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Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

The Kiehl’s apothecary began in New York’s East Village more than 150 years ago. Its luxurious skin, hair and bodycare products combine old-world herbal formulas with cutting-edge technology.

Product Claims:

“This top-rated facial oil is formulated with ingredients like Lavender Essential Oil and Evening Primrose Oil and helps replenish skin for a visibly smoother, more radiant appearance. It visibly restores skin overnight for more radiant skin by morning, improves firmness and visibly smoothes skin’s appearance.” – Kiehl’s Website.

Ingredients: Octyldodecanol, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil/Castor Seed Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olive Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil/Jojoba Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera Oil/Coconut Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Ethylcellulose, Tocopherol, Parfum/Fragrance, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter/Cocoa Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Shea Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Aqua/Water/Eau, Citral, Limonene, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Sunflower Seed Oil, Malpighia Punicifolia Fruit Extract/Acerola Fruit Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid.

Price: $75 (approximately N28,000)

Size: 50ml


This is Kiehl’s #1 best-selling product! It claims to “visibly restore skin overnight for more radiant skin by morning; improves firmness and visibly smoothens skin’s appearance”. Another claim – ”It works by enhancing your skin’s natural night-time recovery process”. Beauty brands need to stop this “nighttime recovery” claim because it is nonsense; the skin repairs itself around the clock!

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It states that its key ingredients are Evening Primrose Oil, Squalene and Lavender Essential Oil. Evening Primrose Oil is rich is Omega-6 fatty acids which are important for the maintenance of our skin’s barrier to help reduce trans-epidermal water loss therefore keeping the skin hydrated and plump. . Fatty acids along with Ceramides and cholesterol form the 3 major lipids found in the outer layer of the skin. It is the barrier that helps protect the skin. Squalene is a natural component of the skin, so the skin recognizes it and absorbs it quickly without leaving a heavy residue like most oils. It is a great emollient and super moisturizing. Lavender Oil, on the other hand, will do more harm than good to the skin; it is a known skin irritant (especially for sensitive skin), along with rosemary, coriander oils and some other fragrant ingredients in this product.

This product has many good aspects, especially the various beneficial oils in it; my only issue is the number of skin irritants and their concentrations. If your skin is resistant and tolerates everything, you can go for it; but note that daily use of products that contain high amounts of fragrant components can lead to skin issues in the long run.

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