Drunk Elephant Skincare: Worth It or No?

September 1, 2019

Hi guys! I’m back with another skincare post, only today I’m going to try something different and actually review an entire line of skincare products. Today we will be talking about Drunk Elephant – a clean skincare brand whose claim to fame is that their products are free of the “Suspicious 6” (Essential Oils, Drying Alcohols, Silicones, Chemical Sunscreens, Fragrances/Dyes, SLS). Over the past three months or so, I put 10 Drunk Elephant products to the test and I’m finally ready to breakdown my thoughts on whether or not this cult favorite skincare brand is worth the hype or not!

*Fun Fact: Drunk Elephant got its name from the myth that elephants love to eat the fruit that falls from Marula trees. But once they eat it, fermentation occurs inside their tummies and the elephants become drunk! Marula oil is an ingredient that can be found in most Drunk Elephant products.

Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser

I first tried this product when I received it as part of my Sephora birthday gift. Normally I’m a cream or milk cleanser kind of gal, but this jelly-based cleanser is gentle enough to clean out my pores without stripping my skin. If you’re a foaming cleanser kinda gal, you should definitely give this a try! Plus, at $32, the price isn’t too steep at all (at least compared to most of their products)!

Worth it? Worth it.

C-Firma™ Day Serum

Vitamin C is all the rage in skincare these days. I myself have tried a few different vitamin C serums in my day, but nothing compares to the C-Firma™ Day Serum. This serum has 15% L-Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) in it, which is more than most vitamin C based products out there (also hence why it works better than competitor products). I use this serum as part of my AM skincare routine. It does a killer job at brightening my complexion, but it also has ingredients that protect against pollution and free radicals, deeply moisturize you skin, and reduce wrinkles.

Worth it? Worth it. 

JuJu Exfoliating Bar

Drunk Elephant recommends using the JuJu bar in the morning, so I use this in my AM skincare routine. Since using this, I’ve noticed an improvement around my chin and nose where my pores usually get clogged. Since I have combination skin, I have been okay using this product. But I have read multiple mixed reviews on whether or not this is the best product for people with very dry skin. However, if you have combination/oily skin or struggle with acne, this may be a holy grail product for you!

Worth it? Worth it.

Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream

TBH, I’m very picky about my moisturizers. Since I have combination skin, I like my moisturizers to be lightweight, hydrating, not clogging my pores, and make my skin look super glowy! Personally, Lala Retro is too heavy for me (especially during the summer) and I won’t be reaching for this until winter. However, it’s still a killer moisturizer for all my dry skinned ladies out there. It contains six African oils (marula, mongongo, baobab, kalahari melon, ximenia, and passion fruit), antioxidants, vitamin C, defenders, and omegas. This moisturizer is sure to be the answer to every dry skinned girl’s prayers.

Worth it? Worth it – but only if you need a heavy duty moisturizer.

Pekee™ Cleansing Bar

I was pleasantly surprised by how well this tiny bar of soap took off my eye makeup and SPF. Seriously, it removes mascara better than most cleansers and makeup removers. I’ve also been surprised by how long this bar of soap has lasted me. Drunk Elephant recommends using their Pekee bar at night, so I use this in my PM skincare routine. It never dries out or irritates my skin and just makes it feel super clean and fresh overall.

Worth it? Worth it.

Protini™ Polypeptide Moisturizer

I loveeeee Drunk Elephant’s Protini. In fact, it may just be my favorite product they make. This was part two in my Sephora birthday gift and is honestly everything I could ever ask for in a moisturizer. This cream is basically a shot of firming protein and peptides for your skin that restores collagen and locks in moisture. I use this cream during my PM skincare routine because I wake up with the most hydrated, glowing, and supple skin ever! I love this cream…so much. And honestly wish I didn’t due to the $68 price tag. But alas… here I am loving it. *Sighs*

Worth it? 1000% Worth it.

T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial™

While the T.L.C. Sakari Babyfacial is one of the pricier products you can buy from Drunk Elephant, the hype surrounding this product is REAL. It deserves every rave review and award it’s ever received. It’s basically a professional facial in a bottle. I will warn you that this mask does have a bit of a tingling/burning sensation at first, but it goes away within a few minutes of use. Once you wash it off, it reveals smooth and glowing skin! This is the product I reach for whenever I am having a texture breakout and it always clears me up without fail. I try to remember to use this once a week to keep my skin texture free, but it usually ends up being every two weeks.

Worth it? SO WORTH IT.

*Note: I only leave this mask on for 10 minutes

T.L.C. Frambroos™ Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum

If the Babyfacial is too harsh for your skin, you can opt for something in your daily routine, like the Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum, which is similar to the Babyfacial. I use this serum once a week right now because my esthetician said I don’t need to use it more than that. However, on the nights that I do use it I notice a HUGE difference in my skin. I wake up with the most glowing, healthy looking skin. This serum + their marula oil = most BOMB skincare combination ever!

Worth it? Worth it.

UmbraSheer™ Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

UmbraSheer is a physical sunscreen that offers both UVA and UVB protection. It protects from free radical and oxidative damage. I love this sunscreen because it goes on very lightly and you can barely feel it on your skin! It takes a little bit of time to fully work into your skin so you don’t have a white cast, but the protection is great. Multiple applications will be needed throughout the day (just like any physical sunscreen), if you’re going to be sweating, in the pool, at the beach, etc.

Worth it? Worth it. 

Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil

Marula oil is rich in antioxidants, vitamin E, and omegas 6 and 9, so it helps to nourish your skin while restoring a youthful glow. My favorite thing about this marula oil is that it’s so light! It’s beyond hydrating, but never clogs your pores. I use this every night in combination with my squalane oil and they are the only two oils I use.

Worth it? Worth it.

The Hype is REAL

I hope this Drunk Elephant post helped you understand why the hype around them is so real! When it comes to skincare, I don’t mind paying more for products that I can 110% trust. If you want to experiment with Drunk Elephant products I highly recommend checking out their Rise + Glow Brightening Duo, their NightBright Resurfacing Duo, the Baby Pekee Bar™ + Juju Bar Travel Duo, or the Littles set! It’s a great way to try a majority of their products without breaking the bank.

Have any of you tried Drunk Elephant products before? Let me know your thoughts below and what I should try next!

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