Raise your hand if you remember washing your face with Noxzema cream back in the day- the smell, the tingle, the fluff?
Ok, problem is that stuff is kind of gross. I think the tingling sensation was my acne popping champagne bottles, because it always made me break out. But I did love the feeling - and I also, for some reason, always used it at the sink instead of in the shower.
The cream itself has all the tingly eucalyptus love of Noxzema and none of the waxy build-up or overpowering smell, and can even be used on your eyes to remove waterproof mascara etc. The ritual of apply the cream, followed by washing with a hot, steaming muslin cloth over your sink, is so beautifully old-school and simple.
It really reminds you that clean skin is not about scrubbing layers off with harsh foaming cleansers - it’s about removing impurities, opening pores, gently sloughing off dead cells, and also about the relaxing vibe of it all. Plus, you can wash and reuse the cloth, unlike that bottle of scrub you just threw out.
If you have dry or older skin, I really recommend this. It’s such a refreshing experience on so many levels.