Kiehl’s | Ultra Facial Cream, Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream, Ultra Oil-Free Toner, Ultra Facial Toner and Ultra Facial Cleanser

Hi ladies,

I hope you all are well.

Today I will introduce you another skin care product that has proven to be effective on my skin and that has tagged along with it, a rich heritage – Kiehl’s.

Kiehl’s is founded 167 years ago with a background in pharmacology and a family of chemists.

Read on if you are interested in knowing further about the brand’s which has been courted for years by cosmetics titans such as Estée Lauder and L’Oreal, a company with a president who value independence and who is someone that would create a line of horse shampoos simply because her little girl wanted one.


My journey with Kiehl’s began because I have to head over to UK, finishing up my very last semester and officially graduated with a BA.

UK is a country with a totally different climate as the one I lived in at that time, a humid one. Before we went to UK, one of the hot topics of discussions among my fellow classmates were, you guess it right – the skin care products. They talked about the brands they were going to purchase, the comments and stories they heard from our seniors who had experienced the cold and dry weather in the UK, what to pack along (including dry or packaged foods items) in case homesickness or “taste sickness”, “aroma sickness” strike…

As for me, I decided to give Kiehl’s a go upon reading some articles from Janet Hsieh, the host of the Discovery Travel and Living Channel’s long-running series Fun Taiwan. Her work involves heavy travels, late nights and a need to maintain healthy skin, making it even more crucial to have a collection of good skin care products. Adding up aforementioned reasons, I have a reason to embark on another new skin care product discovery. The cherry on top? Knowing the products have natural ingredients in its formula.

Going back to my experience with the brand itself, on one fine day with no research done beforehand, I stepped my foot into the Kiehl’s store for the very first time. The store has this pharmacy like fixture and fitting; the Kiehl’s staffs and a skeleton (He is Mr Bones) were all in their respective white coats; and wait, there’s a Harley Davidson too.

Little did I know Kiehl’s started off as a neighborhood apothecary in New York City, on Third Avenue and 13th Street in Manhattan’s Lower East Side which focused in selling homeopathic and herbal remedies. The original name of the store was not Kiehl’s but the Pear Tree Corner, naming after a pear tree planted at that place in the mid-1600s by the governor Peter Stuyvesant.

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Pear Tree Corner. Photo: Kiehl’s

Later on in 1894 John Kiehl who was the apprentice of the store, bought over the store and renamed it Kiehl’s Pharmacy.

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I gave the store a quick look around, decided to seek for the staff’s assistance and to tell her the kind of product that am looking for, in my attempt to make my purchasing experience efficient.

For your information, my course will start somewhere around the summer time and flying over to UK has been scheduled somewhere around late May. Although summer in UK starts around June and is the warmest time in the England nonetheless for someone  who has been living in a humid country for over two decades, it is going to be winter season for me. My skin will react as per the season.

After a short conversation exchange with the store’s lady, I was introduced to the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, a product comes with the function of ensuring I got the needed protection in combating against the cold and yet dry weather in the UK.

When I was there, many of my classmates unfortunately suffered from dry and cracking skins despite having already applying layers of moisturizers on their skins. Sometime it happened to the lips too. I believe not only the cold and dry weathers were the culprits, using warm or hot water to shower was another reasons. Not to mention, the lecture halls and libraries were all equipped with air-conditioners and that were all on a switched on mode.

Now you might eager to know how’s my experience with Kiehl’s while I was in UK. Thankfully it had been a worthy purchase. I was infused with gratefulness and happiness at the same time, knowing that I have bought the right and effective products for my skin and for the climate.

True to what the lady had told me, the products managed to provide enough moisture to my skin, perfect for UK’s cold weather but might be a tad too rich for a humid weather. I am referring solely for the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. If I remembered well, that’s the only brand I used during my time in the UK. I did not purchase any other new brands even though Boots was just around the corner.

Due to the rich moisture level of the product, it served as my night time face cream, after I had my shower and/or before I headed to bed after got my teeth brushed and face cleaned.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

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Product Details: This Kiehl’s classic face cream offers continuous moisture replenishment for dry skin throughout the day with adventure-tested protection from severe weather.

  • Replenishes skin hydration by drawing and absorbing moisture from the air
  • Leaves skin smooth, soft and healthy-looking
  • Formulated with nature-powered ingredients like Squalane, Glacial Glycoprotein Extract and Imperata Cylindrica
  • Formulated for all skin types
  • #1 Kiehl’s product

Key Ingredients: Antarcticine (Glacial Glycoprotein Extract), Imperata Cylindrica (Desert Plant Extract) and Squalane

For full list of ingredients, you may click here.

Here is a video made for this product with information that you need to know.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream

For day time, I have a separate product for that – Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream, This cream was a much lighter moisturizer cream than the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. I would suggest to probably bring it along with you in your bag under the condition of longer time spend outside. It will come in handy, in case your skin is getting too dry from constant exposure to the cold temperature. It could be someone who have to prolong their time spend in the library, to finish the readings required for that particular research assignments or to revise for an upcoming mid-terms of yours. I would also consider to carry this product with me should I travel somewhere with a humid weather.

