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Drunk Elephant came to the UK in October 2018. I was shocked by the prices and never believed the suspicious six manta that came along with it. Founded by Tiffany Masterson who wanted to formulate products without any ‘fillers’, this all-star collection is powered by biocompatible actives; a mix of synthetic and plant-derived extracts. That skin recognises and knows what to do with. And, because of their ingredient-elimination philosophy, you won’t find any of the following ‘Suspicious 6’ – drying alcohols, silicones, SLS, chemical screens, essential oils or fragrances/dyes – so you can ‘reset’ your complexion and help both your skin and your tresses to flourish like never before. I brought travel sizes to see how they would work on my rosacea skin. But only brought the things that I knew would not upset my skin.
Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser
I use this cleanser in the evening. The light jelly texture whips up into a purifying foam that did not leave a residue on the skin.. It has been especially formulated to balance the pH in the skin, making it gentle enough to maintain a healthy skin mantle, and is non-sensitising and non-irritating, so again, a good product for everyone. I liked the product and the packaging. The only problem is the price, so unless is was an amazing deal I would not be repurchasing.
Protini Polypeptide Cream
The definition of a hard-working day cream, it’s full of amino acids, protein peptides and folic acid – all of which are known to boost collagen production to make skin feel plump and pillowy. This I love and already own as a full size. I just love the product, the packaging.
B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
A does-it-all serum coined by the brand as a “cool glass of water for your thirsty skin”. Full to the brim with all the good stuff such as niacinamide, amino acids and hyaluronic acid, it’s firming and plumping and most days I will start my skincare regime with it. The ideal entry-level product because it works for any and every skin type. This is so similar to a favourite product and is cheaper ml for ml. I will be purchasing this for sure.
Lala Retro Whipped Cream
If your skin’s in need of rescue, introduce it to this quenching, nourishing all-purpose moisturising cream. Taking ceramides and blending with six rare African oils and whipping them up into a cream, this airy blend has the luxurious texture of a rich face cream without feeling suffocating or heavy. Marula oil nourishes and rejuvenates skin, high in antioxidants and omegas; Mongongo defends against environmental aggressors; baobab is rich in vitamin C and provides moisturising, antioxidant and soothing benefits; Kalahari melon is a super-moisturising, rejuvenating oil; ximenia is rich in vitamin C and very nourishing and, finally, passion fruit is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin C to help brighten skin. Accompanying these nourishing oils, plantain extract aids in restoring skin and brightening, while ferment oil green tea seed provides moisturising and nourishing benefits. Formulated at an ideal pH level of 5.5, Lala Retro Whipped Cream prevents skin from looking dull or dry while delivering a steady dose of moisture throughout the day and night. Did not like this at all, so not repurchasing this.
Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser
This is a clever oil to milk cleanser that when used on dry skin with dry hands, effectively melts away all traces of dirt, debris, make up and sunscreen – even water-resistant formulations. Free from the suspicious six, Slaai is infused with antioxidant rich fruit extracts and oils to help soothe skin while an African oil blend of marula, baobab, Kalahari melon, mongongo and ximenia, intensely moisturises, restores elasticity and helps to recover your skin’s luminosity. Designed to be used on dry skin, Slaai removes excess oil, grime and make up from skin. Adding water activates Slaai into a milk that rinses cleanly, leaving behind a dewy glow. Use the accompanying Bamboo Booster – a physical exfoliant, formed from ultra-fine bamboo and charcoal spheres, once or twice a week to gently slough away build-up and dead skin cells to help reveal a dewy complexion. Not for me at all.
Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
This facial oil delivers clinically proven results to reverse signs of ageing, offering incredible antioxidant benefits to protect against environmental stressors and free radicals. The oil is cold-pressed using a patented process of unheated water extraction, which ensures that the oil remains nutrient-dense and stays fresh for longer; it’s also straight from the ‘pip’ of the marula fruit, untouched by any chemical or fragrance, leaving it in its purest form. Amazingly absorbable, the oil is high in critical antioxidants (vitamin E and flavinoids amongst them) and rich in omegas 6 and 9, helping to moisturise, rejuvenate and nourish skin while restoring a youthful glow. Naturally antimicrobial, it also soothes skin, relieving redness and blotchiness, while granting a noticeable reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This was okay but I have other better facial oils for me.
C-Firma Day Serum
This has 15% pure L-ascorbic acid (a potent form of vitamin C), 0.5% ferulic acid and 1% vitamin E, supported by a host of antioxidants and enzymes.Which work to neutralise aggressors and replenish precious lipids to diminish visibility of lines and pigment patches. Also starring pumpkin ferment and pomegranate extracts, the serum enzymatically dissolves dead surface skin cells for a smoother-than-smooth texture. Finally, a sodium hyaluronate cross-polymer quickly penetrates skin and provides intense hydration. Another one not for me.
D-Bronzi Anti Pollution Sunshine Drops
This is a self tan serum. Add a drop or more of D-Bronzi to any Drunk Elephant serum, sunscreen, oil or moisturiser for a gorgeous glow and a potent dose of protective antioxidants and omega fatty acids. May be applied to face, chest, legs or anywhere else you want a touch of bronze. It is a mixer and is way too concentrated to be used alone, Add a drop or more to any serums, moisturisers, sunscreens or Virgin Marula Oil for an all-over sunshiny glow on face and body.
In conclusion, I am not sure that this brand is worth the extra money except for a couple of products. The packaging is smart and I am a fan. Drunk Elephant ventured into haircare and body care this year. But I have no interest in those products.