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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Drunk Elephant Skincare Review: Juju Bar, Pekee Bar, C-Firma Day Serum, B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel, TLC Framboos Gylcolic Night Serum & Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil

Ahhh ... Drunk Elephant Skincare! I ALWAYS hear really good things about this HIGH END skincare company. Just like Tatcha (that I reviewed yesterday), Drunk Elephant also has deluxe sample sizes for many of their products. Yaaay! So this past Christmas (just as I did with Tatcha), I decided to pick up a few things from the Drunk Elephant skincare line to try out for about a month. Let's see, shall we!

Drunk Elephant Baby Pekee Bar and Juju Bar Travel Duo ($18)

Drunk Elephant has TWO types of CLEANSING BARS! Yes, they look like SOAP (but they are considered SOAP-FREE); Drunk Elephant wants you to call them cleansing bars. The JuJu Bar (brown one) is for use in the MORNING! The Pekee Bar (white one) is for use at NIGHT! You can get BOTH of them in this travel duo (they'll be slightly smaller) or you can purchase them separately (full size). I bought the travel duo. The bars are just large enough to see if you want to incorporate them into your skincare system or not. Below are my thoughts on each.

supersweet(run & buy it) sweet(really good,buy it) bittersweet(ok, issues)not sweet(not good,don't buy this stuff)


Drunk Elephant Juju Bar 

(Normal, Combination, Oily Skin - Sweet) // (Dry Skin - Bittersweet)

MORNING CLEANSING BAR (Travel Duo $18 / Full Size Bar is $28)

This bar is to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. The formula is thermal mud and bamboo powder. I must admit, this is an excellent exfoliator! It lathers up really well. As you lather, it releases these exfoliating particles (but do know, this bar "melted" faster than the Pekee Bar below). You can feel the particles! This bar leaves your skin clean, smooth & polished. I have dry/sensitive skin. I never experienced any major adverse reaction while using this bar. After use, I had slightly rosy cheeks (probably from the exfoliation), but no major redness or peeling. This bar started off really good with my skin, but around the second week I did experience some dryness. Never dry patches or flakiness, but dry skin. In comparison to my other cleansers, this didn't seem as gentle (for everyday use) to my skin as my REN cleanser or Tatcha enzyme cleanser. Over the long run, I feel this is too much to use DAILY for dry/sensitive skin types. Maybe WEEKLY or Bi-Weekly. I feel this would work better for Normal, Combination & Oily Skin Types. If you have dry or sensitive skin, I would use caution using this daily. I'm definitely not a dermatologist, but I don't think dry/sensitive skin types need this amount of daily exfoliation.

Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar 

(Normal, Combination, Oily Skin - Sweet) // (Dry Skin - Bittersweet)

EVENING CLEANSING BAR (Travel Duo $18 / Full Size Bar is $28)

This bar "DEEPLY CLEANSES, tones and moisturizes without stripping or irritating the skin". This bar lathers up really well. It's creamy. If I had to sum up this bar in one word, I would say CLEAN. Your face feels REALLY clean after using this (usually when it is this clean, there is some type of stripping). I think you can almost skip removing your makeup and just use this. HaHaHa I do think over the long term (just like the Juju Bar above), this is better for Normal, Combination & Oily Skin Types. Again, I didn't experience any major adverse reaction while using this bar, but I did experience some dryness around the second week. It sounds funny saying, but for dry/sensitive skin people, I worry that it's TOO CLEAN for everyday! Maybe once or twice a week for a deep clean, but not daily.

Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow Set (when I purchased this set, it was called Day Glow) ($23)

C-Firma Day Serum (Full Size Price is $80) - Sweet

B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel (Full Size Price is $52) - Bittersweet

Let's start with the C-Firma Day Serum! It's suppose to FIRM & BRIGHTEN the skin! It does a great job at doing both! It made my skin feel FIRMER and my skin looked BRIGHTER. My skin felt firm, plump & refreshed (those were the end results). When you apply this, it feels WET. Then it turns a little STICKY. It takes about 15 minutes for it to DRY DOWN. I kid you not! It dries without leaving a residue or any stickiness and you'll get those great results. I might consider incorporating this into my skincare system. I recently tried a product from REN that firms & tightens the skin. It is absolutely amazing! Review will be coming soon. But it doesn't brighten like this product!

