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      27.04.2013 15:54
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      3 stars

      My daughter bought me this moisturiser as a gift. I did not know how expensive it is until recently and i'm quite shocked that it costs about £35! That to me as an awful lot of money to pay especially when you can buy moisturisers for much cheaper. Luckily this moisturiser is very good which is what you would hope for for the price.

      Apparently this product has won awards and is fine for all skin types. This makes me wonder about all those products out there that claim to be for all different kinds of skin.

      It comes in a small round pot which is white and has a black lid and black writing. There is nothing special looking about it which I think is a shame really, spending £35 you would like to have a really special jar on display but this is extremely simple.

      The moisturiser is easy to use, the lid unscrews fine, I've had no problems with that. The cream is white in colour and is rather light. I only use a small amount, I have found that this is a case of a little goes a long way. I rub it into my face directly and find that it absorbs into my skin really quite fast, much faster than other moisturisers I have used before.

      I find that it leaves my skin feeling well nourished and there is no shine to it, my skin doesn't feel greasy or like it has any product on it at all and I really like that. It makes my skin feel healthier and it improves my complexion too. I think it helps to make me look naturally healthy and reduces the need for foundations and such like.

      At £35 this is expensive so I do only use a bit at a time but I do think it has a nice, positive effect which I am really pleased with. I think other products can probably have the same effect so I'm recommending it if you have that kind of money to spend but if not then stick to cheaper brands.

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        15.01.2013 17:53
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        I will try the dry skin version next time..

        I am a fan of the Philosophy range and have tried a number of products from the range from gift sets received and by purchasing directly from Philosophy. My latest purchase was from the Philosophy counter at my local Debenhams store. They had a few miniature sets reduced and I was able to pick up a Christmas themed package containing a jar of Hope In A Jar. I paid £5.00 for my 15ml jar as it was reduced to half price. I bought this based on a prior recommendation from my sister who loves the moisturiser.

        ~Hope In A Jar~

        'Where there is hope there can be faith, where there is faith miracles can occur'

        Hope In A Jar is marketed as being a 'high performance moisturiser for all skin types'. This is their original formula but there is a cream available for extra dry skin. Hope In A Jar can be used once or twice a day as a regular moisturiser. Philosophy claim that this moisturiser gently exfoliates your skin whilst leaving it healthier looking and smoother. Skin radiance will be improved. Key ingredients include :

        *lactic acid - exfoliation
        *beta-glucan - for a healthy, rosy glow
        *antioxidants - to protect skin from environmental attack

        Hope In A Jar is presented in thick, hard plastic jar/pot with a screw top lid. The design of the packaging is very simple but functional.

        ~Price and Availability~

        Philosophy products can be purchased online from www.philosophyskincare.com and department stores housing a Philosophy counter. Expect to pay £10 for a 15ml jar and up to £34.00 for a 60ml jar.

        ~My Thoughts~

        I have been using this moisturiser twice a day for the past few weeks. I didn't realise at the time of purchase that there was an extra skin version available. It is quite difficult to find a suitable moisturiser for my difficult skin. My forehead and tops of my cheeks are mainly dry whilst the rest of my face changes about being normal and slightly oily at times. My skin is also very sensitive and occasionally reacts to unfamiliar products.

        Hope In A Jar has a favourable consistency. In the jar, it looks rich, thick and very creamy. Running a clean fingertip across the surface of the moisturiser reveals that this moisturiser has a light, souffle consistency. I only ever need a small slither of this moisturiser to fully coat my face in a nice even layer. A little goes a long way which is just as well given how expensive it is! Applying the cream is a pleasant experience as it feels incredibly cooling and glides across my skin. It feels moist and silky as I apply it and my skin feels instantly calmed and soothed. I feel like I am applying a premium quality moisturiser when using this cream.

        Hope In A Jar doesn't have most appealing scent but it certainly isn't unpleasant or too strong smelling. The scent is light, refreshing and quite herbal. It smells a little bit clinical but the scent doesn't linger long so this doesn't concern me much. This moisturiser, despite being fairly lightweight once applied, does take a while to fully absorb. I find I need to massge it in to my skin a little more thoroughly to avoid a slight sticky layer forming on my skin.

