New Year, New Face Wash: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil Free Cleanser

There are certain products worthy of a splurge, and others that you try to save your hard earned cash on. Right? Feels like a universal mentality, though, everyone’s priorities vary.  I’ve always thought that face wash is one product that you can save on. There are a ton of great budget buys out there — Aveeno and Cetaphil to name a few. It’s also the product I seem to get the most questions on from people. “What face wash should I use? I don’t want to pay a lot, but what I’m using now is [insert problem].” The problems are usually not removing my makeup, leaving behind residue and, most often, drying out my skin. And these issues are not unique to price point.

To answer the question that seems to be on everyone’s mind, I’ve found a fantastic cleanser that might just be the best value ev-er.  Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser, at $18 for 5 oz., is like a bottomless pit. It’s a tiny miracle, I’m certain. It’s not the least expensive cleanser out there, nor is it anywhere near a luxury price tag

The tiniest drop manages to give my face a majorly thorough wash. And when I say tiny, I mean less than a pea-sized drop. It’s gentle and foamy – just how I like it. It’s oil-free, but not drying. It foams but the formula is sulfate-free. No fragrance or dyes to worry about either. A few noteworthy ingredients are Imperata Cylindrica Root and Lemon Fruit Extracts. The former helps the skin absorb moisture, while the latter is a natural astringent. Considering I purchased this at the end of summer and have barely made a dent in the bottle after nearly daily use is a wonder. To quantify it, maybe I’ve used .88 cents worth of face wash. Maybe.  

OH…and if you’re a Clarisonic user, as I am, this works really well. You have to be careful to use a small amount or a foam party may overwhelm you.

So for those asking which face wash to buy, this is what I will tell you!  And, if you’re looking for more of a comprehensive system, Kiehl’s packaged up both Ultra kits into a handy three-stepper. The cleanser in the oil-free kit is only 1 oz., but I’d guesstimate more than a month of usage, easily!

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4 Responses to “New Year, New Face Wash: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil Free Cleanser”

  1. Tracy says:

    I’ve been using the regular Ultra Facial Cleanser since the summer and love it! It doesn’t strip my skin ever. Good stuff.

  2. Tammy says:

    I’ve been using this for 2 months and love it!! I bought the small sample kit you have pictured and I’m finally starting to feel like the tube is almost empty.

    Psst..I see bioderma back there, how do you like it?

    • Laurie says:

      Hi Tammy! Two months is incredible, thanks for sharing. About Bioderma. I WISH I would have bought an entire suitcase worth of this stuff when I was in France. It’s awesome. I use it on a cotton pad every day to remove makeup. It replaces the need to use an oil-based cleanser (I’m a stickler with the double cleanse!). Have you tried?

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