Started using Philosophy a few months ago. I have sensitive skin and can't use a lot of products so I purchased the kit to get started. The cleanser is ok, mild, does a good job. Hope in a Jar left my skin very red and was not emolient enough for me. I purchased HIAJ for Dry Skin. This was better and took care of the dryness, but after about 2 weeks, I noticed small red bumps and discontinued using the product.
I really like this moisturizer. I tried it years ago and thought it broke me out but I've discovered that I was probably using too much. Apply it with a light hand. Anyway. The reason I tried it again was because of my sister. She only uses Philosophy products and looks 15 years younger than she is. Her skin is beautiful. I started my Philosophy routine about 2 months ago and I'm loving the results. I know people complain about the smell but I say don't change a thing about it. It works.
As far as cost it is quite economical as it will last forever. a 4 oz. jar will last me close to a year. Remember with all Philosophy products. Less is more.
I say give it a try. If it doesn't work for you - you can always return it.
The Philosophy website has a 60 day return policy and often has specials and sales.
This gave a a terrible rash. I used it at night for one night (heavy and no spf so wasn't planning yo use it for day), and I woke up with my entire face red, swollen, itchy, and hot. I don't have sensitive skin and never have, and as far as I know I'm not allergic to anything. My skin is pretty resistant. I've never had a reaction like this to ANYTHING! The only "bad reaction" I'very ever gotten from skincare is acne bumps from clogged pores. It took about 2 weeks to clear up. So even if you have resistant, non-sensitive skin, beware! Do a patch test first!
This product caused me a terrible allergic reaction with an itchy, bumpy rash all over my face and hands. A rash is the last thing I want from my moisturizer! I would avoid this product at all costs. Not to mention, it also smells terrible!
I just received a free jar of this from Sephora. The cost is insane so I never considered buying it. I have very sensitive skin and after 4 days I have yet to encounter any issues. I have some horrible small red dry patches, that IPL laser couldn't even get rid of, since I have been using this product those red spots are much less noticeable. The smell is very medical like and strong! The product also stings my eyes, although I am careful not to put it near them. My recommendation would be to use this at night only when the smell won't offend anyone else and you can keep your eyes closed.
can't see why the rating is so low;
lightweight non greasy daily standard moisturizer, absorbed quickly, light smell similar to steam cream.
no redness or itching except be careful not to get it near your eyes.
this has no anti aging, whitening, brightening or similar properties, just your good old moisture fix.
my skin is sensitive and redness prone, sometimes dry in winter, with oily t-zone in summer.
I bought a travel size on ebay for a good price, I'd repurchase for that or similar price certainly as I am a cheap girl lol.
My husband and I have officially dubbed this "Cystic Acne in a Jar"
How does this product sell, at all? I got a sample of this (I think through Ulta) and one day decided to use it instead of my normal moisturizer. Immediately I noticed the God-awful gross smell. Not pleasant at all. For some reason, I went ahead and put it on my face. Ow! Burning, stinging, especially around my eyes (I didn't even use it on my eye area though- I think it was literally the scent of the product that was burning my eyes). After about 20 minutes of letting it remain on my skin, just trying to see how it worked, I just couldn't take it anymore- the persistent stinging, the smell, etc. I washed it off. Lo and behold, the next day I had a couple of pimples...! Coincidence? I can't say for certain, of course, but holy hell, this stuff is awful.
AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL.
Do NOT use this if you have sensitive skin.
I made the mistake of putting it on without testing it to see if I had a reaction, and I did. Immediately after putting it on my skin, my face started to burn. I expected it to subside, but it never did. Even after washing off the moisturizer it still burns. Fortunately, I got this as a free sample at Sephora, so I didn't really waste any money on it. What a terrible product.
I had high hopes for this because I had heard it was so great from many sources. I have to disagree. It has a thick waxy beaten egg white consistency that I disliked immediately, plus the smell is too strong. I don't like the feel of it on my face and didn't think that it moisturized to the extent that it should. It was a huge disappointment and there are many other much better alternatives. Back to Olay!