Aldi Lacura Jelly Cleanser– a Drunk Elephant dupe? — Elementor

Following on from my blogpost comparing Lacura at Aldi’s Pineapple Microdermabrasion Scrub to Wishful Yo Glow, I have put two more products to the test. This time it is another Lacura at Aldi product – their Jelly Cleanser against the Beste Jelly Cleanser from Drunk Elephant. Keep reading to see whether it really is a bargain priced dupe.

Drunk Elephant Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser (£27 150ml or £13 60ml)

All of Drunk Elephant skincare is free from that they describe as the Suspicious 6 (essential oils, fragrance/dyes, silicones, sodium lauryl sulfate, drying alcohols and chemical screens) so in theory this would be a great product for a more sensitive or reactive skin. Virgin Marula Oil provides moisture alongside antioxidant rich Canteloupe extract. The texture is a lightweight gel which is slightly tacky when massaging in to dry skin. This jelly textured cleanser is designed to remove makeup, oil, SPF and dirt from the surface of the skin. 

Drunk Elephant really focus on keeping the pH level of the skin as close to its natural state as possible. Beste™ No. 9 is formulated at  pH of 5.5 which mirrors the natural pH of the skin. They actively disclose the pH levels of their products and discourage using anything that alters it too greatly, using product ‘smoothies’ to regulate it.  

Drunk elephant

Lacura is the own brand of skincare products from Aldi. Available both instore and online they have both permanent line products and then what they are most famous for, their limited life ‘dupes’. In the past they have supposedly replicated the likes of Clinique Moisture Surge, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream and probably most famously, La Prairie Caviar cream. Their latest launch dropped with a group of products aimed to replicate the likes of Wishful, Drunk Elephant, Dermalogica and I have tried two products from the range, the Jelly Cleanser and the Pineapple Microdermabrasion Scrub.

Lacura doesn’t actively disclose the pH level of the cleanser from what I can see online but it has the same lightweight gel texture as the Drunk Elephant. The gel emulsifies into a milk and washes away leaving no trace. I would use it in the same place in my skincare routine, as a makeup removal, first cleanse alongside a separate eyemakeup remover. The cleanser is reasonably similar to the Drunk Elephant, with a formula based on Marula Oil, Glycerin and Watermelon (instead of the Cantaloupe in Drunk Elephant.)

To be completely honest my skin reacted to both of these (turning red, angry and incredibly dry/scaly) and as a result they will be passed along to less sensitive skinned friends. I have previously had a reaction to the Ren Glycolactic Mask and have to be careful with fruit acids in general. I had hoped that one of the two would replace the sadly discontinued Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel but unfortunately they aren’t a thick enough gel, aren’t suited to around the eyes and of course, I didn’t have the best experience. Skincare is completely personal and what works for one person can be the next person’s worst 

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One Comment

  • Timmy

    I am always intrigued by Drunk Elephant but our skin is so similar that I think both of these will irritate my skin (especially my even dry winter nose!).

    Forever on the hunt for your beloved Clarins cleanser, we live in hope that you will find it x

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