Product Review: Kiehl's Superbly Efficient Antiperspirant and Deodorant

Product: Kiehl’s Superbly Efficient Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant


Ok, so let's face it, there's nothing sexy about deodorant. In fact, it's one of those products you don't even realize you use until you forget to use it. Or the person next to you on the subway did.  But last week while watching CBS Sunday morning, I saw an interesting piece on the inventor of deodorant. Not only was she a woman, but in the early 1900's she marketed her new product in such a way that it made women think they were to be considered disgusting if they didn't use it. Some people were so offended, dear reader, that they even cancelled their magazine subscriptions. Seems like a crap way to market a product, but to her credit, deodorant has now become indispensable. And all of this got me thinking about my beloved Kiehl's deodorant, which I've been using for 20 years now. Because it's that good. 

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Who it's good for: Women AND Men. My husbandf actually stole mine and has been using it ever since! 


Who it's not good for: People who want their armpits to smell like fruit or flowers

Overall grade: A+


What the company says: An unscented, gentle yet efficient anti–perspirant and deodorant cream. Leaves skin feeling soft, soothed and conditioned with 24–hour protection against sweat and odor. Reduces underarm perspiration utilizing advanced micro–sized drying molecules for sheer absorption with no residue. With our unique blend of ingredients, including orange, lemon, and linseed extracts, underarm hair will feel softer, resulting in a smoother shave experience

  • Fun fact: It comes in 2 sizes, small and Hot Flash

  • How to use: Squeeze the tube lightly and smooth this cream formula on every day right after you bathe. Be sure to give it a minute to dry before I put your clothing on, or run the risk of white streaks on your clothing. A little goes a long way.

  • What I say: I didn’t know it was possible to love a deodorant until I tried this stuff. Most other deodorants have heavy fragrances added that simply mask the scent of your essence. Add that to a crazy day of running around with 75 lbs of work gear, and you have the recipe for baby powder-scented funk. While this stuff has no fancy or frilly scents, it keeps me smelling and feeling clean through the most hectic of work days, which is important when you’re in other people’s personal space doing their makeup. While Kiehl’s makes no claims that this deodorant prevents ingrown hairs, I haven’t had one in years. And I’m not saying that I ever get lazy and miss showering for a day, but if I WAS admitting to that, I would tell you that this product was still working after 48 hours. In fact, I was once working on a film in a location so remote that I had to go three days without bathing. Did my hair look crazy? Yes. But did my underarms stink? Not a bit.  

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