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In this post I’m listing 10 Best Drunk Elephant dupes and Drunk Elephant alternatives in 2020. So if that’s what you’ve been looking for, keep on reading!
Drunk Elephant first caught my attention many years ago with their cute brand name and minimalistic packaging. Now in 2020 they are known as a high quality skin, hair and body care brand.
Even if we love the idea of Drunk Elephant, not all of us have enough money on our bank accounts to actually purchase their luxurious products.
Often when we buy the more expensive products we pay for the brand, not the actual ingredients. That’s why I’m here to show you that it’s possible to get the same quality products with the same ingredients without breaking the bank.
Drunk Elephant bases their brand’s products on perfected recipes for “the skin as an organ”. The products have both natural and synthetic ingredients so they don’t claim to be strictly a clean beauty brand, but they choose all the ingredients of the products to support what is best for the skin’s natural state.
The secret to finding good dupes for any product is to make sure the compared products have the same active ingredients. With the same active ingredients the products will give you the same or at least similar results.
If after reading this post you still feel like you definitely want to invest in the Drunk Elephant products (maybe you love the way they look by your skin or in your bathroom cabinet), this post can help you choose cheaper alternatives for trying out certain active ingredients before the splurge.
So without further ado, here are the 10 Best Drunk Elephant dupes and Drunk Elephant alternatives in 2020.
1. Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial Dupe: The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
The Babyfacial Mask by Drunk Elephant is an exfoliating mask that includes AHAs and BHAs and promises to give your skin radiance and brightness. Because of the high percentage of AHA and BHA (25% and 2% respectively), it might not be best suited for sensitive skin.
The Ordinary is a brand that carries low-price skin care products and that is very open about the ingredients they use. Their AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution has the same goal and active ingredients as the Babyfacial, and in addition it has Tasmanian Pepperberry in it (that’s why it’s red) which helps to reduce irritation.
And what’s more, the Ordinary’s version of the solution is much more affordable than Drunk Elephant’s: instead of paying approximately $80, the product will only set you back by $8. Yes, you read that right – it’s ten times more affordable!
2. Drunk Elephant Protini Dupe: The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA Cream
The Protini Cream is marketed as a protein moisturizer that includes growth factors and peptides that strengthen the skin. It’s famous all around the world for it’s rejuvenating qualities.
Although there is some science backing the efficiency of peptides in skincare, peptides are still a relatively new area in the field of aging and general skincare.
If you’re looking for an effective moisturizer that will keep your skin barrier healthy, you don’t need any extravagant ingredients. Ceramides and other fatty acids + HA work wonders for the skin barrier and typically cost less than $15.
Ceramides and other fatty acids are naturally found in the outer layer of your skin cells, whereas hyaluronic acid (HA) is an excellent moisturizing ingredient that binds to water molecules from the air to provide your with more surface skin hydration.
For this reason, any moisturizer from Cerave is fantastic, as is this Protini dupe from the Ordinary. The Natural Moisturising Factors + HA Cream includes multiple amino acids, fatty acids, HA and other ingredients that work together to moisturize the skin’s outer layers and provide lasting hydration.
3. Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer Alternative: Acure Radically Rejuvenating Whipped Night Cream
Since the Protini moisturizer is a favorite of so many I have another dupe for you. The Acure cream has a similar poly-peptide blend as the Protini moisturizer.
The Acure one has a little bit thicker consistency so it’s more of a night cream whereas the Drunk Elephant Protini can easily be used as a daytime moisturizer too. On top of that, Acure’s cream also includes vitamin C for added skincare benefits, such as brightening the skin and anti-aging benefits.
With all this, Acure’s cream is five times cheaper than Drunk Elephant’s Protini.
4. Drunk Elephant C Firma Dupe: La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C Face Serum with Salicylic Acid
Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant that has brightening and rejuvenating effects on the skin, which can also help you get rid of acne, blemishes and other skin problems. It’s also a crucial catalyst in the production of collagen, which helps keeping the skin youthful and delays the onset of wrinkles.
Both of these products have Vitamin C as the active ingredient in a similar concentration – Drunk Elephant’s serum has 15%, whereas La Roche-Posay has 10% + salicylic acid, which is great for gentle daily exfoliation.
If 10% is too little for you, I also recommend checking out 20%+ Korean vitamin C serums on YesStyle, such as the SOME BY MI – Galactomyces Pure Vitamin C Glow Serum / By Wishtrend – Pure Vitamin C 21.5% Advanced Serum or Oz Naturals – Vitamin C + E + Hyaluronic Acid Facial Serum. All of these are actually only $15-30, with science backing up their benefits.
