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Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion

Oily, Combination, including Acne-Prone Skin

A unique facial toner for oily skin.

Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 60.
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Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion

Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion

A unique facial toner for oily skin.

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What It Is

This unique facial toner, formulated with Menthol and Camphor, can be used all over or as a spot treatment. Soothe and balance skin with our iconic facial toner for oily skin. Our astringent lotion is also effective as men’s after shave. Just ask for the Blue Stuff!

What It’s Good For

  • Effectively balances and soothes oily-prone areas
  • Can be used as a spot treatment on problem areas or over the entire face
  • Helps soothe men’s skin when used as an aftershave lotion
  • For oily skin
  • Originally formulated in 1964

Key Ingredients

How to Use

How to Use

How to Use

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Future Made Better

True to our founding family’s mission, we strive to improve the quality of the communities we serve by reducing our
environmental impact, formulating responsibly, and supporting charitable causes. This formula is made with:
Responsible Formulation
Responsible Formulation
Sustainable Sourcing
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Only works well with the entire blue line I used to like this product. It worked pretty well while I was using the entire blue herbal line. My skin changed over time and I no longer need so many oil control products at once. I decided to try to go ahead and use the rest of this blue lotion along with another line geared for combination skin. It does not work with any other products on my skin for some reason! The moment I try to moisturize with any other product after this one, it leaves little balls and flakes of something all over my skin. Now I have a bottle I can't really use.
Date published: 2018-12-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Formula change It was great but new heavy alcohol formula doesn’t clean skin oil well. It’s aad but it doesn’t do the job now.
Date published: 2018-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A lifesaver I've struggled with oily skin and cystic acne for more than 10 years. I've tried topical treatments (Differen, Aczone) and Accutane (not just once, but twice... that's how bad). I went to Kiehl's after using a product at a place I was staying. The employee sent me home with a sample of this blue stuff with advice to use as a spot treatment and wow. Like, wow. Within days, pimples zapped, blackheads GONE, oil under control. Now I use it all over my face. It's an essential part of my regimen. Kiehl's, you have a customer for life.
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best toner for acne ever This is so far the best toner for acne skin I have ever used. I purchased this one a while ago, and almost half bottle is gone. My skin apparently gets so much better. I felt like my skin got less oil and the pimples became dried and pop off after a week. However, I don’t know if the alcohol ingredient has any effect on my skin after I stop using it
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bought this for my daughter who has acne probe skin. Since she started using it her face has really started to shiw clearing
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best product for oily skin I had experienced with oily face and acne for a long time . This is reason why I feel so uncomfortable with other product, always ineffective. When my friend recommend this product to me, I was kind of doubt while taking a chance to try it. The result of trying this product has been satisfied with my expectation. This is the best product for OIL-FREE EVER.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love this stuff for clearing up acne. Only use it on spots as opposed to the whole face because I don't want to dry my skin completely out. Suggest using a moisturizer afterward.
Date published: 2016-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Blue Astringent Herbal (Spot Treatment Alternative) Toner I can only suggest to use this product as a spot treatment only. Put a little bit on a cotton pad and use on acne spots. This product has a lot of Alcohol in it and more than likely will dry out your face. So for the love of all that is holy, use a moisturizer afterwords. You may ask, why not just use a spot treatment specifically labeled as a spot treatment? Some people may notice that their products that worked before don't work anymore - Their skin is probably becoming immune to it. This Astringent becomes a great alternative! Also, don't be fooled by the word "lotion" in the name. Just a play on words as most toners in other countries are called Lotions.
Date published: 2016-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cooling, and clearing When you initially put this on your skin, it feels cooling and refreshing. I would suggest you only put it on the areas that are troublesome, instead of your whole face. It can be over drying which caused my skin to overproduce oil I think. But I will continue to use it as a spot treatment instead of all over.
Date published: 2016-04-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Way Too Strong Let it first be said that I do not have acne-prone skin, though I have battled oily skin my entire life. Oddly enough, this product seemed to stimulate my oil production. It has a stripping effect on the skin, and while this can be useful to aid in the clearing of a blemish or to cut down on ingrown hairs, the Blue Herbal Spot Treatment is a better option. I figured that this product would be a miracle for my oily skin, so it was a disappointment to find that it actually seemed to make me oilier. And for the money, honestly, a drugstore astringent has the same effect for half the price.
Date published: 2016-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mattifying But Not Good With All Moisturizers I decided to try this out based on the reviews I had read. I have extremely oily skin and am prone to cystic pimples. It has definitely controlled the acne because I haven't really gotten any significant deep pimples since using this. It has a really good texture and cool feeling when applied. My skin instantly feels soft. However, it has been hit or miss with different moisturizers I use on top of it. Like other reviewers mentioned, it does ball up. It works fine with the Herbal Blue Moisturizer but when I've used it under the Ultra Oil free Gel Cream, it balls up. I also like to mix my BB cream with moisturizer but when I apply it after this toner, I really have to rub it in well in order for it to not be streaky. But Once it is all rubbed in, it looks fine. Using it with a regular moisturizer then powder foundation is fine. I will just use this at night until I run out and probably just use a different Kiehl's toner.
Date published: 2015-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Purchase I Have Ever Made I have always had good skin, except for my chin! Every month I have a painful breakout on my chin. I have been to dermatologists and have tried everything! Now in my mid-twenties I thought the breakouts would have finally stopped and they hadn't. I wandered into Kiehls on a whim with a friend as I was passing by it in the mall and figured "Why not?". I spoke with the sales girl who was so sweet! She spent so much time with me and recommended this product. I am happy to say I have not had a single pimple on my chin for 6 months now! I use this product only on my chin, twice a day. My skin is not over dried and is perfectly clear. Kiehls is now my go-to place for skin care products.
