Cold cream is probably the first thing you envision when Pond’s comes to mind. Recently the company released a cleansing balm, causing an immense amount of judgement from the skincare obsessed everywhere. Podcasts and IG were dragging the product saying that Pond’s had no place trying to replicate this Korean skin care staple. However, my budget obsessed self immediately picked this launch up in hopes of potentially discovering a dupe for my beloved (and reformulated) Banilla.co cleansing balm.
$10 at Target will get you a 100mL jar, which lasted me about a month and a half, using both AM and PM. A double sided jar revealed a bit less product than expected but still fair for the price. My only complaint regarding the packaging was the lack of a spatula to scoop out the product. While cleansing balms can be scooped up with your finger you’re more likely to get more product stuck under your nails than on your face. Luckily I have a small collection of mask tools that worked just fine.
Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Mineral Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Peg-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Peg-10 Isostearate, Polyethylene, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Hexyl Cinnamal
Super basic ingredient list with a heavy mineral oil base, a noticeable fragrance and basic preservatives. The fragrance was stronger than I was expecting but was quiet enough for the cleanser to be non-irritating. I found the formulation to be very similar to the Banilla.co cleansing balm as it easily melted into a workable oil upon contact with body temperature. The balm removed all of my makeup – matte lipsticks and mascara included. As with most cleansing balms this one felt like a very surface level cleanse – does a great job at removing makeup and oil build up but not much beyond. Overall, I’d say ignore all the social media hate and give your bank account a rest and try out the Pond’s cleansing balm. At the very least it’s an amazing makeup remover if you feel the need to use a follow up cleanser!