Apart from the price difference, another reason why I prefer the dupes to the original Drunk Elephant serum is because the Drunk Elephant serum is actually orange in color.
If you know anything about vitamin C serums, you know that you can tell if it’s effective by the color of the vitamin C suspension: if it’s transparent, it’s fine to use and will do it’s job. However, if it’s yellow/orange, it’s gone off and it’s time to invest in a new serum.
The fact that Drunk Elephant have purposefully formulated their serum to be orange makes it very hard to tell when the product has gone off and if it’s still effective. However, the other serums that I’ve linked to are all transparent in color, which makes it easier for you to monitor the efficacy of the product.
5. Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer with Ceramides Dupe: It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream Hydrating Moisturizer
Drunk Elephant’s Lala Retro moisturizer is good for dry skin and to fight the signs of aging. The main beneficial ingredient in the cream is it’s ceramides, which can also be found at a super affordable price from any Cerave products for about $15, or the It Cosmetics Confidence moisturizer.
Apart from ceramides, the It Cosmetics Confidence moisturizer also includes other anti-aging and skin-loving ingredients such as vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, niacin, antioxidants, peptides and squalene.
Aside from being anti-aging, both the Drunk Elephant and the It Cosmetics creams are intensely hydrating while still maintaining a light feeling on the skin.
6. Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum Dupe: FAB Skin Lab Resurfacing Liquid 10% AHA
The T.L.C. Framboos night serum is another AHA + BHA exfoliating product that makes your skin radiant, bright and problem-free. Unlike the Sukari Babyfacial mask, this serum is designed to stay on your skin while you sleep. The concentration of the ingredients in this serum are also much lower, at just 12%.
If you’re looking for a more affordable option of this night time serum, the FAB Skin Lab Resurfacing Liquid with 10% AHA will do the same job. Unfortunately it doesn’t contain any BHA (salicylic acid), but if this bothers you, you can always get the 2% BHA Solution from the Ordinary to compliment this product (it’s only $5!).
7. Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Serum Dupe: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
The main ingredient in both of these products is hyaluronic acid, which is fantastic for hydrating the skin and keeping wrinkles at bay. Both are light weight serums that are great to use before moisturizer in the morning and/or evening.
The Ordinary’s serum costs under $7 whereas the Drunk Elephant one is almost $50, so if you’re after a great affordable hyaluronic serum, try out the Ordinary’s version first!
8. Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Serum Alternative: Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum
I have another contender for the Drunk Elephant B-Hydra serum dupe: The Klairs Rich Moisture Smoothing Serum that is formulated specifically for dry and irritated skin.
It contains vitamin B5 as well as other ingredients that moisturize without clogging pores, and glides on perfectly under makeup while providing a light weight finish. One of the main benefits of this serum over the Ordinary’s serum is all the additional ingredients that come with it, such as licorice root extract which is great for uneven skin tone and pigmentation marks.
9. Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum Dupe: Benton Fermentation Eye Cream
The Shaba Complex Eye Serum is an effective treatment that aims to fight all signs of ageing that could result in tired-looking and weary eyes.
However, if you are looking for an affordable alternative, consider trying Benton Fermentation Eye Cream that hydrates, repairs, and protects the sensitive skin around your eyes from sun damage.
The hero ingredients in the Benton eye cream is galactomyces ferment filtrate, bifida ferment lysate, ceramides and peptides, similar to Drunk Elephant’s Shaba eye serum. The filtrates are there to improve the appearance of wrinkles and skin damage, whereas the ceramides and peptides primarily target hydration and skin elasticity.
10. Drunk Elephant Marula Oil Alternative: The Ordinary Marula Oil
Marula oil has incredible benefits for the skin, such as strengthening the skin’s protective barrier, protecting against pollution and aging, providing eczema relief and even improving the appearance of stretch marks.
When you compare two products that are 100% Marula oil, you know you’re bound to get the same exact results with both of these products. Drunk Elephant as a brand puts a lot of effort in the sustainability of their ingredients, so their higher price tag is partly a result of that.
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Here you have it, the 10 Best Drunk Elephant alternatives that won’t break the bank. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products, I’d love to hear how you think the dupes perform in comparison to the Drunk Elephant ones.
Also let me know what do you think about these kinds of skin care dupes articles. I’ve only done a couple of them so far but I really enjoy making them, so I think I’ll be working on some more in the future. Let me know if there’s a particular brand that you’d like me to cover below in the comments!
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