The B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel is suppose to quench (ultra-hydrating vitamin B5) dry thirsty skin & brighten it as well. Well, my skin is still thirsty! LOL This WILL NOT give DRY SKIN TYPES intense hydration. IT WILL NOT! If you have normal, combination or oily skin, it will probably give you the moisture you need, but NOT IF YOU HAVE DRY SKIN. It's just not enough. This applies wet. Then turns a little sticky. It takes 15 minutes to dry down. Put them both on and allow for 30 minutes for them to dry down on your face.

Drunk Elephant Night Bright Set ($28)

T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum ($90) - Supersweet

Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil ($72) - Supersweet

Both of these are really, really good. You should start off using the TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum! It's a serum to be used at NIGHT, that refines & resurfaces the skin. It's a 12% AHA/BHA serum. You should then apply the Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil. It's suppose to be rehab for your skin, rich in antioxidants and omegas. NOW, YOU MAY NOT LIKE HOW THEY LOOK OR FEEL ON YOUR SKIN WHEN YOU FIRST APPLY THEM (I DON'T)! They apply wet. Then they turn a little sticky. Then they dry down. But let BOTH JUST MARINATE (HaHaHa) ON YOUR SKIN OVERNIGHT. You will wake up to such SOFT, SUPPLE, GLOWING glorious skin. My skin LOVED these (IN THE MORNING, HaHaHa)! The prices are crazy outrageous, but I love how my skin FELT and LOOKED. I could definitely see that it was re-textured. I never used them separately! Only together! So I don't know how they perform separately. The website also mentions that you may experience a tingle. I never experienced that.

My Final Thoughts: Overall, I think Drunk Elephant Skincare is more appropriate for Normal, Combination, and Oily Skin Types. If you have Dry or Sensitive skin, definitely try the deluxe sizes before investing in full sizes. See how your skin reacts. I experienced some dryness around the second week of using some of these products. The only thing I don't like about most of their products (serums, moisturizers) is that they're so STICKY! However, that stickiness goes away. For me, the products are not very pleasant to put on. So I'll be sticking with REN or Tatcha at the moment. I SUPER LOVE Drunk Elephant's nighttime products! I may incorporate them into my nighttime routine. I feel they are beneficial to all skin types. I am interested in trying Drunk Elephants TLC Sukari Babyfacial and their Lala Retro Whipped Cream. Have you tried Drunk Elephant? Tell me what products? What did you like/didn't like?


  1. Thanks for this honest review. I have dry sensitive skin so these are not for me!

  2. I have been wanting to try this brand for ages but I have so many skincare products at the moment, I don't need any new. But I read many great reviews about these and most products are appropriate for my combination skin xx


  3. such an in depth and honest review. Thanks for sharing.

  4. This brand is totally new to me and, I admit, the name is a bit off-putting, at least to me. But the packaging looks lovely and some of the products sound wonderful. I always love your honest reviews, Kim!

  5. Lately, I have been hearing so many things about this brand! I really wanna give it a try!


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  6. I agree- the b hydra is definitely not for dry skin at allll unless you mix with marula oil. if you have dry skin, the lala moisturizer is like a million times richer!

  7. I'm glad you did these wonderful reviews of these products. I was thinking to buy a few skincare products from this brand but I will not anymore because I also have dry, sensitive skin and looks like my skin will not like them too much either.

    Nina's Style Blog

  8. They have a very nice brand and packaging. The soap and the hydraulic gel looks really good. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Oh I don't like sticky products - although it's good these eventually dry down, 15 minutes is a long time. I am trying this new serum and I don't like how sticky it is, but I'm going to give it about a month and see if it gives results despite the stickiness, like the night serum and facial oil do for you.

