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Product Review: Ingram's Camphor Cream

Updated on December 26, 2015

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!

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Ingrams Camphor Cream
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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...

Herbal Camphor Cream
Herbal Camphor Cream

New Additions

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.

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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.

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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 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.

Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion for Sensitive Skin, 18 Fl. Oz
Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion for Sensitive Skin, 18 Fl. Oz

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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      ViJuvenate 5 years ago

      How lovely to have lived in Africa! I'm sure it will never happen, but I would love to see that amazing continent. :o) The older I get, the less my skin retains moisture. Blah! I'm beginning to need a petroleum oil dip each morning. The cream sounds wonderful! Thank you for sharing it.

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      @ViJuvenate: lol...thanks for dropping by:)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have dry, itchy skin and will have to try Ingram's Camphor Cream, thanks for sharing!

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      poutine 5 years ago

      We used something similar when I was a kid.

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      Owe I may just have to get a jar of this, have cracked heels with wearing open back flip flops and most of the cream which I have used to date has not really solved my problem. If I visit the sites above will you get credit?

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      @Bill Armstrong: No Billy it is not an affiliate link...wouldn't mind if it was though.

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      Moe Wood 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I had not heard of Camphor Cream before, thanks for the product review.

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      anonymous 4 years ago


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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I do often get dry, itchy winter skin

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      I get dry itchy elbows sometimes.

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      MiaMusement 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this suggestion!

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      Toy-Tester 4 years ago

      Thanks for the lens and the information. Be careful of any perfumes.

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      @Toy-Tester: Yes, perfumed creams can aggravate skin conditions.

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Great lens! Hot showers usually get my skin dry!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is a new product to me and sounds like it will more that do the trick for those that have those desperate itches from dry skin. My brain got stuck on your mentioning black frost in Africa, another thing I had never heard of. Glad you found the right answer to dry skin for you and a use for all those other products you had tried. Lotion also works well for removing the goo from stick labels. :)

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      @anonymous: Black frost is a severe DRY frost that kills and blackens plants:) Dry being the main difference between black and white frost.

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      reviewcorner 4 years ago

      I suffer from really dry skin, especially after a shower and I also suffer from eczema in some areas, so this cream looks like a great product to try.

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      I've never heard of this cream before but I'll have to give it a try. My skin always seems to be dry.

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      I am very frustrated - you told us about this great cream and now we can't get it! Ah, well I guess I'll have to fly to New Zealand in the winter for the supply.

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      LynetteBell 3 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      @Gypzeerose: Or maybe visit South Africa where it comes from! Yes, I was a bit stunned when I couldn't find it on Amazon USA!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I'm going to try to find this. Looks like something I could use in the winter.

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      christa 2 years ago

      How about oily skin?

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      LynetteBell 2 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I'm sure it will work well on oily skin but I guess for other reasons than dry skin!

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      layla 2 years ago

      hi, does anyone know if this ingram's camphor herbal cream is safe for babies of 6 months of age? Thanks in advance.

    • profile image 2 years ago

      can the oil remove face spots??

    • profile image 22 months ago

      Am kinda interested with Ingram Cream, will it be helpful to my spotful face???

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      LynetteBell 19 months ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      There have been a couple of comments about Ingram Cream helping spots. I'm sorry I have no idea...have not heard if it helps.

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      JULIE 12 months ago

      I just bought it the other day bt my skin is oily, Am treating pimples & black spots..will it help?

      Thanks and advice.

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