Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Kiehl's In Pune!

Yay! Kiehl's is finally in my city! This 162-year-old skincare brand from New York started off as an old-world apothecary and has now graduated into a full-line skincare company that has products for the face, hair, body, men, babies and even dogs and horses! With a cutout of lady liberty to greet you, bare brick walls covered in neon lights and a jolly lab coat clad skeleton called Mr. Bones, when you walk up to Kiehl’s new store Pune's Phoenix MarketCity mall, your first impression won’t be that of a serious skincare store. However, you'll be surprised once you see their product line. 

I was always aware of Kiehl’s as I had read rave reviews of a bunch of their products and even visited their store in Delhi a few years ago, but all I had ever used was their acclaimed lip balm. But now, after I visited the store in Pune on their opening day, I was glad to know more about the brand and was pleasantly surprised by their product range and history thanks to their friendly and knowledgeable staff.

How it works is that they give everyone who walks into their stores a complimentary skincare consultation and free samples that are appropriate for their skin for them to try out the products before they buy them as they believe in advocating their brand through true customer testimonials and by sheer word-of-mouth. This always works for them thanks to their scientific and efficacious formulations that have always delivered fantastic results. The Kiehl’s Commitment is healthier, clearer, younger-looking skin and they definitely live up to their motto.

You won’t find any sleekly packaged products on the shelves but simple containers that hark back to Kiehl’s pharmacological heritage. In fact, many of this brand’s most popular products like the Calendula Toner or Creme de Corps are all formulations that haven’t changed since they were created.

Kiehl’s is a very democratic brand and their positioning is 'accessible luxury'. When you walk into the store, you'll end up meeting conversational and friendly staff. The neon sign above lady liberty says 'Life, Liberty and Samples’ and they ply you with them. It’s a practice that began in the original East Village pharmacy and continues till date. Even if you come into the store and don’t buy anything they will always send you away with samples.

Kiehl’s has never advertised and does not believe in fancy packaging – the bottles have a simple design and are made of recycled materials. Kiehl’s also has an impressive Recycle and Reward system, the first of which I've seen in India, where the customer gets complimentary products when he/she brings back a certain number of empty bottles back for recycling.

Their product ranges include body care, hair care, skin care, dermatologist solutions and specific collections for men and children. If you’re new to the brand and not sure where to begin, there’s a helpful Customer Favorites stand near the entrance featuring Kiehl’s best-selling products specific to each region. This includes Vogue India Beauty Awards 2012 winner for Best Serum - Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate.

As I entered, I was greeted with a big smile and was told all about the brand and given a consultation about my skin type as I discussed my issues ( not too many thankfully, I guess my binge eating compensates for my party girl lifestyle ) and was given a bunch of samples to try to see their results on my skin before I make a purchase. Amazing concept, right? Am totally coveting their midnight recovery concentrate! 

That's me with Mr. Bones both above and below since I can't judge which photo I look better in. Might as well share both haha!

I was also lucky to meet two fellow bloggers at the event and we had a great time gossiping and chatting. Can't wait to catch up with them again! 

They had an assortment of cute lil delicious cupcakes in a bunch of flavors. And as you know, fashion blogger + cupcake = #PerfectCombination. And in case of me, I'm a huge cupcake hoarder (I hoard them in my tummy and thanks to this habit, my tummy is on a mission to convert itself to a muffin top) so this was perfect! 

I was elated to receive a goody bag from them with a bunch of samples and an adorable jar with a fruit and some herbal teas as they believe in healthy living from both the inside and the outside! I totally agree with that! Check it out below.

Having tested a lot of the products in the store according to my skin type, I was more than happy to receive testers of the same in my goody bag so that I could try them out and decide whether to purchase them or not. I think this is a fantastic concept by a brand where you let your products speak for themselves instead of a trial and error method. 

I've already started using some of the products and already have a couple of them on my wish list. Oh, and I must mention that for those of you looking out for a nice gift for the men in your life (dads, brothers, boyfriends, besties), Kiehl's also has an impressive range of men's products. I've always felt that finding gifts for men is rather difficult so decided to share this fact with you girls as they are always in need of shaving products and secretly love a nice face wash :) 

So if you're looking for fantastic skincare that delivers great results, make sure to visit Kiehls. They have stores over the world so you can check out their official website here to find your nearest store. 