        Once absorbed, I find that this moisturiser is almost perfect for my skin but I do feel that I would benefit more from the extra dry skin version. The more normal areas of skin on my face benefit greatly from this moisturiser. My skin feels silky smooth and deep down moisturised throughout the day. My skin also looks healthy and a few people have commented on my glow since I started to use this moisturiser. It may be a coincidence but I can certainly notice a difference in how bright my skin is compared to what it was like before (dull and tired looking).

        Where this moisturiser isn't intensive enough to cope with is my forehead. I suffer with bad dry patches here and applying this cream directly on top of them hides the patches for a short while but not for the whole day. I do find that I can get away with using this as an all over face moisturiser providing that I clean and tone my entire face before using the cream. This method ensures longer lasting moisturisation for the dry patches. I don't think its fair of me to make a fuss about the lack of moisturisation for the dryer areas of my skin as I have opted for an 'all skin types' moisturiser.

        ~Conclusion~

        Using this moisturiser in conjunction with a cleanser and toner in the mornings leaves my skin refreshed and I can apply my make up smoothly over the top. Using as a night time moisturiser is good too as my skin is left feeling calm and the scent isn't too heavy for using in the evening before bed. It is light enough for all skin types though lacks an SPF which makes it less ideal for Summer use in my opinion.

        Is this moisturiser worth the high cost? I would say £34 is very expensive for 60ml of moisturiser but because of the texture, it lasts for ages and works out a bit more value for money in the long run. I would like to try the more intense version but can comfortably recommend the original Hope In A Jar.

        Thanks for reading :)

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          09.04.2011 17:00
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          A nice product, but expensive

          I must admit, I have always been dubious when it comes to spending more than £10 on beauty products, as I have always found cheap and cheerful ones to do the job just fine for my liking. However, as I have always had "problem skin" and still do, my Mum thought this product might help.

          =====Philosophy=====
          Philosophy state that they believe make-up should be optional so their products claim to make not wearing make-up easier for women to achieve.

          =====The Product=====
          The moisturiser is pure white in colour and not that thrilling to look at. It is fragrance free so only smells like an E45 or similar product smells. It comes in a small plastic jar (56g) with a screw top lid. The moisturiser is very light to the touch and soaks into the skin very quickly, without leaving a greasy feeling. Philosophy says this product is suitable for all skin types and mine is combination, prone to spots and I have not had any problems with the moisturiser. Hope in a Jar has won awards and was originally created for the medical market. It also provides antioxidant protection.

          =====Ease of Use====
          As I just mentioned, the cream goes straight into your skin. I have found it to leave my skin feeling healthy, soft without a sticky or greasy after feeling. And this feeling lasts all day. I really don't put that much on either, using just a light dab of a finger for each cheek, another for my nose and chin and one more for my forehead and I still have enough left to do my neck.

          =====Results=====
          After using this for a couple of weeks, I did notice a difference in my skin. I looked healthier and my skin tone became more even. A 56 gram jar will last me at least 6 months, but I do use it very sparingly. I am not a big make-up wearer anyway, so whether I would choose not to wear make-up because I've used this product, I couldn't honestly say.

          =====Cost versus Value=====
          I was given my first jar as a present, but as I liked it, I looked it up when the jar became low. I was shocked to find it on a popular shopping channel's website for £35 a jar, plus p&p! "No way!" I thought and promptly returned to my cheap and cheerful moisturiser, which I have to say, did work just fine. A small tube of regular moisturiser can last me just as long as the Hope in a Jar did and overall, I couldn't really tell the two apart, so stuck with the cheap range. I have since been given more Hope in a Jar as a present, which is fine, but I could not justify that amount of money on face cream.

          =====Recommended?=====
          Yes and no. Yes it is a lovely product and it does leave my skin feeling fresh, light and hydrated, but as to whether it is worth its hefty price tag, the recommendation would be "no" I'm afraid.

