Skin

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Thoroughly Clean Face Wash with Tea Tree Oil and Awaphuhi by Desert Essence

Desert Essence Original Thoroughly Clean Face Wash For Oily & Combination Skin - 8.5 oz. (250 ml)

Desert Essence Original Thoroughly Clean Face Wash For Oily & Combination Skin a gentle and unique cleansing solution leaves your skin feeling clean and silky. Original Thoroughly Clean Face Wash with Eco-Harvest Tea Tree Oil and Awapuhi.  The Hawaii's fragrant awapuhi plant brings additional softening properties to the gentle Original Thoroughly Clean Face Wash, 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.

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

Renewal For Body, Mind and Spirit
Inspired by the healing spirit of the desert, Desert Essence's sustainable, natural products draw from nutrient rich desert botanicals like Jojoba, Aloe and Tea Tree, all revered in native cultures for their deep healing properties. Naturally effective, without harsh chemicals, Desert Essence products work in harmony with your body to nurture, soothe and restore.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do they do animal testing on any of their products?
No, as company, they do not believe in animal testing of any of their products or ingredients used in making them. They require all our ingredient suppliers to abide by this same principle.

Are their products 100% Vegetarian?
All their products are 100% vegetarian.

Are all their products Vegan?
While all their products are 100% vegetarian, not all are vegan. The Organics line is 100% vegan. Although several of thier products have small amounts of beeswax and honey in their formulas, no animals are ever harmed to get these ingredients.

Are their products Gluten Free?
Most of their products and all of their Organics line are Gluten Free. Please refer to packaging to determine if product is gluten free or not.

What is the shelf life of DE Products?
Most of their products have a 3 year shelf life.

Producct Packaging

Is the packaging recyclable? BPA free?
All their tubes, bottles, and caps are recyclable and free of BPA. Refer to packaging for recyclability information. For example, in the Organics line, the tubes are #2 HDPE, while the caps are #5 PP.

What is the difference between their different Tea Tree Oils?
Their Tea Tree Oils vary based on how they are grown and harvested. All are subject to the highest quality standards possible, including terpinen-4 levels of 38+ and low cineole levels of less than 3%.

Their 100% Australian Tea Tree Oil is grown and harvested conventionally. Their growers are certified under the Code of Practice that sets guidelines for Tea Tree production and quality. This oil is steam distilled and no chemicals are used in the process. Sustainable practices are used, including use of solar energy, state of the art irrigation, and minimal pesticides.

Their Eco-Harvest Tea Tree Oil is grown on an environmentally sustainable, ecologically responsible plantation that is aligned with a USDA Organic operation, but is NOT USDA certified.

Their Organic Oil is USDA certified and grown under the most environmentally sustainable, ecological, and responsible practices. No chemicals, pesticides, or herbicides are used on the farm, which is surrounded by protected government land. Rain water is used instead of an irrigation system, cows are used to graze and control weeds and grasses, and a wood-fired burner is used to steam distill the oil.

Is their Tea Tree Oil steam-distilled?
Yes, their tea tree oil is steam-distilled, and no chemicals are used in the process.

What is the chemical composition of our Tea Tree Oil?
Tea Tree Oil is made up of over 300 chemical compounds. The most important of these are Terpinen-4, which is responsible for antiseptic action, and cineole, which can be responsible for skin irritation. They require our tea tree oils to have Terpinen-4 levels of 38% and over, which is well above industry average. The cineole levels are kept low at less than 3%, which are well below industry average.

How should Tea Tree Oil be used?
Tea Tree Oil should always be diluted with water, a carrier oil, or other liquid before applying to skin. Test on a patch of skin before applying. Avoid getting into eyes. Review product instructions and warnings before use.

Is the 100% Pure Jojoba Oil cold-pressed or chemically extracted?
Their Jojoba Oil is cold-pressed and no chemicals are involved in the extraction process.

