Kamili Cream Body Cleanser
We don’t typically get overly excited about body wash products, but Drunk Elephant did a really nice job with Kamili Cream Body Cleanser’s skin-softening, gentle formula.
Housed in an opaque, squeeze bottle, the fluid cream-gel texture glides over skin and creates a light lather as it mixes with water. Mild surfactants whisk oil and debris leaving skin clean but not stripped dry. The combination of non-volatile plant oils, including marula and passionfruit, contribute to the velvety, conditioned feel this body cleanser imparts on skin.
Something interesting you’ll notice is that Kamili Cream Body Cleanser has a natural sweet almond scent. While fragrance is typically a red flag for skin irritation, here it comes from a blend of beneficial non-volatile plant oils and extracts that contribute to the aroma in a non-sensitizing way. That’s great news for all skin types, especially those who have reactive skin.
True to Drunk Elephant’s claim, this body wash also contains skin-restorative amino acids. Granted their contact time with skin isn’t prolonged as you’d get from a leave-on formula, but it’s better than nothing, and you really do get a bit of protective feeling layer left behind on skin.
By the way, Drunk Elephant lists the pH as 5.0 front and center on the packaging. This falls into the normal, safe range for cleansers of any kind. (If you’re curious, skin’s average pH is 4.7.)
All told, this body wash creates a pleasant cleansing experience that leaves skin feeling replenished and soft—not tight or dry. The scent is the cherry on top for a safe way to add a little fun to your shower routine. Well done, D.E.!
- Mild cleansing agents whisk oil and debris without stripping skin dry.
- Contains non-fragrant, moisturizing plant oils that leave a velvety soft feel.
- Leaves a lightly protective-feeling layer on skin.
- Sweet almond aroma comes from non-sensitizing/non-volatile ingredients.
Kamili™ Cream Body Cleanser gently cleanses using a stack of ultra-mild surfactants while non-fragrant plant oils and skin-restorative amino acids replenish and soothe, leaving behind a light layer of protective lipids.
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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