Rediscovered this again after panicking about increasing dryness and wrinkling because my oils and Vitamin C serum are struggling to keep things at bay. After washing with Cetaphil, I slather on Pond's and don't even tissue off. The first day I couldn't believe how much dewiness had been restored. Just made me look refreshed, taken care of, like I'm aging gracefully... Ha! What a treat that it's so inexpensive too!
Ohhh how I love thee, MUA. This is my new HG makeup remover. I cannot get over how much money I was spending buying the expensive stuff from MAC, Lancome, and MUFE Sens'eyes. If you're indecisive on whether to get this or not, DO IT!! It's 100% worth it and you will not regret it one bit. Pat some on your makeup, then gently remove with a flat cotton round or tissue. LOVE!
I'm now on my 4th or 5th jar, and have been using it EVERYDAY for the past 2 years so I think I'm confident enough to write a review about this little baby. I was one of the many people who started trying this product after Kylie's recommendation, and back then, it was extremely difficult to find. Only few chemists had it, but the ones I found back then were the original 6 ingredient version. Unfortunately, that's all gone now and I have to use the new version with all the additional ingredients.
For me, I can definitely tell the difference between the two. The first thing i noticed was the original had a stronger (and slightly different) rose smell. It had a more oily texture with the new being more 'waxy'. Other than that, I really can't tell any more definitive differences. My skin is in pretty good condition and does not react to the new version whatsoever, and I feel sorry for those who find the new version unsuitable for their skin because in all honesty, this is the best make up remover - PERIOD.
I have used some pretty expensive cleansers in my past including spending $150 on a tub of Eve Lom and seriously, I still prefer ponds. I slather this on my face with all the make up and grime, gently smooth it till all the make up has melted, and then i use either tissue or hot wash cloth to wipe everything off follow with a spritz of Avene Thermal Water and night time moisturiser . That's it. My face is left clean, yet soft like i've just moisturised my skin. Sometimes, to mimic the Eve Lom cleanser, I would mix a dollop of ponds with Dermalogica microfoliant to give my face a gentle exfoliation whilst massaging my face. For $8, you cannot find anything else better. I'm 32, and most people think i'm 25 tops. I even got carded few times. This is a classic for a reason ladies, and I always believed keeping things simple is the best bet for long lasting youthful skin. Ponds cold cream and a good sunscreen is my fountain of youth.
This is relatively difficult to find in Australia, and the only place I know that sells them are My Chemist and Chemist Warehouse for $8/269g.
Amazing product! I used to use the Neutrogena wipes to remove all my makeup, but they just got too expensive. With this, you just rub it all over your face and eyes and it removes EVERYTHING! And for $3 @ the dollar store, you just can beat this.
This is NOT the Ponds cold cream that my mother and grandmother used. After Unilever bought this, they added chemicals to the product.
Here are the list of ingredients of the new "classic" Ponds:
Mineral Oil, Water, Ceresin, Beeswax, Triethanolamine, Behenic Acid, Fragrance, Ceteth 20, Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Methylparaben
Of DMDM Hydantoin, note:
A study found "An increase in the use of DMDM hydantoin in cosmetic products will also inevitably increase the risk of cosmetic dermatitis in consumers allergic to formaldehyde."
Yep, that's right. Unilever has added a formaldehyde producing chemical to your grandmother's cold cream!
We all know that parabens are bad. But what about Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate?
"Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate is used as a preservative in cosmetic formulations; it is acutely toxic by inhalation and should not be used in products that can be aerosolized or inhaled."
You will have to use the NEW Ponds cold cream while holding your breath, I guess.
What about Triethanolamine? it is a:
Known human immune system toxicant
Human skin toxicant - strong evidence
Human immune and respiratory toxicant - strong evidence
In short, Ponds Cold Cream is now a toxic soup of chemicals. Our grandmothers and mothers did not have to put up with this kind of poisoning. Why should we?
UPDATE: For those ladies looking for the **original, classic** formula of Pond's Cold Cream that your grandmother used, I've found a drugstore substitute. It's RITE AID Deep Cleansing Cold Cream. The ingredients are: Mineral oil, water, beeswax, ceresin, sodium borate, fragrance, carbomer. And this is cheaper than Pond's.
Thank you, Rite Aid!
