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Undoubtedly, packaging is a huge source of plastic pollution and something that I have been trying to avoid in my Zero Waste Journey. While I want to help minimize plastic pollution I also don’t want to sacrifice my skincare－when I saw that Drunk Elephant had a solid facial cleanser I knew it was something I needed to try.
So I tried Drunk Elephant’s Solid Face Cleanser…
Behind the Brand
Drunk Elephant was founded by Tiffany Masterson and focuses on using biocompatible ingredients rather than all-natural or synthetic. With a philosophy of less is more, Drunk Elephant products provide what your skin needs to be at it’s best. Drunk Elephant also falls under the clean at sephora label.
The Baby Pekee Bar™️is described as a gentle cleansing bar that moisturizes and balances your complexion, it has a pH of 6.3 (relatively close to skin’s natural 5.5 pH) which ensures that your skin will not be left as dry as the Sahara. This bar can be used daily; morning and night.
The Juju Bar is described as an exfoliating bar that cleanses while gently exfoliating the skin using bamboo powder. It also has a pH of 6.3. It is recommended to use this bar about 3 times a week.
You will not find, what Drunk Elephant calls, the “suspicious six” in their skincare products which include: Silicones, Chemical Sunscreens, Sensitizing Colourants/Perfumes, SLS, Essential oils or drying alcohols.
These 1 oz bars are a perfect size for travel being slightly smaller than the palm of my hand. They easily fit into a small tin (I have been reusing one of the Bite Beauty tins!)
My experience with the Baby Pekee Bar™️
This bar is exactly as a described. My first hesitation with using a bar soap was the fear that it would dry out my skin, but this bar is incredibly moisturizing. It lathers well and seems like it could last upwards of two months with regular use.
Ingredient Safety Key
Ingredient to use with Caution
Pekee Bar™️ Ingredients
Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Starch, Cetearyl Alcohol, Paraffin, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Honey/Mel/Miel, Glycerin, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract.
My Experience with the Baby Juju Bar
I enjoy using this bar a couple times a week as an exfoliant. While lathering you can feel the bamboo powder, but once you apply it to the face you don’t feel the grit. If you only use this a few times a week it will easily last about three months.
Juju Bar Ingredients
Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Starch, Cetearyl Alcohol, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract, Paraffin, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Water, Heilmoor Clay, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract.
Is the Drunk Elephant Solid Face Cleanser a good low-waste option?
These are a good low-waste option if you are looking to minimize plastic pollution. However, the individual bars do come wrapped in cellophane. Although they are also packaged in a cardboard casing. I do wish that they did not have the plastic wrapping. I do, however, understand that it is probably used for freshness.
Final Thoughts on the Drunk Elephant Solid Face Cleansers
I really enjoy the Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar™️and I do think that I may end up purchasing a full-size (the full-size retails for $30.) However, I’m undecided on the Juju Bar simply because I am a bigger fan of chemical exfoliants rather than physical exfoliants.
If you are curious about solid face cleansers and fear that they are going to dehydrate your skin, I highly recommend giving these a try as a way to introduce yourself into the world of solid face cleansers.
Have you tried anything from Drunk Elephant?