          Review now on ciao under the same user name

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          16.09.2010 12:18
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          Hope in a Jar, brilliant on my skin

          The Philosophy range I believe is targeted at more the premium beauty buyers as its mostly stocked in John Lewis and Selfridges and is at the higher end of the pricing market. So is it worth it? Heres hoping.....

          I was given this as a gift and felt the need to right a review to give my view on the product. Hope in a Jar's original formula was first created for the medical market, using an ingredient that plastic surgeons swore by and not originially created as a beauty product available in department stores. Yet now it is considered to be a world-renowned skin cream and bought by beauty babes all over the world.

          As for ingredients it contains beta glucan, a powerful antioxidant, which enhances skin immunology; and lactic acid, which gently exfoliates skin to reveal smoother, healthier looking skin.

          The lactic acid sounds scary I admit and once I read the list and saw "acid" I was concerned. After doing some research I found that this was why it was used in the medical market and what for years, plastic surgeons have been recommending to patients who were in pursuit of younger looking skin without the need for surgery.

          I did go on to use this product and I felt that I could see results within a few days of me using this and it left my skin with a healthy, rosy glow and made me feel and look younger. Using Hope in a Jar was a good move on my part as I didn't have to use foundation or heavy make up. I ask for a little bit of Hope every Christmas now.

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          12.03.2010 23:18

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          A light but effective moisturiser that is well priced

          I first tried this product from a popular shopping channel as part of a kit.
          Let me tell you, I have searched far and wide for a moisturiser that moisturises but is not too heavy. Finally I have found it!
          I have sensitive skin that often looks and feels dry, yet when I used other moisturisers, they would takes ages to sink in and I would often have to wipe some away with a tissue.
          When I use this moisturiser I find that it is light and moisturising and sinks straight into my skin, no tissues needed. I don't need a lot maybe the size of twenty pence piece, depending on how dry my skin is that day.
          After having used it for quite some time now, my skin is in the best condition it has ever been in. It no longer looks dry and grey, it looks much more healthy and has a natural glow to it.
          I will never use another moisturiser again!

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          03.03.2010 22:50
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          A lovely product

          Hope in a Jar
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          Unfortunately l do not have the funds to spend a fortune on moisturising products, and even if l did l probably would choose not to.
          I often think that cheaper alternatives often seem just as good, and in some cases better. However l do like to look after my skin and l moisturise daily.

          A while ago now, someone l know went to New York, and on their return, they gave me a lovely gift set from the Philosophy range.
          Inside were various items, but the item l love most is Hope in a Jar.

          On the Jar it says, Philosophy: where there is hope there can be faith, where there is faith miracles can occur

          So should l have faith in this product?

          This product is not cheap, and my jar is only a 1oz jar, so its not really very big at all. I think my jar is slightly smaller than the standard product.
          A 2oz jar from their website costs $38.

          Hope in a jar is award winning and there is something different about this facial moisturiser, which compared to other products has an extra special something, that makes it a step above most others l have tried.
          Apparently the product has many antioxidants and is designed to reduce wrinkles, re-hydrate and create smoother skin.

          Firstly it smells really nice (well l think so). It is an indulgent smell, a scent that is hard to define, but it has a fresh, light, feminine scent. There appears to be a 'herb' fragrance, (which some people may not like) l think this is the lavender oil in the product. The product is a mix of smells though, so don't be put off if you don't like lavender.

          I find that you really don't need to use too much of this cream. If you just dab a little bit on the tips of your fingers, a little will go a long way. The cream feels quite thick and heavy on your fingers. But its not, when you blend into your skin, it seems to glide along your skin nicely without dragging at your skin. The texture isn't too watery, or too thick, it's a nice consistency and its not sticky, and its very easy to apply. In fact its so easy to apply that l just want to keep using it. Its such a nice product to use.
          The size of the jar also means it is very easy to pop it into your handbag and to take away with you.

