Face Cleansning and Midnight Recovery Cleanser Review

Hello everyone, today i have another review fr you , Kiehl's  Midnight Recovery Cleanser Review

I can never stress enough on the importance of cleansing your skin. If you want to have and maintain healthy skin, you must wash twice a day, no excuses. Even if your skin is dry, even if you don't wear makeup, even if you blah-blah ...No excuses
Now, like with all the skincare, you must find that cleanser that works for you, as a personal advice I would say stay away from everything that foams or/and have soap in it. You want to cleanse your skin but not strip it of its natural oils.

The first step you need to remove the makeup and the sunscreen. Unless you are using waterproof formulas, a regular cleanser will do, but if the formulas are waterproof, please use either a waterproof makeup remover, micellar water or an oil cleanser. I'm the lazy type, and I mostly use an oil formula that dissolves everything.
Don't use hot water, even if it feels like soothing is not, hot water is to aggressive for your skin. On the other hand, cold water might not remove all the makeup and dirt, so use lukewarm to warm water
Follow by a second cleanse.

Face Cleansning and Midnight Recovery Cleanser Review

Use a terry cloth and hand-hot water to remove the second cleanser of your face.
Tap the face dry with a towel and follow with your routine
Do that every day, every single day, your skin will thank you.
Now speaking about Oil cleanser lets get back to our review, I have tested the Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleanser from Kiehl's and  here is my experience with it:

Midnight Recovery Cleanser Review

What is it
A lightweight oil cleanser to remove makeup and impurities at the end of the day

Who is it for
All skin types

How long did I test it
8 weeks


This lightweight essential oil cleanser emulsifies with water to a cleansing milk, gently, yet effectively dissolving even the hardest to remove makeup and impurities without over-drying, leaving skin clean and replenished.
Enriched with an aromatic blend of pure botanical oils- Squalane for skin, a planted-derived lipid with a natural affinity for skin, Evening Primrose Oil, rich in Omega-6 Fatty Acids, and Lavender Essential Oil, this all-in-one non-comedogenic cleansing formula leaves skin balanced, soothed and prepared for optimal night-time replenishment

Ingredient list

Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zea Mays Germ Oil/ Corn Germ Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyglyceryl-10 Oleate, Polyglyceryl-6 Dicaprate, Oenothera Biennis Oil/ Evening Primrose Oil, Polyglyceryl-2 Oleate, Squalene, Coriandrum Sativum Seed Oil/Coriander Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Lavendula Angustifolia/ Lavender Oil, Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil/ Rosemary Leaf Oil, Linalool, Tocopherol, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Glycine Soya Oil/ Soybean Oil, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate

Face Cleansning and Midnight Recovery Cleanser Review

Formulated without
Mineral Oil free

Not as natural as they claim to be but not bad either

Cruelty Free
Khiel's products are not cruelty-free,  Khiel's is part of  L'Oreal Group, they do some testing on animals

How does it smell

How do you use it
Take use just a pump or two of the oil in the palm of ur hand.
Gently massage the oil onto dry skin. Add lukewarm water and massage skin, the oil will emulsify the oil into a gentle cleansing milk. Lastly, rinse face thoroughly and gently pat it dry with a soft, clean towel—don’t rub, the skin doesn't like rubbing.
Follow up with a second cleanser or  the rest of your nightly skin regimen

Can it be taken around the eyes
Even if they claim that the formula can  be taken around eyes I personally got a bit of dry/irritated eyes from it. So I will advise testing your tolerability first
 Lightweight oil emulsifies with water to gently melt and dissolve all traces of dirt, oil, sunscreen, and face and eye makeup.

Can be used for daytime/ morning routine
If your skin is more on the dry side, you can use it as a morning cleanser also. If your skin is a combination to oily, I would not recommend unless you are up for a double cleansing.

