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.
Love this stuff! It is a must have staple for me. I have tried TONS of other moisturizers: Lancome, Orgins, Estee Lauder, drugstore brands, and none come close to Hope in a Jar.
It is so light weight, and absorbs quickly. I never feel like there is an oil slick sitting on my face and I have to wait a few minutes until "soaks" in. After putting it on, my skin has a very healthy, rosy glow and feels plump-very hydrated.
My skin is crazy: both oily and dry, and sensitive, too. I haven't had any "issues" using this product in am and pm.. The moisturizer contains beta glucans and lactic acid, which aids in sloughing off dead skin cells and drawing moisture (water) into the skin. After using the product for 2 weeks, I could tell a difference in the texture of my skin.
The price is $38/2oz. It costs more than drugstore but less than Lancome. Since it doesn't contain sunscreen, I can use it daytime with my mineral makeup and at night. It saves money on not having two different products to buy or pack when traveling.
Everyone is complaining about the smell, but I don't mind it! This stuff makes your skin really nice and glowy. Because of that, I really liiked it at first, but then my skin started getting itchy and red, which NEVER happens to me, no matter what product I use. I don't have sensitive skin, so it's very strange that it would effect my skin this way. On the other hand, it may not be the cream at all, maybe I just have some wierd rash! Anyway, I definitely recommend trying it, it does make your skin look really nice.
In general i think this product is excellent. It isn't dirt cheap but it also is not overpriced. It truly delivers its promise by smoothing my skin and giving an allover glow to my face. A little goes a long way and i find this works best for me at night when my skin repairs itself. I have oily sensitive acne-prone skin and have never found that this product causes breakouts or oil slicks. I have also taken to using it on the backs of my arms because the lactic acid helps smooth the "chicken skin" i have.
My only complaint would be that i can't get this product to close to my eyes because the scent irritates them and makes them water. Closing my eyes while i apply the product prevents this and so i will continue to purchase it for a long time.
Ok, I had to say a quick word about this stuff! I had a sample of this and used it a couple of times on my face....whatever. It seems a lot of people break out from this stuff, so I stopped using it not wanting to risk breaking out my face at the time. Anyway, I really enjoyed the light and silky texture of the stuff so I started putting it under my eyes underneath a rather dry concealer I was using there. I then started using it at night as well just for the hell of it. And lo and behold after a week or so of doing this, I can actually see a difference!!
Granted, I am only 22 so I don't have many wrinkles or anything, but I did inherit undereye bags and very dark undereye circles from my mother. This has seriously tightened up the skin there completely! And for reference, I slept about 4 hours last night, spent 10 hours at school in class and studying, sat in front of the comp. for a long while, and it's now 3:40am.....there is NO puffiness AT ALL under my eyes right now, which is definitely not the norm for me!
So yeah, I'm liking the way this is working, even if it's not what it's intended for. I can't tell as yet if it has or will lighten my undereye circles, but I'm excited now to continue and see.
Maybe someone can advise me if there is some negative effect that can be had from my using it close to my eyes?? As much as I like it, I'm not going to be an idiot about it :)