Thursday, April 4, 2013

Product Review: Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleanser Review

I bought the Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleanser on a whim while shopping. Previously I haven't had massive problems with my pores- they weren't huge nor were they non-existent (does that even happen for some lucky girls?). The salesperson wooed me over when she put a sample on my skin- there is something about the clay-like masques that I love so much. For me, it doesn't feel like a masque unless it's thick, clay-like, and tightens as it dries.

Previously I'd been using the Origins Active Charcoal Masque but I thought I'd give this one a whirl. It's described as being able to intensively purify and detoxify skin while minimizing the appearance of large pores. The Amazonian White Clay (which is the part that drew me to the product) is supposed to gently bring out all those nasty dirt and toxins that can make your pores look large and black. A bonus! The Amazon River White Clay is something found in the basin of Brazil's Amazon River, and it's fair-trade from the Marajo Islands.

When I used it, it has the appearance of creamy, beige cleanser that you can scoop out of the jar. I prefer the jar version over the tube version because there's something about scooping the masque bits out that makes me psychologically feel that it's not just a cleanser but a masque.

The texture reminds me exactly of when I went on holiday last year to Palau in Micronesia, where we were taken by boat to an area called the Milky Way. The Milky Way is a shallow beach where the clay is harvested from the ground, brought up and slopped on the tourists as a sort of cleansing masque. This reminds me exactly of that feeling.

I like to apply it liberally, and wait about 10 minutes puttering around while I wait for that tightening feeling to come up. After I think it's tightened enough, I get a washcloth, wet it, pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds, steam my face with the cloth for about 2 minutes, and then wipe the masque clean. I finish washing it off with the Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash (one of my Holy Grails) and my skin feels smooth, fresh, and totally clean.

All-in-all, I would totally buy this masque again. I think while some masques can get a little too tightening, this one is just creamy enough to not place so much tensile stress on your face.


  1. After reading this review I think this is one best skin products for women.

  2. Would you recommend the Origins Charcoal mask or this one more?


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