Get Free Skincare Samples With Kiehl’s Try Before You Buy

Don’t you hate it when:

You just bought a new skin care product that cost you an arm and a leg, and it doesn’t even work for your skin…or worse, cause an allergic reaction or break you out? Yikes! It’s happened to me so many times, and I bet it’s happened to you too!

It turns out, Kiehl’s has a Try Before You Buy campaign, which gives you FREE skincare samples that are personalised to your skin. All you have to do is walk into any Kiehl’s stores (worldwide!) and get a complimentary skin consultation. Then, they’ll recommend products based on your results and give you free skincare samples catered to your skin concerns – no purchase required! This way, you can Try Before You Buy and save the $$$ in case it doesn’t work out.

How cool is that?!

Healthier Skin in 28 Days

Like free skincare samples weren’t enough, Kiehl’s also has a “Healthier Skin in 28 Days” guarantee.

You might be thinking:

That’s what every brand says! But is it true? I’ve tested out 4 Kiehl’s products and I’ll be sharing my 28 Day to Healthier Skin journey with you.

Before we get on to that, I’ve tried out their Ultra Facial Oil-Free range 2 years ago, which worked amazingly for my combination skin. You can read my review on the Ultra Facial Oil-Free range, and see me describe a product as “nice” (I really don’t like to use the word “nice” anymore lol) here.

Kiehl's Try Before You Buy | Get Free Skincare Samples, Personalised For Your Skin!

My Skin Consultation + Recommended Products

After getting my complimentary skin consultation done, it showed that I have combination skin – oily at my t-zone and super dry at my cheek area. I also told them my skin concerns which are: dark circles, redness, and dull skin.

I got a ton of product recommendations and samples, but today I’ll only be talking about 4 Kiehl’s products that they’ve generously sent through, after using them for 28 days.

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil | Get Free Skincare Samples

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil

If you’re thinking: cleansing oil and oily skin? Doesn’t seem like a good match…so was I! I voiced my concern and they told me not to worry because this Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil is suitable for all skin types…


I’m not much of a fan when it comes to products that are labelled as “For All Skin Types”. I can’t wrap my head around how it’s possible. I think it’s safe to say I was pretty skeptical while trying this out. Any product that is too oily/rich that I’ve tried didn’t work. So I was convinced this was going to break me out.

Boy, was I wrong!

It’s a very lightweight oil that does not feel greasy at all. This product is enriched with a blend of pure botanical oils. The blend consists of squalane, which is a plant-derived lipid with a natural affinity for skin, Evening Primrose Oil, which is rich in Omega-6 Fatty Acids, and Lavender Essential Oil.

Want to know the best part?

It smells freaking amazing! Oh, and it’s soap-free, sulfate-free, and is free of mineral oil.

Not only does it smell amazing, it takes off every little bit of makeup on my face. Taking one pump of the cleansing oil on a cotton pad, I press it over my eyelids for 10 seconds, and then remove my eye makeup as usual. It cuts the time I usually take to remove my 23218 coats of waterproof mascara to 1/3 of the time! Then with 2-3 pumps of the product in my palm, I rub it all over my face.

With a little bit of water, the oil emulsifies into a cleansing milk and gently (but effectively!) lifts all traces of makeup and dirt off the skin. I’m then left with non-greasy(!!!), smooth, fresh-feeling, and bright skin.

I’m completely obsessed with this Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil. I’ll even go as far as to say it’s the best pre-cleanser I’ve ever tried – cleansing waters, oils, and balms included!

Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate

What a mouthful!

This Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate is Kiehl’s solution to dry, tired skin. Formulated with 15% plant-based Glycerin and Shiso Leaf Extract, it utilizes liquid-to-serum technology to intensively hydrate the deepest surface layers of the skin. It’s also marketed to plump skin, and also to help smooth fine lines and rough skin texture.

Does it work?

