The Original Deep Cleansing Cream, Jar
10.75 fl. oz. for $4.79
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths)
Last Updated:03.17.2015
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview
The Original Deep Cleansing Cream is a slightly modified version of the formula that started it all in 1914, when this product was launched with its “signature scent” of menthol, camphor, and eucalyptus oil. Those irritants are still present, but at least the phenol and lye aren’t included anymore. However, that doesn’t bring us any closer to recommending this product. To find out what we do recommend check out our Best Cleansers list on Beautypedia!
Deep cleans and dissolves oil while it conditions, leaving your skin soft and smooth-not overly dry. And its special blend of ingredients works to give you a tingle as invigorating as a good first date.
Water, Stearic Acid, Linseed Oil, Soybean Oil, Fragrance, Ammonium Hydroxide, Camphor, Menthol, Eucalyptus Oil, Propylene Glycol, Gelatin, Calcium Hydroxide
Brand Overview

Noxzema At-A-Glance

Strengths: None.

Weaknesses: Almost all products reviewed contain a blend of camphor, menthol, and eucalyptus oil; none of anti-acne or anti-blackhead products work as claimed; no topical disinfectant for acne-prone skin; no sunscreens; no moisturizers.

Your skin-care goal should never include causing needless irritation, but that's exactly what you'll get from almost all of the Noxzema products, and that seems to have been their theme for decades. Noxzema is proud of its history, but that pride is hollow because these products are a problem for any skin type. Also, what we know today about how to take the best possible care of skin is vastly different from what we knew when Noxzema first launched, and yet their formulas haven’t changed. Think of it like using a typewriter rather than a computer, why would you do that? Many of you may have nostalgic memories of Noxzema's recognizable scent, but that is the only way we'd recommend experiencing these products. With the exception of one standard clay mask and a couple of questionable cleansers, this line is one of the few that deserves complete avoidance.

For more information about Noxzema, call (800) 436-4361 or visit www.noxzema.com. As of late 2008, Noxzema is under the ownership of Alberto-Culver; it was formely owned by Procter & Gamble (Source: The Rose Sheet, September 15, 2008, page12).

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Member Comments
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CLEARED blackheads

I'm 44 y.o. and have had 100's of small blackheads on my chin for over a decade. I've used the clarisonic, all types of cleansers and nothing would rid me of those nasty blackheads. My 65 yr old dad has used Noxzema his whole life and has great skin. I decided to try it. Holy cow! In 1 week (using 2x a day - morning and night) my black heads have disappeared. It's a miracle.My skin is super soft and my daughter said i look younger. Good stuff.

Reviewed by
Heather T
the best

Works wonders for my skin. I have tried tons of cleansers nothing has ever come close to what this product does for my skin. My extremely oily skin becoming more balanced, my skin is soft and supple, removes my makeup and cleanses well,love the scent,my skin clearer,and marks fading. I use day and night I love it. I highly doubt I will ever switch again. Working great for me.

Reviewed by
Alicia l
One of the best cleansers

I strongly disagree with Paula's Choice on this product. After having a massive breakout, this was the only product that calmed my skin down and reduced redness. I am not sensitive to menthol whatsoever and never notice irritation - everyone's skin is different. I'm easily irritated by cleansers with cetyl alcohol, so this cleanser is a godsend for me. Give this cleanser a chance if you're looking for something without cetyl alcohol - it is very affordable.

Reviewed by
Ros D.
Noxema original cleansing cream

I have used this since I was a young girl. I am now 50 and still use it. I have never had a problem with the ingredients in this product and I find that it works well for my skin. It removes all makeup easily and rinses off without leaving a residue. The scent may bother some as it can be a bit overpowering but it does what it is supposed to do. Because of the strong fragrance, it may not be suitable for sensitive skin but it gets the job done.

Reviewed by
Laura C
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