When it comes to my skincare routine, I am very fussy. It needs to be 100% natural and non-toxic, and it needs to work. For that reason, I am a die-hard Tata Harper fan… but we’ve already been over that. I have tried 1,000,001 other products and with a few exceptions (Om Aroma & Co.) most brands fall short.
Recently, I learned about a new to Sephora brand, Drunk Elephant and I was intrigued. Okay, I was initially intrigued because of the name and the pretty packaging… but when I found out the brand was all natural and non-toxic, I needed to learn more ASAP.
While the name is a surefire attention grabber, it’s rooted in mythology. (Huuuge mythology fan over here, in case you were curious.) The name Drunk Elephant came from the myth that says elephants love to eat the fruit from the Marula trees. Once eaten, fermentation occurs inside their (huge) stomachs, and the elephants become drunk. Virgin Marula oil is found throughout the entire Drunk Elephant line. The founder, Tiffany Masterson, believes this oil to be superior to any of the others due to its high content of fatty acids and antioxidants… and fast absorption rate.
PS – if you want more natural beauty, be sure to check out The Stripe Shop – I updated it last night to reflect my current beauty routine!
The sunscreen is kind of a dream product. I hadn’t found a sunscreen that I like yet that manages to be non-toxic/all natural, but this is a good one. It works just as well as chemical sunscreens but manages to be broad-spectrum (and loaded with antioxidants to fend off free radicals. As an added benefit, it leaves behind a glowing iridescent finish… because let’s be honest… as much as we want to protect our skin, we also want to look good. With no dyes or fragrances (of any kind) it’s also great for sensitive skin (hand raised.)
Next up are the two cleansing bars. I’ve never been a bar soap girl but I’ve tried both of these and really love them both.
There’s the JuJu Bar (right), which is a mild bar that cleanses, exfoliates, and heals skin. It contains thermal mud and bamboo paowder which lather up to dissolve oil and rinse away impurities. Over time, it actually minimizes pores. There are some impressive stats behind the bar… n a 6-week self-assessment on 40 men and women who used product once daily — 95% saw clearer skin, 92% saw more moisturized skin, 89% saw fewer breakouts, 96% saw smaller pores, and 98% saw less redness.
The second bar is the PeKee Bar, which clarifies, tones, and moisturizes without stripping skin. While both bars are great for sensitive skin, this is the one you want if you have ultra sensitive skin like I do. It contains a powerful blend of blueberry extract, marula oil, and honey and helps skin to retain moisture, elasticity, and firmness… while calming the skin.
I thought we’d end on my personal favorites from the collection…
First, the night serum. Oh my goodness. This stuff really works. If you try one product from the line, this should be it. My skin has been a little rough lately, thanks to cold temperatures and my forgetfulness with exfoliating. I applied a thin layer of this after cleansing (with the JuJu Bar) and followed it with the Marula Oil and woke up with soft, glowing skin. It contains 10% glycolic acid which helps to refine and resurface… dissolving dead skins and helping with collagen production. With continued use, it gradually improves fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and signs of aging. But the best part is that (unlike a lot of other glycolic acid serums I’ve tried), it is completely non-irritating.
Next, the Marula Oil. This is one of the very best face oils I’ve tried. It hydrates and leaves your skin super glowy… but it sinks right in and will not leave your skin the least bit greasy. It’s appropriate for all skin types (yes, you read that correctly… oily skin, too!)
So there you have it. I’m still die-hard Tata, but I’m working this line into my routine. I’d love to know if you have adopted a natural skincare routine (if so – what are your fave brands? Always looking for new recommendations… and it’s fun to get the conversation started!)