REVIEW: DRUNK ELEPHANT THE LITTLES

I received this as a gift from a dear friend (I am not made of $$, so I’m thankful to receive this). I have to admit as a skincare enthusiast, I was quite late to jump to this whole Drunk Elephant wagon. But as they said, better late than never.

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This is a super smart move from the company, as some people would love to try first before committing to buy the full size. Rather than buying ‘share in jar’ (I never did this because of hygienic reason), I’d rather buy sample size or travel size.

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There are 8 (literally) The Littles inside this neon pink jelly pouch. And they gave a clear instruction on (another) little pink book on how to use them. I’ll break down to you one by one, to see which are my favorites and why.

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BESTE NO 9 JELLY CLEANSER (30ML-the biggest of them all)
According to skincarisma.com, this is not Fungal Acne Safe. At least it is Sulfate-Free, fragrance free and essential oils free. As the name stated, it is a cleanser in jelly format. Looked closely at their ingredients, there are similar products out there if you’re looking for more affordable version.

C-FIRMA DAY SERUM (8ML)
It contains Glycerin, so (unfortunately) it’s not safe for fungal acne. Too bad, because I actually kind of like this vitamin C serum. It’s packed with L-ascorbic which is vitamin C in purest form and ferulic acids which will help to enhance the power of Vitamin C. So yes, this is one potent serum. Fortunately, there are some Vitamin C serum out there (mostly from Korean’s brand) that are safe for fungal acne.

B-HYDRA INTENSIVE HYDRATION SERUM (8ML)
Again, this contains Glycerin that some said might trigger fungal acne. They suggest to mix this with C-Firma Day Serum, because it contains vitamin B which is well-known to complement vitamin C. If you’re looking for more affordable hydration serum out there, fret not…there are plenty.

UMBRA SHEER PHYSICAL DAILY DEFENSE SPF 30 BROAD SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN (15ML)
Hence the long name, it is a simple sunscreen, pronto. Also not safe for fungal acne, because of Glycerin’s content (seriously, it’s so hard to find one without Glycerin nowadays). Good thing, it didn’t leave a white cast. But I’d rather buy sunscreen which are safe for my fungal acne and definitely more affordable ones.

T.L.C FRAMBOOS GLYCOLIC NIGHT SERUM (8ML)
I used to apply this allover my face as a night serum, but ended up getting irritation. But, I found this very useful as spot treatment. So whenever, a red spot (which will become acne) appeared, this will help! I love this, I already purchased the real size which cost me a fortune (LOL).

VIRGIN MARULA LUXURY FACIAL OIL (8ML)
Finally, something safe for fungal acne! Known as carrier oil, they recommend this to be mix with any D.E products to enhance penetration and results. Personally, I love to mix this with T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum. Mine is running out, so I guess I’ll purchase the real size soon (bye bye wallet).

LALA RETRO WHIPPED CREAM (15ML)
This is the only product from the collection that I didn’t enjoy using. The texture is too thick for my liking, and it contains not only Glycerin, but Isopropyl Isostearate and Stearic Acid which are totally not safe for fungal acne. I guess I’m just not into creamy stuff, I’d stick to my gel moisturizer.

SHABA COMPLEX EYE SERUM (5ML) – the smallest of them all
I read one review that said it won’t caused under-eyes milia. Which is true. But it’s not a magical eye cream which will erase wrinkles and dark-circles. It’s a good hydrating eye-serum, but not good by its’ own, so better add another layer of good eye-cream. I guess eye serum is a nice-to-have product, but I’d rather have one potent eye cream that won’t break the bank.

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FINAL THOUGHTS
I don’t get the prices of the products (Packaging? Ingredients? Marketing campaign?). Even some online shops here in Indonesia where I live, they sold The Littles’ products separately, and they’re still expensive. But luckily, from this collection, only two products that won my heart, which is T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil. I believe the serum is the most expensive skincare product I ever owned.
I mean, it’s great that they didn’t have essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical screens, fragrance/dyes and SLS in their products, but I wish they’ll come up with some Glycerin-free products for us fungal acne warriors.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

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