I am constantly searching for high performance face creams for my beauty regime and in recent years the formulations of cosmetics and beauty products have become more complex and as a result more expensive! I have been given the opportunity to trial a face cream from Philosophy which I believe is one of their ‘hero’ products from their ranges. When a product from a range is labelled as a ‘hero’ I am always excited to trial it to judge as to why it is a standalone product in a worldwide and confusing market of face products!
I have always been attracted by Philosophy who have a unique and quirky packaging design for each and every one of their products. Each product is printed with an individual ‘philosophy’ that is conducive to the product within. Hope in a Jar has a plain white packaging with its little ‘philosophy’ printed on the front.
I tend to have problematic skin that is prone to hormonal break outs and the usual ageing concerns as I have now past my 40’s. I try not to use heavily fragranced creams and tend to air more towards natural ingredients that will not aggravate my complexion. Upon reading the ingredient list of ‘Hope In A Jar’ I was slightly concerned to see ingredients I had never heard of but was never the less keen to see its performance!
The cream is a medium consistency, part way between a lotion and a cream and is opaque white in colour. For my first application I dispensed a pea size amount to test its concentration. On this test I was not disappointed. The product is indeed highly concentrated and it glides beautiful and easily onto the face and neck area. It has a wonderful silky feel and distributes evenly onto the skin. The product absorbs extremely quickly and leaves no trace of residue, shine or greasiness. I could immediately feel the hydration and comfort from this product but there is a slight downside. I am assuming that this product is classed as ‘fragrance free’ which whilst promising great things for problematic skins, it did no favours for me for this somewhat very expensive cream. There are no apparent perfumes added to this cream but it does has a slightly stale cream scent which is not unpleasant but it lacks the indulgence of it high priced counterparts.
After application my skin felt soft, smooth and hydrated and the longevity of the moisturisation was good. I found it slightly odd that it is recommended to apply this product several times a day as I believe it would be a waste of product. Twice daily was perfectly sufficient. After finishing the full trial I was pleased that I suffered no adverse reactions and my complexion remained clear and fresh. There was no visible difference to my fine lines; however this product does not claim to be anti-ageing. I believe it is better suited to younger, problematic skins.
For those of you that prefer a lightweight, non-fragranced face cream I can confirm that this is a very good quality product that ‘does what it says on the tin’ however with its slightly strange scent and a rather high price tag I would not be encouraged to purchase it for my own beauty regime. I sadly did not feel that this product was worthy of its high price tag
Personally I wouldn't buy this as the smell is rank and as it is going on my face I will smell it for some time.
It felt quite light and fresh on my skin and was quickly absorbed and wasn't greasy but the smell hung around - yuk!
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