E-Rase Milki Micellar Water
Drunk Elephant’s E-Rase Milki Micellar Water is a bit different from traditional micellar waters, but in this case that’s a good thing because it makes this product is a little more versatile.
Packaged in an opaque bottle that protects the potency of its beneficial ingredients, as its name implies, this liquid has a milky, moisturizing texture that resembles a toner for normal, combination, or dry skin instead of the water-like texture common among most micellar products. As advertised, it does an admirable job removing dirt, oil, and makeup, dissolving even waterproof and longwearing formulas quickly. If you use this strictly for makeup removal, you might want to rinse skin just to make sure all traces of makeup are gone, but there is more value to this than just the removal process…
Drunk Elephant recommends using this as part of your normal skin care routine to “refresh” skin and because of its gentle formula, we agree that’s a good use – again, although they don’t market it as such, it bears a very close resemblance to a toner! It also contains a number of non-fragrant, moisturizing, and antioxidant-rich plant oils, among them marula, baobab, almond, and watermelon oils. Additionally, this contains three skin-replenishing ceramides and cholesterol to further nourish and soothe skin.
All told, this is a very good, multi-faceted product that’s worth checking out!
- Soothing, milky texture is good for normal, combination, and dry skin.
- Does a great job removing dirt, oil, and makeup (even waterproof formulas).
- Contains numerous non-fragrant, moisturizing, antioxidant plant oils.
- Includes skin-restoring ceramides and cholesterol.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
Made with ultra-mild micelles, soothing vitamin E, replenishing fatty acids, and antioxidant-rich, nonfragrant plant oils (marula, baobab, mongongo, wild melon seed, ximenia seed, passionfruit, and sweet almond), E-Rase™ nourishes skin while dissolving and lifting away makeup and dirt, is barrier-supportive, and may be used anytime you need a quick skin refreshment.
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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