Drunk Elephant JuJu Bar | Review & Results
A mild, 3-in-1 bar that deeply cleanses, exfoliates and heals without stripping skin of its essential oils.
PRODUCT RATING: ★★★★★★★★★★ (10/10)
PRICE DETAILS: $32 for 1½” x 1½” x 1″ of JuJu Bar and Pekee Bar $$
**Individual large sizes available for $32
PRESENTATION: Charcoal black soap with elephant marking
TEXTURE & SCENT: Cushioning, creamy lather with slight grainy texture. Absolutely no fragrance.
SKIN TYPE: All Skin Types. Even sensitive and acne.
KEY FEATURES: This multi-tasking bar is designed to effectively cleanse while gently removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin that have loosened overnight. Our healing formulation of thermal mud, 20% glycerin and bamboo powder delivers a wonderful creamy lather that dissolves unwanted oil and makeup, rinsing away pore-clogging surface debris and any impurities. It refines skin texture, brightens skin clarity, and over time, minimizes the look of pores. The JuJu Bar™ is totally fragrance and detergent free and formulated with skin-friendly ingredients designed to calm and feed the skin while promoting moisture retention.
QUICK REVIEW: This product (like nearly the entire Drunk Elephant line) makes me happy. Happy to have found a natural, non-irritating, effective, completely scent-free face bar that WORKS. Genius. Yes, its expensive – but once you try the system, you will wonder how you ever lived without it. Plus, who doesn’t love elephants?
the BACK STORY – Let me start this review with how I discovered this brand new (and amazing) underground line. Anyone remember WONDERBAR? Probably not. I discovered it on Hautelook, did a little research, bought a few and really ended up liking it (didn’t review it since I also found out it was being discontinued). In spite of its limited availability (bars are still available on Amazon – but read on before you jump ship) – I continued to scour the web and eBay for deals and information about this elusive bar. During this journey – I discovered that Tiffany Masterson (of Wonderbar fame) was working on a new project – DRUNK ELEPHANT SKIN CARE.
Drunk Elephant Difference:
Unlike other bar cleansers on the market, JuJu Bar™ is made using the old fashioned “melt and pour” method, is pH neutral and contains 20% glycerine. Drunk Elephant formulations only contain ingredients that are there to benefit skin health and support the formulation, keeping them safe and making them ideal for even the most sensitive skin. You will never find colorants or fragrances of any kind in our products. That is our commitment to you. (Source: Drunk Elephant)
JUJU BAR™ (travel size) is a hand sized cube (1½”x1½x1″ roughly), with a charcoal grey color, bamboo powder for extra mild exfoliation and Heilmoor Clay (like Wonderbar – but that’s where the comparison ends). Designed for use in the morning (although PM use is fine), JuJu Bar lathers easily into a scent-free, creamy, ever-so-slightly abrasive foam that feels comforting, rinses clean and leaves skin feeling fresh, baby soft and without any dryness.
The ingredients include Drunk Elephant’s signature Marula oil (pictured left), MariMoist® (see ingredients below for properties), Blueberry, Acai, Mangosteen, Green Tea, Aloe Vera and Honey. Its no wonder that skin actually feels moisturized and smooth after use! Its also formulated WITHOUT a long list of undesirables like -cones, mineral oil, parabens, resorcinol, triclosan, formaldehyde, chemical sunscreens and much more (see ingredient information below for complete list of “withouts”).
FYI – Since I liked this product so much, I was extra diligent on my research. Every ingredient I didn’t recognize – I looked up. See the results in the INGREDIENT SECTION below.
DRUNK ELEPHANT SKIN CARE AM ROUTINE: Simply consists of washing with JuJu Bar, C-Firma Day Serum and Blok Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30 (which is the first sunscreen in history to NOT give me a rash after long term use, but I’ll get to that later). How simple is that?
I love love love DRUNK ELEPHANT SKIN CARE JUJU BAR. The question is: Do I love it more than my beloved Conju Princess Soap? The answer, without a doubt is YES (with the addition of the Pekee Bar – which I’ll review next). Conju is definitely a wonderful product that has given me consistent results for years. However, Juju Bar and Pekee Bar leaves my skin just as clean and clear – but minus any redness or dryness. It is expensive for a little bar – but that little bar of wonder (LOL) will last you 4-5 months (AM use only) and give you the most incredible skin you’ve ever had. I’m not exaggerating. A new bar has been set!
