Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer describes this product as: This moisturizer is readily absorbed, leaving the surface area soft and nurtured. The moisturizing effects of this formulation are continued beneath the surface layers for daytime or anytime moisturizing and texturizing of the skin.

The Product: 75mL for $22, 120mL for $32, 250mL for $49CAD. This light moisturizer is unscented, absorbs quickly and does not interfere with tinted moisturizer throughout the day. It also doesn’t require a lot to cover your entire face and neck and since it is by Kiehl’s, there are more natural ingredients than most brands typically have. It also works well on dry skin (for summer), and oily skin all year long.

The Packaging: This Kiehl’s favourite comes in several sizes and is in a squeeze bottle. As you work your way through it, the label on the bottle creases but to me, that’s not so bad. It’s great if you need a travel sized bottle or enough to last through the year.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Squalane, Glycerin, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbitan Oleate, Carbomer, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Stearic Acid, Cera Alba/Beeswax, Myristyl Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/SweetGratissima/Avocado Oil.

Cons with this product are that there are parabens in it which are known to be drying, and that is that there is no SPF. I don’t find it drying, and to compare, it is more hydrating than Aveeno Daily Ultra Calming Moisturizer SPF 15 and Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer SPF 15. Kiehl’s does make a version with SPF 15, although the inclusion of SPF in a moisturizer changes the consistency and from my research, between Kiehl’s and Aveeno, means the product is less hydrating.

The Rating: B

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer


Olay Daily Renewal Cleanser

Olay Age Defying Daily Renewal Cleanser

Olay Age Defying Daily Renewal Cleanser claims: Daily Renewal Cleanser combines a beta-hydroxy complex with gentle micro-beads to gently lift away dull, dry skin as well as dirt, oil and make-up. Add it to your skin care routine to: Cleanse gently and thoroughly, and Renew skin’s surface and reveal fresh and radiant skin.

The Product: 200mL for $8.29CAD. This creamy cleanser has tiny microbeads and a beta-hydroxy complex to cleanse and gently exfoliate skin. Considering the microbeads and beta-hydroxy complex, it has a physical and mild chemical cleansing properties.  While you shouldn’t cleanse everyday, I ran out of all of my non-exfoliating cleansers so I tried this morning and night for about two weeks (desperate times!), and this did not have any adverse effects on my already dry, sensitive skin. Despite its claims, it definitely does not remove makeup. Since it doesn’t remove makeup, I would recommend this as a morning cleanser for the on-the-go girl. Also, I think a gentle and thorough cleanse is quite a heavy claim, because it is also a daily cleanser so having a thorough cleanse everyday does seem to be excessive, even if it is gentle.

The Packaging: The white plastic container has a black pump on top to dispense the product. If you’re traveling, press the pump and twist it to lock the pump down, so you can pack it without worrying about it “cleansing” all of your other stuff!


It contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate which is known to be drying, although my dry cheeks weren’t effected by it. I’d also note that it contains salicylic acid which is known to help with acne and pimples, however it isn’t listed as an active ingredient.

The Verdict: B+ If you only wanted to use one cleanser, this could perhaps do the trick! It is affordable, easily accessible and gentle. However, it didn’t get an A because it does contain sulfates, and although I didn’t experience any effects from it, others might due to the nature of that ingredient. Further, it claimed to remove makeup and did not, thus the B+.


Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner

Kiehl’s describes this toner as:

This mild yet effective toner for all skin types helps refine surface texture while providing the ideal preparation for classic Ultra Facial Moisturizer. Made with effective emollients Squalane, Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil, and Vitamin E, our non-alcoholic toning formula gently removes oil, dirt and remaining residue while hydrating and comforting skin. PH balanced for optimal comfort and will not over-dry or strip the skin of its natural oils.
I describe this toner as: heaven.
The product 8.4 fl.oz/250 ml for $22.50 CAD/$16 USD. This unscented toner takes off everything and leaves your skin feeling cool and moist, it doesn’t contain parabens or sulfates, and 6 drops covers your entire face. Further, I’ve been using 6 drops twice per day for over a month, and the bottle doesn’t look anywhere near used! It is ideal for dry-combination skin and I’ve noticed a complete hydration difference in my skin. Also, who doesn’t love a deep clean that doesn’t irritate skin? I’ve tested this toner with the Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer SPF 15, and it pairs wonderfully with that also.

The packaging is a sturdy plastic with a pop-top cap, so if you’re traveling with it, I’d recommend securing the top just to be safe.
The verdict
clearly I love this product, and will repurchase over and over again. (Although since the release of their oil-free version of the toner, I may stray…my skincare junkie instincts cannot be denied)

>Rating: A
This rating is in relation to a sensitive, dry-combination skin type, please keep that in mind if you’re considering this product.
This product was purchased with my own funds and the opinions expressed are my own and based on personal experiences with it.