Will refrigerating my Jojoba Oil extend the shelf life?
The shelf life of their Jojoba Oil is 3 years. Storing it in the refrigerator can extend its shelf life by as much as 1 year. Please note that the oil will solidify when exposed to cold, but will return to liquid at room temperature, without affecting the quality of the oil.

What are some of the uses of Jojoba Oil?
Jojoba Oil has many useful applications. It can be used as a deep conditioning treatment for hair, skin moisturizer, or even as a shaving prep.

What is the difference between the Organic Jojoba Oil and the Non-Organic Jojoba Oil?
Organic Jojoba Oil is certified by the USDA Organic as meeting strict ingredient and processing standards, including no use of pesticides, fungicides, and any other chemicals. The conventional Jojoba Oil is extracted without any chemicals, but is not certified under the USDA organic standard.

Can I use any Organics shampoo on color-treated hair?
For color-treated hair, we recommend using the Italian Red Grape Shampoo and Conditioner, which were specially formulated to protect against sun damage and fading. Please avoid using any shampoo or conditioner with Tea Tree Oil, as that may lighten hair color. If you color your hair and the color comes out too dark, a Tea Tree Replenishing Shampoo Therapeutic and Conditioner can help lighten the color.

Does the wax in the Tea Tree Dental Tape contains any soy, corn or gluten?
No, it is free of soy, corn, and gluten.

Do your toothpastes and mouthwashes contain flouride?
All therir dental care products are fluoride-free.

Are the Tea Tree Oil Cleansing Pads and cleansers pH balanced?
Their pads and cleansers help to pH balance your skin. The skin, especially if it has problems, is slightly acidic. Their cleansers run slightly alkaline so they can help pH balance the skin.

Does the sunscreen contain nanoparticles?
No, they do not use or allow any of their vendors use nanoparticles.

Does the deodorants contain aluminum?
No, their deodorants do not contain aluminum.

I have severe allergies. Can they tell me what is in their "proprietary blend of essential oils"?
They are not able to disclose the exact blend of all natural essential oils and extracts used in their products. However, if you are allergic to a particular ingredient, please contact them and they can let you know if the product contains that.

Are their products nut-free?
Most of their products are nut-free. However, they recommend you review the ingredient list before you use any Desert Essence product.

What products contain soy?
Their pure oils, most of their facial skin care and Organics products do not contain soy. Please refer to packaging to determine if product contains soy or not, or check the ingredients online.

What are the following ingredients derived from?

  • Vegetable Glycerin — derived from coconuts
  • Glyceryl Stearate — derived from coconut and palm
  • Cetyl Alcohol — derived from coconut
  • Potassium Sorbate — derived from fruit
  • Grain Alcohol — derived from corn

What is Titanium Dioxide?
Titanium dioxide is a naturally occurring mineral that helps block harmful UVA and UVB rays. In fact, most sunscreens on the market today contain some amount of titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.

What is Resveratrol used for?
Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant derived from red grapes as well as certain plants. It is believed to have strong skin and hair benefits.

What are Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)?
Natural AHAs come from citrus or other fruits. They work by exfoliating and cleansing the skin, causing surface skin cells to slough off to reveal clear, radiant skin.

Do the Organics products contain fragrance (parfum)?
They use the international standard INCI to list their ingredients. The INCI standard requires the words "fragrance (parfum)" be added to the label when extracts and oils are used, even if they are all natural. Please know that all their fragrances—or blends of extracts and essential oils—meet all guidelines set forth by the Natural Product Association (NPA).

The desert landscape is a model of pristine balance and sustainability, where limited natural resources, if used responsibly, offer the body and spirit untold benefits. The desert is both the source of our ingredients and the inspiration for how they bring their products to you. Drawn from nutrient-rich desert botanicals revered in native cultures for their healing properties, our naturally effective products work in harmony with your body to soothe, nurture, and restore.

They strive every day to ensure both their products and their practices reflect the serious commitment we make to the health of our planet. To support sustainability, theu use natural and organic ingredients from around the world. They support a federation of Australian plantation farmers who have signed a pledge not to use any artificial pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. No animal testing is performed on their raw materials or their finished products. They offset 100% of their electricity annually by purchasing energy credits, by printing all their brochures on paper recycled from chopsticks, and by doing the simple things like turning off the lights when leaving any office or room.

