Kiehl’s: The apothecary with an eco heart

I wouldn’t consider Kiehl’s to be a natural and organic company, although they have recently launched the Acai Berry Damage-Repairing Organic Skincare range. However, I like the company because they strike me as one that provides eco-effective quality products focused on efficacy without the embellishments. On top of that, they are probably one of the few who truly incorporate socially responsible manufacturing practices in their business operations.

In fact, I’ve been popping into their stores once in a while to check them out. I like some of their products and if I hadn’t ventured into using natural and organic skin care, I’ll probably consider using more of their products. Some of their products I’ve tried and liked include the famous Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner, Kiehl’s Superbly Efficient Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant Cream and Kiehl’s Brightening Botanical Cleansing Cream (click through to read my reviews).

Products are all unisex
Anyway, I was invited to visit their Plaza Singapura outlet yesterday for a quick introduction of the brand and I managed to find out more. One thing I learnt is that they also put in effort to do up their store with quirky fixtures and displays. The one at Plaza Singapura has a Harley Davidson bike flown in from New York and it’s a magnet for male customers! Additionally, although they have products specifically targeted at men, most of their other products are in fact unisex!

Kiehl’s bottles are all recyclable
I also hadn’t noticed from the various times I’ve stepped into the stores that they have placed a box for customers to leave their empty Kiehl’s bottles for recycling. And of course, their bottles are all recyclable, plus some, like the Aloe Vera Biodegradable Liquid Body Cleanser developed jointly with Brad Pitt, is 100% biodegradable.

Products are celebrities’ favorites
Of course, with a company that has been established for a long time since 1851, you’ll expect they have plenty of fans, including celebrities. In Asia, you have the ASOS sisters raving openly about Kieh’s toners and I have to admit – I bought the Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Toner because of Barbie Hsu’s endorsement in her book. So yeah, Kiehl’s has some good celeb power!

Best sellers
Those who are familiar with Kiehl’s know that they have a wide range of products – from skin care, hair care, body care to products for kids and men, plus products for animals in the States. When Kiehl’s was first established here, their best seller was their lip balm. I tried that of course but unfortunately, my review wasn’t glowing because I found the product too much of a hype. But apparently, their best selling item across the seven outlets in Singapore is no longer their lip balm, but their Blemish Control Daily Skin-Clearing Solution.

Look out for more product reviews
Anyway, you’ll be reading more about Kiehl’s products again because I was given a few products to take home, amongst which are two sunscreens and two shampoos. Their sunscreens are chemical based but as you all know by know, I’m quite the-sunscreen-obsessed to want to test them all. Well, I’ll provide a review on them soon so keep a lookout!

Update: go to any of Kiehl’s 7 stores in Singapore and ask for samples freely. Just mention you came from Viva Woman.


  1. Dee says:

    I can’t wait to see more of kiehl’s reviews! I’ve been eyeing some products for a while, but was afraid they wouldn’t work for me. I’m currently in a toner mode, so I think I might look into their cucumber herbal toner. The Kiehl’s store is really nice! I love the pop art style they use.

  2. sesame says:

    I quite like the Cucumber Herbal toner even though it is meant more for drier skin type. The Calendula one is more suitable for my skin type I think…I have a bottle of it and shall try out how it works.

  3. stella says:

    the lipbalm is my staple, whenever i try to veer from it for cheaper substitutes (thinking, hey it’s only petroleum jelly!), they always bomb! i don’t use anything else from the line tho’, a tad too pricey for me, and the skincare doesn’t seem like anything special… but i love their old school vibe

  4. CT says:

    I am eyeing on their brightening range but their products contain paraben.

  5. sesame says:

    I actually like the simplicity of their product lines, because they just focus on the ingredients and the efficacy.

  6. sesame says:

    Yup, that range does contain parabens and some others. It’s non-natural.

  7. fwy says:

    I do like the Kiehl’s deodorant cream too. However, their price are just not wallet-friendly enough unlike The Body Shop which conducts promotion & warehouse sales more often.

  8. sesame says:

    It’s one of the best I’ve used so far…but very ex!!!

  9. xin says:

    will be awaiting for your sunscreen review! i have tested the sunscreen texture in their store, but i found it to be a little drying it seems. so i decided to put off the thought till i read a good review ?

  10. sesame says:

    It might be a tad drying for some cos I tried it on my hands and felt so. But it maybe different for the face. Anyway, both contains alcohol.

  11. Angie says:

    Where can i find kiehl’s stores in Singapore?


  12. sesame says:

    I’m sorry I missed this comment earlier. You can find Kiehl’s at ION Orchard, Takashimaya, Plaza Singapura, Vivo City, Tampines Mall, Robinsons Raffles City and Tangs Beauty Hall.

    Ask for samples if you’re not sure if you want to buy. Mention Viva Woman to get samples freely. ?

  13. jessieeden says:

    Your post is pretty illuminating and practical,I completely agree with the above comment. Thanks for the sharing.

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