Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub

by Kiehl's  
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$28 - 6.8 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Body Scrubs
Last Updated:
4/29/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This body scrub contains polyethylene (plastic) beads as the main abrasive agent. It is available in several fragrances, all with the same basic formula. Each contains a detergent cleansing agent so it can be considered a cleansing scrub. The Coriander and Lavender versions are not recommended due to the volatile fragrance oils they contain. The Grapefruit version is OK, but also would be better without the fragrance chemicals. The best among the various fragrances is Pear, though it’s still overpriced for what you get. Lots of drugstore lines offer cleansing scrubs that don’t present skin with the potential problems this “gentle” product has.

This creamy and highly effective body scrub gently, yet effectively exfoliates to remove dead surface skin cells without over-drying.

Coriander: Water, Polyethylene, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Acrylates Copolymer, Glycol Distearate, Laureth-2, Butylene Glycol, Oryza Sativa Starch / Rice Starch, Cocamide Mipa, Glyceryl, Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Triethanolamine, Titanium Dioxide, Luffa Cylindrica / Luffa Cylindrica Fruit, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Methylparaben, Potassium Sorbate, Coriandrum Sativum Oil / Coriander Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Benzyl, Salicylate, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Methyl Cocoate, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis / Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Cocoate, Avena Sativa Flour / Oat Kernel Flour, Persea Gratissima Oil / Avocado Oil, Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil / Wheat Germ Oil, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Chamomilla Recutita Extract / Matricaria Flower Extract

Grapefruit: Water, Polyethylene, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Acrylates Copolymer, Glycol Distearate, Laureth-2, Butylene Glycol, Oryza Sativa Starch / Rice Starch, Cocamide Mipa, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Triethanolamine, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, Luffa Cylindrica / Luffa Cylindrica Fruit, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Methylparaben, Potassium Sorbate, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Tocopherol, Linalool, Methyl Cocoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis / Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Cocoate, Avena Sativa Flour / Oat Kernel Flour, Persea Gratissima Oil / Avocado Oil, Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil / Wheat Germ Oil, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Cinnamate, Chamomilla Recutita Extract / Matricaria Flower Extract

Lavender: Water, Polyethylene, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Acrylates Copolymer, Glycol Distearate, Laureth-2, Butylene Glycol, Oryza Sativa Starch / Rice Starch, Cocamide Mipa, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Triethanolamine, Titanium Dioxide, Luffa Cylindrica / Luffa Cylindrica Fruit, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Methylparaben, Potassium Sorbate, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil / Lavender Oil, Tocopherol, Methyl Cocoate, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis / Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Cocoate, Avena Sativa Flour / Oat Kernel Flour, Persea Gratissima Oil / Avocado Oil, Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil / Wheat Germ Oil, Chamomilla Recutita Extract / Matricaria Flower Extract

Pear: Water, Polyethylene, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Acrylates Copolymer, Glycol Distearate, Laureth-2, Butylene Glycol, Oryza Sativa Starch / Rice Starch, Cocamide Mipa, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Triethanolamine, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, Luffa Cylindrica / Luffa Cylindrica Fruit, Hydroxypropyl, Methylcellulose, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Methylparaben, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Benzoate, Tocopherol, Methyl Cocoate, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis / Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Cocoate, Avena Sativa Flour / Oat Kernel Flour, Persea Gratissima Oil / Avocado Oil, Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil / Wheat Germ Oil, Chamomilla Recutita Extract / Matricaria Flower 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.

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