Kiehl’s creme with silk groom review

M: I have a confession to make.

E: Hang on, let me put go fetch my purple robes. Ok, go on.

M: I promised LillaBrunaElk, the winner of the No7 lip jam, my bottle of Kiehl’s Creme with Silk Groom the other day. Because I bought it last summer, and didn’t like it.

E: Oh?

M: It promises an “optimal styling experience”. Now, I think it is fair to say, my “styling experience” has never been optimal. Unless you count looking like a lion that’s been dragged through a car wash ‘optimal’.

E: I distrust their claims. I mean, do tiny hairdressers come out of the tube and give you a blow dry, complete with current issues of celebrity gossip magazines and cappuccino? NO. Therefore: suboptimal.

M: Indeed. I have hair. A LOT OF IT. All over the fucking place. So my styling experience is usually composed of a lot of whining and some half arsed blow drying. UUUUUUUGH do I haaaaave tooooo?

E: So much hair.

M: So I had high hopes for this. I went all the way to Paris, and got lost in Printemps Beauté to find it. Little did I know they sell it at Jenners. Bastards.

E: What did it promise? Why did you seek it out in this way?

M: Well, everyone goes on about it. Magazines, celebrities, blah blah. And it’s supposed to be good for thick curly hair.

E: I see.

M: But it feels like horse glue. Or what I imagine horse glue feels like. Thick. Sticky. Viscous. Not what I want in my hair.

E: Gross. Does it smell of hooves?

M: Yes! A hoof that’s been half heartedly rubbed with wheat protein, soy protein, and jojoba oil. Anyway, I’d lost the damned thing, so didn’t send it to LBE. But when I found it the other day, I tried it again. I only used a tiny amount – about a pea sized dollop for my long hair – and rubbed it thoroughly into my hands to warm it first, until they looked like the white face of a mime artist.

E: And?

M: And wow! It’s great.

E: Aha! The celebrities (or rather, the faceless PR drones who make up their ‘recommendations’) are right!

M: Rubbed this way onto wet hair, it transforms into a sort of liquid, emulsified styling creme of gorgeousness. And gives sleek, controlled, voluminous blow dried hair that doesn’t get gunky or greasy for ages.

E: Whoa. That’s pretty amazing. LBE, you won’t be seeing your hoof glue.

M: Nope, sorry LBE. This one’s all mine. Better luck next time.

Kiehl’s with Silk Groom, £17.50

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M likes bright powders in tiny pots and anything that will make her hair more Jen Brill and less Shaun the Sheep.


  • April 12, 2010


    M, have you tried MorrocanOil? Someone I know was going on and on about it, but I’m too cheap to try it myself without a Trained Professional’s* recommendation, not just some girl I know.

    *That would be you.

  • April 12, 2010


    Ah, I shall now go and purchase this fabled product. M, rends-moi mes cheveux. My hair is like yours by the sounds of it and the London air “quality” and climate do not suit it at all – I look like an electrified witch at the best of times. I have tried a few cheaper concoctions with pitiful results. This might just do the trick. Thank you for yet another super-useful and entertaining review.

  • April 12, 2010


    Ahahahhaha Margaret. Trained Professionals? You mock us cruelly.
    By Morrocan Oil, do you mean Argan oil? It is supposed to be very good, a friend of mine used to use it on skin and hair. Not tried it though, I’m pretty minimal (lazy) when it comes to my hair. I like that the Kieh’ls both moisturizes and helps to blow dry. Also tried MOP recently with decent results, will review if I can ever be bothered to buy some.

  • April 12, 2010


    er… I meant I look like an electrocuted witch, not an electrified one.

  • April 12, 2010

    Lilla Bruna Elk

    I didn’t like to say anything, the Space Lizards had been so gracious with the lip jam. They even put in a little card about this

    I also have hair that has more Crystal Tips days than sleek gorgeous days. But don’t let that make you feel bad. No, don’t feel bad. Well, maybe just a little bit! than (but less purple)

    I am so impressed by the ability of Kiehl’s products to tame my rampant tresses I tolerate the constant ants scurrying on my scalp feeling that it causes, due to comedic skin sensitivities. That, my friends, is devotion to the cause.

    Cuplrit #1 –
    Cuplprit #2 –

  • April 12, 2010


    I’M SORRY (not really). I only found it after sending your package. Sob.

  • April 13, 2010


    All right already! I’ll buy it! I just can’t right now because it’s after midnight and the nearest Kiehl’s is closed. Do you think they’ll give mr a sample or will they be angry that I don’t just willingly belive it will work for me? I’ve been burned before–so many, many bottles of hair potions. So many hundreds–thousands?–squandered. My hair is my Last Best Hope. Everything else is middle-aged and relentlessly crumbling. The hair, though, defies age with it’s graylessness. I just want it to be managable and shiny and nice. Is that so much to ask?

  • April 13, 2010


    Margaret, stare them down until they give you a sample. Make something up. Tell them you have LBE’s scalp-ants condition.

  • April 13, 2010

    Alex Sheppard

    I have the type of thick, frizzy hair that makes hairdressers gasp. Will Kiehl’s really, really work? And is it really, really worth £17.50?

  • April 13, 2010


    Alex – I would really try to get a sample first, because I hated it at first until I adjusted the amount I was applying. It also depends what you’re expecting from it – I still have to blow dry but I get a very natural version of my hair that behaves pretty well and feels very soft. If you need more styling or hold power you might prefer something else. And I use such a small amount that the bottle will probably last a year at least, so £17.50 doesn’t seem so bad.

  • April 13, 2010

    Artichoke Queen

    Margaret, I tried Moroccan Oil shampoo and conditioner last week, quite by accident, while housesitting for a friend who had it in her shower. It was nice, but not measurably nicer than what I use on a regular basis (Redken Smooth Down). No idea about their styling products. Also, smells quite strongly of roses, which was a negative for me but would be a positive for many, I suspect.

  • April 15, 2010


    I too was not too impressed when I first bought this and it languished in my ‘crap things that don’t work’ box under the bathroom sink. Now I’ve started using it on my gonky hair and it really seems to do the trick.

  • June 13, 2010

    Alyssa Thompson

    Jojoba oil is really great for acne because it helps balance facial oil.*;,

  • June 28, 2010


    thanks to lovely people at Kiehl’s Kings Road am now proud owner of my own bottle – will let you know if frizzfest is calmed. Also have medley of samples to see if can find non-itchy shampoo. x

  • July 24, 2010

    Leah Anderson

    Jojoba oil is also great for acne sufferers because it can penetrate oily pores.`:.

  • September 10, 2010

    Sofia Baker

    i used jojoba oil on my oily acneic face and it is good for unblocking blackheads:*;

  • December 14, 2010

    Digital Multimeter

    i heard that jojoba oil is also very good against acne, i would like to try it on my acne `’.

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