An Ode to Kiehl’s

One of the many things I learned in school — how to diagram a sentence, how to best roll up my uniform skirt into a mini, how to flip my hair to emphasize a point I was trying to make — was that Kiehl’s was the last word in product.

When I say “product” I mean it in the Kyan on “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” which is all hair and body stuff. Who knew that there were steps to be taken after washing and shampooing your hair? You mean it’s not a good idea to put your wet hair up into a ponytail using a rubber band as an elastic? What do you mean split ends aren’t a hairstyle?

My best friend Kim kept a bottle of Kiehl’s Creme with Silk Groom in her LL Bean backpack, smoothing it through her curly hair to keep it soft, shiny, and pretty. It worked its magic on her hair as she dyed it with every shade that Manic Panic had to offer, and it worked just as well on my frizzy undyed hair. It still does — I have a fresh bottle in my medicine chest right now, next to a tube of Marvis Jasmin Mint Toothpaste and a juice glass holding my Tweezermans and a small stack of cotton rounds for eye makeup remover.

So if you aren’t already ga-ga over the Creme with Silk Groom, check out the limited edition 1-liter bottle of Creme de Corps being offered for what might seem like the astronomical price of $70.00. But those of you who’ve tried Kiehl’s before will know that it’s worth every penny — and think of it as a small price to pay for keeping you skin smooth and supple as you and I both stagger through our 30’s.


~ by Jasmine on June 16, 2006.

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