05.13.2016
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Drunk ElephantLala Retro Whipped Cream
1.69 fl. oz. for $60
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Of all the hassles that go along with having dry skin, even seasonally so, few are more vexing than shopping for the right moisturizer to soothe it. Drunk Elephant’s Lala Retro Whipped Cream wants to be the solution to both beauty conundrums. This staffer-approved moisturizer is thick with the types of ingredients that can make good on its claims to “rehab and recover” even the flakiest of faces.

Drunk Elephant created a surprisingly pleasant texture—a truly fluffy, non-greasy cream. Fragrance-free, this is an ideal choice for those with sensitive skin, too.

Blending several plant oils, vegetable-derived fatty acids and other skin-replenishing ingredients, Lala Retro Whipped Cream focuses on moisturizing and restoring skin. Rather than focusing on dozens of beauty concerns, this cream is all about the concept of taking dull, tight and flaky skin and turning it around. And turn around it certainly can.

Its whipped texture lends itself to softening stubborn dry spots, works well as an eye cream, or as an all-over luxury to drench skin and seal in the moisture. (Let’s just say my face didn’t know the coldest months of winter were a thing this year.)

During the fall of 2016, Drunk Elephant debuted Lala Retro Whipped Cream in an airless jar, which makes using it more convenient (and keeps its beneficial ingredients safe). FYI: Look for the airless jar version available widely late October to mid-November. Sahara-dry skin types, rejoice.

Pros:
  • Capable of rehydrating annoyingly dry skin.
  • Unique, whipped texture (re: non-greasy).
  • Contains a mix of plant oils, fatty acids and other skin-restoring ingredients.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • None.
Last Updated:09.12.2016
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
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A retro-style moisturizer that rehabilitates, brightens, firms and thickens skin while slowly and steadily delivering a steady dose of moisture throughout the day and night.

Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Isopropyl Isostearate, Pseudozyma Epicola/Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil/Glucose/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Meal/Malt Extract/Yeast Extract Ferment Filtrate, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetearyl Alcohol, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Plantain (Plantago Lanceolata) Extract, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Schinziophyton Rautanenii Kernel Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-6 Ximenia Americana Seedate, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tocopherol, Ceteareth-20, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol.

Brand Overview

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 leave out what wasn’t 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 brand’s 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. We don’t know how true that is, and it's not really related to skincare, but the brand’s name is certainly different.

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, we’re 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.

Strengths: A solid, though limited array of well-crafted skincare formulas; commitment to fragrance-free products.

Weaknesses:Their products are on the pricey side; limited options for those struggling with acne and discolorations.

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