The hype around clean skin care brand Drunk Elephant, is at fever pitch, with all relevant beauty experts wholeheartedly endorsing the effective formulas, stellar, green ingredients, brand ethics and innovative delivery systems. The only thing holding me back, is the steep pricing. So I found the perfect Drunk Elephant dupe.

Everyone has heard about The Ordinary’s AHA 30% + BHA 2% peeling solution, (only available online through third party sellers), as it is an obvious dupe for Drunk Elephant’s TLC Sukari Babyfacial, $122 AUD (also unavailable in Australia). With this idea in mind, I have been enjoying the lockdown period for administering an extra-strong dose of at-home face peels and acids in a quest to reveal my optimal skin, via powerful products, capable of working miracles overnight. Although many of these skincare items have proved worthy of my notice, and many are indeed transformative, it is also true that my skin has suffered from too much of good thing.

Meanwhile, the dry, wintery air is adding to my woes. Such a harsh combination of weather and peels has resulted in a messy situation around my mouth, nose and chin, complete with flaking and sensitised skin, patchy redness and uncomfortable dryness. It’s a fine lockdown look if you’re living alone, but I have been researching the ultimate healing, brightening and soothing moisturiser, scouring the internet for the perfect cream to repair the damage.

Drunk Elephant’s multi award winning, universally loved Protini Polypeptide Cream 50ml, is vegan, full of skin strengthening and firming ingredients, and highly regarded by skincare experts for it’s soothing and nourishing formula. It costs $104 AUD, and is yet another product unavailable in Australia. I knew I really wanted it, but after comparing the ingredients list with Acure Radically Rejuvenating Whipped Night Cream 50ml, at $32.95, and available online, I knew I could actually have it, at a fraction of the cost!

Drunk Elephant dupe

Acure Radically Rejuvenating Whipped Night Cream, $32.95

Yes, there is a perfectly formed vegan alternative, offering a remarkably similar ingredient deck. In fact, the first sixteen ingredients listed in the Acure Whipped Night Cream are also found in the Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream. The differences are truly minimal, yet still compelling, since the other ingredients in the Acure Whipped Night Cream are antioxidant ferrulic acid and vitamin C, along with glacial glycoproteins, where the Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream uses various amino acids. It is worth pointing out, that both glycoproteins and amino acids perform similar roles in strengthening the barrier function and maintaining hydration of the skin, making these creams even more comparable!

Needless to say, I ordered the Acure Radically Rejuvenating Whipped Night Cream immediately, and was thrilled to see each morning that my skin was quickly becoming healthier and more resilient. I have been evangelical in my urging of family and friends to try this economical dupe, and hope that you too can source Acure Radically Rejuvenating Whipped Night Cream for yourself. Afterall, it is practically identical to what every prestige loving beauty guru throughout Europe and the US is using in their nightly skincare routine, except at one third of the cost. Skin loving, animal loving and wallet loving- you’re welcome!

About the Author


Jessica Ferguson grew up on a nudist health farm in the Sunshine Coast hinterland to vegetarian parents, and was raised with ethical consumerism at the forefront of family life. In a small country town in Queensland, these ideals were often viewed as suspicious and against the norm.

While studying a Masters of Teaching, and a Bachelors degree in Anthropology from Sydney University, Jessica spent many years working part time in modelling and television, where her interests in beauty and fashion developed.

Making a sea change to the NSW Hunter Region earlier in 2019 with her surfer husband and twins in tow, has been a revelation, revealing a vibrant and fresh lifestyle, rich with dynamic and motivated people.

Jessica feels this is an exciting time to grow the vegan voice, as we witness an enlivened global movement towards plant-based lifestyles and social awareness.

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