Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser
Drunk Elephant's Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser is the brand's first non-bar cleanser, and though it certainly isn't among the least expensive facial cleansers, it's still a very good option.
Beste comes in a squeeze tube that dispenses a clear, gelatinous cleanser. You're instructed to smooth it onto wet or dry skin, then add water to create a light foam. The gentle cleansing agents included in the formula are effective at removing dirt, oil, debris, and makeup without stripping or drying skin. In fact, skin is left feeling softer after washing, in part due to the inclusion of the brand's signature marula oil.
The rest of the formula includes some hydrating and skin-soothing ingredients, which, though they are rinsed from skin in this product, are welcome additions during the cleansing process. All told, this is a good face wash, especially for Drunk Elephant fans who've been looking for an alternative to the brand's solid bar cleansers.
- Gently yet effectively removes dirt, oil, debris, and makeup.
- Rinses cleanly.
- Leaves skin feeling soft, not dry or tight.
- Fragrance free.
With a unique blend of mild surfactants and makeup dissolving emollients, this gentle formula rinses away without an ounce of residue, leaving skin clean and soft.
Drunk Elephant At-A-Glance
Drunk Elephant, based out of Los Angeles, California, was started in 2012 by former skincare executive Tiffany Masterson. As their website describes, Masterson developed the brand out of a desire to create natural-themed formulas that were truly effective. Beyond effectiveness, Masterson wanted to leave out what wasnt effective - primarily fragrance. We concur, because fragrance isn't skincare.
We were pleasantly surprised by this stance, as in our experience, the inclusion of an abundance of fragrance is where many natural-themed brands seem to go wrong, along with using too few beneficial ingredients or formulas. Fragrance, whether from essential oils or synthetic perfumes, is never helpful for skin because over the long term, it can cause damage that holds any skin type back from being its healthy best.
As for the brands unconventional name, Drunk Elephant is in reference to anecdotes that African wildlife, including elephants, partake on the fallen, fermented fruit of the marula tree, an indulgence that leads to intoxication.
Drunk Elephant avoids using ingredients like non-mineral sunscreen actives, silicones, and parabens, even though countless studies have indicated these ingredients are safe (Journal of the Academy of Dermatology, 2013 and Skin Therapy Letters, 2013). Regardless, were just happy that the line has made it a focal point to use what research has been shown improves skin concerns like sun damage, breakouts and signs of aging, and leave out everything else. They're also using some novel yet potentially exciting ingredients in many of their formulas.
Drunk Elephant line is a small line, but tends to make each product count, or at least puts an unconventional twist on the norm. Overall, we came away impressed with most of its products and (usually) smart packaging.
Many of the formulas include the ingredient marula oil, which is an ingredient the brand favors due to the fact it contains an array of beneficial fatty acids, calming agents, and antioxidants (Journal of Food Lipids, 2004 and Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2014). It's a good ingredient, but there are many excellent non-fragrant plant oils, including coconut, jojoba, sunflower, and more, of which have similar benefits, meaning marula oil isn't the best out there, just one good oil among many.
Though the price tags are absolutely on the higher end, if you decide to to splurge on some key items, this is a good line to do so!
For more information, visit the brand at www.drunkelephant.com.
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