After cleansing and toning my skin, I apply one pump of product on my skin. One thing I really like is that it absorbs almost immediately! I especially like using this in the morning because it hydrates my skin and smoothes out any rough, dry patches. Because it has glycerin, it provides a good base for any makeup I put on afterward.

However, one thing I don’t like about this is the smell! It’s good because it’s completely fragrance-free, but it means there’s no pleasant smell to mask the weird, chemical scent. But it doesn’t linger though, so it’s not a big deal for me.

The bottom line is…

My skin gulps this Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate up like me with a Starbucks Green Tea Frappe (with soy!) on a hot, summer day. Except it doesn’t smell as yummy as the Green Tea Frappe.

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye | Get Free Skincare Samples

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye

Anywhere I go to get a skin consultation done, the first thing I get is… “Are you a night owl?”, “Do you stay up late?”, or something along those lines.

I really don’t!

I was just naturally blessed with eyebags. There are pictures of a 5-year-old me with eyebags. I’ve come to appreciate them though because I just look weird without them now. Like an Alien species, especially with my long, vacuumed-out forehead.

With that said:

I don’t expect any eye care product to make my eyebags disappear. Unless it’s some sort of miracle cream made of unicorn tears. In that case, maybe. But I do get tiny wrinkles at the inner corner of my eyebags if they’re not hydrated, especially the right one for some reason. And I would like those wrinkles to please not exist.

Similar to the Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil, this Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye is enriched with Squalene, Evening Primrose Oil, and Lavender Essential Oil. It is also free of fragrance, parabens, mineral oils and silicones.

I use two drops – one for each eye, twice a day. The texture of the eye cream is very creamy and feels super luxurious on the skin. It doesn’t feel heavy and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling to the skin. It’s very hydrating, gets rid of my inner corner eyebag fine lines, and leaves my under eye area feeling smooth.

This is crazy:

It didn’t get rid of my eye bags, ’cause like I said that will take a miracle. But!! It actually brightened up my under eye area! My complexion actually looks much brighter and I look less tired now.

That’s two for two for the Midnight Recovery range!

Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++

Want to hear a secret?

I hate wearing sunscreen. Period. Does that make me a terrible beauty blogger? Probably. The sunscreens I’ve tried are usually very thick, and leave a greasy film on my skin which makeup slides right off of! That’s 413481 hours of effort, gone.

The Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++ is marketed as an ultra light and gentle formula and provides effective UVA and UVB broad-spectrum protection. It is also oil-free, fragrance-free, colorant-free, and non-comedogenic (yes, please!).

This sunscreen is very lightweight and doesn’t leave a white cast on the skin. However, it needs a couple of minutes to sink in or else makeup will still slide off! I usually do my whole skincare routine, put this on, and get changed before doing my makeup.

Honestly, that’s all I gotta say about a sunscreen.

I mean, it doesn’t feel greasy if you let it sink in for a few minutes, it’s very lightweight and doesn’t give a white cast to my face. That, to me, is all I need in a sunscreen.

So, did I get “Healthier Skin in 28 Days”?

I’d say so!

My skin is much brighter, hydrated, and feels as smooth as a baby’s butt. My undereye bags are visibly less dark, and my entire complexion looks much healthier. Which is what we want!

Bottom line?

really enjoy Kiehl’s products and I highly recommend them, especially the Midnight Recovery range. If you’re still skeptical, though, feel free to drop by your nearest Kiehl’s counter, and get your free skincare samples!

Have You Read These?

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Range

LANEIGE Fresh Calming Toner & Morning Mask

Nutox Advanced Serum Concentrate

Doclab Hyaluronic Acid Ampoules

Sheep Oil Cream For Your Face?

Until next time, xoxo


*The 4 products were sent to me so I could share with you my “Healthier Skin in 28 Days” results, and to let you know about their Try Before You Buy campaign. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. I only recommend products I truly love! You can read my full disclosure here.

