Men's Alcohol-Free Herbal Toner

by Kiehl's  
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$19.50 - 8.4 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > After Shaves
Last Updated:
4/29/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This after-shave liquid is indeed alcohol-free, but it still contains several ingredients that are terrible for anyone’s face, especially for a man who just finished shaving. Ingredients such as mint oil, ivy, and lavender cannot help skin repair itself and look its best, but they can make skin look red and irritated. There isn’t much of these irritants in this aftershave, but their combined presence still makes this a no-go for guys.

Formulated especially for men, this alcohol-free toner contains herbal extracts such as Great Burdock, Lavender, Ivy, and Allantoin to comfort the facial skin after the impact of shaving, as well as Gentian Extract. This preparation also contains a high quantity of nourishing Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B-5) in addition to pure Corn Mint Oil, which provides a cooling, mentholated effect to just-shaved skin.

Water, Propylene Glycol, Panthenol, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Articum Lappa Root Extract, Zinc PCA, Lavender Oil, PPG-5 Ceteth 20, Ivy Extract, Gentiana Lutea Extract, Allantoin, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil, Maltodextrin, Aloe Barbadensis

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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