Brand Spotlight: Drunk Elephant- One Brand’s Approach to Clean Beauty

Hey all you lovely people! How was your weekend? Mine? Filled with work. Didn’t get a chance to do much else. It’s engine build season for Chris. That means no time for social life until April/May. Honestly I don’t mind. Chris and I have made it work wonderfully for 6yrs. It’s just the nature of power boating.

Let’s chat Drunk Elephant, as I recently received a HUGE VoxBox/PR Box for testing purposes and review. As always, that just allows me to be able to share with you more about certain brands and/or products. It will never sway my opinion. All of my ingredient knowledge comes from a mix of college or being a research freak. Not a dermatologist and I always suggest consulting one prior to starting a new skincare regimen.

Per Drunk Elephant’s website, they are “clean compatible’ skincare. Drunk Elephant is committed to using only ingredients that either directly benefit the skin’s health or support the integrity and effectiveness of our formulations. We never take into account an ingredient’s synthetic or natural status, but instead choose based on bio compatibility. You won’t find what we can the ‘Suspicious 6’ in our products (Essential Oils, Drying Alcohols, Silicones, Chemical Sunscreens, Fragrances/Dyes, SLS) making them, in our opinion, appropriate for all skin.”

Now I have preached over and over again that I love various essential oils in my skincare. So, I do not 100% agree with that statement. But, if the essential oils are coming from plants sprayed with anything other than water, sunshine and love, then yes… do not use those ingredients! You are only putting more toxins on yourself. Trust, me we all get enough from the environment. On the other hand, this statement is promising and important to many of my family, friends and readers. I love that the company has these ethical standards and is designed, tested and made in the USA.

It’s no secret that I have super oily skin. Thanks Pop! However, with winter approaching from the west, I can expect a few pop ups of dull, dry and even scaly areas. Drunk Elephant;s belief is to get ahead of it and stay balanced all year round. When I compare my favorites to Drunk Elephant, I do stand more confident in Young Living’s clean beauty philosophy of eliminating over 2600 ingredients.

Drunk Elephant is definitely a lifestyle brand. When you are in Sephora, you cannot help but notice their line. Or, that are other brands are starting to mimic their packaging. Yes, they have had their share of drama. Just go to YouTube. But, that isn’t what we are here to chat about. It’s just merely a step in the right direction towards ethical standards and worrying about consumers, instead of poisoning us and asking us to buy more.

Marula oil, found in much of Drunk Elephant’s line, is extracted from the nuts of the marula tree. I have used it all the way from kitchen to skincare. The fatty acids make for a nice slip in the pan. When I take a quick glance at a couple of their products, I do see some possibly questionable unpronounceable ingredients. As consumers, we are hyper-aware that this isn’t good for us. But, we continue to support brands anyways. Why?

Take for example- ethylhexlglycerin. This is a relatively new conditioning agent and preservative. Companies are using it as an alternative to parabans and will claim its from natural sources. After starting its life as a vegetable oil, it foes through so many chemical processes to become truly not natural and a possible skin/eye irritant.

Moral of the story? Research and find out what is acceptable to you and your loved ones. If something isn’t… speak up! The more of us telling brands it isn’t acceptable, the more likely we will make a difference.

Stayed tuned for reviews on many of their products coming soon!

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