THE CRUSH OF THE MONTH ♥ Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

November is almost over which is quite exciting in my case because of the December happenings in my life! However, November was also a month of trying out many new beauty products. Amongst all of them, I picked one that was my true crush of the month- here is all you have to know about it!


Kiehl’s , the American skincare brand that exists for 165 years, is one of those I’ve heard both goods and bads about but I never tried any of their products. They recently opened their first ever store in Croatia (Arena Centar, Zagreb) and I was just visiting Zagreb at the time so I thought – why not to stop by and see if there is anything for me? 

The store experience was the story for itself. Besides very friendly and helpful young ladies working there, I was offered a so called skin test – checking the actual type of my skin and the level of hydration. What turned out shocked me. I was always convinced that I have normal to combined skin but it seems like I was wrong, my skin is actually slightly oily. The hydration test showed that my skin is quite dehydrated which is a nice consequence of living in Scandinavia. Slightly oily and dehydrated – not really an easy one!

I was particularly in the need for the over-night product since my skin is pretty happy with my day care routine but needs that extra hydration over night when skin is usually recovering much better then during the day. The choice fell on their bestseller Midnight Recovery Concentrate which retails for  $46.00 for 30 ml.

 Kiehl's midnight recovery concentrate review and first impressions

The Midnight Recovery Concentrate is the elixir of pure essential oils and distilled botanicals that aims to recover and replenish the skin during the night. It contains a really wide range of very beneficial ingredients, such as jojoba oil, lavender oil, primrose oil etc. It has no parabens nor mineral oils which is very important to me. Every skin type can use it (remember, natural oils do not make your skin extra oily) but it is especially good for dehydrated skin.

The concentrate comes in the beautiful, high quality glass bottle with the dropper which makes it extra luxurious and just makes you evening routine a bit more fancy. The way it is supposed to be used really makes me feel special for some reason – 2 to 3 drops (I feel the 2 are perfectly enough) should be dropped into the palms of your hands, warmed up by rubbing the palms and then tapped into the skin, avoiding eye area. The real spa experience and such a gentle way to apply it, it works beautifully!

When it comes to the texture, it has a less thick oil feeling, very rich and soaks in easily. It’s transparent and has an amazing smell if you in general like essential oils and botanical scents. I really enjoy it, it has such a nice, calming effect on me.

 Kiehl's midnight recovery concentrate review and first impressions

Kiehl's midnight recovery concentrate review and first impressions

Now onto the most interesting part – how does my skin react?

At the beginning, I had a very big misunderstanding with this concentrate. I started using it right before my way back to Sweden and I loved it. A couple of days after I came back, my skin got extremely dry, itchy, damaged…It was horrific. Since the concentrate was the only product I included in my routine, I was sure it was that so I stopped using it. I was so disappointed; you can only imagine! But I couldn’t just let it go. When my skin recovered, I gave it another chance and guess what turned out – my extreme dryness was just due to the change of the climate and lots of dry airplane air. The first night I used it, I woke up with such a beautiful, fresh, glowy skin that I couldn’t believe it (and no, this is not a PR product J. My skin was so soft and without a single sign of dryness. It has been 10 days since that moment and I’ve been loving this little treat more and more each day. The skin feels recovered, radiant, soft and hydrated. I simply apply it after the cream and I am so satisfied with what it does over night. I totally have a crush!

Why and to who do I recommend it?

I really fell in love with it so much that I had to call it the crush of the month – the way my skin feels is just amazing and renewed! I would recommend it to all skin types that feel a bit of a dehydration, that are seeking for something to take care of their skin during the night and to those who enjoy little scented spa routines! I would suggest you to go to Kiehl’s and try out the tester first since it is a bit pricy and some people could be a bit sensitive to lavender oil but other than that, I can only say great things about it. Definitely one of my all time favourites and my real saviour in the upcoming rough winter days and nights!

Kiehl's midnight recovery concentrate review and first impressions

Kiehl's midnight recovery concentrate review and first impressions

 (croatian)

Kiehl’s , americki brend koji postoji vec punih 165 godina, je jedan od onih za koje sam cula i dobro i lose, ali nikad nisam isprobala nijedan proizvod.  Nedavno su otvoriti prvu ikad trgovinu u Hrvatskoj (Arena Centar, Zagreb), a ja sam taman bila u blizini kad sam bila u posjeti doma pa rekoh – zasto ne svratiti i pogledati ima li nesto za mene?

Iskustvo u trgovini je prica za sebe. Osim divnih, ljubaznih prodavacica i savjetnica, imala sam prilike napraviti test koze – provjeriti koji je tocno moj tip koze i koja je vlaznost moje koze. Ono sto sam saznala me stvarno sokiralo. Oduvijek sam uvjerena da imam normalnu do kombiniranu kozu, ali bila sam potpuno u krivu, moja koza je zapravo pomalo masna. Test vlaznosti pokazao je poprilicnu dehidriranost sto je ocigledna posljedica mog zivota u Skandinaviji. Masnija i dehidrirana koza – gdje ces kompliciranije! 

