Kiehl’s Earth Day 2012 Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel-Cream

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Hooray! I’ve finally tried something from Kiehl’s! And what a magnificent start, Kiehl’s have teamed up with Trees for Cities for the month of April and have released a limited edition stickered pot of their ever popular Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel-Cream, with an illustration from British illustrator Margot Bowman. 100% of the net profits from this limited edition charity cream, will be donated to Trees for Cities, a charity that endeavours to plant trees, edible gardens and green spaces in Britain’s cities. Trees for Cities are currently focusing on bringing greenery to primary schools across cities in the UK, so a very worthy and interesting cause.

Ok, so to the product! Here it is in all it’s odd and quirky glory.

It’s oil free, paraben free, fragrance free, silicone free and dye free.

It’s a very odd consistency, a cloudy, clear gel with a Glycerin base, I’ve never tried a moisturiser in a gel form before so was intrigued. There is no added fragrance, so the gel-cream smells a little of alcohol and a little of cucumber. Kiehl’s isn’t designed to be a girly product, it’s designed with performance in mind. So this is acceptable.

The gel formula feels very odd to apply to your face, it really does feel like you’re using hair gel on your face at first. However, there is no stickiness and if absorbs quickly for a matte finish to the skin. This would be an ideal cream for someone who has oily skin, or prone to shine, it sets well under make up as aswell so makes a good base product.

When you read the ingredients label, it all sounds a bit chemical sounding, but upon research I found that some of the ingredients are derived from natural sources. Such as Glycerin, which is a byproduct of biodiesels (so comes from either vegetable fats or animal fats) Another key ingredient is Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, which comes from a type of long grass, commonly known as Japanese Bloodgrass.

The ingredients on this product and others like it baffle me, I have no idea why brands find the need to list the chemical names of ingredients instead of the much more appealing common plant names.

Overall, a nice great, light weight and great for balancing oily skin. Personally, it wouldn’t be something I would buy for myself, but I will continue to find it useful as a make up base and would recommend it for people who have problems with shiny skin. I love the branding and the charity collaboration though.

Have you tried this product? What else do you like from Kiehl’s?

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