This is not just glorified vaseline! There is something extra soothing and healing about this product which keeps me coming back for more. Maybe it's the Lanolin in it, I don't know. But it's a magical balm which works when others fail. I use this mostly as an overnight lip treatment but I have used it on weird scaly patches on my skin with great success. I don't really use it for much else. It's way too thick to apply as face moisturiser or hand cream. I know others find many uses for this though, so it's interesting to read the reviews. It has a scent you'll either love or hate, but I love it. I am so used to it now I barely notice it! This thickens quite substantially in cold weather so it may be harder to apply but that's ok. A tube lasts me FOREVER so it is well worth the price but I usually pick this up pretty cheap at the airport anyway ;-) 5 Lippies. Staple product for me.
What a polarizing product! Yes the smell takes some getting used to, the colour is odd, its inconvenient to carry the tube around... but I happen to love it. I got this at Marshall's $9.99 and its helped my chapped lips like no other. Others have documented its myriad uses, they are all true! Eyebrow groomer, lip balm, facial luminizer, cuticle cure.... just a few!
For me, the best usage is on my face. I've started to get some flakey skin from using a retinol at night (makes make up application a nightmare!). When this happens, I skip the retinol and warm up a tiny bit between my fingers and spread all over my face. Really, the smallest bit is all that's necessary. Also use it under my eyes. I wake up with smooth skin. So if you're on a retinol product, I would highly recommend this as a cost effective option to alternate into your skin care regime to prevent or take care of flakey skin.
I prefer to use this (as opposed to Aquaphor) because its got salicylic acid so it doesn't clog my pores...
I love this. Yes, it's essentially apricot-colored Vaseline with a worse smell, but I love it anyway. I have lips that are so dry, I'll drown them in lip balm before bed & wake up eight hours later with pockets of dry skin all over them. That doesn't happen with using this 2-3x a day as lip balm (which, by the way, it lasts VERY well as!) I don't use it on my face (other than once on my eyelids for a cool slept-in-my-makeup look,) and I'm pretty sure it'd cause me to break out if I did -- but it's fantastic on my dry elbows and chapped heels. Definitely a great thing.
UPDATE: I decided to give this cream another try. This time I used a very small amount and mixed it with my night moisturizer. The result is GREAT. I woke up with a healthy and dewy glow. After I washed my face, my skin still felt plump and hydrated. It was like giving my usual moisturizer a boost.
I also used a tiny bit of this creme all over my face while having a hot bath. Normally, I would wash my face, take the makeup off and take a bath. My face would turn really dried afterward. However, by using this creme, my face felt hydrated and pampered after a bathing session. The result was wonderful.
I now also use it with dry patches (on face/body) and it works great.
I think this cream isn't meant to be used as your regular moisturizer but it gives a good boost to the moisturizer you're already using. And it's also good as a lip balm.
Will I buy it again? I don't know. Last time I got it on sale so if I can get a special prize again, I might do it. Give it a try.
This is not cream; it is more like very thick and sticky Vaseline (with an expensive price tag). It is very good as lip balm, I agree. However, your regular Vaseline also works the same. I don't understand how some people could possibly put it on their face since it is wayyyy too sticky and doesn't absorb at all (I felt like I had applied some glue on my face).
I don't want to sound like a moron, but lately I see no reason to have this cream in my beauty bag. Yes, it's good all purpose cream but I've been using pure aloe vera gel instead of the 8 hour cream for everything except of the lips and find it just as good, if not better, and of course much less expensive. Plus the one thing I've never liked about the 8 hour cream is the stickiness of it. I looked at it again the other day at the beauty corner and failed to see a reason why to purchase it. If it works for you, enjoy it.
I've had a 50 ml tube for years so the price is justified. Among other uses, this is the stuff I use to remove long wearing lipstick and boy does it deliver! It leaves my lips soft and plump, with no oily afterfeel like others. What more can I say that wasn't said already here?. Love it!.
Been using this for the last 8 years and love it! I cant believe I never wrote a review on this stuff. It is a bit pricey, but I have had the same tube for the last 4 years. I literally use this little tube for everything. Mostly, for my lips. Keeps them beautiful and moist. Have used it on cuticles, cuts, burns and my split ends. Works like magic.
I love this stuff. I avoided it for years after hearing from so many that it was just glorified vaseline. But I finally bit the bullet and purchased it a while back, and I love the stuff.
This product can be anything you want it to be. It's main use is for "soothing minor skin irritations" and "for symptoms of chapping, peeling or flaking due to minor burns, sunburn, windburn, scrapes, abrasions or cracked lips". I use it for everything.
- Lip treatment/Lip balm - It's so soothing on my lips and I only need to apply 2 or 3 times a day unlike every other lipbalm I've tried. I get really chapped, dry, flakey lips in winter but this sorts them out quickly and my lips are left soft and plump.
- Hand cream - it's slightly thick/greasy but very effective. I just use a little bit and let it soak in for several minutes to let it do its magic. Softens my hands really well.
