It comes as no surprise that I would be drawn to Kiehl’s new Apothecary Preparations harkening back to their foundation in 1851. I find the nostalgia in something centuries old charming. Granted this isn’t medicine, but it is skincare and as we are bombarded with more and more environmental issues we can’t control, I’ll take anything to help in my arsenal of good skin.
And it really doesn’t get any easier than this. You simply walk into a Kiehl’s store in Highland Village for a personal consultation – meaning you can’t get one online or for your bestie (but you can bring her along for the ride). You’ll answer questions regarding your skin and walk out with a concoction tailored to you, complete with your name on it.
The consultation is free, but the formula is not. It lasts about 6 months and a little goes a long way. The idea is that as your skin changes your formula does too. However, the price is always $95.
My consultation covered my main concerns, starting with taking a look at my lines and wrinkles (EEK!). We covered those naturally occurring as well as those sun-induced. I was shown four pictures like a multiple choice test (not-so-easy because maybe, denial); I picked the image that most resembled my not-so-desired lines.
We did the same test on my cheek, then covered tone, spots, texture, pores, redness – oh, my. All my answers were tallied up and my formula was made. It’s meant to be worn at night since it has retinol. The formula starts with a skin strengthening concentrate made from a squalane base and to this, your specific needs based on that aforementioned multiple choice test are added. You take the dropper home with your individual complexes and you mix them into the base. Shake it up a little ever now and again and – voila! – ¼ dropper full every night to address your personal skin issues.
I waited a month to the day to share results of nightly use and can see a noticeable change in my skin. It’s more supple, smooth and my spots have lightened. My wrinkles are still there, a visible reminder of the battles won and the “pee in your pants” laughs – but they’re on notice that I won’t let them settle easily.