I have NEVER encountered any product whose smell made it impossible for me to tolerate until HIAJ. Not only does it smell awful, but the smell is so STRONG and doesn't go away for at least an hour! It is also simply too heavy for my oily skin.
I don't understand the hype on this product. I have combination skin, BTW. It feels like there is a mask on my face after I put this on. It is almost a tight feeling - and there is definitely a film there. Not a pleasant sensation.
I got this as part of a kit (why is it in so MANY of the philosophy kits). I would not have bought it by itself.
I'm going to use what I have left on my neck and chest.
I don't really notice a smell when I use this, and even if I did it works so good I just couldn't stop using it! This is the only moisturizer I have ever tried that does not leave a heavy yucky layer of residue on my face. My skin is dry dry dry on my cheeks, slightly dry everywhere else but I do get some shine on my nose from time to time. Hope in a jar seems to help all my skin issues. I don't know what I would do without philosophy, these products have changed my skin!!!
I got a sample of HIAJ from Sephora. I used it that night and thought how well it sank into my skin and made my face very soft. I am on day 5 using it in the morning and evening. My skin is very soft and my Laura Mercier powder foundation goes on like a dream. I have noticed a few breakouts but don't know for sure yet if HIAJ is the reason. The one downside is the smell. It is almost fishy. I like the jar only because I like things in jars as they are easy to use. When this sample runs out I think that I will buy it. Upate, sadly this cream that I wanted to love really does break my face out into sore red lumps.
I am really not a fan of this. My skin tends to be dry, but not complicated. I can get by with a wide variety of creams and lotions.
This really did nothing at all as far as moisturizing goes. My skin isn't even really that dry right now. If that were the only issue I would finish the jar, but I also have a few little pimples (which I never get).
But honestly, the last straw is the fragrance. Even when I keep it far away from my eyes it makes them water. I'm NEVER super sensetive to fragrance like lots of people. This is pure stink.
It smells like something from one of the dissections in my undergrad biology lab. Blech.
not a fan. it broke me out the second day i used it. my roommate said it was probably because it has lactic acid and it's just bringing everything up to the surface, but i'm not sure if i want to chance it. the packaging's pretty lousy. gets under your nails. moisture-wise, it's ok. it might've balanced my skin a little bit, despite making me break out.
This is my HG for moisturizers. I really like the way it has changed my skin over the year I have been using. I am also strange because I really like the smell of it. My husband can even tell the difference in my skin since I have been using all of the Philosophy line!!!!!!I will never go w/o it again!!!!!!!!
PU STINKY! I've been trying for two weeks to get used to the odor of this product. It smells like old gym shoes. I used it at bedtime, but my husband said I smelled like I hadn't taken a shower for two weeks. So I can only use it in the morning, making sure I give myself a good spritz of cologne before I leave the house. I'd like to use it up because this stuff was expensive, but I may end up throwing it away because of the smell factor. It leaves my skin a little too greasy, anyway. I tend to have oily skin, so if you have oily skin and/or a sensitive nose, don't waste your money on Hope In a Jar.
Ok - I love this moisturizer. My skin looks so much nicer the short time I've been using it. I'm not sensitive to the smell of the product so I don't think it smells all that bad.
I have two problems with it however. 1. My eyes burn from the fumes after I put it on. and 2. It doesn't contain any sunscreen.
This stuff is FAB! It moisturizes REALLY well and doesn't clog my pores. The only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is because of the smell. It's GROSS!!! Almost like a cross between herbal oils, lavender and fish. My 4 year old daughter refuses to come near me when I put it on. I do love it though. It changes my skin's over-all appearance.