Hello everyone, today I’m super excited to share this blog post about the new Kiehl’sCalendula serum-infused water cream! If you follow me on Instagram (@lecorbeaublancblog) maybe you saw a few stories about the event and a quick view of the Calendula range.
The afterwork took place at the Kiehl’s boutique in Globus (Lausanne), the whole store was decorated in beautiful orange and yellow flowers. To animate the evening and cheers us up (weather was a bit gray and gloomy) we had gorgeous flower crowns, fresh orange/ginger juice (white wine too) and Kiehl’s sales advisors and marketing team to explain all the details about the new Calendula member.
Before getting into more details, I’m just brefly going to describe what the Calendula range is all about.
Kiehl’s has been using Calendula since the 1960’s and this range of products is targeted for normal-to-oily skin. This flower, is often attributed to having calming and soothing properties, and is known to provide hydration while helping improve the skin barrier and overall skin quality.
Have I tried something from this range before? Yes, I have tried their alcohol-free toner and mask! The toner was super gentle and fresh on my skin, I was very surprise when I saw the actual calendula flower petals swimming round in the bottle. Right now I’m using their Cucumber Herbal alcohol free toner and I like it too.
For the mask, I bought it a few years ago while I was traveling. I thought it was a good idea to gave a travel size of the mask to help my skin recover some hydration after many hours in a plane. The consistency is like a thick gel and feels cooling and fresh. Actually this mask should be a great addition for any summer skin care routine! One of the girls at Kiehl’s suggested in having this mask in the fridge and use it after a hot day #brilliantidea.
So, Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream, What does that name even means?
Let’s start by water cream: “Water creams are lightweight, gel moisturizers with a unique formulation.” Indeed, the texture of this cream is very watery when you massage it into the skin and it absorbs pretty fast. This formulation was created to “house” the concentrated calendula serum.
The Calendula Serum: “Contains the highest concentrate of Calendula Flower Extract and hundreds of micronized Calendula petals. Thanks to these serum, this product claims that it will help skin resist early signs of aging including uneven texture, dullness, and dry fine lines.”
I went to the Kiehl’s USA website (since the product has been released there for a bit longer) and most people claimed a positive note, mainly because of the lightweight texture. I’m excited to try this moisturizer and also be able to give my own feedback! I still have a couple of products to finish before I can actually start testing all the range together, but as soon as I start doing it, I’ll keep updating my results.
During the event, we where able to do a skin consultation, which I think is super important to do, people really need to know what type of skin they have before they buy ANY type of product. I have combination skin (oily t-zone but dryer cheeks) and my main concerns are to keep my skin hydrated and even-looking. This means the Calendula range suits me, YAY!
After the event, Kiehl’s Switzerland very kindly gifted us, a couple of the Calendula range products. The cleanser, toner and of course the star of the night the serum-infused water cream!
A huge thank you toKiehl’s Switzerland team and EBPR agency for all your attentions.
Disclaimer: Products were kidly #gifted but this is article is NOT a paid collaboration.
Some of the photos belong to me, and other where taken from Kiehl’s social media.
Hello everyone! Today I’ll be listing a couple of “trendy” ingredients that lately brands are incorporating into their products! I had a huge list of ingredients that I wanted to include and while doing my research, I realized I needed to create different categories.
Why? Because even if the ingredients are different, their properties are targeted for the same problem! (also to make it shorter and coherent) So, in this post, we are going to talk about ingredients used to reduce skin sensitivity (and one makeup brand).
Cannabis is a complex subject, for the beauty products I’m going to feature we’re going to stick only with CBD* (legal in Switzerland to smoke, drink, eat etc…) short for cannabidiol, and Hemp.
Recent studies show that these ingredients can help as anti-inflammatory and antioxidants for the skin. After reading a couple of product descriptions, I realized that most of them mentioned: soothing properties, calming redness, balance hydration and in general good for sensitive skin.
* is one of the dozens of chemical compounds found in Cannabis plants that act on the body. CBD works with our body’s endocannabinoid system to balance, regulate and restore many physical functions in the body, including the skin.
Recently Kiehl’s launched their “Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate” in the USA (no news from any other country soon). I read the reviews on their website and most people seemed to appreciate the oil especially those who claimed to have acne prone skin (anti-inflammatory) or problem areas like dry patches (balance hydration).
