09.10.2015
1608
T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
1 fl. oz. for $90
Expert Rating
Community Rating (16)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:09.10.2015
Jar Packaging:No
pH:>3.80
Tested on animals:No

Drunk Elephant is showing your skin more than a little care with its T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum. Marketed as a glycolic acid exfoliant, it's actually a combination of the AHAs glycolic and lactic acid and BHA ingredient salicylic acid, plus antioxidants and anti-irritants. Its lightweight formula is ideal for any skin type, though it's more potent formula means it is questionable for those with sensitivity concerns (i.e. rosacea).

The hard plastic, pump-style plastic container is an attractive way to keep its sensitive ingredients protected from air and light. The pump is easy to use, and dispenses enough product for one full-face application. A removable cap helps avoid any accidents with its pump.

With a gel-light texture, you'll find this easily layers under moisturizers or other treatments without leaving a residue behind. We speculate that the "serum" part of the name, "T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum" refers more to the aesthetics of this formula, as it's ingredient range isn't quite comprehensive enough to replace an anti-aging retinol or vitamin C serum.

Its 12% glycolic acid content means this will work well to reduce dead skin cells on the surface of skin, addressing concerns such as sun damage, dryness and signs of aging. The 1% salicylic acid it contains allows it to penetrate into the pore, dissolving substances that can otherwise contribute to blackheads and blemishes. At an effective pH of 3.8-4.0, both glycolic acid and salicylic acids are capable of improving an uneven skin tone, including red marks left behind after a breakout.

The combined percentage of exfoliating ingredients means not everyone will be able to use this on a daily basis. If you try this, we would recommend experimenting with applying every other day until you know how your skin responds. (It could also be alternated with another AHA or BHA leave-on exfoliant of a lower concentration.)

Interestingly, the marketing for this formula indicates it contains tartaric acid (a type of AHA), but it's not listed on the packaging. We contacted the very helpful Drunk Elephant brand, and they indicated that this referred to inclusion of Vitis vinifera (grape) juice extract. It is true that Vitis vinifera (grape) juice extract is a source of tartaric acid (Nutrients, 2014). However, we should note that you can't rely on this as an AHA exfoliant as the pure form of this AHA would be preferred to the comparably smaller amount present in grapes.

Nevertheless, there is more than enough AHA and BHA included here to make up for this fact! We should also note that on the Drunk Elephant website, the marketing notes this contains "12% glycolic acid" but the bottle states, "10% AHA Blend." Per Drunk Elephant, the correct percentage is as stated earlier, 12% glycolic, which is in addition its 1% salicylic acid content.

Where antioxidants are concerned, T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum contains a nice mix of green tea, horse chestnut, cactus, grape and raspberry extracts. For good measure, Drunk Elephant also included bearberry (with its antioxidant and potential skin-lightening benefits,) along with skin-repairing sodium hyaluronate and marula oil.

For its impressive array of beneficial ingredients, inclusion of both AHA and BHA at an effective pH level, this excellent 2-in-1 leave-on exfoliant will help treat signs of aging, uneven skin tone/texture, and clogged pores. It certainly exceeds the average, which is a good thing because its price tag is in "splurge" territory—but if you're going to splurge on an AHA exfoliant, this is the one to do it on.

Pros:
  • Contains a mix of AHA and BHA at effective levels + pH range.
  • Helps treat signs of aging, uneven skin tone/texture and clogged pores.
  • Includes a range of antioxidants and anti-irritants.
  • Lightweight texture layers well with other products in your routine.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • On the pricey side.
Community Reviews
Claims
A 12 percent glycolic serum for night that refines and resurfaces skin by gently dissolving dead skin cells and supporting natural collagen production.
Ingredients
Water, Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Buddleja Davidii Meristem Cell Culture, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae (Yeast) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Cactus) Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Propanediol, Xanthan Gum, Galactoarabinan, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjustor), Phenoxyethanol.
Brand Overview

Drunk Elephant At-A-Glance

Drunk Elephant, based out of Los Angeles, California, was started in 2012 by former skincare executive Tiffany Masterson. As their website describes, Masterson developed the brand out of a desire to create natural-themed formulas that were truly effective. Beyond effectiveness, Masterson was emphatic that they leave out what wasn’t effective—primarily fragrance. That’s a point that we strongly agree with!

We were pleasantly surprised by this stance, as in our experience, the inclusion of an abundance of fragrance is where many natural-themed brands seem to go wrong—along with using too few beneficial ingredients or formulas. Fragrance, whether from essential oils or synthetic perfumes, is never helpful for skin because over the long term, it can cause damage that holds any skin type back from being its healthy best. Happily, Drunk Elephant breaks from the “herd” with their innovative, fragrance-free products.

