December 18, 2017

Drunk Elephant Beste Jelly Cleanser Feel the Burn!

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Drunk Elephant Beste Jelly Cleanser is an innovative and unique jelly cleanser that was introduced several months ago. It was actually on my list of things to dry but I never did get around to it. Recently, I decided to give Drunk Elephant another try since I haven’t had miraculous results with their products and I ended up purchasing two of their Holiday Gift Sets and both contained a generously-sized tube of Beste Jelly Cleanser. This was, of course, a perfect excuse to finally try it.

It deserves to be mentioned since it released Beste Jelly Cleanser has been apparently reformulated and renamed and is now called Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser. Some say it is the same formula, other says it is different and not as drying as the original, where as others are convinced it is an entirely new formulation. I can’t compare the two as I have only tried the original and if you wish to try that version you can do so by buying the Hit It Off Duo for $20. This is actually a great way to experience the cleanser without splurging on a larger size as it includes a 1 oz cleanser as well as a deluxe-size Lala Retro Whipped Cream. I suggest this duo because not everyone is going to like this cleanser for one major reason which I’ll tell you about in a few.

Drunk Elephant Beste Jelly Cleanser seems a perfect cleanser. The jelly-like texture reminds me of a thicker version of Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence. I’m obsessed with jelly skincare anything so, I love the texture and consistency of this. Apparently it has a blend of mild surfactants that dissolve makeup easily. I was a little concerned when I read it dried skin out but I didn’t experience any issues. It felt very light on my skin, rinsed clean away, and worked nicely in my double cleanse routine. It produces a very lightweight lather which would typically bother me as I tend to like my cleansers to produce a lot of lather but I didn’t mind so much. It seemed just enough lather to gentle clean my skin without leaving me tight or dry.

So, this sounds all great right? It is but man, this stuff burns. DO NOT, DO NOT, I repeat, do not get it in your eyes. I tend to not avoid my eyes during cleansing as whatever my eye makeup didn’t remove I rely on my facial cleanser or oil to remove. Nowadays it is absolutely essential to read the back of your cleanser to see if it is eye safe but I failed to do so with this as I just assumed it was eye safe since Drunk Elephant takes a lot of care and attention with their ingredients. But indeed, the tube does say avoid contact with eyes and rightly so as it burns horribly. I was actually kind of scared after using it as the sting lasted several minutes after I rinsed.

Needless to say, I won’t be repurchasing this and I simply cannot understand cleansers that can’t be used near your eyes. Hopefully the No. 9 formula is nicer on eyes.

Have you tried Drunk Elephant Beste Jelly Cleanser?

What did you think?

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  • Kimmwc03

    I haven’t tried it for just for the reason you mentioned. I don’t understand why a cleanser shouldn’t be used near eyes. I always use makeup remover on my eyes and then use Clinique cleanser all over to remove any last traces of makeup.

    • Isabella Muse

      this is exactly what I do. I use eye makeup remover and I still cleanse around my eyes to remove anything that my eye makeup remover left behind. It just seems natural to me to cleanse around my eyes while cleansing my face! ALL face cleansers should be gentle enough for use around eyes!

  • kjh

    No, and I won’t even bother with the research, thanks to you. I like my mini of b hydra, but am quite satisfied with the Nooni you reviewed or garner blue top micellar as first cleanse. Have to admit to some curiosity as to why DE would EVEN go there with a cleanser not rec for eye area, and to what Paula in her separated out beautypedia has said. DE is such a Paula darling!

  • Robin

    Nope, my sensitive skin is thanking you for the review. I will stick to my Palmer’s Facial cleansing oil.

  • Swooz

    I had a sample and didn’t experience the eye burning, but it didn’t clean my makeup thoroughly and I don’t like to double cleanse beyond eye makeup remover, so I won’t be purchasing. Love the DE Babyfacial though it burns like crazy-it gives a great peel with a little bit of flaking that I remove with a physical exfoliant.

  • Joyce

    had a similar experience with the Shea Moisture cleansing oil…used it around my eyes and it burned so bad I got scared! the burning lasted after I rinsed off too!

  • Brandy

    I just saw this was $34 for the full size and can’t even be used around the eyes! Nope. I’ll stick to my $6 Trader Joe’s cleanser.

  • Iris

    Thanks for the review. I now have sensitive skin and will be avoiding. Sephora reviews said the tube leaked like crazy too. After visiting a Sephora shop to see the item in person and to sniff it, look at it, etc., I saw their display tube was leaking. I’ll be avoiding it.

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure! I had the mini and it didn’t leak thankfully but I heard a lot about the larger bottle having issues!

  • Bruna

    This is an old post, bit I have been researching about DE products and end up in your page. First of all, thanks for the honest reviews, it’s exactly what I was looking for in my research. Second, I did try the Beste No 9, the new formula, and endeed doesn’t burn my eyes, even though the recommendation for avoiding eyes is still there. I am still on the fence for buying the full size product for $34 though. Any fragrance free cleanser you would recommend?

  • Susan

    My little girl age 12, received the duo as a gift for Christmas. She only used the Beste no. 9 Jelly ONCE on Christmas Day, and her skin became red and BLUSTERED after a SINGLE use. This product should have a WARNING LABEL on it. Fortunately, she did not get it in her eyes. Her face is painful and very red and blistered. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!

  • Ari

    So I found your post here because I was googling frantically after getting burned by this same product, two years later. It was one of the Sephora birthday freebies in 2019 and I took it, but never used it til now. Oh boy do I regret it. It looks like I got a sunburn everywhere the cleanser touched, my skin is red, sore, tight, and tender. I can even clearly see a ring around my lips where it wasn’t burned, because I don’t put cleanser near my lips due to known sensitivities. Thank goodness for COSRX snail mucin essence, which is helping to soothe the burning. This is ridiculous! I’m looking the ingredients up on cosdna to see if I can identify the culprit(s) but considering you and I’m sure others felt this burning with the formula 2 years ago, how could they still be selling it like this…

    • Isabella Muse

      oh no Ari sorry to hear it 🙁 Snail essence will def ease any irritation! Also vaseline! It’s such a shame they haven’t changed the formula 🙁