  • This is such a great idea! I LOVE Kiehl’s but don’t always know what products I really need!

    xx Rebecca / The Crystal Press, Fashion Blog

  • Christine Martinez

    I’ve never tried Kiehl’s but my boyfriend swears by their products! 🙂

    • Ooh, I heard they have an amazing men’s range as well! Def bring my boyfriend in for some samples! Does your boyfriend have any favourites to share?

  • Genius. Every brand should do this!

  • Allison Ellzey

    What a great program! I can’t tell you how many times that’s happened to me!

    • It’s the worst when you’re excited about a new purchase and it breaks you out! I just hope more brands will start to follow in their footsteps and start a sampling program!

  • Logan Elizabeth Abbott

    I’ve been wanting to try Kiehls for ages but their products are so expensive! I had no clue they had this program, this makes me feel so much more comfortable walking into their stores for sure!

    • Yes, and I LOVE that you’re not obliged to make a purchase too! But once you’ve tried out their samples, you probably will haha! I hope you’ll find something that works!

  • Rachel Ritlop

    I love that they let you sample it first. It’s hard to pick a skincare routine before you know how it will affect your skin.

    • I agree! All brands should have a similar sampling program, it’s so helpful! I’m guilty of picking up products because they’ve been highly raved about, only to find that they don’t work on me because everyone’s skin is different!

  • Ahhh! I think it’s fantastic that they let you try it out first!

  • Joline

    We are huge Kiehl’s fans! And yes, we love their samples. We can order online but we prefer going in-store because the lady at our store is delightful and super helpful 🙂

  • I had no idea they let you try their products out first! I’ve been wanting to try the Midnight Recovery eye cream!

  • My sister swears by Kiehls! They are so expensive so I haven’t splurged yet but I’ve stolen her face creams and scar treatments before. Did not know they do free samples. Lifechanging.

    • Yes, they are on the pricier side, but so worth the splurge! Haha no judgment here, I steal my sister’s products all the time :p

  • i really want to check this out! It’s very rare that I purchase a product without sampling first, and I really need a new moisturizer. This seems like an excellent way to find one that works for me 🙂

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

    • You should! Kiehl’s does a ton of different skincare lines so you’ll definitely find something for your skin type xx

  • Amanda Faber

    I’m a huge fan of Keihls and have used them for years!! I don’t use as many products as I use to but now I’m tempted to redo my whole routine!!

  • I had no idea you could try before you buy. Kiehl’s is the best!

  • This is AMAZING news for me considering I stare at Kiehl’s products nearly every day online. I always want to try new products but i’m always afraid that they might not work for me. Thanks for sharing, Jiawun!

  • Taylor Mead

    This is so fabulous! I hate buying skincare products without testing them. Every company should have this try-before-you-buy option! So cool!

    xo, Taylor || The Millennial Sprinkle (

    • Yesss! Skincare is definitely something that “one product doesn’t work for everyone” (lol I can’t think of a word to describe that rn).

  • Sounds great! I haven’t bought anything at Kiehl’s for a while. I always use their avocado eye cream and love it!

  • I actually haven’t bought anything at Kiehl’s, I didn’t realize you got free samples! Going to have to stop there soon, I’ve heard that Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil is awesome!

    • The Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil really is the bomb! It takes off all my waterproof makeup so quickly! Let me know how it goes for you if you decide to try them out! 🙂

  • thesophiadiaries

    oh, thanks for sharing! I just got another kiel’s oil and I’m 100% in love!!

  • how cool! I didn’t know they did this, and I’ve never tried any of their products!

  • That is just too awesome, every skincare brand needs a similar sampling program. Glad these products worked out for you!

  • I love Kiehl’s products! That serum concentrate sounds amazing!

  • I had no idea you could get samples like this! That’s a great way to try everything. So good to know!

  • Brittany Daoud

    Woah that’s awesome, I had no idea! I love Kiehls and really want to try more of their products! Thanks for sharing!