Lets face it. We want skin that looks and feels healthy at the same time and were willing to do whatever it takes to make it so. Scrubs, lotions, and masks galore, heres how to make Kiehls Creme de Corps. Kiehls Since 1851 was founded in the year you guessed it 1851.
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What started as a single pharmacy store in Manhattan has become one of the most highly coveted skincare companies in the world.
If youre heading to a Kiehls store, youre bound to run into Mr. Bones, the stores mascot, and a motorcycle. Yup. Theres a motorcycle in every Kiehls storefront. Initially this was a way to draw men in while women shopped for products also a clever way to introduce the exclusive line to men. Everything needed to make Kiehls iconic Creme de Corps is delivered directly to their facility in Piscataway, New Jersey, where the plant is powered by 100% renewable electricity. Here the product is made with a wide array of ingredients guaranteed to moisturize your skin. One of the key ingredients is cocoa butter, which gives the cream its delicious scent. The cocoa butter is broken apart and weighed with other dry ingredients to the exact amount necessary for a 10 ton batch of Creme de Corps. Thats a lot of butter! The materials are then sorted into the amount necessary for a single batch. Then theyre taken to the mixing room. In the mixing room, all of the ingredients are poured into the 10 ton mixing vessel. First step: glycerine, sesame oil, and apricot oil go through a machine that works like a straw. Pulling in the material from the bottom of the barrel and adding it to the vessel. Aloe juice, sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter are poured directly into the top of the mixing vessel. In between adding each ingredient, it is important to follow specific instructions since the mixtures alternate between being heated and cooled, kind of like baking a cake.
In the beginning stages, what is mixing inside the vessel doesnt look like lotion at all. It takes four hours of mixing, heating, and then cooling for the batch to begin looking like the yellow cream you get in your bottle. Now its ready to be tested. Chemists test the viscosity, or thickness, of the product to make sure its consistency meets all the necessary standards. Once the lotion has been approved, it is sent to the packaging and filling department. Here an assembly line fills bottles with Creme de Corps. Then the iconic Kiehls label is then added to the bottles and they are packed into shipping cases. But wait! Theres one more step before youre able to purchase this little guy. Ever had one of your beauty products burst in your suitcase? This could happen if pressure drops too low in the cargo area underneath a plane. Kiehls employees perform a vacuum test so you can rest easy knowing your bottle of Kiehls Creme de Corps is safe and sound. The test is conducted by pumping pressure into the device to see if the bottle will withstand negative pressures up to negative 25 inches of mercury. Once they pass the vacuum test, theyre ready to be shipped. Finally, your Creme de Corps is on its way home. Last year, Kiehls produced over one million ounces of Creme de Corps. Thats equivalent to filing a tower of one gallon milk containers stacked to the height of the Empire State Building three times over. So if you arent on the bandwagon, Kiehls will provide the moisture and the vintage Harley Davidson to set you on the road towards happy and healthy skin.
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