Review: Kiehl’s Ultimate White Cleansing Cream and Intensive Whitening Essence & New Store Opening

by Paris B on · 22 comments

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The opening of Kiehl’s 3rd store in Malaysia reminds me of another 2 products I’ve tried from the Kiehl’s Ultimate White line – the Cleansing Cream and the Intensive Whitening Essence.

Kiehl’s Ultimate White line smells yummy!

Before I get into the products, let me just say that the Kiehl’s Ultimate While line smells absolutely delicious. The products have a subtle scent of plums and citrus that is refreshing and soothing. Nice when you apply it and lie in bed with that fruity smell wafting around. I like it!

Kiehl’s Ultimate White Cleansing Cream (RM95)

Kiehl's Ultimate White Cleansing Cream

The Cleansing Cream is to me a decent cleanser. Again, I don’t believe anything can whiten lighten or brighten if you’re going to wash it all off almost immediately so I won’t put much score by the whitening or brightening properties. Perhaps if used together with other brightening products it might make some difference.

I always use a makeup remover first or cleansing oils so this is the 2nd part of my cleansing routine. On other days when I don’t use makeup, the cleansing cream removes dirt and leaves my face feeling clean.

I only use very little as it lathers up very well. It can feel a little drying after cleansing though so its always essential for me to tone and moisturise after that. At RM95 for a 150ml tube that can last me … well pretty much forever… I think its a pretty decent item. Its not a “must have” if you ask me though. I reserve that title for the Ultimate White Exfoliator! LOL…

Kiehl’s Ultimate White Intensive Whitening Essence (RM190)

Kiehl's Ultimate white intensive whitening essence

The Intensive Whitening Essence promises to brighten the skin and lighten existing dark spots. I can testify to some brightening. The essence pumps out a pearlescent white that also smells quite delicious. Perhaps its the pearlescent qualities of the essence, but my skin does look slightly brighter and more even almost immediately. I did not notice visible lightening of dark pigmentation over a month’s regular use, but neither did I sprout any new ones and the lighter freckles seem to be under control.

You can see the pearlescent sheen to the essence in the swatch below. Its slightly thick for an essence and feels rather like a lotion. I use it under a light moisturiser only because it feels too thick otherwise.

Reading the properties of this Intensive Whitening Essence and what it promises to do, I felt a sense of deja vu as it sounds pretty much like what the Lancome Blanc Expert Spot Eraser does.

Both products state that they break down pigmentation clusters and inhibit melanin formation for brighter more translucent skin.

The difference is the price – RM190 for 50ml vs RM315 for 30ml. I’m not quite surprised since they do come under the same parent company. I’m not saying its the only difference – of course ingredients differ too as may effectiveness 😛

I reckon any longer term effects need a longer term use and I’d actually prefer a slower effect rather than an instant one because anything that whitens my skin instantly must be bleaching it like clorox! 😛 I might consider a repurchase when I run out but a 50ml bottle can last you at least 3 months with daily use.

Did I mention it smells absolutely yummy? 😛

And MidValley Makes 3!

Did you know that you can now get Kiehl’s in MidValley Megamall? Yep! No more trundling down to 1 Utama or Isetan KLCC or Pavilion Kuala Lumpur to get your Kiehl’s fix! Kiehl’s 3rd store in Malaysia is located on the Ground Floor near Vincci towards Jusco. Its quite small but well stocked so look out for it!

In line with the official opening of the new Kiehl’s store, Kiehl’s had commissioned 2 specially designed canvas bags by 2 local artists and in keeping with the art theme, the guest of honour was none other Dato’ Mohd Nor bin Khalid (more popularly known as Lat)! They did a Kampung Boy art print bag just for him… aww… Proceeds of the sale of the bags (RM20 each) go wholly towards Yayasan Anak Warisan Alam (Youth Environmental Heritage Foundation) ( to encourage environmental awareness among the young.

Kiehl's Midvalley Megamall

There was Yerba-mate tea (pronounced “Yah-ba-mah-tay“) on hand specially flown in from South America – tastes a little strange – a little sappy but luckily not herby. I’m not into herbal teas but this one was nice. Yerba-mate also happens to be the key ingredient in one of Kiehl’s skincare lines for normal to normal-oily skin. I’m quite fascinated by this line so I might check it out next time I’m in the store. There were just too many people the day I was there.

There was also candy-floss which I haven’t eaten since I was about 6 so I indulged 😛 Here I am threatening Mr. Bones the Kiehl’s mascot with green floss – and here I am defacing Mr. Bones with graffiti! I chose a rib because… well… Woman was made from Man’s rib wasn’t she? LOL…. 😛


The opening ended with signed polaroid shots of Beetrice and me which will be placed on the Kiehl’s “wall of fame” in the store <- My words not theirs teehee… So look out for it next time you’re there.

