One of the most iconic and popular of Kiehl’s products, that’s been a mainstay in their skincare line is their Calendula toner. I’d wanted to try it for the longest time due, I admit, for the simple reason that it contained flower petals in the bottle. How many products do you know that contain flower petals in the bottle? But I couldn’t use it because it was formulated for oily skins and I was repeatedly warned that it would be too drying for my normal-dry skin.
So, I was quite surprised when offered the new Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash to try, because this too, is formulated for normal to oily skin types and I just don’t fall into that category. However, I was emboldened to try it, because I’d read that it wasn’t drying and that it was a soap and sulfate-free cleanser so it was more gentle on skin.
Well, never a better time than the present to try this, I say! When I moved house, I made sure to prep my bathroom. I like having proper shower items at hand, and since I was between houses at the time, I thought it was a good time to break out this cleanser to try.
Now, I have to note one thing – this is not a makeup remover. I happened to come across a few reviews and comments online that talked about using this product to remove makeup and how successful (or not) it was, and I was puzzled. Kiehl’s never intended for this product to be a makeup remover. They say that it gently cleanses skin of impurities which does not equal removing makeup. Always use a separate makeup remover, whatever you want to use and then use this as your second step of cleansing, which is what I do.
And I’m happy to report that despite my misgivings, this face wash isn’t drying, not even on my normal-dry skin. It comes in a yellow plastic bottle, but the product itself is a clear gel. You only need a little, pumped into your palm and then lather it up with water.
Despite being a sulfate-free product, it does lather up quite well so that’ll please those who can’t get used to a non-lather face wash. There is a faint scent which bug some people but doesn’t bug me – a slightly herbal-flower scent but I like herbal scents.
As promised on the label, this face wash does cleanse the skin quite impressively and does not dry out the skin, which I appreciate. It also feels fairly gentle, and you get a nice clean feeling on skin, without that squeaky clean, tight feel.
Having used this for over a month, I’m actually quite happy with it remaining in my shower for my evening face wash. However, I am still partial to using my Vichy Normaderm face wash for keeping spots at bay, so I can’t in all good conscience say I’ll repurchase it, simply because I prefer something else. But if you want a gentle face cleanser that is soap and sulfate free and isn’t drying, then this is one to consider.
In a nutshell
The Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash is formulated for normal to oily skin types, but I found it relatively gentle and non-drying even on my normal-dry skin. It has a soap and sulfate-free formula and only a little is needed to lather up, and it cleanses the skin well without leaving it feeling tight and uncomfortable or dry after that. I find it works well as a basic cleanser or as a double cleanse, but not to remove makeup as some people have suggested. For that, use a proper makeup remover.
Pros: Lasts a long time, Soap and sulfate free formula for those who want to stay away from those, Does not dry out the skin, Feels gentle and cleanses skin well, Works well as a second cleanser for a double-cleansing routine
Cons: The faint floral-herbal scent may not suit everyone
Who will like this: Anyone who is looking for a soap and sulfate free face wash, Anyone who wants a gentle face wash that does not dry out the skin too much yet wants some foam action
Here is the ingredient list for anyone interested to know what’s in there. The bottle is round so you’re going to have to piece it together for yourself
Have you used the iconic Calendula toner before? Have you tested this complementary face wash?
This is fairly new on shelves, so I’m sure Kiehl’s will have samples on hand if you’d like to give this a try and see if it works for your skin type. They are generally quite good about sampling after all. If you’ve tried this, I’d love to know what you think – did you find it comfortable or too drying or did the scent bug you?
Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash Price: RM105/230ml Availability: Kiehl’s stores