Project Samples: That’s Better & Kiehl’s

Here it is! My first Project Samples post! Today I am going to talk you about three different samples I’ve tried, one face scrub and two body creams. Time to start!!!

That’s Better is a Greek drugstore brand that promises to transform our face and body with the multitasking products empowered with Acai Berry.
I love the products’ names and packages! Just take a look at their site and you’ll see what I mean!

 I’ve tried the Skin Work Out This is a Face Scrub, a powerful multivitamin skin polish in the form of a balm. It contains rice microgranules that help to gently exfoliate without being aggressive for my skin. It leaves my skin super clean, smooth and I can notice my skin seems fresher after I use it. It contains Acai Berry, which is one of the best antioxidant defense against free radicals, Vitamins B,C and  E, that promote a brighter skin tone and Sweet Almond Oil.
Easy to use: after cleansing, apply to damp skin in soft circular motions for about 1-2 minutes. Avoid the eye area. Then rinse with warm water.
I have a few samples of this and I am using it two times per week since last month. My skin looks healthier and fresh. It’s a great product! I am convinced, I’m gonna buy this one!!!
It comes in 75ml tube and costs 18.50€.

Another That’s Better product I’ve tried is the Cremè de la Cremè body cream. It is an extra firming and hydrating body cream, that it dense but gets quickly absorbed. Among the ingredients there are Avocado Oil and Shea Butter, that protect dry skin from dehydration by restoring its natural lipid barries, Vitamin E, for softer and smoother skin, and- of course- Acai Berry that boosts the skin’s elasticity and helps to reduce the formation of new stretch marks.
I believe that Cremè de la Cremè is a good body cream to use during winter, during pregnancy(skin gets dry during these 9 amazing months) and/or if your skin is very dry.
One thing I didn’t really like is its scent. I can’t define what it smells like, but it is very strong. I don’t like it at all, but every time I’ve used these body cream samples everyone was asking me what perfume I was wearing. They told me it smells very feminine and sensual and that it was good on me. But I still don’t like it.
You can get the 150ml tube for 22.50€. As for me, I am not sure if I would buy it. I like that it leaves my skin hydrated, soft and healthy, but I can’t stand the scent. I hope they are gonna launch the same body cream with a different scent as well!

I have also tried for the very first time Kiehl’s Creme de Corps, the most famous body cream in the beauty world. I’ve been given this sample when I bought my moisturizer. I like the packaging: a mini bottle(30ml) with a flip cap and not the usual sachet.
Creme de Corps is a very rich cream that deeply moisturizes without being greasy. It is ideal for dry or flaking skin. It did a great job even now that I don’t have dry skin; it makes my skin soft and smooth instantly. I found it extremely moisturizing and I would prefer it for winter. Once applied it gets quickly absorbed but I would suggest you to wait a few minutes before getting dressed. As for the scent, nothing more than a neutral perfume. For a few minutes it reminds me of a medicinal smell, but that doesn’t bother me at all (awkward?) as it doesn’t last long.
Available in 75ml,125ml and 1L bottles for 10,13€, 18,84€ and 89,36€.

From left to right:
That’s Better Face Scrub- That’s Better Crème de la Crème- Kiehl’s Creme de Corps

I think that Cremè de la Cremè is an amazing dupe for Creme de Corps. The only thing that makes me prefer Kiehl’s body cream is the neutral scent.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your favorite body creams and face scrubs?

Let me know beauties!!!

Kisses,
Korina

Disclaimer: These samples were given to me for free in stores or were sent to me by cosmetic companies. 

Happy Birthday Kiehl’s!!! A Journey in Time (Part 1)

In light of Kiehl’s 160th birthday, I would love to do something special for my favorite skin and hair care brand. I decided to write an article about the interesting history of Kiehl’s 160 years.

So, beauties, would you join me in a little journey in time?

1851: Kiehl Pharmacy is opened on the corner of Thirteenth Street at Third Avenue in New York City. The company flagship is still in the same location. The founder was Mr. John Kiehl.

Mr. John Kiehl behind the counter

 1921: In 1921 Irving Morse, John Kiehl’s apprentice, takes over the company. He kept the name, but expanded the business from pharmaceutical tonics and medicinal salves to a full-service pharmacy stocking teas, herbs, tinctures, honeys and the first ever Kiehl brand products.

 Mr. Irving Morse in Kiehl’s store with all the staff

1950: Mr. Irving Morse passed on his botanical expertise, sense of civic responsibility, and most of all, his passion for life and passion for Kiehl’s to his son, Aaron.

