[REVIEW] KIEHL’S Ultra Facial Cleanser

Trying to get a skincare routine started can be tough if you don’t know where to start. It takes a lot of trial and error to find out what works best for your skin and what doesn’t. In high school, the first brand that I had ever tried for skincare was Biotherm! After awhile, Biotherm didn’t work as well for me so I wanted to switch to a new brand and that’s when I tried Kiehl’s. The sales associate recommended their entire “Ultra Facial” line (not the oil-free one). The only gem out of the cleanser, toner and cream that I was recommended to try was the Ultra Facial Cleanser.

Disclaimer: I am not a beauty guru nor expert, and all sorts that fall under that category. This product was purchased with my own money and I am not being paid to write this. My review, photos, impressions and thoughts are all my own, unless stated otherwise. While this product may or may not have worked for my skin, it may or may not work for yours – remember, your mileage may vary (YMMV)! 
Links: Affiliate links to WISHTREND are in this post and will be marked with **. Using these links to make a purchase will give me a small commission which goes back into the blog. If you do not feel comfortable using these links that is completely fine! I will try to put non-affiliate links down at the end of my post. 


Lifespan when opened
 1 year
Best Before
 N/A (a lot of Western products tend to not include a “best before” date)
 Mild, it has that no-scent scent
Purchased from
 Hudson’s Bay



$27.00 for 150mL | $16.00 for 75mL from Hudson’s Bay

Price per mL wise, it would be cheaper to purchase the 150mL as oppose to the 75mL bottle. However, 75mL is more versatile since it can be taken aboard on planes for short trips.


The Good

  • Gentle, does not make skin feel “stripped”
  • Fragrance-free, good for sensitive skin
  • Removes makeup
  • Reasonably priced

The Bad

  • If you’re trying to avoid parabens, then this may not be the product for you

Will I buy this again?

Yes, highly likely. When I’ve cleared out the rest of the products that I am planning on trying out. But this is on the top of my “will repurchase” list.


5 4 10  15 4

Overall: 4.3/5


A mild cleanser that helps cleanse skin thoroughly and remove makeup without over-drying or stripping skin.



Comes in a tube, which makes it sanitary to a certain extent!



Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Acrylates Copolymer, Peg-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Chloride, Pentylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Distearyl Ether, Behenyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Laureth-2, Propylparaben, Sodium Methylparaben, Squalane, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Sweet Almond Oil, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil/Apricot Kernel Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Persea Gratissima Oil/Avocado Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid

– Extracted from Nordstrom

CosDNA Analysis

I’ve marked all the ingredients that were flagged by CosDNA in red. Make sure that you’re not allergic/sensitive to any of these before trying this product out!



Sticky gel-texture that is slightly translucent with a yellow-y tint (the tint is not super noticeable). This is not a foam cleanser, although you can lather it and make bubbles, the bubbling is minimal. See below for what the cleanser looks like after water is applied.



After using this product for around a year or so, I found that the application method that worked the best for me was to:

  1. Wet face with water
  2. Apply a pea-sized amount to fingertips and sprinkle a bit of water onto the product
  3. “Lather” the product to get it to a more easily spreadable state
  4. Apply and massage cleanser onto the face
  5. Rinse with cold/warm water


It’s a lot easier to apply the product onto the face when it’s more watery (see picture under effectiveness)! This cleanser doesn’t foam up too much, but if you get the chance to try this product you’ll understand what I mean.


Can’t test a cleanser’s cleansing abilities without doing a makeup test, am I right? The makeup products that I applied on my arm are (from left to right):

  1. BECCA Mineral Blush Hyacinth
  2. CANMAKE Shading Powder No.1 Danish Brown
  3. ETUDE HOUSE Big Cover Tip Concealer Sand
  4. NATURE REPUBLIC Snail Solution BB Cream No.02


After around 20-30 seconds of massaging the cleanser into my skin in circular motion, I started to see the makeup that I had applied earlier come off.


I massaged it for another 15-20 seconds, applying a bit of extra water when it started to feel like it was drying up, and rinsed it off with water.

I’m sure there’s probably bit of makeup leftover on my skin (which is why we always go in with a double cleanse at night y’all!). It’s pretty evident that this cleanser works incredibly well at removing a good amount of face makeup.

The best part is that my skin never feels like it’s been stripped of anything. No squeakiness, nothing.

In Summary

Overall, if you’re having difficulty finding a good cleanser to start building a routine with, I would give this one a go. What I would be careful of is the ingredients – always make sure that you patch test before using any products, even if they say that it’s good for all skin types including sensitive ones. This cleanser is one that I constantly reach for in the shower or whenever I just want to use something simple and quick.

Thanks for reading!

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