According to the Kiehl's website, "Kiehl’s was founded as an old-world apothecary in New York’s East
Village neighborhood over 150 years ago." (Wow. How's that for hipster cred?) Kiehl's is one of those stores whose clientele shows a fierce, almost cult-like loyalty (minus the Kool-Aid). They use only the highest-quality ingredients, have great customer service (my friend Kristy loves getting hooked up with the free samples) and...motorcycles! (Really, they display motorcycles in every store. They're not for sale, though.)
You can shop directly from Kiehl's through Ebates and earn 5% Cash Back, or Neiman Marcus, who also carries Kiehl's brand products (and gives 3% Cash Back).
Here are some favorite Kiehl's goodies from Ebates members and staffers:
Amino Acid Shampoo
Sara: Smells like coconut. I've been using (and sharing) the same 250ml bottle for 6 weeks and there's still more than half left. It's very gentle, and obviously very concentrated. I was looking for something that would make my fine hair a little fuller
and this has worked well.
Blue Herbal Line
Sara: I like the Blue Herbal Moisturizer (w/ salicylic acid, cinnamon
bark, and ginger root): This lotion is recommended
for people with oiler skin who are prone to breaking
out. I like that it mattifies the skin and I imagine
that it helps prevent blemishes, but I quit using it
before I found out because it made my skin produce
more oil. The sales people at Kiehl's said
specifically that it wouldn't do that, but it does,
and also leaves your skin feeling sticky (like when
the air is humid.)
Wilma: I **LOVE** the Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion. I brought it with me when I was in Asia for a month. It helped relieved any mosquito bugs and bug bites. Great for camping trips.
Kelly: This is the very first lotion I can use on my oily skin
and not feel like I just smeared canola all over myself. It actually
makes me less shiny, and it has done a great number on my
Distar: I have fallen deeply in love with Kiehl's Blue Herbal line- the gel cleanser and the spot treatment at least. Interestingly the first blue stuff that brought fame to Kiehls 40 years ago and spawned the rest of the collection was the Blue Herbal Astringent ($9.50) which I was sorely dissapointed with. I have oily/combination skin of the most non-sensitive kind, and this astringent left even me feeling parched- I regret this purchase. The Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser ($14.50) on the other hand is lovely- 1.5% salicylic acid with extracts of cinnamon bark and ginger root. It's a gel that foams and really removes makeup well. It leaves your skin feeling very clean and not at all dry- the tingliness of the menthol and camphor and the soothing smell make me feel like I'm a spa. I've started using this every other day, rotating it with another favorite face wash. The clear winner for me in this line is the Blue Herbal spot treatment ($14.00) which with salicylic and glycolic acid attacks zits and vanishes them the next day. I've been amazed by how well this product works. I've had quite a few friends stay over recently and you know they've been snooping in your medicine cabinet when they gushingly tell you they love the Blue Herbal stuff :) (From Tales From the Nomad)
Over-Night Biological Peel
Kelly: This makes me look all dewy and glowy in the morning, not like my true haggard, used-up self. I swear it actually works.
Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner
Juliet: If you have winter dry hair this shampoo and conditioner
will make it smoother and moisturized without stripping hair of natural oils or unnatural color. Plus, it smells really good.
Sara: Even though my hair isn't dry, I use this for extra conditioning, especially on the ends.It smells really nice and doesn't feel heavy.
Lip Balm #1
Kelly: The infamous Lip Balm, for when you want your lips to
be softer than a baby's butt. Um, eww. The tinted stuff is subtle and
good for a wee bit of color.
Superbly Efficient Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant
Rebecca: Ten dollars might feel steep for stuff going on your armpits, but it's worth it. One tube will last a long time. I also like the fact that it's unscented- there's nothing worse than strongly scented deodorant competing with your lotion or perfume.
Juliet: I use the deodorant-
best thing ever. Unscented, leaves NO white streaks on black
clothes. Apply like lotion and totally reasonable cost. Keeps you dry too!
Sara: I'd also add that the anti-perspirant cream works well
on hands and feet too!
Suzanne: It is like applying hand lotion for the
underarms. I love that it doesn't have the after-application deodorant
smell that is so common with other deodorants, and it leaves zero
residue on your clothing. I've also discovered that a little goes a
long way- unless my friends aren't telling me something!!
Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion
Distar: A nickle size amount of this product rubbed on damp skin leaves it feeling amazing. I've used other at home micro-dermabrasions (Dr. Brandt, Origins..) and nothing works as well as the Kiehl's version. I read an article where according to a top dermatologist at home kits work as well as in-doctor office versions, because at home you can do it more often. I've had micro-dermabrasion done professionally and I don't know if I'd agree to that, but Kiehls version with micronized shells and willow herbs leaves your skin feeling so soft. (From Tales From the Nomad)
Deluxe Hand and Body Lotion with Aloe Vera and Oatmeal
Ayse: I use Kiehl's Deluxe Hand & Body Lotion with Aloe Vera & Oatmeal daily. I actually keep it in my kitchen next to the sink – it is the perfect light moisturizer to use after doing the dishes. It is not oily and absorbs very fast; it has a very light, barely distinguishable fresh scent.
Herbal Toner for the Scalp
Rebecca: I've got dry, colored hair, so I try and skip a day or two between shampoos. The Herbal Toner makes my hair feel cleaner without shampooing, which helps me get more mileage out of my faux hair color.
Suzanne: The Herbal Toner came in handy this morning as I got home so late from class last night that I didn't have time to wash my hair! I poured it all over my head this morning & ran out the door with a lovely shine to my tresses.
Kelly: I work out every day, so I shower regularly (you can thank me later) but I don’t really want to wash my hair that often. (Why? Because my super-cute hair stylist told me to wash every other day, and since she works miracles with the hair, I’d probably shampoo with monkey blood if she said I should.) This left me with the no-wash icky hair dilemma, until my neighborhood Kiehl’s lady hooked me up with their herbal scalp toner. You squeeze it all over your head and rub it in. I love my Kiehl’s lady. I’m naming my next kid after her. (From Fitness Fixation)