1963: Kiehl’s Original Musk Oil is created

1964: Kiehl’s iconic Blue Astringent, known today as “the blue stuff,” was first introduced more than 40 years ago when the company’s chemists developed this multi-purpose toner; its popularity took off immediately. Four decades later, Kiehl’s attributes its appeal not only to superior quality, but also its versatility. Kiehl’s male patrons use it as an after-shave treatment and to prevent razor bumps. Kiehl’s lore has it that Andy Warhol himself used to buy Blue Astringent in the large 32 oz. size and was a regular patron to the Kiehl’s Flagship store – only blocks away from the site of Warhol’s famed “Factory.”

1970: Ultra Facial Moisturizer was first offered and since that time, remains one of the most requested products among patrons and is a “must have” among Hollywood’s professional make-up artists. It is perhaps the most versatile and widely used facial moisturizer in the Kiehl’s line due to its lightweight, silky feel and suitability for both normal to dry and normal to oily skin types. Formulated with Kiehl’s signature ingredient, Squalane; a highly refined natural oil derived from olives and known for its compatibility with skin’s natural oils, this preparation provides superb moisturization, leaving skin healthy and soft.

Original Creme de Corps body moisturizer has been a favorite preparation among Kiehl’s cherished patrons for decades. Rich in skin-nurturing ingredients ideal for hydrating dry skin, this buttery body cream leaves skin extraordinarily supple and smooth.

Kiehl’s produces such a vast quantity of the beloved formulation, that the amount produced in a single year could fill a tower of one gallon milk containers as high as the Empire State Building – three times over!

1975: Kiehl’s opens its first counter outside of New York in the Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills. The company is still among one of the most exclusive brands.

1978: Mr. Aaron Morse noticed that in the early years, when couples would come into Kiehl’s, the gentlemen didn’t have an interest in cosmetic products. Mr. Morse decided to turn a corner of the store into a museum with vintage Harley Davidson and Indian motorcycles from his collection. These were great conversation pieces and were talked about all over town. People would come into the store just to see the antiques. At one point there was an actual airplane in the NY store!

1988: Jami Morse, daughter of Aaron Morse takes over the company.
That year a team of daring individuals was exploring the limits of human endurance in conquering Everest – with the first successful ascent of the mountain’s East Face without supplemental oxygen. Sponsored by Kiehl’s, the “Everest ’88” climbers took along several Kiehl’s products to support them on their journey: Lip Balm #1, Creme de Corps, Washable Cleansing Milk, Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner, Ultra Facial Moisturizer and the “Close Shavers” Squadron Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream. 

1991: Jami Morse has a daughter and with the assistance of famed Dr. Peter Waldstein, decides to launch a product line for babies that were pediatrician tested. Products include Baby Body Wash, Shampoo, Diaper-rash treatment cream, body lotion and the unique baby lip balm.

1997: Kiehl’s launches Kiehl’s Hand Care for a Cure to benefit AmFAR (American Foundation for AIDS Research). 100 % of the profits are donated to AmFAR.

2003: On November 12, 2003, Kiehl’s replanted a pear tree in front of its venerable Flagship store to once again firmly establish the historic intersection of its original location: “Pear Tree Corner.” Well acquainted with the history of the location, it was always the dream of Kiehl’s founding family to give the tree back to their beloved city. Today, everyone at Kiehl’s is proud to have brought this dream to life, demonstrating the longstanding ties that Kiehl’s shares with the East Village community and serving as a vibrant symbol of the company’s commitment to the City of New York. In recognition of this community commitment, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg officially proclaimed November 12th, “Kiehl’s Day.”

May 18, 2006: Kiehl’s opens first Travel Retail store in Hong Kong International Airport welcoming patrons on the go.

2010: Kiehl’s is proud to introduce its “Healthy Skin Essentials,”a trio of formulas that promote skin health: Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate and Super Fluid Daily UV Defense (US) – Ultra Light Daily UV Defense (Global). Combined, they work synergistically to restore and protect skin’s barrier for healthier, re-vitalized, younger-looking skin.

January, 2011:  Celebrating 160 years of service, Kiehl’s continues to serve the finest skin and hair care made with uniquely efficacious, natural ingredients.

In Greece, you can find Kiehl’s at Hondos Center Kolonaki, Hondos Center Glyfada and Attica, the Department Store, on Panepistimiou St. For more details, see www.facebook.com/kiehlsingreece
Wanna learn more about our favorite skin and hair care brand? Just stay tuned…

[To be continued…]