New Hair & Body Collection from Drunk Elephant
When it comes to Drunk Elephant, I am a huge fan of their skincare. Seeing the new hair and body line arrive at my doorstep was very exciting because that is such an amazing endeavor for a skincare brand. Something I’ve noticed over the years is that typically a brand that is good at skincare or makeup, is typically excellent at one and mediocre with the other. It’s just hard to be excellent with both. Having said that, I'm going in with high expectations for their products knowing their incredible quality with skincare.
When it comes to the new hair line, Drunk Elephant collaborated with Chris McMillan. He’s been a celebrity hairstylist for 30+ years and he is a childhood friend of the co-founder of Drunk Elephant so it made perfect sense for them to collaborate on the new collection. Who better to design new hair products, than someone who has been doing hair for over 3 decades!? This got me even more excited because bringing in a hair expert to help this side of things, makes the line even more promising.
The goal with this haircare is to cleanse the scalp, which is really where years of product buildup happen. It’s the reason our scalps get greasy, dry, flakey, and ultimately cause a lot of the hair damage we experience. All that product buildup does come with a price.
Let's jump in.
This is described as a supercharged AHA/BHA acid blend that dissolves dead skin cells and styling product buildup while biodegradable, gentle exfoliating beads sweep them away.
I'm chatting about these products in the sequential order I used them. It makes sense to use them in this step by step routine, but hey who's judging?
When I applied this to my scalp, the application was fairly easy because the packaging has a spout. You place the spout to your scalp and slowly press the product out. Clever on the packaging to make application easy. Drunk Elephant has always had a leg up on the packaging, and truthfully I think it's what distinguished them from the thousands of other brands on the market. Got to do what you can to stand out in a world where standing out is almost impossible.
This helps with volumizing the hair. It is color safe, protects against damage, split ends, and breakage so this is the ultimate solution for hair with any and all issues in all honesty. I also found that my hair, and my scalp was much smoother after just one use of this scrub. Makes sense because you're exfoliating the scalp gently and removing that build-up and those dead skin cells.
This is described as a cream cleanser that gently cleanses using a stack of ultra-mild surfactants while plant oils and skin-restorative amino acids replenish and soothe.
We move into what I like to think as my favorite shower product: body wash. Or in this case, a body cleanser. So boujee and I'm here for it. As soon as I jumped in the shower, I lathered up with the body cleanser on the exfoliating scrub Drunk Elephant provided. The formulation doesn't lather too much (this is a good sign) and it was quite moisturizing.
To be honest, I didn’t have a single issue with the cleanser, and normally I do. It’s too drying. It’s too oily. It burns a little. It doesn't wash off well. It doesn’t smell good. It doesn’t feel cleansing, etc. This cleanse was the right consistency and a perfect formulation on all fronts.
The formulation is made with a stack of gentle cleansing agents, including coconut-based surfactants that are rich in fatty acids. They work together to create a rich foam that lifts dirt and other substances from skin without stripping or drying. Yes to this. I felt the cleansing happening, without the abrasiveness I'm using to experiencing while cleansing the body.
Drunk Elephant is known for their inclusion of Marula Oil is the majority of their products and I personally cannot get enough. It's very high in antioxidants, omegas 6 and 9, and this combination really helps to moisturize, nourish, and rejuvenate skin for a youthful-looking glow.
Now the inclusion of Sacha Inchi Seed Oil is perfect to moisturize and soothe irritated skin, and when you think of what our skin typically goes through day in and day out, it is already irritated, dry and needs a bit of love.
This is an excellent formulation of a body cleanser.
This is described as a sulfate-free, color-safe nourishing shampoo that removes product buildup without damaging the hair shaft for smooth, shiny hair.
As I applied this shampoo, it foamed up slowly. It didn’t foam up immediately and it didn't foam like we see in major household brands, which again I always look at as a positive. It is lightweight and doesn’t take a lot to wash out of the hair. Having fine (now thinning - send help!) hair it’s important to me because I personally do not want to have overly thick product weighing my hair down even further.
The coconut amino acid blend is gentle, gives the hair a much more healthy and overall glossy appearance with visible body and bounce. When it comes to frizz, this shampoo is helping to manage frizz for those of you in the humid climates or with naturally frizzy hair. Not to mention, this entire line also helps to detangle, smooth, and add shine too.
If you know anything about me, you know that I absolutely love delicious smelling shampoos. This smells fresh upon application but the smell doesn't linger like a typical shampoo. It's not overpowering, and it doesn't give you that smell payoff that a lot of us love. However when you have those strong scents for days at a time, you can met your pretty pants it's likely not good for your hair. While I too love the smell of some really bad for us shampoos, I don’t think they’re necessary, especially if the product is better for my hair overall.
