Fave Five: The Best Drunk Elephant Products

by Gio
best drunk elephant products

I never thought anyone could take the place of Paula’s Choice in my heart (and skincare stash). But gosh, Drunk Elephant is giving it its best shot.

I kid you not, everything I’ve tried from Drunk Elephant has swept me off my feet. You know how rare is that?!

Its secret? Rather than churning out a new skincare product every month just because it can, Drunk Elephant takes the time to develop serums, moisturisers and co that really do what they say on the tin. That’s even rarer.

But, if every product works, how the heck do you choose the best ones?! Good news is, you can’t go wrong. But I do have my faves. 🙂

Here they are, the best Drunk Elephant products:

Best For Combination Skin: Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum ($90.00/£76.00)

Have dryish skin with blackheads and can’t decide between glycolic acid and salicylic acid? Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum has both. 12% glycolic acid removes dead skin cells, hydrates skin, and reduces the signs of sun damage, such as wrinkles and dark spots. 1% salicylic acid gets inside the pores, unclogging them from all the gunk that causes breakouts and blackheads. Like that weren’t enough, the serum also has some lactic acid, an hydrating exfoliant. Basically, the serum addresses both sun damage and breakouts, making it an amazing option for combination. But anyone can use it (unless you have sensitive skin). Did I mention it contains antioxidants and hyaluronic acid to prevent wrinkles and keep skin hydrated too?

Available at: Cult BeautySephora and SpaceNK

Related: Glycolic Acid VS Salicylic Acid: Which One Is Right For You?

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Best For Brightening Skin: Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum ($80.00/£67.00)

Vitamin C is an antioxidant on steroids. It fights the free radicals that cause wrinkles, promotes the production of collagen that keeps skin firm, and even reduces dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Together with vitamin E and Ferulic acid (they’re both in Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum, too), it even boosts the effectiveness of your sunscreen! Add in some more antioxidants (such as green tea and licorice extracts), hydrating hyaluronic acid, and moisturizing marula oil and you have another wonderful formula that’s perfect for dry skin (oily skin may find it a little sticky). Oh, don’t let the yellowish hue of the serum fool you. Usually, that’s a sign that vitamin C has gone bad, but this serum contains ingredients (anti-irritant tetrahydro curcuminoids, if you’re curious) that have a yellow colour.

Available at: Cult BeautySephora and SpaceNK

Related: Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum Full Review

drunk elephant b-hydra hydration serum

Best For Dehydrated Skin: Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel ($52.00/£44.00)

If your skin’s in need of moisture, look no further than Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel. It’s full of humectants, such as hyaluronic acid and panthenol, that attract moisture from the environment into the skin, keeping it hydrated without adding oil to it. If you have dry skin, it’s a great gel to layer under your fave moisturiser. Oily skin? It may double up as moisturiser for you. Oh, it also has its fair share of antioxidants, including pineapple and bearberry extracts, that help fight wrinkle-causing free radicals. Plus, it feels so refreshing on the skin!

Available at: Cult Beauty, Sephora and SpaceNK

Related: What The Heck Are Humectants And What Should You Use Them?

Best For Anti-Aging: Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream ($50.00/£62.00)

Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream isn’t for the faint of heart (or should I say, skin?). This baby contains a whooping 1% retinol, an antiaging superstar that fights wrinkles on 3 fronts: it destroys free radicals, boosts collagen production and speeds up the skin’s natural exfoliating process. The catch? 1% retinol is VERY irritating. To avoid redness and irritation, start with a smaller concentration of retinol and work your way up to this. It’s worth it. Retinol aside, it’s loaded with antioxidants that prevent premature wrinkles, natural oils to moisturize skin, and niacinamide, the skincare jolly that hydrates skin, soothes irritations, fades away dark spots, fights wrinkles and even helps treat acne. In other words, it’s one of the best antiaging products I’ve seen in a long time.

Available at: Cult Beauty, Sephora, and SpaceNK

Related: What Strength Of Retinol Do You Need?

drunk elephant protini polypeptide cream

Best For All Skin Types: Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream ($68.00/£57.00)

Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream is loaded with every peptide you can think of. But, that’s not what impresses me. Peptides aren’t the anti-aging miracle the press makes them out to be. Heck, most of the “proof” they work comes from the manufacturer. Not the most unbiased of sources… So, why did it make it the list? It’s also loaded with amino acids (the building blocks of your skin) to moisturise skin and plump it up – without clogging your pores and giving you breakouts. Its lightweight, gel-like texture sinks in immediately, leaving skin softer, smoother, and dewy. The best part? It works for all skin types. But I’ll warn you: once you try it, you wouldn’t want to use anything else…

Available at: Cult BeautySephora and SpaceNK

Related: The Truth About Peptides In Skincare: Do They Really Work?

What do you think are the best Drunk Elephant products? Share your fave picks in the comments below.



Janessa August 2, 2016 - 5:59 pm

I’ve always wanted to try their products but didn’t know where to start! Thanks so much for reviewing these! <3

Gio August 2, 2016 - 8:47 pm

Janessa, my pleasure! You can’t go wrong with this brand, but these are the best things they have to offer, in my humble opinion.

