Product Type: Philosophy body care
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Where There Is Philosophy There Is Hope..
Philosophy Hope in a Jar
Member Name: angelboouk
Philosophy Hope in a Jar
Advantages: lasts well, packaging, great for normal skin, healthy looking skin
Disadvantages: price, not excellent for dry patches, no spf
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.
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.
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 :)
Summary: I will try the dry skin version next time..