Sunday, June 3, 2012

Not Worth The Hype: Philosophy Hope in a Jar


Philosophy makes all of their products sound like dreams come true with their catchy names and made up definitions plastered all over the packaging. I haven't delved into Philsophy's skincare all that much but the two moisturizers I tried, Hope in a Jar and Hope in a Jar Oil Free SPF 30, are underwhelming to say the least. You can read more about my thoughts on the SPF version HERE.

A few months ago Sephora was offering a full sized moisturizer in exchange for 100 beauty insider points. I had heard a lot about Hope in a Jar so I jumped at the chance to try it for pretty much free. I am so glad I traded my points in for this rather than actual money because I can't wholeheartedly recommend this.


First off, Hope in a Jar is not inexpensive, retailing for $39 for a 2 ounce jar. There actually isn't a 1 ounce jar for sale but you can get a .5 ounce jar for $15. I don't mind paying more for high quality skincare that works for me but this is something I will never spend money on.

The texture of Hope in a Jar is nothing I have come across before. The best description I can come up with is a dense whipped cream that is weightless on the skin. One of the few positives to this product is that it sinks into the skin very easily and leaves a comfortable feeling once applied. There is no greasiness at all.

The most off putting aspect of this moisturizer is the smell. As soon as I opened the jar I took a whiff and almost gagged. I can't even describe what this smells like. It's part chemical, part something that expired. It's just not a good smell at all. I'm not usually very sensitive to scents and I can withstand pretty bad chemical-like scents if I like a product (Nars' glosses are a perfect example of a horrid smelling product I can tolerate).

The claim that this is suitable for all skin types did not hold true for my skin. I first tried this moisturizer in the winter when my normally oily skin was dry. I ended up with flaky patches on various parts of my face. One week a section of my chin would be dry and flaky, the next week it would be on my cheek. From my experience this did not help my dry skin at all and only exacerbated the dryness.

I am currently using this as my night time moisturizer and it has not done anything bad to my now oily skin. It's still incredibly unpleasant to use due to the scent but I can put up with it. If you have oily skin, nothing has been working for your skin, and you want to try this just for the sake of trying this cult favorite, I highly urge you to go take a whiff of Hope in a Jar before purchasing. If I had been smart enough to smell this before I traded my points in for it, I would have definitely redeemed another moisturizer. For the price there are other good moisturizers out there that you can apply without holding your breath.

10 comments:

  1. I was put off by the smell too when I took a whiff of the product at Sephora! It's sad that your points went to something you didn't end up liking but I guess it is much better than spending the full price for it.

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    1. I feel so stupid for not smelling it before using my points on it but I didn't think that I could detest a scent THAT much! If I had known I probably would have chosen the Ole Henriksen moisturizer to try >.<

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  2. That's exactly how I felt about this product. I was very disappointed and I think this product is way over-hyped. It actually made me break out and it made my skin itch. So I agree that this is thumbs down.

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one who is disappointed with this! Sorry to hear your skin broke out from this :( My reactions weren't as adverse but the peeling was quite annoying.

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  3. I agree with you with the smell! I really couldn't stand it. Their purity cleanser is my HG though and thank god it doesn't have that horrible smell too!

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    1. I wanted to try the Purity cleanser but I read somewhere that the ingredients are really bad. So far I'm just not too crazy about Philosophy so I'm not rushing out to buy more of their products anytime soon :)

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  4. TOTALLY agree, I received a tiny sample of this at sephora one time and I was so excited! Until I tried it and the smell was awful. I have oily skin too and didn't notice a difference after using it for a week or two :\

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    1. Wow, I had no idea so many people hated this moisturizer! I'm only using this so I can finish it all up and get rid of it!

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    1. I watched your latest video about My Glam and heard you mentioned how much you didn't like this! I think the consensus here is that we all dislike Hope In a Jar >.<

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