What’s your favourite product from Kiehl’s? Mine remains firmly the brightening exfoliator. The #1 Lip Balm was a bit of a bummer for me but if you like it, pipe up and tell me I’m making a mistake! :)

Stay beautiful,

Paris B

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May 28, 2009 at 10:58 am

I was hoping that the new third store would be in penang… sigh! :(

I haven’t tried any of their stuff yet, but at the top of my to-try list is their #1 lipbalm of course! 😀


ParisB May 28, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Hi Jenn

Perhaps they’ll branch there soon but you can always pick up Kiehl’s when you come to KL :)


Connie May 28, 2009 at 11:25 am

I got my cousin to buy the whitening essence and the spot remover thing that bee reviewed some time back. Ahhh… which I could be there! And I see David! Hehe. he’s one of the nicest people I know (friend-wise. SA-wise I wouldn’t know :p)


ParisB May 28, 2009 at 1:05 pm

Hey Connie

Which spot remover thingy? No idea who David is but they were mostly friendly :)


Connie May 28, 2009 at 4:47 pm

I looked it up. the exfoliator. hhehe. you reviewed it too 😀 David’s in the lab coat. the guy (duh!) holding the ribbon


Vonvon May 28, 2009 at 11:50 am

Will check out their store at Pavilion later. Going there to see if the MAC Style warriors eyeshadows are here already or not? And Kiehl’s is just downstairs for MAC store. Yippee!


ParisB May 28, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Hi Vonvon

Strangely enough I know where the Kiehl’s store is (because I used to pop by there when first opened) but I’ve no idea where MAC is LOL!


May 28, 2009 at 12:19 pm

I totally agree about the #1 Lip Balm, it felt just like petroleum jelly to me and wasn’t particularly moisturizing.


ParisB May 28, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Hi kuri

Thanks for your thoughts. Its how I felt too!


prettybeautiful May 28, 2009 at 1:47 pm

i passed by the MV one on wed, but i didnt step it. although im still lemming for the exfoliator u raved so much about.i think i am seriously going to get it once my scrub runs out. can they give sample for this even though when i buy nothing from them (yet)? just want to try out and see how it feels


ParisB May 28, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Hey prettybeautiful

If they have samples on hand they’d let you try it. Just ask and see.


prettybeautiful May 28, 2009 at 3:56 pm

ok…that sounds great. 😉


abby May 30, 2009 at 2:53 am

Hey…i love when you review Kiehl’s! After reading about the exfoliator review, i immediately went i hopes of getting a sample. Was shocked at how nice they were. Even gave me extra samples!

Great to read more reviews about them. There aren’t many around. Getting interested in the brand but would like to read more reviews before i make my choice.

Would also like to know, did you have a feel of the canvas bags? Good quality? How’s the holding power? Thinking of getting a Lat since my dad loves Lat. And, i’d be donating to charity! Doesn’t look like recession is stopping anything.

Oh, so sorry but i have another question. Do you have to purchase stuff before getting on their customer list?

Thanks PB! Looking forward to more great reviews! You helped me so much!


Ivy July 21, 2009 at 10:25 am

Hi,nice to hear about Kiehl things as it is available in Sabah and I dont see any KIehl shops here.So how long have you been using this product?I’m interested to purchase a whole set of skin care but I can’t stand all those chemical things.*wink*..I need to find something natural and last longer…with a nice effect,of course..Hope to hear from you soon.Thanks.


ranu January 20, 2010 at 11:23 pm

hi was wondering has anyone tried their acne blemish range before? want to know what is the review on this:)


Bryan April 6, 2010 at 8:30 pm

My fav Kiehls product is pineapple and papaya face scrub. It smells delicious and for me this is not really a scrub with small particles to rub your skin, its actually more to relying on pineapple and papaya extract to melt away dead skin cells. Result is smooth and glowing skin. It’s mile enough for me to use twice a week.

Another recent Kiehls product I bought is Acai Damage Minimising Cleanser and Damage Protecting Toning Mist. For my combination skin, the cleanser is in cleaning my face which tends to get a bit oily after a long day at work. The smell is really natural too. As for toning mist, it’s really refreshing to spray it on face after cleansing. However beware if your skin is normal / dry, cause I can see the skin is a bit tighten (pore minimising effect?!?) after spray. After I applied moisturiser (am using Almond Apple moisturise from Loccitane) then skin feels very soothing and relax. BTW, i noticed that with this toning mist, my skin tends to produce lesser oil during the day.

So I would say both products are suitable for my combination skin :)


Roshini July 15, 2010 at 4:12 pm

please where can i buy kiiehl’s whitening essance in switzerland or a online website
thank you


katie January 13, 2011 at 6:21 pm

has anyone tried khiel’s eye product for under eyebags?


anthony February 1, 2011 at 4:29 pm

where can i find kiels product in sabah


Priya April 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Just to check…. I heard this product is good, and im looking for a product that can help on my face pigmentation. What are the products I can use to see the results. Thank you.


Winnie Yen April 19, 2012 at 9:38 am

I had a slight pigmentation on my face, actually it inside my face have not surfaced out yet. My beautician told me sooner later it will be visible. So what product should i used from Kiehl. Can u recommed me.



Paris B
April 19, 2012 at 11:17 am

I suggest you head down to a Kiehl’s store to get a better idea of the products.


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