initially i loved this moisturizer, i ended up going back to hope in a jar twice. then by the third jar, i felt my skin wasn't looking better. (i have acne prone skin and i felt my skin was getting more conjested). so i decided to try hope in a bottle. hope in a bottle was a better match for me. the salicyclic acid in hope in a bottle help exfoliate my skin.
i was disappointed with Hope in a Jar...until recently purity made simple face cleanser was my HG so i thought Philosphy could do no wrong. the fact that i paid so much for a TUB of moisturizer (gross!) is proof. ummm...well i have combo skin that seems to get oilier as i age. HIAJ just made me greasy/pimply. i used it for several weeks every night and finally shot it out - and now i can finally admit i hated it, probably bc i'm not the only one. :) i didn't mind the smell, i tend to like fragrance (ie dior made a hydra souffle that smelled so good) but its gotta sink in and it was not fun waking up with an oil slick where my face was supposed to be. this would probably be better for those with very dry skin. for a light moisturizer for combo/oily skin, try DHC's Acerola Gel -i lub it!
It isn't the best moisturizers but it works really well on my skin. I have combo acne prone skin. Hope in a Jar doesn't give me any break out and I love the texture and earthy smell of it. It hydrates my skin very well and improves my skin tone. I do not see any dramatic changes on my skin but it is definitely good moisturizers which isn't heavy and oily.
Didn't like this at all. The scent is SO strong, which worries me because I don't want to be putting perfume on my face! I could smell it for an hour after putting it on. It didn't moisturize enough at all, and the texture was odd (more of like a whipped mousse). I got a trial-size as part of a gift set, and thank goodness, because I wouldn't use it again.
I'm a 50+ PPP with combo skin and rosacea, and I'm surprised how much I like this product and its effect on my skin in the 4 weeks I've been using it. A small dab of the light, mousse-like texture feels wonderful on my skin and it keeps my skin hydrated without getting it oily. I don't apply it to the oilest spot on my face -- my nose -- though that may change as the weather gets colder and drier. It has a lovely, light lavendar/herbal/essential oil scent on first application that dissipates fairly quickly. I scoop out some of the product on a little spatula and transfer that to my fingers. This isn't because I'm concerned about the hygiene of the product, but because I enjoy cooking and often have the scent of garlic or onions my fingers that I don't want to transfer to the moisturizer! The only line that's not irritated my sensitive skin heretofore has been Paula's Choice, so I'm pleased to have found another line as it's always enjoyable to have a change now and then.
This made me break-out!!! They should change the name to Hopelessness in a Jar! Now I have to regularly visit my dermatologist & wait for my acne scars to go away... Plus packaging is very unhygenic! Imagine the all the dust & dirt flying around & landing on the stuff when you open it! Moisturizers should have at least a narrow neck bottle for packaging or better yet has a pump to dispense product. Will NEVER buy this again! continued >>
I was so excited to try this product! But man, what a dissapointment it was. First of all, the smell is NASTY! It made me feel sick to my stomach. Really the most disgusting smell I have ever encountered in a MU or skincare product.
Furthermore it does not go into the skin so it makes your face look all greasy. The moisturizing effect is just okay. This product is WAY overpriced. This stuff is not "Hope in a jar", what a lie! I am so glad I got this in a sample size cause if I had bought it it would be like flushing my money down the toilet.
Overall this is a very bad product I would definitely NOT buy it or even try again if someone gave me a free jar of this crap. Shame on you Philosophy for making such a crappy product!!!
For reference: I have normal to dry skin.
What a shame! I was so excited to try Philosphy's beauty products. Someone gave me a sample of Hope in a Jar. It feels very nice, but oh help me, THE SMELL! More like Poo in a Jar! I can't bear it! I used it for the first time tonight, and I'm getting ready to go wash it off. I'm so disappointed! Why cant these companies offer unscented choices?
I heard a lot of hype concerning this product. However, I have used less expensive moisturizers that had more dramatic complexion improvements than this product. It doesn't seem to absorb as well as other moisturizers which leaves my skin feeling oily. It also may have contributed to a couple pesky blemishes on my face. I will not purchase again but if you must see for yourself.
This stuff is definitely not worth the hype. I have relatively clear skin, and it made me break out like crazy. It was also greasy and smelled disgusting.