What is Noxzema?

By Kellie Tunbridge

Noxzema's trademark cobalt-blue jar has been a favorite with consumers for nearly a century. Known for its skin-relief properties, consumers have found many uses for this product over the years. Noxzema's identifiable scent of camphor, menthol and eucalyptus has not only been helpful for skin conditions but also as a beauty regimen for men and women.

What is Noxzema?


Noxzema is a cold cream that was created in 1914 by Dr. Francis J. Townsend. It was originally called "Townsend R22," and its purpose was to treat sunburn. Later the invention was passed on to Dr. George Bunting, who sold the product to a wider consumer market. Townsend R22 gained rapid popularity, not only for treating sunburn, but the camphor, menthol and eucalyptus properties, many claimed, helped the tired achy feet off WWII soldiers, and one consumer raved about the effect Townsend R22 had on eczema. Soon the name was reborn: Noxzema.


Noxzema is used primarily as a facial cleanser and moisturizer. Its ingredients of camphor, menthol and eucalyptus contain a natural healing property used to treat sunburn and act as a moisturizer to heal dry cracked skin. Consumers have used Noxzema for years to help treat eczema, as well as for shaving, acne, complexion enhancement, insect bites and as a wrinkle reducer. Consumers have used it for stain, gum and glue removal for years.


Noxzema contains camphor, menthol and eucalyptus, among other ingredients. Camphor is known for its antiseptic properties and treatment of skin problems. Menthol is known for its cooling properties, and eucalyptus is good for skin problems, such as, aches, pains and insect bites. Its affordable, beneficial multiuses make it a popular labeled and non-labeled product, thus saving Noxzema consumers money when it comes to skin care products.


Noxzema has had lasting effects on consumers for nearly 100 years. This product quickly gained popularity with men and women with its debut and continues to be popular today. Consumers report the positive effects that Noxzema has had on itchy skin conditions, such as reported on The People's Pharmacy, a radio, newspaper and online column operated by pharmacologist Joe Graedon and medical anthropologist Teresa Graedon. Additionally, the "Noxzema Method" has even been reported to help in the healing process of tattoos.


It is advisable to keep medications and beauty products away from children. When seeking a treatment for a skin condition, it is best to seek the advice of a dermatologist. Products containing camphor, menthol and eucalyptus may act as an irritant to some skin ailments. Never mix skin care products, as this could increase irritation, or create an allergic reaction.