Date published: 2014-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Swear by this astringent! Love this product since I discovered it 17 years ago. I have very oily skin and when I get lazy from my routine from this I definitely breakout. Blue Herbal has always cleared it up easily. I have tried drugstore bought astringent to try to save money and never got the same result as I do from this product.
Date published: 2014-10-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lotion? Not sure why this is called a lotion. Results were just like an expensive Sea Breeze. Worked ok but not worth the price.
Date published: 2014-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty good I got this about a week ago, and its really nice my skin is looking good! It is a bit strong, as in drying so i just ordered the Calendula herbal extract toner. but I'll still use the blue stuff for when i need a good deep cleaning. It leaves my skin feeling a little tight so i recommend following with a moisturizer. It does contain alcohol so i won't use it everyday, but it really do like it. I recommend it to people with really oily skin like me. Has a bit of cooling menthol sensation so you really feel like you're getting your pore deep cleaned!
Date published: 2014-05-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cheap packaging I like the product okay-- it doesn't leave my skin too dry or tight, but the cap broke the first time I opened the bottle. For $18 I expect the cap to last more than one use. :(
Date published: 2013-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent toner! I've used this product as a toner and cleanser for my skin for years. I have combination normal/oily skin and I remember when I first purchased this product at Kiehl's the sales person said that it may be too harsh to use regularly. I'm happy to say that they were mistaken. I use this blue stuff after washing my face both morning and night. My pores are clean and tight! It really does cleanse well without drying out the skin. My face is never oily anymore. This is one of my favorite Kiehl's products.
Date published: 2013-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tried and True I have been using this for years, in addition to the Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash and Facial Fuel moisturizer and love the results. This is one of the first Kiehl's products that I tried and have been using it loyally for the years since. It is a great post-shave toner without your skin feeling over-dried.
Date published: 2013-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for acne without the burn As I got further along in my thirties, I started having worse acne than when I was a teenager. I am also a professional dancer, constantly sweating or wearing heavy makeup- all leading to more acne. Yet toners and cleansers made for breakouts are always too harsh on my "aging" skin, so I decided to try this one. I had used the Kielhs cucumber toner for years, which I still love, but this blue astringent is gentle enough for my skin, even with the alcohol, and finally cleared my acne. It feels so refreshing and calms the skin as well . Awesome product!
Date published: 2013-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from can't live without it I have been a fan of this product for 20 years, yes 20! I simply cannot live without it and have turned my brother and boyfriend into fans as well. there is always a bottle in the house.
Date published: 2013-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cannot live without I love this product and cannot live without. A must have after washing face or shaving. A must have at all times no matter what-its in my end of days, emergency, survival kit.
Date published: 2013-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It! I love this "Toner" it works and doesn't dry my skin out.
Date published: 2013-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it I went into kiehls to get the spot treatment but the sales lady said that for my small cluster of spots this would work more effectively, I have to say kiehls have the nicest most helpful staff then any other shop I have even been in, great customer service to match great products. This product does not dry out my skin or break me out (sensitive skin)
Date published: 2013-08-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Changed the fragrance :( I have used the blue astringent for years. However, I just ordered some recently, and the fragrance has been changed to something less minty fresh and much more bad floral room spray. It overwhelms me every time I use the astringent. I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to use it anymore.
Date published: 2013-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for Oil Skin This is just perfect for oil skin. However, this doesn't go well with other product such as moistrizer or lotion bc of its lack of oil. It's like you are trying to apply water on oily surface. So I only apply before going bed and no matter what I apply next day my facial has absolutely no oil for a whole day! I am not a review writing person but this has has given me such a great result I am so glad to let you know this is Amazing product!
Date published: 2013-05-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from too drying this is too harsh to use as an all-over toner for my combo/dry skin, so i use it just on my nose + chin, a few times a week. i find when i used it on more areas of my face, i'd end up feeling oilier later. would not repurchase.
Date published: 2013-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good mattifier; refreshing. I dinged this product in score a bit because I'm not able to use the toner and moisturizer together (I get a white film on my face that I have to wipe off), however when I use this toner with another moisturizer, I don't have that problem. If anyone is concerned about an over-drying toner, this product is not for you. It is definitely very drying, but as I have very oily skin, that's a plus for me. The amount you get for the price is really incredible. I'm sure this big bottle will last me awhile, but I'll most likely purchase again.
Date published: 2012-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blue Astringent Rocks!! I LOVE this toner! My skin feels so clean and refreshed. I love the smell and the way it gently removes the oil from my pores. My skin doesn't feel tight or dried out, just CLEAN. I wash my face with Ultra Facial oil-free cleanser first, then use Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion and follow up with Sodium PCA oil-free moisturizer. My combination/oily skin has never looked better. Kiehl's was made for my skin!
Date published: 2012-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vintage and cool There's something about this that reminds me of an old barbershop. It's fresh and cleansing and hydrating and light. It has a nice, herbal smell. You get a lot for the money. It's like a quick freshen-up. Good stuff.
Date published: 2012-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT PRODUCT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Very nice product for the whole family. A little goes a long way! I bought this for my daughter for her break outs and she fell in love with it. My husband has used it and I also have. We live in Texas where we have hot weather almost year round. This toner really helps with oily skin. It dries up your break outs and helps heal your skin too.
Date published: 2012-09-13
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