Guilty Pleasure Lush Skin Treatment By Drunk Elephant: Lala Retro Whipped Cream
Hi girls! This time, I would like to introduce you with my newest moisturizer from Drunk Elephant (it's an American brand) and the prologue is quite long, because I am so excited to share the story behind the brand. Ready to bear with me? hehe...
Few months ago, while searching for a miraculous moisturizer for my dry and sensitive skin, I came across to know and meet Drunk Elephant. This brand is relatively new (the first article about them appeared back in 2015), and their products are available in Sephora and Dermstore. Based on my clean and green beauty principal (which I'd rather use a product that contains more than 70% natural and organic source ingredients), to be honest with you, Drunk Elephant is a little bit contradicting.
This brand brings a new wave in the beauty industry by committed to bring a clinically-effective, and clean skincare formulated with both cutting-edge synthetic (proven to be low hazard by studies) and natural ingredients (so it is not 100% natural and organics); and without the ubiquitous toxins, sensitizers and irritants, such as the disruptive essential oils, that block the pathway to healthy and glowing skin. Based on the claims, on the formulations' stage they are paying a close attention to keep their product in balance PH and low- toxicity levels when using some synthetic ingredients. You can learn more about their ideology here.
A little bit about the brand's history, Drunk Elephant was founded by Tiffany Masterson from Houston, Texas. She is a mother of four and have an intense need to give her children the best in everything, including safe and non-toxic skincare. Before launching Drunk Elephant, she experienced various skincare problems from acne, combination/Oily in T-Zone, sensitive skin and got visible pores as well. After trying so many products, she decided to learn more on how to create the best skincare to satisfy her needs. Amongst all, she fell in love with the African Virgin Marula Oil that rich with fatty acids and antioxidants, so she decided to use Virgin Marula Oil in each of her skincare products; which we can found in every Drunk Elephant's skincare products.
Some of their product range already received awards from Allure Best of Beauty, Allure Reader's Choice, Instyle Best Beauty Buys, Beauty Choice Awards and Stylecaster Picks. Many of my fellow beauty enthusiasts also recommend Drunk Elephant's product, and acclaimed it a-must-have product in ones beauty shelf.
Due to my sensitive skin, I always look for a product that is not containing any kind of alcohol. However, my curiosity and the urge to try this product (I mean, awards winning and lots of people recommended this products to me even though it is not 100% natural and organics) beaten my principal for a while (truly feel sorry for myself).
I would say their products are expensive, because a full size product price starting from USD 34 or IDR 459,000- and it's only the facial wash or sunscreen, their advanced products like serums are ranging from USD 80-USD 90 or IDR 1.080.000- IDR 1.215.000, so yes it's hella expensive girls! lol *crying* *guilty pleasure*.
Back to my first introduction with Drunk Elephant's product, I decided to bought their Lala Retro Whipped Cream (it's a moisturizer) to support serums and face oils, so my skin always be plumping and healthy. It is kinda hard to search the third-party reseller in Jakarta, Indonesia. I have to check several marketplace like Shopee.co.id and Tokopedia.com to check whether someone had it and sell it in reasonable price. After awhile, I found that Shoppinglust, sell it via Shopee.co.id with (almost) reasonable price compared to the other seller. I got the product in full size, 50ml with price IDR 917.000 or around USD 67. This is the MOST expensive moisturizer that I have ever bought in my life. I really have a high hopes with this product, so my money is not wasted :')
The moisturizer arrived ~3 days after my purchase, and when I open the parcel, the moisturizer was placed inside a thick paper box with "Best of Beauty Allure Award Winner" stamp on the box. When I open the top-side of the box, there is quotes written by Tiffany Masterson- the founder itself saying, "I wanted something that didn't exist...so I made it myself". Inside the box, I also found a small brochure that explains all the purpose of Drunk Elephant's skincare products. Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream moisturizer came with a unique packaging (at least for me) with a `dispenser` type of cap. Instead of pulling the cap, I have to push it a little bit so the moisturizer came out in a sufficient amounts, around size of corn's grain.
The texture of the moisturizer itself is sooo thick and very creamy (almost similar like the cake or cookie batter), unscented (I can only smell a scent like fatty acid from The Ordinary 100% Cold Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil) and looks fluffy. The product last for 12 months since the opening date, and need to keep in cool/dry place. I already use it for almost four months now (I purchased the item in May 2017).
When I applied the cream onto my face, I can smell the fatty acid and the thick-consistency. I can feel the cream is kind of heavy if I use it too much (more than 2 pumps). This moisturizer does it jobs by keeping my skin hydrated and smooth, without any negative skin effect- especially after PM skincare routine. Morning after, I noticeably that my skin is become dewy and supple. However, compared to my other 100% organic, natural moisturizer or balm such as Leahlani Blessed Beauty Balm, the effect is really similar (Leahlani balm is cheaper as well, around USD 34 or IDR 459.000).
Lala Retro Whipped Cream is suitable for every skin types, including the oily. Even though the texture is so creamy, it's still can be used by the oily skin-type with a very sheer application. But in the end, I personally feel that Lala Retro Whipped Cream can be easily replaced with other brand that contains purer, cleaner organic/natural ingredients, more-affordable price in the market with similar results. If you are currently looking for a high performing moisturizer, I would suggest you to take a look on other brand first, unless you have enough money to splurge on this product. Hope it helps, beautiful 💚
Personal ratings: 7/10 (+) ~50% of natural ingredients, unique packaging, natural-fatty acid scented (the smell is similar like an abundance cream of rosehip seed oil), amazing creamy texture yet easily absorbs by skin (-) Quite expensive for moisturizer (USD 60, around IDR 810.000), using lots of preservatives compared to my other moisturizer such as Leahlani Blessed Beauty Balm Recommended for skin type: All skin types Pregnancy safe-level: Considered very low risk during pregnancy (see full ingredients below and please consult with your doctor before using this product) Full ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau Glycerin Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Isopropyl Isostearate Pseudozyma Epicola/Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil Glucose/Glycine Soja Meal Malt Extract/Yeast Extract Ferment Filtrate Pseudozyma Epicola/Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil Glucose Yeast Extract Ferment Filtrate Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil Polyglyceryl-6 Ximenia Americana Seedate (fatty acid derived from seed oil) Schinziophyton Rautanenii Kernel Oil Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer (organic adhesive) Ceteareth-20 (fatty alcohol, derived from coconut oil) Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate Sodium Hydroxide Citric Acid Carbomer (low risk to health emulsion stabilizer, chemical based) Xanthan Gum (natural derived food grade thickening agent, or as a stabilizer to prevent separation of ingredients, usually found in yogurt to make it thicker) Caprylyl Glycol (chemical preservatives) Chlorphenesin (chemical preservatives) Phenoxyethanol (preservatives derived from natural source) Ethylhexylglycerin (alcohol derived from sugar) Stearic Acid (chemical emulsifier to help water & oil mix) Glyceryl Stearate SE (vegetable derived self-emulsifier) Cetearyl Alcohol (fatty alcohol to stabilize emulsion) Pentylene Glycol (low risk to health synthetic humectant to solvent water & oil and act as preservatives) Repeat Purchase: No