Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

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!

MUSK 1921
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 1946
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.

VANILLA 1968
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.

GRAPEFRUIT 1976
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.