As for the brand’s unconventional name, “Drunk Elephant” is in reference to the anecdotes that African wildlife, including elephants, partake on the fallen, fermented fruit of the marula tree—an indulgence that leads to intoxication. We don’t know how true that is, but the idea of tipsy animals is cute. Though not really related to skincare, the brand’s name definitely inspires curiosity.

Drunk Elephant, as is the case with many natural-themed lines, avoids using ingredients like non-mineral sunscreen actives and parabens, even though countless studies have indicated these ingredients are safe (Journal of the Academy of Dermatology, 2013 and Skin Therapy Letters, 2013). Regardless, we’re just happy that the line has made it a focal point to use what research has been shown improves skin concerns like sun damage, breakouts and signs of aging, and leave out everything else. They’re also using some novel yet potentially exciting ingredients; this isn’t a cookie cutter line!

On that note, let’s peek at what they have to offer! The Drunk Elephant line is a small one, but it makes each product count. At the time of this review, we were highly impressed with its array of formulas, inclusion of multiple beneficial ingredients, and use of packaging that keeps them protected.

Many of the formulas include the ingredient marula oil, which is an ingredient the brand favors due to the fact it contains an array of beneficial fatty acids, anti-inflammatory agents, and antioxidants (Journal of Food Lipids, 2004 and Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2014). It is a good ingredient, but there are many excellent non-fragrant plant oils, including coconut, jojoba, sunflower, and more, of which have similar benefits.

Though the price tags are on the higher end, if you decide to try something from their line, you’re not to be disappointed. Check our reviews to see which formulas may be the answers for your skincare concerns!

To contact a Drunk Elephant, hang out by some Marula trees. Alternatively, you may visit them selected Sephora locations, www.drunkelephant.com or email at info@drunkelephant.com.

Strengths: A solid, though limited array of well-crafted skincare formulas; commitment to fragrance-free products.

Weaknesses: Depending on your perspective, some of their products are on the pricey side.

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Drunk Elephant At-A-Glance

Drunk Elephant, based out of Los Angeles, California, was started in 2012 by former skincare executive Tiffany Masterson. As their website describes, Masterson developed the brand out of a desire to create natural-themed formulas that were truly effective. Beyond effectiveness, Masterson was emphatic that they leave out what wasn’t effective—primarily fragrance. That’s a point that we strongly agree with!

We were pleasantly surprised by this stance, as in our experience, the inclusion of an abundance of fragrance is where many natural-themed brands seem to go wrong—along with using too few beneficial ingredients or formulas. Fragrance, whether from essential oils or synthetic perfumes, is never helpful for skin because over the long term, it can cause damage that holds any skin type back from being its healthy best. Happily, Drunk Elephant breaks from the “herd” with their innovative, fragrance-free products.

As for the brand’s unconventional name, “Drunk Elephant” is in reference to the anecdotes that African wildlife, including elephants, partake on the fallen, fermented fruit of the marula tree—an indulgence that leads to intoxication. We don’t know how true that is, but the idea of tipsy animals is cute. Though not really related to skincare, the brand’s name definitely inspires curiosity.

Drunk Elephant, as is the case with many natural-themed lines, avoids using ingredients like non-mineral sunscreen actives and parabens, even though countless studies have indicated these ingredients are safe (Journal of the Academy of Dermatology, 2013 and Skin Therapy Letters, 2013). Regardless, we’re just happy that the line has made it a focal point to use what research has been shown improves skin concerns like sun damage, breakouts and signs of aging, and leave out everything else. They’re also using some novel yet potentially exciting ingredients; this isn’t a cookie cutter line!

On that note, let’s peek at what they have to offer! The Drunk Elephant line is a small one, but it makes each product count. At the time of this review, we were highly impressed with its array of formulas, inclusion of multiple beneficial ingredients, and use of packaging that keeps them protected.

Many of the formulas include the ingredient marula oil, which is an ingredient the brand favors due to the fact it contains an array of beneficial fatty acids, anti-inflammatory agents, and antioxidants (Journal of Food Lipids, 2004 and Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2014). It is a good ingredient, but there are many excellent non-fragrant plant oils, including coconut, jojoba, sunflower, and more, of which have similar benefits.

Though the price tags are on the higher end, if you decide to try something from their line, you’re not to be disappointed. Check our reviews to see which formulas may be the answers for your skincare concerns!

To contact a Drunk Elephant, hang out by some Marula trees. Alternatively, you may visit them selected Sephora locations, www.drunkelephant.com or email at info@drunkelephant.com.

Strengths: A solid, though limited array of well-crafted skincare formulas; commitment to fragrance-free products.

Weaknesses: Depending on your perspective, some of their products are on the pricey side.