It's a good product but for the price I wouldn't purchase again. I didn't find it any more effective than Vaseline or Neosporin.
I will never be without this stuff. Any time something happens to irritate my skin, this "cream" comes to the rescue.
Before I use a hair removal cream on my face, I use a thin layer of this on the target area, rub it in well, and wait about 5 minutes before applying the hair remover. Then afterward, I use a bit heavier layer of this and I NEVER have any irritation.
It's also my favorite thing for preventing and healing chapped lips, as well as when I have a cold and have rubbed my nose raw with tissues.
Recently, I used Olay's Total Effects CC Cream and had a horrible reaction to it... blackheads and hives, etc. My skin developed dry, scaly, peeling patches, and this "cream" is the only moisturizer I can use that doesn't burn and sting. It also seems to be calming the irritated areas and making them less red and inflamed.
I put the word "cream" in quotes because the texture is not like a cream at all; it's more like Vaseline or Mary Kay's Extra Emollient Night Cream. My rating for the packaging is based on my package, which is a limited edition glass pot. I've never had it in in the tube.
I've been longing for an Elizabeth Arden product for a long time and heard and read so much praise for the Eight Hour products that I was really thrilled when I finally managed to purchase a package containing a lip balm, moisturising cream and the famous skin protectant during my first (and last) trip to the US. First of all the smell is probably the most striking feature of this product - I like strong smells in perfumes, body lotions, hand creams, aromatherapy in the apartment - the stronger the better. This product has such a peculiar smell that I never dared wear it during the day - just used it before going to bed so that only I (and my poor dog) could smell it. I actually disliked the smell at the beginning but since I waited almost 40 years for my first Elizabeth Arden product I felt obliged to use it up and pretty soon not only I got used to it but I begun to look forward to putting the cream on my dry patches at night.
So what do I use this for - my skin is one big disaster - you name a skin problem I have it. So I use this for my dry elbows and for my horrible itchy disgustingly looking eczema on my legs and sometimes also on the sores I occasionally get on my scalp and on which I try to use anything thinkable just so that I can avoid using corticoid (or is corticosteroid the right word?) creams which I abhor and only use in deepest desperation.
Long and boring story about my skin issues but back to the skin protectant: what it does for me is that it somewhat calms my skin and it creates a bit of a (protective) film on my skin and (for some time) my skin feels very nourished and moisturised. However, this is usually a fairly temporary feeling and you have to re-apply the product. The good effects last only as long as you have the product on your skin - it is not a medication (despite the medicinal smell) and will not cure any skin issues.
I also have - since I purchased this product - shifted towards using more (ideally all) natural products and this one has too much petrolatum and other frowned upon ingredients which I carefully avoid in products I buy these days so I will not repurchase even though I would not in any way say this is a bad product - simply no longer for me.
Talking about petrolatum - i have a friend in her sixties who is only using petrolatum on her face, her face is glowing, she doesn't know what an enlarged pore is and she doesn't have a single wrinkle (no facelift or botox either). Whenever she uses any other cosmetics her skin reacts but with vaseline her skin is in a better condition then mine (20 years younger). So I'm really jealous and I wished something so simple (and omg so so cheap) would work on me (I would probably pay off my mortage 20 years earlier than planned if I didn't have to buy expensive cosmetics for my temperamental face). So not for me but I can imagine this will be a great product for many other happy Elizabeth Arden customers.
I do love this product but I am forced to say I COULDN'T buy it again, the reason being because I've become allergic to the vitamin E in it! I know I'm allergice to vitamin E on my face and always read labels but not all manufacturers list their ingredients, so I took a chance. The first jar I bought didn't give me any problems and I fell in love, then I bought a second jar and my face and neck started getting all itchy and my eyes got all puffy and itchy too. Good thing I'd bought this at Winners and only paid $12 Cdn versus paying full price at a department store. Still, I maybe able to use it on my hands in the winter. Otherwise, it's an excellent moisturizer that softens and kept my skin dewy. My loss! :(
My mom got this in a set about 8-9 years ago and neither of us had any clue what it was meant for. We tried it all over the face, but it was very sticky and shiny and never sank in. We tried it as hand cream, with the same result; we had better things to use on out hands. We tried this for my mom's dryness on her feet, but again, we had something better... It did work like a lipgloss, but the tube was giant, so it'snot like you want to drag it with you - it will definitely not be the preferred choice.
Now I absolutely love this thing! I got this as a sample with something else I bought. A whole 15mL (0.5 oz) sample! I must say this is a MUCH better volume as it takes a long time for me to use this up. My uses for it is on my lips and on/around my nose in the winter. When I had an accident with lactic acid and burnt my nose (you can read about it here:
and when I had a bad cold and very very runny nose, and not even my awesome Kleenex-tissues could save me, I used this to heal my nose at night (or day if it was really bad). It definitely looks oily on the skin, but it's amazing at getting rid of dry, peeling skin on the face! I have had dry skin for about 9 years and tried many high end healing creams, protecting balms, and barrier creams for situations with bad dry-skin-incidents, but this is the best thing I've come upon for that purpose. I'm definitely not an Elizabeth Arden product fan - this is the only product till now of the many I have tried that I actually liked. It is definitely worth trying if you have winter-beaten skin that needs serious healing.