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ICYMI: Rewatch our webinar with Be Well's Dr. Frank Lipman!

March 28, 2017

Encore, encore! In case you missed it, our founder, Tiffany Masterson sat down with Be Well's Dr. Frank Lipman (integrative medicine pioneer and author) via the wonders of the Internet (aka Skype) to talk about all things clean living and eliminating nasty ingredients from your life (like the suspicious 6). Sit back, relax, grab your healthy snack of choice, and sit in on our chat. 


Meet The Suspicious 6

March 14, 2017


We say it all the time, and it's true: we don't believe in problem skin, or even skin types. We believe in sensitized skin, reacting to ingredients and causing breakouts, dryness, redness, or whatever's ailing you. At Drunk Elephant, we believe that “sensitive skin” is often skin that has been *sensitized* by the Suspicious 6 (irritating essential oils, fragrance/dyes, silicones, chemical screens, SLS and drying alcohols), which can provoke an immediate reaction to otherwise beneficial ingredients like potent acids (i.e. glycolic or ascorbic acid), as well as digestive enzymes, such as pomegranate + pumpkin (which you’ll find in our serums. While you should ALWAYS listen to your skin first & foremost, if you're breaking out, getting itchy, turning bright red and/or getting rashes and bumps after using these products, consider screening your routine for the Suspicious 6 first.

Now, we are not saying our products are perfect—however, if your skin is reacting when it shouldn’t, look at what you were *already* using because that is what created the state your skin was in to begin with (and more often than not, what created the reaction too). We want you to get the maximum benefit DE has to offer, and the more you know, the greater chance you'll have of success.

The Suspicious 6

Essential Oils

Essential oils are found in nature, and a key ingredient in many natural skincare products, but it’s our belief that they do more harm than good. Lots of essential oils are synthetic, which can cause skin to become sensitized. Not only that, but the composition of a lot of oils could be made of anything, and could contain less than 20% of the original oil. They can also react with certain medicines you may be taking. Which brings us to our next point…

No Fragrance

You may have noticed that DE products smell like… well, not a whole lot. That’s because we’d prefer to have our products smell like the actual ingredients aside (because we believe in them) rather than a bouquet of flowers (which some beauty brands use to cover up the stench of cheap ingredients). We think scented ingredients overwhelm and sensitize skin, creating more trouble than they’re worth.


Silicones sit directly on top of the skin, which allows for great moisture absorption, but also allows for dirt and bacteria to absorb as well. Not to mention, prolonged use of silicones on your skin could possibly trigger allergic reactions, and cause your skin to flare up.

Chemical Screens

This includes anything with oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate (among others). Some chemical screens are known endocrine disruptors, and are estrogenic, which may interfere with the body’s natural hormones.

AKA “Sodium Lauryl Sulfate” is a highly irritating ingredient found in many beauty products, which on top of causing your skin grief, is possibly carcinogenic (and highly polluting to the environment!).

Drying Alcohols

The name says it all. Anything that is drying out your skin is actively damaging it, and making it prone to acne and sensitization.

Why a Little Routine's Not Always a Bad Thing

January 30, 2017

One of the most popular questions we receive on a regular basis about our products? How to use them (and more specifically, in what order). It sounds simple enough, but whether we're introducing serums, oils, gels and beyond to a relative skincare newbie, or talking, in some cases, to even the most experienced product-aholic; it never hurts to brush up on the basics.

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Your Winter Skin Survival Guide

December 12, 2016

It's no secret that as the temperatures take a dip, your face usually starts to suffer. Dullness, dryness, even scaly, peeling skin—far from a pretty sight, to say the least.

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Giving Thanks to Our Skin

November 24, 2016

It's officially that time of year: Thanksgiving. And while there's nothing we love more than spending time with our friends and family, an undeniable perk (and always top of mind, if we're being honest) is the food. After all, is there anything better than stuffing? And wine? Didn't think so. It's basically comfort food at its finest, and we go all in.

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#DExFOREO Giveaway!

October 20, 2016

Did you catch our Instagram takeover with our friends at Foreo (aka the small but mighty face cleansing device that could)? If you did, you already know we ended it with a bang (aka a GIVEAWAY!), but if you didn't, we want to make sure you caught all the details here, too.

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Why DE?

October 14, 2016

If you’ve ever found yourself at a Sephora simply staring at amazement, we know it can be hard to tie yourself to just one product line. When there’s so many pretty things at your disposal, why go steady with just one brand? (Believe us… we’ve been there).
While we love a whole whack of our fellow beauty brands, there are some that we believe aren’t so great for you, or the health of your skin. So what makes DE better than the rest?

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