Slaai Makeup Melting Butter Cleanser
Drunk Elephant’s Slaai Makeup Melting Butter Cleanser is the brand’s version of a cleansing balm, and like many of its other products, it does exactly what it claims.
Housed in a jar, this comes with a magnetized scoop that sticks to the lid. It’s a thoughtful idea, especially since small ad-ons like this scoop can get misplaced easily. Jar packaging is generally not ideal due to hygiene issues and degradation of beneficial air-sensitive ingredients, but with this type of formula, it’s less of an issue. Because this cleansing balm doesn’t contain water, it’s less susceptible to bacteria, plus Drunk Elephant makes no anti-aging claims for this rinse-off product.
Drunk Elephant advises to smooth this all over your dry face – including your eye area –then add water to emulsify it to remove dirt, debris, and makeup. We found it emulsifies a little less than some other cleansing balms, but effectively removed all three, including waterproof makeup formulas. It left skin feeling hydrated and smoother, thanks to the host of moisturizing ingredients it contains.
Speaking of those, this fragrance-free balm contains numerous non-fragrant plant oils, among them safflower, sunflower, olive, cranberry, borage, watermelon, and sweet almond oils. Because of its emollience, it’s best for those with normal to dry skin, as those with oily or combination skin will find this a bit too rich.
As an adjunct, Drunk Elephant also includes a small tube of Bamboo Booster with it. This mix-in powder is billed as a physical exfoliant you can add into Slaai once or twice a week for a scrub effect. The exfoliation is provided by bamboo extract, charcoal powder, and cellulose. Though the term “scrub” sounds intimidating, the particles here are small enough that they aren’t overly abrasive, and skin is left feeling polished afterward without being irritated.
Overall, it’s yet another winner from Drunk Elephant, and a good cleansing option for parched skin.
- Does a good job removing dirt, oil, and makeup (even waterproof makeup).
- Leaves skin feeling softer, not stripped.
- Bamboo Booster provides gentle scrub action.
- Fragrance free.
- Jar packaging isn’t ideal (though it isn’t as much of a concern here).
Slaai™ is an innovative cleansing balm that melts all traces of dirt, makeup and sunscreen from skin. Gentle enough to be used around the eye area, it quickly transforms from oil to milk upon contact with water. Skin compatible Slaai™ effortlessly removes even water-resistant formulations and is free of PEGs and essential oils.
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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