Drunk Elephant is an emerging skin care line started by Tiffany Masterson, who worked in the beauty industry but found few products that both worked well and minimized the amount of toxins, fragrances, and harmful ingredients.
“One of my motivations in developing Drunk Elephant was to minimize my children’s exposure to toxic chemicals, hormone-mimicking fragrances and natural allergic sensitizers that we as consumers do not understand well enough. I was also attracted to the concept of having healthy skin that ages naturally and gracefully.”
No product has any form of added fragrance–according to the line, the products simply smell like what they are made from.
There are many, many positive user reviews for this line, which is available at Sephora. After reaching out to the company, I was sent Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense Sunscreen SPF 30 ($38).
The Drunk Elephant Umbra sunscreen is an ideal product for those with sensitive skin. According to the line, the product is…
A broad-spectrum, cell-energizing sunblock loaded with potent antioxidants to fight free radicals and also deliver powerful UV protection, anti-aging benefits and a glowing, iridescent finish.
Umbra™ is a physical formulation loaded with antioxidants that aid in the prevention of oxidative cell damage and photoaging. Infused with Sunflower Shoot Extract, Astaxanthin, Raspberry Seed Oil and Marula Oil, Umbra™ will leave your skin healthy and protected — without any residue or greasiness. Ideal for all skin tones.
This physical block is formulated without any chemical sunscreens, which have been known to cause irritation and are not as effective as the natural alternative, Zinc Oxide. It is difficult to formulate a physical sunblock that is suitable for all skin tones, but we have done just that. Drunk Elephant formulations only contain ingredients that are there to benefit skin health and support the formulation, keeping them safe and making them ideal for even the most sensitive skin.
The sunscreen feels slightly moisturizing, in a light mousse format. I found that the chalky white that one sometimes gets with physical sunscreens fades in about two minutes to a clear, almost imperceptible pink tint on the skin. Here it is just a moment after application on my arm:
After it sinks into the skin, Drunk Elephant Umbra sunscreen works well under fountain. I noticed no pilling or breakouts. It does not feel heavy, although it does include skin care ingredients and so you may notice a slight moisturizing effect. I found that my foundation did not break down any earlier in the day using it. Having worn this for over a week in searing-hot, bright Northern California, I found the sun protection well in line with what I would expect from an SPF 30 product. The ingredients:
I really enjoy this product–I think it adds a little something something to my skincare routine, plus I love the fact that the products is comparatively pure. I love new innovations. If you have skin that reacts to sun protection, this may be absolutely perfect for you.
The line also sent over a travel sized version of their skincare cleanser bars–the exfoliating, purifying Juju bar and the moisturizing/balancing Pekee ($18 for the set). I love that these are actually travel bars, not liquid–in other words, they are truly packable without taking up valuable baggie space. Full sized versions of these are available at $28 each.
I’ve been primarily using the Pekee bar, which has a soft, clay-like scent. I’m surprised how well it does at cleaning and exfoliating. This small power has some gentle power working in there. Again, loving the simple ingredient list:
Overall, I’m impressed with the line, I purchased the Drunk Elephant Framboos Night Serum ($90), but it’s just arrived. Hopefully, this overview is helpful to those with sensitive skin, or those who do not wish to have have fragrance or other irritants in their skincare.
The Juju and Peekee bars and Umbra sunscreen was provided to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. Affiliate links.