In the first installment of a series I’m calling “Dupe?” I’ll examine The Ordinary’s AHA/BHA Peeling Solution versus Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial. The Ordinary’s Peeling Solution ($7.50) is supposed to be a dupe for the latter ($80.00).

So, I’ve been using both intermittently for a while and can say, to quickly summarize, that they are not interchangeable (my definition for a real dupe) but are both effective. The first noticeable difference is that The Ordinary’s product is much more light weight and liquid. And, perhaps somewhat predictably, Drunk Elephant’s Babyfacial is harsher and more irritating than the Peeling Solution but also more effective for doing a total exfoliation. That being said it’s important to quickly state that the Peeling Solution is still effective, of course, just less so. The two products also provide different types of results visually in terms of exfoliation not just due to effectiveness. The Peeling Solution’s initial result is a refreshed, smoother appearance akin to the combined results of mild manual exfoliation and maybe the one time use of a fairly effective brightening mask. Sukari Babyfacial affects fine lines more than the Peeling Solution but it also makes the skin look like it was “resurfaced” and while that doesn’t necessarily sound bad…I actually don’t entirely appreciate the way my skin looks from Sukari Babyfacial. The results almost remind me of how a piece of wood looks after you’ve sanded it. *laugh* …It’s nearly too much exfoliation for my sensitive skin.

Would I rebuy Drunk Elephant Sukari Baby Facial? No. Would I rebuy The Ordinary’s Peeling Solution? Maybe? It’s $7.50 for a mild but still very real exfoliation. Over time the Peeling Solution might be genuinely helpful and it’s certainly cost effective. But is the Peeling Solution truly a dupe for Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial? No.

My Uncle

It had been far too long since I last saw him and his wife but regardless my uncle left his Earthly form last night. My father’s oldest brother was one of the sweetest, most cheerful and smartest people. His wife used to joke that he could donate serotonin. Ha!

He was president of his frat in college and then after graduating with honors attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Before leaving for Vietnam he fell madly in love with his wife, my aunt. They met at a club in downtown Minneapolis while dancing.

She was a pretty teacher who loved “That Girl” and he was a promising young accountant. They married and had two children.

Eventually he reached genuinely admirable heights in his career and so did his wife. They were devoted to each other. They also were absolutely fantastic grandparents. A wonderful uncle and aunt too.

My last conversation with him was about English Literature. It was a very short conversation but I’ll keep that with me until my own end in the future.