Review: Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo & Conditioner

Desert Essence has been one of my favorite brands for transitioning to green beauty.
They are affordable, natural, cruelty-free, and vegan friendly.
Here, I review the coconut haircare for dry hair.

Read on for some pros/cons.

Cost: $3.97

First off, I need to point out the cost.
It's $3.97 a tube on Vitacost / $6 on iHerb.
I would hesitate to pay the full retail price ($8.99) but you should definitely give it a try for its online price!
It holds up to the drugstore products, while being non-toxic and vegan :)

Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo

This lathers and cleanses well but is not sulfate free. In lieu of SLS, it has sodium coco sulfate.
Not color safe. DE has a color-safe line, but I haven't tried it.
Has synthetic fragrance. I'm not a coconut fan, but the scent didn't bother me because it's not super intense.

The packaging kinda sucks. The hard plastic tubes can be difficult to squeeze and for some reason, I had more trouble squeezing out the shampoo than the conditioner. I ended up switching it into a travel container and when I did that, it seperated. Still usable, not a big deal, but thought I should note that.

Desert Essence Coconut Conditioner

This conditions enough to get me by, but I do have to supplement it with other products, like a weekly hair mask. If you have very dry/dyed hair don't expect any miracles. My hair feels soft after I wash it, but by the 2nd day, it feels dry again. I appreciate that it's silicone-free, but it didn't moisturize as well as I'd like.

I have to use a lot of the conditioner to make my hair feel adequately saturated. The tube lasted ~3 months, but that's relatively short for me (I've heard some people go through these monthly though, so it really depends).

Also has synthetic fragrance.

-->EDIT: I have since tried Acure's shampoo and conditioner which I prefer to Desert Essence! Read my review of it, here.


Not holy grail status, but works well for the price.
If your hair is just a little dry, you'll probably like this.
Great for those on a budget or transitioning to natural/CF/vegan products.

Recommend? Yes

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