Let’s begin with a disclaimer: this is less of a Beauty Test Drive and more of a Beauty Necessity for me, but I want to share it. This Kiehl’s deodorant and I have never been separated, not once, since I first started using it, like, six years ago. It’s my must-have, my holy grail, and if you convert, it’ll be yours, too. It’s that good. My skin is completely incompatible with drugstore deodorants. Something in them — the fragrance, maybe? — makes my underarms red, itchy, and inflamed, and to add insult to injury, the sickening, synthetic scents are what I really can’t stand. I’ve used every brand on shelves, plus their sensitive skin versions, and they’ve all left me scaly, smelling of plastic fruits, and wholly dissatisfied. And forget “unscented” offerings; you might as well forgo deodorant altogether. Keep reading »
Kiehl’s addicts a) don’t travel without their Kiehl’s, and b) never want to waste a drop of it. We often find that while those generic mini-containers you can get to transfer shampoo into are a good idea, we end up wasting the product in the process (it spills over the sides and there’s residue left in the bottle). That’s why we figure that stocking up on Kiehl’s mini-sized goods is actually more resourceful in the long run. Rejoice! You can get all your favorite of the brand’s basics—Amino Acid Shampoo, Creme de Corps, Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Conditioner—in perfectly portioned 2.5 oz. bottles or tubes.
We’re generally pretty skeptical of any beauty product that claims to fix up our messy bits while we sleep. What happened to the whole beauty is pain concept? Suddenly beauty is supposed to be just easy? Well, apparently so. Kiehl’s new Midnight Recovery Concentrate did, in fact, have a visible effect on my face overnight. No, I didn’t wake up with the world’s best skin and, mysteriously, 10 pounds lighter. But I did look and feel more hydrated and smoother than usual. [$42, Kiehl's] Keep reading »
Cue the Earth Month product marketing. Each year around this time, we start receiving dozens upon dozens of press releases heralding April launches that are so loosely tied to anything remotely environmentally-friendly we have to laugh. Refreshingly, there’s no greenwashing here: Kiehl’s (who maintains a recycling program in their stores), teamed up with Julianne Moore, Pharrell Williams, artist Jeff Koons and surfer Malia Jones to create celeb-designed labels for their Açaí Damage-Protecting Toning Mist, a product which we are obsessed with. The spritz smells amazing, is Eco Cert certified organic, and is part of the first skincare range to ever receive gold standard Cradle to Cradle certification (minimal waste from production start to finish). The cherry on top? One hundred percent of net proceeds benefit the Rainforest Alliance. Now that’s pretty green. They’re available for $26 each right now at Kiehls.com and in stores April 1st. Keep reading »
When you do something good, you shouldn’t expect to get anything in return. But, you have to admit, it’s not so bad when you do. During the holiday season, Kiehl’s is selling a special edition version of their beloved by the masses Creme de Corps body moisturizer, with 100 percent of the net profits supporting RxArt, an organization that brings art to pediatric hospital patients. The lotion, with a bright label designed by graffiti artist KAWS, guarantees to keep your skin (or a loved one’s) nice and soft all winter. And every time you put some on, you’ll be enriching young patients’ lives with art. [$26.50, Kiehl's] Keep reading »
You remember that whole açaí berry craze, no? Sure ya do. Well, now in addition to drinking it up, you can slather it all over your face. This summer, my combination, acne-prone skinned self and I cleansed, toned and moisturized with Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Minimalizing collection, which definitely got the job done and kept oil slicks at bay. But now that it’s getting chilly out, you may have noticed your skin is getting drier (and sadder!). Luckily, Kiehl’s is to the rescue again with a line of hydrating products that use açaí, a powerful antioxidant, to repair damaged skin, like oh, say, the kind you acquired over the summer on those days when you forgot to apply sunscreen. The Cleanser feels extra refreshing — it smells light and fresh and vaguely herbal/medicinal in a really good way. I’m addicted to spritzing the Toning Mist on my mug; the serum feels like it packs a serious punch (indeed, clinical tests showed using the products improved the look of aging considerably, probably owing to the highly concentrated, 10 percent, main ingredient), and the rich, creamy moisturizer hits the spot on my getting drier by the day complexion. Though if you’re an oily type, I would only recommend it for every other day. Bonus points: The whole enchilada is environmentally friendly (EcoCert labeled), organic and paraben-free. Damaged goods? I think not. [Kiehl's] Keep reading »
Your favorite beauty company Kiehl’s has jumped on the fashion comic-book marketing bandwagon that’s all the rage with the young’uns. (Marc Jacobs is selling a Lady Gaga-inspired comic book, while Agent Provocateur just released a sexy superhero tale.)
Chez Kiehl’s, they’re promoting a new line of products made with açaí, which is supposed to be a bit more spicy than the beauty retailer’s basics. To go along with the launch, they’ve created a microsite called Express Your POW!, which lets you depict your “pow” (whatever that is) by customizing your own online comic. You can choose from a bunch of different scenarios—including a girl dropping a computer out of a window or a couple on a train platform, for example—and then pick hair colors and add your own text.
OK, we admit all this comic-book marketing is a bit odd, but at least here’s a fun distraction for the 4 o’clock slump at work. So go pow it out. Or something. [ExpressYourPow.com] Keep reading »
We’re not quite sure where Amazonian white clay has been all our lives (oh, right, in South America), but now that we’ve met, never shall we part. If you have oily skin or even a troublesome T-zone, you dread these hazy mid-summer months when the humidity peaks and causes a minor catastrophe in the form of greasy skin, clogged pores, and the subsequent breakouts all over your face. Enter the new Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Minimizing Collection (in stores next month), which, frankly, has saved the day. If you want frilly, perfumey product, then move along, but we’ve been road-testing this combination, and it works. Really. First, you wash with their gently exfoliating Deep Pore Daily Cleanser, rinse with Refining Tonic to remove excess oil and re-balance PH-levels, then mattify with Pore Minimizing Lotion, which makes your skin look all perfectly porcelain doll-ish. And for those evenings when you need a more serious detox, bust out the big guns: Their Cleansing Masque contains signature ingredient Amazonian white clay (note: it’s fairly traded), along with natural, absorbent bentonite (clay) and soothing aloe vera. Basically, we haven’t come across a better hangover helper since discovering Bloody Marys back in college. [$20.50 - $28, Kiehl's]
We’re giving five winners the entire collection–yup, all four products–but you have to work it if you want one. (PS: We truly recommend this for normal-tending-oily-to-full-on-oily-skin types.) The five best commenters from Friday, July 31 to Thursday, August 6 will win a set of their own. Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
There’s a new terror in the skies: pornography! Recently, American Airlines began offering passengers internet access on cross-country flights. Guess what fliers were found watching mid-air? Suffice to say, it wasn’t “Atonement.” Now, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants is demanding in-flight Wi-Fi firewalled and salacious sites blocked. Some folks are crying censorship, but considering the close proximity of flying, maybe X-rated surfers should considering saving “Debbie Does The Eastern Seaboard” for home. [CNET News] Keep reading »