Straight to the point : 1 lippie off because of the changed formula. Pond's Cold Cream is essentially crap now. I have one new jar, and one more unopened one in my freezer. I don't really know what I am going to do when I run out of them. Maybe I'll make my own cold cream? That's going to be fun. -sarcasm-
Please, please, submit a complaint to Ponds, on their website. Get them to bring the old formula back! I BEG you.
What the Unilever corporation does not realise is that their cold cream is not just a cosmetic product. It's not just a cleanser. Not to me at least. It's a vital part of history. I feel that the history of cosmetics is just as important as the history of ... I don't know ... clocks?! Cosmetics throughout the ages greatly reflect the society in which they were used, like how red lipsticks were worn in the 1940s to boost patriotism and such. I am deeply interested in vintage beauty, and Ponds changing the formula of such an important product is, not mincing words, basically taking a big, wet shit on the face of history.
I love this. I love cold cream. I love the words 'cold' and 'cream', and I love them even better when they are put together. I love the texture of cream. (see my review of Nivea Creme, I'm practically kowtowing to it there)
Packaging: Ponds Cold Cream comes in a rounded-diamond shaped frosted plastic jar, with a light mint green coloured cap. Mine is the unchanged formula version, so it says "The Cool Classic" on the front. "Cool". Haha, I like the pun. Very punny. Also, some people have problems with the packaging, they say it's unsanitary and whatnot. Tough shit, use a spoon. I, on the other hand, like the packaging a lot. Very classy, for the price.
Product: The cold cream is ... SURPRISE, a cream. Okay, a white cream, kind of a whipped texture, like Nivea Soft. Very, very luxurious. AND THE SMELL. How people can not like this smell? I don't know. It's VERY rosy, powder-y, i smell the tiniest hint of jasmine. It smells so ... classic. It smells like the dressing room of a starlet in the 30s, the mingling of her face powder and hairspray, and the subtle, spicy-oriental perfume that she uses to seduce the dapper men of that period. Needless to say, I love it.
Application: Whether I am wearing makeup or not, I always do a double cleanse, just incase. I really, really, look forward to coming home after school and cleansing my face. It's really relaxing for me. And, as a bonus, relaxation = less stress = less breakouts! Anyway, I scoop out a dollop of cream, about the size of a marble. Spread it all over, wipe off with a tissue. This removes ALL makeup. Take another marble of cream, spread it all over again. Massage deeply and slowly. At this point, I can spend up to an hour massaging my face just because it feels so damn good. I usually follow the Eve Lom weekly massage ritual thing, but sometimes I improvise. At this point,the cold cream has become kind of a liquid-y, oily mess. I LIKE IT. Other people don't, for exactly this reason. Well, all I do is laugh at them, because this oiliness is what provides the creamy, glowing complexion the the beautiful ladies of yore possessed. THEN, I wipe off the excess with a warm washcloth. I don't scrub. Just wipe off the excess. There's a film left, but it's not really a biggie. I treat the film like it's a serum or something. Then, I moisturize with Nivea Creme.
THEN: I think one of the things I like the most about Ponds Cold Cream is that it PULLS OUT ALL MY FREAKING BLACKHEADS AND CLOGGED PORES, seriously, it is FANTASTIC for doing that. People are like "omfg ponds cold cream is so oily i'm going to break out from that and it will give me blackheads", well, it doesn't for me! Okay, like, I think that the key to the cold cream pulling out your clogged pores and whatever is MASSAGING. Combined with the almost magnetic power of the mineral oil, this is basically the Oil-Cleansing-Method. Massage slowly, from the bottom of the face upwards (NEVER DOWNWARDS OR YOU WILL GET WRINKLES AND SAGS) putting pressure on your face. The cream (or oil, whatever) will act as a superb lubricant so you won't be tugging at your skin, and it will just VACUUM all the clogs out. Seriously, you will FEEL the clogs in your fingers. They feel like little beads, and it is so gross and awesome at the same time.
