October 30, 2011

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream

We all have our comforts. Comfort foods, comfort clothes, comfort places. But, do you have a comfort product? I didn’t until recently. In fact, I didn’t even know there could be such a thing until I started trialling Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream.

In celebration of 160 years of service, Kiehl’s has launched the limited edition New York Heritage Collection, comprising of four historical formulas originally developed at the brands East Village apothecary. With special black and gold packaging, Kiehl’s wants to bring customers the magic of their old-world formulas including Ultra Facial Lotion (Early 1960s - €20.00 for 118ml), Ultra Facial Cream (2005* - €28.00 for 50ml), Calendula Toner (Late 1960s - €40.00 for 248ml) and Original Musk Oil (1921 - €25.00 for 50ml).

So, why, you’re probably wondering, is the Ultra Facial Cream such a comfort to me? It’s a hark back to my childhood, to my nana’s dressing table. It’s a nostalgic trip to a time where products were simple and fit for the purpose intended. Yes, I know, 2005 wasn’t exactly my childhood but, the Ultra Facial Cream is effectively* a reformulated, richer version of the 1960s Ultra Facial Lotion and, so, it exudes the same aura and the same simplicity as its predecessor.

For me, this is a high-end version of the cold cream I used to watch my nana religiously apply before bed. Think Pond’s or Noxzema but, fancier.

It is a thick, scent-free cream that is, as bizarre as this may sound, quite wet. I have been using it every morning before I apply my make-up and, despite being thick, it is remarkably light on the skin and absorbs quickly. My skin is noticeably softer and smoother post-application and, yes, it does have the same cooling sensation and feel that is associated with marketed cold creams!

Fun Fact: It was tried and tested by Robert Anderson and his expedition in 2005 during the inaugural climb of the peaks rising from the glaciers of Greenland. That has to be the most rigorous testing a moisturiser has ever undergone!   

I can’t stress how much I love this no fuss, results-driven product. Even as I write this review, I’m looking forward to using it tomorrow morning! And, I’m not alone as almost 1.5 million units of Ultra Facial Cream were sold worldwide in 2010.

The New York Heritage Collection is available in Kiehl’s stores worldwide and will be available in Dublin’s Kiehl’s Boutique from mid-October to December 2011. This line is well worth taking a look at if you’re a Kiehl’s fanatic or are looking at bringing your skincare back to basics.


  1. And my Kiehl's obsesh looks set to continue..

    Gots to get this x

  2. Looks and sounds brilliant, I have to try this.


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