For many years I thought if you have oily skin, you should stay away from oils, otherwise your skin will be even more oil. It turned out I was so wrong, it is one of the myths, isn’t it? I didn’t know that you could balance the natural oils with the facial oils like jojoba, grape seed, tea tree and clove oils, which are actually friends of oily/combination skin, so watch out for them. My latest addition to my skincare routine is Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate.

Skincare Routine with Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

My skin used to be oily, however, at the moment it is more like being combination skin. So I shouldn’t only look for products, which will balance out the natural oil but also give hydration. After reading through the ingredients and reviews online, I decided that it is time to give Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate a try.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is really lightweight and fast absorbing oil. Once you massage it to your skin, the oil is basically gone and your skin feels softer. Even after the first week, you will notice the brightened and refreshed skin with a healthy glow. The main essential oils are evening primrose oils, which are rich in omega-6 and good at preventing water loss and as well as giving healthy looking skin. Lavender oil is for a calming effect and squalene for hydrating purposes with combination of jojoba and sunflower seed oil. Since there are oils which prevents water loss and gives hydration, the skin looks firmer and hydrated. If you are dealing with dehydrated skin, you should consider adding it to your skincare routine.

It has strong lavender scent and if you are not a fan of scented skincare products then this wouldn’t make you happy. I prefer unscented products, so it took me a while to get used to the scent, but using it right before going to bed actually helps me to relax and fall asleep easier. It must be the calming feature of lavender oil.

In addition, I have a sample of Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate and Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream, which I added to my skincare routine. The Daily Reviving Concentrate has a sweet citrusy scent, which is not as overpowering as Midnight Recovery Concentrate and it is fast absorbing as well. It gets the skin softer and glowing, also it is good to apply before the makeup too. I should get the full size, this duo is really good. I stopped using Super Multi-Corrective Cream after a week, it is really moisturising and my skin doesn’t need that heavy moisturiser at the moment, however, I am sure it would be good for colder months where my skin lacks of moisture. It is supposed to aim for visible sign of aging, I wonder if it actually makes a difference.

Have you changed your skincare routine lately? What are your skincare routine essentials that you can’t live without? Do you think all these creams and serums can prevent aging and give you younger looking skin or do you believe that you should also take supplements as well as a good skincare routine?

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  • Oh I love the sound of this, especially the lavender scent which I love. Gemma x

  • I’ve heard amazing things about Kiehls I have still yet to use their products
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  • I think prevention is better than cure so I’m willing to believe all the anti-ageing claims! Lovely pick x
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

    • Prevention is better than cure, I want to believe it too! x

  • I’ve always wanted to try this product, yet I didn’t know the lavender scent was so strong, it’s such a shame I don’t have a Kiehl’s shop nearby, otherwise I would be able to see if I can overcome it!

    • I prefer unscented skincare products, once you open the bottle you get the lavender smell straight away and it lingers around for a while.

  • Yiotou_La

    I have combination to oily skin and I couldn’t imagine not using face oils in my daily routine. I love how my skin feels after I use it. I tried the Kiehls Daily Concentrate when I asked for a sample, and I liked it a lot. I would probably purchase it sometime when I run out of the one I am currently using!


    • I wasn’t really into oils, however now there are so many I want to try. This one of my favourite so far.

  • I think these things help us age gracefully, while nothing can prevent aging. But I am not a big fan of too many supplements, we know too little about how they interact.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Nothing can prevent aging, unless scientists do something with DNAs!

      • And I would be pretty scared if they did. The only cells in our body that don’t age are cancer cells.

  • I have it too, its a wonderful oil! Actually im quite impressed with all Kiehls products lately, everything ive tried i liked.

    • Same here! I haven’t had a disappointing product yet, which I am happy!

  • I haven’t really changed anything. I did change my whole cleansing routine though. I now cleanse mainly with Clinique.

    • My skin is acting up so I change my routine to find out which works better for me!

  • This looks great. I have to try it!

  • I have a combination skin so I never though oils would be suitable for me. Looks like I was wrong.