My other observation with this shampoo is that my hair didn't look greasy for 2 days after the wash. Typically my hair is greasy even the next day after a wash (Instagram story watchers know this) so this was a really nice surprise. This shampoo clearly removes the product build-up and doesn't add more gunk to the scalp. Well done!
This is described as a concentrated, nourishing blend of non-fragrant plant oils and butters that soften, smooth, and detangle all hair types.
Upon application of the conditioner, I felt it was more lightweight than the typical conditioner I have tried. This is a plus for me (again) given I have fine thin hair. The last thing I want to do is put on a heavy conditioner that'll weigh my hair down.
With marula butter, you give your hair great hydration because it deeply moisturizes both skin and hair. As you wash the conditioner out, that formulation is helping to nourish the rest of your body too so it's a win win honestly.
If you know coconut's benefits well, you know that anything with coconut is going to benefit you in more ways than one. The coconut amino acid blend helps to provide shine, smoothness, and hydration benefits, while quick-absorbing amino acids will add a bit of strength and improved manageability to the hair. Overall this just makes your hair look so much healthier (more shine, more length, more manageability, the list goes on and on.)
Finally in this conditioner, we see mongongo oil which is rich in vitamin E and polyunsaturated fatty acids which gives hair a soothing and moisturizing effect. I've never felt a conditioner work quite in the same way this one does. It's salon quality, but feels clean and less filled to the brim with chemicals.
This is described as a weightless leave-in mist that detangles, smooths, and provides heat protection while restoring natural movement, manageability, and shine.
Once I got out of the shower, I sprayed (probably about 10-15 times too much) this tangle spray because I wanted the marula hydration in my hair, but I also find that fine thin hair gets tangled really easily. I also wanted to test and see if this spray would make my hair appear greasy the next day if I sprayed too much (newsflash: it didn't.) Once I got this spray throughout my hair, I used the comb that Drunk Elephant provided to get the tangles out. Consensus says this tangle spray works really well and causes me overall less breakage when brushing after the shower. Not to mention it was more hydrated. That's a yes from me.
This is described as a supercharged formula that restores dull, dry, and irritable skin to a healthier and more balanced state.
When it comes to body lotion, we all have a specific texture and consistency that we know is perfect for us. Some people love a body butter, others something a bit more thin and easily blendable. It ranges vastly, and is based on specific preference.
You've got the Marula Butter and Marula Oil in this product, which really helps to moisturize skin on a deeper level, and provides barrier protection too. Not to mention they give the skin that beautiful healthy glow. Lots and feels great, especially after some self tanner. Shea butter is always in a good body moisturizer (in my opinion) and there's not storage of it here.
When it comes to the formulation, it is lightweight and blends beautifully into the skin. It's a medium consistency so it's not like a body butter, but it's also not thin like an oil. Mixing the butter and the oil makes for a great medium consistency that is going to be loved by the majority.
As you know, Drunk Elephant does a great job with ensuring products are free of sulfates, silicones, essential oils, fragrance, dyes, and drying alcohols.
In less than a week, this body lotion has become my holy grail. It's sitting on my nightstand right now if that tells you anything. The last body lotion that sat on my nightstand was La Mer, then Cleen Beauty's body lotion so they are in great company now with Drunk Elephant's.
This is a described as a deodorant that soothes underarm skin while keeping odor at bay and is free of baking soda, essential oils, and aluminum-derived ingredients.
If you're new around here, I've been a huge advocate for Each & Every deodorant for over a year now. It is (of course) aluminum free making it a deodorant and not an anti-perspirant. If you're curious about natural deodorants, read about my switch to non-aluminum based deodorants and why I made that change. It's a big change don't get me wrong, but it's well worth it.
Drunk Elephant specifies that there are no aluminum-derived ingredients in the formulation, which would signify that it is on the more "natural" side. I used this deodorant for just 2 days, and it doesn't seem to work on me like my Each & Every deodorant does. My loving fiancé definitely mentioned a little body odor (as he so kindly put it) when I used this deodorant, even though I have switched to a non aluminum based deodorant and have been free of aluminum in my underarms for over a year now.
When I reviewed all the various deodorants last year, different formulations didn't work for me. I've also noticed that rose deodorants smell terrible on me personally, so everyone's genetic makeup is different. If rose deodorants don't work for me, they may work for you and it's something you will need to try with your body. This one just didn't cover up the smell for me so it is a pass for me.
P.S. If you want 20% off Each & Every deodorant, use the code 'ADA' and it'll be discounted for you. Again, this is not sponsored but I love and talk about their deodorant all the time.
Overall this is a winning collection, and I would recommend most of the line. I'm really loving the removal of build up, and I can see it only after two washes. With hair less greasy, skin more moisturized, I may be coming out of social distancing a whole new women. Wait until I hit my aesthetician and the salons. Watch out world, I'm coming for you! If you have specific product questions, let me know in the comments below because I can play with everything a bit more and let you know additional information.