But unfortunately not an entirely happy love story.
About a year ago I moved to California for about 6 months. While there I decided to give the new skincare brand Drunk Elephant (DE) a go. Now before I get into why I’m in love with DE and why it still makes me sad, I have to confess a secret that only my husband knows: I’m a complete skincare addict. And not the type where I have to try every new thing, but the type that heavily researches everything, goes for the most well-documented, peer-reviewed and thoroughly tested ingredients. I’m dont care wether products are ‘natural’ or ‘synthetic’, but I am fully against all kinds of doubtful ingredients. This means that, being a European, I basically go by the precautionary principle: benefit of the doubt always benefits human/costumer, environmental and/or animal safety. Oh, and I HATE heavy fragrance – I actually feel nauseous if I have to be around strong smells (for the same reason I absolutely hated my ridiculously expensive Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum)!
This being said, I’ve had a very hard time finding a skincare brand that I fully loved. There’s always something, and even if everything is close to perfect, there’s that fragrance that skincare brands insist on putting in everything. I’ve found good things but never great.
Enter Drunk Elephant! The DE range of products were basically created for me. They have a great little slogan going “if there’s doubt it’s out” (hellooo, this is basically the old precautionary principle put into a catchy phrase). I’m not gonna write a ton on the name, the story or DE principles. You can find these many other places. Rather I’ll skip ahead to to my experience with the product.
DE is an american brand created by Houston native Tiffany Masterson, so living in the US I decided that now was the time. I went all in and bought the T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum, the C-Firma™ Day Serum, the Umbra™ Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30, the B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Gel, and the Shaba Complex™ Eye Serum. This is not a cheep brand, so it was a bit of an investment, but OH MY GOD did it pay off.
I’ve had troublesome skin ever since I entered my 20’s (not as a teenager though, life can be tricky): clogged pores, outbreaks, redness, dryness, oiliness, etc. You name it and my skin somehow found a way to put it into the mix. I’ve never used crappy or harsh products, but as said, I’ve never been able to find a skincare brand that did the trick for me.
Using DE it wasn’t an overnight transformation. The first month was okay, but nothing very drastically happened. This is the time I should mention, that for the past year I’ve been using a product similar to Differin for my acne-like skin issues. I kept using this the first two and a half months of almost solely using DE and my skin got gradually better. I then I ran out of the Differin-stuff, and didn’t go buy more straight away. And this is when it happened: during the course of two weeks my skin completely – and I do mean COMPLETELY – transformed. My blackheads and pores diminished, I stopped breaking out, it cleared up, brightened up, became more subtle, bouncier and basically all I could wish for.
At the time of writing I haven’t had a serious pimple for more than a month. This has not happened in ten years or so. Oh, and I get complements – most notably my husband (who is wonderful and always tells me how beautiful I am, even with a red pimple at my nose tip) keeps asking if I started doing something different “you look so incredibly beautiful”.
Okay, so that was the success story, here comes the sad part: it is sooo difficult (and even more expensive) getting DE outside of the US. DE doesn’t ship internationally from their own website, neither does Sephora.com (the US site, that actually has the DE products) and the sites that does are more expensive and they don’t carrie the amazing value sets.
At the moment I just ran out of B-Hydra and my C-Firma is also feeling scarily light these days. So I’m scrambling to figure out how to get DE to Scandinavia without spending a months salary on it (no chance). So on this cliff-hanger I’ll end I update if and when I once again have DE stocked in my beauty-drawer. And of course, any advise or experience with getting it to the north-western parts of the world, is much appreciated.