Mmm… Body Scrub: Kiehl’s Lavender Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub
Kiehl’s Lavender Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub ($25.00 for 6.8 fl. oz.) is pretty much my new favorite body scrub. A part of me is struggling with how to describe what exactly I’m loving about it in such a way that truly conveys how much I adore it, but obviously, I’m going to give it a shot or else this review wouldn’t be here!
This totally does its job! I don’t know about “gentle” exfoliation, but it has a nice level of grit/abrasiveness that makes it effective without being too harsh. I’ve used other scrubs touted as gentle/sensitive, and they are definitely much less abrasive than this one, so I just don’t know if I’d really call this gentle. I’d consider it more of a happy medium between what I’d consider gentle (which I think of as more of sand-sized exfoliating grains) and the average body scrub (that likely has sugar or salt particles for exfoliating). It’s for your body, and I personally find this to be a good level of abrasiveness. I couldn’t tell you what exactly they use for their exfoliant other than they’re “natural exfoliation particles.”
Surprisingly, the body scrub was also really hydrating post-application, too. It both exfoliated, but it didn’t take any moisture out, and I felt like it even added a little to it. I know Kiehl’s website does point out that one of the “key ingredients” is aloe vera, so perhaps that’s where the moisturized feeling comes from. I do feel like the scrub delivers on its promise to “leave skin silky-soft, refreshed and primed for moisturization.” It’s also a body scrub that is creamy and lathers up a bit, so it almost feels like both a body scrub and a body wash. I am a little partial towards body scrubs that also have a more lathering base, because I do find that they’re more moisturizing on the whole and easier to use.
I’m satisfied with the pricing on this product, too, because you get a good amount that will yield plenty of usages. I found about a nickel-sized dollop was a good amount per leg, and I didn’t feel like I was being skimpy, either–it was just enough to be rich and effective without feeling like I was trying to conserve the product. There are, obviously, cheaper body scrubs available, but if you’re a Kiehl’s fan, it is a bit on the top line of their price range, but it’s a solid product. I’d say that after seeing the pricing on Kiehl’s other body washes and scrubs, it’s about where I’d expect–cheaper than Creme de Corps, but a little pricier than their Ultra Moisturizing. (I haven’t tried either of those, but now I’m curious!)
The one I tested out has a very lovely lavender scent–there’s nothing to it, it smells exactly as lavender would smell, and I love that. I do find the scent of lavender to be particularly relaxing, so I often use lavender-based products at night. I’ve been using this in the shower at night, and then layering a lavender-scented lotion afterward. It’s soft, not at all overwhelming, and smells very natural. They also have the scrub in Coriander, Grapefruit, and Pear Tree if Lavender isn’t your thing.
Bottom Line: This is definitely one of my favorite body scrubs of all time, and it’s my new go-to since I started using it. I’m going to take a sniff at the other scents next time I’m near the Kiehl’s counter, but I have a feeling Lavender is the best scent for me.
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- Product: 30/30
- Value: 8/10
- Ease of Use: 4/5
- Packaging: 4/5
Recommendation: Body scrub buffs should look into Kiehl’s for a moisturizing, gritty scrub!
For the holidays, Kiehl’s has collaborated with New York artist KAWS to lend a helping hand to children in need. Through their partnership, they are raising awareness with Creme de Corps Holiday Collection, which is a limited edition launch where 100% of net profits from the sale of each product is donated to children’s charities worldwide.
Limited Edition Creme de Corps Holiday Collection
Considered the most hydrating, rich body moisturizer in the Kiehl’s line, this super-enriched, nurturing body treatment is formulated with Beta-Carotene, Squalane and nurturing oils derived from Sesame Seeds, Soybeans, Almonds and Avocados; ideal for extremely dry skin; leaves skin soft, smooth and elegantly hydrated; the original, classic formulation and customer favorite for decades. 8.4 oz. $26.50; 16.9 oz. with Pump $44.50; 1 liter $70.00
In the US, 100% of net profits will support RxArt, a non-profit national organization, committed to fostering artistic expression and awareness through the challenging, yet rewarding task of engaging young patients through contemporary art in pediatric hospitals.
