I heard about Drunk Elephant coming to the UK back at the beginning of this year, and I waited (im)patiently for the launch day to arrive on October 3rd. As soon as I saw they were available to purchase, I made an order of the two items I was most desperate to try – although, I can promise you, I was (and still am!) desperate to try the entire range.
If you somehow haven’t heard of Drunk Elephant, they are an innovative skincare brand and are top-rated at Sephora. They use super cutting-edge ingredients whilst avoiding the Suspicious Six (essential oils, silicones, chemical sunscreens, SLS, fragrance and dyes, and drying alcohols), meaning you’re getting really high quality skincare. They’re also cruelty-free!
Marula oil is the ingredient that inspired the brand to be created by founder Tiffany Masterson, and is the inspiration behind the name of the brand as elephants get tipsy after eating marula fruit!
The brand was created as an answer to the lack of skincare products which actually do the things they claim – and with the ingredients being added at the highest percentage for maximum efficacy, you know these products are going to work.
I picked up the Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil and the Lala Retro Whipped Cream – both of which are cult favourites and products I couldn’t wait to try. I was so curious to see whether these products, and the brand overall, would live up to the hype.
I also wanted to know whether they are worth the money – with the range starting from £18 (for a lip balm) and ending at £134, this stuff doesn’t come cheap.
I’ve been trying the products out for around a week and a half now, so I have a good idea of how they work and what they’re doing for my skin.
LALA RETRO WHIPPED CREAM
There’s so much I love about this product – in fact, I think I might love everything about this product. The packaging is one of my favourite things about it: it has a pump, so the cream stays completely sanitary and it dispenses the perfect amount of product every time – essential when you’re paying £60 for a tub.
This contains six African oils, including marula oil, as well as plantain extract to deeply hydrate the skin. It’s a very rich cream which typically would feel quite heavy, but its whipped texture makes the formula super lightweight whilst still feeling luxurious. It also has an optimal PH level of 5.5, making it perfect for sensitive skin.
As someone who has insanely dry and sensitive skin, this is basically a life saver product for me. In the short amount of time that I’ve been using it. my dry patches have gone, my skin looks so much more radiant and feels softer than ever. It also leaves my skin feeling hydrated for the entire day, but not in an oily or heavy way.
I’m almost mad at myself for loving this so much because I know I’ll never be able to be without it, and £60 is always going to feel like a big chunk of money coming out of my bank account. With that being said, good skincare is definitely worth the money and I think it’s so important to invest in your skin in preparation for the future. I’ve also never found a moisturiser that’s made my skin this good, so I’d be a fool not to repurchase.
VIRGIN MARULA LUXURY FACIAL OIL
I had heard so many amazing things about this marula oil that I knew I had to try it for myself. I’m a huge fan of facial oils, especially with my dry skin, so it’s no surprise that I’m absolutely loving this one.
It makes sense that they put luxury in the name, because it feels really rich and luxurious to apply. I mix a few drops of this in with the Lala Retro cream on an evening to get super intense hydration, and I love how nourishing it feels on my skin. It’s also rich in antioxidants, so it provides natural anti-ageing benefits and is great for reducing fine lines.
This claims to make skin more supple and radiant, and although I don’t feel like my skin has become more supple just yet, I noticed my skin looking more radiant almost immediately.
The oil costs £40 for 15ml (or £72 for 30ml), which is fairly expensive but definitely not the most expensive oil in the world. I need to continue trying it to see how big of a change it makes to my skin and whether it’s completely worth the money, but at the moment I think I’d repurchase – especially because it pairs so well with the moisturiser.
Overall I totally see why the brand has been so hyped up, and it definitely live up to the hype. I haven’t even used these products for two weeks and I can already see such a difference in my skin, which in my opinion makes it well worth the money. I have my eyes on the B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum for my next purchase – if only I had the money to get it all now!
If you’re thinking about testing out the brand I would totally recommend it, their products have exceeded my expectations. They have some amazing Christmas sets right now (hint hint if anyone wants to grab me a gift) that contain one full-sized product and a few deluxe minis, which is great if you aren’t sure what you want to try out.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments what you’d most like to try from Drunk Elephant! See you next time,