4 posts tagged "Creme de Corps"
Whether or not you’re ready to wrap your brain around this, the holiday shopping rush is on, at least at the beauty counter where the season’s reliable mix of sparkly makeup, festive scents, and package-deal kits have started rolling out to stores with gusto. This exciting time of the year on the retail calendar also means that Kiehl’s is back at it with its annual artist-commissioned labels for the best-selling Crème de Corps range. After inspiring images from Jeff Koons debuted last year, the New York apothecary brand has teamed up with pop surrealist superstar, Kenny Scharf for 2013, who has contributed Globo Mundo, an über colorful work, to the collaboration. In addition to two sizes of the classic Crème de Corps lotion and its Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter that have been adorned with Scharf’s design, the artist has also created the first-ever, fully decorated bottle of the skin salve as well as a limited-edition collectible “Squirt,” one of the his most popular characters that has been imagined as a miniature statuette in a limited quantity of 2,000 worldwide. 100-percent of profits from the sale of the collection will go to RxArt, a non-profit organization committed to fostering expression by engaging young patients admitted to pediatric hospitals in contemporary art—a cause for which it’s never too early to start spending.
As its many fans already know, Kiehl’s Creme de Corps is a body moisturizer of superb quality. The apothecary brand first released its classic beta-carotene-rich formula in the seventies, and it became such a hit for soothing dry, itchy skin that over the years it’s been reimagined in various forms, all equally wonderful (see: Creme de Corps Light-Weight Body Lotion, Nurturing Body Washing Cream, etc.). The latest must-have in the range is the Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter, which launched this month. The rich moisturizer shares the same nourishing base as the original creme, but it’s enhanced with oils from jojoba seeds and olives to restore the skin’s lipid barrier. It also includes protein-dense soy milk and honey to seal in long-lasting hydration and add a nice, sweet creamy scent. While the original formulation is perfect for sweeping over large sections of your body—pretty much everywhere from the neck down—the body butter is best on concentrated dry patches (elbows, knees, even lips). And art fans, take note: Kiehl’s has also released a limited-edition holiday version of the emollient salve with labels designed by Jeff Koons, profits from which will benefit The Koons Family Institute, an initiative of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.
Shiseido isn’t the only beauty company joining forces with a renowned artist in support of RxArt this season. Kiehl’s has teamed up with graffiti legend and Kanye West favorite KAWS, a.k.a. Brian Donnelly, to create a limited-edition bottle of the brand’s cult-favorite Crème de Corps body lotion. One-hundred percent of the net profits from the sale of each jojoba butter-, shea butter-, and sweet almond oil-packed container will be donated to RxArt, which helps support art programs in pediatric hospitals around the world. The collab won’t officially hit stores until the 15th, but you can buy it online now if you can’t bear to wait that long.
While you might know Kiehl’s Since 1851 for its line of ultra-luxe skincare products (Creme de Corps, anyone?), the East Village apothecary-turned-international cult favorite is better known by its true devotees for a collection of original scents that dates back to the beginning of the twentieth century. To celebrate this rich heritage and introduce new fans of the brand to these highly concentrated essence oils, Kiehl’s has rereleased customer favorites in portable roller-ball form. Launching nationwide in February, each of the four different fragrances are named for their year of creation and possess their own unique backstory. Kiehl’s lore has it that Musk 1921 was deemed “too sensual” for the times when it was created and was subsequently labeled “Love Potion” and stashed away in the basement of the Kiehl’s Pharmacy at 109 Third Avenue, not to be opened again until free love shifted social mores in 1963. Six others are scheduled to follow in the coming months.