          When applied you instantly notice a freshness to your skin. Your skin feels dehydrated and refreshed. It feels a little like when you have cleansed your skin, or put a face mask on, you feel all clean and your skin feels healthier. It actually feels like l have been for a facial!!
          The cream doesn't feel greasy but its not drying either. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and silky. My face isn't left all shiny but noticeably refreshed, and rather soft. The cream also absorbs into your skin rather quickly.
          My skin type is a combination. But l suppose it tends to be more oily. What l found with this product is that it tends to find a balance and create even skin which isn't dry or greasy but a healthy blend.

          As it suggests on the Jar, this product reduces the effects of the harsh environment.
          Its definitely a worthy buy, even if it does cost a little more than l would wish to pay, this is a product ld like to continue using.
          Highly recommended!

          Why not have a look at their website....
          www. Philosophy.com

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          30.01.2010 19:09
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          If its good enough for Operah Winfrey its good enough for me!

          Everyone, male or female should use this moisturiser words cannot describe how fantastic this product is. I only do two things in the morning - a slick of mascara and then I moisturise my whole face and neck with this.

          If you have skin - you need it. Simple as that! I have open pores and uneven skin tone, my skin is dry and oily and I often looked tired that is, of course, til I tried this...

          I bought it as part of a set from QVC, and it set me back about £40 but you got a full size hope in a jar, as well as full size bottle of Purity, Supernatural, Melon daquiri bath/shower/shampoo and lipgloss as well as a their famous Microdelivery kit. And 5 moonths on i'm still using all of it and have loads left. I think it'll probably last me another 4 or 5 months.

          I would buy it again for sure, as the value for money is second to none and the beauty reveiws it gets are second to none. Its amazing how a tiny bit of this cream evens out your skin tone, colour corrects and blemishes or marks, smooths, evens out oil and takes away shine. It feels luxurious and has a very faint scent. Used in conjunction with the other products in the range you do get fantastic red carpet style skin and I heard that Operah Winfrey uses Hope in a jar all over her body every day - now thats proof enough!

          You must try it, its brilliant and excellent value for moey - you'll never use another miosturiser again.

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          12.01.2010 16:37

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          Wonderful for all skin types, hydrating and moisturising

          I have used a couple of Philosophy products in the past and have been deeply dissapointed with all of them. There seems to be a lot of hype and not enough substance to this brand, which is a real shame as I wanted to like it.

          Then I used this cream and although I was determined to hate it, shock horror, I actually loved it! It is a delight to use. I have a normal to slightly dry skin, and I am lucky enough to hardly get any blemishes or breakouts and I found that this buttery ultra-rich cream sank easily into my skin without leaving it greasy. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and hydrated with a lovely glow. It contains borage seed oil which is well known to help with blemishes, so it might also be helpful for people with acne scarring.

          I would recommend only using a small amount as it doesnt need to be slathered on to do its job.

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          22.10.2009 18:12
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          Great!

          I brought hope in a jar from QVC a few months ago, I'm a sucker for lotions and potions and as I brought it I told myself off for being roped into a sales pitch once again! But to my surprise - shock horror; a moisturiser that suits my skin!!
          I have combination skin and at 27 I still have breakouts! Every moisturiser I buy just brings me out in spots so I gave up, I knew I should be using a moisturiser but came to the conclusion that I couldn't put up with the worsened spots.
          The lady on the telly told me that this is fantastic for all skin types, is light yet moisturising and it's all true. I use hope in a jar twice a day (something I've never been able to do without major issues), in the evening and in the morning.
          The texture of the cream is almost whipped, very light but now so air filled that you get the feeling that the manufactures are only doing it so that they can get away with putting less in the jar. The cream smells a bit funny in my opinion, almost herby, but sinks in like a dream. You almost have to make sure that you spread it around quickly before it sinks in. A few minutes after butting it on and it feels like there was nothing there, my skin is just left feeling really smooth, refreshed and hydrated - no greasy or oily feeling at all.
          I can honestly say this cream has not caused me to come out in spots, if anything my skin seems to have settled down since using it and I'm pretty sure it's evened out my skin tone too. When I use it in the morning I can apply liquid foundation within minutes with no fear of my foundation caking or sliding around on top.
          I love this cream, it's worth every penny. My boyfriend now also helps himself to it daily and I recommended it to my mum who is also now an avid user. The jar lasts ages too.

