I haven’t talked about it much, as I really (really!) don’t like to rant too much around here, but Kiehl’s hasn’t been on my favorite list for a long time due only to a bad customer service/web site user problem I had 2 Christmases ago. I just sort of wrote them off after that, despite my bestest girlfriend being a huge fan and constantly talking them up.
So when in NYC with Glam last week, our first stop of the day was at the Kiehl’s flagship store in the East Village. Wow, what an experience that was. First of all, the history. We were treated to a video about the history of Kiehl’s – that store has been in the same spot since 1851, its beginnings were as an apothecary, and that has led to what Kiehl’s is now – a wonderful source of effective hair, skin and body products. 1851 – that, my friends, is a mighty long time. You don’t last that long without a wonderful product and a commitment to serving your customers. That, to me, is reason enough to give Kiehl’s a try.
We watched the video, then were given a tour of the (huge!) store and the opportunity to ask any questions on our mind. So I left Kiehl’s with a few goodies, and a whole pile of samples. I haven’t yet gotten into some of the things I bought, but here they all are:
Abyssine Cream SPF 23 – An anti-aging cream containing alga and antioxidants and a broad spectrum UVA/UVB inhibitor. Yeah. This is a rich feeling, non greasy cream that leaves your face immediately feeling soft – I love this.
Ultra Facial Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 – I adore this product too (so does Lianne). This is a great solution to a quick outing, or if you want to just smooth things out a little bit but don’t need to put your full face on. SPF 15 too – sooooo important! This just takes the teeniest amount – this 2.5 oz bottle is going to last me a really, really long time.
Read more about my trip and Kiehl’s after the jump…
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Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak – I have not gotten into this one yet, but will for sure this week. This came highly recommended by Teri, so I thought I had best listen. This is what the jar says: Formulated for dehydrated, under-nourished, and damaged hair, our repairative masque provides intense conditioning helping to repair severely weakened hair fibers by restoring its moisture content. Natural Recipe with Avocado Oil and Lemon Extract. What I can tell you is that it feels great rubbed onto my arm, and Im going to get masqueing tonight or tomorrow morning with my next shower.
Over-Night Biological Peel – I have used a lot of peels. A lot. Most of them are somewhat helpful, but this one seems a little different – you put this one on and leave it on all night, for starters. Ill get on this one as soon as I am done with my microdermabrasion 6 week routine. I have high hopes for this product!!
Last but not least is the Coriander Deluxe Hand & Body Lotion – which I was ordered by my bestest friend (see above) to bring home for her. I haven’t opened it yet, as it is hers – but since I bought it, I might (heh). I suspect it smells divine, and I know, from mucho testing of lotions in the Kiehl’s store that day, that it is a fantastic moisturizing product. Suz, you better hurry on down here and get it, or I might just use the whole thing. ;)
Stay tuned for a more indepth review of a few of these items – I’m looking very forward to working them into my routine! And here are a few more photos I took in the store – it was really a beautiful, beautiful place. Thanks to all the folks at Kiehl’s for inviting us in and giving us the deluxe tour!