This oil contains 60% of Cannabis Sativa seed oil, this oil is derived from Hemp and used in skincare formulas to provide essential moisture and nourishment while helping strengthen skin’s barrier. Since it is derived from the stalks and seeds of the plant, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil contains less than 0.3% THC making it non-psychoactive.
Kiehl’s provides a full page of information about Cannabis and it’s usage for skincare click here to read more.
Herbivore is another American brand that recently launched two different face oils, one delivered from Hemp and the second containing CBD.
First we have Emerald Deep Moisture Glow Oil, it contains:
Cannabis Essential (Hemp Essential) oil is rich in natural Terpenes — the organic chemical compounds that give each strain of Cannabis its unique flavor and aroma — and helps to calm the mind through holistic aromatherapy.
Ashwagandha and Turmeric root both stem from Ayurvedic healing practices and help the skin cope with environmental stressors like pollution, UV rays, lack of sleep, daily stress, and more. Shiitake mushroom is loaded with Vitamin D to support healthy skin and prevent premature signs of aging.
Helichrysum Essential oil is highly effective for soothing signs of irritation, this miraculous essential oil grants your senses peace and tranquility with its light herbal aroma.
Squalane, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Borage Seed Oil are a trio of hydrating beauty oils that ensure the skin is high on glow and all-day moisture.
We can actually shop Emerald oil, at the Herbivore website and get delivered in Switzerland click here.
The second oil, is Emerald CBD, it has to be shipped separately from the rest of Herbivore products and it’s only available in the USA. The difference is that Emerald CBD contains 100 mg of premium organic Colorado grown full-spectrum CBD.
I found this version to be quite interesting, because they mentioned their oil can be targeted for skin chronical conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
People suffering from these conditions can have a hard time, especially when it comes to experiencing pain/discomfort and of course the way their skin looks.
Herbivore also provides a page full of information about the usage and development of Cannabis in skincare here.
Moving on to makeup, Milk Makeup is a brand that also adopted Cannabis into their range of products and here’s why!
They wanted to create vegan products so, in order to replace beeswax, a common binding component (the thing that makes the makeup stick to your lashes), from their list of ingredients, they added hemp-derived cannabis oil in exchange.
Currently, their Kush range is composed by their best-selling mascara, lip balm, lip glaze, and brow gel.
Disclaimer: Cannabis is a very delicate subject depending on the cultural background we come from. I’m by no means encouraging its consumption for recreational purposes, but enlighting the fact that some of its properties might have a positive outcome while treating difficult skin conditions.
My main curiosity for these products was of course due to their color. I wanted to know if it was just a simple coincidence, or if there was actually a reason for the pigmentation of these products. The answer is Blue Tansy, a plant native from Morroco, part of the chamomile family that shares a lot of their properties.
For the following products, I realized that the main usage of blue tansy is for balancing the fact that other ingredients in the formulations are quite strong and might cause skin irritation, like retinol and acids used to resurface the appearance of the skin.
I have previously talked about Sunday Riley “Luna Oil“, and I’m currently using it as my last step in my night time routine and I’m very happy with the results!
Luna Oil works throughout the night leaving a luminous, even-toned skin in the morning.
Trans-retinol acid ester complex reduces the appearance of pores, uneven texture, dryness, and dullness (also wrinkles and fine-lines but I can’t give any feedback for those concerns). Balanced with blue tansy and German chamomile essential oils, both rich in soothing, blue azulene, reduce redness and signs of sensitivity, for a calm, even-toned complexion.
Then we have Herbivore with yet a facial oil containing blue tansy: Lapis Facial Oil, the name of this products is inspired from the Lapis stone, that was highly appreciated in Ancient Egypt because of its gorgeous blue color.
Lapis Facial Oil, This oil holds a component called Azulene (found in Blue Tansy) which aids in soothing dry irritated skin, reducing the appearance of redness and balancing skin. Formulated for combination, oily, and blemish-prone skin types or any skin in need of balancing hydration.
And voilà! As you can see these plant-based ingredients can be used in different skin care products, I hope this article was helpful for some of you struggling with sensitive skin or just those like me that want to discover new products and know more about different ingredients and why we use them!
Stay tuned for the next chapter featuring Vitamin C ! and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for daily updates @lecorbeaublancblog
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