This foaming, creamy body wash contains some potentially drying ingredients (potassium hydroxide, which is caustic potash, is the fifth ingredient) that don’t make it preferred to many other body washes, though the amount of plant oil helps to offset this pitfall. But why use a cleanser that has to fight with itself to help your skin? Although Kiehl’s spotlights the jojoba and shea butters in this product, together they amount to a mere dusting (there’s a lot more caustic potash than jojoba and shea butter), so dry skin won’t notice their benefit.
Our nurturing body wash is enriched with the finest ingredients to thoroughly cleanse and moisturize skin for a smooth, soft feel. With unique skin-soothing ingredients derived from nature - Jojoba Butter, Shea Butter, and Corn Germ Oil - this washing cream helps maintain skin’s moisture balance. Its silky, creamy formula is non-drying and lathers instantly in the bath or shower to soothe and pamper dry and sensitive skins for a wonderfully indulgent bathing experience!
Water, Myristic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Potassium Hydroxide, Zea Mays (Corn) Germ Oil, Lauric Acid, Stearic Acid, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Cocamide Mea, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Disodium EDTA, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Polyquaternium-7, Methylparaben, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Butter, Xanthan Gum, BHT, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
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.