I love this stuff. I avoided it for years after hearing from so many that it was just glorified vaseline. But I finally bit the bullet and purchased it a while back, and I love the stuff.
This product can be anything you want it to be. It's main use is for "soothing minor skin irritations" and "for symptoms of chapping, peeling or flaking due to minor burns, sunburn, windburn, scrapes, abrasions or cracked lips". I use it for everything.
- Lip treatment/Lip balm - It's so soothing on my lips and I only need to apply 2 or 3 times a day unlike every other lipbalm I've tried. I get really chapped, dry, flakey lips in winter but this sorts them out quickly and my lips are left soft and plump.
- Hand cream - it's slightly thick/greasy but very effective. I just use a little bit and let it soak in for several minutes to let it do its magic. Softens my hands really well.
Hair tamer - my hair go haywire in hot and humid weather. I apply the smallest amount of this to the ends of my hair and it gets rid of any frizz or static and leaves it looking glossy and healthy all day.
Moisturiser - I use this when I'm going through breakouts or my skin gets dry (mainly in winter). I apply my serum and then pat a small bit of this ontop of the serum onto my entire face. I have normal/combo oily skin and it doesn't break me out or irritate my skin, nor does it make me excessively greasy. I apply it day or night, but never under makeup and it takes ages to fully soak in so the makeup won't blend over it properly. It dries my breakouts overnight and reduces redness, whilst leaving the rest of my face looking ridiculously plump, full, young and glowy! It doesn't mess up my pillow cases btw.
Any dry bits of skin - elbows, knees, eczema...works wonders. It clears up any eczema behind my knees in no time, and softens any dry patches of skin I have too.
On the plane - I use this whenever I travel as being on the plane dries my skin out a bit. With this on my skin looks perfect when I get to my destination.
Highlighter - a lot of catwalk models use it to highlight their cheekbones. I personally love doing this too as it catches the light in a very natural, glowing way.
Bites - I've used this on insect/mosquito bites and it tones down any inflammation within a day.
Eyebrow groomer - I use a tiny amount to tame my eyebrows for that hollywood star groomed look. Keeps them in place all day and gives a subtle glossy finish.
I'm sure there are more uses that other people have come, but you can see what a multi-tasker it is. I personally am in love with the smell...some people hate it. To me it smells like a herbal/medicinal/botanical mix. Yum...so soothing. It's a no nonsense no frills kind of scent. I for one am glad it doesn't smell like flowers or candy or whatever sort of scents most companies use for their products these days.
Althought this is called '8 hour cream' the name is not accurate. It's more like a thick balm/gel mix. Despite the thickness, it doesn't feel heavy on my skin at all. If it feels heavy on yours, you're applying WAY TOO MUCH.
Salicylic Acid,Lanolin, Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate)
Petrolatum 56.8%, Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Fragrance, Salicylic Acid, Propylparaben, Castor Oil, Corn Oil, Tocopherol Acetate, BHT, Iron Oxides.
Now, I understand this stuff is overpriced, but look at your typical HE makeup or skincare product - they will contain the same products used in cheaper products, yet people still buy them. It's expensive, yes, but we all need and treat sometimes and the tube lasts me for at least 1 year with every day use.
Why people say this is nothing but vaseline is beyond me. It contains salicylic acid, lanolin and vitamin E as it's actives. Lanolin protects the skin against the ravages of climate and the environment, not to mention 40% of acids derived from lanolin are alpha hydroxy acids (AHA's). A lot of products contain artificial man-made lanolins but this is pure lanolin. It also helps with integumental hygiene (skin, hair, nails). Salicylic acid helps treat acne, psoriasis, calluses, corns, keratosis pilaris and warts. Vitamin E can help sort out skin discolouration. Petrolatum - despite all the claims of evilness by some - is good for the skin also. It seals any cuts/burns, thus inhibits germs from getting into the wound and keeps the injured area supple by preventing the skin's moisture from evaporating. However I will say - if you have just burnt yourself, don't use the 8 hour cream or vaseline on it right away (this includes sunburn) because it will trap the heat inside and make it worse. But after the burn has cooled down it's very useful to use.
Anyway, I really do like this product and will not hesitate to keep repurchasing. This is definately a 'love it or hate it' kind of product judging by the mixed reviews...try and get a sample before you buy.
I want to update my review. I always knew this stuff was good but in the last two weeks I have been reminded just how good:
Firstly it has cured and soothed my extremely dry sore chapped lips and apparently cured a cold sore. I reapplied repeatedly during the day and slathered on a really thick layer at night going to bed. (I did try vaseline first but did not like how it felt on my lips and it did not make a huge difference.)
Secondly; I have been afflicted with sore red skin around my eyes and on my eyelids. I have tried eyecreams but they have not worked as well as this cream. My concern was that this would be too heavy and might run into my eyes but it made an instant difference to this area. I maybe would not use this daily but as a one off treatment I don't see that it would do that much harm.
The review above is excellent and says it much better than I can!
I had to give this product a 4 cos it definitely does the job as a rescue for dry chapped lips!! I love using balmy thick rich moisturization on my lips, and although some cheapy lip balms can work (I've used a creamy Hello Kitty lip balm from H&M which is almost as good as this one) the eight hour cream is the one if you want to be sure your lips are being looked after! As most people have mentioned, the smell is very off putting at first, and has made me think twice about buying this product, but the smell doesn't linger after application and the moisturizing affect works instantly-I've used this a lot when i'm with my bf to make my dry cracking lips more kissable! Hehe. The 50ml tube is quite long lasting, so for the price i would say its a good product. I've tried on Sisley's and Dior balms but Elizabeth Arden is still the best as a chapped lip rescue treatment-only thing i don't like about this product is the lipgloss shiney effect it leaves on the lips. continued >>
I love this product. Having such a cult status, I was curious to try it for years and assumed it was all hype. Got a tube just over two years ago when in duty free and fell in love <3
It is without doubt the best thing for chapped lips and super dry, cracking skin. It is pretty thick, more a balm or salve than a cream, and has a strong lanolin-y medicinal smell, which I suppose could put some people off but I find it comforting and somehow nostalgic: think carmex lip balm and you're half way there, both in scent and texture.
