Abyssine Lotion + SPF 15
2.5 fl. oz. for $49.50
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:01.11.2013
Jar Packaging:False
Tested on animals:Yes

Abyssine Lotion + SPF 15 provides an in-part titanium dioxide sunscreen in an incredibly ho-hum base formula for normal to slightly dry or slightly oily skin. There are some good antioxidants and a couple of cell-communicating ingredients are included, but in amounts too small for skin to notice. However, your skin may end up irritated from the small amount of fragrant oils included, and that’s not good news.


This lightweight moisturizing lotion helps protect skin from external damage and diminishes the effects of aging. Combining Abyssine and Corallina Extract, our formula helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. With added sunscreen protection, the formula provides UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection from the sun's harmful rays. Dermatologist tested for gentleness and suitable for sensitive skin.


Active: Octinoxate (7.5%), Oxybenzone (3%), Titanium Dioxide (1.7%), Other: Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Stearic Acid, Allyl Methacrylates Crosspolymer, Squalane, Isodecyl Salicylate, Triethanolamine, Boron Nitride, Paraffin, Lauroyl Lysine, Glycerin Soja (Soybean) Protein, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Jojoba Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Yeast, Methylparaben, Aluminum Hydroxide, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene. Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Padina Pavonica Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine, Malt Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Xanthan Gum, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Algae Extract, Beta-Carotene, Linalool, Citronellol, Atelocollagen, Turmeric Root Extract, Sclareolide, Rose Flower Oil, Jasmine Extract, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate

Brand Overview

Kiehl's At-A-Glance

Strengths: Kiehl's staff is generous when it comes to providing samples and product information; some good cleansers; a couple worthwhile serums.

Weaknesses: Expensive for what you get; the Blue Herbal and Facial Fuel products are terrible; no products to successfully address skin discolorations; the toners are disappointing; the self-tanner should be avoided; jar packaging weakens several of the formulas.

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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