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Drunk Elephant Retinol Review – Is A-Passioni Worth It?

Drunk Elephant clean cruelty-free skincare including their new A-Passioni retinol cream.

So first I need to clarify I’m pretty much a retinol newbie. I’ve been trying more natural forms of Vitamin A like Mad Hippie. And then obvi I’m 100% in love with Kypris Moonlight Catalyst with its natural retinoid-type properties. So Drunk Elephant retinol is the first true retinol I’ve tried.

Ok so to clarify a few more things (I know it feels like I’m stalling…) I can’t get enough of trying every great Drunk Elephant clean skincare product. Quite a few are true winners except for the Lippe which felt like a dud to me personally.

What makes Drunk Elephant skincare so great?

In short: I can trust this science-based skincare line won’t include fragrance or scents which is a huge deal to me.

So anyway I decided I would start dipping my pinky toe into more powerful anti-aging skincare now that I’m no longer breastfeading. This new Drunk Elephant retinol option seemed like it was a sign from the universe that it was time?

I gave it a solid try for 6 weeks, following their directions and frequently mixing it with B-Hydra.

My Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Results: Not stellar, unfortunately 🙁

  • Some peeling which I knew could happen. Didn’t bother me too much though.
  • No lightening of dark spots of melasma.
  • No major positive change to my skin.
  • An additional dark spot appear on my upper lip 🙁 (uggghhhhh)
  • No changes in my mini wrinkle frown lines or “stress” wrinkles on my forehead.

Am I just doing this whole retinol thing ? Did I start it too early in my life? (is that even a thing? is that totally rude to say?) Did I not do it for long enough?

I know 6 weeks may sound like a short time but I normally know if a clean or green beauty product will work well for me within a month like my beloved Drunk Elephant Sukari Babyfacial.

I will say my skin felt soft, I did not get patchy red spots and it felt very soothing on application. But I didn’t notice an overall change in texture either.

I will absolutely continue to try Drunk Elephant products and support this awesome cruelty-free brand but A-Passioni wasn’t a winner in my book. Maybe I just did it wrong? I would love your advice for retinol newbies!

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1 Comment

  • Cassie Britton
    May 10, 2020 at 10:12 am

    6 weeks usage isnt going to make a difference to wrinkles. It can take up to a year of usage before you can see results on wrinkles.


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