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.