Drunk Elephant is a premium skincare brand that you’ll find on a lot of skincare addicts’ shelves, with their stylish minimalist packaging. Here’s my review of 7 products I’ve tried from their range
Frist of The thing that i like about he brand
Their packaging is awesome. Most of their products are in twist-top airless pump bottles, which is a great combination of convenient and effective. The airless pump jars that their moisturisers come in have the perfect flat tops to mix in oils or tretinoin.
The colours look cheerful but sophisticated, and you’re really unlikely to reach for the wrong product with this level of colour coding. They’re also square which make it easier to twist the top if you have wrist grip issues, and look gorgeous for super trendy Instagram shelfies.
The packaging also has clearly labelled info (percentages of actives, pH, skin effects, usage instructions) which is useful. I’d prefer it if they also had ingredient information on there too. While it’s on the cardboard packaging and easy to look up on their website, most people throw out the outer carton, and it’s hard to keep track of formulation updates.
I’m also a big fan of the simplicity of Drunk Elephant’s products. Each product has one or two star ingredients or ingredient classes that tackle the same skin problem, so you can pick and choose what to use to suit your skin’s needs.
Most of their products contain evidence-based ingredients, and most of the products have both the pH of the product and the percentage of the key actives clearly shown as well. While you can’t say with certainty whether a product is going to work based on just this information and the ingredients list, it does take a bit of the guesswork out of picking products, so I applaud them for that!
Along with the exfoliating hydroxy acids, there’s also pumpkin ferment which can act as an enzyme exfoliant. antioxidants (matcha, apple, milk thistle) and hydrating hyaluronic acid. There’s also niacinamide which can soothe irritation.
Babyfacial is a slightly sticky pale brown paste that comes in a pump bottle. It has a runnier texture than Kate Somerville’s Exfolikate, which I found really nice to use in the shower – Babyfacial works better in drier conditions. It’s recommended that you leave it on for 20 minutes.
Babyfacial does sting a little when you first apply it if you have any sensitive spots, so definitely don’t use this after squeezing pimples! I found that tapping the stinging spots with my fingers helped with the annoying feeling.
My skin was softer, smoother and more even toned after i used this product. There wasn’t any redness or irritation.
If you’re new to exfoliation, I wouldn’t recommend this product to start with – try something less strong first, otherwise you might end up overexfoliating which can take ages to recover from.
C-Firma has the classic vitamin C (in ascorbic acid form), vitamin E (tocopherol) and ferulic acid combination, at 15%, 1% and 0.5% respectively. This combination is in a bunch of vitamin C serums from brands like SkinCeuticals, Paula’s Choice, Skin Deva and Ausceuticals. The big advantages of this combo is that it stabilises the notoriously unstable (but highly effective) ascorbic acid, and there’s scientific evidence to back up its improved effectiveness compared to vitamin C on its own or combined just with vitamin E.
As well as the key vitamin C + E + ferulic acid antioxidant trio, there’s also licorice root extract which is anti-irritant and brightening, and pumpkin extract which acts as an enzyme exfoliant. There’s also chronocyclin, the ingredient with the controversial vitamin D claims, and humectant hyaluronic acid which is very hydrating.
I found this serum really effective at fading hyperpigmentation. It has a thin texture that works pretty well under sunscreen and make-up, but I found that it was a bit sticky, so I prefer using this at night. It also has the very common skin-staining issue that every ascorbic acid product I’ve tried has.
It contains 5 forms of vitamin C: sodium ascorbyl phosphate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, ascorbyl glucoside and ascorbyl palmitate. I’m not sure there’s a need for 5 forms of vitamin C, but there are some water-soluble ones as well as oil-soluble ones, which could theoretically help make the vitamin C more effective, but these 5 vitamin C derivatives don’t have as much evidence to support their effectiveness as ascorbic acid.
There are also 8 peptides which have anti-wrinkle effects, although these are generally based on manufacturer studies, rather than independent peer-reviewed research. Other notable ingredients include moisturising plant oils and ceramides, and free radical-quenching antioxidants including superoxide dismutase, ubiquinone and vitamin E.
C-Tango has a silicone-like texture but sinks in quickly. I applied this around my eye . It faded pigment pretty well, similar to other vitamin C products, and it was moisturising and didn’t irritate my skin (although some people have reported stinging, so make sure you test it on your own skin). It’s moisturising and works well under make-up, although I usually use it in my night routine.
This was fantastic night cream – the texture played well with the rest of my routine I really like that is contains dicaprylyl carbonate. It has a pH of 4.0, which I found quite interesting. Moisturisers usually have a higher pH, but I didn’t notice any irritation from the low pH of Protini (and this might actually be beneficial, if you’re using a high pH cleanser).
The container is also brilliant. It’s an airless pump jar. You open the lid and press the platform, and the cream comes out of a hole in the middle. Once you let go the platform springs back, and you’re left with a nice surface for mixing things into your cream. If you don’t manage to use up all of your mix, you can pop the lid back on and finish it up the next night.
If your skin is sensitive, it might worth trying out a sample before you buy it, since some people have reported that they feel stinging or have broken out from it.
This is a lip balm that mostly uses a blend of plant oils and butters. It smells mildly like wax and tastes mildly sweet, which I’m guessing is the beeswax in the formula. As well as moisturising ingredients, there are some antioxidant plant extracts.
It’s free from petroleum jelly and lanolin. However, if you’re vegan, note that it does contain beeswax. Drunk Elephant also suggests using it around the eyes to smooth crow’s feet, which is a clever use I’ve never thought of.