Cold Cream Cleansing Balm

3.38 fl. oz. for $ 9.99
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Pond’s Cleansing Balm is a permutation of the brand’s more-than-a-century-old Cold Cream, and while it doesn’t break any new ground, it does exactly what it’s supposed to do very well.

Like its predecessor, this comes in a jar. While jar packaging is a problem with products containing light- and air-sensitive ingredients, or water-based products that can be vulnerable to bacterial contamination, it’s not as much of a concern here because this cleansing balm contains neither type of ingredient.

There’s not much to this product; it’s mainly mineral oil, with some skin-softening ingredients and preservatives included in the mix. To use it, simply scoop out some of the solid, balm-like product, then smooth it over your face, where it melts to become an oil-based makeup remover.

It does a great job removing dirt, oil, debris, and even waterproof makeup, and rinses cleanly from skin, leaving it feeling softer and smoother. It’s not exciting in the least, but it gets the job done!

The only drawback is that it contains fragrance, which can irritate skin. The scent isn’t strong, and it fades quickly, but it’s something to note because fragrance can irritate skin, particularly sensitive skin and the eye area.

Otherwise, it’s a simple yet very effective way to remove makeup!

  • Effectively removes dirt, oil, and waterproof makeup.
  • Rinses cleanly.
  • Leaves skin feeling softer and smoother.
  • Contains fragrance, which isn’t the best for skin.
Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: Yes

Pond’s Cold Cream Cleansing Balm is not just a makeup remover, it is also the first step of your skin care routine. This all-in-one facial cleanser moisturizes and improves your skin, leaving it instantly soft, radiant and naturally glowing even without makeup*

*Claims taken from product packaging.


Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Mineral Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, PEG-10/Isostearate, Polyethylene, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Hexyl Cinnamal.

Pond's At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive.

Weaknesses: No products to manage blemish-prone skin.

There's over 160 years of history for this drugstore line of products, beginning with a toner in 1846 and leading to the Pond's collection of today. For the most part, Pond's has taken a cue from Dove (both are owned by Unilever) and launched several impressive products to capitalize on what current research shows skin needs to look and function its best. Some old (we mean really old) standbys still exist, including the original cold cream, but we suppose there will always be a segment of the population that remains steadfast in their devotion to a certain product. Regrettably, some of the newer items include needless irritants for skin, and thats doubly frustrating because the formulas also contain many beneficial ingredients for skin.

It's no secret that Pond's target market is women over 40. They say as much in ads and on their Web site, which takes an almost gleeful approach to what they describe as "the beauty of aging." By "beauty" they mean the increased confidence and sense of self-awareness that tends to come with agenot the appearance of wrinkles, discolorations, and loss of firmness. It's an overall positive approach and one that likely appeals to many forty-something women. But what's even better is the selection of Pond's products that are affordable and that can successfully meet some of the needs of those dealing with signs of aging (in truth mostly sun damage) and trying to protect their skin. Pond's isn't as well-rounded as some of its drugstore competitors such as Olay, Neutrogena, Dove, or even, to some extent L'Oreal, but by no means should Pond's products be dismissed, either (and Dove's skin-care assortment tends to waver more than most, which makes assembling a comprehensive routine tricky).

For more information about Ponds, call (800) 909-9493 or visit www.ponds.com.

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