All-Purpose Face Cream
15 fl. oz. for $3.99
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers Without Sunscreen
Last Updated:03.17.2015
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

All-Purpose Face Cream has two purposes: makeup removal and moisturizer for dry skin. Before you get too excited about this 2-in-1 prospect, know that this formula is extremely dated, harkening back to the days of all non-soap cleansers being thick cold creams you'd apply and remove with a tissue (usually lots of tissues) and then be left with a greasy, wax-like film on your face. Put another way, choosing this product as your makeup remover and moisturizer is akin to giving up your smart phone and going back to a rotary dial wall phone with a short cord!

The basic formula is mostly mineral oil with some water, wax, and fragrance. And there's a dash of red dye to make this otherwise white cream look pink, but that has nothing to do with effectiveness. This type of product definitely works to remove all types of makeup, but it's far from elegant, it cannot be easily rinsed, and its benefit as a moisturizer for dry skin is really, really limited when compared to today's state of the art formulas.

Normally we'd comment that the jar packaging is a problem for keeping the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable, but this formula is so bare bones it's not an issue.

  • Removes all types of makeup.
  • Leaves skin feeling soft.
  • A dated, cold cream-like formula that leaves skin wanting (and needing) a lot more.
  • Cannot be rinsed from skin so tends to leave a greasy or wax-like residue.

Deep cleans your skin to remove makeup and dirt and provides a radiant, dewy base for makeup. Also softens and moisturizes to help smooth skin and fight dryness.


Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Water, Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Borate, Fragrance, Isopropyl Myristate, DMDM Hydantoin, Red 4

Brand Overview

Jergens At-A-Glance

Strengths: Jergens provides complete ingredient lists on its Web site; an abundance of self-tanning products for fair to dark skin tones, and the best options contain antioxidants.

Weaknesses: Self-tanner with sunscreen does not provide sufficient UVA (think anti-aging) protection; mostly unimpressive body lotion formulas.

Jergens has been a household name in the United States and Canada for more than a century. It fills drugstore shelves in the skin-care section with a range of products, accompanied by exceedingly low prices and relatively overblown claims.

Really, the star attraction of Jergens is their Natural Glow body lotions with built-in self-tanner. The ability to moisturize pale, dry skin while adding buildable sunless color and a touch of shine (from the mineral pigment mica) works for many skin types. To that end, Jergens offers numerous options for different skin tones, and all of them perform reliably; in the long run, however, they are just inexpensive self-tanners that contain the same ingredient for coloring skin as every other self-tanner.

Jergens also offers a wide selection of body lotions, each affordably priced and sold in generous-size containers outfitted with a pump for convenient dispensing. Regrettably, some of the body moisturizers from Jergens either have dated formulas or contain problematic ingredients research has shown cause irritation. The others are better, and definitely come close to being state-of-the-art with their range of antioxidants and plant-based emollients, but they still lack the outstanding group of ingredients that all skin types need to look and act younger.

Based on your budget, you may find some Jergens body lotions to be great choices, but watch out for some of the too-good-to-be-true claims, such as those concerning cellulite, tightening skin, and repairing all types of skin damage in one night. Those claims look good on the label, but the ingredients and the published research tells a different, far less exciting story.

For more information about Jergens, call (800) 742-8798 or visit www.jergens.com.

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Excellent Cold Cream

I'm actually a hugh fan of cold cream, and Jergens All-Purpose Face Cream is one of the best. It makes short work of makeup including eye makeup. And it's super affordable. The last time I picked this up, I only paid $3.99 for a 15 oz jar. Personally, I can't stand cleansers that foam, because they irritate my skin. I really think a lot of skin care is a matter of personal taste.

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Katherine L.
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