Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser & Comparison to Original Beste Jelly Cleanser

I’ve been a Drunk Elephant lover for years. I was excited when their new Beste Jelly Cleanser came out earlier this year. Original review HERE. Now Drunk Elephant has reformulated this product after listening to customer feedback. People hated two things about the original launch–It burned their eyes when they used it in the eye area & the cap didn’t lock all the way and was prone to leaking.

I personally loved the old twist cap and never had a problem with it leaking. I also never use cleansers like this in the eye area as I prefer micellar waters to remove my eye makeup. I don’t cleanse with oils or gel cleansers like this in the eye area. That’s just my preference. That being said I still had to try the new one out because it’s Drunk Elephant and I just had to know how different they were.

First I must say how much I love the addition of the black artwork on the new Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser. Love it. It comes with a flip top cap. So hopefully this solves the leaking issue for those who experienced it. Details per Drunk Elephant:

An innovative jelly cleanser that removes all traces of makeup, excess oil, pollution and any other grime from the day. Free of SLS, fragrance and essential oils, Beste™ No. 9 is totally non-irritating, non-sensitizing and appropriate for every skin type.

With a unique blend of mild surfactants and makeup dissolving emollients, this gentle formula rinses away without an ounce of residue, leaving skin clean and soft.

Beste™ No. 9 is formulated at an ideal, non-stripping pH level of 5.9. This cruelty-free product is vegan and gluten-free.

Suggested Usage Squeeze Beste™ No. 9 into palm. Add water to lather and gently massage over face, eyes and neck. Rinse well with warm water and pat dry. Use nightly or in alternation with the other Drunk Elephant cleansers.

Tip: we recommend skipping the morning cleanse, as it’s not necessary if you’ve cleansed your skin the night before. (How odd is this “Tip” statement in here? I totally don’t agree with that)

The new version smells the same as the old one which is pretty much none. The texture is still a jelly style cleaner. It’s just a touch thinner than the original. You can see below the new version is on the left, the old version on the right. You can also see a color difference. The new version on the left is clear, the old version on the right has an almost brighter or blue white based tone in comparison.

You can see the foaming action it has without water. This is from rubbing on dry skin. This is typical of these style jelly cleansers.

So I do like the new version better. Not for the packaging or eye area stinging issues that were the main reason for the reformulation. I like this version better because it feels less drying on the skin. The older version left my skin a tad dry. That was the main reason I wasn’t using it a lot. It felt like I has used a mild soap on my skin, leaving behind that squeaky clean feeling after cleansing. This new version is more like a non-drying jelly cleaner.

This is very similar to Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce or INDIE LEE cleansers. I’m going to be putting together a jelly cleanser style comparison to compare these types of formulas so stay tuned. This was a good reformulation for this product. It should be more popular now. I would repurchase this new version where I would not have on the old version.

Main Ingredients


Mild surfactant blend: a stack of mild cleansing agents, including coconut-based surfactants rich in fatty acids, that work together to create a rich foam that effectively dissolves even stubborn makeup, sunscreen and oils while supporting the healthy barrier of skin.
Virgin marula oil: high in critical antioxidants and omegas 6 and 9, this nourishing oil boosts the cleansing and makeup-removal power.
Glycerin: a skin-identical humectant, helps replenish hydration levels that are normally lost in skin during the cleansing process.
Cucumis melo cantalupensis (cantaloupe) fruit extract: rich in antioxidants, helps soothe and hydrate.
Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco-Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Propanediol, Cucumis Melo Cantalupensis Fruit Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate

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