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Desert Essence Coconut Shine & Refine Hair Lotion

BY DESERT ESSENCE #47 in Hair Cream

4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars69%
  • 4 Stars21%
  • 3 Stars7%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star0%
4.55 / 5 based on 198 Reviews


  • Infuses hair with moisture and restores healthy shine
  • Strengthens hair
  • Helps smooth damaged hair and reduce frizz without weighing hair down

Bring out hair’s natural beauty and texture as your nourish it. Avena Strigosa Seed Extract (black oat), blended with Coconut Oil and Extract, moisturizes and helps repair damaged hair. Yucca Cactus and Aloe add volume and shine. Oleic acid-rich safflower oil and Panthenol quickly penetrate and smooth, without weighing hair down. 

How to Use: 

Use on wet or dry hair. Apply a dime size amount to hair from ends upward and distribute evenly. Style as usual.


Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol (Coconut Oil), Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Glycerin (Plant), Avena Strigosa Seed Extract (Black Oat), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Extract, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Agave Rigida (Sisal) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Yucca Schidigera Root Extract (Yucca Cactus), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract (Comfrey), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lecithin (Soybeans), Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance (Parfum), Citric Acid.

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Desert Essence Coconut Shine & Refine Hair Lotion
Desert Essence Coconut Shine & Refine Hair Lotion
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Ruby k.
El Paso
85 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Riquísimo olor a coco, me encata la sensación que deja en mi piel , humecta muy bien y no me arde al momento de aplicarla , en verdad lo recomiendo , deja tu piel super fresca y suave
somerset , NJ
179 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
this hair product really works great on my hair it makes it feel soft and the smell is amazing its the reason why my hair always smells so good all the time i wish i could buy it again and again its the smell that has me hooked
Katie F.
235 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
This hair product smells so good! It makes my hair super shiny and helps with the curls! I have to use way more than instructed so i go through the bottle pretty fast but it's so worth it.
Xhelle C.
27 reviews
This stuff is amazing. just wish it came in a bigger bottle. I havent used it much since I switched to Bioterra. But this is a really goodproduct. Dont like the smell much though.
Daneymis BM-118761 P.
Miami, FL
311 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
This product has several presentation formats but in the end the product is the same. The smell is something magical, it is a pleasant smell and lasts all week. I love this conditioner because it is made of natural products, it is free of alcohol and although it is not the most economic it is a product that is worth trying
Tatiana G.
augusta, ga
168 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I used half of the bottle trying to style my hair it still looked crunchy I didn't ask for a huge miracle just for my hair to be better then it was because when I hunk of a lotion I think of an ash to shine effect but my hair was just disappointing I wish it could have worked because I liked how it smelled
Lycan (Jenn) S.
28 reviews
To say I am obsessed with this hair lotion is to say that Carrie Bradshaw only liked shoes. It is a bold face lie, that is what that is!

I had never even heard of hair lotion, let alone did I know what it did. For those of you that don't know hair lotion is rather like leave in conditioner in that it is supposed to help with frizz, fly-aways and split ended-ness. This is what the product company says about it:

•Infuses hair with moisture and restores healthy shine (check)
•Strengthens hair (check, check)
•Helps smooth damaged hair and reduce frizz without weighing hair down (CHECK!)

Infused with:
•Coconut Oil and Extract to provide essential nutrients to smooth damaged hair
•Cactus and Agave drench hair in moisture and help restore a healthy shine
•Vitamins A, E, and Panthenol strengthen hair

Yeah, all that not to mention is smells like my coconut dream house were me and Raoul run away together and live happily ever after having lots of sex and babies... I mean... It smells like, uh... paradise island with lots of coconuts... anyway...

Really I love the smell of this and I have not stopped using it since I got it. What I do is take my shower and do all the normal jazz and then apply a nickle size in my palm and smooth it from tips to roots. I live with people that are sensitive to scents and by putting it in right after the shower the smell lessens as it dries and I am good to go!
Mikey A.
Glendale, CA
68 reviews
Hair Lotion?! The bottle and the product look like your average body lotion and I read this carefully, front and back, to be sure of its purpose. It IS for hair, and it’s pretty lovely. The scent is awesome – very strong, sweet coconut. The texture is that of a light, smooth body lotion.. not a heavy pomade or cream, but not as runny as a serum. The instructions recommend applying a dime size amount to the ends, and distributing it evenly. Being overly enthusiastic, I squeezed almost a tablespoon into my palms and rubbed it generously over the ends of my hair. Even with my super-sized dose, Desert Essence added softness and shine without an oily wet look or chunky separation. I’ve been known to overdo it with leave-in conditioners (leading to last-minute greasy updos), but it’s safe to say this hair lotion is nearly fail-proof.
Laura O.
Athol, ID
32 reviews
My hair is very damaged. I use curling irons, flat irons, and blow dryers. It has been red, brown, highlighted, and now all over blonde. It needs a lot of help. Sadly, this product was not strong enough to help my damaged hair very much.

I tried this product on both wet and dry hair. I tried it with a blow dryer and with air drying. It helps momentarily with frizz, but doesn't last very long.

The scent is amazing though! Your hair smells like a delicious pina colada. It actually helped to mask my burnt-hair smell and I can smell it in my hair the morning after I used it!

I'd say it is perfect for those with virgin or slightly processed hair. I used it on my boyfriend's curly, long hair and it did help his to reduct his frizz.
Lauren M.
Nutley, NJ
6 reviews
My hair is thick, wavy, hard to manage, tends towards frizzy, and has been compared to Janis Joplin's hair more than once in the past.

When I first tried this product, I used about a dime-size dollop on towel-dried hair after using my usual shampoo and conditioner, and the difference was noticeable. My hair was smooth, bouncy, and shiny. When I went into work, a coworker said to me, "You have Disney princess hair!" The fact that my hair went from Janis Joplin to Disney princess says it all, I think.

It has a mild coconut scent that doesn't overpower or clash with any of my other products. The texture is thick and creamy, and a little goes a long way. The catch is that just a little too much product can easily leave your hair a greasy mess. Start with a small amount, add more if you need it, and you should be able to avoid this problem easily. Overall, I think this is a great product.
Glenys M.
Boston, MA
186 reviews
Does it really helps control the frizz?
Blanca C.
182 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
Do you guys like the scent?
Liz H.
8 reviews
How long has this product been out on the Market?
donna t.
Meriden, CT
156 reviews
Does it work on damaged hair and or dyed hair?
Rozeta V.
North york, ON
94 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
What do you think of the smell?

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Desert Essence Coconut Shine & Refine Hair Lotion
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Desert Essence Coconut Shine & Refine Hair Lotion