Camay was first introduced in 1926 and quickly became popular by focusing on women, claiming it left skin as smooth as porcelain and smelled like French perfume. Camay for a Cameo complexion. With such claims (as of course back then advertising was a bit exaggerated) I was a bit skeptical as soaps from that time contained harsh chemicals and we're more drying to the skin than moisturizing. Camay contains pink cold cream and supposedly was made to be moisturizing. "How moisturizing could it really be?" I thought. I used a vintage soap before called Vinolia that contains cold cream as well but was very drying to my already dry skin. Oh gosh, SO DRYING. I felt like the Crypt Keeper after using that one.
But because Camay is still raved about by older generations who still swear by it, I figured I'd give it a go. Camay is a difficult to find in-stores, however, it's no longer sold in the U.S. I had asked my mom to pick me up a bar next time she was in Mexico, but I surprisingly found it at Wal-Mart in a little section that carried Mexican beauty products. I picked up a bar at only 89 cents. Goodness, how inexpensive! By the way, the Mexican version doesn't come a classic little pink box, but instead a red plastic wrap.
When I first opened the packaging, I was greeted by a lovely vintage floral scent. Absolutely charming! Instead of reviewing right away after just one use I figured it would be best if I used it for a week to see if my dry skin would benefit or not from it (I used it only on my body). Well, it's been exactly one week and I must say: I am in love. It is wonderful! It does moisturize, doesn't irritate my skin at all, and leaves my skin lightly scented; really does work as advertised; my skin feels soft through out the day.
I must confess: I feel lovely and girly when I use this simple bar of soap.:)
I will continue to purchase after I run out.
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