Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion

A unique facial toner for use on oily-prone areas
  • An iconic Kiehl's product, formulated in 1964
  • While the multipurpose facial astringent was created for use specifically on oily-prone areas, patrons with oilier skin employ it as an all-over toner
  • Male customers rely on it as a post-shave facial treatment
  • Just ask for the “Blue Stuff”!

"Vintage and cool! I love how clean and clear it makes my skin look."

John, Kiehl’s Insider

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How to Apply:
-Moisten a sterile cotton pad with facial toner, and apply to skin in areas where needed, avoiding the immediate eye area
-Before applying, we recommend patch-testing a small amount of any cosmetic product on the inside skin of the wrist area to ascertain its compatibility with your skin
-Use with Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser for best results

Cool Kiehl’s Fact:

When our chemists developed Kiehl’s iconic multi-purpose toner in 1964, its popularity took off almost from the start. Over forty years later, we attribute its appeal not only to its superior quality, but also its versatility. Kiehl’s male patrons tell us they use it as a post-shave treatment to soothe skin and prevent razor discomfort. Legend has it that Andy Warhol was a fan!

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Camphor is naturally derived from an eastern evergreen tree. It can give a cooling effect to the skin and is an effective treatment for oily skin.


Menthol is a natural cooling agent, containing 50% peppermint or other mint oils, or made synthetically by hydrogenation of thymol. It is used in skin care to give a cooling effect to skin.

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Sodium PCA is a naturally occurring humectant in the skin, partly responsible for the skin’s moisture-binding capacity. It is derived from amino acids and is highly water absorbing. Due to its moisture-binding ability, it is a high performance humectant which increases the skin’s softness when added to products.

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Already use the face wash want to pair up the astringent and see if it works just as well as the face wash
P A K on Jul 6, 2015
I have used this product for many years. It cleans thoroughly, tightens pores, and keeps my combination skin under control.
Susan K on Jul 5, 2015
Looking your best is as simple as having clean skin. This product does the job.
Michael M on Jul 6, 2015
To lather my face.
Matt M on Jun 29, 2015
If I put on other lotions or creams after this toner, there will be a lot of white flakes on my face. Please the right way to use this toner. before lotions/creams or after lotions/cream?? thanks
yan l on Jul 12, 2012
Best Answer: This is easily fixed!! This astringent lotion is to be paired with one moisturizer only, the Sodium PCA Oil Free Moisturizer!! These are the ultimate friends, forming a wonderful little bond that will take you through your whole day and night! Just wait until that lovely temporary, fresh-feeling tightening to occur, then apply the moisturizer. Then make-up as usual! Happy day!!! (You reminded me, I need to order my best friends again!)

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how much salicylic acid does this have in it?
sara j on Jun 22, 2014
Best Answer: Really good question and Im not sure. Might be best to ask one of the reps at your local store for confirmation.
Reply · Report · Robert F on Jul 18, 2014
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how do i use it?
A shopper on Aug 20, 2013
Best Answer: I use this product after washing my face. It is like a toner and I can feel it tighten my skin after application, but since I started using it this past May, have liked the results. My face has experienced fewer breakouts and feels more fresh throughout the day. I use cotton balls to apply the product.
Reply · Report · Zac T on Aug 21, 2013
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Hey. I am wondering if there is any alcohol in this toner/lotion?
Thank you!
Solbjørg L on Aug 2, 2012
Best Answer: The answer to that is yes. It contains Denatured Alcohol!
Reply · Report · DF G on Aug 2, 2012
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What are your best bacne products? I have had bacne for the past 1.5 years and it is just time for it to go- I miss wearing strapless party dresses!
A shopper on Feb 6, 2013
Best Answer: This is a tried and true product. I have been using it for 20 years and now my 15 year old son uses it for his acne. He is 95% clear skin most of the time and we have turned on many of his classmates to it. A little goes a long way so it is also very cost effective. Good Luck!
Reply · Report · Tara L on Mar 27, 2013
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i have acne problem for about 10 years, it comes back and forth ? will this product work for me ?
A shopper on Dec 3, 2012
Best Answer: Yes, absolutely
Reply · Report · Yury S on Dec 4, 2012
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Is this good after shaving your head?
Santos H on Feb 16, 2015
Best Answer: I use it all over my face after a shower.
It is non drying, non oily, and soothes and refreshes.
I have been using it for many years.
Reply · Report · Richard F on Feb 16, 2015
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How does this product differ from the Christoper Makos astringent lotion?
Herbert J on May 10, 2015
Best Answer: It had many uses. Great after shave. Lasts a long time.
Reply · Report · Nicholas R on May 10, 2015
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I have G6PD deficiency. Can I use this product?
christine on May 2, 2015
Best Answer: I don't know, please consult with your doctor about the specific substance or ingredient that you should avoid, and see if Blue Astringent Herbal lotion has it. But I think it is ok because this is a skin product that you will not ingest in nor will you swallow or need to be metabolized in the body.
Reply · Report · Jungsheng S on May 2, 2015
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Will this toner help,shrink pores?
A shopper on Apr 16, 2014
Best Answer: Not sure about shrinking pores, but look, it works great on pimples and acne. If you have serious acne, probably not, but I use it for any skin irritations, bites, dirt, and pimples. It works wonders. It really does. Soak some of it on a cotton ball and apply to your face or arms, etc.
Reply · Report · Richard C on Jun 10, 2014
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Does this have salicylic acid in it?
A shopper on Oct 1, 2013
Best Answer: yes
Reply · Report · michael b on Oct 12, 2013
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is this alcohol based?
A shopper on Apr 26, 2013
Best Answer: Yes.
Reply · Report · Matt B on May 11, 2013
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I have G-6-P-D. Can I use this product?
A shopper on May 2, 2015
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Can i used it and herbal cleanser with kiehl's ultra facial cream and over night hydrating masque?
Lala M on Jan 22, 2015
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is it alcohol. free?
ELVIS C on Mar 29, 2013
Best Answer: Yes. There is alcohol.
Reply · Report · Ching K on Mar 29, 2013
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