  • Erin Russell

    I keep looking at this as I really didn’t like the Estee Lauder one, and this one just seems more me, I love oils on my combo skin – so nice 🙂

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    • Ask for a tester and see how you get a long with it 🙂

  • Sheridan Grady

    I really want to try some stuff from Kiehls this summer! My sister uses this and it sounds so amazing! I too thought you should avoid oil if you have oily skin… oh how wrong we were! haha x

    • We were so wrong! There are a few other products I want to use as whatever I tried from Kiehl’s, I like them all! x

  • I think that amazing skin is a combination of nutrients from both the inside and out! This oil sounds so wonderful and I think that the lavender would be such a soothing feature too, as you said 🙂

    Rachel xx

    • I am considering to take some supplements like omega which is good for everything 🙂 x

  • I keep meaning to repurchase this oil because I loved it when I used it and I’ve wanted to try the day version since it was released! Will keep them in mind the next time I need to buy some skincare! Great post! xx

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    • I love the smell of the day version, it is light and sweet! x

  • Siffat Haider

    I have this oil and swear by it. Have you tried their avocado eye cream? SO good!

  • I use the midnight recovery concentrate too!! Its not cheap but its worth every penny
    Passion Blog |

    • It is not cheap, but like you said it is worth every penny 🙂

  • Nina

    I haven’t tried any product from Kiehl’s but this concentrate sounds amazing.

  • I’ve wanted to try this for so, so long. I always go in & test it, read so many reviews and I even bought a bottle for my mum. I think I need to invest in one for myself. The smell is divine! <33

    Katie // Words By Katie

    • I was the same, I kept testing it and then just got. It is a good serum and you should really get one for yourself too 🙂 <3

  • Lovely review, love the strong lavender scent!! Xx

  • Wow this is so interesting, I didn’t know you could mix oils with oily skin, very interesting!

    My Vogue Style, ||

  • I’ve been really fickle with my skincare as I’ve been testing lots of products but the one that I am currently obsessed about is Camellia oil. I personally have never read about it before because I always read about Argan or Rosehip oils so Camellia oil is completely new to me. So far so good but will definitely need to test longer.

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    • I didn’t know much about oils, but after reading the benefits there are a few I want to try. I’ve heard camellia oil before, however I don’t know the benefits so I am looking forward to your review about it.

  • I haven’t changed my skincare routine yet, but I do want to try out new products to get my skin ready for summer. Hopefully I’ll get the Laroche Posay Serozinc Spray that you mentioned in the favourites, and I’d love to try out this oil – but not sure I’ll be able to treat myself to it at the moment. It seems like such a good product, and lavender smells do help with sleep so that’s awesome! 🙂

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    • My skin is acting up at the moment so I am trying different products to see how my skin is getting a long with them. Serozinc spray is good at oil control and I am so happy to finally add it to my routine 🙂 x

  • My skin has definitely gotten more oily since it’s getting hotter where I live! It’s time to change out some of my products! Glad to see you’ve opened up to the world of facial oils! I love using oil cleansers to remove makeup and clean my face!

    • When it gets warmer, my skin gets so oily. I used oil cleansers before, however I wasn’t really into oil serums and now it is the opposite!

  • Corinne C

    Ohh this sounds lovely. I love strong scented products, I bet I would love this,

    Corinne x

    • It is good before sleep, it helps me sleep straight away ha ha 🙂 x

  • Oh i love the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate it really does work wonders xx

  • This skincare looks interesting 🙂 I loved your review

  • I really like the scent and feel of this oil but I don’t notice any difference in my skin unfortunately! I really like my Trilogy Rosehip oil though!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

    • I can say my skin look brighter and feels softer, I will have to see the long term effect. I want to try rosehip oil, I’ve heard a lot about it!

  • This seems like a great product for oily skin, which I have, too, so perhaps I’ll have to look into this one. I am using an serum which I love by Evanhealy and I love it! It’s also fast absorbing, so it doesn’t leave the skin feeling super oily and wet after applying. I believe that diet and proper moisturizing, including sun screen, are the keys to maintaining youthful skin 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you’re having a great week so far!



    • Totally agree with you! Good diet as well as good skincare routine are the keys to youthful skin. I hope you’re having an amazing week! x

  • So interesting how something like oil that you think you should avoid can be so good for your skin! It’s also great for removing eye makeup 🙂

    xx Yasmin

    • Weird, isn’t it? I wish I had known it earlier 🙂 x

  • Having oily skin I used to be scared of any facial oils but now I love them, although my skin is more on the normal side right now.

