I recently started getting into clean skincare and Drunk Elephant caught my eye. Not only is their packaging super cute and user-friendly, but they’re advertised to be “effective, non-toxic formulas that reset skin to a healthy state”. Their products are on the pricier end, but I think of skincare as an investment. Take good care of your skin with clean products and you really will see a difference. Here’s a breakdown of which Drunk Elephant products worked for me and what didn’t:
T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial ($80) – 4 out of 5 stars. This product is an AHA/BHA “facial” that “resurfaces to reveal greater clarity, improve skin texture and tone and a more youthful radiance”. It’s recommended to use this when your skin is feeling normal, a.k.a no breakouts, problem areas, etc. I use this once a month and find that my skin does feel very soft afterwards and the texture has improved slightly (Side note: I found that the texture of my skin has improved overall with a combination of my DE products). Although it does sting quite a bit when you first apply it, it only lasts about a minute or so and then it goes away. Then your face just feels sticky and shiny. Instructions say to leave this on for 20 minutes but sometimes I leave it on for a bit longer ~30 minutes. The only con to this is the scent – it smells like play-doh or crayons. It’s weird, but the smell also goes away pretty fast so it doesn’t bother me. This product won so many awards over the years and although I don’t know if it makes a huge difference for me, it does do what it’s supposed to do. Quick tip is to ask for a sample of this at Sephora so you can see if your skin has a reaction to it since this is high in AHA/BHA.
Lala Retro Whipped Cream ($60) – 5 out of 5 stars. I first got this moisturizer in one of those product subscription boxes a long time ago and was indifferent about it. Probably because it was in such a small container and I only used it when I was traveling since it was a sample size. A few years later, I was looking for a new moisturizer and saw that Lala Retro had amazing reviews and marketed towards people with very dry skin (me). So I gave it another shot and I seriously love it in combination with all my other products. I think you have to create your own “cocktail” of DE products to get the best result, so I usually use this over the Virgin Marula Oil and alternate between the Lala Retro and Protini. I also like this because it’s kind of mattifying; when I put this over the oil, it diminishes the shine! This cream has a thicker consistency than the Protini so I use this when I feel like my skin needs extra moisture. I only use this at night before I sleep.
Protini Polypeptide Cream ($68) – 5 out of 5 stars. This cream is also AMAZING. The Protini is formulated with amino acids, polypeptides and water lily to improve skin texture and firmness. When talking to a Sephora employee, she mentioned that this is more for “preserving the skin” and Lala Retro is for “over the skin” to lock in moisture. This a lighter cream and I use this a couple times a week, on days when I’m not using Lala Retro. I tend to use this on it’s own and not with the Marula Oil. I don’t find this to be as moisturizing but I think this keeps the texture of my skin smooth and skin clear. Oh, and I LOVE the packaging of all the DE creams. It’s both sanitary and convenient!
Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil ($40/$72) – 5 out of 5 stars. This is truly a luxury facial oil. I’ve tried other oils in the past but I feel like this marula oil really locks in moisture. I also love how quickly it absorbs and it’s non-greasy. It does leave a little shine on your face but as I stated above, I use the Lala Retro Whipped Cream on top and it cancels out the shine – not that the shine matters much anyway because I only use this before I sleep. The next morning my skin always feels super soft and hydrated. This oil is the perfect add-on to any skincare regimen. It is pricey, so I haven’t gotten the full size yet, I got a sample of it with the Sukari Babyfacial and then a larger sample size using my Sephora points. The sample sizes have lasted me all this time because you only need about 1.5 pumps to cover your face. A little goes a long way! I’m definitely planning to purchase the full size once Sephora’s spring VIB sale comes around this month.
B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum ($52) – 2 out of 5 stars. My least favorite product out of the bunch. This serum is meant to “replenish nutrients, visibly brighten, and deliver intense hydration throughout the day”. I feel like this is a pretty basic serum. I don’t find that it really “delivers intense hydration”. It sinks in pretty quickly and then just feels like…nothing. I do try to pair this with my Lala Retro and/or Protini but it just doesn’t have the same effect as when I pair the creams with the marula oil! Wouldn’t recommend this product for someone with very dry skin like me, but I could see this serum being a decent one for people with combination/normal skin.
And that’s all…for now! My next new Drunk Elephant purchases will probably be during the Sephora spring sale and I’m debating between the C-Firma Day Serum or the T.L.C. Framboos Night Serum. But I’m always open to new skincare brands to try so leave your favorite products in the comments below!