Do you use any of Kiehl's products? If yes, let me know what your favorite is, in your comments below.


  1. Great products.

  2. I love Kiehl's! Good to hear the brand has arrived there. I love the Creme With Silk Groom, Lip Balm and the Ultra Facial Moisturizer:)

  3. I used to use a Kiehl's product when I was in high school. Can't remember what it was exactly but I remember it being really, really good. I need to check them out again soon!


  4. woww pune happy to hear that . nowi can visit their

    beach holiday

  5. 162 Years old and I've never heard of it! Wow!


  6. great write up!
    cool event!
    I like your goodies in the goodies bag ^^

  7. It's great that Kiehl's has come to your city, so many gorgeous pictures and how lovely the staff were happy and friendly ! <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

  8. What a cool experience for a store opening!! Can't wait to hear how you liked your goodies! :)

  9. What a fun time. I liked the goodie bag. Am happy this store finally came to where you live, that is grand!! Enjoy xx

  10. Great event, hope you will do a review on some of the products.

  11. amazing pics!
    It seems a great experience.

  12. Looks like a great shop with many amazing products. Love the cupcakes. :)
    Fashion Happenss

  13. Great review sweetheart...Thx for sharing..:-) xx

  14. Hi June! I know this brand and I love it too, wish I had a Kiehl’s store also here!:) Glad you had a nice experience with them, their concept is very good and honest, Im impressed as well. The samples bag inspires me a lot, yum for the cupcakes!:) You look adorable too!:) Kisses! xo

  15. Khiel's is a fantastic brand. I used to shop there all the time!

  16. hi june..i love this brand..i think it was an amazing experience..
    great pics

  17. Oh wohh..its nice kiehls is there in pune

  18. It looks like a great place!


  19. I never knew kiehls are that old a brand
    I really like their store concept
    I feel stupid that I have not true any of their products, I think I am going to try their eye cream
    It feels so good to find priducts in goodie bag that actually we can use
    Keep in touch

  20. You know what? It's time I visit the nearest Kiehl's shop :-)
    Coco et La vie en rose / Bloglovin / Facebook

  21. I was about to try them a few times as I heard some great infos from a friend of mine but have no chance yet. will soon:).

    looking fun event there., yummy cupcakes:). xx.


  22. Hey dear,
    I'm here to ask your question :)
    No babe I am not indian. I was born in Sri Lanka (we could say so close to India but not indian) 😘

  23. Nice!



  24. It's a great store concept .I love cupcakes. Kisses!


  25. I do not use her products but I hope you enjoy them.

  26. Looks like a great event!

    xo T.

  27. I like Kiehls BB cream and argan oil shampoo :)


  28. Wow great pictures. Thhe event looks fun!

    Lou of, steal-thestyle.com

  29. So cool!! I've always wanted to have a Khiel's near by!

    Style and Paper

  30. Love kiehls!! And I am so happy for you that it is finally in your city!! :) Btw, just stumbled upon you blog, and i have to say, you're super pretty!! <3


  31. Great products!!!
    Happy Wed darling!!!!

  32. Wish you a great day!

  33. Great post dear!


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  35. That must have been pretty exciting and to know it is a product that has been for that many years is really cool. You look really nice. Great job with the post June.


  36. great post

  37. Thats great to hear, I haven't yet tried this brand but its also been recently launched here in SA. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by :)

  38. I've never tried this brand before, but I heard that it's amazing!


  39. They've been out for how many years? 162?? Wow, I had no idea :))
    They have some truly amazing products!

    Lu, www.balgarka.co.uk

  40. Oh this looks like so much fun!! Love the photos - it looks really vibrant and just a lovely environment!! :)

    Hope you'll be reviewing the products - can't wait to see what you think!

    Layla xx


  41. What a funky shop! I love their displays and advertising!

  42. I love Kiehl's products! )))) Lovely shop!
    June you look so beautiful!


  43. I have never tried anything from Kiehl's but I would love to as I've seen this brand on many places before!


Thank you so much for your comments!! I will try and get back to you as soon as possible

xx June

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