Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser


Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser

I don’t know what rock I’ve been hiding under or what took me so long to learn about Drunk Elephant, the skin care line with a cult following. To be fair, I don’t go into big beauty stores where I might have seen it, like Sephora, because I get too overwhelmed by all the choices. But, hallelujah!, I did hear about it from Renee (Gothamista), a self-proclaimed “skin-thusiast, who treasure hunts for beauty products as a profession.” I trust her, and she recommended Drunk Elephant. Obviously, I had to try it.

After verifying that Drunk Elephant is a “clean” product (although not organic or anything too green), I went out and purchased The Littles, a starter kit that includes the Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser.

What Makes This Cleanser Special?

To begin with, Drunk Elephant is a brand that is all about skin’s health. It isn’t only interested in one thing or another (like natural or non-synthetic), but instead is interested in the overall picture that best benefits our skin. For example, DE never uses essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical screens, fragrance/dyes or SLS. While you will find ingredients that some green beauty oppose because they aren’t organic or natural, the brand is reliably safe.

The Drunk Elephant motto is “Where your health is concerned, we will always subscribe to ‘If there’s any DOUBT, it’s OUT.'”


Next, this cleanser has won all kinds of awards. At the time of this blog post, these are the awards I’m aware of:

  • 2017 Fall O-Beauty Awards (O Magazine) – Best Cleanser for Dry Skin
  • 2018 SELF Healthy Beauty Awards – Best All Around Cleanser
  • 2018 The Cosmopolitan SKIN Awards – Best Face Wash
  • 2018 Awards TotalBeauty.com – Cleanser, Editors’ Pick Honorable Mention.

Hmmmmmm….. D’ya think maybe it’s worth checking this cleanser out? ? ? (Despite costing $32.00 for a mere 5 fl. oz.)

What I like about it:

Like almost every other overly indulgent person, I like Drunk Elephant’s philosophy and motto. I also like all the hype around their products, as well as the credibility all the awards lend. All that in the air makes me feel giddy about the DE Jelly Cleanser.

Consistency is Key

Regarding the cleanser, itself, I like it a lot. The consistency is good. It’s a gel-like substance, not too thin, that comes out of the tube looking clear. I add a few drops of water to it in my palm, rub my palms together, and apply to my dry face. Rubbing it in creates a streaky white situation all over. It doesn’t foam exactly, but it is thicker and more substantial than a gel now.

A little goes a long way. Typically, I use about a dime’s worth for my entire face. I may use a little more if I’m also cleansing my neck, but I don’t know that I need to.

My Eyes, My Eyes!!!

What really impresses me about the Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser is that it absolutely does remove all the makeup and oils and grime from my face. Sometimes I double cleanse, first using 100%Pure’s Blood Orange Cleansing Balm, a coconut/olive oil based balm that is greasy. I use it mostly around the eye area because that’s where I want to use something extra gentle and don’t want to be rubbing a cleanser. The Jelly Cleanser removes all of that grease, no problem. I don’t need to use extra or do an extra wash, even with so much grease on my face. If I don’t double cleanse because I’m feeling lazy, the Jelly Cleanser still gets all of my eye makeup and everything else off perfectly.

I mentioned how I don’t want to be rubbing cleanser around my delicate eye area, but I absolutely do use this product on and around my eyes. And guess what! Another thing I love about the Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser – It doesn’t burn my eyes! I open my eyes all the time while I’m washing my face (I have a kid, you know), and I don’t even realize I have soap on my eyes until I go back to the bathroom and see myself in the mirror. It’s truly awesome.

But How Does it Feel?

There are two more things about this cleanser that really stand out. While this cleanser is not marketed as hydrating, I actually prefer it to those that are. With hydrating cleansers, I often feel like I need to follow up with a cleansing toner because my face doesn’t feel clean, even if it is. With this product, my skin always feels clean, but not squeaky and dried out, nor saturated and lotioned.

Finally, the Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser is odorless. So many products are overly scented, so it’s nice to take a break from all that. For someone who is allergic to a lot of scents, this is another thing I like about this cleanser.

What I Don’t Like About It:

Alright, I’m trying to give you a balanced overview of this cleanser, so I want to present some negatives here.

Well, it’s expensive at $6.40 per ounce.

Also, while being odorless, the cleanser may have a little bit of a clinical smell. It isn’t off-putting so much as less indulgent feeling. Without an inviting scent, washing my face isn’t as inviting or a part of my daily ritual that I look forward to and enjoy. There isn’t that sense of, (inhale) mmmmm…. this is nice.

That’s all I got for ya as far as negatives go.

My Bottom Line

I love the Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser. I’d prefer it to have the slightest bit of a nice scent, but no matter. This stuff is bad-ass. You only need a little bit of this non-toxic, biocompatible cleanser to remove everything, and it doesn’t sting eyes or dry skin.

Yes, it’s expensive. And so worth it.

I’d love to know your experience with this cleanser. Please let me know if you agree or disagree (how could you??) with me.

Thank you for reading my blog, as always.

~The Pampered Wife

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I am a very lucky woman. Some years ago, I met a sarcastic, mistrusting, terribly intelligent and witty man with the sexiest smirk and deep hazel-green eyes.  I thought he was interested in me but he never asked me out. Years later, our paths crossed again. I was older, wiser and more confident; I made it brick-wall clear that I was interested and hoped he was, too. We engaged, married, housed and child-ed. The when, where, how and order of these things is not what's important, here.  ;) But life was not easy sailing. My "smirker" was not easy-going or amenable to change, and I was impatient and angry.  We fought a lot.  There was much crying (me) and brooding (him).  We both loved each other and our son and wanted to be together, so it didn't make sense to split up.  Instead, we stuck it out, compromised and redefined our roles, expectations and perspectives.  (Yes, I married a man who did all that to stay married.  No, this is not a made-up fairytale.  Starting to see why I'm so lucky?) Today, I can say with sincerity that I am married to the kindest, most thoughtful and generous of men.  (He's still smart, funny and sexy, too!) Among other things, my Sweet Smirker is often surprising me with spa appointments just because he loves me and wants me to be relaxed and happy.  At his behest, I get massages, facials and pedicures.  (Again, this is for real, people!) So, I think you'll agree that I really am a very lucky woman.  After reading my blog, I think you'll also agree that I really am ... The Pampered Wife.

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