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 :)
I bought this stuff in the late 90s in a kit when on vacation overseas. Anyone else remember a face cleansing bar that Philosophy used to sell? Just wondering. Anyway, a few weeks ago I picked this stuff up on a whim. What a waste of money! I remember it being way thicker, a lot like the When Hope is Not Enough stuff Philosophy sells now. And the scent was more health-food than faux-lavender that it is now. It did nothing for my skin, left it dry, flakey yet greasy. My skin looked red and irritated after using it. No, I would not use this on my skin again. It did nothing, didn't moisturize, didn't help my skin turn over faster, NOTHING. I wonder how come Oprah and Sephora keep heaping praise on this junk?!
This goes on silky smooth and a little goes a long way. I've been using it for a year and love it. It delivers on the promised glow and keeps my skin soft especially in the winter. I can see how it can be a bit heavy for the summer, but putting it on shortly after getting out of the shower so I could use even less worked for me. Have and probably will buy again.
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.