Prep: Where to find it in SA?

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Prep: Where to find it in SA?

Postby RiverValleyTrading » Fri Mar 04, 2016 4:21 pm

As Jacquers has mentioned, the world wide shortage in Camphor has resulted in suppliers being out of Prep. Please post details of places which still have stock
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Re: Prep: Where to find it in SA?

Postby RiverValleyTrading » Fri Mar 04, 2016 4:25 pm

For those in Cape Town, I just found out from a friend, that the pharmacy at the Rondebosch Medical Centre has a few tubs left.
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Re: Prep: Where to find it in SA?

Postby deepsouth » Fri Mar 04, 2016 6:46 pm

RiverValleyTrading wrote:For those in Cape Town, I just found out from a friend, that the pharmacy at the Rondebosch Medical Centre has a few tubs left.

Guess I will be going to Rondebosch tomorrow... Thanks for the info RVT

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Re: Prep: Where to find it in SA?

Postby JHBBlade » Fri Mar 04, 2016 7:38 pm

Interesting story to Prep!

According to current owners Coswell, the Prep formula was invented and manufactured in 1866 by Mark W. Allen of Michigan, Detroit. He met and befriended Italian Italo Rustico during the First World War, who becomes an importer and supplier of Prep in Italy. The Prep brand was passed to Italian company Sirena in 1935 and Prep is manufactured directly in Italy - preserving the original formula. In 2009 our friends at Coswell acquired the brand.

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Re: Prep: Where to find it in SA?

Postby JHBBlade » Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:31 pm

This I found posted on Hello Peter 24 Feb by a disgruntled Mr Nieuwoudt. It looks like Prep Stock-out is a uniquely South African problem. If all else fails we can import from Italy ...........

Hi Mr Nieuwoudt,

Prep Cream is currently out of stock in South Africa due to the fact that Aspen has had to change the supplier of the Camphor cream used in Prep Cream. This means that it has to now go before the Medical Control Council of South Africa for their quality assurance approval before Aspen is allowed to sell the product once again.

Rest assured there is no change to the actual formulation at all but we are unable to commit to a date as to when this approval will come through.

Please feel free to contact me directly if you require any further information.

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Tel No : 011-239-6263
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Re: Prep: Where to find it in SA?

Postby RiverValleyTrading » Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:29 pm

JHBBlade wrote:This I found posted on Hello Peter 24 Feb by a disgruntled Mr Nieuwoudt. It looks like Prep Stock-out is a uniquely South African problem. If all else fails we can import from Italy ...........

Hi Mr Nieuwoudt,

Prep Cream is currently out of stock in South Africa due to the fact that Aspen has had to change the supplier of the Camphor cream used in Prep Cream. This means that it has to now go before the Medical Control Council of South Africa for their quality assurance approval before Aspen is allowed to sell the product once again.

Rest assured there is no change to the actual formulation at all but we are unable to commit to a date as to when this approval will come through.

Please feel free to contact me directly if you require any further information.

Kind Regards,

Fernando Duarte
Customer Service Manager
Tel No : 011-239-6263
e-mail : fduarte@aspenpharma.com


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Thanks for the info, teh strange thing is that it Prep just suddenly disappeared. It didn't seem to sell out gradually. I think if all else fails then Proraso green pre-shave cream will do the trick.
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Re: Prep: Where to find it in SA?

Postby Jacquers » Sat Mar 05, 2016 12:56 pm

I had a look today and couldn't find any... none at Spar, PnP, Checkers, Clicks, Makro, not even any at a pharmacy. Will have a walk up the road to the corner cafe later to see if they have.

Good to know that the formula won't change once it's back in stock. Strange that they have to go through the whole process because of changing suppliers, but I guess it still shows some standards / quality control.
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Re: Prep: Where to find it in SA?

Postby Jacquers » Sat Mar 05, 2016 4:01 pm

Nothing at the cafe either, but I'm not sure if they ever had. Like RVT said, it's strange that it vanished so quickly. Makes me wonder if there wasn't a recall.
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Re: Prep: Where to find it in SA?

Postby BLES » Mon Mar 07, 2016 9:22 am

Seems Pretoria also ran dry. :oo
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Re: Prep: Where to find it in SA?

Postby Jacquers » Mon Mar 07, 2016 2:52 pm

It would be cool if we could get the Prep Shaving Soap.

Edit: Nevermind... the notice on the website says: ***Note: Now DISCONTINUED...click here to see Proraso Shaving Soaps which are very similar***

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Re: Prep: Where to find it in SA?

Postby JHBBlade » Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:08 pm

Dischem Victory Park...........
Clearly back in stock!

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Re: Prep: Where to find it in SA?

Postby deepsouth » Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:19 pm

NIce !! I'm heading to dischem...
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Re: Prep: Where to find it in SA?

Postby Jacquers » Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:39 pm

Woohoo! :D

I can shave like a maniac again and just put on some Prep afterwards :P
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Re: Prep: Where to find it in SA?

Postby JHBBlade » Sat Jul 09, 2016 7:18 am

I've just checked the formulation vs my old pot. I can't see any difference. So not sure what all the fuss and delays were about.

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Re: Prep: Where to find it in SA?

Postby deepsouth » Sat Jul 09, 2016 8:47 am

I was going to ask exactly that, maybe just a supply issue. I bought a 250g yesterday, and am thinking to get that 500g too.

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Re: Prep: Where to find it in SA?

Postby Jacquers » Sat Jul 09, 2016 9:04 am

As I understand it it was a supply issue - they had to change the suppliers of the camphor, but that required re-testing and re-approval by the medical authorities or something like that, which took a long time.
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Re: Prep: Where to find it in SA?

Postby RiverValleyTrading » Sat Jul 09, 2016 10:32 am

Hooray!!! :thumbup: I was at the chemist yesterday, and I didn't even think to look for it. :oo
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Re: Prep: Where to find it in SA?

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Re: Prep: Where to find it in SA?

Postby DirtyOldBeggar » Sat Jul 23, 2016 7:05 am

Great news, this is such a classic. Should it be used as a pre-shave or just as is?

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Re: Prep: Where to find it in SA?

Postby RiverValleyTrading » Sat Jul 23, 2016 8:15 am

DirtyOldBeggar wrote:Great news, this is such a classic. Should it be used as a pre-shave or just as is?

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I use it as a pre-shave. I wet my face, apply the prep (massage it in), then wet my face again and lather up. Works very well.
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