Since the 1960s, Calendula has been a signature Kiehl’s ingredient. A part of our apothecary tradition, we began formulating our Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner with handpicked Calendula petals and Calendula Extract. This alcohol-free toner soon gained a cult following and became a worldwide customer favorite, selling 1 every 20 seconds globally. Learn more about Calendula and its unique place in our heritage.
Kiehl’s & Calendula
With the success and long-standing popularity of our Calendula toner, we expanded our Calendula products to include a foaming cleanser, hydrating face mask and serum-infused water cream. Each of these products is formulated with our concentrated Calendula Extract. True to our apothecary heritage, our mask, toner and water cream are still infused with handpicked Calendula petals!
Our Calendula Petals
It is approximately 9-10 months from the time that the Calendula seeds are planted, grown, handpicked and dried. Harvested from January to March, the entire flower is picked by hand to help preserve its delicacy and keep the petals intact. From there, petals are manually sorted and sundried without the addition of artificial heat or extra processing. Any unused petals and parts of the flower are then composted by the grower.
Calendula and Our Formulas
Our Calendula toner and Calendula mask are formulated with whole flower petals which contribute to the formula’s golden hue. As the petals are slowly mixed into the mask, the color begins to intensify while the Calendula toner’s color actually deepens over time. In formulating our Calendula water cream, Kiehl’s chemists looked to develop a preparation that would draw out the maximum efficacy of Calendula. For this formulation, whole Calendula petals are steeped at a high temperature to allow for maximum release of the flower’s skin-soothing compounds. Once the compounds have been released, these whole petals are mixed into the formula and become crushed into hundreds of micronized petals—visible only under a microscope.
Calendula Toner and the Smithsonian
Our cult-classic Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner is even included in the Smithsonian Institute’s Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Collection.II As part of the permanent collection in the National Museum of American History, this classic skincare formula is recognized for its unique heritage.
Your Calendula Skincare Routine
Our gentle yet effective Calendula skincare products are formulated for all skin types. Particularly well-suited for normal and oily skin, these products are also mild enough for use by sensitive skin types. Our customers also say that this skincare routine can help balance their skin to help improve problem areas for healthy-looking skin. Refresh your routine and experience the benefits of Calendula for your skin.
Ii Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (6th ed.). United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. 2007. P. 3804 ISBN 0199206872
II “Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal-Extract Alcohol-Free Toner.” Smithsonian Institution. Web. 06 Jun. 2018.