Drunk Elephant is an independent brand that has been doing so well that there’s even talk of it’s being acquired by Estee Lauder but it is a pricey skin care brand. Which is why I really loved the sets that Sephora had featuring a number of popular travel size products from this brand.
I bought a number of these sets including the “NightBright” Set which gave me a chance to try the well reviewed Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and the Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil to see what all the hype was about. Here are my reviews of these two products.
The travel sizes contained 8ml /.27 fl oz of product which lasted me about three weeks which was definitely long enough to test these two products out.
Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil Review
This amazingly absorbent oil delivers clinically proven antiaging benefits and advanced protection against environmental stressors and free radicals. Look for a noticeable reduction in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, redness, and blotchiness, with a marked improvement in skin elasticity. Anti-microbial and appropriate for all skin types, this antioxidant-rich formula leaves skin completely nourished and smooth with no greasy residue.
100% Unrefined Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Kernel Oil.
I love oils and despite having combination/oily skin, I use many of them on my skin and love doing so. Some of my favorites are documented here. Although I’ve tried many, many oils, I’ve never tried marula oil because although I can get it at a good price online, it was still been a bit more expensive than the oils I use. I don’t like spending more that $20 on oils. Plus I use so many oils and most of them contain more or less the same healing properties, so I didn’t think I needed to add marula oil to my life.
That has all changed with this Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil. From the moment I used it, I was in love. It is so light and fragrance free and my skin looked so smooth and well moisturized with this oil on. I love it so much it is now my top facial oil knocking my beloved emu oil from its top spot.
It also absorbs very quickly leaving an almost matte finish. Not greasy looking at all. It really is an amazing oil and my skin just looks so healthy and smooth with this on. I can’t say enough good things about this oil. I used this morning and night and it also worked great underneath makeup.
HOWEVER, this Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil costs $72 at Sephora for 1 oz. and I didn’t see myself spending this much before seeing whether I could find this oil for a cheaper price that works about the same.
Once I finished this Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil I was able to buy another 100% pure marula oil from another brand on sale for less than $20 for 1 oz, and while the texture is slightly thicker and there is a slight smell that I don’t care for, it appears to give me the same results as the one from Drunk Elephant so win for me!
But if the price isn’t a deterrent, I highly recommend the Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil. As for the anti-aging benefits, that still remains to be seen but these oils contain many of these anti-aging and healing properties so it’s nothing that’s unique to marula oil.
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum Review
A 12 percent AHA/BHA serum for night that refines and resurfaces skin to reveal a smoother and more radiant complexion.
This high-tech gel resurfaces dull, congested skin, gently lifting dead skin cells away by gently dissolving the glue that holds them to the surface. The results are greater clarity and a smoother, more even-toned complexion. Formulated with a dream team AHA/BHA blend, T.L.C. Framboos™ sinks in easily and delivers effective chemical exfoliation without the harsh side effects like dryness or sensitization. Fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and other signs of aging will be greatly diminished, along with excess oiliness and the appearance of pores. Go from a drab complexion to an absolutely luminous one practically overnight.
Water, Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Buddleja Davidii Meristem Cell Culture, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae (Yeast) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Cactus) Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Propanediol, Xanthan Gum, Galactoarabinan, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjustor), Phenoxyethanol.
I’ve tried AHAs (glycolic acid, etc) and BHAs (lactic acid, etc) many times because of the many skin beneficial claims but none of them really made me finish the products, let alone repurchase them. They are certainly recommended to be part of a good skin care /anti aging regimen but I just never saw any skin benefits to using them. Sometimes, they even made my skin worse so I wasn’t really expecting much from this Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum.
I used this Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and then followed up with the Marula Oil at night after cleansing. I did this four or five times a week.
By the third week, I was ready to write this off as a waste of time and money although one thing that I noticed from the first time I used it was how gentle it was. I have sensitive skin and despite this being 12% AHA/BHA, I didn’t notice any negative reaction which I’ve noticed before with products with concentrations this high and over.
So if you have sensitive skin and are looking for an AHA/BHA to try, I would recommend this just based on how non irritating and gentle it is.
But I was looking for results and didn’t really think this was having much of an effect in clearing up my dark post acne spots. Well one morning I was doing my makeup and didn’t want to use foundation. I only wanted to spot conceal my dark marks and simply use powder on top.
Well as I was spot concealing I realized that I didn’t have to use as much concealer as I had thought on my dark spot. Well this helped me realize how much this Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum was helping to reduce them. Though my dark marks weren’t going away as fast as I wanted, they were still fading.
I also started to notice by the third week that my gigantic pores were looking smaller and something else unexpected occurred. I started to notice that my acne was no longer as much as it was before (although it is not normally bad anyway). It was almost non-existent even when I went through my hormonal period. This completely sold Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum to me.
I also noticed the difference in my skin once I ran out of this and started using other products. My acne came back and my skin wasn’t looking as smooth as before.
While this Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum costs $90 for 1 fl. oz. at Sephora, I had to go ahead and buy it because of the marked change in my skin texture, dark marks and reduction (to almost zero) of my acne while being extremely gentle and non-irritating. (This purchase also helped me take advantage of the current 2X points on any skin care purchases for Beauty Insiders which ends 1/22/16)
Unlike the Marula Oil, I have tried other AHAs and BHAs and none of them gave me the results that I obtained from this Drunk Elephant T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum while being extremely gentle, so I couldn’t go looking for a cheaper alternative and just had to bite the bullet.
I definitely highly recommend this Drunk Elephant T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and can’t wait to see what my skin looks like after using this for a few months or so. Will update if anything changes.
Drunk Elephant has really impressed me with their skincare products besides the above two. I am currently testing out other Drunk Elephant products and so far also liking them so in addition to recommending the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, I also recommend this brand.
If the Drunk Elephant NightBright Set which is currently out of stock ever becomes available which contains these two products, you should definitely grab it. I got it for only $28 at Sephora which is an inexpensive way to try products from this brand if you’re not ready to splurge on the full size products.
Rating – 9.5/10