Desert Essence was founded in 1978 to promote the countless benefits of Jojoba Oil & Aloe Vera. They went on to become the first company to introduce Australian Tea Tree Oil to the United States market. Since then, they have expanded to include natural and organic beauty care products specifically formulated to improve the lifestyles of today’s most health-conscious consumers. As they discover more natural ingredients, their products will continue to evolve. They look forward to bringing their benefits of healing, beauty, and renewal to your life, and to the life of the world we all share.

—The Desert Essence Family

Suggested Use
Suggested Use

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.

Castile Soap (Water (Aqua), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Tall Oil, Potassium Hydroxide), Glycerin, 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 Intratropica Wood Oil (Blue Cypress) *Eco-Harvest


  • Animal Derived Ingredients
  • Animal Testing
  • Parabens
  • Artificial Fragrances or Dyes
  • Petroleum Compounds: Mineral Oil, Petrolatum or Paraffin
  • SLS
  • Glycols
  • Phthalates


  • Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Recyclable
  • Gluten Free
  • Biodegradable
  • Renewable Sources
  • Cruelty Free
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Average Customer Rating: (4 out of 5)

Based on 26 rating(s)
22 of 26 (84%) of customers said they would recommend this product to a friend.
  • By Deborah ( Linden, NC)
    12/10/2009 12:00:00 AM

    I recommend this product!
    I love this! I use the Face Wash as shampoo and body wash. My hair looks great and I have no more breakouts on my scalp or on my back. I am purchasing this as Christmas gifts for family.
  • By ILKA ( Denver, CO)
    9/21/2009 12:00:00 AM

    I recommend this product!
    This is the best cleanser that I have ever used! It even removes eye make-up! And I have noticed that using cold water works even better. I will not change it!
  • By DENISE ( Cape Coral, FL)
    6/17/2011 8:21:18 PM

    I recommend this product!
    Love this stuff. My 15 year old daughter now useds it very gentle and cleans great
  • By KATHY ( Liverpool, NY)
    6/17/2011 8:38:07 PM

    I recommend this product!
  • By melba ( SHERWOOD, AR)
    7/13/2011 2:34:00 PM

    I recommend this product!
    I not only use this product for my face, but it is great to add to a jar of water to clean all you cosmetic brushes. I do this on a weekly basis.
  • By rebecca ( Belleville, MI)
    7/15/2011 2:38:52 PM

    I recommend this product!
    This product is so awesome! It really does clean your face thoroughly and gets all my make-up off without scrubbing! My face feels refreshed & alive! The best thing about this product is that it keeps my eyes clear of clogging from make-up and debris. My eyes tend to be dry so this product works great!
  • By Elaine ( Menlo Park, CA)
    7/22/2011 2:41:15 PM

    I recommend this product!
    Trying this product for first time and very pleased with results. Very.
  • By Linda ( Mechancsbrg, PA)
    8/1/2011 12:14:55 PM

    I recommend this product!
    I was very pleased with this cleanser. I usually experience slight burning with most cleansers but not with this one. So happy to find a cleanser with none of the known poisons in it.
  • By Lisa ( Oakland, CA)
    8/8/2011 10:41:34 AM

    I recommend this product!
    I like it, but it burns my eyes
  • By Ellen ( Glenside, PA)
    8/10/2011 3:51:34 PM

    I recommend this product!
    great for oily skin- really cleans your face!!
  • By Alisha ( Milwaukee, WI)
    8/21/2011 2:11:55 PM
    I really wanted this to work but I think it made my breakouts worse because I have more now than when I started. I like the feeling of my face after I use this product. I have really oily skin and after using this, my skin feels clean and oil free. However, it did nothing to clear up my breakouts and unfortunately I don't think it agreed with my skin.
  • By Stephanie ( Marion, IA)
    9/12/2011 9:52:30 AM

    I recommend this product!
    I believe this is a very effective face wash and it does help even out skin tone and improve problem areas, such as acne that my daughter is struggling with and perioral dermititis that I struggle with
  • By elizabeth ( Evergreen Park, IL)
    9/15/2011 12:05:13 AM

    I recommend this product!
    This is my favorite face and hand soap, usually purchase from Trader Joe's for twice the price.
  • By Jonna ( Clarksville, PA)
    1/2/2012 11:28:04 AM

    I recommend this product!
    Great product and use the facial cleansing pads as well.
  • By Seana ( Bennett, CO)
    10/27/2011 1:18:42 AM

    I recommend this product!
    My 14yo son uses Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash 3 times a week. It's helped a ton to keep acne under control.
  • By julie ( Roseville, MN)
    10/21/2013 10:28:21 AM

    I recommend this product!
    So far working well.
  • By Elizabeth ( East Palestine, OH)
    9/26/2011 11:24:21 AM

    I recommend this product!
    Bought it for my teenage girls as a gift.
  • By Para ( Flushing, NY)
    10/7/2011 8:07:34 AM

    I recommend this product!
    I love this soap. I doesn't dry my face and it cleanse well.
  • By Joyce ( Sahuarita, AZ)
    1/2/2012 12:55:30 PM
    Don't like the fragrance - but will use.
  • By Justin ( Wautoma, WI)
    6/21/2012 10:11:34 AM

    I recommend this product!
    I can't say enough good things about this facewash. Leaves my skin squeaky clean..literally. My teens LOVED how it cleared up their acne after trying every known store bought product on the market. I love the natural ingredients and price. Don't change anything about this product!
  • By Nadia ( Boston, MA)
    6/29/2013 5:03:52 AM

    I recommend this product!
    I've been using this facewash for years, and it's still excellent. I use it both in the morning and evening, and it keeps my face clear
  • By Jeremy ( Scottsdale, AZ)
    11/28/2012 8:06:05 AM

    I recommend this product!
    Invigorating face wash.
  • By Cynthia ( Osprey, FL)
    12/7/2012 9:39:22 AM

    I recommend this product!
    Gentle and cleans very well. Good for my combination skin. Did not expect it to be so watery (which is the only reason for the 4 stars), but amazingly it does a great job.
  • By Latifa ( Mineola, NY)
    5/17/2014 6:15:05 PM
    Very thin consistency. Cannot apply to face by hand, because its so thin. If planning to purchase this product I would suggest applying by face cloth. (Apply the cleanser onto cloth and work up the lather to then proceed to wash face.) Strong scent, but it is tea tree. I would also recommend not applying it no where near your eyes. I hated this as a face wash but instead of tossing it in the trash I used it as a scalp treatment. Tea tree is great for dandruff. So, I part my hair in small sections, squirt some of this, then scratched my scalp with a thin comb, then proceed to wash hair. I love this product for that reason only. I may purchase again, but not for the advertised reason.
  • By laurie ( Peachtree City, GA)
    6/23/2014 12:28:36 PM
    This wash is so watery and thin that I had to mix it with a cream face soap just give it a usable consistency. I had been using a tree oil bar soap. A total waste of money, I would not recommend or purchase again.
  • By tracy ( Clemmons, NC)
    4/19/2014 12:54:19 PM

    I recommend this product!
Manufacturer Info
About Desert Essence
Desert Essence, the first brand to introduce Tea Tree Oil to the United States, continues to be a leader in the health and beauty industry. Its clinically proven Age Reversal® skin care products are the first natural alternative to cosmetic injection treatments for visibly reducing wrinkles. Today, Desert Essence has expanded to include a complete line of innovative personal care, spa and active sport products which are sold in health food stores, specialty retailers, drug chains and groceries throughout the United States, Canada and parts of Europe. The Desert Essence mission is to deliver quality, natural-based products that improve the lifestyles of today's most health-conscious consumer. Desert Essence is part of the Country Life family of brands, a leader in the nutritional supp
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