09.09.2015
571
Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
1 fl. oz. for $72
Expert Rating
Community Rating (10)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:09.09.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

Drunk Elephant's Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil doesn't come with a lot of bells and whistles. In fact, it's a straightforward product containing a single ingredient: Marula oil. The good news is that marula oil is an excellent ingredient for skin, and thanks to great packaging that will keep it stable, this easily earns our highest rating.

Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil comes in an opaque, square-shaped bottle with a dropper dispenser. That dispenser and package will help protect the oil from exposure to light and air, both of which can diminish its effectiveness. Inside the container is 100% marula oil, with no additives or fragrance.

So what's the big deal about this oil? While a single ingredient is never the solution to all skin concerns (the best skincare involves products with a host of beneficial ingredients), marula oil is a very good ingredient to incorporate into a skincare routine. Research shows it is both a rich source of beneficial fatty acids for skin, as well as antioxidants including tocopherol (vitamin E) (Journal of Food Lipids, 2004). There are even studies showing it can improve hyperpigmentation of skin. All of this means that there is a lot of value in marula oil when it comes to anti-aging. In fact, it could potentially live up to Drunk Elephant's claims that it can fight free radical damage while improving the look of wrinkles and redness, as well as improve skin elasticity (Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2014).

When it comes to the aesthetics of this product, the oil itself is lightweight enough that it can be applied directly to skin, absorbing within a couple of minutes. This oil is best for those with dry to very dry skin, though if you have oily or combination skin with patches of dryness, this can be applied to those areas without issue. In addition to using this oil on its own, it also has a lightweight enough texture that it can be used to increase the moisturization of other products, mixing easily with moisturizers and serums (or toners and specialty treatments).

Though it isn't the least expensive facial oil option out there—Acure Organics offers an alternative for less—Drunk Elephant's Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil gets it right because it contains an excellent skincare ingredient packaged in a way that will let its beneficial components shine. It definitely gets our recommendation, whether used alone or as a moisture booster for other products!

Pros:
  • Packaged in a container that will keep its beneficial components stable.
  • Marula oil is a rich source of antioxidants and fatty acids that will help skin look and feel healthier.
  • Light oil texture can be used alone or mixed in other products.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • None.
Community Reviews
Claims
Like rehab for your skin! This wonder-working, luxury facial oil, high in critical antioxidants (tocopherol (vitamin E), tochotrienol, phenolic compounds and flavinoids) and Omegas 6 and 9, hydrates, preserves and heals your skin, while restoring its youthful glow. Straight from the "pip" of the Marula Fruit, our Virgin Marula™ Oil is virtually untouched by any chemical or fragrance — natural or synthetic — and remains in its purest form. This amazingly absorbent oil delivers clinically proven anti-aging benefits and advanced protection against environmental stressors and free radicals. Look for a noticeable reduction in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, redness and blotchiness, with a marked improvement in skin elasticity. It is anti-microbial and appropriate for all skin types. Your skin will drink in this nutrient-rich oil, leaving no residue behind.
Ingredients
100% Unrefined Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Kernel Oil.
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.