Drunk Elephant Lala retro and Protini

For today’s article and video, I’m going to review their two moisturizers: the Lala Retro and the Protini. Drunk Elephant will tell you that Lala retro and Protini are both suitable for every skin type because there are free of the suspicious 6 ingredients. This is a bunch of absolute nonsense. Let me tell you about their formulas and why the Lala retro is more target to drier skin type than the Protini.   

Lala retro

This creams contains a complex mix of emollients that are mainly oils with an interesting lipid profile. 


Isopropyl Isostearate, fermented tea oil (Pseudozyma Epicola/ Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil/ Glucose/ Glycine Soja Meal/ Malt Extract/ Yeast Extract Ferment Filtrate), stearic acid, baobab seed oils, watermelon seed oils, passion fruit oils (70% of linoleic acids), Manketti nut oil, marula oil, fatty acids from ximenia americana seed oil


Glycerin, Isopropyl Isostearate, hyaluronic acid crosspolymer. There are only 3 humectants but the classic one. 


coffee arabica seed extract (I suppose that it is the seed oil), plantago leaf extract and vitamin E. There are a few antioxydants with the classic vitamin E.  

Skin soothing ingredients 

plantago leaf extract. 

The texture 

I love the texture of this cream, it is very creamy but yet has a light whipped feeling to it. It is so pleasant to use.  

My conclusion

It is a very emollient rich cream targeted for dry skin. If you have oily skin you won’t like this cream. The overall formula is mainly emollients with few humectants. This cream complemented perfectly the retinol cream from Drunk Elephant or any other brands. 

Protini polypepetide cream

The Protini has a very different formula than the Lala retro. The Lala retro is packed with emollients whereas the Protini contains a lot of humectants. 


Dicaprylyl Carbonate, marula oils, linoleic acid (omega 6) and linolenic acids (omega 3). Good emollients but few, which is why this formula is targeted for normal to oilier skin type.     

Humectants and peptides

Glycerin, growth factors (EGF, IGF, VGF…) peptides (among them Matrixyl 3000), lots of amino acids (12), and hyaluronic acids. This cream contains an impressive amount of humectants. As a reminder, humectants are molecules that attract the precious water in the dead skin layer. All skin types needs those babies.    


Bacillus/Soybean/ Folic Acid Ferment Extract. It is a fermented extract rich in folic acid according to the manufacturer. Folic acid is an essential vitamin for pregnancy and for all cell types.  

The texture

It is a gel cream texture also very well done. 

My conclusion

This cream is packed with humectants no doubt about that. It contains growth factors, small peptides and amino acids. Some of the peptides used do have interesting properties. There are a lack of clinical evidences to prove that they do increase collagen production but there are fantastic humectants. It is a light weigh formula targeted for normal to more oily skin. If you want to have a holy combo use the protini and then the lala retro you skin will be extra extra.   

I share much more details on my video about those two bad boys. 

Thank you for reading me. 

A bientôt, 


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