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Kiehl's
Creme de Corps
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8.4 fl. oz. for $29.50
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Body Lotions/Creams/Balms/Butters
Last Updated:12.18.2014
Jar Packaging:False
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Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

This perennial best-seller for Kiehl’s covers the basics when it comes to making dry skin look and feel better. However, despite its popularity and considering the cost, the formula shortchanges your skin. The amount of antioxidant-rich plant oils is paltry (there’s more preservative and wax than anything state-of-the-art) and it lacks an appreciable amount of skin-identical and cell-communicating ingredients. Body moisturizers from CeraVe, Olay, Eucerin, Neutrogena, and Paula’s Choice not only cost much less than Creme de Corps, but also have formulas that are much more proficient at improving the healthy appearance and function of dry skin.

Claims

Superb All-Over Body Moisturizer of Superb Quality for extremely dry, or flaking skin. Enriched with the finest ingredients known to Kiehl’s, for a rich, elegant skin texture. Continued use for 10 days will provide a skin texture heretofore unattainable.

Ingredients

Water, Squalene, Hydrogenated, Polyisobutene, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Myristyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, PEG-5 Pentaerythrityl Ether, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame Seed) Oil Phenoxyethanol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Ozokerite, Benzophenone-3, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Methylparaben, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterol, Sodium PCA, Propylparaben, Allantoin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Seed) Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, BHT, Lecithin, Butylparaben, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Beta Carotene

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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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!!!!

LOVE, this product. Kiehl's reputation was built upon Creme de Corps and it's been around since forever...FOR A REASON.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Nice enough if you like thick products.

This lotion is creamy & moisturizing but takes too long to "dry down." My preference is for something more readily & quickly absorbed so I can shower, dress, & get out the door for my day without having to wait for body lotion to sink in enough not to soil my clothing. Even doing makeup before dressing doesn't give enough time for full penetration. There are other lovely products similarly priced that work better on my dry body skin after an a.m. shower before work. I hate feeling sticky!

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CAROL
Friday, June 06, 2014
Creme de corps

I could not believe that this site rates the 'creme de corps' as average. I have very dry skin. Most products do not even penetrate in the skin and do not have lasting effects. No so with 'Creme de corps'. I gladly pay the price because after having bought about every product in the shops, pharmacies,... and always been disappointed, now I have smooth, hydrated skin. And even if I forget to put it on after my shower one day, my skin still stays hydrated. And no allergic reactions at all !!!!

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AMD
Monday, May 19, 2014
Like It but Overpriced

This is so overpriced for what it is. My Vaseline and Nivea products really do a better job at moisturising. Saying that, i love the way it feels on my skin and it gives my skin a really nice sheen. I only buy it as a treat from duty free when I am travelling.

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VANESSA S.
Friday, January 17, 2014
Snotty Company!!

I tried to find out the actual ingredients of another Kiehl's Body Moisturizer that is not listed here and Kiehl's refused to send it to me. This is especially upsetting given that I have Celiac Disease and cannot use products that contain wheat-based ingredients. Ridiculous that you must pay just to find out what is in a product. They also could not provide a fragrance-free version of the product either. They sent me a statement that a lawyer obviously wrote.

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Kathi JR
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Best body moisturizer ever

Reading the Paula's choice review on this product makes me call into question the reliability and veracity of all of the other reviews on this site--I have used a million moisturizers; both drugstore brands and higher end, and creme de corps is without question the best that I've used. Leaves my skin perfectly moisturized without being greasy and my skin remains soft and silky all day. I can't fathom how someone could seriously rate this 'average'.

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