    I’m a big advocate of the theory that taking good care of our skin will make us look our best for longer 🙂 Personally I prefer to get my vitamins and microelements through my diet but sometimes you might need to help yourself with some supplements if you really suffer with lack of something. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • I guess most of the people are scared of oils, I wish I had started using them earlier.
      Good diet as well as good skincare are the keys of youthful skin. I am tempted to get omega supplements, they are supposed to be good for many things 🙂 x

  • I have stayed away from facial oils but would definitely give them a try if I felt like the benefits outweighed the negatives (i.e. massive breakouts!). This option seems like it would get along well with my skin and the lavender scent would be so lovely at night!

    • You should test a few samples, there are some oils cause breakouts and some that actually makes a big difference. Lavender scent helps me sleep well at night 🙂


    Thanks for sharing, I looove oils I use them everyday on my face and it actually cleared up my adult acne

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  • the bottle reminds me a bit of the sunday riley one if u know what i mean. but i’ve heard so many good things about facial oils in general – nice to know this is a product to be considered x

    • Ah Sunday Riley… I want to try it, I wish it wasn’t that expensive! x

  • Karina Guimarães Ribeiro

    This oil seems great for any skin type. Love you review!

  • SamanthaSeries

    I used to have this oil, and finished it all up earlier this year! I need to repurchase Lol. I think the scent is quite nice for around bedtime, although I also generally prefer unscented.

    Samantha Series

    • It is good for bedtime, however I still prefer unscented products!

  • Mademoiselle Coconath

    Ill try it out! Thanks for sharing!


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  • I used to use it a lot and kinda liked it, but the smell….a bit of a turn off on me when I woke up 🙁 I switched to Fresh seaberry oil now!

    • I am not a fan of the overwhelming smell, I really wish it wasn’t that overpowering. I can’t find fresh products in Europe 🙁 It is one of the brands I really want to try out.

  • Cate Cruse

    I adore this oil! I use it on special occasions when I want to feel like I’m at a spa, haha. New follower here 🙂 xx

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    • Lavender scent is quite calming and it gives spa like experience. Thank you 🙂 xx

  • Aisha

    Everyone use this products and everyone love it ! I really want to try it too !! xx

  • I have a sample of this but I’ve never used it, I keep saving it for travel. As you know I have oily skin, and I love face oils as well. For the past few months I’ve been using one from LABO (an Italian brand) that I really love. It’s a blend of meadowfoam, avocado, jojoba and er oils.

    • I haven’t heard that brand before, ingredients sound good, is it good at oil control?

      • Hmmm, I’m not sure, but it definitely doesn’t make me more oily!

  • I’ve just started using Kiehl’s and their products have transformed my skin!! I’ve been wanting to try the Midnight Oil too as I’ve heard amazing things about it! Definitely need to try it! Xx

    • I’ve tried a few products and I haven’t had a disappointing one yet. This oil is good, I’d highly recommend it! x

  • I have heard amazing things about Kiehl’s! I have been using coconut oil for everything – but I know I should make the switch to something new soon. Maybe it’ll be Kiehl’s!


    • Coconut oil is good for everything, however sometimes it is good to have something specialised on certain issues.

  • Wellwell Girl

    that such a amazing product! x

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  • Hi Ela. I’ve heard a lot of people raving about this serum. I love Kiehl’s myself, their products are amazing and really work. I’ve only tried the sample of this midnight serum recently and fell in love straight away. I need to get a full size x
    Yukova by Yuliya Oleynykova

    • I tried the sample size before buying the full size and I am really happy about it. It is a good one x

  • Thanks for sharing dear!
    Love Emina

  • The oil seems amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Andreea Birsan

    Thanks for sharing this product with us! I want to try it as well!


  • I love the kielhs oil. I have dehydrated skin and its worked wonders for me. I’m glad to hear it works on other skin types too xx

    • My skin is really dehydrated at the moment so this makes wonders! x

  • Kiehl’s is really great for me (though a bit on the pricier side), so I’m excited to try this one out! I also love the blue of the bottle – I’m such a sucker for packaging. My skin has been better than usual lately, though I have been trying new products from Birchbox.

