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Desert Essence Green Apple and Ginger Conditioner

By January 27th, 202129 Comments

Desert Essence Green Apple and Ginger ConditionerDesert Essence Organics Green Apple & Ginger Conditioner- $8/8 oz at Whole Foods

Product Description: A fast penetrating, natural conditioner that leaves hair smooth and silky. Organic extracts and oils deeply moisturize hair, while vitamins and antioxidants penetrate into the shaft to correct everyday damage and make individual hair strands look fuller and thicker.

Organic Extracts of Apple, Ginger, Milk Thistle, and Olive: Revitalize and moisturize the hair and scalp.
Organic Sunflower Oil: Moisturizes the hair and scalp without leaving a greasy residue.

Ingredients: Aqueous Infusion of Certified Organic Extracts: Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit (1), Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root (1), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit (1) and Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle) (1), Certified Organic Sunflower Oil (2), Certified Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Oil (2), Emulsifying Wax*, Panthenol, Tocopherol, Prunus Amygdalus (Almond) Protein, Polyquaternium-7**, Proprietary Blend of Natural Essential Oils, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Gluconate.1 Certified by QCS 2 Certified by QAI * Vegetable Derived ** Coconut Derived

My experience: Confession– I was at Whole Foods buying sushi, minding my business, when the Whole Body section began calling my name. I slowly scanned through all the shiny new hair products. Having tried most of the conditioners on the shelf, my eye was again drawn to Kinky Curly Spiral Spritz. I picked it up, thought long and hard, and put it back down. My hair just doesn’t like stylers. I heard it’s like a watered down Curly Custard, and I’m fearful that it will leave my fine hair limp and crunchy. Just before I threw in the towel, I spotted an unfamiliar green bottle out of the corner of my eye. I’m familiar with Desert Essence Organics. I’ve read many a rave review on about several of their conditioners, but had never heard of this Green Apple and Ginger ‘volumizing’ one. It wasn’t very expensive, so I grabbed a bottle and was on my way.
Last night, I shampooed my hair with a product from Afroveda (review coming soon!), and divided my hair into two. I used Desert Essence on one side, and Afroveda on the other. OMG… the slip was out of control! My hair felt instantly moisturized, soft, and detangled with ease. I noticed that it has polyquat-7 in it for some reason (this ingredient provides hold and is commonly found in stylers), so, I left a little in, and I’m more than pleased with the results! I’ll provide a report on the rest of my experiment later ๐Ÿ˜‰

Bottom Line: This is a MUST TRY! It has more slip than Trader Joe’s Tea Tree, and in my opinion provides more moisture. It’s detangling properties are on par if not greater than Hello Hydration. It’s 100% vegan, contains no silicones, artificial fragrances/colors, EDTA, or glycol. Oh, and it smells of green apple Jolly Ranchers!!!! I’m having a hard time typing this because I can’t keep my nose out of my hair! So my gorgeous PJs, grab your keys, jump in the car, and seek out a bottle of Dessert Essence G&G. You won’t be sorry.


  • Anonymous says:

    I'm sorry I was not impressed with this conditioner. This is another clear cut case of 'what works for one may not work for another'. I found it at the vitamin shoppe and it was about 7-8.00 bucks. When I finally got around to using it, I thought the smell was horrible. It seems to try and smell like apples but it comes out smelling like some fake chemical version 'aroma' of an apple,and it lingered and just got on my nerves. I don't know, just the best way I can explain it. Every since I've been natural I am just really in tune with smells and if it doesn't smell right, I can't deal with it. Also I really didn't notice any great conditioning with this one, I rinsed it out and I just was not impressed. I actually like Nature's Gate Jojoba from the vitamin shoppe better, and it has become one of my staple conditioners. It has a nice clean smell and gives me the slippage I need.

  • Anonymous says:

    I absolutely LOVE this has alot of slip, smells WONDERFUL..leaves my hair shiny, bouncy, and so full of beautiful curls!! I just bought it last Tuesday and I'm already excited to stock up on some more!! Thanks CN!!