Look at me gushing about an old ladies' product. It's pretty heartbreaking how the changed the formula. so you guys might experience irritation and breakouts from the DMDM Hydantoin and Cetyl Alcohol (I think they have something like that in the new formula). It pains me to know that the generations to come may never experience the beauty and wonder of cold cream, and even if they do, they'll think it's absolute crap because the leader, the NAME BRAND, in cold cream, now has an absolutely dreadful new formula. We can do something about this. People who are reading this, I plead with you to email Ponds. That is all. Thank you for reading this.
Ahhh nothing like good old fashioned skin care! I used to use this in high school along with witch hazel and I never had a single pimple. But, this ended up to be one of those things that you just kinda forget about... I recently picked this up and was so pleased at how my skin looked instantly dewy and felt so soft. It feels great being massaged into your face and it takes off makeup in a snap. In the morning, my skin actually looks nice enough to not feel like wearing foundation!
I never have a problem with my skin being oily after, but what I do is use a dry facecloth to remove the excess creme, then wet it down with warm water and wash the rest of my face. And wash well!!
Also I noticed some people on here commenting how the formula has changed... The tub I picked up still had the original ingredients. I'm in Canada, so maybe try ordering a Canadian version of it?
This has been around for generations for a reason. It has taken care of the skin of my grandmother, mother then now me. It removes all my makeup really well. I use an oil based makeup remover for my eyes though and not this cause this kinda stings. I apply thick amount all over my face and neck and massage it for a minute or so where I can see all the foundation, blush, bronzer all being lifted off then I wipe it off with tissue. Then i wash my face with my favorite facial wash after to double cleanse and make sure that no trace of make-up is left. This routine has kept my skin clear for years. Well, except when i have my monthly visitor and when i was hormonal when i was pregnant. Also have been using Shu Uemura cleansing oil in rotation with this before but it is so expensive to maintain. This has always been a staple and will still be in the future. I will definitely recommend this to my own daughter when she is all grown up and into makeup already.
Cold cream has saved my skin. Honestly. When I turned a certain age (lol) I decided to sort my skin care out. I used to use any old cleanser but my skin always looked ruddy and oily. Little lines also started to form on my forehead!!! This got me very confused about what skin type I had - I always assumed I had oily skin due to large pores, breakouts and oily skin. So off I started on my hunt for better skin care. We all know that the basis of good make up is in the skin care, this is so true. I dread to think how much money I have wasted on make up totally unsuitable for my skin! Any way, back to Ponds and how I got here.....
I started with Decleor, this was too much for my skin. The essential oils were far too strong so I went on to PreCleanse. Again, no good, so switched to something I assumed would be more gentle. In came DHC cleansing oil. By this time my skin was suffering so badly, I had MAJOR breakouts everywhere. Cystic acne, clogged pores and whiteheads. Confidence at an all time low, and still the oily skin I originally had made me look again at my skin. After researching I realised that I was treating my skin as if it was oily when it was dehydrated! So, out comes the Ponds. I love the oil cleansing method as this is the only way to properly clean off long wear foundation and sunscreen. On a dry face I smooth this on until it turns clear and slippery (usually about 3/4 mins), take off with a tissue and use a hot flannel/muslin cloth to clean off residue.I then follow with Clarins Foaming Cleanser with Shea Butter. I have been using this combo for about 3/4 weeks now and my skin is 100% changed. My make up sits better, I no longer have an oil slick face, and breakouts are far and few between. My skin is softer, clearer and the lines are going! Yippee! Really, if you are having the same problem as I was having - look at using this. It is more time consuming than a quick wipe with a cleanser and cotton wool, but the results are so worth it! :o)
Edit: I was curious to see if the one I have bought in the UK was any different to ones in the U.S so I ordered a couple of pots from a U.S seller on Amazon.