Additionally, Kiehl’s has several holiday gift sets available for the season:
- 40th Anniversary Lip Balm #1 Set Includes six Lip Balm #1 formulas in Coconut, Cranberry, Mango, Mint, Vanilla, and Original ($32.00)
- Men’s Refueling Kit Includes Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash, Facial Fuel, Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap, White Eagle Shave Cream ($28.50)
- Kiehl’s Delights Includes Creme de Corps, Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, Amino Acid Shampoo, Lip Balm #1 ($29.00)
- World of Kiehl’s Includes Ultra Facial Cleanser, Lip Balm # 1, Ultra Facial Moisturizer, Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, Creme de Corps, Creme de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream, Amino Acid Shampoo, Amino Acid Conditioner ($45.00)
Kiehl’s to Launch Acai Organic Skin Care Line in September
In mid-september, Kiehl’s will unveil it’s first organic skin care line. The line has received approval from Ecocert and Cradle to Cradle.
“Since our inception, we have always been known for our service and for creating efficacious products,” said Salgardo, noting that everyone asks for “green” products, but still demand high performance. “We heard that our customers wanted organics, that they wanted paraben-free, that they wanted natural — and they wanted to focus on the first signs of aging. We went to the lab to do all that. The result: our new Açaí line.”
The Line Includes…
- Açaí Damage-Minimizing Cleanser, $25 for 5 oz.
- Damage-Protecting Toning Mist, $27 for 6 oz.
- Damage-Correcting Moisturizer, $44 for 2.5 oz.
- Damage-Repairing Serum, $46 for 1.7 oz.
Kiehl’s has recently relaunched their classic essence oils, which date back to the early 1920s. These are concentrated, essence oils packaged in amber glass in a roller ball vial. Right now, they’ve launched Musk 1921, Coriander 1946, Vanilla 1968, and Grapefruit 1976. They will be launching six more over the year. Each 0.23 oz. vial retails for $25.00. Available now!
This is Kiehl’s first essence oil and still today, most beloved by customers who often refer to it as the Original Love Oil. The use of musk dates back more than 1,300 years when it was used by rulers of early Chinese dynasties for its herbal medicinal properties. Until the late 19th century, the natural musk was used extensively in perfumery until economic and ethical reasons motivated the adoption of synthetic musk, which are used almost exclusively today.
Coriander was first used at the original Kiehl’s Pharmacy as medicinal oil for its soothing and healing properties. This aromatic stimulant and spice has been cultivated for over 3,000 years and used by the Egyptians as an aphrodisiac. Known as cilantro or Chinese parsley, Coriander is considered both an herb and a spice, since both its leaves and seeds are used as a seasoning condiment.
Many Kiehl’s customers have shared their layering suggestions over the years, but an overwhelming majority mix Vanilla with Musk. Originally cultivated by Pre-Colombian Mesoamerican peoples, Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes is credited with introducing both the vanilla spice and chocolate to Europe in the 1520s. The Spanish and Portuguese sailors and explorers brought vanilla into Africa and Asia in the 16th century.
A customer favorite for decades, Grapefruit delights Kiehl’s customers with its fresh and citrusy scent. Grapefruit was first described on Barbados in 1750 and was also called the forbidden fruit because it was seized upon by those searching for the identity of the original tree of good and evil in the Garden of Eden.
I love me a good lip balm, you know? I feel like I’m treating myself in a way, just because the scents can be deliciously sweet and comforting or fun and tingly. Kiehl’s has one of my favorite lip products (Balm #1), and they just launched three more scents: Vanilla, Mango, and Coconut. They also make perfect stocking stuffers (hint, hint!) at just $8.50 for each 0.5 oz tube.
Available: December 2008 at all Kiehl’s Since 1851 stores and Kiehls.com.
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