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Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub
Rating
3.4 fl. oz. for $20
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Face/Body Scrubs
Last Updated:04.29.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This facial scrub is bound to be a drying, irritating experience for any man. It contains menthol and the base formula has a high amount of potassium hydroxide (otherwise known as lye). Neutrogena and Nivea offer much better and less expensive facial scrubs in their men’s lines. The risk with this product is making red bumps after shaving even more inflamed and irritated.

Claims

Our efficient and energizing skin buffer sloughs away dead surface skin cells and other impurities from the face. Made with highly effective scrub particles derived from Apricot Kernels, this super scrub alleviates roughness and helps break down tough facial hair for a closer, more comfortable shave, while minimizing ingrown hairs and other skin irritations related to shaving. With a natural blend of Caffeine, Menthol, and Vitamin E - as well as invigorating extracts derived from Lemon and Orange Peels - our "refueling facial buffer" reenergizes complexion and gives skin a more evened, refreshed appearance.

Ingredients

Water, Polyethylene, Myristic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium Ricinoleamido Mea-Sulfosuccinate, Lauric Acid, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Apricot Seed Powder, Benzyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Cetearath-60 Myristyl Glycol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Menthol, Limonene, Propylparaben, Caffeine, Corn Germ Oil, Propylene Glycol, Soybean Oil, Tocopherol, BHT, Orange Fruit Extract, Lemon Peel Extract, Chestnut Extract, Linalool, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein

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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