Boots Traditional Skincare Review

I have always wanted to try cold cream, the skin care of choice for our foremothers. Many a glamorous older lady has put their youthful looks down to cold cream and water and I have finally given this wonder product a try. Cold cream was invented hundreds of years ago in various formations and is definitely a beauty favourite that has stood the test of time.

The brand name that instantly springs to mind is Pond’s. So many of my vintage magazines feature adverts for Pond’s Cold Cream and it even gets a few mentions on my favourite show Mad Men. Pond’s is still available in the shops, however the modern packaging and modern price tag put me off a bit so in the end I opted for Boots Traditional Cold Cream and whilst I was there I also picked up some Glycerin and Rosewater to use as a toner afterwards.

I’ve been using both products for a couple of weeks now, and I’m actually really happy with them.

Firstly the packaging, looks pretty simple and traditional although I would like it even more if it was slightly more vintage in appearance. Maybe in a glass jar and bottle, however this is only a minor niggle.

The Cold Cream is a thick cream which is very smooth going onto the skin and spreads really easily. It feels quite heavy on the skin as it is oil based. The Glycerin and Rosewater is very light and watery and is best used on a cotton pad.

The Cold Cream really cleans and softens my skin and removes all traces of face and eye make up, it not only leaves the skin feeling really clean, but also moisturised at the same time. I’m really impressed at the amount of product in the pot and you don’t need to use a huge amount to get your face completely clean. For an extra deep cleanse you can leave it on a bit longer and use it as a mask. To remove eye make up just gently rub it in with your fingers until the make up has dissolved. I usually rinse it off after a couple of minutes with a muslin cloth and warm water.

I put a reasonably thick layer of cold cream on.

I don’t always follow with the Glycerin and Rosewater as a toner, but it does make a great follow on product. It’s also very moisturising so you don’t need to follow with a moisturiser if you don’t want to. This doesn’t act like a normal toner as it isn’t at all drying and leaves your skin feeling very soft. It takes a little getting used to as it’s not like any modern toner I’ve tried but I do really like it and will continues to use it.

With all traces of make-up removed!

Both products smell lovely, and aren’t too heavily scented. They have a very old-fashioned clean smell (if that makes sense) which I really like.

If you’re looking for a vintage beauty product to go with your vintage wardrobe, or just want to give your skin a really gentle treat then I’d definitely give these a go. On the whole I liked the Cold Cream the best, but wouldn’t use the Glycerin and Rosewater every day.

I was also really surprised to hear that Lush Ultra Bland is a type of cold cream, it’s a product I used to use all the time!

Have you used either of these products? Do you have any traditional beauty products to recommend?

You can buy the Cold Cream here for £2,42

and the Glycerin and Rosewater here for £2.32


  1. Fay February 3, 2014 / 9:46 am

    I really do like the packaging. Even though it is simple it just shows that you don’t need fancy packaging for a great product. Effortlessly classic.

    Your face looks squeaky clean – great photo.

    I think we need a pamper night soon!

    • vintagefrills February 5, 2014 / 11:18 pm

      I always need a pamper night. The packaging is lovely, I wish there was more in the range.

  2. Grace February 3, 2014 / 8:40 pm

    ooh I like the packaging! I use pond’s cold cream all the time, it’s amazing for taking make up off and has a really comforting smell.

    • vintagefrills February 5, 2014 / 11:19 pm

      I’m definitely going to try the Pond’s one soon so i can compare. Cold cream is definitely the best and most gentle make-up remover I’ve used.

  3. Jessica Cangiano February 4, 2014 / 6:34 am

    That packaging is so immensely elegant and timeless. I can’t think of a single beauty brand here in North America, let alone one that is priced so very, very reasonably that is producing with anything with packaging that sophisticatedly gorgeous.

    ♥ Jessica

  4. The Hostess Hotties (@HostessHotties) February 4, 2014 / 2:54 pm

    I use both of these products too!
    I was looking for something cheap, but effective, to get off liquid eyeliner easily without being too harsh on my skin.
    Again it was the packaging that caught my eye as an ‘old fashioned’ but tried and tested method of cleansing.

    I sometimes use a small amount of the the cold cream as an overnight moisturiser as well.

  5. erikaheidewald February 5, 2014 / 10:34 am

    I love cold cream but I keep hearing that you shouldn’t use mineral oil – which is pretty much all Pond’s cold cream is. There are some non-mineral oil choices available from individual sellers on Etsy I might try out.

    • vintagefrills February 5, 2014 / 12:28 pm

      I’ll have to take a look on Etsy. I wonder what’s in the lush one, will have to look it up.

  6. elkee February 5, 2014 / 4:43 pm

    Your use of the word foremothers is awesome! As for the products I really want to try the glycerin and rosewater.

    • vintagefrills February 5, 2014 / 11:21 pm

      My spellcheck reckons foremothers isn’t a real word! It is now :-)The glycerin and rosewater is absolutely lovely and smells fantastic, you must try it. xxx

  7. ella and frank vintage February 5, 2014 / 10:49 pm

    Have used both of the these products for a couple of years now and won’t use anything else as it feels too drying. I haven’t tried the Ponds cold cream but heard very good reviews.

  8. kate February 9, 2014 / 6:03 pm

    Thank you for the reviewe, these two products caught my eye in boots recently-particularly the rose water, I use rose water almost every night as a toner as it evens out complexion, and 10years ago when I started using it I needed that. I keep on as it worked so well and leaves skin very lightly moisturised. The only downside is its popularity comes and goes, so I often dont know where my next bottle is coming from!

  9. bisiosamoto May 24, 2016 / 5:24 am

    I have been a lover of boots glycerine and rosewater since childhood notin can be better it really works wonder

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