Hey, wanna get drunk? Drunk in love…with elephants, and skincare? Drunk Elephant is a brand I was dying to try based on the name alone. The line’s core ingredient is marula oil, from the marula fruit. It is said that when elephants eat this fruit, it ferments in their cute elephant bellies causing them to act silly, and well, drunk.? The line is free from various concerning ingredients, seen in the impressive list here. I tried the products myself but also recruited my brother, Jordan. He’d been battling some breakouts, despite being vegan and cleansing and moisturizing daily. His skin is very dry like mine and as a result, I suspected he had a build-up of dead skin cells on the surface. Drunk Elephant to the rescue? Read on.
T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum • $90 This 12% AHA/BHA gel is the type of exfoliant I prefer to manual scrubs, which are usually too abrasive for me. I gave this to Jordan and instructed him to use it at least 2 times per week. The serum is formulated at a pH level of 3.8-4.0 and has a superstar cast of glycolic, lactic, tartaric, citric and salicylic acids. He reported a slight tingling at first that goes away.
Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil • $72 This has one ingredient-marula oil. I applied it to a curling wand burn. I had 2 and only applied it to the more recent one. The oil seemed to speed up the healing super fast, healing the newer burn so that it was less visible than the older one. I didn’t love the scent. It’s not an articial scent but the natural scent of the marula oil is just not great. I gave this to Jordan to try, with instructions to pat it over his moisturizer every night. This is the product he has noticed the most significant improvement with. He was confused as to how his skin could still be dry when he moisturizes daily, just like his big sister told him to. However, if genetics play a part, his skin is very dry like mine, especially in the winter and regular moisturizers just aren’t cutting it. I also know that the humidity in his apartment is extremely low, causing his skin to be permanently dehydrated. I rate this a 8/10.
Juju Bar • $28 I love the name of this, straight out the gate. This bar soap is fragrance and soap-free and cleanses with the help of thermal mud and bamboo powder. Though this is intended to be used on the face, I found it too abrasive to do so directly. My skin is a baby though. I could use it best by lathering the bar in my hands first then applying with my fingers. With a PH level of 6.34, it’s gentle but the texture was scratchy so I used it as body soap instead and really enjoyed it. I give this a 7/10.
B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel • $52 As a member of the dry skin club, now that it’s legit winter, I need all the hydration I can get. I’ve been applying this under my regular moisturizer and it seems to add a nice extra layer of moisture. It contains ProVitamin B, Pineapple Ceramide, a watermelon rind/apple/lentil Complex barberry extract and Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer. I don’t think I’d describe the hydration as intensive by any means though and if you have dry skin, you won’t be able to make do with this solo. I think oily skin types might like this texture in place of traditional creams though. I rate this a 6/10.
This is my brother and I, dry skin partners in crime.JORDAN’S TAKE
“I have had breakouts and/or acne since I was about 12 years old. While I found that going vegan (specifically giving up dairy), did wonders for my skin and completely cured my back acne, I was still getting random break outs and skin irritation on face. I always wash my face every night and moisturize at night and in the morning.
Drunk Elephant solved the mystery, specifically the marula oil. My skin is much more clear…more clear than it has ever been. My skin does not feel oily after use, but hydrated and healthy. I also noticed better color and liveliness in my skin. This is especially helpful because I’m not tan at all.
I never considered my skin to be extra dry, but also never oily either. I assumed it was all diet-related, which I think does play a part. It turns out that assuring no build-up of dead skin cells and proper moisturizing is the key for me.”
?I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about Drunk Elephant and hope that this review helped you out. Thanks for reading!
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