This propellant-based product is sold as a cleanser and shave gel in one, and for the most part, that's accurate. On balance, most men will probably prefer to use this as a shave gel, and that's its best use. It produces a rich foam that clings well and protects the skin as you shave, and yet it rinses easily from the razor blade.
As a cleanser, this foams, but the amount of fragrance is on the strong side, which can cause irritation, plus some of the cleansing agents are soap-like and can leave your skin feeling dry and tight.
Although this is an intriguing product, it's ultimately one we cannot recommend, not only because of the strong fragrance but also because it contains the skin irritant menthol. Menthol's cool tingle may feel good, but it's not soothing to your skin; rather, it's your skin telling you it's being irritated. See More Info for details about ingredients that cause irritation and why that's a problem for skin.
- Rich texture protects skin as you shave, yet rinses well.
- Strong fragrance.
- Can be too drying when used as a facial cleanser.
- Menthol is a potent skin irritant.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
The ultimate all-in-one solution for your shaving and cleansing needs that relieves irritation and provides a smooth shave. Gentle to skin, lightweight and lathers quickly. With the help of highly invigorating Caffeine, Vitamin C and E, skin is hydrated, energized and ready for takeoff.
Water, Glycerin, Oleth-30, Lauryl Betaine, Isopentane, Stearoyl Sarcosine, Myristyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil, Myristic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Isobutane, Myristoyl Sarcosine, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylene Glycol, Panthenol, PEG-14M, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Limonene, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Chloride, Caffeine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Menthol, EDTA, Tocopherol Ascorbyl Glucoside, Vaccinium Myrtillus Extract/Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Panax Ginseng Extract/Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Saccharum Officinanum Extract/Sugar Cane Extract, Linalool, Methylisothiazolinone, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Extract/Orange Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Extract/Lemon Peel Extract, Acer Saccharinum Extract/Sugar Maple Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Rhodiola Rosea Extract
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.