Today I bring you two Kiehl’s cleansing products that I’ve been using:
• Ultra Facial Cleanser
• Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner
Both of these items sat patiently in my stash to be opened for more than 18 months! I admit to forgetting about skincare items in my closet sometimes…
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser – C$26 for 150ml
My interest of this product was in part due to a review by Rachael of HelplessWhilstDrying of this product. In her post, I mentioned interest in trying this… and a month later while sorting out my closet, I found this hidden among the many unopened tubes and jars! 😳
It’s a gel that’s a bit creamy. I know this phrase is cliché in beauty circles, but yes, “a little goes a long way” with this product. A pea-size amount is enough to provide a full face of lather – any more product will mean you’ll need to rinse excessively to remove the cleanser. Here’s what a pea-size amount plus a konjac sponge will produce:
Since I remove my makeup with cleansing oil in the evenings, this cleanser is mainly for my morning cleansing (to remove overnight sebum and residue skincare). However, out of curiosity, I tried removing my makeup one evening with this, and surprisingly, it is quite effective in removing a full face of makeup, including eye makeup! The only slight issue I have with it, is I feel a slight residue left on my skin so I have to rinse more thoroughly. I’d say this cleanser is good for dry, normal and combination skin. I suspect oilier skin types would prefer the oil-free version of this cleanser. I’ve been using this 150ml tube for the past 2 months and I anticipate it will last for 6 months total – the $26 price tag isn’t bad considering this.
• Fragrance free
• Effective cleansing
• Suitable for many skin types
• Good value
• Leaves slight residue
Stash worthiness: 9/10
And I would repurchase this.
Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner – C$51 for 250ml
Holy crap, I paid $50 for a toner! 😮 I remember this particular visit to the Kiehl’s store so well, it was the holidays of 2014 and I was enamoured by all the limited edition items which included the colourful Craig x Karl Collection. It was at this visit that I also bought the Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter. The SA told me that this toner was so popular that they sell out of this toner all the time, and I was lucky they even had a bottle to sell me! I had been curious about this because of how unusual it looks – there are actual calendula petals inside the toner! 😀
This is quite a serious toner. It’s very effective in ridding the skin of any residue – it’s borderline drying, however it does not contain any alcohol. For the summer months, I don’t mind it but I would not use this in the winter time. And I would not recommend this for dry skin types (it does state that this is intended for normal for oil skin types – I didn’t notice that until I started using this product).
It was a faint green floral scent naturally occurring from the calendula petals. It didn’t irritate my skin but I wouldn’t say it soothed it either. I feel this toner is more for cleansing – almost an astringent – not for prepping the skin for serums and moisturizers.
Also, I seem to be blowing through this bottle rather quickly – I’ve been using this for about a month and I’m almost half-way through the bottle. And recently, the calendula petals starting coming out of the nozzle, they look like this:
Not very appealing! I have to pick off the bits before I use the bottle pad. And it’s noteworthy that due to the inclusion of the calendula petals, this formula includes a preservative in the form of methylparaben. And there’s a lot of it since it’s listed 4th in the list of 12 ingredients:
- Aqua / Water / Eau
- Propylene Glycol
- Pentylene Glycol
- Disodium Edta
- Arctium Lappa Extract / Arctium Lappa Root Extract
- Calendula Officinalis Extract / Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract
- Calendula Officinalis / Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract
- Hydrolyzed Corn Starch
- Hedera Helix Extract – Ivy Leaf/Stem Extract
- Althaea Officinalis / Althaea Officinalis Root Extract
It’s not my favourite toner, and given the price tag, it would have to be a mind-blowingly good for me to consider repurchasing it. It’s not, so I won’t! 😛 I recommend this if your skin is on the oilier side and you have money to burn! 😉
• Thorough cleansing
• Alcohol free
• No added fragrance
• Too harsh for some skin types
• Preservative high on ingredient list
• Inclusion of calendula petals more annoying than useful
Stash worthiness: 5/10
Have you tried these Kiehl’s products? What are your favourite items from Kiehl’s?