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          26.08.2009 13:51
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          Good product, which has helped with my dry skin.

          I use the Philosophy hope in a jar original formula for all skin types. The moisturiser was originally created for the medical market to assist with the appearance of wrinkles, skin discolouration, rough skin and dehydration.

          The product is available in 2oz (56.7g) tubs and costs approximately £35. Other sizes are available from the US and prices range from $15 for the smallest to $108 for the largest. The product is packed in an opaque tub with black lid. The jar is sealed to stop the product being tampered with.

          I had seen this product for sale on HQ Hair and had read several positive reviews, however the cost of the product had put me off purchasing it. Whilst in Sephora in USA earlier this year I saw a 0.5oz jar for sale at $15 which seemed more reasonable should the I have any problems with the product. Especially as I have very sensitive, dry skin and am allergic to many cosmetics, skin care products and foods.

          The product has a very distinct aroma to it, almost clinical but it is not unpleasant. The moisturiser has a texture almost like whipped cream, it feels very soft. When you apply the cream to the skin it is very light and is absorbed very quickly. I find that some moisturisers can be very heavy leaving the skin feeling clogged, however when I apply this cream this doesn't happen.

          It leaves my skin feeling very soft and refreshed. It has assisted with my patches of dry skin.

          The product lasts along time, as I find I only need to use a small amount due to its unique texture.

          I will definitely purchase this product again.

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          27.05.2009 10:26
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          A review of Philosophys Hope in a Jar Moisturizer

          TUB
          The tub is a semi opaque white with a black screw lid. Written on the front of the product is:
          Philosophy: where there is hope there can be faith. where there is faith miracles can occur.
          Underneath this the following is written with a translation in french:
          World famous moisturizer for all skin types.
          Then the weight is written below 2oz. - 56.7g
          Written on the back is:
          High performance moisturizer with antioxidants to help reduce environmental damage.
          Contains the ester of lactic acid for exfoliation to help promote smooth, healthy skin.
          Contains beta-glucan to help give skin a healthy, rosy glow.
          Results may be seen and felt within days.
          This is also translated into french underneath. Also the contact details are written below the french translation.
          On the base of the tub is a peel off label which has directions and ingredients written on the inside. On the top part of the label is:
          Hope in a Jar Therapeutic moisturizer original formula for all skin types.

          MY OPINION
          I have fell in love with this moisturizer, it is perfect for my skin, it's nice and light unlike other moisturizers I have tried for my very dry skin. I find most moisturizers for dry skin either leave my skin very itchy or the moisturizer is so thick and doesn't sink in and a terrible base for make up. This is the complete opposite, it sinks in whilst I massage it into my skin and the lightness of it means I hardly use any. The cream is silky soft and has a single cream consistency. It takes me about 3 months to use a pot and that morning and night and some times in the summer I put it on just to freshen up. My make up sits really well and doesn't leave any dry and flakey patches. It also leaves a summer glow to the skin so most of the time I don't even have to put on foundation. It has a lovely clean, fresh smell to it and dosen't smell like chemicals like some other brands can have. The only downfall is the price, I got mine in a set from QVC on a todays special value which made it work out at about £8.00 for the pot so it worked out cheaper but on John Lewis it is £32.50 and on QVC it is £31.00. So I would recommend you get it when it a special value. It was worth the money in the set but individually I wouldn't pay the full price, it's just not in my price range.

          I have previously written this review on www.ciao.co.uk under the same username of Bohoangel.

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          06.01.2009 21:29
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          Every woman should try this product (and the guys?)!!

          I pleaded for my boyfriend to get me this for Christmas. I'd seen it on the stores, and on the shopping channel and just felt that unexplainable need for it! (I know you get it too ladies)

          Let me explain that my skin is in ok condition, a few blemishes but my main concern is that it looks very tired and lack lustre quite a lot of the time. I am a newly qualified teacher and thus spend all my week working flat out with late nights and early mornings. Obviously not good for the skin.

          I had been using Elemis products and had no problems with these, but they ran out and I (like us all) am very broke, thus asked for it as a present. As I said, I just felt the need for a new trendy, product. It was all about the hype and the buzz!