U.K version: Pink Packaging. White pot with pink lid. On Box says Ponds Cold Cream, cleansing softening cream 50ml. Ingredients: Paraffinum Liquidum, Aqua, Cera Alba, Ceresin, Sodium Hydroxide, Carbomer, Butylene Glycol, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl, Butylcarbamate, BHT, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Eugenol.
U.S Version: White pot with mint green lid (as in the picture). 269g. This seems almost 3 times as big as the pink lidded one we get here in the U.K. On package it is: Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser. Moisturising Deep Cleanser & make up remover. Ingredients: Mineral Oil, Water/Aqua, Cerasin, Beeswax, Triethanolamine, Behinic Acid, Fragrance, Ceteth-20, Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl, Butylcarbamate, Methylparaben.
Not sure why they are so different? They both smell the same, but the U.K one feels fluffier when taken from pot, whereas the U.S one seems denser but smooths on the skin better. When using the U.S one, this definitely goes a lot more oily than the UK one, with a lot more slip. This makes removal so much easier, therefore when comparing the two I would much rather use the U.S version any day (as long as it agrees with my skin) even though it means importing it.
Another update! No break outs! I have found something even better to take it off with rather than tissue - Kleenex Cleansing Cloths! (not wipes) They are like a hybrid between tissue and cotton wool. They take Ponds off really well without it scratching your skin. Don't know if you can get them in the U.S though. Its also is an awesome eye makeup remover. I used to do it separately but ran out of my usual stuff, so just decided to use the Ponds, very gently, to remove eye makeup. I wear a lot of eye makeup and this stuff beats my regular remover hands down! Thought I would add this to my review :o)
I've gone through 3 tubs of this to help me remove my hg foundation ELDW. I really liked massaging it in well and using a dry cotton pad to wipe it off. Then, i followed up with a foaming cleanser. This product helped me take off my mu WITHOUT breaking me out. Two cons: 1. the fragrance..it didn't irritate my skin, but I hate strong smelling skin care. 2. the container it comes in is an okay size, but the shape makes it hard to reach and scrap out the cream towards the end. I would repurchase, but for now I've been using Albolene (which I love)!
I bought this on a beach vacation b/c I desperately needed something to remove the heavy sunscreen every night. Big mistake! First, it doesn't emulsify and I had to scrub it off with a towel and bar soap. Second, I'm developing a red itchy rash where I had used it. Definitely not the Pond's I used to play with as a kid. Lesson for myself: always pack plenty of cleansing oil even if you have to check the bag at the airport.
Definitely my go-to eye m/u remover and recently I've started using it as an all over pre-cleanser. I remove it with a warm washcloth but then wash with clean & clear & follow up with an olay night moisturizer.
Good HG for sure Don't fix it if it ain't broke.
It's so hard not to love this little wonder tub. It takes of my waterproof eye makeup like a BOSS. No scrubbing or looking like a 90s grunge teenager.. Just perfectly clean skin. I have gone through maybe 15 little tubs of this stuff since I started using it in highschool. It will be hard to ever use anything else for makeup removal.
Thank God for Ponds.
My HG for eye makeup removal. Sometimes even rub a little under my eyes as under eye cream if I'm in a rush when doing my makeup and keeps it nice and hydrated.
I use this cold cream for removing waterproof mascara, and it is a WONDERFUL for that! Dipping a cotton ball or some toilet paper into the jar and wiping the cold cream on my eye lids and lashes a few times removes ~90-95% of the waterproof mascara I have on. The one downside to this stuff is that after I do this mascara removal, the cold cream sometimes gets in my eyes (and it doesn't sting or anything) and my vision is blurry for a few minutes afterwards. I just rinse it off and flush out my eyes really well and that usually solves the problem. It's not harsh on delicate eyelids or lashes; it's actually quite soothing.
I said I would not buy this again because I currently use a "wash-off waterproof" mascara. And also one jar will last me forever because that's all I use it for.