Monday, May 17, 2010

Philosophy Hope in a Jar Moisturizer

Philosophy: Hope in a Jar
for dry, sensitive skin
Philosophy: you can't change the weather, but you can change your moisturizer

Claims: hope in a jar for dry or sensitive skin is a treatment moisturizer that soothes and comforts even the more irritated or sensitive skin. hope in a jar for dry, sensitive skin help relieve dryness and helps improve the natural moisture balance, soothing and comforting the skin. due to its immediate comfort and moisturizing benefits even the most traumatized skin or thin, dry skin benefits from this antioxidant-rich treatment cream.

Amount: 1oz - 38.4 g
Bottle: Jar type
Texture: thick, white, cream
Scent: medicated and personally unpleasant

Price: $36.00 CAD & $24.99 Sale @ Winners
Ingredients: water (aqua), glycerin, oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, c12-15 alkyl benzoate, glyceryl stearate, peg-100 stearate, octyldodecanol, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, lecithin, tocopheryl acetate, retinyl palmitate, arachidyl propionate, ethyl linoleate, ethyl linolenate, citric acid, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, salvia officinalis (sage) oil, triethanolamine, diazolidinyl urea, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, propylparaben.
How to Use: apply to a clean, dry, face. product will absorb instantly. do not re-apply. discontinue use if irritation occurs. avoid contact with eyes.

The Pros
-thick and creamy, suitable for dry skin in the winter
-provides adequate moisture

The Cons
-personally, the scent is unpleasant
-leaves a greasy shine, that feels sticky
-unhygienic and inconvenient in a jar form
-takes a while to absorb into the skin

Recommended For
-those with dry skin & looking for a winter moisturizer
-people who don't mind the scent
-those who don't mind the shine left behind
-those who like thick, creamy moisturizers that you can feel

Stay Away if
-you have oily skin, this would only make it more oily
-if you intend to wear this alone, because it leaves a greasy shine. You can always use a powder to eliminate this problem, but if you were to use this alone, i personally wouldn't recommend it.

Repurchase?: No. The reason i chose this moisturizer in the first place, was because i caught it on sale, and it claimed to be suitable for dry skin, but i personally hate the greasy, shine that it leaves. The scent bothers me, and it did little for my dry patches during the winter. I've also mistaken it for the original Hope in a Jar moisturizer that have been raved. They are definitely not the same thing!

My Experience: During the winter, my skin needs a thick creamy moisturizers, because my cheeks often get dry patches. I've used this product for probably a good 6 months now

here's a snapshot of how the cream looks. excuse the fingernail, i painted my nails sky blue ^.^

What i do love about this moisturizer is that it did help with some of the mild dryness i've expereience near the jawline and lower cheeks. It also aid in the dry patches, however, did not get rid of them. When i'm refering to dry patches, i'm talking about dried skin that is flaking & slightly pink.

it takes a while to blend in

The drawback of this product is that it's simply not suitable for me. This moisturizer leaves my skin greasy, and shiny. When i feel my face, it feels a little sticky. Personally, i perfer thick creams in the winter, but with a matte finish.

Overall: I liked this cream, because it was thick, and it did help a bit with my dry skin, but i'm disappointed in the "finish" of the product. On the side note, the thick sticky finish made a really good base for my foundation in the winter, because my foundation was slightly dry, so they were a good balance. I compromised by using foundation and a little bit of powder to offset the shine. I would NOT wear this moisturizer on it's own though.

P.S. You may be wondering why i would do a review on a product i do not recommend. I don't recommend this product, because it doesn't meet my perference. I feel a negative review is just as important as a positive review. It'd help you know what to you steer clear of. PLUS, what may not work for me, may end up working for you.

Right now, i'm actually testing out the HOPE in a JAR original Formula sold at Sephora, I'll update on that one when i get a chance! I've heard LOTS of good things about it.


e.motion in motion said...

Thanks for this review! I am skeptical of Philosophy products after being totally disappointed with their "one-step" facial cleanser. Total bust, even if it was just the small size! Not worth the price. Sorry to hear this moisturizer didn't work for you. I think the brand might be all hype!

Rachel said...

Thanks for the review!! It's a shame it's not the best, I don't like when you feel sticky after moisturisers. They can often feel heavy and I just prefer something light. Hopefully you'll find a better one to suit you next time! =)

LittoMokaa said...

Thanks for the review! I had a sample of this once and it turned out that it didn't worked on me either. Have you tried La Roche Posay's toleriane fluid? I used this all winter long because I had dry patches too and it worked pretty well for me =)

xbbkay said...

@e.motion in motion: def, i'm actually using samples i got from philosophy, and i'm not soo impressed. it definitely didn't live up to my expectations

@Rachel: glad you found it helpful. for summer a light moisturizer is def. perferred. i don't need something to make me more shiny!

@littomokaa: i've actually never used anything from la Roche before. i need to really look into that fluid now. My dry patches drive me insane! thanks for the recommendation

Makeup Morsels said...

I hope that the actual version works out better for you than this one did. When I get seriously dry patches in the winter, I just go ahead and cover them with Aquaphor overnight. That's definitely greasy, but on the plus side my skin is fully healed in the morning, and then I can just use regular moisturizer and go

Klaudea said...

Cool review! Although I've never tried any of their products, I'm never tempted to buy it because I've read many reviews about many of their products and they all seem over-rated. But maybe I'm just bitter because my skin is super oily so I will never have any reason to try Hope in a Jar... :( So unfair.

Cheryl Clarke said...

thank you for this great review of this product. i am a new follower of your blog! feel free to check out my blog and follow too. :)

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