I’ve been using Drunk Elephant since the day it launched in Australia in 2016 and after skin changing success, I wrote a rave summary of the products I loved. It’s time for an update. Things have changed, products have launched, skin is older.
For those living under a sheet mask, Drunk Elephant has been around since 2012 and is centred around a ‘non-toxic’ approach to skincare. This does not mean it is a ‘natural’ brand, it’s not. They (like myself) believe that natural doesn’t mean best and instead focus on bio compatibility and whether an ingredient will directly benefit skin health. DE formulas exclude what they refer to as the Suspicious Six: silicones, chemical screens, sensitising colourants/perfumes, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), essential oils, and drying alcohols.
My journey with Drunk Elephant began with their two serums; TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and C-Firma Day Serum. I quickly incorporated Lala Retro Whipped Cream. For me, TLC was and still is my hero product. It is a night time exfoliating serum that combines AHAs and BHA at 12% to chemically exfoliate the skin while you sleep. This PH balanced formula does this whilst not irritating or drying out the skin. This guy completely cleared my cystic acne. With good timing too, only months before my wedding. I’ve never been asked so much in my life what skincare I use as when I began using TLC and I still use it regularly now. I could rave about this product for the rest of this post but let’s move onto C-Firma.
C-Firma is DE’s day serum offering. It is a super potent vitamin C serum that also combines ferulic acid and vitamin e to firm the skin, neutralise environmental stressors and even skin tone. I used this in conjunction with TLC to tackle post inflammatory hyper pigmentation and to make my skin glow. To be honest, it smells like ham but the results are worth smelling like a deli for a while.
Lala Retro Whipped Cream is a really interesting formula. It is extremely thick (like turn your pot upside down and nothing is coming out thick) but it has a light, airy feeling to it. It is a blend of six rare African oil, hyaluronic acid and omega acids and claims to be suitable for all skin types. I can’t imagine an oily skin loving this but otherwise I would agree. The texture feels luxurious on the skin and while it does take a minute to melt into the skin, it doesn’t feel sticky or greasy.
There are only two misses in the range for me purely because I reacted to them; Shaba Complex Eye Serum and Beste No9 Jelly Cleanser. Shaba caused an eczema flare up around my eyes which made me sad because the texture is quite lovely. After using Beste cleanser I was always red and blotchy and this took most of the day to calm down. I won’t spend anymore time on these because this is purely my experience with my skin and does not make them bad products. Plenty of people have had great success with them both.
Another absolute favourite is the infamous TLC Sukari Baby Facial. I’ll start with apologies to my Australian readers, no you can’t buy this here. Get yourself a friend who’s visiting the US and has a Baby Facial sized gap in their suitcase.
Baby Facial is TLC serum’s big sister. She is a mask with 25% AHA and 2% BHA to exfoliate and get rid of dead skin build up. Absolutely follow the instructions on this one. Do not be an idiot (me) and forget you applied it and leave it on for half and hour. 20 minutes (or less!) is definitely enough to get you glowing, smooth, clear skin. It is recommended to use TLC serum every night and Baby Facial once a week for deep exfoliation. I love to follow this up just with DE’s Virgin Marula Oil. The glow is real the next morning.
Speaking of which, Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil is exactly what the name suggests- marula oil. It is a cold pressed oil, full of omegas 6 & 9 and will help to moisturise and nourish skin. This is can be used on it’s own for moisture, mixed with any of the other DE products (it is a carrier oil so it will increase penetration of other products) or layered.
If oil isn’t your thing, DE also offer a hydrating gel; B-Hydra Intensive Hydrating Gel. This guy is rich in vitamin B5, will help attract and lock moisture in the skin and helps to improve barrier function. B-Hydra can be a moisturiser for the super oily or a serum for normal/combo/dry skins.
Aside from Beste No9, Drunk Elephant offers two other cleansers. Juju Bar is a soap free, lightly exfoliating cleansing bar formulated with thermal mud and bamboo powder. It creates a creamy lather that isn’t drying but leaves your skin thoroughly clean. Pekee Bar is your moisturising and balancing cleansing bar. It is formulated with blueberry, honey and marula oil to nourish the skin and fight environmental aggressors. Pekee is probably the better option if your skin is on the drier side. These also come in a super cute mini duo, perfect for travel.
Drunk Elephant is available from Mecca within Australia, Sephora in the US and will be launching in the UK later this year into Space NK.