Product Review: Ingram's Camphor Cream
Ingram's Camphor Cream for Dry Itchy Skin
This cream is more than a moisturiser, it is relief for dry, itchy, cracked skin. In fact Ingram's Camphor Cream is known as "the skin doctor".
This cream not only helps those chapped hands but can be used on mosquito bites, used to treat the skin on your neck (no more expensive creams!), cracked heels and rough elbows.
And it leaves your hands silky smooth. This is my story...and review.
Photo by Lyn Bell
Dry Itchy Skin Begone!
Don't be without Ingram's Camphor Cream...
. When I was living in Africa I suffered from the most awful dry skin in the winter months. Winter in Zimbabwe is not what most would think of as winter. We used to call it the dry season because there was no rain, true we had drought in summer but this was different. During this season we suffered with black frost and the nights were cold. Temperatures were cold during the day (cold to us that is). This combination of cold and dry resulted in severe cracking of my hands.
I recall playing hockey one day at school and the teacher thought I'd been injured as my hands were bleeding so much! It was only the cracked skin...
What a relief when I was introduced to Ingram's Camphor Cream. Yes, it does have the camphor smell but this soon wears off if you don't like it. The point is it works and I can't bear to be without it anymore.
When I came to New Zealand my Mom would bring me a couple of jars whenever she visited. After Mom came to live with us my supply dried up. And I went on to try many other solutions - nothing worked and I started to search out supplies to save my skin and sanity. Fortunately I was lucky to find a supply in the South African butcher's shop in Christchurch so recently I've reverted to using Ingram's Camphor Cream again. Lovely - soothing and smoothing. Almost like a baby's!
Do you suffer from dry, itchy skin?
The Company has a Long History
Ingram’s Camphor Cream has been produced in South Africa for over 70 years. It all started when a young German immigrant, Hans Rose, formulated the product for a pharmacist at Adcock Ingram. Len Tannenbaum had dry chapped hands and challenged the young man to find a remedy. He was so impressed with the result that he provided complimentary samples to the hospital. Soon all the nurses were buying the cream and telling their friends about it. And the rest is, as they say history...
There's the original that I have always known. The cream is white and can be used all over the body. It is especially good for hands, heels, elbows and any dry areas. And it can be used as a neck cream! No more expensive brands:)
It is now produced in Herbal and is pale green in color. While I have not tried the newer version I'm sure it's just as good as the original. Apparently it has a refreshing fragrance.
Update Jan 2015. I have since tried the Herbal Camphor Cream. It's fragrance is subtle and I found the texture slightly softer. It still works wonders ~ I keep a small jar in the kitchen.
I recently moved to a new town and my new neighbour has fallen in love with Camphor Cream too! She has a jar of the original and also the herbal one and uses it daily...(added 2018)
Have you heard of Ingram's Camphor Cream before?
Where Can You Get Your Cream?
I have found the following links on the internet. I'll add more places when I find them...Please note I am not affiliated to any of these providers.
- The Skin Doctor Ingram's Camphor Cream
Camphor Cream at the lowest cost online from Ingram's Camphor Cream has relieved the discomfort of dry skin in South Africa for over 65 years. Camphor is a non greasy soothing cream for dry skin.
- S A Goodies
All South African goodies as well as Ingram's Camphore Cream
- Amazon UK
The only Amazon site I found with this cream was the UK one
What to do With Your Old Creams
Now that I've been able to get my old faithful Camphor Cream again I find I've got jars and tubes of cream that never really worked as a hand cream. I don't believe in wasting so now I'm using the creams on my legs after my shower. It's starting to give me room in my bathroom cabinet too!
While I am a big advocate for Ingram's the camphor smell could be a bit overwhelming all over the body...it doesn't last...the smell I mean! However I do prefer to keep my cream for problem areas such as hands, elbows and feet.
An alternative to try....
While I am unable to find a resource for a purchase online for Ingram;s Camphor Cream other than those listed you may wish to try another product well known for helping relieve dry itchy skin. Aveeno is well known throughout the world and they have some amazing creams and potions.
Out of 32 reviewers 29 gives this a 5 star rating with two 4 stars and one 3 star. It has been commented that this helps severe dry skin conditions similar to those I have described. While I have used other Aneeno product this particular one seems to be tops with all reviewers.
Great for sensitive skins
I've recently notice an advert with Jennifer Aniston using Aneeno!
I recently bought this very cream to use as a body cream. I still use my trusty Camphor Cream for my hands and elbows at night though!
Yes, my supply of useless hand creams was finished so I needed to replace them...I always use cream after my shower. Well, I ended up buying this very cream. And here's my comments:
The cream comes of the spout out like liquid silk. It smooths over the skin just as you would expect from liquid silk! I've combined its use with the matching shower gel (hate to use soaps) and they compliment each other nicely.
Yes, it's keeping me moisturised and itchy free!
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