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Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner, Alcohol-Free, for a Normal to Oily Skin Type
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8.4 fl. oz. for $35
Category:Skin Care > Toners
Last Updated:12.23.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner, Alcohol-Free, for Normal to Oily Skin Type is such a basic, nearly do-nothing toner that the price is ludicrous. If you’re interested in calendula for skin care, buy a bottle of the oil from a health food store or steep the plant in hot water, let it cool, and bottle your own. Either option is an improvement over this product.

Claims

This effective toner is formulated with select herbal extracts to gently cleanse and soothe normal to oily skin types without the use of alcohol or harsh synthetic drying agents. Our Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner may be used to soothe and improve problem areas.

Ingredients

Water, Propylene Glycol, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil, Allantoin, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract, Gentiana Lutea Extract

Brand Overview

Kiehl's At-A-Glance

Strengths: Kiehl's staff is generous when it comes to providing samples and product information; some good cleansers; a couple worthwhile serums.

Weaknesses: Expensive for what you get; the Blue Herbal and Facial Fuel products are terrible; no products to successfully address skin discolorations; the toners are disappointing; the self-tanner should be avoided; jar packaging weakens several of the formulas.

This line has been around for quite some time, and has its origins in a family-owned pharmacy based in New York City. Perhaps its neighborly beginnings with a big-city heritage are what propelled Kiehl's to its long-standing status as a popular product line. Considering that Kiehl's doesn't advertise (at least not in the traditional sense, though their products get frequent press), their brand identity and status in the minds of consumers are impressive.

What gets lost in all the fashion magazine hype and company claims of "excellence" and "quality ingredients" is that almost all of the Kiehl's products hardly warrant excitement or even mild enthusiasm. Most of them are surprisingly ordinary, with a dusting of natural ingredients almost always at the very end of the ingredient list, well after the preservatives. That amounts to little more than a token attempt to make the products appear more natural to those who want to believe a plant or vitamin must somehow be better for the skin than something that sounds more chemical. Nevertheless, that token amount is enough to allow Kiehl's to brag about how its products nourish the skin or are more environmentally friendly, when they're not.

Aside from the allure of the natural, this line consists of totally ordinary and often completely unnatural ingredients. More disheartening for skin is that many of the ingredients are of questionable benefit for those with sensitive, oily, or blemish-prone skin. In some instances product ingredients are irritating for any skin type, while half of the sunscreen products are a serious problem for reliable sun protection. If you can't resist the allure of Kiehl's, just know that the product assembly will work best for those with dry to very dry skin and that, for the money, most of the formulas aren't knock-your-socks-off thrilling.

Note: Kiehl's is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Kiehl's does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law.” Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more information about Kiehl's, owned by L'Oreal, call (800) 543-4572 or visit www.kiehls.com.

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12.09.2014
I agree.

I do agree with both the review and the comment from Rowena M. It doesn't help nor worsen your skin... so it's basically very useless. To use their words: it doesn't "soothe and improve problem areas", at all.

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Laura M.
03.25.2014
Agree with Cos Cop, there are better ones out there.

I got a deluxe sample from Kiehl's last month. The calendula petals are floating around in there and end up on the cotton pad towards the end of the product's life, a bit annoying. I used it for a month and did not think it make any difference in my skin, by the end of the run, my skin was more oily. This may not have had to do with the toner, as I was also trying some other stuff, but I can say that immediately after use, my skin felt no different. Meh.

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