Lala Retro Whipped Cream
Drunk Elephant’s Lala Retro Whipped Cream had a little bit of a facelift since we last reviewed it, but it remains an exemplary moisturizer for normal, combination, and dry skin.
This fragrance-free cream retains the same packaging – an airless jar that protects its delicate ingredients from light and air exposure. One note: Drunk Elephant often offers minis of its products, and the smaller version of this moisturizer does not come in an airless jar, which is something to keep in mind.
The airy texture is fluffy yet substantial, offering impressive, non-greasy hydration that gives skin an instant boost. Most skin types will appreciate this, though those with very oily skin will likely find this too emollient.
The ingredient list has changed only slightly, meaning the non-fragrant plant oils, vegetable-derived fatty acids, and other skin-replenishing ingredients that made this such a great product in the first place are still present. New to the formula are a barrier-supporting blend of ceramides, cholesterol, and phytosphingosine.
While certainly not the least expensive option available, Lala Retro Whipped Cream remains a good, luxurious moisturizing option for a range of skin types.
- Unique, whipped texture that’s non-greasy.
- Contains non-fragrant plant oils, fatty acids, and restoring ingredients to replenish skin.
- Full-size packaging protects ingredients from light and air exposure.
- Fragrance free.
This multi-faceted rescue cream, infused with six rare African oils and plant ceramide complex, provides replenishing barrier support by reinforcing skin's acid mantle and defending against the effects of everyday stressors. Sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer easily soaks in to release intense hydration. In addition, antioxidant-rich fermented green tea helps combat signs of aging. Loaded with omega acids, Lala helps skin retain long-lasting moisture, forming a protective layer that allows skin to function at its optimal level. Lala Retro™ is a whipped, dream-come-true for tired, dry skin.
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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