By now, everyone should know the benefits of double cleansing. It’s very rare that you’ll find a normal cleanser that removes all makeup and impurities at once, so if you wear makeup at all you really have to go in with an oil-based cleanser first. Drunk Elephant is one of the most popular brands at Sephora, and known for its high-quality ingredients and innovative packaging. Recently they released a brand new cleansing balm cleverly named Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser (link). An innovative cleansing balm that melts all traces of dirt, makeup, and sunscreen from the skin, removing even water-resistant formulations. It also includes a Bamboo Booster for exfoliation.
Safflower Seed Oil
The small orange safflower plant is a medicinal pot of gold! Dermatologically speaking, safflower seed oil has cleared vitiligo (skin pigment discoloring), mild rashes, acne, rosacea, and high rates of alopecia recovering when coupled with hair-restoring mixtures (International Plant Genetic Resources Group 25-30). Studies also noted that babies who were rubbed four times a day for five days with the safflower oil had increases in essential fatty acid levels, especially linolenic and arachidonic acids (Leslie S Bauman – “Safflower Seed Oil”).
Because Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser is a cleanser and not a leave-on serum or moisturizer, you won’t be getting all of the benefits that Safflower Seed Oil provides. But what you will get is a nice clean that won’t strip your skin of its natural oils or leave it feeling tight and dry.
Drunk Elephant Slaai™ Makeup-Melting Butter is pretty much your standard cleansing balm. It’s filled with good-for-your-skin oils that break down your makeup without stripping your skin. BUT what sets it apart from the others is the Bamboo Booster that comes with it. One to two times per week, you add the Bamboo Booster to Slaai™ for a “customized, skin-refining physical exfoliation to aid in the removal of dead skin cells that have accumulated on the surface overnight.” I suggest using this sparingly, especially if you use retinol, as rough exfoliants can cause skin irritation.
The Bamboo Booster contains… you guessed it, bamboo extract. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for many, many years and, subsequently, most of the research about this plant in skin care have been done in China. It’s been shown to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and wound-healing properties (China Surfactant and Detergent and Cosmetics). There are claims that it has anti-aging potential, and early research is positive, but there’s not enough to back up the claim just yet. Bamboo isn’t as powerful as another antioxidant tea, green tea. In tests looking at the antioxidant properties of various teas, bamboo has one of the lowest antioxidant capacities and amounts of flavonoids (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry).
The Bamboo Booster also contains charcoal powder. When it comes to clarifying the skin, charcoal is a must-have ingredient. In dermatology, topically applied charcoal is well-established in its ability to draw out impurities from the skin. Limited research in the journal Dermatology also suggests that charcoal may be useful in the treatment of certain skin diseases, including porphyria. Charcoal can also be drying to normal-to-dry skin types, so it’s only recommended for those with the oiliest of skin types.
How to Use Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser
Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter comes with a green spatula which can be used to scoop out the product. Apply to dry skin, massage thoroughly, and remove with a washcloth or muslin cloth. If you want to emulsify it more, just add a little bit of warm water. Once a week, add the Bamboo Booster into the mix for extra exfoliation. But be aware if you are using retinol; you might want to skip that step as it could irritate your skin. There are no added dyes or fragrances to this product so it’s safe for sensitive skin, and it doesn’t leave any residue behind.
Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser – Bottom Line
This is a great product. Drunk Elephant could have easily just made an average cleansing balm and called it a day, but the attention to detail is what really sold me on it. The bright green lid is magnetized and includes a spatula which sticks to the lid. You use the spatula to scoop out the product which keeps everything nice and sanitary. Even though it contains effective ingredients, I can take or leave the Bamboo Booster as physical exfoliants can be too rough for the skin. Especially if you’re using retinol. If you’re looking for a makeup remover, I’d definitely recommend this one.