          Let me tell you that the hype and the buzz around this product is deserved. I have noticed negative comments about the smell and packaging. Well, I would say it smells clean and fresh, with an underlying natural, essential oil type smell. I didn't find it off putting and it doesn't last long anyway. I must say I expected a glass bottle, but the plastic one is fine. Reassuringly, mine came sealed and the packaging is so cute and arty. I am a sucker for these kinds of things, but I love it!

          There are no words to describe the texture, only that you will neer have tried anything like it before! It is simply divine! It has a beautiful sheen and absorbs easily into the skin. It should last a long time as you don't need very much and after application skin looks radiant and dewy. Not at all greasy or clogged. It feels soft and heavenly!

          It has taken over a week for me to notice a big difference. Now I can I am so pleased. My skin looks radiant, clear and healthy!

          My only worry would be that this product might not be quite enough for someone with really dry skin. Perhaps try a sample, or buy a smaller tub?

          I know the price is a worry for some, but it should last and the results are worth it. My advice is to shop around. The BF got mine from ebay (was sealed tho). You can get good value sets from QVC, the 'Make-up Optional' kit comes with a full size and this is cheaper than in John Lewis, even if you include P+P. I think they also do a kit with trial sizes, or keep an eye out for their special deals! Good Luck!

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            08.12.2008 22:07
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            Hope in a Jar

            I had seen this product on QVC a few times, and really wanted to try it, but could never quite justify the price. I then saw that QVC were selling a kit which contained five different Philosophy products including a half size of this Hope in a Jar cream for about £25 so decided to treat myself to it.

            There seemed to be a lot of hype around this cream. When Oprah was accused of having a facelift, she apparently went on TV and said that it wasn't surgery, it was Hope in a Jar. Every time I saw this on QVC, I would fall for they marvellous praise that they gave this cream - 'it's make-up optional - you'll look so good you can go without make-up', 'all the celebrities use it' etc... Not only that, but I think I convinced myself that if it cost that much then it must be fabulous, otherwise people wouldn't buy it.

            Anyway, onto the product itself. Hope in a Jar is a facial moisturiser, and claims to do all sorts for your skin. According to Philosophy, this product will make your skin radiant, and will exfoliate to reveal smoother, healthier skin. How a moisturiser goes about exfoliating, I'm not sure, but who am I to argue?

            The cream comes in a white jar with a black screw-top lid. I remember taking this out of the packaging and thinking that the packaging looked quite cheap, considering that its actually fairly expensive. One thing you may wish to note, is that the product has a use by date. I seem to recall the use by date on my jar being around 2 years, although I don't know, because the writing on the jar rubbed off pretty quickly - like I said, cheap packaging.

            I had read some of the reviews on the QVC website before I bought this, which mentioned that it had an awful smell. I was a bit worried about this, so the first thing I did when I got it was see what it smelled like. Personally I don't think the smell is too bad. It's a subtle lavender sort of smell, and the only time it can be a little sickly is on the odd occasion when I have applied far too much.

            The cream is white and has a sort of pearly look to it. It's a slightly odd texture too - Philosophy describe it as being like soufflé, which I think is pretty accurate as it has a light airy texture.

            When you apply it to the skin it goes on smoothly and is very light. It absorbs almost straightaway which is fantastic as you don't have to wait to put your make-up on, but it is really the weightlessness of the cream that makes it stand out from others. I have fairly dry skin and after buying this saw it again on QVC, where the presenter said, it's only really for a normal skin-type as it's so light, and drier skin would benefit from something heavier, but I've found that this really hydrates my skin, and combats even the driest patches, so I'm pretty happy with it from that point of view. The jar does actually say it's suitable for all skin-types though.

            Another great thing about this moisturiser is that it isn't at all greasy. On touching my skin after applying this, I can definitely feel it's been moisturised, but it doesn't have that oily feeling you often get. Also you can't feel that you're wearing it, which is great as I'm not a fan of heavy moisturisers.

