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Keys® vs Kiehl’s Eye Cream Shootout

Keys® Eye Butter vs Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream: Natural Rejuvenation at a Fraction of the Price


When it comes to finding the perfect eye cream, consumers are faced with a plethora of options. Two standout products in this crowded market are Keys® Eye Butter and Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream. While both aim to hydrate, brighten, and rejuvenate the delicate eye area, a closer look reveals why Keys Eye Butter emerges as the superior choice, offering a more natural, effective, and affordable solution.


Ingredient Comparison: Nature’s Bounty vs Synthetic Additives


The heart of any skincare product lies in its ingredients. Keys® Eye Butter boasts a 100% natural and organic ingredient list, featuring powerhouses like cucumber extract, avocado oil, and shea butter[1]. These botanicals work synergistically to hydrate, soothe, and plump the eye area, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream, while also containing some natural ingredients like avocado oil and shea butterincludes synthetic additives such as PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate and Isopropyl Palmitate[6].


Keys Eye Butter Ingredients[1]:

– Organic Cucumber Extract 

– Organic Avocado Oil

– Organic Shea Butter

– Organic Black Cumin Oil

– Organic Carrot Seed Oil

– Organic Aloe Vera


Kiehl’s Eye Cream Key Ingredients[2][6]:

– Water

– Shea Butter 

– Butylene Glycol

– Tridecyl Stearate

– PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate

– Isodecyl Salicylate

– Avocado Oil


Multi-Functional Formula: Hydrate, Conceal, Prime


Keys Eye Butter goes beyond simple hydration. Its rich, creamy texture not only moisturizes but also conceals imperfections and acts as a natural eye makeup primer[1]. This multi-tasking ability simplifies routines and saves time. While Kiehl’s Eye Cream claims to double as an under-eye primer, reviews suggest it may not perform as effectively in this regard[3][5].


Allergy-Friendly and Suitable for Sensitive Skin


For those with sensitive skin or allergies, finding suitable eye care can be challenging. Keys Eye Butter caters to this need by creating a natural barrier against common allergens, preventing irritation around the eyes[1]. It is also recognized by the Environmental Working Group as one of the safest eye care products available[1]. Kiehl’s Eye Cream, though generally well-tolerated, does not highlight specific allergy-friendly benefits[2][4].


Value for Money: Quality and Quantity


When it comes to pricing, Keys Eye Butter offers unbeatable value. A 15ml jar starts at $24.95, with discounts of up to 15% for bulk purchases, bringing the price down to $21.21[1]. Kiehl’s Eye Cream, at $60 for 14ml[2], is significantly pricier without any advertised bulk discounts. Considering the organic, multi-functional nature of Keys Eye Butter, it provides a luxurious eye care experience at a fraction of the cost.


The Verdict: Keys Eye Butter Wins for Natural, Effective, Affordable Eye Care


In the battle of the eye creams, Keys Eye Butter triumphs over Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream. Its commitment to 100% natural, organic ingredients, combined with its multifunctional abilities and allergy-friendly formulationmake it a top choice for discerning consumers. The attractive price point and bulk discount options further solidify its position as the best value for high-performance, natural eye care. For those seeking to unlock the secret to youthful, radiant eyes, Keys Eye Butter is the clear winner.



[1] Eye Butter – Refresh Anti-Aging Eye Cream with Cucumber and Avocado

[2] Avocado Eye Cream – Brightening and Hydrating Eye Cream – Kiehl’s

[3] Eye creams: Kiehl’s Creamy Eye with Avocado vs Olehenriksen Banana …

[4] How To Pick The Best Eye Cream For Your Skin Type – Kiehl’s

[5] Eye creams: Kiehl’s Creamy Eye with Avocado vs Olehenriksen Banana …

[6] Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado VS Youth To The People …

Bob’s Perspective on AI and the Skin Industry


Bob Root, Chemical-Free Skin Health® author and Keys chief scientist

I grew up as a car guy born of a car dad. I joked that he was the builder, and I raced.   That’s because I was expendable. He could always make a spare.  As a car guy, the high school boasting got resolved on Sunday at the drag strip.  The following week was spent making your car even faster.  


I began my working life in the competitive photographic equipment world and migrated to the fledgling computer industry, drawn to underdogs, Namely Apple. Computer magazines were ruthless in their reviews, pitting product against product. Entering the skin business, I wondered why there were never any comparisons in this industry. A PR friend revealed the truth. “Magazines, bloggers, and influencers never want to piss off a would-be advertiser or sponsor.”   


One simple truth is that our customer service gets so many requests to compare Keys® products to those of others claiming similar things. It is tiring to answer these one-on-one requests.


Being a tech guy, I was an early beta tester with OpenAI and  ChatGPT.  About two years ago, I asked ChatGPT to write comparisons for me to new product announcements by others in the industry.  Two things emerged. I saw that ingredients in many products were identical and listed in the same order in these reviews.  This led me to conclude that they were all the same chemical-laden products from the same manufacturer.  Second, they would often feature a natural ingredient like avocado oil, which is followed by an array of chemicals.  Their marketing pushed the one natural ingredient.


Remember that as a tech guy from Silicon Valley, those magazine reviews were painful, but they helped us hone the fine features, benefits, and advantages of our products.  Not having this in the skin business fostered our use of AI to teach our engineering team how our products were better or could be better compared to the chemist-based companies and their products.   


So, we started using these AI comparisons to answer our customer service comparison questions, and respondents said that it was like drinking from a fire hose but appreciated the information.


thought, why not present these findings to consumers before they ask the questions?


Over the years, we have used ChatGPT Turbo and Claude3 OPUS to write comparisons for us. Shootouts like the one above are directly the results of these AI engine reports. Unlike the paid reviews that flood the skin industry and all the glamor magazines, these reports are our measurement of how we compare. Flawed? Yes, but 100% better than paid bullshit.


We keep iterating, learning, and discovering and will continue to use AI to bring you the best products at a fair price that is all-natural.  To us, AI is not scary but just another tool in a quest for the best.


Take these shootouts as you wish, keeping in mind that they are just another data point in our quest to be the best. 



Keys Founder and Chief Scientist.