Drunk Elephant Sweet Biome Fermented Sake Spray review: How does this hydrating, soothing facial mist fare?
As avid members of the beauty realm can attest, the perils of alcohol in skincare remains a hotly contended subject. Some claim its presence the reason behind stripping and dehydrating formulas, with its long-term effects (enlarged pores, increased greasiness) outweighing the temporary tight, "refreshed" feeling it grants. Others, however, affirm them to be beneficial and nourishing — with the disclaimer that it depends on the type of alcohol used.
Cult skincare label, Drunk Elephant, is firmly in the latter camp. The brand is stringent as to the integrity of its formulations, assuring zero essential oils, fragrances, and silicones in its products. Their latest Sweet Biome Fermented Sake Spray — as its name suggests — does contain alcohol, but it doesn't fall within the category recognised for drying out skin. Rather, it is designed to help reduce skin redness while promoting collagen production, whereupon it harbours a potent cocktail that reads like a fitness influencer's Instagram timeline: kombucha, fermented sake extract, and coconut water.
Beyond that, it also contains protective properties against pollution, blue light, and UV-generated free radicals. In short: a spritz is all you need to shield and moisturise; a quick-fix to parched skin languishing in the wake of the office's air-conditioner on full blast. We were fortunate enough to get our paws on the spray before its official release, and are pleased to report that it delivers on its promises, calming the worst of our maskne whilst smoothing out dry patches.
To use, shake well, and make sure to spray away on a clean, dry face. Its handy 100ml vessel means you can pop it into a handbag without fuss, ideal for touch-ups throughout the day. We suppose it's fair to say that Drunk Elephant sticks the landing once more — but then again, we didn't expect any less.
Available at selected Sephora outlets and online for $60 beginning 1 January 2021.