            As for all these claims of smooth radiant skin, I'm not sure I'm convinced. When you first apply it, there is a bit of a difference in the appearance of the skin, but I think it's down to the pearly sheen the cream has in the pot. I don't think the cream exfoliated my skin in any way - my skin does feel smooth after applying it, but I still need to use a separate exfoliator pretty regularly. I don't think the appearance of my skin has improved a great deal since using this either. My skin doesn't look terrible or anything, but there is no huge noticeable difference, and I certainly haven't had anyone comment on my skin, and I doubt I'll be doing an Oprah and having people ask if I've had a face lift!

            Now for the scary part, the price. This cream costs a ridiculous £35 for a 56.7g jar. I have the half size at 28.4g and I've been using it most days since around June or July, and predict that from the amount left in the tub, it wont run out until the end of January/beginning of February time, so about 7 months or so, meaning the full jar could last approximately 14 months, which I suppose isn't too bad of an investment. Saying this, I do only apply a minimal amount each time I use it, and so if you're someone who likes to slap your moisturiser on it might not last anywhere near as long. You can buy it from www.hqhair.com or John Lewis also stock it.

            Overall, I think that this is a nice little moisturiser - I love that it sinks in immediately, doesn't feel greasy and leaves my skin feeling supple and moisturised. Still, I must say I am a little disappointed - although mainly with myself for falling for all the hype surrounding this cream - as it didn't really do anything for the appearance of my skin. At £35 a jar, I don't think I'll be buying it again, as I feel there are cheaper alternatives which are also just as good, but I'd buy it again if I could afford it. The cream still gets four stars from me, as it's a lovely lightweight cream, and does it's job of moisturising very well.

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              26.10.2008 20:08
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              A drink for your skin

              I have had this product for about a year now and ok yes philosophys products are pretty expensive but believe me some of their products are well worth the money.

              Firstly this product costs £31 for a 2oz jar this may seem expensive but this moisturiser is quite thick meaning you dont have to use half the jar each time you want to use it.

              You can buy this product according to your skin type so make sure you choose the correct one for your own skin type.

              This product contains beta glucan which is a powerful antioxidant to enhance your skins immuniology, it also contains latic acid which gently exfoliates your skin making your skin look smoother and healthier.

              I love this product because if my skin is feeling tight and dry i use this and my skin seems instantly relieved and the moisturiser is pretty much soaked up immediately its almost like your skin is drinking it because it was in much need of it.

              Alot of people have different views on the smell of this product i guess it all really depends on what smells you can stand, it does have a bit of a funny smell but it really doesnt bother me at all and i cant really describe the smell, so if your funny about products that have a smell then i wouldnt recommend this but if you dont mind then its well worth it. Your skin will appriciate this product.

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              16.10.2008 17:14
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              Try the version to suit your own skin type. The original version may not be for everyone.

              Hope in a jar is available in various skin type versions. I have used the "all skin types" version. However, there is another version for "dry, sensitive skin" so ensure that you look out for the right product for your skin type.

              Therefore, this review is for the original 'all skin types' version. I have found that this product is great for the spring/summer months. I have combination skin and can be prone to break-outs if my skin doesn't agree with certain ingredients. I therefore wouldn't recommend this version for the autumn/winter time, unless you have 'oily skin'. It's very light ( and perhaps too light for some skin types on those cold or windy days ) and sinks in straight away. One of the reasons as to why this suits oilier skins so much is because it contains lactic acid which is a very mild exfoliating type ingredient which can help keep your skin clearer for longer. Those of you with drier skins, I would recommend the dry/sensitive version and for combination skins I would recommend this for the spring/summer months only. You only need a small amount so the product is quite economical but please, please, please use a spatula not your fingers to lift out the moisturiser from the jar !! There's even an spf version too for those who would like to use it as a make-up base !!

              Ingredients : Water, Lauryl Lactate, Behenic Acid, Behenoxy Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Glycerin, Behenyl Alcohol, Cyclomethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetracaprylate/Tetracaprate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzyl Alcohol, Retinyl Palmitate, Stearic Acid, Panthenol, Betaglucan, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Triethanolamine, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea.

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