Review: Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser

There is nothing quite like an effective, unctuous way to cleanse off the day’s make-up and grime. If taking off make-up can become pampering…it makes you less likely to skip this highly important step. I wasn’t sure what to expect; but just wanted to purchase some things from the much-coveted Drunk Elephant range.

I chose to buy this as I needed a make-up cleanser (I always need a make-up cleanser)…It is fair to say it was quite an impulse buy! I don’t understand know why, but recently, some of my best beauty purchases have been those that have been bought on that unexplainable urge to buy something on a whim.

The Packaging

The packaging is very basic, in my opinion. I don’t think a plastic tub can ever have the same luxe appeal as glass. However, there is one really interesting functionality: It comes with a small magnetic spatula which can attach to the tub lid. I don’t know if the spatula reminds me of eating ice-cream or what it is exactly, but there is something extremely rewarding about scooping out the product with it. Although I am not wowed by the packaging – this is not a very important element for me…it is all about the product…

The Product

The ingredients are really natural. Drunk Elephant pride themselves on being free of what they deem the “Suspicious 6” in all of their products (Essential Oils, Drying Alcohols, Silicones, Chemical Sunscreens, Fragrances/Dyes, SLS). These exclusions will certainly help those with sensitive skin to tolerate the products. The full ingredient list is outlined below:

Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Lauryl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-3 Laurate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Fragaria Ananassa (Strawberry) Seed Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Schinziophyton Rautanenii Kernel Oil, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Ximenia Americana Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Glycerin

The product has a thick, traditional balm-like consistency. There is no real discernible smell associated with the product – so for those that lust for that spa, aromatherapy experience – this product will not tick that box.

It also comes with a separate Bamboo Boost physical exfoliator (3g) – rough sand-like granules – which can be added to the cleanser to exfoliate and brighten the skin.

Purchasing It

It currently retails for £29 for 110g; but Drunk Elephant products can only be purchased at select retailers in the UK (including Space NK and Cult Beauty). There is quite a generous amount for the price point, and although it is rather expensive for a cleanser, I think this price is fair for the quality and the quantity. It should last approximately 4-6 months if used everyday.


I really liked this cleanser, it made my skin look plump and glowy the following morning. It contains some really beneficial ingredients such as baobab and marula oils. It is nourishing and rich, but I believe it is still suitable for all skin types and oily-skin types can also enjoy it. It is the perfect pick-me-up for winter-ravaged skin.

It is a product that I will definitely be repurchasing.

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