Welcome back Lost Kids! Surprise, surprise, I’ve been incredibly busy with work – however, not too busy to miss attending Kiehl’s Cardiff’s Christmas bloggers event with my gal All That Jazmin! As all of you know, I’m all for fresh, organic products for everyone to use. What makes Kiehl’s especially awesome is how it all began for them, and how they still create fantastic products that they care wholeheartedly about, in a similar way as their company forefathers would have.
Before we get into discussing the event itself, here’s just a little bit of background information for you about Kiehl’s heritage, and a reason as to why, if you walk into any Kiehl’s store you’ll find a Mr Bones (a human skeleton). 1851 in New York’s East Village Kiehl’s began as an Old-World Apothecary, meaning someone could go into the store describe any aches or pains they may have and, show the professionals working in store on their original Mr Bones the human skeleton where the pain is, and those working at the store would then go and make up fresh, handmade remedies that would hopefully help the customer with their issues.
So Kiehl’s grew and grew from there and became what it is today, a brand that specialises in premium and ethical skin, hair and body care. Their products and ingredients are all ethically sourced and organic, which is something I adore about this brand. Their products have been tested on humans by humans and mother nature and have been proven to do exactly what they claim to do. Kiehl’s is very much like Lush in this sense. Kiehl’s keep things simple, and I love it. If you go into any Kiehl’s store and ask an employee where or how a product came about, chances are you’ll be told a scientific and fascinating answer as to how a simple idea turned into a brilliant product for you to use in the comfort of your own home.
We were welcomed in by friendly members of staff with warm smiles and a festive candy cane mocktail for all. After giving us a brief history of the brand and explaining their brand values, the Kiehl’s staff members offered us warm drinks to keep us all cosy and warm provided by Whittard of Chelsea and delicious goodies to snack on.
During the event we had the opportunity to talk to members of staff about the products and about the brands roots. As soon as you walk into a store, you’ll notice that there is decor across the shop floor which acts as a nod to their original heritage. Each store also has a Harley Davidson bike which is also a nod to how the shop developed from an Old-World Apothecary to what it is today.
A lovely member of staff named Kieran (very sorry if that’s not your name! I am awful with remembering names!) took Jazz and I under his wing when explaining about their skincare products. Jazz and I asked questions in regards to our own skin and posed our concerns about our blemishes and the such. Each product Kieran showed us was unique, and he let us try them on our hands. When doing this, Kieron backed up his choice of products with scientific facts about the ingredients in said products and explained how they would work and benefit our skin.
We could see that a lot of areas in the store were dedicated to skincare, body care and haircare. Towards the right hand side of the store, there is a section dedicated to products designed for men. Men can get fairly touchy when it comes to skincare, especially if they think products were designed for women in mind. So this section is specifically for men and all their skincare, haircare needs! And that’s including goodies for their beards (if they have any type of facial hair).
As well as having individual products, Kiehl’s also has a fair amount of fantastic gift sets ready for Christmas shoppers to buy and give to loved ones this Christmas. Some of these sets included exclusive limited edition products which are super exciting!
Kiehl’s have thought of everyone when designing gift sets. We all know how annoying it can be to find things for certain people with different needs, likes, dislikes and the such. Here are just a few examples of gift set types the Cardiff store had on display.
Speaking of gifts, Kiehl’s teamed up with the University of South Wales (the university I attended and then dropped out of) to create fantastic handmade gift boxes! The illustrations are all hand drawn and tell the story of Kiehl’s roots. Some are quirky and wacky. Others are simple and delicate. Customers have the chance to buy said boxes and have the chance to reach out to the artist that created the box. Here are just a few examples of the work I saw at the event.
To wrap up the event, Jazz and I took full advantage of the gingerbread-man decorating station the store set up for us. I never thought a gingerbreadman would look so sinister as to the one Jazz made. (I’m joking, Jazz. It was a lovely gingerbreadman…..)
It was such a fun way to get bloggers to interact with one another and a really fun ice-breaker for us all to get to know each other and the staff. Seeing as I dressed as Mrs Claus, I thought it only fitting to decorate Father Christmas instead of a gingerbreadman. I guess he turned out alright.
We couldn’t help but treat ourselves to some goodies before we left though! I have no doubt I’ll be emptying my bank account at Kiehl’s come my next pay-day. Overall, the event was fantastic! It was the first blogger’s event I attended and it was everything I hoped it would be.
Before I sign off, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to the staff at Kiehl’s Cardiff for putting on such a lovely event and giving us a really wonderful evening. And a huge thank you to Jazz for showing me the ropes of blogging events! You guys are the real MVPs.
Have you guys ever tried Kiehl’s products? If so, what are your favourite products to treat yourself with? I’d love to hear from you! As always Lost Kids, stay safe and have an awfully big adventure.