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Cleaning up with Kiehl’s Calendula

Last month I started a new skin care regime after attending a really compelling Kiehl’s launch. That launch was for 3 moisturizers and I found myself wishing I had some cleaners to go with it so that I could be on a full Kiehl’s regime. So when these two arrived shortly after, I  wanted to ululate.

I’ll be sharing the my review on the moisturizer shortly, but lets start with the cleaners:


The Calendula duo


What I got:

    • Calendula Deep Cleaning Foaming Face Wash – 230m R395
    • Calendula Herbal Extract Toner – 250ml R415

Calendula is known to be soothing, promotes healing & is anti-inflammatory so I was keen to see how this would take to my skin. My skin is mostly around normal/combination with t zone oiliness I can’t shake no matter the season. In Winter I do get dry patches sometimes. I really don’t have much I’m unhappy with besides my under eye puffiness & dark circles (& that’s a biggie for me, I’m not trying to play it down).

Calendula Deep Cleaning Foaming Face Wash


  • when I saw “deep cleansing” on the bottle it made me really happy (for my “combination” bits)
  • above said, this leaves my skin surprisingly supple – I wasn’t making a beeline for my moisturiser when I got out of the shower


  • given a choice, I would not choose a creamy cleanser as a 1st choice so I was really happy this wasn’t one. Seeing soap suds make me happy (yeah I realise its psychological)!
  • ingredients wise its got moisturising ingredients so above point makes sense: glycerine & a string of natural oils (catnip, lemon, camomile)
  • the pump head is great – no wastage & dispenses just the right amount


  • more of a heads up vs. a loathe but the smell is quite “herbal” (tough to describe) but also hardly there – not an issue for me. In case you don’t know Kiehl’s don’t believe in adding ingredients just so it can smell pretty. So take comfort in knowing that every ingredient is included for a very definite purpose…


 The Calendula Herbal Extract Toner

Calendula Herbal Extract Toner

I know that the argument as to whether we even need a toner in our regimes persists but I like using it most days though when I’m hurried I will give it a skip. Confession: I used to use an alcohol based toner before (I know, I know, I just couldn’t waste it) and I become hooked in a way to that dry/tight feeling with the thinking that it’s really cleaning up my skin (& my oily t zone) so this was a welcome relief


  • it’s alcohol free!
  • Kiehl’s also mentions on pack that its free of “harsh synthetic drying agents”


  • the Calendula is actually quite concentrated in this toner (8th ingredient listed) vs. the face wash (4th last ingredient listed) which is great
  • staying on ingredients, its packed with natural stuff like the name promises
  • its pretty gentle – I’ve gotten it close to my eyes by mistake and no adverse reactions


  • smells a bit like a herbal tea but again, it’s very slight so I really didn’t mind it

I don’t feel like this toner cleans me up & strips my skin down like my old alcohol one did, but I also don’t think it needs to. It’s been an adjustment for me but I like. I can definitely see that it is wiping away dirt/dead skin cells just by looking at the cotton pad after I’m done toning & that’s enough for me. And that immediate pass-the-moisturiser-my-skins-so-tight-I-cant-smile feeling is gone – bonus!

For where I’ve come from a cleansing & toning perspective these two I’m going to be hanging on to. Its been a month & a half & I’ve hardly made a dent in these bottles so they’re probably going to see me through till the end of the year.


Update: check out part 2 where I share my thoughts on the accompanying moisturisers I used for the month

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