Drunk Elephant has long enjoyed a cult following among devoted beauty enthusiasts. Since its launch in 2012, the brand has firmly believed that fair, clean, vegan and cruelty-free products should speak for themselves. Early adapters from the beauty world, especially editors, were quick to list Drunk Elephant as their skincare must-haves. It was as if the catchy neon bottle beauty bottles were tickets to the kingdom of cool. From day one, the team was assured of a no advertising, no paid endorser policy. Ten years later, Drunk Elephant’s loyal followers continue to swear by its products and innovative approach to skin care.
Drunk Elephant founder Tiffany Masterson recalls, “I had all kinds of skin issues: combination skin, oily on the t-zone, prone to breakouts, out of balance, mild rosacea, visible pores. You name it. I was a frustrated , confused brand hopper looking for anything that could help. Nothing really worked, and if it did, it wouldn’t work for long. It was then that she began researching the ingredients used in most beauty products and discovered six culprits (aka Suspect 6) behind most of our skin problems include essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical sunscreens, fragrances/dyes, and SLS.
“Once I removed them from my routine, my skin returned to a clear, balanced state. But I couldn’t find any products without at least one of the Suspicious 6 in it, so I decided to make my own,” says Tiffany. formulas working 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 skin care, which told followers to “mix instead of layer” Drunk Elephant products. The idea is to combine all of the skincare products into one mixture or cocktail (as you deem fit for your skin’s needs) and then apply. You don’t have to wait for the layers have settled in. No fuss.
I had heard rave reviews about Drunk Elephant over the years, through magazine articles, recommendations from friends, and through the highly engaging social media page. When traveling abroad, stocking up on my favorite Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil was always part of the itinerary. It wasn’t until it was announced that Drunk Elephant would finally open in Manila that I was first introduced to mixing and living the full concept of the ‘drunken life’. It opened up a whole new world of possibilities to fully enjoy clean, effective and efficient skin care.
A cocktail for radiant, young-looking skin
Start with the A-Glow Maretinol Oil. This skin-smoothing formula with retinol helps reduce fine lines, hyperpigmentation, breakouts and sun damage. Infusion of ceramides helps strengthen that skin barrier and improve its elasticity. Marula oil deeply moisturizes and soothes redness and inflammation.
Mix with: C-Firma Fresh Day Serum, a super-powerful serum that firms, hydrates, brightens and fights photoaging. It is packaged in such a way that you have to mix it before use. This ensures that the formulation is fresh and powerful.
Complete your radiant skin smoothie with one pump Protini Polypeptide Cream.
The Power Smoothie For All Skin Types
Protini Polypeptide Cream is heaven sent for those seeking skin renewal and rejuvenation. Using a proprietary formula of peptides, growth factors and amino acids, this luscious potion leaves skin feeling smoother and hydrated. It also helps reduce 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 compared to “a cool glass of water for thirsty skin.” Formulated with pro-vitamin B% and pineapple ceramides, it keeps skin hydrated and hydrated from dawn to dusk.
Mix with: Drunk Elephants D-Bronzi Anti Pollution Sunshine Drops is to skin what coffee is to my soul. Try it once and you won’t go a day without it. It leaves the most subtle, sunkissed glow on all skin while supporting a healthy skin barrier. It is seriously better than any colored serum on the market today. It glides evenly and easily on the skin while leaving behind a healthy bronze veil. A mix of antioxidants, fatty acids and omega protects the surface against pollution and other harmful external influences. D-Bronxz is my go-to on days when I don’t feel like piling on makeup but want to look like I just got off a sunny vacation.
Add one to two drops Virgin Marula luxury facial oil for an enhanced dewy finish.
Smoothie for brightening and firm skin
Virgin Marula Oil is a skin saver and more. It’s Drunk Elephant’s first product that got me hooked on the brand. Antioxidants in combination with omega 6 and 9 help restore the skin’s youthful glow. I love how Virgin Marula sinks right below the surface of the skin, leaving it silky smooth and oil free. Marula oil is a versatile ingredient that offers countless skin benefits. Among them, anti-aging, balancing moisture, soothing skin sensitivities and protecting against outside aggressors. In addition to face, I also apply Virgin Marula Oil to nails and hair.
Mix with: C Firma Fresh Day Serum and Protini cream
A nightcap for reborn skin
Skin peels and skin resurfacing skin care regimens can be harsh, tedious and often intimidating. The TLC Raspberry Glycolic Night Serum combines only the good stuff to balance and purify the skin: glycolic acid, tartaric acid, lactic acid, citric acid and salicylic acid. It is infused with raspberry extracts and horse chestnut for the gentlest skin exfoliation without drying and peeling. TLC Raspberry is great to use about twice a week to brighten skin for maximum absorption of other skin products.
Mix with: Lala Retro Whipped Cream, a cloud of African oils and plant ceramides that deeply hydrates and strengthens the skin’s acid mantle. Add a pump for optimal results B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum.