I love the drunken elephant. And I know a lot of other people do too, not least because when friends come over to my house, they inevitably come out of the toilet with glowing skin and a guilty look on their face. I have one parcel of products in my medicine cabinet, and it’s always fascinating to see where they gravitate. And the brand they most often buy first is Drunk Elephant. Fair enough: it’s one of the most talked about brands on the internet. I have to see what it is.
The brand is a leader in the “clean beauty” wave: Founder Tiffany Masterson identified six “suspect” ingredients that she said were at the center of her biggest skin issues: essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical sunscreens, perfumes and dyes, and sodium laurel sulfate (or SLS, which dries the skin considerably).
Instead, ultra-nourishing marula oil is at the center of the Drunk Elephant range – it’s found in many of the brand’s hydrating and rejuvenating products. And the ingredient is also at the heart of the brand name: there is a rumor that when elephants eat the fallen marula fruits, the natural alcohol of these fruits ferments inside the beasts and intoxicates them. When applied to the skin, this virgin marula oil delivers immense amounts of antioxidants and fatty acids to cells, preserving suppleness and counteracting pollutants and toxins that accelerate the natural aging of the skin.
All Drunk Elephant products are designed to work in tandem with each other. No need to overlap them; you can mix your vitamin C serum into the moisturizer and apply them together. Of course, you’re not going to mix your moisturizer and scalp scrub and apply them together unless you’re really drunk, but you get the idea.
It’s a big range, and if you’re interested in trying our Drunk Elephant for yourself, it can be hard to know where to start. This is where we come in. We’ve picked out the 10 Drunk Elephant products that are worth trying a sample at a dinner party or just picking them up for yourself.
The best products for drunken elephants
C-Firma Fresh Day Serum
My favorite Drunk Elephant product has recently been reformulated to ensure that its vitamin C doesn’t expire, which is very important considering the skin lightening ingredient is so volatile. Simply combine serum and powder upon opening – you’ll never have to worry about how long it’s been on the shelf.
Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer
I like to use “Protini” as a night cream, so its powerful combination of amino acids, growth factors and peptides can really sink its teeth into my skin; together, they ensure a firm, smooth and resilient complexion in the morning.
Marula Oil combines a blend of amino acids and fruit extracts in this repairing and hydrating serum. At the heart of its success are firming ceramides (derived from pineapple) and moisture-binding panthenol. It’s like a shot of espresso for dull, dry skin.
Panthenol hydrates your hair and scalp while sacha inchi seed oil soothes the scalp and boosts shine. The key ingredient, however, is coconut-based surfactants, which remove excess dirt and oil while nourishing strands with amino acids that boost body and bounce.
C-Tango eye cream with vitamin C
This eye cream fights dark circles and saggy, puffy eyes by combining five different types of ingredients with eight skin-firming peptides. It instantly nourishes and delivers fast results upon morning application, while continued use will dramatically prevent fine lines, wrinkles and thinning of the skin over time.
F-Balm Electrolyte Water Face Mask
It’s a once-or-twice-a-week substitute for your night cream of choice, and it provides serious hydration to the skin, thanks to a quartet of electrolytes. Niacinamide evens out surface texture; five types of ceramides deliver formidable firmness; Vitamin F (rich in fatty acids) keeps skin supple while helping other ingredients in their nourishing, smoothing and balancing roles.
TLC Happi Scalp Scrub
Ultra-fine plant cellulose beads give this scrub a gentle polishing ability, but it’s the combination of AHAs and BHAs that dissolve dead cells that make the product sing. And it is this BHA (salicylic acid) that also tones up the oil levels in the scalp. So not only do you stimulate circulation and stimulate the supply of nutrients to the hair follicles, but you also prevent dandruff and excessive sebum production. Deploy this twice a week before shampooing.
A-Gloei Retinol Oil
Let this retinol oil be the last step in your nighttime skincare regimen, especially if you have dry, sensitive skin that’s too vulnerable to prescription-grade retinol.
Virgin Marula face oil
This heavy-duty face oil is Drunk Elephant’s signature ingredient, marula, in its most concentrated form. Use it after your routine to keep everything locked in.
Framboos TLC Glycolic Acid Night Serum
Glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids come together in this resurfacing night serum. Use it twice a week to lift and dissolve dead skin cells, both on the surface of the skin and in the pores. This promotes a clearer, smoother and more luminous complexion, by “resurfacing” your youngest and most alive cells. And it does so without major irritation, thanks to the inclusion of calming aloe juice.