Drunk Elephant Protini

What is it?

A powerful shot of protein for your skin, which helps to maintain collagen, encouraging its production and preventing its breakdown.

This is a gel-cream moisturiser that is packed full of skin-loving peptides and amino acids, which are the building blocks of healthy skin.

What’s good about it?

Firstly, the air-tight pump packaging on Drunk Elephant moisturisers is second to none. I love this style of packaging for hygiene reasons, but also, let’s face it, it’s pretty damn cool to use. The cream, itself, is cosmetically elegant with a light, buildable texture, that is the absolute perfect medium between rich and thin. It absorbs without hesitation and coats the skin in a beautiful, hydrating veil that both feels strengthening, as well as protecting. The mild, gentle scent (not fragrance!) is very relaxing when using this and is unlike anything I have ever came across before.

Star ingredient highlights include 9 different peptides and plenty of amino acids, as well as sodium hyaluronate (a salt of hyaluronic acid) and sodium PCA for hydration and water-binding. Of course, a Drunk Elephant product cannot be complete without a healthy dose of their cold-pressed marula oil, which also features in this formula. Overall, if I was looking at this ingredients list on paper, I don’t think I would be picking it up. It’s lacking a lot of the ingredients that I enjoy and require in a product, yet this offers something unique, that I crave using, time and time again. This is a prime example of how ingredients, alone, is not enough to judge a product and that formulation, above all, is king. Bravo, Drunk Elephant – I’m officially #DrunkInLove with Protini.

What’s not so good about it?

I initially disliked this. Strongly. My first use or two of this, I found it almost silicone-feeling to the touch, but then this feeling went away within a further use and I found myself absolutely head over heels about this product. I’m keeping this short and sweet – I love everything about this moisturiser, besides the price. It is one of the most texturally elegant creams that I have ever had the pleasure of using on my face and one that I can safely say, brought joy with every use. I am so sad to have hit an empty on this one!

The bottom line

  • Beautifully textured gel-cream for all skin types, except very dry.
  • A mix of well-studied ingredients for improving skin barrier strength.
  • Incredible packaging that looks fantastic on a vanity.
  • Heavy on the purse/wallet at £57 for 50ml.


This gets a 4.5 star rating for me, docking half a star for the product cost. To justify the pricetag further, I would love to see the inclusion of retinol, niacinamide and ceramides. This aside, Protini is a superstar!

Drunk Elephant Protini (£57/50ml/1.7oz)
Available: Cult Beauty (Global), Space NK (UK), Space NK (USA)

Similar Products?

CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion (£12/52ml/1.7oz.) – Available: LookFantastic (Global), Boots (UK)

1 Comment

  1. Cynthia Knisely
    02/05/2019 / 10:23 pm

    I am looking for an anti-aging Eye skincare product to lift and firm my eyes. I have used Paula’s Choice skincare products and they are differently affordable. However I do believe some other pricey skincare products are better

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