Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub, Made with Real Fruit

by Kiehl's  
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$28 - 3.4 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Scrubs > Scrubs
Last Updated:
4/29/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub, Made with Real Fruit relies partly on pineapple enzymes to exfoliate skin. The are enzymes are unreliable exfoliants. The corncob powder is a low-tech exfoliant, but is what saves this scrub for normal to oily skin from being a total waste of time and money.

This unique scrub and natural exfoliator is suitable for all skin types and utilizes small pieces of actual pineapple and papaya fruit as well as finely ground scrub grains to exfoliate the skin gently and naturally. Removes dead skin cells and leaves the skin refreshed, soft and clean. The natural vitamin oils further enhance the superb skin effects of this special treatment.

Water, Propylene Glycol, Behenyl Betaine, PPG-5-Ceteth Phosphate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit, Zea Mays (Corn Cob) Powder, Methylparaben, Tocopherol, Alcohol Denat., Allantoin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Maltodextrin, Aloe Barbadensis, Carica Papaya Fruit 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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