During a post about Drunk Elephant skin care range yesterday, I may have overstepped the mark by labelling the product ‘organic’. The truth is the creator Tiffany Masterson chooses the ingredients not based on ‘organic’ status but more on what is deemed the absolute best ingredients for the skin. So therefore officially the product contains both organic and non-organic (synthetic) ingredients. If it helps Drunk Elephant is a vegan product and uses what they call the 3 C’s:
- Clean – Every Ingredient is safe and Low hazard. If there is any doubt in an ingredient it is out!
- Compatible – Active ingredients are non-irritating with a small molecular structure to ensure deepest possible penetrations into the skin. The range is also easy to understand and use without multiple products for multiple skin types that are confusing and difficult to use.
- Clinically Effective – using the highest percentage of active ingredients to get the best results
Today I am focusing on the JuJu Bar, its name sake meaning ‘a charm or a fetish’, this bar has been formulated at the correct Ph. balance for the skin to ensure a healthy skin that is not too alkaline or acidic. The instructed use for this bar is ideally in the morning, wetting the bar and emulsifying it within your hands and then working it into the skin with circular motions. This product has been formulated to cleanse and gently exfoliate away loose dead skin that may have formed overnight.
Personally I have made it a habit to never cleanse my skin in the morning, having oily skin prone to acne break outs especially during my younger years, I found washing my skin in the morning removed the delicate acid mantle protecting against bacteria. However, this product does have a safe Ph. of slightly over 5.65, the natural Ph. of healthy skin so I feel safe cleansing my skin with this first thing in the morning.
If you’re an ingredient nerd like me I have researched a glossary for the ingredients of the JuJu Bar below to outline what each ingredient does. You are welcome! Additionally, you may be familiar with Paula’s Choice online reviews, Beautypedia website which is notoriously harsh when reviewing other product brands than their own. However, they gave Drunk Elephant as a whole skin care range, and this product the JuJu Bar 5 Stars! If that doesn’t satisfy you sceptic ingredients nerds, then I don’t know what will?
Sodium Coco-Sulfate = Is less irritating than its usual replacement ingredient of Sodium Laurel Sulphate (SLS) which has been linked to severe epidermal changes and damage of the hair follicle of the skin. Laurel alcohol which is the by product of both Sodium Laurel Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Coco-Sulphate is extracted from coconut oil, a more natural source. This ingredient will give a slightly foaming effect.
Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate = Is another foaming product which degreases and emulsifies any unwanted residue on the skin. While its not an organic product its not bad for you as its molecular structure is too big to penetrate the skin. Suitable for sensitive skin types Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate is manufactured as a gentle foaming agent that is water soluble.
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Starch = A wheat starch existing as a dry granular product to create a gentle exfoliating action suitable for sensitive skin as an abrasive to remove dead skin cells. It is a product that can be compressed into a tablet or cake whilst helping to increase the water portion of a cosmetic.
Cetearyl Alcohol = Derived from plants this product comes in a waxy, white solid. Used in cosmetics as an emulsifier, giving a product spread ability, well known as an effective conditioner and Moisturiser.
.Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract = Is the richest source of natural silica, which naturally stimulates collagen and elastin through strengthening chondroblasts. Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract contains 70% organic silica, which is lost in our skin as we age.
Paraffin = A non-organic white odorless, water insoluble, tasteless substance forming a preservative coating on the skin preventing the loss of moisture.
Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil = Known a Marula Oil, or the fruit of which the Elephants are said to graze on after fermented on the ground to become ‘drunk’. This is an organic, cold pressed, light textured oil that is highly nutritious to the skin. Successfully used on all skin types including sensitive skin.
Water/Aqua/Eau = A liquid substance that is able to dissolve other ingredients.
Heilmoor Clay = Giving the JuJu Bar it’s colour, Heilmoor Clay is an organic product formed through the decomposition of vegetable residues at the bottom of peat-bogs.
Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) = a white, opaque and naturally- occurring mineral found in two main forms: rutile and anatase. a white pigment, an opacifier and a sunscreen, odorless and absorbent, and listed as a safe pigment, with no known adverse effects when used in cosmetics, and approved by the TGA when 99% pure.
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil = used as an emollient, a Non-volatile, non-fragrant plant oil. It’s a rich source of fatty acids skin can use, including linoleic acid, having the ability to help replenish and soothe skin.
Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract = very rich in Flavonoids, Essential Fatty Acid (Oleic Acid) and Phytosterols, a powerful antioxidant that provide some protection against environmental damage to the skin. Also known as Acai Fruit oil this is an organic ingredient that promote skin benefits such as moisture retention and regeneration of the skin.
Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract = Commonly known as goji berry or wolfberry, this is an organic product that is an antioxidant that also works to soften the skin