I ADORE this fragrance for nostalgic reasons. It reminds me of my childhoods spent in a small snowy and festive Oklahoma town at Christmas and surrounded by my entire family. In other words, it puts me in a good mood. The nostalgia probably has more to do with the time period than the location since I keep reading others say that it reminds them of the 1970-1979 period as well. My older cousins wore Estee Lauder perfumes at that time and my grandmother collected every fragrance Avon ever made. Therefore I am not sure why this particular Kiehl's scent brings it all back, but it certainly does. I love this so much for the above reasons that I don't like to water down the memories by wearing it too often. If it weren't for that I probably would, because it's lovely. It has a very classic clean and spicy scent and would be great for everyday casual wear.
I review this product (and others) from the perspective of a woman who once had the ability to purchase anything but now must economize. While in the former category I LOVED this. It's one of the best (if not THE best) cleansers I've ever used for combination skin. It doesn't over-dry yet it thoroughly cleanses all skin types and leaves skin feeling fresh, super-clean and tingly...yet somehow soothed. Most cleansers only succeed in one of these areas and fail at the rest. Maybe it was just all in my head (at least that's what I keep telling myself) because now I really love Neutrogena's Oil-Free and redness soothing Acne Wash for an under ten-dollar substitute.
Now that I am forty-year old broke single mom I am embarrassed to admit that I ever purchased this at all, let alone loved it. Yet I did indeed adore it. If you have the money I once did, feel free to indulge! It was by far the most luxuriously pleasurable lip balm to ever touch my lips. However, these days I find that eos sweet mint is just fine as a (three dollar!) substitute. UPDATE: The eos sweet mint smells good enough to eat (which is exactly what my two-year old did with the first one I owned!). However, after using it several days in a row during a Texas semi-cold spell I have come to the tragic conclusion that it doesn't even come CLOSE to La Mer. The latter had a butter-like consistency which was instantly absorbed. Eos leaves a waxy film and actually seems to be making my lips dryer. Maybe the La Mer is worth it after all...
Loved this when I was in my twenties and thirties and had great skin. It is a beautiful shade for very pale redheads/blondes (I fall in between), and gives a beautiful and relatively natural "flush" of color and subtle shimmer. After a VERY stressful five-year period, however, I find that now that I am forty I can no longer recommend it. My suddenly-obvious fine lines are highlighted by the shimmer and instead of looking like I just had fabulous sex, I simply look as though I spent the day crying.
This and Shu's oil seem to be the most popular cleansing oils on the skincare board. I have not tried Shu's, so I can't compare the two, but after trying DHC I'll never feel the need to because nothing could be better than the latter! It is soothing and gentle, yet throughly removes makeup. It also allows for a great Eve Lom-style massage--if you so desire--AND rinses clean (although I always follow w/ a mild gel cleanser). But, if you still need more persuading, just compare the ingredients (Shu is full of acne-causing chemicals and mineral oil while DHC is little more than olive oil).
Horrible stuff. A total waste of money.