03.13.2015
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Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser
5 fl. oz. for $19.50
Expert Rating
Community Rating (4)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:03.13.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes

This foaming cleanser definitely gets your face clean and removes makeup, but with the potential tradeoff of leaving skin feeling tight and dry. The formula contains some drying, soap-like ingredients, including a fairly high amount of potassium hydroxide (that’s lye).

Those with very oily skin may find this cleanser a good option, but keep in mind that the irritation caused by the cleansing agents can stimulate more oil production at the base of your pores—so the matte finish this cleanser leaves will be short-lived and your skin can suffer in the long run. This cleanser is not “gentle enough for sensitive skin” as the claims assert.

Pros:
  • None.
Cons:
  • Expensive.
  • Likely to leave skin feeling dry and tight due to the soap-like cleansing agents it contains.
  • Absolutely not suitable for sensitive skin as claimed; the cleansing agents definitely will lead to further impairment of the skin’s surface.
  • There are far better cleansers for far less money.
Community Reviews
Claims

Our Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser is a quick-lathering cleansing foam that thoroughly removes impurities and visibly reduces excess oil on skin’s surface, while leaving skin looking more balanced. With Imperata Cylindrica Root and Lemon Fruit Extracts, our non-stripping, sulfate-free formula leaves skin clean and refreshed without over-drying. Gentle enough for sensitive skin.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Myristic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Lauric Acid, Glyceryl Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Kaolin, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA, Lemon Fruit Extract, PEG-14M, Pseufoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Methylisothiazolinone, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer

Brand Overview

Kiehl's At-A-Glance

Kiehl’s has been around for quite some time, with its origins in a New York City-based pharmacy established in 1851. The brand is perhaps best known for its apothecary-style packaging and its best-selling (and celebrity favorite) Lip Balm #1.

Though the brand claims its products are made with the finest naturally-derived ingredients, most of its formulations include synthetically-produced ingredients as well. Like most skincare companies the line contains both good and not-so-great offerings; Kiehl’s main misstep is that many of its products contain fragrance ingredients that could irritate skin, particularly sensitive skin.

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, call (800) 543-4572 or visit www.kiehls.com.

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Kiehl's At-A-Glance

Kiehl’s has been around for quite some time, with its origins in a New York City-based pharmacy established in 1851. The brand is perhaps best known for its apothecary-style packaging and its best-selling (and celebrity favorite) Lip Balm #1.

Though the brand claims its products are made with the finest naturally-derived ingredients, most of its formulations include synthetically-produced ingredients as well. Like most skincare companies the line contains both good and not-so-great offerings; Kiehl’s main misstep is that many of its products contain fragrance ingredients that could irritate skin, particularly sensitive skin.

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, call (800) 543-4572 or visit www.kiehls.com.