Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Review

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I don’t usually make posts on skincare items because they can’t be swatched and they’re certainly not fun to try on and take photos of (if putting them on even makes a difference in pictures, to begin with), but I just had to make an exception for the Kiehl’s Blue Herbal review. I recently finished up my set (after a little more than a year) so I think I can give a comprehensive and unbiased take on it now! :)

Kiehl's Blue Herbal Line

As someone with horribly oily skin, I had been plagued with pimple problems the moment I started puberty at 10 years old. I remember having days where I would feel really bad about myself because a lot of my friends had clear skin and I got zits, and to be honest, it really took a huge toll on my self-esteem. I’ve tried everything—from drugstore products, getting facials and products from skin clinics and spas, to going to the dermatologist—but even at 20 years old, my pimples were still recurring. It was a really frustrating situation and I was close to giving up, but that was before I came across the Kiehl’s store at SM Mall of Asia.

I was skeptic at first since no products ever seemed to work on me, so before shelling out that much cash (Kiehl’s products are quite expensive), I did a bit of research. When I found that the products from the particular line garnered dominantly good reviews, I immediately got the Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser and the Kiehl’s Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion. If it weren’t for the free samples, though, I probably wouldn’t have bought the Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Moisturizer and the Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Spot Treatment after 2 weeks! I swear, more makeup and skincare boutiques should take a lesson from Kiehl’s (they give out loyalty cards to customers, as well)… 😆

Scroll down for individual product rating and reviews! I changed the rating scheme to a slightly different weighted one (as compared to how I rate makeup), BTW.

Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser (250 ml)

Packaging (5%): 3.5/5.0
Application (5%): 5.0/5.0
Scent (5%): 5.0/5.0
Price (25%): 4.5/5.0
Effectivity (60%): 5.0/5.0
TOTAL: 4.8/5.0
Kiehl's Blue Herbal - Gel Cleanser
  • $21 on the Kiehl’s US website. Php1,550.00 in Kiehl’s stores all over Metro Manila.
  • Unlike most facial washes, the Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser is very watery and light in consistency, so be careful when using it because it has a tendency to spill. It would’ve been more suitable to a dropper or pump dispenser in terms of packaging.
  • It lathers A LOT, so a small amount goes a long way. I also find that the cooling minty sensation it leaves on the face is perfect for the painful and/or itchy zits! Bonus: it smells just as good as it feels.
  • It seems rather expensive for just 250 ml, but it lasted me a REALLY long time (I bought it in August or September 2013 and I finished it in September 2014) so it was worth it. That’s just around Php130.00 a month!
  • It has salicylic acid (one of the usual ingredients in anti-acne products) in addition to a bunch of other herbal ingredients. Combined, they were probably responsible for why my existing pimples subsided.


Kiehl’s Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion (250 ml)

Packaging (5%): 5.0/5.0
Application (5%): 5.0/5.0
Scent (5%): 5.0/5.0
Price (25%): 5.0/5.0
Effectivity (60%): 5.0/5.0
TOTAL: 5.0/5.0
Kiehl's Blue Herbal - Astringent Herbal Lotion
  • $18 on the Kiehl’s US website. Php1,036.00 in Kiehl’s stores all over Metro Manila.
  • The Kiehl’s Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion is the flagship product of the Kiehl’s Blue Herbal line (it’s pretty much the basis of the rest of the products in the collection). It’s one of Kiehl’s bestsellers because it doesn’t cater to just pimple-prone skin—it’s also perfect for plain oily skin, because a cotton ball drenched in the astringent really soaks up excess oil on the face. Men use this as a shaving tonic, too!
  • It smells and feels rather similar to the Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser when applied on the face, except with an extra tingly drying factor (not to the point that it’s uncomfortable, though). I see that as a really good thing because not only does it smell lovely… it also feels incredibly soothing on a pimple-riddled face!
  • It’s a little more than Php500.00 cheaper than the Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser but it lasted me just as long… I can’t complain about that.
  • This particular product probably targeted my oily skin problem more than my pimples, but if you read the fine print, you’ll see that’s what it really claims to do (and thankfully, it happens to be exceptional at it). Plus, we all know that terribly oily skin is some sort of gateway drug to pimples…


Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Moisturizer (100 ml)

Packaging (5%): 5.0/5.0
Application (5%): 5.0/5.0
Scent (5%): 3.0/5.0
Price (25%): 5.0/5.0
Effectivity (60%): 5.0/5.0
TOTAL: 4.9/5.0
Kiehl's Blue Herbal - Moisturizer
  • $25 on the Kiehl’s US website. Php1,347.00 in Kiehl’s stores all over Metro Manila.
  • The Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Moisturizer comes in a green-ish lotion form in a hygienic squeezable container. It can be worn under makeup as it leaves the skin matte post-application (I use this to replace my face primer when I’m breaking out). Its scent isn’t too nice, unfortunately.
  • I’m still using the tube I bought in August/September 2013 and I probably have 5-7 days worth left! That’s 14-15 months already for Php1,347.00! Not so expensive after all.
  • Let me just say… I didn’t use moisturizers before this one came along, and I was actually very hesitant to try this out (the salicylic acid in the ingredients list was the only thing that convinced me). I had the impression that moisturizers were only for people with dry skin and using one on an oily face will just aggravate the production of sebum, but was I wrong! Apparently all you have to do is find the right moisturizer for your skin type, and your skin will be left better than before. It’s also worth noting that I started using this a week after I began using the gel cleanser and astringent, and that was only when results began to show.


Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Spot Treatment (15 ml)

Packaging (5%): 5.0/5.0
Application (5%): 5.0/5.0
Scent (5%): 4.0/5.0
Price (25%): 4.0/5.0
Effectivity (60%): 4.5/5.0
TOTAL: 4.4/5.0
Kiehl's Blue Herbal - Spot Treatment
  • $18 on the Kiehl’s US website. Php1,036.00 in Kiehl’s stores all over Metro Manila.
  • The Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Spot Treatment is a concentrated salicylic acid gel made for those unsightly pimples that pop up on your face and take the focus away from everything else. It comes in a small squeezable tube and comes out in a thin nozzle.
  • It’s much more expensive compared to the other products since it comes in such a small size, but it did last me around 10-11 months so it’s reasonable enough.
  • It dries out existing pimples without darkening and causing a massive peeling around the area, but it doesn’t act as quick as it claims to be.


So, that’s about it for the Kiehl’s Blue Herbal review (I’ll save the Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Blemish Control Daily Skin-Clearing Treatment review for later)! I hope you found it informative and useful, especially if you’re currently trying to battle stubborn pimples as I once was. Best of luck!

If you have any questions or comments, go ahead and drop me a message below! :)

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  1. Blondeofcarbs

    November 21, 2014 at 6:57 am

    I haven’t tried kiehls before but really want to try the cleanser now, my skin suffers quite badly so anything is worth a shot :) I love your blog layout xx

    • Erika de Jesus

      November 21, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      You should, but I recommend using it with the toner and/or moisturizer because the effect might not show if you use the cleanser on its own. It really stopped me from breaking out and I hope it works for you, too! :)

      Thank you, BTW! I’m glad you like it. x

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