Alexandra Maryashina August 2, 2016 - 8:56 pm

I’ve heard so many good things about their sunscreens. Even beautypedia gives them highest reviews. But the brand is kinda pricey, though:((

Gio August 3, 2016 - 7:33 pm

Alexandra, the price is the only thing I don’t like about them. But at least you’re getting your money’s worth. Their ingredients are proven to work, unlike, let’s say… La Mer that charges you an outrageous amount of money for a blend of mineral oil, petrolatum and glycerin.

Laurie August 3, 2016 - 1:32 am

I’m on my second bottle of the C-Firma Day Serum. I like it because it has hyaluronic acid in the formula and is half the price of Skinceuticals CE Ferulic. I’m curious about the rest of the line, though, especially the Glycolic Serum. Since I have combination skin, I like the the idea of AHA and BHA in one product!

Gio August 3, 2016 - 7:36 pm

Laurie, isn’t it great that we have so many alternatives for CE Ferulic these days? And if you like C-Firma, you’ll love the glycolic serum too. You do get the best of both worlds.

Bethney Bonilla August 8, 2016 - 6:12 am

Yay! I’m so happy you reviewed DE!! I’ve been using the T.L.C. FRAMBOOS GLYCOLIC NIGHT SERUM and the C- Firma Day serum for a couple of months and love them both so far! Do you think the juju/peekee bars and B-HYDRA INTENSIVE HYDRATION GEL are worth trying for my combo skin? I am always on a hunt for a gentle cleanser and hydrating but not heavy moisturizer. Currently using First Aid Beauty’s Cleansing Milk Oil and Elta M.D. PM Therapy (not too happy with this one).

Thanks so much!

Gio August 11, 2016 - 2:57 pm

Bethney, I’ve been wanting to write this post for a long time. DE really is an amazing brand. The B-Hydra Gel and Juju Bar would work very well for combo skin indeed.

Sorry to hear you’re not happy with the ELTA moisturizer. What’s wrong with it?

Bethney Bonilla August 14, 2016 - 6:27 pm

Wonderful, I will try it!

I love my Elta MD UV Clear SPF but the PM Therapy has been a bit difficult to apply after a serum and it leaves a bit of a strange film.

Gio August 17, 2016 - 9:13 pm

How disappointing! I’m sure DE will work better for you. 🙂

Maggie February 18, 2017 - 10:23 pm

Do you use the vitamin c serum and the night serum every day? On the same day? My skin is peeling, so I’m nervous that I’m overusing it…. should I space them out?

Gio February 27, 2017 - 12:11 pm

Maggie, that depends. Some people can use them together at the same time, others need to alternate them. If your skin is peeling, definitely space them out.

Jane April 28, 2017 - 12:42 am

If you had to choose one brand, would you choose Paula’s Choice or Drunk Elephant?

Gio April 29, 2017 - 12:54 pm

Jane, that’s such a tough question! I will have to go with Paula’s Choice just because it offers more choice. They make boosters, have a line for every skin type, etc. Drunk Elephant is a newer brand so I am sure they will expand their offerings with time. All their products are amazing, though so you can’t really go wrong with either brand.

Kimberly Lightfoot January 23, 2018 - 2:26 pm

What are your thoughts on their tinted sunscreen??

Gio January 28, 2018 - 3:46 pm

Kimberley, I love it. I don’t think it was available when I wrote this post or I’d have added it in. 🙂

Celeste January 28, 2019 - 3:20 am

Can the C-firma destroy the skin barrier? I bought it and started using it….and now I have Perioral Dermatitis :/ mainly around my mouth and under my right eye. This was the only new product I introduced to my face at the time. Before that – I had flawless skin for years other than the occasional pimple from hormones once a month. I have combo skin…leaning more on the oily side of things.

Gio February 7, 2019 - 6:33 pm

Celeste, it shouldn’t happen but if you have very sensitive skin, there is a small chance this much vitamin C is too much for your skin.

tiffany August 23, 2019 - 5:00 am

First, I should say that it’s because of your website that I have taken control of my skin’s health AND I’m not susceptible to all of those fad skincare items that don’t deliver on their promises but charge exorbitant prices!
I was wondering – I had been using Dr. Dennis Gross’ overnight serum with retinol and ferulic acid. I just bought the drunk elephant retinol cream. I couldn’t find anywhere the % of retinol for DDG. If you had to choose between the two for ultimate effectiveness, which one would you say is overall a better choice? I’ve been debating which item to purchase more of in the future. I am trying out the DE retinol cream today 🙂 Thanks and keep up the awesome work for your blog!!

Gio September 15, 2019 - 7:30 pm

Tiffany, you’ve made my day! That’s exactly the reason why I’m doing all this. 🙂

They’re both great products, it just depends on what stage of your retinol journey you’re on. Dr Dennis Gross doesn’t disclose the % so it’s probably small and suitable for beginners. DE is the opposite, is very harsh and irritating, and only for pros. I recommend you try something in the middle, like 0.5% first. Paula’s Choice, The Ordinary and Skinceuticals have products with 0.5% retinol.

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