Drunk Elephant has long enjoyed a cult following of devoted beauty aficionados. Since launching in 2012, the brand has firmly believed that honest-to-goodness, clean, vegan, and cruelty-free products would speak for themselves. Early adapters from the beauty space, especially editors, were quick to name drop Drunk Elephant as their skincare must-haves. It was as if the catchy, neon-bottled beauty bottles were tickets to the kingdom of cool. From day one, the team was certain about its no advertising, no paid endorsers policy. A decade later, Drunk Elephant’s staunch followers continue to swear by its products and disruptive approach to skincare..
Drunk Elephant founder, Tiffany Masterson, recalls, “I had all sorts of skin issues–combination skin, oily on the t-zone, breakout prone, out of balance, mild rosacea, visible pores. You name it. I was a frustrated, confused brand-hopper searching for anything that would help. Nothing really worked, and if it did, it wouldn’t work for long.” It was then that she began to look into the ingredients used in most beauty products, and discovered six culprits (also known as the Suspicious 6) behind most of our skin woes. They included essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical sunscreen, fragrances/dyes, and SLS.
“Once I eliminated them from my routine, my skin returned to a clear, balanced state. But I couldn’t find products without at least one of the Suspicious 6 in them. So I decided to make them myself,” details Tiffany. Biocompatible formulas that worked hand-in-hand to support overall skin health was the unique selling point that catapulted Drunk Elephant to cult status almost overnight. It also paved the way for a new approach to skincare, which told its followers to “mix instead of layer” Drunk Elephant products. The idea is to combine all the skincare products in one mixture or cocktail (as you see fit for your skin need) then and apply. No waiting for layers to settle. No fuss.
I’d heard rave reviews about Drunk Elephant in the past years–through magazine features, recommendations from friends, and through its very engaging social media page. On trips abroad, stocking up on my favorite Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil was always part of the travel itinerary. It was only when it was announced that Drunk Elephant would finally open in Manila that I’d first been introduced to mixing and the full concept of living the “drunk life.” It opened up a whole new world of possibilities for fully enjoying clean, effective, and efficient skincare.
A Cocktail for Radiant, Young Looking Skin
Begin with the A-Gloei Maretinol Oil. This skin-smoothing retinol formula helps to diminish the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation, blemishes, and sun damage. Infusion of ceramides help fortify that skin barrier and improve its elasticity. Marula Oil deeply moisturizes and soothes out redness and inflammation.
Mix with: C-Firma Fresh Day Serum, a super potent serum that firms, hydrates, brightens, and counters photoaging. It is packaged such that you have to mix it before use. This ensures that the formulation is fresh and at its most powerful.
Complete your radiance skin smoothie with one pump of Protini Polypeptide Cream.
The Power Smoothie For All Skin Types
Protini Polypeptide Cream is a heaven sent for those who seek skin revival and rejuvenation. Using a proprietary formula of peptides, growth factors, and amino acids, this lush potion leaves skin feeling smoother and moisturized. It also aids in diminishing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and signs of sun damage.
Mix with: C-Firma Fresh Day Serum and B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
Glowing Skin All Year Round
B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum is best likened to “a cool drink of water for thirsty skin.” Formulated with pro vitamin B%, and pineapple ceramides, it keeps skin moisturized and feeling hydrated from sun up to sun down.
Mix with: Drunk Elephant’s D-Bronzi Anti Pollution Sunshine Drops is to skin what coffee is to my soul. Try it once and you’ll never go a day without it. It leaves the most subtle, sunkissed glow on all skin while supporting a healthy skin barrier. It’s seriously better than any tinted serum out in the market today. It glides on skin evenly and with ease while leaving a healthy bronze veil. A blend of antioxidants, fatty acids and omega protects the surface from pollution and other environmental aggressors. D-Bronxz is my go-to on days when I don’t feel like piling on makeup but want to step out looking like I’d just come from a sunny holiday.
Add one to two drops of Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil for enhanced dewy finish.
Brighten and Firm Skin Smoothie
Virgin Marula Oil is a skin savior and more. It’s the first product from Drunk Elephant that got me hooked on the brand. Antioxidants combined with omegas 6 and 9 help to restore skin’s youthful glow. I love how Virgin Marula sinks immediately beneath the skin’s surface, leaving it silky and grease-free. Marula Oil is a do-it-all, multi-use ingredient that lends countless skin benefits. Among them, anti-aging, balancing moisture, soothing of skin sensitivities, and protection from environmental aggressors. Apart from face, I also apply Virgin Marula Oil on nails, and hair.
Mix with: C Firma Fresh Day Serum and Protini Cream
A Nightcap for Skin Reborn
Skin peels and resurfacing skincare regimens can be harsh, tedious and often intimidating. The TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum blends only the good stuff to balance and clear skin–glycolor, tartaric, lactic, citric, and salicylic acids. It is infused with raspberry extracts and horse chestnut for the most gentle skin exfoliation sans the drying and peeling. TLC Framboos is great to use around twice each week to clarify skin for maximum absorption of other skin goodies.
Mix with: Lala Retro Whipped Cream, a cloud of African oils and plant ceramides that deeply hydrates and fortifies skin’s acid mantle. For optimum results, add a pump of B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum.