Before You Buy: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream review

Product: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream
Price: $32
Where to BuySephora

Using It:

After cleansing thoroughly and using any serums, apply the moisturizer AM and PM.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Review:

As much as I want to continue using this product, I will not be repurchasing due to animal-testing policies. I prefer brands that do not participate in animal-testing whatsoever, which means opting out of mainland China sales. Kiehl’s sells in mainland China, and therefore tests their products on animals, effectively nullifying their stance as a vegan and cruelty-free brand.

That said, the texture is a nice balance between medium and thick consistency, where a little goes a long way. The product works very well on my skin, despite some ingredients having a high comedogenic rating. If you are prone to clogged pores and acne, try a sample out before committing. The salicylic acid helps mitigate some of the effects of clogged pores and keeps the complexion clear on normal skin.

No fragrance or alcohol in sight makes this a sensitive-skin friendly cream. My skin felt smooth and hydrated all day after applying this moisturizer. Kiehl’s, if you opt for complete cruelty-free practices, you’ll have me as a customer for life!

Notable Ingredients

Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Squalane, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Sucrose Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, PEG-8 Stearate, Myristyl Myristate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethlhexanoate, Prunus Armeniaca Kernal Oil/Apricot Kernal Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Persea Gratissima Oil/Avocado Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetl Alcohol, Oryza Sativa Bran Oil/Rice Bran Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/G4Olive Fruit Oil, Chlorphenesin, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Sweet Almond Oil, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Myristic acid, Hydroxypalmitol Sphinganine, BHT, Salicylic Acid, Citric Acid.

  • Alcohol and fragrance-free!
  • Kiehl’s is NOT a cruelty-free brand! They sell in mainland China, which means they consent to the government-required animal testing. All their products are therefore tested on animals.
  • The salicylic acid acts as a mild exfoliant and anti-acne ingredient.
  • Myristyl Myristate is very comedogenic and should be avoided if you have acne-prone skin.

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No alcohol, fragrance and plenty of goodies are jam packed in this moisturizer that keep skin hydrated. Find out why I won't be using it though. #skincarereviews #beautytips #kiehls

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Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream Review
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  • Cruelty Free
The Good

Very moisturizing

The Bad

NOT cruelty-free

Nataliya Ogle


Nataliya Ogle likes making sure others live to their full potential. She publishes articles on her primary website and works as a freelance writer for other women's interest sites. Her physical body is in New York but her presence can almost always be found online. The internet is her first love.

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