Kiss My Face

Kiss My Face At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; generous sizes; some very good sunscreens, occasional use of antioxidants without troublesome plant extracts; some fragrance-free products.

Weaknesses: Nearly all products contain one or more problematic plant extracts or volatile plant oils; the Obsessively Organic line is a dud; no products to treat acne or lighten skin discolorations; several bar soaps; no reliable AHA or BHA products; irritating toners; problematic self-tanner.

Lining the shelves of many health food stores and the "natural" skin-care aisles of quite a few national grocery store chains is this sweetly named line of skin-care products. Similar to competitor Burt's Bees (where Burt himself sold handmade products out of the back of his pickup truck), the owners of Kiss My Face are also vegetarians. (What does dietary preference have to do with skin care? We don't know, but it's mentioned several times in the information about this company.) Also similar to Burt's Bees, the founders of Kiss My Face started on a farm and took their products and concept to the big city, where it was well received.

Of course, the farm setting juxtaposed with the urban success speaks to the company's desire to maintain their natural image, despite using several ingredients that aren't natural in the least. If anything, many of the natural ingredients Kiss My Face chooses are a problem for skin because they cause irritation. Even more upsetting is that they do so without exerting a benefit. The company claims to use the latest scientific research mixed with the best nature has to offer, saying that doesn't leave any room for "unnecessary chemical additives," but there is a lot of research about all kinds of ingredients, natural and synthetic, that indicates they are excellent for skin. Kiss My Face must be doing some inadequate or extremely limited research.

What Kiss My Face lacks is a product range that keeps up with state-of-the-art options from neighboring lines in the mass market. We are leery of any skin-care company that claims to be using the latest research and yet sells sunscreens without reliable UVA protection, toners with irritants, and far more bar soaps, which are also a problem for skin, than water-soluble cleansers. Again, what research are they using? Although the natural slant here is more a front than factual, there are some winning products to consider, and the price point is very attractive, as is the simple packaging. Shopping Kiss My Face carefully can result in some great beauty bargains.

For more information about Kiss My Face, call 845-360-2060 or visit www.kissmyface.com.

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Best Oat Protein Complex Sun Screen SPF 18 Kiss My Face SPF 15-29 Sunscreen  $11.95 4.00 fl. oz.
Average Olive & Aloe Moisturizer, for Sensitive Skin Kiss My Face Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $4.99 4.00 fl. oz.
Average Olive & Aloe Soap Kiss My Face Cleansers/Soaps  $2.99 4.00 ounce bar
Poor Olive & Aloe Ultra Moisturizer Fragrance-Free, for Extra Sensitive Skin Kiss My Face Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $6.99 6.00 fl. oz.
Average Olive & Chamomile Soap Kiss My Face Cleansers/Soaps  $2.99 4.00 ounce bar
Average Olive & Green Tea Soap Kiss My Face Cleansers/Soaps  $2.99 4.00 ounce bar
Average Olive & Honey Bar Soap Kiss My Face Cleansers/Soaps  $2.99 4.00 ounce bar
Poor Olive & Lavender Soap Kiss My Face Cleansers/Soaps  $2.99 4.00 ounce bar
Poor Olive & Verbana Soap (Discontinued) Kiss My Face Cleansers/Soaps  $2.99 4.00 ounce bar
Poor Peaceful Patchouli Moisturizer Kiss My Face Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $11.95 16.00 fl. oz.
Average Peaches & Creme Moisturizer 8% Alpha Hydroxy (Discontinued) Kiss My Face Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $8.99 4.00 fl. oz.
Poor Peaches & Crème Ultra Moisturizer 4% Alpha Hydroxy Kiss My Face Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $6.99 6.00 fl. oz.
Poor Pore Shrink Deep Cleansing Mask Kiss My Face Oil-Absorbent Masks  $15.00 2.00 fl. oz.
Average Pure Olive Oil Soap Kiss My Face Cleansers/Soaps  $2.99 4.00 ounce bar
Poor Shea Soy Facial Cleansing Bar (Discontinued) Kiss My Face Cleansers/Soaps  $13.00 5.00 ounce bar
Poor Sliced Peach Organic Lip Balm SPF 15 Kiss My Face Lip Balm With Sunscreen  $3.49 0.15 fl. oz.
Poor So Refined Jojoba & Mint Facial Scrub Kiss My Face Scrubs  $15.00 2.00 fl. oz.
Poor Sport Lip Balm SPF 30 Kiss My Face Lip Balm With Sunscreen  $3.49 0.15 fl. oz.
Poor Sport Spray SPF 50 Kiss My Face SPF 50 and Higher Sunscreen  $16.99 8.00 fl. oz.
Poor Start Up Exfoliating Face Wash Kiss My Face Cleansers/Soaps  $15.00 4.00 fl. oz.
Poor Strawberry Organic Lip Balm SPF 15 Kiss My Face Lip Balm With Sunscreen  $3.49 0.15 fl. oz.
Best Sun Spray Lotion SPF 30 Kiss My Face Water-Resistant Sunscreen  $15.95 8.00 fl. oz.
Average Sun Spray Oil SPF 30 Kiss My Face SPF 30-49 Sunscreen  $12.95 4.00 fl. oz.
Poor Sun Swat with Lemon Eucalyptus and SPF 15 (Discontinued) Kiss My Face SPF 15-29 Sunscreen  $12.95 4.00 fl. oz.
Poor SwyFlotter Natural Tick & Insect Repellent (Discontinued) Kiss My Face Specialty Skin Care Products  $10.95 4.00 fl. oz.
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