I tried a small sample jar of this a few months back, and here were my initial thoughts:
1- It has a very unique texture. It's creamy, but light and airy... almost like a mousse. Then, when you put it on your face, it is almost like it turns into a watery consistency and immediately soaks in.
2- It did make my skin feel incredibly smooth and moisturized. It didn't feel greasy at all, and provided the perfect level of moisture.
3- My skin retained the moisture throughout the night until I washed my face the next morning. Big plus!
All that being said, it broke me out! =( Now I had been having problems with cystic/hormonal acne, but that was happening before I began using this. I'm talking about tiny little white heads that pop up. . . and they popped up all over! I stopped using this, and they quickly disappeared without leaving any scarring (thank God!). Oh, and there IS a funky smell. I did find though, that the smell didn't linger for longer than an hour. For me personally, an initial smell isn't enough to make me stop using a product. Acne is though, so unfortunately this is a no go for me!
I gave it an overall rating of 2 because the initial moisturizing benefits were awesome. I gave it a 2 for packaging quality because it is in a jar, and I think that for a moisturizer that just isn't sanitary. Bottle with a pump. . . it isn't that difficult! =)
I can't believe all the negative reviews on this product! I love it so much. I've never noticed the smell everyone mentions, and my sense of smell is pretty good... It's also never broken me out. I've been using it for about a year and my skin has never looked better. I use it along with Purity and the When Hope is Not Enough serums. Just today a woman offered me a store credit card and then said, "Oh wait, how old are you? You have to be at least 18." I'm 26!
I love this moisturizer! I wish I tried it sooner. This feels great on my skin. It smells nice, makes my skin glow, moisturizes well. I don't get the negative reviews. This is a very good moisturizer. Try it for yourself. I have used many that are more expensive. This works for me.
I received a sample of this from Sephora. The consistency is OK, but the smell was so repugnant -like sour mildew laundry- that I threw it away after one use.
I received this product as a sample and tried to use it and also to use it sparingly. I wanted to try it as I've always heard that Philosophy is great for people with sensitive skin. However, it broke my skin out. I even tried to use very little of it and it still broke my skin out.
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.