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Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve Review

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About Kiehl’s

Kiehl’s started as an apothecary in 1851 in New York City, United States. Since then it has come a long way, in terms of its expansion. The brand offers natural skin care products, using many naturally derived ingredients in its products. The brand offers a prescriptive approach in understanding the client’s skincare needs and then suggesting products to them as per the skin type and skin concerns.

In the year 2000, the company was purchased by the L’Oreal Group. Now, it has its presence over 33+ countries and has over 250 stores worldwide.

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About Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

The ultimate strength hand salve is meant for severely dry hands. The hand salve has a rich thick formula to ensure full protection of hands. The product also helps prevent the dullness and uneven texture of hands. The ingredients include a blend of botanical oils and natural wax derived from olive oil to soothe and moisturize. The star ingredients of this hand salve are avocado oil, sesame oil and eucalyptus oil.

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Ingredients

The product has the following ingredients:

AQUA/WATER, GLYCERIN, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC/STEARIC TRIGLYCERIDE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, HYDROGENATED OLIVE OIL STEARYL ESTERS, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER/SHEA BUTTER, ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, PEG-75 STEARATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, CETYL ALCOHOL, BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2, SESAMUM INDICUM/SESAME SEED OIL, SQUALANE, DIMETHICONE, CETETH-20, PHENOXYETHANOL, PERSEA GRATISSIMA/AVOCADO OIL, STEARETH-20, CETEARETH-20, CHLORPHENESIN, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, PPG-5-CETETH-20, EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS LEAF OIL, ALLANTOIN, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, DISODIUM EDTA, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, LIMONENE, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE POWDER, TOCOPHEROL, CITRIC ACID

FunctionIngredientsWhat exactly they do

Antioxidant

Persea Gratissima/Avocado Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol

These ingredients have anti-aging properties and help protect skin's collagen.

Skin-identical ingredient

Glycerin, Squalane

This helps the skin to stay highly hydrated.

Soothing

Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder

These help decrease the discomfort on the skin.

Antimicrobial/antibacterial

Chlorphenesin, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil

These ingredients help reduce the bacterial growth on the skin.

Buffering

Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid

This helps in keeping the formula stable.

Chelating

Disodium EDTA

This helps to maintain the stability of the product formula.

Emollient

Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Shea Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Sesamum Indicum/Sesame Seed Oil, Squalane, Dimethicone, Persea Gratissima/Avocado Oil, PPG-5-Ceteth-20

These ingredients are responsible for making the skin soft and smooth.

Emulsifying

Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Ceteareth-20, PPG-5-Ceteth-20

These ingredients help in binding the mixture of oil and water, which tend to separate.

Moisturizer/humectant

Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder

Ingredients that help the skin to stay hydrated so that it feels moisturized.

Perfuming

Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Limonene

Add fragrance to the product.

Preservative

Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Ethylhexylglycerin

These help maintain the longevity of the product.

Solvent

Aqua/Water, Butylene Glycol, Limonene

These ingredients help dissolve other ingredients in the formula.

Surfactant/cleansing

Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-75 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceteth-20, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Ceteareth-20, PPG-5-Ceteth-20

These ingredients help the product to distribute evenly and with ease on the skin.

Viscosity controlling

Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Shea Butter, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA

These ingredients give texture to the product, by thickening them to give a moisturizer like consistency.

Price of the Product and Packaging

The product is priced at USD 24.00 for 5 Fl. Oz. (150ML) and USD 16.00 for 2.5 Fl. Oz. (75ML). It comes in a plastic tube packaging. The packaging is sturdy and can be easily put inside a bag.

The Product

The product is a white colored rich thick cream. It is easily applicable on the hands, however it does not absorb that easily on my skin. The reason for this might be that my hands are not dry enough. Only a small quantity of the product goes a long way and keeps the hands moisturized. The product’s effects stay on for a good 5-6 hours on my hands, provided I don’t wash my hands in between of course.

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How to Use The Product

Apply the cream onto clean dry hands. This can be used in the morning or at night or as per the requirement of an individual.

Pros of Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve:

  • The cream is extremely moisturizing.
  • The packaging is travel friendly.
  • Many naturally derived moisturizing ingredients are present in the product.

Cons of Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve:

  • It does feel a little sticky on the hands for a few minutes, but as compared to other hand creams that I have tried, I feel this gives better results.
  • There is a mild fragrance of the eucalyptus oil that some may find soothing and some may be sensitive to the fragrance. I feel that the product without the fragrance would have been better.
  • According to me, it is a bit on the pricier side of products, as it retails for USD 24 for 5 Fl. Oz. which is approximately USD 4.8 per Fl. Oz.

Personal Opinion

The product does a really good job at moisturizing hands. But if you stay in a tropical area like I do, and it is kind of hot most of the time, I feel that this hand salve goes leave a greasy feeling after application. The price and the fragrance are major drawbacks of this cream, as one can easily go for other alternatives to moisturize hands. If you are a person who has severely dry hands and no other product has worked for you till now, I would recommend that you give this product a try. I would with a rating of 3 out of 5. Will I buy it again? Probably when I have severely dry hands I would consider buying it again.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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