I started using this in March when I got the Make-up Optional skin kit. I think it's great on my combination skin (especially my cheeks which tend to get really dry due to air con in work), it has gotten rid of my flaky cheeks but not caused greasiness on the rest of my face.
It's expensive, especially here in the UK where it's £35 for the 2oz jar, but I've found it's worth it for me. I'd recommend it for people to give a go and have already re-bought for myself and my sister.
This product did make my skin appear more smooth, however, it also made my skin more sensitive and highlighted red undertones. As I continued using it (thinking my skin may need some time to adjust), I noticed that my skin would break out if I didn't keep feeding it the product. I'm not sure if anyone else had this odd reaction, but many people love this product - I would not recommend it.
I bought this product becuase I was told it was the best. Well this was just not the case. It made my dry skin greasy and I broke out all over my face. I thought maybe I had to let it get worse and then my face would get better but after a month it just kept getting worse. Couldn't even finish the jar.
I like this moisturizer, I have combination skin and it is the right texture for me- not too oily and not too light. The problem is I wasn't "wowed" enough for the price- especially since it does not have an SPF. I can only wear under makeup since I try not to go outside without SPF. Since I don't wear foundation every day I had to use another lotion on those days.
I wanted to try this out because it's been #1 on Sephora for like forever... and I was pretty disappointed. My boyfriend kept asking me why I smelled like plants (not in a good way, haha) after I put it on, and it didn't do anything special for my skin.. in fact, I think this might have caused my skin to break out. Will not repurchase.
I have dry skin and after not finding that the spf version moisturized enough, I was directed to try the original. Unfortunately, despite all the rave reviews on this product, I don't find that it does anything remarkable for my complexion and the smell is almost unbearable.
I dont know... I guess I was expecting alot more from this product.
Maybe its because it was one of the first high-end skin care items I bought at the time, but I would have compared it to simply slapping some baby lotion on my face. Not impressed by this at all. That isnt to say that it is a bad product, Just nothing to "WOW" about. I found that for half the price I could buy Beyond Belief (an unlisted product on makeup alley) from a sally's Beauty supply and its just amazing.
Wanted to like this though...
I really like HIAJ. It's moisturizing without being greasy. It doesn't cause breakouts on my oily skin. I might be one of the few who likes the lavendar fragrance. The only con for me is the need for a separate sunscreen. Wish Philosophy thought to include that.
UPDATE: After months of use, I think this may be too heavy for summer. It seems that I was having minor breakouts when the temperature here rose above 90F, which happens often. I withhold my final judgement until cold weather.
I don't know what all the fuss is about this product. The texture is nice when it is in the jar, but that's about the only redeeming quality I noticed. It was a mediocre moisturizer (my face did not really feel hydrated) and it actually made my pores bigger, which is my main complaint. I never had noticeable pores on my cheeks until I used this. Thanks a lot, Philosophy. It also made my eyes burn, even though I didn't put it anywhere near my eyes. Plus, if I layered it with another product (even another Philosophy product) or makeup and then touched my face, it would rub off in a cakey goop. I'm sticking with Kiehl's Oil Free Sodium PCA Moisturizer: it's cheaper and actually works.
I bought this to go with the purity cleanser. It was part of a "best of" package on sephora.com . Although I like the cleanser, I will not be buying the moisturizer again. There is nothing wrong with it, but I don't think it is worth the money. It is very lightweight and really really non-greasy. It is almost like putting on a mousse of air and moisture. However, the jar did not last very long at all and for my dry skin there are so many other products that have worked better. It suggests that it has a brightening effect but I haven't seen that at all. The herbal smell doesn't bother me, but I think it would irritate some people's skin. I like philosophy because it seems so back to earth and be true to yourself with its marketing, but the truth is this product isn't worth the money.