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    • I know, I wish it wasn’t that pricey, it kinda puts me off. Blue packaging is definitely catchy, I love how it looks.

  • @queenhorsfall

    I am a sucker for pretty packing! would love to try

  • I’ve heard so many good things about this! I’d love to try it out one day, I have seriously dehydrated skin and something like this would really help (along with drinking more water, of course) x

    • Even though I drink around 3 liters of water, my skin is dehydrated, I think it has something to do with unstable weather and stress. Grab a sample and see how you get along with it. x

  • Roberta Romeo

    I also would have thought that if you have oily skin you might stay away from oils!
    Very interesting product, I read very positive reviews about this brand and I want to try something asap! At the moment I have combination skin too so maybe this concentrate is right for me!

    • Apparently it is not like that, there are good oils for oily skins. x

  • Raindrops of Sapphire

    Ohh! I haven’t heard of this before, but it looks amazing! I will have to look out for it 😀 😀

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  • It sounds lovely! Lavender gives me headaches unfortunately. So not for me, but I think I do need to add an extra oil or serum to help keep my skin moisturised this winter.

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    • I’m not a fan of lavender smells and I try to stop breathing when I use it, it is kinda strong!

  • Little Miss Fashion Queen

    This brand is the best, love them!

    God bless,

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  • Wildfire Charm

    I love Kiehl’s and this one has been on my wishlist for a while. I have put it off because I have oily skin.

    • I have oily skin too, now more on the combination skin, and it is really lightweight. I would recommend you getting sample first.

  • The Sunday Mode

    I think it terms of ‘preventing’ ageing it’s really just a combination of things. I mean you could have the best skincare routine in the world, eat the ‘cleanest’ diet and just in general spend a tonne of money on your skin but in the end if you get no sleep and are always super stressed all of the time, I doubt that’s going to keep you looking young, you know?

    The Kiehls recovery concentrate sounds really good though, I love how it’s fast absorbing especially.

    • Totally agree with you! Nowadays there are so many factors to consider, like you said you can do everything right and just skip one important thing like sleep then all the effort is pointless.

  • I really have to revisit Kiehls. They make excellent products and I need to give them a try. This sounds lovely.

    • Kiehl’d products are great, there are a few other things I want to try out!

  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    I’ve recently learned about this whole ‘using oils on oily skin’ thing, and it’s really confused me at first also, but I guess it makes sense! My skin is ridiculously oily, so perhaps a little treatment like this would help. 🙂 I haven’t tried this particular oil, but it sounds amazing and I actually quite like the idea of it smelling like lavender! Thanks for sharing, gorgeous. x x


    • I was surprised at first too, however once you find the right oil, excessive skin oil will be gone. Just have a look and give them a try, I am sure it will work for you 🙂 xx

  • Nadia

    Kiehl’s is that one brand I am longing to try and explore more! It has been on my list for a while now and I will soon get my hands on some goodies 🙂 I feel like we have similar skin types, sweetie. Mine used to be quite oily as well and then it has gone to combination (with a bit of oiliness here and there + dry patches). This oil sounds so incredible. Whenever I was reading how you apply it I almost could feel how soothing and moisturizing it feels on the skin. Must. Get. Kiehl’s. ASAP <3
    xox Nadia

    • Combination skin is hard to handle, I pretty much prefer oily! Kiehl’s products are really good and effective, I would highly recommend them! x

  • I have this oil and love it. I have been using it for a few months as part of my nightly skincare routine. I am half way through it and I am so sad. Kiehl’s is a great brand. x

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  • I’ve had this product for a while and have been using it on and off, but it does make my skin look so much brighter the next morning. Love this product and Kiehls in general!

    – Samantha

    • I love this oil, I wish I didn’t have that strong lavender scent!

  • Samileen

    Oh how I used to love this product, and totally reminded me of that. It’s been ages since I have used this. But I agree with you on how quickly it absorbs and leaves the skin looking supple.

    Sam || Beautydetour

    • It is really good and I can see myself repurchasing it!

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    Love these products!!

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  • Bernadette

    I have been eyeing the kiehl’s oil for so long. I definitely need it in my life.