There has been a lot of buzz about the Drunk Elephant skincare line, and if it is worth the price. My first reaction was an unequivocal ‘yes!’ because of the minimalistic packaging that fulfilled my want for a ‘clean and pure’ type product line. The brand claims that they are “clean compatible” because of the elimination of six factors in their products they deem the “Suspicious 6.”
I want to preface my review with some insight on my skin, and why I started using Drunk Elephant. I have always had pretty good skin, and never struggled with severe or even moderate breakouts. This fall/winter, I was in the process of applying to college/getting accepted, and doing my first Whole30. A combination of the two of these– introducing a new diet, and immense stress from college admissions– caused severe breakouts I have never experienced before. As a result, I was desperate to try anything. I wasn’t concerned with the price, I just wanted to get my ‘regular’ skin back.
In February, I went to Sephora at the recommendation of a friend to try samples of three products: T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum, C-Firma™ Day Serum, and Protini™ Polypeptide Cream. I also redeemed my birthday gift from Sephora, including the Protini and Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser. My first purchase was the Rise + Glow Duo, and NightBright Duo. I believed I was noticing texture improvements, and resurfacing of my skin from these products.
Drunk Elephant advertises and promotes the use of all of their products simultaneously, mixing a ‘cocktail’ of their skincare on your hand before applying to your face. This is what they encourage for optimal results, so that is what I did. I purchased the T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial™ because my favorite product at this point was the T.L.C. Night Serum. After this, I was noticing clearing of a few of my breakouts. I loved the tingly sensation while using this mask because it felt like a sign of impurities fading away.
As a desperate consumer wanting to notice any kind of progress for my skin, I kept purchasing their products in hopes of them all working harmoniously to produce an instant cure. After the duo kits, I purchased the A-Passioni™ Retinol Cream, Juju Bar, and Umbra Sheer™ Physical Daily Defense SPF 30. After using the retinol for one night and noticing progress, I used it for a second night in a row. This isn’t advised, and was a terrible mistake on my part. I ended up with peeling and dry skin the next morning on my entire face; I also noticed a burning sensation because I had applied it too close to my eyelids. I ended up having to heal my skin for three days just so I could get it strong enough for T.L.C. and C-Firma again.
I purchased the sunscreen because we were going on vacation, and I was afraid to use anything that wasn’t “clean compatible”. This turned out to be a waste of $34, as I broke out in a rash along my jawline and cheeks. As for the Juju Bar, I still haven’t used it in fear of how my skin will react.
Overall, I believe most of my satisfaction and contentment relating to this line was purely psychological. I realize this because I have stopped the use of Drunk Elephant and my skin is almost back to its ‘normal’ state. My biggest takeaway from this experience was learning that overdoing it in serums, cleansers, and moisturizers can be more detrimental than beneficial. The hardest thing for me to accept was that healing the skin takes time, and patience; additionally, there is not always a ‘instantaneous cure’. After realizing this, my skin returned back to its ‘normal’ state, and I returned to my regular (and minimal) skincare routine. The only thing left to heal are the scars from my severe breakouts this fall/winter. I believe this is because my body was finally adjusting to my new diet after my first Whole30, and my stress was eliminated because the college admissions process was over.
This post is not sponsored or endorsed by Drunk Elephant, or Sephora.