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Product Details:

  • Non-greasy hydrator intensely moisturizes and conditions skin with a fresh texture
  • Formulated with Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract and Antarcticine to help skin retain moisture
  • Quickly absorbs into skin, with instant cooling effect upon application
    24-hour hydration and shine control
  • Oil-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Fragrance-free
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Allergy-tested

Key Ingredients: Imperata Cylindrica (Desert Plant Extract) and Antarcticine (Glacial Glycoprotein Extract)

For full list of the ingredients, you may find it here.

As for video, please click here.

Done with the moisturizers, adding to the shopping basket were the toners.

I got two because one is for the day time cream and vice versa.

Kiehl’s Ultra Oil-Free Toner

This is a toner formulated to reduce excess oil on skin’s surface which I use during day time.

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Product Details:

  • Gently removes residue, dirt and oil without stripping skin of vital moisture
  • Made with Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract and Antarcticine to soothe and hydrate skin
  • Non–drying, alcohol–free formula
  • PH–balanced, and tested for safety and gentleness
  • Oil–free, paraben–free, fragrance–free, colorant–free

Key Ingredients: Imperata Cylindrica (Desert Plant Extract) and Antarcticine (Glacial Glycoprotein Extract)

For full list of ingredients, you may find it here.

The second toner was,

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner

A mild yet effective facial toner for all skin types.

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Product Details:

  • Helps refine surface texture while providing the ideal preparation for Ultra Facial Cream or Moisturizer
  • Gently removes surface debris and remaining residue while hydrating and comforting skin
  • Non-alcohol formula
  • PH-balanced for optimal comfort

Key Ingredients: Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil and Squalane

Here is a video for you on how to apply the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner.

Right now, here is the only Kiehl’s product I use as part of my skincare routine.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser

It is a mild foaming cleanser for all skin types.

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Product Details

This specially formulated gentle foaming cleanser helps remove dirt and debris without over-drying or stripping skin. In addition to dissolving excess oil and dirt, this pH-balanced cleanser helps maintain skin’s natural balance. Formulated with Squalane, Apricot Kernel Oil, Vitamin E and Avocado Oil, our gentle face wash is suitable for all skin types.

  • Gently cleanses without over-drying or stripping skin of its natural oils
  • Helps dissolve excess oil, dirt and debris
  • Formulated with Squalane, Apricot Kernel Oil, Vitamin E and Avocado Oil
  • Tested for safety and gentleness
  • pH-balanced
  • For all skin types, including sensitive skin
  • A customer favorite

Key Ingredients: Squalane, Apricot Kernel Oil and Vitamin E

For full list of the ingredients, here it is.

For video, here is one featuring Ashley Brooke.

I do enjoy cleaning my face with this cleanser due to the fact that it has the ability to thoroughly remove my foundation or makeup, doesn’t dry my skin out or leave it with a tight feeling afterwards. Furthermore, I like the fact that it gives me that light feeling after each wash.

Enough with the products reviews, here are some other facts about Kiehl’s that I find interesting.

  • The company has grown largely by word-of-mouth, rather than advertising.
  • Calendula petals are still hand-inserted into every bottle to date.


  • The Morse family still having this practice of giving out samples generously, adhering to its “try before you buy” sampling philosophy.
  • 1979: Aaron Morse’s pharmaceutical company has created the first fluoride treatment, helped develop penicillin, and supplied the government with an aloe vera cream to treat radiation burns, among other huge successes. The Smithsonian Institution’s Public Health and Pharmacy collection honored his contributions, recognised Mr Aaron Morse’s commitment to excellence and the Kiehl’s tradition of quality, decided to feature 103 Kiehl’s products, which are now part of their permanent archive.
  • 1997: Equine products arrive because the granddaughter of Kiehl’s,  Nicoletta loves horse riding.

Here are the current list of pets products from Kiehl’s.

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Article on the heiress of Kiehl’s,  who enjoys horse riding.

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  • 1999: Jami Morse, Aaron’s daughter creates a baby line.

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  • 2000: Kiehl’s is acquired by L’Oreal USA. Here is an interesting read on how the acquisition happened between Kiehl’s and L’Oreal USA.
  • However, in 2014 The Heideggers has came out with another luxury skincare products, Retrouvé.


  • Kiehl’s sponsored the “Greenland First Ascent” expedition, the inaugural climb of peaks rising from the island’s ice-covered glaciers. The expedition’s team of six summiteers returned from their May 2005 journey with first-hand accounts of the effects of global warming on Earth’s largest island. The account led to the dedication of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, adventure-tested by team members, to their heroic endeavour. Kiehl’s later then partnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council and raised $125,000 to help stem the effects of global warming.

Although Kiehl’s founder and teams are fulls with experts in the area of chemistry, gaining both fame and success with the invention of good quality skin care products; there is something more about this family – they have a penchant for charity.

Philanthropic focus nature of the Kiehl’s family not only made them “the center of the world’s attention”, following that was the countless creative collaborations with artists, celebrities, and do-gooders who share the same enthusiasm as the brand itself.

Here are 3 primary causes which Kiehl’s supports:

  1. HIV/AIDS Awareness & Prevention
  2. Environment
  3. Children well-being

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Before I end my piece, here is the Mission Statement written by Aaron Morse, A 137-word statement for Kiehl’s.

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Here is Kiehl’s newest global campaign.





In case learning so much about the heritage of Kiehl’s has trigger your desire in bringing the company to a greater height, here is an article on How to Get Hired at Kiehl’s for your reference.

Till then, have a good day and talk to you soon!

From moi,

Ẇaves of Style ღ



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