Let me save you a ton of time: At first glance, Drunk Elephant B-Hydra™ + Virgin Marula Oil Duo sounds like a hip, effective, dry skin-fighting, middle-of-the-road-priced department store skin care set. For some, it may be a no-brainer after the launch of such Drunk Elephant products that truly are sensational, such as Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycolic Serum or even the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial Mask.
But let me give it to you straight: There’s nothing special about either of these products. Period. Nor do I understand why these products are being packaged and sold together. If you want a superior vitamin B serum, you should look for one that at least has vitamin B3 (niacinamide), not just vitamin B5 (panthenol), and certainly not one with the low concentration of vitamin B5 that Drunk Elephant B-Hydra™ has.
Furthermore, Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Oil does have promise, but $72 is severely overpaying for 1 fluid ounce of marula oil. (Like, as an example, Acure Organics sells it for $10 an ounce). And that’s the only thing in the bottle.
Aside from overpaying, if you’re that in love with the Drunk Elephant brand and packaging, go ahead and splurge on Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Oil. Studies demonstrate that marula oil has a higher antioxidant content than argan oil (MC MK, L. I. L. T. L. U. L. V., et al. “52224 Stolberg (DE).) Marula oil is also like argan oil, in that it is comprised of both linoleic and oleic acids. The chief difference is that argan oil contains more lighter-weight linoleic acid, whereas marula oil contains more heavier-weight oleic acid. Linoleic acid has been shown in several research studies (cited here) to be capable of reducing inflammation and acne and increasing skin’s moisturization levels. On the other hand, oleic acid is a omega-9 monounsaturated (i.e., contains only one double bond) nonessential fatty acid found throughout nature frequently; for instance, oleic acid naturally makes up 55-60% of olive oil and 56% of açai berry.
Overall, I would honestly recommend Drunk Elephant B-Hydra™ and Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Oil to no one, but if you have to have one of these products, go with Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Oil.
Ingredients in Drunk Elephant B-Hydra™
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Berberis Vulgaris Root Extract, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Coconut Alkanes, Panthenol, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Sodium Lactate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Cyclodextrin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.
Ingredients in Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Oil
100% Unrefined Sclerocraya Birrea (Marula) Kernel Oil.
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