My mom always used this, so now I use it too. It is a good basic face wash for my acne prone skin. It does not dry my skin out at all. It has never made me break out, but I don't know how good it is at preventing breakouts. I usually use this both day and night, but I use Mario Badescu's glycolic foaming cleanser a few times a week to prevent breakouts.
A vintage tip for smooth skin.
Use it the way my grandmother and mother used it: massage on dry skin and use a warm, clean cloth to wipe off. Splash off with warm water.
Grandmother didn't wear makeup and so didn't need to remove makeup.
Mom wore makeup and used an oil for eye makeup removal (Jafra--basically an almond oil--I would rather use safflower or Fancl MCO) to remove eye makeup.
Follow with Noxzema w/ washcloth (or baby washcloth/ muslin cloth) for light exfoliation. Splash with warm water, pat dry.
I follow with Retin-A Micro every 3rd day and [MD Forte Lotion III] AHA treatment the other two nights.
Mind you, Mom often used Vaseline to remove the adhesive on her false eyelashes at night--but whoa, her hairdo with the little "wiglet" to puff up her french twist--it was so beautiful and classy--day after day in the late 60s/early 70s and following.
Heh, can we get a little love for "putting on our face" and "removing the face?"
Edit: and do forgive, but many don't come back and edit!
I am convinced it's the stearic acid that clogged my pores after using for a few months in addition to random breakouts of small "whiteheads" here and there, mostly in my t-zone, which is, sadly, a sure sign of a reaction. I tried using "toners" to remove the residue, but my skin just became irritated in addition to having clogs and breakouts. So stearic acid is most certainly not for me.
Mom and Grandma, you had great skin and good luck with Noxema. Sadly, I ended up with the genetic lot of difficult skin. Call it evolution...because I had to go beyond your great basics. (Actually, I'd love to say this works for me!!!) Honesty, people. From what I gather, the stearic acid makes this an issue for many with "reactive" skin.
As someone who has been experiencing hormonal acne on & off since my mid-teenage years, finding something to help has been a challenge. And as I get older, the type of cystic acne that I occasionally get now is deeper under the skin and does not heal as quickly as it used to, and the red marks last longer. I keep a jar of this around to use as a mask, if my skin has scabs or is particulary flakey from glycolic acid treatments. If I leave it on for a few hours, it really helps to exfoliate my skin and leave it smoother. I follow with the Alpha Hydrox toner. My skin likes this cream and does not get irritated from it, but it is strongly scented & I can see where someone with sensitive skin may have a reaction to it, so like with any products, it's probably best to monitor adverse reactions. Overall I like this product and have been going back to it during times of acne flare-ups for almost 25 years.
I like this product because of the smell. I don't know if it tricks me into feeling cleaner than I really am.
I usually take most of my makeup off with baby wipes before I wash my face, however I was visiting my parents last night and had no wipes. I tried to wash my face with this and it just kept sliding off the foundation. It was awful! I probably tried to wash my face for about twenty minutes before asking my mum if I could borrow her face wash.
It's not too expensive, so I probably will keep a jar on hand just for the smell and use it in the mornings when my face is makeup free. I would have rated it a 5 before last night because I love how my (fairly clean) skin feels after I clean it.
EDIT: Since I realized how awful it is I've avoided repurchasing and would not keep a bottle on hand. I did finish the tub though.
No matter how many times I switch my cleanser, I always come back to this. I've been using this stuff off and on since I was in high school, which is a long time ago. As always, the minty smell wakes you up in the morning and refreshes your skin. It gives you that slight tingle but doesnt irritate your skin. Its a cream so of course it isn't gonna foam which isnt a bad thing. It cleans all the crap off my face like makeup on my eyelids, dirt and oil. It doesnt leave my skin dry at all, which is GREAT. Even though I have oily/combo skin, most cleansers for my type dry me out. I don't know why I ever stray from this awesome cleanser.
I have the original version. I love the smell because I grew up with this in the bathroom. I buy it for nostalgic reasons, but it doesn't do a good job removing make up because I always use a toner after wards and the cotton takes off a lot of dirt/make up. This would be good for when I'm not wearing make up but want to freshen up. Going to try the Triple Clean version with Tricolsan since I have acne prone skin. I'll still buy this :)
I like this product I really feel it working && it does take off my makeup,but I only used this when I'm feeling lazy; love it but there's way more better products that would def get the gunky stuff off my face..
I'm 31 and grew up using Noxzema during my teen yrs. I went years not using it and wanted something cool & refreshing and remembered Noxzema. Boy! Was I dissapointed. It left me product feeling gritty and NOT clean nor tingy. What happened? Smells same, works..NOT the same!
This product is more of a 'comfort' product for me, which is the only reason I buy it again every 5 years or so. It reminds me of being 13 and super excited to get started on my skin care journey. The smell of it is absolutely wonderful but I've never felt that it did much for my face in terms of removing makeup. Maybe it's the menthol-type feel of it, but my face is always extremely red after I use it. It does make my face feel soft, but not clean.
Love/hate. Love the way it removes all of my makeup and sunscreen. Hate the way it tingles (intense), leaves a film, but ultimately it breaks me out. I notice that if I use it for a few nights consecutively, I end up with clogged pores. When I stop using it, the breakouts go away. No real brain-teaser here. It's just not for me.