I don't understand all the negative reviews on this product. Everyone complains about the smell, which I actually find quite soothing. I use this cream at night only, as there is no spf, and find the slight smell of lavender perfect for bedtime. I am a product junkie, and am always searching for the next latest and greatest face cream, but I always seem to come back to this product. I had been using Boscia, which makes some really great products, but their night cream does not give my skin the same glow as Hope in a Jar. It would be nice if the cream were available in a pump form, but that is really my only complaint. A little does go a long way, so the price is quite reasonable compared to other products. And did I mention the radiant, glowing complexion this gives you? Ladies, this product is definitely worth a try! If you don't like it, Sephora will always take it back.
I received HIAJ as a sample along with an order from Sephora, and so thought I'd give it a try as a night cream. I had to limit it to nights because this stuff smells HORRIBLY. I mean I can't even describe what it is, but it's awful. My boyfriend won't come near me and complains from across the room.
I wouldn't pay as much as this stuff costs for what I got. A good night cream that wasn't oily (I typically don't get acne, but I can get some excess oil like a champ), and would have allowed makeup to be smoothly applied over it.
Overall, the smell is the worst thing out there. Unbearable - and I didn't notice any change in my skin texture or wrinkles or anything... Still looking for my HG wrinkle reducer..
I don't get it - the hype over this stuff - I HATE it. What a waste of money. Smell (like everyone says) is just horrible. I cannot tell that it does anything for my face. Overall, I think Philosophy products are extremely overrated.
I don't know how, but this product really does make my skin glow.
You only need a little so it lasts ages
The scent is not appealing
Expensive in the UK
No SPF - I would buy bucketloads if it came with SPF15
I bought a Best of Sephora Philosophy gift set for myself and this product came in it. The smell was horrendous and I wasn't crazy about it. It made my face somewhat soft, but it I've had other cheaper and better smelling products do the same thing.
I really like Philosophy's Hope In A Jar. I've been using it for seven months. At first, I used more than I needed, and it didn't last very long. A little goes a long way with this product.
When I first apply it, I definitely notice its scent. I like it; it isn't real sweet or flowery; it's hard to describe. I think there's lavender in there somewhere. Once applied, the scent disappears.
I don't wear a lot of make up and on some days, none at all. With this moisturizer, I can "get away" without wearing a foundation. I don't have flawless skin by any means, but Hope In A Jar has evened out my skin tone and gives it a nice glow. I like the subtle "luminescent", light reflective quality it gives my skin, too.
i also don't like this product. my friend talked me into buying this crap and everytime i used it my eyes would burn. stinks too. even after just putting a small dot on each cheek and blending in, they would still burn. after a couple of tries, i went back to my old moisturizer and like magic my eyes were better. i took it back to the store and got rid of the friend too!!
I think this moisturizer is horrible and I have no idea why it is so hyped on Sephora and in magazines. The smell is horrible!! It smells like plastic and hospital to me. It leaves a waxy coating on my face and it doesn't moisturize well either. I think it is a total waste of money. If it were 1.00 I wouldn't want it. Granted the price is good compared to many high end creams but they are so much better.
I really can't express how horrible I think this product is. It's been around for a long time and I've tried it many times when I have gotten samples and tossed a full size jar the first and only time I purchased it.
I'm not getting the hype either. I actually used the sample from Sephora for about a week. I was also sick with a cold, so it could be that, but I'm more inclined to believe it was HIAJ that made me break out massively. Also, yes, it does smell. It smells like a plastic barbie doll that's been in baby girl's bathtub. The fact that this product is so expensive and so ridiculously hyped makes the quality seem even worse in comparison. It didn't dry me out or anything. It just smelled bad and made me break out.
I bought this product from QVC and haven't had the heart to throw it out yet despite poor results. When I put it on my face at night, I wake up and my skin is dry, irritated, and splotchy red. Not moisturized. Do not buy this!