[Kiehl’s] Midnight recovery concentrate Review

Kiehl’s Midnight recovery concentrate Review

Today I am back with a review and as you probably can guess from the title I am reviewing the Kiehl’s Midnight recovery concentrate that has been raved about for so long, to let you know if in my opinion it is actually worth the hype.

What is Kiehl’s Midnight recovery concentrate?


As stated on Kiehl’s webpage, the product is:

A replenishing nighttime facial oil with distilled botanicals that visibly restores the appearance of skin by morning.

What it promises:

Regenerates, restores, and replenishes skin for smoother, healthier skin
Works with the skin’s natural nocturnal activity – when skin is most receptive to repairing itself from daily aggressors – to dramatically restore skin
99.8% naturally-derived and paraben-free oil for face

How to Apply:

Apply 2-3 drops of treatment on cleansed skin
Gently press fingertips to cheeks, forehead, and chin to evenly distribute the application before gently massaging it into the skin
Can wear alone or under moisturizer

Active Ingredients:

Evening Primrose
Evening Primrose Oil is an effective on skin barrier repair and boosting radiance.

Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil helps soothe inflamed or irritated skin while helping reduce skin blotchiness for a more even look. Creates a brighter and more radiant look to skin.

Squalane (Perhydrosqualene or perhydrosqualene vegetal)
A signature Kiehl’s ingredient, Squalane is a botanical lipid that is similar in molecular structure to natural skin lipids. It has an exceptional affinity to skin, and because it’s easily absorbed, Squalane helps restore skin’s natural moisture balance to keep it extra soft and supple.

Well as far as this, it is all information provided by the brand that you can find on the webpage, now here you have my own research and opinion.

Because I really care and pay attention to my skin, I am one of those weirdos that spends good 10 minutes checking and analyzing the contents of the products prior to buying. When it came to the Midnight recovery concentrate I was a bit disappointed to see some maybe not so healthy ingredients like potential irritants (linalool, citronellol, geraniol, limonene, sclareolide), specially since it claims to be 99.8% naturally derived.

I got to say that this made me a bit hesitant specially since I have extremely sensitive skin, but since it didn’t have any of the absolutely no no’s on my beauty bible and the potential irritants were towards the end of the list, I decided to give it a try and ask for a sample.

Here is a list of the ingredients if you want to check them out yourself:


Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Squalane, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Coriander Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Lavender Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Linalool, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Citronellol, Geraniol, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Turmeric Root Extract, Limonene, Citral, Sclareolide, Rose Flower Oil, Jasmine Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil

Does Kiehl’s Midnight recovery concentrate really work?

At this point in time, I  was on some hardcore medication that made my skin shed like crazy and be extremely dry. I was desperate for something to give me some extra hydration, without hurting my skin. After trying out the sample and getting minimal to no irritation I decided to give it a go and purchase the full size.

Potential irritants apart the truth is that it really helped my skin during this time. Keeping it hydrated and helping regenerate it when it was in weak condition, obviously that doesn’t happen overnight as the brand claims, but it did improve my skin condition overall.

My skin was more hydrated, less patchy and less  irritated and red, which obviously made me extremely happy.

As for how I applied it, I would usually apply it with my moisturizing cream after a serum morning and night. During the day I would warm out a couple drops in between my hands and pat it onto my skin by itself or mixing it with some thermal water when I could feel my skin being really dry or starting to become irritated.

Overall, this product kept up with the functions I was searching for, it was no miracle cure but it did help my skin considerably.

Kiehl’s Midnight recovery concentrate


It fulfilled some of the claims advertised on the webpage, like help hydrating and regenerating the skin

Texture was perfect for mixing with other creams when applying, or for warming it up and using it by itself

It was not too oily even for people with combination to oily skin if you keep the measurements to what it is recommended or less

It lasts a long time (for me it was close to 6-7 months using it more than 3 times a day)


It is on the pricier side

I wasn’t a big fan of the smell, but it would go away once you apply it

Contains irritants


I would give it a 3.5/5 stars in overall performance, price vs quality, and product in general.

Would I repurchase?

I wouldn’t mind repurchasing it if I didn’t find anything else that I liked better, it did help my skin at difficult times and overall it was an ok product, but honestly I don’t think I would, since for the price and quality there are probably a lot more things out there worth trying.

So to summarize it, it was a decent product but it didn’t become an essential on my routine, repurchasing it wouldn’t be a huge deal but this scenario would only happen in a SOS situation if I didn’t have anything else to turn towards to.

For other recommended face oils, you can check out this article.



  1. September 30, 2015 / 1:05 pm

    Dying to try this. Great post and very interesting considering I’ve also sensitive skin x

    • September 30, 2015 / 4:11 pm

      Hey doll thanks 🙂 I really hope it was helpful then, it seem to work best for me when mixing it with a light texture serum (2 drops concentrate 4 drops serum) and warming it up with the hands prior to applying it to face and neck let me know if you give it a try, xx

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