    Completely random too but I saw your tweet about this on twitter and the 'drunk elephants' name confused me for a bit - was on my phone so didn't see the whole tweet and had to stop and read it for a moment, haha! What a fun name!

    Hope you are having a great week! :)

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  10. I haven't tried drunk elephant but I've heard a ton of good things! I love the packaging and how you can get delux sizes to try out! I'd like to try those face bars! I have some from Lush and I love them, so now I'm interested in trying other brands! The night serum and face oil sound nice Kim! I'm glad some of this stuff worked out for you, but it's a bummer some of them made your face dry after some usage!

  11. Yes, I've been wanting to try their products for a while! The baby facial sounds so great and has gotten such amazing review. I've wanted to try the night serum and facial oil so it's good to hear that both work well.

  12. I'm not a fan of a sticky serum. I've wanted to try something from this brand but am experiencing dry skin at the moment so will hold off I think. Thanks for the honest review. - Amy

  13. That serum sounds like a winner, Kim! Thanks for the honest review. I've been wanting to try Drunk Elephant. I see it in beauty vlogs I watch all the time as well, and have been really curious. The C Firma Day serum sounds great as the first product to try. And as someone who becomes an oil slick in the summer, the bars might actually work for me. Too bad it's too drying for those with dry/sensitive skin.

  14. Great review Kim. I have not heard of the Drunk Elephant brand before. There must be a funny story behind the brand name! The logo is adorable.

  15. These products sound good. That serum sounds like a winner. Thanks for this nice and honest review. I've been wanting to try Drunk Elephant but I think it's not available here :(

  16. Sounds like you liked the TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum as much as I did Kim! The C-Firma Day Serum is next on my try list so I'm glad to hear it worked well for you. I'm currently in love with their TLC Sukari Babyfacial and I think you will like it too. It's really gentle and it works. I'm also interested in the Lala Retro Whipped Cream.

  17. I've never heard of this brand before, so I enjoyed reading your thoughts! I do have to say that I love their packaging, the serums remind me of highlighters lol. I think out of everything you've reviewed here, the serums would be the safest bet for me, even though I have combination/oily skin, simply because my skin is so sensitive and would most likely react negatively to the cleansers. Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you're having a great week so far!



  18. Again one that is on my list of skincare that I really want to try. And as I have combination skin it might work for me.

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  19. Haha, Drunk Elephant ~ what a cute name!

  20. Great review, the serums sound the most appealing to me. Anything that brightens I am game for, but the price tag really puts me off. I would be gutted if they didn't work out for me. Thank you for sharing, I love the name of the brand! Have a brilliant weekend x

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  21. I have heard so many amazing things about the brand. Seems it would fit my oily skin type :)

    Pink Frenzy

  22. Thanks for your honest review of these! I have heard amazing things. It stinks they didn't work out for the most part because of your dry skin. They seem to be a good fit for mine though. But their prices eek! Not cheap. I'm glad the night products worked for you!

  23. I love the packaging, so cute :)


  24. Shame about the bars and the gel but thankfully you didn't buy full size and found out they sucked. Thank you for the honest review, Kim, everyone seems to be singing high praises about this brand so this is such a refreshing read.

  25. I'm in the market for new skin care products. Will check this out since you the pro gave it a really high score. It sounds amazing Kim.

  26. I'm glad you mentioned that the B Hydra intensive hydration gel doesn't really hydrate super dry skin because that is exactly what I have and based on the description of the item it is something that i would have definitely been interested in purchasing! I have been wanting to try some things from this brand for awhile so I found this post very useful and information. Great post! XO

  27. I recently started hearing about this brand on Youtube. The brand name is super funny to me. Big Yay, that the facial oil is super sweet. I definitely want to give that a try.

  28. I'm so glad you reviewed these. I've heard so many wonderful things about Drunk Elephant. The prices on the night serum and facial oil are crazy but they seem so worth it. I best put it on my wish list! ;)

  29. Oh wow, yet another new to me brand.
    These look so good, the Juju bar i'd love to try... however I am even more on hold when it comes to buying products as the dermatologist has me on specific face creams.

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