Top Drunk Elephant skin care buys

Drunk Elephant is an American skin care line developed by Tiffany Masterson. The name “Drunk Elephant” comes from the myth that elephants get drunk from eating the fruit of marula trees. Drunk Elephant is rare among skin care companies because it does NOT include alcohol, parabens, phthalates, hydroquinone, synthetic fragrances, SLS, formaldehyde and other nasty ingredients in its products.

One of the star products of Drunk Elephant is, not surprisingly, Marula Oil. I have been using three Drunk Elephant products  (two serums and the marula oil) for several weeks and the results have been excellent.

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum review

This is a Vitamin C serum that contains 15 percent Vitamin C and it is formulated with ferulic acid. The airless pump container ensures minimal exposure to light and air. Packaging is critical when you are buying a Vitamin C product because Vitamin C oxidizes and loses its potency when exposed to air and light. Vitamin C has been shown by independent scientific studies to reduce the appearance of sun damage (brown spots), fade acne marks, reduce the appearance of fine lines and increase collagen production.

drunk elephant skin care

How to use: every day after cleansing (please make sure you apply sunscreen on top of this product). This is a thin orange-y liquid – not at all thick and goopy; easy to spread around the face, not greasy.

Results after 4 weeks of use on face, hands, neck and shins: Dark brown spots on my cheeks have become less brown and show signs of fading. The most dramatic result is on my shins where I suffer from uneven pigmentation. Within one week, the skin looks so much more uniform in tone and smoother. The skin on my hands and neck look much better: less wrinkled, more even pigmentation.

Ingredients of C-Firma Day Serum:
Water, Ethoxydiglycol, Ascorbic Acid, Glycerin, Laureth-23, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Ferulic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Algae Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Ferment Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica (Indian Gooseberry) Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Tocopherol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Acetyl Glucosamine, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Glutamylamidoethyl Imidazole, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tetrahydro Curcuminoids, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Glycine, Sucrose, Maltodextrin, Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan gum, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 60.

Drunk Elephant T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum review

This is a 12 percent glycolic acid serum that includes lactic, tartaric, and citric acids (these are together referred to as alpha hydroxy acids or AHAs). The purpose is to exfoliate the skin (remove dead skin cells) and reduce the appearance of fine lines and hyperpigmentation. What’s important to know about any AHA serum you use is the pH level: it has to be under pH 4 to be effective). This product has a pH level of 3.8 to 4. Moreover, the product packaging is a pump bottle which protects it from air and light. It also contains salicylic acid (which is a beta hydroxy acid or BHA and is good for reducing blackheads and blocked pores). Caution: Because of the high concentration (12 percent) of AHA, some people may find this to be too irritating and harsh. Therefore, it’s best to use it one night, then wait a day or two to see how your skin reacts.

drunk elephant glycolic serum

How to use: every night after cleansing; this is a thin clear fluid, not greasy at all, easy to spread around the face. You need to use some kind of oil or moisturizer after the product has absorbed, if you have drier skin.

Results after 2 weeks of use: I noticed my pores looked tighter and my skin looked more even. There was a slight tingling in the first 2 days of use, but it went away.

Water (Aqua), Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Buddleja Davidii Meristem Cell Culture, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae (Yeast) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Cactus) Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Propanediol, Xanthan Gum, Galactoarabinan, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjustor), Phenoxyethanol.

Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil review

This is a facial oil that contains antioxidants (tocopherol (Vitamin E), tochotrienol, phenolic compounds and flavinoids) and Omegas 6 and 9. It is nourishing and hydrating. No fragrance. This is a pure Marula oil product – nothing else in it!

drunk elephant marula oil

How to use: On face, hands, neck, anywhere you need a good dose of hydration.

Results after 2 weeks of use: I got a small tube of Marula Oil as part of a set that included the glycolic serum and I use it every night after applying the glycolic serum. I use it also during the day before moisturizer. It’s not as greasy as other oils and it does absorb quickly. My face feels very soft after using it.

Ingredients: 100% Unrefined Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Kernel Oil.


I am impressed with Drunk Elephant skin care products. The founder formulated the serums taking into account recent scientific research: potent Vitamin C (12 percent), pH level of AHA below 4, lots of antioxidants, absence of fragrance and natural oils (some of which actually damage the skin!). The pump packaging does not expose active ingredients to light and air; it protects the ingredients from oxidation and loss of potency. Moreover, it is travel-friendly.

The one drawback to these products is that they are expensive. However, if you are going to spend a lot of money on serums and oils, better to spend it on Drunk Elephant’s serums and Marula oil than on a big name brand that uses jar packaging, fragrances and tiny concentrations of potent ingredients.

Where to buy Drunk Elephant: Sephora or on the Drunk Elephant website.

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