UPDATE (08/28/2013): I just ordered a full size JuJu Bar! I’m going to let my 11 year old daughter start using it as well.
Mama sized JuJu (4oz) and baby sized travel Juju (comes with travel size Peeke Bar).
(Left – Before, Right – After 3 weeks of use) These photos are after only 3 weeks of consistent use. My spot is lighter, skin is much calmer and no breakouts. I will be sure to update as things improve even more!
OTHER DRUNK ELEPHANT REVIEWS:
DRUNK ELEPHANT JUJU BAR INGREDIENTS: Glycerin (20%), Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Stearate, Decyl Glucoside, Propanediol, Sorbitol, Heilmoor Clay, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract, Marula Oil, Deionized Water, Marimoist® (Chondrus Crispus Extract, Hydrolyzed Chondrus Crispus Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate), Superfruit Extract Blend:(Vaccinium Cyanococcus (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Berry Extract, Musa Acuminata (Banana Peel) Extract, Garcinia Mangostana (Mangosteen) Fruit Extract), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Honey Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Silica. Made in the U.S.A.
Sodium Cocoate: This Coconut Oil derivative is formulated through the saponficiation process, which involves the hydrolyzation of Coconut Oil in the presence of sodium in order to create soap. It serves as an emulsifier and gently cleanses the skin. (Source: Weldela.com)
Sodium Stearate: Sodium stearate is used as a surfactant in the pharmaceutical industry to support the solubility of hydrophobic compounds in the manufacture of various mouth foams. It is usually produced as one component of soap during saponification of oils and fats.(Source: Ask.com)
Decyl Glucoside: A mild non-ionic surfactant used in cosmetic formulations including baby shampoo and in products for individuals with a sensitive skin. Many natural personal care companies use this cleanser because it is plant-derived and biodegradable. (Source: Wikipedia.com)
Marimoist®: MariMoist is a moisturization ingredient derived from University-based biomedical engineering research focused on tissue affinity and adhesivity for the promotion of wound healing. The technology in MariMoist is elegant in its simplicity, amalgamating polysaccharide biopolymers from specially selected Chondrus crispus with hyaluronic acid using a proprietary process to create reticulated polymer bundles that deliver bolus and adsorbed water for immediate and sustained hydration. In addition to water delivery, the polymers in MariMoist provide benefits to tissue matrix health and offer a pleasing sensorial effect on skin.
What it is formulated without:
Animal Fats/Oils/Musks, Benzalkonium Chloride, Benzophenone, Bisphenol A (BPA), Butoxyethanol, BHA, BHT, Chemical Sunscreens, Coal Tar Dyes, 1,4-Dioxane, -Cones, Detergent, Essential Oils, EDTA, Ethanolamines (MEA/DEA/TEA), Formaldehyde, Fragrance, Hydroquinone, Liquid Paraffin, Liquid Petrolatum, Methyl Cellosolve, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Mercury, Mercury Compounds, Mineral Oil, Oxybenzone, Parabens, Paraffin Oil, Phthalates, Polyethylene Glycol (PEGs), Resorcinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Retinol, Siloxanes, Sulfates, Thimerosal, Toluene, Triclosan, Triclocarban
Cruelty-Free. Gluten-Free. Recycle for Earth’s Sake. Supporter of IEF (International Elephant Foundation).
WONDERBAR INGREDIENTS: Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat)Starch, 1-Octadecanol, Paraffin, CI7789, Talcum, Helimoor Clay, Water, Glycerin, Chlorey’nahre (CLO), Polyglucuronic Acid, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Chamonilla Matricaria (Chamomile) Extract. Made in Malaysia.
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DRUNK ELEPHANT SKIN CARE is available at DRUNKELEPHANT.COM.
Official launch scheduled for September 2013. Save 15% off all products with code: SNEAKPEEK. Limited supply, while supplies last.