i have 'average' skin. nothing has ever made me break out, except for philosophy products. i contacted them to request a refund (and i would send the products back) they did not refund my money and were really just awful over it. i hated the products, but i hated the 'customer service' more!
I didn't find this stuff greasy. In fact I'd be using it as my daily moisturizer if it didn't smell sooo sooo BAD. The smell makes me nauseous. It's almost like lavender mixed with a licorice scent. I will definitely not be using this! It's just too bad the smell is horrible because it's hard to find a moisturizer for my sensitive skin that doesn't make me break out!
This is a great moisturizer for my sometimes-dry skin.
I only use it at night or if I'm at home, though, because it is a bit heavy/greasy.
I don't wear it under makeup for that reason.
I used it on some sensitive sore patches on my nose and chin when I had a cold and it was quite soothing.
The smell doesn't bother me, but it is unusual.
The jar is really easy to get into - nothing will be wasted.
I really wanted this product to work, but the smell was AWFUL!!! I tried to tolerate it, but by the 4th or 5th night, it made me want to throw up!
here is the one thing i don't like about this moisturizer: it is so NOT for all skin types despite what it claims on the packaging. besides the fact that i don't think a universally efficacious moisturizer exists (hence the miserable search for the perfect one, but i digress), the scheme worked on me & i was sucked in to buying it.
thing is, it worked great for about two months. my sister came to visit me at school, borrowed some, & then even bought her own. when i came home from school (where it was pretty dry), i started to break out all of a sudden. my skin continued to break out gradually more & HIAJ stopped performing. it couldn't handle my aggravated skin.
i switched to a moisturizer that was actually for my skin type (normal to dry) & my skin felt so much better. too bad b/c i'd finally gotten used to the smell, & i was on my second--also known as my last--tub.
the reason i did give this a 3 is b/c when it worked, it really worked. i should probably be more bitter, but when i was using this (for whatever reason, there are probably a lot), my skin was at its best.
after hearing about this forever and watching demos of it on QVC for years, i decided to try it. first of all, i was shocked by how GREASY it was, when i opened up my sealed jar there was actual watery, greasy liquid sitting on the surface of the cream. so i stirred it up and applied, and once again i couldn't believe how greasy it felt on my skin! and believe me, i didn't use a lot, either. it did eventually absorb, but after two nights of using it, my face is COVERED in a red, itchy, bumpy rash. i am infuriated! and reading the reviews, i see i'm not the only one who's skin can't tolerate this product. what the hell is Philosophy doing making a product that irritates the skin of so many of the people who are buying it?! there's always going to be one person who's skin reacts weirdly to a product, but not loads and loads of people who break out in a rash after using it for a few nights. something is definintely wrong here, and Philosophy should quit calling themselves a skincare company until their products work on 99% of people, not 39%.
I have used this off and on for a few years. One jar last a long time for me because of the texture. I only use a little and I actually like the smell. It can make my face burn though so I am looking for something new to try.
Glad I sampled it before buying it. I heard great things about the product from friends and really wanted to try it.
I used it at night. The smell didn't bother me so much. The packaging was fine. I usually have clean hands when I put on moisturizers. I put it on my skin and night, didn't feel to tight. A little on the greasy side, but so far so good.
I woke up, skin felt normal. Looked in the mirror, skin not so normal. The product made me break out on my cheeks, where I never ever in my life have broken out or gotten a pimple. My pimples / breakouts stick to my forehead.
So this product is a no go for me. I didn't buy it the first time and I never will.
I received a sample of this product from Sephora and was eager to try it because of all the good reviews. I DO NOT have sensitive skin at all. In fact my skin can take just about any kind of beating from a product, however this cream made my skin break out in a red, itchy rash. The rash was little tiny red bumps all over my face. The only thing that helped was an anti-histamine gel. I called Sephora and they were nice but not much help (said they were going to fill out a report and send it Philosophy), and I also called Philosophy and they were NO HELP at all!! The lady said to keep the sample and we may have to run some tests on it if the rash doesn't go away. She was not in the least bit concerned about me, which I was calling to find out what is in this product that my skin did not like. I will never buy this stuff again!!
Update: I received a follow-up call from Philosophy months later about the report that they received from Sephora. The lady read off a list of things that I might have been allergic to. She sent me some samples to try to find out what I might have been allergic to. In the end I found out I was allergic to the lactic acid in the Hope in a Jar.
The moisturizer was creamy and felt nice and comfortable on my skin. However, I could not stand the awful scent. I would consider using it if it didn't smell bad.