I wish I could say I like this cream. Yes, true - after using this cream at night, in the morning the face looks all 'dewy' and fresh etc. But a few hours later, it looks like an oil cloth. Also I may be allergic to the DMDM ingredient. I notice small pustules on the face, the following morning after using this.
I did like the old formulation (which did not have DMDM Hydantoin). The older version indeed did a good job. Scent is delightful. Decent product for the price.
Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate is supposedly acutely toxic according to some websites; ceresin is claimed to be a boot polish and other household polishes ingredient. Add 'dmdm' to this lethal mixture and it is out of my comfort zone. What is more annoying is that Walgreens, Jergens, CVS etc have changed their cold-cream ingredients to include DMDM!!
Byebye, DMDM! If the old formula is restored and animal testing avoided, Ponds would be an acceptable product line!
The 1 rating is for the new product which has DMDM. There is nothing 'cool' about this non-classic product.
Update 7/1 : I have tried the older version of Walgreens (which is still available in the larger jars 9 oz) and it is *wonderful*. Highly recommended. I use the same routine for the Walgreens cream as for the Ponds cream - apply to face and wipe off with a damp muslin. Face looks awesome, smooth afterwards and no breakouts or blackheads so far. I like the delicate scent of the walgreens cream too. Hope to stash up on some more jars of WG before the new cream formula replaces!
though this gets off water proof makeup, this sadly makes my skin break out:-( don't know why i continue giving chances to products that break me out but i do anyway.
i've used this several times and i've purchased several pots but enough is enough! no more repurchasing for me!
After experiencing breakouts from this on my cheeks, I only use it around my eyes now. I simply dip a clean q-tip and rub over my liner and shadow, then dip the other end (clean end) and get the rest of my eye makeup off. I then rinse and wipe gently with a damp paper towel. While this works great, I've also used the same method for the tub of moisturizer, and that actually works better at removing makeup.
I think it works really well on the face but like others have said, you need to take care to completely remove it or you will likely clog your pores. Even though you're left with glowy plump skin, that is simply too much work for me... lol. I don't want to have to be vigilant about taking off something I just put on to take something else off. Seems redundant, so I just use a cleanser.
I watched my mother (who has very dry skin BTW) remove her m/u w/this EVERY EVENING as a child :) So naturally when I came to the age where I needed a m/u remover this is what she handed me :) As a teenager (I'm now 30) I couldn't get used to it though. With me having oily skin(and not really understanding this product at the time) I didn't like the "film/layer" that was left after wiping/rinsing so I would scrub & scrub & SCRUB w/soap afterwards - causing breakouts, etc. I swore off Pond's Cold Cream after that, swearing that it caused acne on me.. Until 9 or so yrs ago when I joined MUA, I got a better understanding of skin & skin care, I gave this another go-round & have since repurchased & repurchased, again & again :)
Yes, I do have very oily skin but I need something gentle yet effective for removing my "stay-put" foundations (like Revlon CS, Rimmel Lasting Finish, Estee Lauder Dbl. Wear, etc) So I apply the cold cream, wipe w/cheap-y equate m/u remover towlette, then use a very small amount of Cetaphil's (all skin types)Gentle Cleanser & since the Cetaphil cleanser isn't harsh at all, it doesn't strip the moisture from my skin, therefore giving me that "glowing" look! ;D My only "minor issue" w/this is the TUB - ugh, I HATE putting my fingers in TUBS.. When I have acrylic nails on the product in the tubs gets down, under my nails, & I also don't find it be extremely sanitary.. Maybe there's a reason that Pond's can't put this in some kind of squeeze tube?.. b/c it's too think possibly? I dunno, but if they could keep the same formulation but put in a squeeze tube this would be absolutely freakin perfect! In the mean time, it's just pretty darn close to perfect.. Lol! ;) continued >>
This product removes my Estée Lauder liquid foundation! I just had to get use to the greasiness...I dot my face and just massage it in, leave it in for a minute or two, then wipe off with a baby wipe. I was super stunned! I used a toner afterwards expecting to have makeup on the cotton pad... And there was no leftover makeup! This is a great makeup remover product. For about 5 bucks gets you about 5 oz of cream, the smell is pleasant...I love it. I would def. repurchase again!