I'd been a Neutrogena hand creme junkie for years. During the winter, it's the only thing that would keep my hands from being scaly and gross. The only thing is that it's very heavy and tends to leave greasy prints everywhere I've touched--phone, keyboard--just kinda icky. Not to mention, if I use a hand sanitizer, it would dissolve the hand creme so it wouldn't do much good.
I tried Philosophy's Hands of Hope when I got a sample with another purchase. The sample size was nearly 1/2 ounce--which is pretty good sample-wise....most samples are much much smaller. So it gave me time to try for a while before committing to a full-size tube.
This stuff is amazing! It feels a bit heavy like Neutrogena, but absorbs nicely instead of sitting on the skin all greasy and gross.
I think it holds up better too to sanitizers...I've used the gels and straight alcohol and neither have made my hands feel dry or taken that 'film' off that the hand creme leaves. That's pretty impressive!
I don't think the price is all that bad... Yeah you can get a whole bottle of lotion and slather that on all day, and many cost less than this--but for actual 'hand creme' that lasts, and works well, the price is reasonable. That Neutrogena stuff I was using isn't all that cheap. I think it was like $8 for a 2 ounce tube...so at $20 for 4 ounces, Philosophy isn't all that much pricier--plus you don't have to deal with leaving greasy fingerprints all over the place, or having your hand creme come off everytime you wash your hands.
Oh plus, I like Philosophy better for my cuticles than Neutrogena. Neutrogena was good at protecting my hands from cold weather, but Philosophy actually moisturizes my cuticles and hands so they're plump and nice...Neutrogena is more of a protective creme, doesn't really do anything 'cosmetic' to your skin, IMHO.
So, I'm switching to Philosophy now. I love this stuff and am not going back to Neutrogena. This is a much better product...It's kinda like switching from Crisco to an actual moisturizer.lol Philosophy definitely has it over Neutrogena...hands down.lol