Frankly speaking, I have not been a fan for soap bars. I have used different soap bars before. I didn’t like any of them a single bit. I found they are always drying, and they don’t really clean my makeup very well.
However, I have heard good things about Drunk Elephant as a beauty brand since it aims to create product that is safe, minimal, effective and non-toxic. I totally agree and love this concept. Since a lot of people are raving about their soap bars as a gentle cleanser, I got curious about the products and wanted to try them out. I bought this little travel duo few weeks ago from the local beauty shop.
The travel duo includes Juju bar for the morning cleansing (the brown colour one on the right) and Pekee bar (the white one in the photo above) for the night. It’s 30g each at a price of AUD 26.
From the packaging, it says Juju bar is “an ultra-mild, multitasking bar that deeply cleanses, subtly exfoliates”. It has creamy lather to dissolve oil, unclog pores, remove dead skin and deliver a clear and healthy looking skin. It claims the bar also minimises the pores and refines the skin texture. Its pH level is 6.34. Every Juju bar contains thermal mud (healing and detoxifying),virgin Marula Oil (hydration and rejuvenating), bamboo powder (exfoliation) and super fruit extract blend (antioxidant and moisturising). It’s soap and fragrance free.
It’s for night cleansing. From the their website, it says the soap bar is gentle on skin. It cleans, balances and moisturises the skin at the same time. It has pH level of 6.51. The key ingredients are Blue berry extract (antioxidant), virgin Marula Oil, and honey (healing and anti-inflammatory). It is designed to retain moisture, increase elasticity and firmness. It’s also fragrance and soap free.
After I got my hands on these, I was quite excited to try. I have used the Juju bar in the morning and Pekee bar at night as it suggested. I wet the bars and rub in my hands. Then, I massage my face with the lather. It was suggested not to use the products on your face directly. So far, I have had mixed feeling about them.
For Juju bar, I found it definitely drys out my dry skin although it claims it can be used on dry skin. The bamboo powder is not as gentle as I expected to exfoliate the skin on my face. I probably will use it as a weekly deep cleanser, but I don’t think I will like it as my daily cleanser.
For Pekee bar, I like this one better than Juju bar. It’s not as drying as Juju bar. It still drys out my skin slightly. I don’t think it cleans make up very well on my skin. So I would pass this one on to my husband. He will be happy to use it.
Both soap bars have no unpleasant or overwhelming smell since it’s fragrance free. As soap bars, I think both of them will last for a long time.
I am not a big fan for the packaging. It is a travel duo. However, the box is made from some sort of soft cardboard. It’s definitely travel unfriendly, but 100% environment friendly. You need to find a plastic or glass soap box to carry it with you if you want to take these with you to travel.
Overall, they are OK products for me. However, I will not repurchase.
Have your tried them? What’s your thoughts?