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The world of skincare is a battlefield, what with all the product strategy involved and dodging of potential beauty minefields. That’s why when we find something we love, like this longtime favorite, we stick with it. Originally created for professionals, philosophy®’s hope in a jar™ has been a best-seller for years. With a soufflé-like texture, it melts into your skin to leave your face feeling refreshed and supple.
The moisturizer is OK... Not great not awful.. Just barely OK. But the smell! It's horrible! I had to return it because I couldn't get past the smell. It also left my sking feeling slightly greasy-anf my skin is very dry. Definitely NOT something I wanted spend that much money one to be that disappointed.1
I had very oily skin my whole life until a few years ago. Even in the dry winter air, I was still shiny. But I guess being (almost) 40 means my skin is changing. I got a sample of this two winters ago and was AMAZED at how good my skin felt after using it a few times. I purchased a jar immediately. Now my skin is even drier and I switched to a moisturizing balm for winter. But I would HIGHLY recommend this for mid-level moisturizing for combo skin.
The smell...that's where it lost a star. I don't get it. It's such a weird almost industrial scent. I disliked it so much that I almost stopped using it because it's hard not to smell your face. If you add a drop or two of an essential oil (if your skin can handle that), it helps. But ew.
I'm a huge fan of Philosophy. Hope in a jar is my winter moisturizer. I use Bobbi Brown for my summer and spring moisturizer but I switched to renewed hope in a jar last year and loved it. I went back to the regular one this year and realized that I love renewed hope in jar much better than this one. With that said, I still love the brand.3
I really wanted to like this product. This caused me to seriously breakout. The smell isn't the greatest either, but I imagine it wouldn't be a big deal if the product actually works for you.2
I've been using Hope in Jar for years... Never disappointed. Leaves my skin feeling and looking great! I suffer from very dry, sensitive skin- so this stuff really comes in handy all year round. (esp, during our long rough winters)
A little goes a long way.
I love the whipped texture of this moisturizer - it goes on smooth and leaves a wet, not sticky, feeling on my face while it dries. Does not clog my pores. It's my new everyday daytime moisturizer.5
This stuff seriously smells like an old fish tank. I couldn't stand the smell and had to wash it off. I was afraid other people would be able to smell it and think that I needed a shower. I actually went to the Philosophy store in Arizona and they told me that some people think it smells like wet dog. Seriously? And they still sell the stuff? Don't risk it.1
This product has a terrible smell. I've requested to return it because I cannot use it. I've purchased many other Philosophy products over the years and have been using their Purity facial cleanser daily for years. I have never had an issue with the smell of their products until this one. I should have trusted the other reviews that stated the same issue with the smell.1
I ordered this product based on a friends recommendation... I was not thrilled with it (or the smell). I would not order this again, its not worth the price.3
This is one of my favorite products. It makes my skin so soft without leaving it oily. I use it morning and night.5