Review: Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner

If you remember not too long ago, I posted on Kiehl’s permanent price drop for 21 of their best-selling products (read Kiehl’s Singapore Has Dropped Prices, Permanently). So when one of my favorite toners (read Le Château du Bois Tonic Toner) finished, I took the opportunity to purchase their calendula toner.

Most people will not know what a calendula flower is. But it also goes by a more common name, Marigold. Plant pharmacological studies have shown that marigold, or calendula extract has anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties often used in herbal and cosmetic products.

Ancient Greeks used calendula to treat wounds and minor fungal infections. Calendula oil was used as a healing ointment for cuts, burns, bruises, warts, body aches and pains.

 Here is my review of  Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner after using it for 4 weeks.

On first impression, I was fascinated to see natural calendula leave petals floating in the bottle. Lots of it. How often do you see natural flowers and leaves in your skincare? It is a great marketing and packaging tactic for shoppers like me who are just thrilled to see something that.

Made from whole flowers and pure extracts, Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner is suitable for normal-to-oily skin type. Being alcohol-free and free of harsh drying agents, this toner did not dry out or sting my skin upon applicable or contact. As for scent, it smells like I’m dabbing tea on my face – a combination of green and jasmine tea. A pleasant scent that makes you want to almost drink it.

The bottle has a great unobstructed dispensing flip top cap. I never struggle with getting the product out on my cotton pad.

Unfortunately, as an effective toner (stated on the bottle), I did not notice any significant improvement to my skin. My complexion is already fairly flawless. So, it is hard to say if this toner can make a noticeable difference to your complexion. To me, it makes for a good basic essential but not something that will specifically treat or yield obvious improvements.

However, I do have one major issue with this product. Take a look at the ingredients list.

It is not entirely free of chemicals with potential health risks! Propylene glycol (listed as #2 ingredient), pentylene glycol (listed as #3 ingredient), methylparaben (listed as #4 ingredient) and Disodium EDTA (listed as #5 ingredient). Oh dear.

Not to mention, the toner’s main herbal extract calenula is known to cause allergies and should be avoided during pregnancy.

While these chemical ingredients are not directly responsible for health major risks and generally safe and stable, the truth is these chemicals have the potential to trigger allergic reactions, and at highly concentrated amounts have long-term accumulative effects that can lead to internal tissue damage, and even cancer.

Unfortunately, this is another Kiehl’s product (read Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel) that I will not be buying again. But if this is a toner you have been using for a while and has shown significant improvement to your skin without any allergic reactions, then I suppose no harm sticking with it.

Retail price: S$58 per 250ml

Available at all Kiehl’s outlets in Singapore islandwide.

Editor's Rating

Packaging 5.0
Value for Money 3.0
Does What It Says 3.0
Leaves in the bottle is a nice novel idea. But this is not a natural or organic product.
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