If you rack your manly memory, you may remember our posts on Kiehl’s Rare Earth Masques (Part 1 & Part 2). The company’s Oil Eliminator is more of an everyday product – in fact, twice every day if you follow the product recommendations, which suggest using it in the a.m. and the p.m.
I used it twice daily for two weeks, and chose the perfect time for the test drive. San Francisco has just undergone the most atypical slice of summer weather I’ve seen in my 20+ years in the Bay Area: hot, humid, and even a little rainy (almost unheard of in July). It was pretty much subtropical without the palm trees and piña coladas. If Mark Twain had spent this particular summer here, he never would have uttered his famous line about the coldest winter he ever spent being a summer in San Francisco.
Nasty as it’s been to endure this burst of New Jersey meteorology, it offered the perfect test for the Oil Eliminator. My skin is not usually too oily, but the weather lately has created an exception to that rule.
The Oil Eliminator is simple to use. Just squeeze out a dab from the tube onto your fingertip, and work it into each area of your face that gets dirty or oily. (I used it on my forehead, nose and upper cheeks.) The product is semi-opaque and has a gel-like consistency. It’s soothing and cooling to the skin, and I recommend that you apply it after washing your face or post-shower. The scent is pleasant, offering a mix of floral aromatics and gentle, cleansing antiseptic notes. The product is a bit heavy, so it takes a couple of minutes to dry. After that, you can apply sun screen on top of it after an a.m. application, or just hit the hay after a p.m. usage.
After two weeks of use in hot and steamy weather, I can report that the Oil Eliminator reduces the effects of sweat, surface oil and dirt – although it doesn’t eliminate them altogether. (Too much to ask, right?) True to form for Kiehl’s, the product has no parabens or sulfates.
The Oil Eliminator comes in a simple, green plastic headstand tube with a white flip-top cap. White (and a little yellow) are used for the mostly serif font lettering; light blue is deployed for some dividing lines. The Kiehl’s logo, while cute, could use an update. The single prop plane and the meandering, cursive font above it are not as current and clean as they could be. Also, the tag line – “For a Refuel Land at Kiehl’s” – just doesn’t seem to fit the identity of a high-end cosmetics company. It sounds more like the slogan for a fast food joint or a truck stop. These quibbles aside, however, the tube is a good, practical container and fits well in the bathroom.
The Men's Oil Eliminator 24 Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer, as well as other Kiehl’s products, are available in standalone company stores, department stores, independent boutiques, and of course, via the “internets.” It retails for $27 on the company’s website, and a 2.5-oz tube will last a few months if you’re applying it twice a day; or double that if you’re only using it once a day. Yeah, we’re “MATHLETES” over here at MP!