Ono sto mi je u tom trenu trebalo je nesto za nocnu njegu koze lica s obzirom da sam s dnevnom njegom dosta zadovoljna, no moja koza ocigledno treba dodatnu hidrataciju preko noci, kada koza ima sansu za potpunu regeneraciju. Izbor je, nakon konzultacija, pao na njihov bestseller Midnight Recovery Concentrate cija je cijena 300,00 kn za 30 ml.

Kiehl's midnight recovery concentrate review and first impressions

Midnight Recovery Concentrate je eliksir cistih etericnih ulja i destiliranih botanika kojem je zadaca oporaviti i nahraniti kozu tijekom noci.  Neka od ulja su ulje jojobe, lavande i jaglaca. Koncentrat nema parabena i mineralnih ulja sto mi je zaista vazno. Pogodan je za svaki tip koze (pamtite, prirodna ulja ne maste dodatno kozu), ali idealan za isusenu kozu.

Koncentrat dolazi u predivnoj staklenoj bocici odlicne kvalitete sa staklenom kapaljkom sto je cini dodatno luksuznom i nekako cini tu vecernju rutinu malo posebnijom. Koristi se na nacin koji je meni posebno drag – 2 do 3 kapi (meni su 2 taman) se kapnu na dlan, dlanovi se protrljaju da se ulje zagrije i zatim dlanove lagano prislanjate na cijelo lice, izbjegavajuci producje oko ociju. Onako jedno stvarno spa iskustvo i jedan njezan nacin za nanijeti proizvod, predivno funkcionira! 

Tekstura je uljna, iako ne onako pregusta, dosta bogata i lijepo se upije u kozu. Transparentno je i ima divan miris ako inace volite mirise etericnih ulja i biljne note. Ja zaista uzivam u mirisu, ima onako lijep, umirujuc efekt.

Kiehl's midnight recovery concentrate review and first impressions 

Sada da se prebacimo na najzanimljiviji dio – kako koza reagira?

U pocetku je bilo malih problema u komunikaciji izmedju mene i ovog koncentrata. Pocela sam ga koristiti taman prije povratka u Svedsku i bas mi se svidio. Par dana nakon povratka, moja koza je odjednom postala ekstremno suha, iziritirana, bolna… Doslovno horror. S obzirom da je koncentrat jedini proizvod koji sam nanovo pocela koristiti, bila sam sigurna da je u njemu stvar i prestala s koristenjem. Bila sam totalno razocarana: mozete samo zamisliti! Ali nekako ga nisam mogla sam tako pustiti. Kad mi se koza oporavila, dala sam mu novu sansu i pogodite sto se ispostavilo uzrokom – promjena klime i boravak u suhom zraku aviona. Trebala sam mu samo dati vise vremena. Jutro nakon prvog koristenja probudila sam se sa tako predivnom, svjezom, sjajnom kozom da iskreno nisam mogla vjerovati (ne, ovo nije PR proizvod J Koza lica je bila mekana, bez ikakvih naznaka suhoce. Od tada je proslo 10ak dana,  a ja ovu poslasticu volim svakim danom sve vise. Jednostavno imam taj osjecaj obnovljene koze, mekoce i hidratacije. Koncentrat fino nanesem nakon kreme i prezadovoljna sam s onim s cim se budim i pocinjem dan. Cista ljubav, eto! 

Kiehl's midnight recovery concentrate review and first impressions

Zasto i kome ga preporucujem?

Ja sam se zaista zaljubila u ovaj koncentrat – moja mekana, nahranjena koza govori sve! Preporucila bih ga od srca svima koji se bore s dehidratacijom i umornom kozom, kojima fali vrijeme da se koza opusti i oporavi i onima koji uzivaju u malim, mirisnim spa rutinama! Svakako svajetujem da odete u Kiehl’s i zamolite za tester da mozete isprobati s obzirom da nije bas jeftin i s obzirom na cinjenicu da koza moze biti osjetljiva na ulje lavande, ali mimo toga, ja mogu reci samo pozitivne stvari o ovom Kiehl’s-ovom bestselleru. Definitivno jedan od mojih favorita svih vremena i moj spasitelj za nadolazece neprijateljske zimske dane i noci.

Kiehl's midnight recovery concentrate review and first impressions


Have you already tried Kiehl’s as a brand or the Midnight Recovery Concentrate? If not, would you like to? Does your skin usually get dehydrated during the winter?

Jeste li vec probali nesto od Kiehl’s brenda ili konkretno Midnight Recovery koncentrat? Ako ne, biste li voljeli isprobati? Postane li i vasa koza dehidrirana tijekom zime?


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6 Comments Add yours

  1. sassypout says:

    Moja dugogodisnja ljubav s Khielsom pocela je s njihovim mlijekom za tijelo i avokado kremicom oko ociju! Ovak koncetrat sam vec drugi put kupila i stvarno je odlican.Volim i njihove kreme za ruke te balzame za usne

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    1. Meni je ovo prvi, i moram priznati da jedva cekam posjetiti ih ponovno, mislim da bi mogla neka maskica pasti :))

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  2. I ja ga obožavam! :) Stvarno je sjajan! Jedino što ga ja nanosim umesto kreme ili dve kapljice pomešam sa kremom zavisi kako smo raspoložene koža i ja :D

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    1. Bas mi je drago da dijelimo misljenje Nikolina :) <3 Znaci kod tebe je neka verzija tonirane kreme onda :)

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