Friday, March 11, 2011

Review: Kiehls Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

Since I ran out of my favorite hand cream from Etude House Hand Bouquet, I thought I'll try a new hand cream from Kiehls. I went there a week ago in search for the infamous 'Unusually Rich-but-not-greasy-at-all Hand Cream with SPF 10' that Mizzglamorazzi has been raving about. However, I couldn't find it and the SA offered me the other hand cream, 'Ultimate Strength Hand Salve'. I went with it because when I tried it at the store it sinks into my skin quite rapidly. After a week of using it, here is my thought on it. 

Kiehls Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

Formulated for the driest, most active hands, this heavy-duty moisture treatment is a thick, rich formula offering all-day care and protection. Our blend of select ingredients allows skin to actually draw and absorb water from the air, forming a "glove-like" protective barrier against moisture loss. This formula, which contains a blend of botanical oils as well as natural wax derived from Olive Oil, further soothes, moisturizes and conditions skin. This most effective preparation helps protect against and repair the appearance of severe dryness caused by heavy industrial work, manual labor, neglect, or exposure to harsh elements.

I got mine in the smaller size (2.5 fl. oz), just so I can fit it into my bag for everyday use. 
I got the smaller size.
The shea butter is probably the most moisturizing ingredient of all.

How I use it
It's quite a big pea-size, huh? ^^;;;

I squeeze a pea-sized amount on the back of my hand and rub it together, as if washing my hands. I use this after each hand washing session.
Half blended.

What I Like About It

  • It's readily available here in Jakarta at most Kiehls counter. I got mine at Kelapa Gading Mall 3.
  • The packaging is hygienic, considering I don't have to dip my hands repeatedly to get the products. 
  • The ingredients are all safe to use
  • The texture is thick, but once blended it feels like a lotion
  • The scent isn't offensive to my nose. It smells like shea butter and sesame oil, weird much?
  • It dries really fast, literally within seconds (10 seconds, give or take).
  • It really moisturizes my hands and locks the moisture within around 3-4 hours (give or take) without washing my hands.
  • The end result is a smooth and silky finish, which is what I'm looking for.

What I Hate About It

  • The price is too expensive for a hand cream. Still, I don't mind paying that much for a hand cream, since I do have the driest hands
  • It doesn't contain any sunscreen, which might not prevent wrinkles on my hands


I've never been more in love with a hand cream before! As the products claims, it REALLY is suitable for busy, active people who has no time waiting for a hand cream to be absorbed. I will definitely repurchase this again once I run out of it. 

Final Rating 
Availability : 1/1
Packaging   : 2/2
Ingredients : 3/3
Price             : 1/1
Effectivity    : 3/3

TEN out of ten

1 comment:

  1. So this product works good on u, glad to hear^^
    KIEHL is sure expensive brand.
    but if the price really resembles the quality, maybe me too don't mind to pay more (if I have budget for it), he he