Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash

7.80 fl. oz. for $ 29.00
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Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash is a strange mix of helpful and detrimental ingredients for skin—but because your skin needs what's good for it, this is not a product we recommend. This is half of a great cleanser, but the other half of its formula is a potential disaster for the skin due to its truly excessive amount of problematic fragrance oils. While irritating ingredients are less of a problem in rinse-off products due to the short time they remain in contact with the skin, the mix here is beyond reasonable, and cannot be ignored.

On the positive side, the cleansing agents are mild, but still capable of removing most forms of makeup. Where things go awry is the inclusion of multiple citrus ingredients—lemon peel oil, and its fragrance ingredients limonene and geraniol, which have a strong potential to provoke an allergenic and irritant response on the skin—and that doesn't even include the additional amounts of these derivatives that Kiehl's added to this formula (Sources: Contact Dermatitis, 2006 and 2012). See More Info for additional details on fragrance in skin-care products.

Rather than subject your skin to this problematic cleanser, consider any of the well-formulated alternatives from other brands on our list of Best Cleansers (Including Cleansing Cloths) in Beautypedia.

  • Contains mild cleansing agents.
  • Contains a potently irritating mix of citrus extracts.
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Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Creamy gel formula activates with water to create a rich foam; Gently lifts away impurities, dirt, and oil without stripping skin of its essential moisture; Skin looks instantly refreshed and revitalized.

Aqua/Water, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, Coco-Betaine, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Acrylates/Steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Nepeta Cataria Oil, Citrus Limon Peel Oil/Lemon Peel Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Limonene, Geraniol, Methylisothiazolinone, Citral, Citronellol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid.

Kiehl's At-A-Glance

Kiehls has been around for quite some time, with its origins in a New York City-based pharmacy established in 1851. The brand is perhaps best known for its apothecary-style packaging and its best-selling (and celebrity favorite) Lip Balm #1.

Though the brand claims its products are made with the finest naturally-derived ingredients, most of its formulations include synthetically-produced ingredients as well. Like most skincare companies the line contains both good and not-so-great offerings; Kiehls main misstep is that many of its products contain fragrance ingredients that could irritate skin, particularly sensitive skin.

Note: Kiehl's is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Kiehl's does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Research Team.

For more information about Kiehl's, call (800) 543-4572 or visit www.kiehls.com.

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