I find heating it up a bit (sticking the tube, cap on, cap way up) in a cup of hot water helps to "melt" it a little and it spreads into the skin a bit easier. I have pretty dry, delicate skin and trying to rub the cream, cold, into my cheeks etc at night was a bit of an effort before the hot water trick!
Dry skin (on hands, knees, elbows, all the winter chaffed usuals) will love you for it, as will your kips. Works great on cheeks and as a highlighter, or a teeny dab mixed with eyeshadow etc can make for some obnoxiously good looks.
Anyway. It is quite pricey, but my two and a half year old tube still has plenty of go in it, maybe used only two thirds and I use it fairly regularly. A little goes a loooong way. continued >>
Oh my how can anyone put this anywhere near their face!
THE SMELL !
urgh i bought it put it on i now cannot get rid of the smell its making me feel so sick!
I dont even care about any good qualitys it may have because of the vileness of the smell
JUST YUCK !
This is a great lipbalm (in fact the best one I've tried) and I also use it to apply below my nose when I travel (sounds gross, I know...) because of the dry air on the airplane. It helps a lot. I just don't think that it's such a multitask product because it's IMPOSSIBLE to use as a moisturizer - it's just too heavy and the texture is not good for that. I apply it occasionaly when I have a cut, a scratch or something, but never as a regular moisturizer because it's too sticky.
Anyway, it's a great lipbalm and I'll buy it again when mine is finished.
Here is a product that is so popular with so many Makeup Artists and advertised as such in many fashion magazines.Many times it is described as a multi purpose product, verstaile and multi functional, but is it?
For me it is not as verstile as other products that I found through trial and error. I'm sure in some ways it deserves some praise, yet in other ways It did not delievr on it's promises for me personally.
I mainly use it as a thick layer of lip balm and sealer over another favorite lip balm of mine to act as a great barrier during the harsh freezing winter months, when my skin is at it's worst.
For this purpose I really like it. As for other purposes I use other products that I favor, like cuticle creams, hand creams etc.It is a thick creamy product which contains petrolatum as it's main ingredient. I do like petrolatum based products for their moisture sealing on my dry winter days skin. Would I repurchase? Maybe.
I am reviewing the concentrated on, that looks like grease :)
I like this stuff! It works for lips (and believe me for my lips, it is something, to find treatment that works!) and recently I started using it as a highlighter on my cheekbones! It looks so natural! Of course we must have common sense and apply it asparingly as it is very concentrated cream! So a little tiny drop is enough for both cheeks! I just dot 3 times on one cheek and 3 times-on the other with this same drop! Then with short pressing motions of a finger spread it and it looks very nice! But this stuff is not for humid weather for oily skin! It will definitely look too greasy! It is quite dry here where I live at the moment and this cream just brings a bit of that glow to my face. But in humid weather I don't think I will use it as highlighter as my skin is on oilier side then. And the tube lasts for ages!
I like it is in a tube so I can keep it in my handbag! The reason I looked into this product was a Youtube Guru "makeupbyeman", she reviewed this product good! So I went to T.J.Max since I saw many skin care product from this line there! It was $9.99, 1.7.oz , so I bought it!
It is not like A+D,or Aquaphore advanced therapy healing ointment which I love so much ( I have 2 of them ,in my kitchen and in my bag.I bought little ones in a tube ,I don't like wide big tubes or jars!)
First of all ****price comparasion****:aquaphore was a pack of 2 tubes, each 0.35 oz. total of 0.7 oz. for $6 at walgreens! Which is just a good ointment ,I use it for lips!
This is $9.99 at T.j.max (there were 5 of them), 1.7 fl.oz. and it is a treatment, it has many other ingredients in it, and when it is on the lips, you will feel something going on!
I think it is worth buying at the price of $10 or $15!
I will **repurchase ***it! I only use it for lips! I put this on at night and in the morning my lips are soft and supple, I have never had such good result with any other lip product!
**Smell **can be bothersome for some people, so I will recommend going to mall and try that on bare clean lips then see how you like it! If time is not an issue, and you like it, go to T.J.Max !
I also have a Mac Lip Conditioner in a Tube, which smell so good that I want to eat it! Which is $14.50 and O.5 fl.oz! I will compare this to aquaphore ! I will not purchase mac tube lip conditioner , although I like it for the smell and quality but aquaphore does the same thing!
I will be trying Mac Lip conditioner spf15 in a jar/tub one, since I have heard that it actually penetrate in the skin and work like a treatment!
I have purchased this over and over. It is beyond compare for:
cuticles-softens and smooths them like nothing else
rough callouses on feet
any type of wound or injury that won't heal fast
any type of mark, bump, or lesion
any cut, to heal it fast without a scar
after a peel if skin is raw
My mother had horrible lesions that refused to heal after getting four small skin cancers removed. Finally I gave her this and with daily applications they healed beautifully without leaving scars. Her other pre-cancerious bumps that she had for years completely vanished after she used this every day for a couple of weeks.
I refuse to live without this.