Clearly Corrective Brightening & Exfoliating Daily Cleanser
Clearly Corrective Brightening & Exfoliating Daily Cleanser is a cleansing scrub that contains volcanic ash as the abrasive agent. The formula is a problem for all skin types because the base isn't buffered enough to keep the granules from damaging skin. So, although this leaves skin feeling clean and smooth and is easy to rinse, it's simply not a scrub we can recommend.
Even if the scrub particles were gentler or the formula more conditioning in use, Kiehl's includes fragrant lavender oil and citrus peel, both of which can irritate skin and eyes. See our list of Best Scrubs for examples.
- Leaves skin feeling clean and smooth.
- Rinses easily.
- Ash-derived exfoliating granules can feel rough unless this is used very carefully.
- Lavender oil and citrus peel are highly likely to irritate skin and are a problem if they get in the nose or eyes during use.
- Surprisingly unbuffered formula.
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.
About the Experts
The Beautypedia team consists of skin care and makeup experts personally trained by the original Cosmetics Cop and best-selling beauty author, Paula Begoun. We’re fascinated by skin care and makeup products and thrilled when they meet or exceed our expectations, but we’re also disappointed when they fail to perform as claimed, are wildly overpriced, or contain ingredients scientific research has proven can hurt skin.
Our mission has always been to help you find the best products for your skin, no matter your budget or preferences. Beautypedia’s thorough and insightful reviews cut through the hype and provide reliable recommendations for all ages, skin types, and skin tones.