Testing Vintage: Pond’s Cold Cream

This is not your mother’s favourite beauty cream, because it’s probably your grandmother’s favourite beauty cream. It’s a household name, been around for over 100 years and according to the company, a jar sells every 15 seconds, it’s Pond’s Cold Cream. For today’s blog, I thought it might be fun to test out a vintage beauty product that you can still buy today and see how it stacks up in the modern world. So I went out and got myself a tub of Pond’s Cold Cream and the game was afoot.

Now, many people may be wondering, what actually is cold cream? According to Wiki, Cold cream is an emulsion of water and certain fats, usually including beeswax and various scent agents, designed to smooth skin and remove makeup. The emulsion is of a “water in oil” type unlike the “oil in water” type emulsion of vanishing cream, so-called because it seems to disappear when applied on the skin.

Ingredients for Pond’s Cold Cream:
Mineral oil, water, ceresin, beeswax, triethanolamine, ceteth 20, fragrance, behenic acid, montan wax, cetyl alcohol, carbomer, dmdm hydantoin, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate

How to Use:
-I personally use Cold Cream as a pre cleanser meaning that after use, I will use my normal face wash as I like to ensure that every scrap of dirt and makeup is removed off my skin.
-I start my scooping out a decent amount using my spatula and then rubbing it onto my fingers, I then rub the cold cream onto my skin starting with my cheeks, forehead and chin. I then move onto my eyes and lips. Yes, I do look like the Joker at this stage but that’s all part of the fun!
-Once I’ve massaged my face in a small circular motion, I take a damp face towel or face cloth and using upwards strokes, wipe the cream off. I switch to a new section of towel between each wipe so I don’t push the cream back onto my skin.
-My face is generally clean and soft!

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Final Thoughts:
Cold cream is exceptionally good for those with dry skin so I found in the winter months it’s absolutely delightful to use. I have read that many after their first cleanse with the cream, either do it one more time or leave a thick layer and go to bed but personally, I don’t like the idea of such a thick product left on my skin for so many hours.
An interesting thing about cold cream is that it doesn’t absorb into the skin no matter how much you rub it in. Despite this, it works really well in softening pores and removing dirt, sebum and makeup that can be clogging your pores.
Cold cream can also be used to shave with! To test this theory, I gave samples to my father and my partner for them to use over two weeks whenever they shaved their faces and both said the product helped soften their skin and the hairs making shaving easy. However, because of how thick the cream is, it did become difficult to remove from the blades after use. My dad recommended very hot water and shaking the razor vigorously under the water and if it’s still not coming out, use a q-tip.
One particular thing I like about the Pond’s Cold Cream was the scent; it had a lovely and delicate rose and powdery sort of scent. It was very vintage but subtle and soft.
Also, Pond’s Cold Cream came out over 100 years ago! How amazing is that for an affordable vintage product that’s easily found today in any pharmacy. Here in Australia, a small jar is around $5! An excellent price point for such a versatile product.

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Note: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions and thoughts expressed are solely my own and not influenced in any way. 

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