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Friday, March 23, 2018

Drunk Elephant Skincare Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser & Lala Retro Whipped Cream Moisturizer Review

Last year, I tried some products from skincare brand Drunk Elephant. The products were very hit or miss with me. Either my dry skin loved a product or didn't like it. The more I try products from this brand, I'm finding they're more suitable for Oily and Combination skin types, than Dry or Normal skin types. One thing I will say, is that I love their nighttime skincare: TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and Virgin Marula Luxury Oil. When blended together, you wake up with amazing feeling & looking skin. You may not like how they feel when applied, but by morning they're worth it. I recently purchased (Sephora), Drunk Elephant's "Hit It Off" $20, which contains their Beste Jelly Cleanser and Lala Retro Whipped Cream Moisturizer. These are deluxe samples, but you really get enough product to see if they will work for you. So did my skin "Hit It Off" with these products? Read below to find out.

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

Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser - Sweet (Oily/Combination) / Not Sweet (Dry/Normal)
I have two ratings here, because when I test products I try to consider all skin types (not just my own). The Juju & Pekee bars, I tried last year, didn't work for my skin. I started experiencing some dryness after using them for awhile. Well, the same thing (only quicker - like 3 days) happened when I used the Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser. I had to stop. Drunk Elephant claims this is good for all skin types, but I have to disagree based on my experience. Will it remove traces of make up? Most definitely. Will it remove excess oil? Definitely. Will it remove pollution & grime? Yes it will. I agree with what they say on their website, but it is way too stripping for my dry skin. It has a pH level of 5.9, but it was drying out my skin. The main ingredients listed are mild surfactant blend, virgin marula oil, glycerin, cantaloupe fruit extract. This cleanser is in gel form. For whatever reason, my skin doesn't react well with gel cleansers. There has only been one gel cleanser that my skin got along with and that was Kat Burki's Ocean Mineral Gel Cleanser. So I think this cleanser will work better for other skin types. For Dry or Normal? Be cautious. Try a sample, and stop if you feel dry. I also want to mention that this cleanser has a clinical scent and it lathers up when water is applied.

Lala Retro Whipped Cream Moisturizer - Sweet (Oily/Combination/Normal/Dry)
This is a really good moisturizer! It's creamy & fluffy, like whip cream! It's not greasy or sticky! It absorbs really well into the skin! Drunk Elephant describes this moisturizer as "A retro-style moisturizer that rehabilitates, brightens and firms skin’s appearance while slowly delivering a steady dose of moisture throughout the day and night." I have to agree with that, because my skin consistently felt hydrated for hours. This moisturizer contains 6 African Oils to deliver and lock in intense moisture for hours. Lala Retro Whipped Cream Moisturizer is for dull, dry and dehydrated skin. I think this moisturizer would work great for all skin types. If you have extremely dry skin, this may not be enough for you during the Winter months (that would be me LOL). But I was very impressed with this. Some other moisturizers that my dry skin REALLY LOVES (supersweet ratings) are Bobbi Brown's Vitamin Enriched Face Base, REN's Ultra Moisture Day Cream and V-Cense Night Cream. Some other really good ones are Kiehl's Ultra Facial CreamIT Cosmetics Confidence In A Cream and Lumene Klassiko Day & Night Cream. I've reviewed a lot of moisturizers. You can read about them here. This moisturizer also has a clinical scent. I'll be giving away a duo just like this on instagram. So look for it.



  1. I haven't tried any Drunk Elephant products because of the price but I think I would probably like these especially the moisturizer. I wear the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Moisturizer which I love because of the price point and lightweight feeling of the moisturizer. However, since I am getting older I feel like I need to start buying serums and moisturizers with more anti wrinkle and anti aging benefits but I also don't like to spend a lot on the products!

  2. The Jelly Cleanser sounds as though it'd also upset my dry/combination skin. I've never tried anything by this brand before and if we're being honest, have never actually heard of it - so thanks for the introduction to their products. I always seem to learn something new on you blog Kim, haha :) x

  3. Seeing that you had mixed experiences with Drunk Elephant in the past, I was interested in reading how it went this time. I would say that this brand seems to be better for some types...Seems like that moisturizer is great, though! The Jelly cleaner seems to depend on a skin type, some products are like that, they work perfectly on one skin type and not so well on others. Lovely reviews. I haven't heard of this brand before. Have a great weekend!

  4. I've never used their products before! This sounds really great!

    Candice |

  5. It's a great duo, although it's a shame they both aren't great for your skin. It's good that they will work better for other skin types though! :)

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend! It was the little one's birthday party yesterday so that was a lot of fun! Today is a quiet day to recover after that busy day and crazy week though, haha!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  6. I've heard so much about this brand, and it's such a shame that you've had mixed reviews about their products!!! I have oily skin, and would like to see if possibly these could work for me!!! thanks so much for an honest review <3

    Serene xoxo

  7. I've been dying to try this set, Kim, but it's always sold out in the Sephora close to! I have oily/combination, so I think this line might work for me. That moisturizer has been on my radar for sooooo long!
    Hope you're having a lovely Sunday:)

  8. Amazing review, Kim! I have dry-normal skin and these might work for me if I use sparingly!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  9. That jelly cleanser sounds so amazing, I definitely need to try it out. I've loved everything I've tried from drunken elephant.

  10. I used to have combination skin, and just a month ago I crossed over to the dry side so thank you for this post. Not just because of the review but also because of the list of moisturizers you've provided for dry skin. Dry skin is not usual skin type here in the Philippines. People here usually have oily skin problems so it was quite tough when I asked some friends on what they can recommend I use.

    Again, thanks for this and I hope you're having an awesome day! :)


  11. I love your honest reviews so much. Most people rave up products and then they don't live up to the hype. I have never used drunk elephant. I love the brand name by the way. 😂💞

  12. I have combination skin but because I live in a dry climate, I still have to be very careful with gel cleansers. After so many misses, I tend to stay away from most of them, although the brand Olle Henriksen makes one I don't mind. The moisturiser from Drunk Elephant does sound lovely, unlike the cleanser!

  13. I like the Drunk Elephant brand but their products tend to be hit or miss for me as well Kim. I think I best stay away from the Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser but the Lala Retro Whipped Cream Moisturizer might be worth a try. I wouldn't mind the clinical scent.

  14. These might be ok for my skin since I have normal combination skin. I've been seeing good reviews on the moisturizer and would check it out!

  15. I've been super excited by this brand since it first landed in Mecca (AU version of Sephora) a while ago. I haven't tried anything yet because of price ($$$$$$$$) but just yesterday tried out a sample of their B Hydra Intensive gel. Tried it after using Charlotte Tilbury's Clay mask and have to say I wasn't impressed. It didn't really hydrate my skin (sample says this is a Godsend for dry skin) only mattified it. Thought it might be me because everyone raves about DE. Glad to see I'm not imagining things hahaha. I have more dry/sensitive skin than oily. That gel would be more suited for someone with oily skin for sure.


  16. I’m glad the moisturizer worked out for you! I’ve heard great things about this brand, but it’s a shame most of it won’t work well for dry skin!


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