For those who had been using Pacquins hand cream for years, it was a great shock and disappointment to realize that this cream had been discontinued. In spite of a lot of lobbying by those who swear by Pacquins hand and body cream, apparently, it has not yet been re-continued. When Johnson and Johnson acquired Pfizer’s consumer healthcare line in 2006, they discontinued making Pacquin Plus Hand and Body Cream. For forty or fifty years or more, women loved this cream, which more recently used to retail for the modest price of somewhere around $5 for a 4-ounce jar. Today, if you are even able to find a jar, you will need to pay up to $20 for it, although there have been some accounts of 8 oz. jars selling for as much as $200. Amazon.com occasionally has this cream available.
Unfortunately, the sector of society most hit with the discontinuation of Paquin’s medicated hand cream is, for the most part, those in their fifties, sixties and older. While there may be some excellent replacement hand lotions (e.g., Udderly Smooth, apparently an udder cream) it has been very distressing for many women who have been using Paquin’s cream ever since they were children, and their mother’s using it before them.
Traditionally, Paquin’s plus hand and body cream apparently are the prime hand cream for those people who face dry and cracking hands, a problem many of us have during the colder winter months. Some also used it as a face cream as well. The feel of this cream was very silky, yet it did not have the oily, greasy feel that many new hand creams have. It was this quality that made many people almost worship this brand of hand cream. It did not only feel silky but apparently the active ingredients in the cream did make your skin feel rejuvenated, and it also helped heal hands that were cracked from the cold. However, it is no longer manufactured.
This is a typical problem that we are seeing these days where the old, in this case, hand cream, has to make way for the new it nevertheless is disturbing for people who have used something for years to find it is suddenly no longer available. Alternatively, if it is still available, to discover that it is retailing at ridiculously high prices. Perhaps a better marketing strategy would be to suggest a replacement cream or lotion (such as Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion) that could be used that would give the same results. If you find a secret source of Pacquins hand cream you had better hang onto it, it is worth a small fortune today.