I have been hearing a lot about Kiehl’s since they opened their first South African store in Edgars Sandton City. Apparently their products are amazing, and if you consider they have been around for 160 years, and have gone from a New York pharmacy to a global brand with fans like Beyonce and Gwyneth Paltrow, I think there must be something in it.
Although I haven’t had the opportunity to try their products yet I am impressed with their ethics and philanthropy. Kiehl’s engages in fair trade, something that has always attracted me to brands like Body Shop, and actively supports HIV prevention and research, environmental protection and child welfare. I am an instant fan.
I currently use Clarins because they use plant-based ingredients and claim to be against animal testing. This is my most important criteria for selecting a skincare brand. Kiehl’s uses high-quality botanical extracts, do not test on animals and are very environmentally aware. Even their packaging is fully recyclable. I am therefore excited to try their products and suspect I may become a convert.
Saturday was a big day for Cape Town Kiehl’s fans as they launched a pop-up store in Edgar’s Canal Walk. They have a “try before you buy” policy which means you can get some generous samples before committing to buying the product. The pop-up store will be around until the end of January, so there will be enough time to get a feel for the products. The ladies working there are very friendly and helpful. I am going to be trying the Ultra facial cleanser, toner and moisturiser, Creme de Corps as well as the Argan oil hair products. I was guaranteed that the products speak for themselves and that I would be back to buy. I’m sure I will be!