Philosophy • Hope in a Jar - for all skin types • Moisturizers
|Would buy this product again.||39%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
It's hard to imagine what I can say about this product that hasn't already been said ... but ...
- great sort of "whipped" texture
- little bit goes a long way (jar lasts a long time)
- moisturizes well
- feels good on the skin
- stings eye area horribly if it gets too close
- smells funny
- makes my red cheeks worse (lavender oil?)
- can break me out, especially if I use it on acne-prone areas, especially my chin (prone to hormonal acne)
I would suggest getting a sample of this moisturizer and trying it for at least a week or so before buying a whole jar, so that you can find out how it works for you. It really is a product that's a dream for some and a nightmare for others.
For me, it's OK, but it's not good, and it's definitely not worth the cost. After using this on my face for a long time (using up about 1/2 the jar) I finally gave up, and I've been using up the remaining product on my arms (which have KP, and it's actually been working pretty well there).
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
When I first bought this I was disapointed. It didn't seem to do anything at all. It didn't break me out, but it didn't seem to moisturize much either. Not to mention it was expensive! Well, I gave it a chance because I didn't want to waste the money, and 4 tubs later and I can't live without it. I use this every morning before I put my makeup on, and I feel like my skin has gone from mediocre and dull to glowy and soft. My makeup melts into my skin and looks more natural after this. The smell does leave something to be desired, but I can live with it and it fades after a few minutes. I haven't tried the spf version yet, but I'm excited that they finally came out with it. This seems like one of those love/hate products that really really works for some people and is horrible on others, so perhaps try a sample before you buy.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
Yeah, this comes in a tub and that is not good. Keep your fingers and nails as clean as possible when using. I really love the actual product, though. I only use a little bit, dot it around my face, and then gently blend. I barely notice the smell after thirty seconds, and my skin is softer with more of a glow- must be the lactic acid. I also felt that the price was totally fair for the amount I got (2 oz.). It doesn't sound like a lot but when I look at the actual contents in the jar (since it's in that freaking TUB I can see it all) it seems I won't be able to use it all fast enough. I can see how the smell and texture might get to you if you don't experiment and see exactly how much you need, and where. Once you calibrate that, this stuff is just great. My makeup looks a lot more even on my face since using this.
EDIT: I had not been using the product long enough when I reviewed it. After a few weeks, it broke me out horribly, so badly that I want to write Philosophy a strongly-worded letter for causing me to have the worst skin of my life.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm Hair: Red, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I found this cream awful. I had high expectations about it, but I found it totally useless.
It doesn't moisturize, and smells not nice. I felt my skin sticky after applying it, but not moisturized. Horrible, really. Good thing I got the smallest jar (0.5 oz.) and it is about finishing. Would never repurchase.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I feel a bit silly writing this review. I had such high hopes for this moisturizer, but I only tried it once. This smelled so horrific, I slathered it on my face and had to wash it off within the hour. It has a ghastly plastic scent that refused to fade. While it moisturized incredibly, I could NOT get over how badly it stunk.
The pot packaging is unhygienic, as well.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
This didn't work on my face. I broke out a little. I am using it on my chest and neck... works GREAT for me there.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
My skin feels so soft since using this moisturizer. I tend to break out, but my skin seems to like Hope in a Jar. Surprisingly, it doesn't aggravate my acne, even though I always thought oil-free was the way to go. When I first tried it, I HATED the smell, but I guess I've gotten used to it because I hardly ever notice it now. I've been using this moisturizer for almost a year (still on my first jar) and think I will stick with it, even though, like others, I don't love scooping it out of the jar with my fingers. I don't think it's too outrageous a price; if you buy the 4 oz. jar from Sephora, it's $15 per ounce. Since skin varies so much from person to person, as a reference, mine is acne-prone, a tad sensitive (especially to benzoyl peroxide), and I had a very stubborn though tiny patch of eczema right on the line of my lip for a while (Burt's Bees lip balm FINALLY cleared it up). Usually I don't experience too much dryness, but no real oil slicks either.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I started using this moisturizer several months ago, and my combination, sensitive, slighly rosacea and acne prone skin seems to like it. No problems or breakouts and my skin looks better I think. I use the smallest amount possible and work into my skin until it's absorbed - I'm still on my first small jar. My husband complains about the medicine smell sometimes but I don't care, I love it! EDIT 2/23/10 My husband complained about the smell so much that I gave up and don't use anymore - oh well!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Other, Straight, Fine Eyes: Other
I've been using Hope in a Jar for about 6 weeks. I have to say I really like it. I have combination skin and I'm acne prone if I'm not diligent about my skin ( i.e. washing my face before bed - a routine I've only really committed to this year, not touching my face through the day) and I do have hormonal acne issues. Because of my acne issues I had been using Oil-Free moisturizers thinking that was the best think for me. My cheeks were dry. No amount of exfoliation and moisturizer was balancing out my cheeks. I read that Hope in a Jar has lactic acid in it so that it's gently exfoliating your skin while moisturizing simultaneously. It's 99% oil free - so yes, there's some oil in there but very little. The formula should not go near your eyes. So anyway I decided to try it and my skin is loving this stuff. My cheeks are back to normal, my oily t-zone is smooth, my acne has been minimized - so I still get some zits but they are tiny tiny tiny and not red or painful and they go away quickly. My skin glows, my cheeks are rosy... all descriptions that I've read this product would deliver and thought - "yeah, right". So I'm a Philosophy convert. I started using Purity Made Simple at night to take of my makeup, cleanse and tone, Microdelivery wash in the morning in the shower and Hope in a Jar day and night - and at night I add their Help Me retinol treatment and my skin looks better than it has in years. I would recommend everyone try this - dry, oily, sensitive, acne prone - give it a month - maybe take before and after photos... and see and feel a difference in the quality of your skin. :) - I remember that I had tried Hope in a Jar back in 2001 and thought eh? - but I had different skin back then and don't know if I was paying attention to my skincare as closely at the time ( i.e not taking off makeup and generally being lazy about my skincare routine... I'm glad I tried it out again. I very happy with this stuff. ((Only con - I wish is wasn't in a tub. )) To me it smells like citrus and I love the smell. It does NOT contain SPF - which makes some people mad - but to me that means I can use the same moisturizer day and night and that I don't need multiple moisturizers. I use a makeup primer with SPF ( currently Diorsnow UVA/B SPF50 ++) or a foundation with SPF - I don't need it in my moisturizer. I'm surprised that it has such a low rating on MUA currently.
UPDATE - I stopped using this and took away 2 lippies - it seemed to stop agreeing with my skin. It was strange - some days my skin loved it and others it seemed to not soak in right.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Coarse Eyes: Blue
My husband bought me a small jar of this over at Sephora. I used it for a couple days and it only seemed to make my skin break out. I have sensitive, acne-prone skin and I was very disappointed with this product. I have heard so many great reviews on it and was so hoping it would work :(