What’s good about it
Is a gentle cleanser, natural ingredients smells pleasant, leaves the skin soft and soothed

What is not okay about it
I feel like the formula does not remove the makeup adequately at the end of the day, which ended up causing a bit of breakout in my chin at the beginning (very strange because my skin is on dry to very dry side, I barely ever break out).
Therefore I  ended up using it as a first cleanser; or as a morning cleanser. Also since I got my eyes a bit irritated by it, I also need to use a separate eye makeup remover.

You might not like it because
The formula is scented, although the smell of it is neither strong or unpleasant.
Price, for a cleanser, is pretty expensive.

$32.00 for 5.9 fl. oz / 32,00 € for 175ml -183 € for 1L

Similar products
Similar, not the same ingredients
L'OCCITANE Shea Cleansing Oil
DHC Deep Cleansing
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Cleansing Oil
The Face Shop Rice Water Cleansing Oil Rich

Would I repurchase?
No, there are plenty better alternatives out there
Face Cleansning and Midnight Recovery Cleanser Review

What cleanser/cleansers are you currently using in your routine? Are you using a terry cloth or a face brush to clean your face? Let me know in the comment section, I'm happy to know more about your cleansing routine.


  1. Thank you for taking got time to spell out the ingredients, and share. I never use cleansers but with this post, I can't wait to find out and try what works for me :*

  2. Hello and thank you for reviewing this Kiehl's cleanser. The great thing about this brand is that they offer samples. I have tried the cleanser and I share your impression. It made me break out. I did not try it around the eyes. I love the Midnight Recovery Oil, but not the cleanser. Have a lovely evening!

  3. Thank you for the tips and product review. I'm not very good with taking care of my skin but as I'm getting older feel that I really need to put time aside for this cleansing ritual. I'll try to remember my face does not like to be rubbed! haha

  4. Thank you for the tips and the product review. I'm not one to take the time to take care of my skin but feel that it's necessary now that I'm getting older. Guess I need to throw out my soap cleansers!

  5. I've never used any of this beautiful product except the products of Body shop. They are amazing. I must try another of this list :) Thanks for sharing !

  6. Thank you for being honest in your review I very much appreciate it. I had no idea that they tested on animals that is so sad to hear x

  7. This would make the perfect gift. Because it's for all skin types I could give it to most of my female friends and family members.

  8. I have just started a proper skin care routine instead of just slapping cream on in the morning. I love the Body Shop and their face masks!

  9. I'm currently in love with a balm-to-oil cleanser by Biotherm, but this one sounds very good too, so I'll put it on my wishlist! Thanks for all the great tips!

  10. It's good that you have a night time regime. I am not so diligent with it. Btw i love your nailart

  11. Kiehls is one of my favorite skin care brands. They always use high quality ingredients and I don't worry about my skin having a negative reaction :)

    Gennifer Rose | www.GenniferRose.com

  12. I love Khiels, they always have such beautiful products. I am currently using their body oil for mamma and baby and it is divine.

  13. I love the way you broke down the ingredients for us; I'm disappointed in how it wasn't as natural as you thought, however, I love lavender and this does sound pretty good so I might pick it up! xx
    Lots of love,
    Marina Rosie xx

  14. Cleansing oils are probably the best things for me. I'm super low maintenance when it comes to skin care, so for the longest time I would just use makeup wipes to clean my face. Gross I know. Cleansing oils helped my skin so freaking much. 2 in 1 for us lazy girls :D

  15. I am a major fan of Khiels and I can not believe I have never used the midnight recover cleansing oil! It sounds like a fab product and one that I want to get my hands on,

  16. I've always taken good care of my facial skin and started a regimen in my teens. Over the years, I've changed products but kept up the work. It makes a difference!

  17. Thank you so much for your honest review. I don't really have a skin care regimen, I just make sure I wash my face before bed. I have sensitive skin so I use only the mildest facial solutions available. It is different though for body lotions. I don't have any issues with that. Thanks again for sharing.

  18. I use Rodan + Fields Reverse Regimen in the morning and Redefine Regimen at night. Theie products are pharmaceutical grade, multi-med skincare and are cruelty free. I am so thrilled with the look and feel of my skin!!