  • Anonymous says:

    It took me a week and 3 WF and finally a Vitamin Shoppe to find this one. I'm about to try it now…SOUNDS GREAT!!!

  • Unknown says:

    Yes WF takes returns. I bought Aubrey Organics GPB conditioner (made my hair feel like a bawl of hay) and they allowed me to return it for a refund.

  • Miss Dior says:

    I love this product too, thanks for reminding me!

  • Namun says:

    Also, WF will take back an item if you're not happy with it, correct?

  • Namun says:

    I went to WF last night and checked out the Green Apple and Ginger Conditioner, but didn't buy it. I'd like to try the Italian Red Grape Conditioner so I may go back for that one.

  • T says:

    Oh man Nikki! I love some HH, now I'm going to have to get some of this. Garnie Frutris leave in was my last buy, and I told myself no more for a while. And I already have Tea Tree & HH, my product junkie self is on a roll!

  • Anonymous says:

    Yeah, your local Vitamin Shoppe will have Desert Essence too…in case the WF is too far away.

    Sadly, I just re-upped my vitamin stash and have no $$$ left :gnashing teeth: Another product on the happy hit list to buy!

  • Anonymous says:

    I went to this new health store by my house and sniffed this, so nice. I like the Italian Red Grape even more, I'm so buying it! Can't wait to try it out!

  • Claudette says:

    this product (and a bunch of other desert essence products) are at here's the link to buy this product: for $5.02 + a $4.99 flat rate shipping (for everything you buy). it's a good deal if you buy a few other products. i can't wait to try this.

    i'm switching to all natural products when i do my 2nd big chop (hopefully my 2nd bc will be the last time i go natural. hopefully i'll *stay* natural this time).

  • Anonymous says:

    if you dont have a whole foods near you try the vitamin shop.

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki what in the world am i going to do with you! I love it!

  • Lossecurls says:

    I've tried it and it is now an Holy Grail. It moisturizes better than any conditioner i've ever owned.

  • Anonymous says:

    yummy! I'm on it CN!

  • Anonymous says:

    sounds divine! i soooo wish there were a whole foods right nearby :weeping:

  • Anonymous says:

    Darn, I was at WF this morning. I guess it wasn't meant to be…well not for today. And I say this in the nicest way possible, you're a junkie, lol.

  • Anonymous says:

    I have this in my shower right now and have used it for about a month. I will admit that the smell it FAB, but it is a little high for my taste and I didn't feel like it gave me as much slip as TJs conditioners. If it were cheaper and if I could get the smell to last a little bit longer it would be one of my staples, but right now I'd have to wait for a sale before buying it again.

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    lol! sorry ladies ๐Ÿ™‚ I don't mean to be an enabler…really ๐Ÿ˜€

    And yes Wizarding Wheezer…it's nuts! I'm truly impressed!!! Try it as a leave-in too. My hair is very smooth. Let me know if you try that Spiral Spritz. I've been strong ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wizarding Wheezer says:

    Equal or more slip than HH?!? *goggles at the very idea* I just bought Giovanni 50:50 condish last night to try it out, but I guess I'll be at WF next week for this one! Which means I'll actually see KCCC up close and personal for the first time… so I'll probably be buying that, too!

  • Unknown says:

    *sighs* Guess I know where I'll be headed after work! =) LoL

  • Maria says:

    Ugh… le sigh. I'll be at Whole Foods later tonight LOL

  • Unknown says:

    For crying out loud!!!!!!! LOL!!! I just went to Whole Foods last weekend and purchased Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose and White Cammelia conditioners. I guess I'll have to go back for this one lmbo!

  • Anonymous says:

    you and me both rebelrocks. My husband is going to string me up by my toenails! But it'll be worth it!


  • Anonymous says:

    I've seen this conditioner but never thought to try it. The ingredients look great, and i'll probably get some after work. thanks cN!

  • Anonymous says:

    This site is ruining my life! ๐Ÿ™


  • Anonymous says:

    Dammit Nikki! I'm on my way to WF now.

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  • Anonymous says:

    May I please ask, how much was this product?


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