Hair tamer - my hair go haywire in hot and humid weather. I apply the smallest amount of this to the ends of my hair and it gets rid of any frizz or static and leaves it looking glossy and healthy all day.
Moisturiser - I use this when I'm going through breakouts or my skin gets dry (mainly in winter). I apply my serum and then pat a small bit of this ontop of the serum onto my entire face. I have normal/combo oily skin and it doesn't break me out or irritate my skin, nor does it make me excessively greasy. I apply it day or night, but never under makeup and it takes ages to fully soak in so the makeup won't blend over it properly. It dries my breakouts overnight and reduces redness, whilst leaving the rest of my face looking ridiculously plump, full, young and glowy! It doesn't mess up my pillow cases btw.
Any dry bits of skin - elbows, knees, eczema...works wonders. It clears up any eczema behind my knees in no time, and softens any dry patches of skin I have too.
On the plane - I use this whenever I travel as being on the plane dries my skin out a bit. With this on my skin looks perfect when I get to my destination.
Highlighter - a lot of catwalk models use it to highlight their cheekbones. I personally love doing this too as it catches the light in a very natural, glowing way.
Bites - I've used this on insect/mosquito bites and it tones down any inflammation within a day.
Eyebrow groomer - I use a tiny amount to tame my eyebrows for that hollywood star groomed look. Keeps them in place all day and gives a subtle glossy finish.
I'm sure there are more uses that other people have come, but you can see what a multi-tasker it is. I personally am in love with the smell...some people hate it. To me it smells like a herbal/medicinal/botanical mix. Yum...so soothing. It's a no nonsense no frills kind of scent. I for one am glad it doesn't smell like flowers or candy or whatever sort of scents most companies use for their products these days.
Althought this is called '8 hour cream' the name is not accurate. It's more like a thick balm/gel mix. Despite the thickness, it doesn't feel heavy on my skin at all. If it feels heavy on yours, you're applying WAY TOO MUCH.
Salicylic Acid,Lanolin, Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate)
Petrolatum 56.8%, Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Fragrance, Salicylic Acid, Propylparaben, Castor Oil, Corn Oil, Tocopherol Acetate, BHT, Iron Oxides.
Now, I understand this stuff is overpriced, but look at your typical HE makeup or skincare product - they will contain the same products used in cheaper products, yet people still buy them. It's expensive, yes, but we all need and treat sometimes and the tube lasts me for at least 1 year with every day use.
Why people say this is nothing but vaseline is beyond me. It contains salicylic acid, lanolin and vitamin E as it's actives. Lanolin protects the skin against the ravages of climate and the environment, not to mention 40% of acids derived from lanolin are alpha hydroxy acids (AHA's). A lot of products contain artificial man-made lanolins but this is pure lanolin. It also helps with integumental hygiene (skin, hair, nails). Salicylic acid helps treat acne, psoriasis, calluses, corns, keratosis pilaris and warts. Vitamin E can help sort out skin discolouration. Petrolatum - despite all the claims of evilness by some - is good for the skin also. It seals any cuts/burns, thus inhibits germs from getting into the wound and keeps the injured area supple by preventing the skin's moisture from evaporating. However I will say - if you have just burnt yourself, don't use the 8 hour cream or vaseline on it right away (this includes sunburn) because it will trap the heat inside and make it worse. But after the burn has cooled down it's very useful to use.
Anyway, I really do like this product and will not hesitate to keep repurchasing. This is definately a 'love it or hate it' kind of product judging by the mixed reviews...try and get a sample before you buy.
I want to update my review. I always knew this stuff was good but in the last two weeks I have been reminded just how good:
Firstly it has cured and soothed my extremely dry sore chapped lips and apparently cured a cold sore. I reapplied repeatedly during the day and slathered on a really thick layer at night going to bed. (I did try vaseline first but did not like how it felt on my lips and it did not make a huge difference.)
Secondly; I have been afflicted with sore red skin around my eyes and on my eyelids. I have tried eyecreams but they have not worked as well as this cream. My concern was that this would be too heavy and might run into my eyes but it made an instant difference to this area. I maybe would not use this daily but as a one off treatment I don't see that it would do that much harm.
The review above is excellent and says it much better than I can!
I had to give this product a 4 cos it definitely does the job as a rescue for dry chapped lips!! I love using balmy thick rich moisturization on my lips, and although some cheapy lip balms can work (I've used a creamy Hello Kitty lip balm from H&M which is almost as good as this one) the eight hour cream is the one if you want to be sure your lips are being looked after! As most people have mentioned, the smell is very off putting at first, and has made me think twice about buying this product, but the smell doesn't linger after application and the moisturizing affect works instantly-I've used this a lot when i'm with my bf to make my dry cracking lips more kissable! Hehe. The 50ml tube is quite long lasting, so for the price i would say its a good product. I've tried on Sisley's and Dior balms but Elizabeth Arden is still the best as a chapped lip rescue treatment-only thing i don't like about this product is the lipgloss shiney effect it leaves on the lips.