Review: Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream

Where to purchase: CultBeauty – HERE

Price: £50

Volume: 50ml

What is it?: A Creamy moisturiser suited towards dry skins. pH: 5.5

Description: This cream excludes ethanol (alcohol), essential oils and fragrance – that’s all I need to worry about. I don’t believe in this ‘suspicious 6 philosophy’ as for example, silicone has NO PROBLEM IN SKINCARE – so please don’t be scared or worried when reading this philosophy.

Containts ceramides and is ‘whipped’ into a light (not light for oily skins) cream.

Good for: Dry Skins

Packaging: An airtight container which I like as it keeps the product ‘fresh’ and for me particularly – it keeps the product hygienic.


Directions: Apply either AM or PM at the end of your routine (PLEASE BEFORE SPF IF PUTTING IN THE AM).

How I use it: Applied in the PM

Key Ingredients: 6 African Oils and Ceramides (as well as Hyaluronic acid, Glycerin and cholesterol) to help the skin’s barrier: Marula oil – nourish the skin and high in antioxidants / omega. Mongogo oil (same as previously), baobab – rich in vitamin C and moisturising as well as soothing. Kalahari melon – moisturising. Ximenia (contains vitamin c?) and moisturising. Passion fruit – contains fatty acids and vitamin c (brightens skin?). Ferment oil green tea – moisturising.

Full Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Isostearate, Pseudozyma Epicola/Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil/Glucose/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Meal/Malt Extract/Yeast Extract Ferment Filtrate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetearyl Alcohol, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Schinziophyton Rautanenii Kernel Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-6 Ximenia Americana Seedate, Cholesterol, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP,Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Ceramide NP, Phytosphingosine, Ceteareth-20, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Tocopherol, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

NOTE: The Incidecoder has a full product ingredient list breakdown HERE

Texture: This is like a rich cream. The ceramides make this a very fatty, almost butter-like cream. I find it very heavy and very rich. It’s extremely ‘occlusive’ and although soothing, if I apply too much, or I have too many layers of skincare underneath, this can feel very suffocating.


Fragrance?: No – just smells like the ingredients, so this smells like a fatty cream.

Good Under Makeup?: Yes. It is a good primer, I find foundation sticks to this well.

How long have I been using this?: I used this to completion (it would be wrong of me not to finish such an expensive product).

The Effect?: Moisturised skin. I’m actually surprised, although this is very heavy for me, that it didn’t cause breakouts.

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What I like:

  • Airtight packaging
  • Hygienic packaging
  • Emollient
  • No fragrance, No essential oils
  • No irritation
  • Moisturises

What I don’t like:

  • Very heavy – too thick for me
  • £££££ (for the volume as well)

Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3/5 – too heavy for me and absolutely not enough product for the price in my opinion. I just don’t think a moisturiser, especially one without actives should be so expensive. Of course this moisturises and is intended for dry skins, but I find it quite heavy, like the Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask I reviewed previously.

Would I repurchase?: No – too heavy for my preference – I absolutely think dry skins would prefer this as it’s very emollient, but for me, it just feels heavy – I would much rather go for their Protini Polypeptide cream. However DE is extremely expensive SO I would rather purchase The Inkeylist’s Peptide Moisturiser (image below) – I have swatched this HERE

K-Beauty Dupe?: Innisfree The Minimum Moist Cream HERE – I think this is a cheaper alternative, although airtight and containing less antioxidants, this cream is a similar, lightweight, oil-based texture.

NOTE: I have reviewed this product HERE


If you want a dupe of the DE Polypeptide Protini, you could also get the Inkey List’s Peptide Moisturiser.

THE INKEY LIST Peptide Moisturiser

This is basically a dupe and even comes in the same packaging as DE.

Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.


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