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Philosophy Hope in a Jar

What it is:A cult-favorite moisturizer that gently hydrates, exfoliates, and protects the skin. What it is formulated to do:Antioxidant-rich hope in a jar is a world-renown multitasking moisturizer featuring a unique soufflé texture. It was originally created for the medical market to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, skin discoloration, rough texture, and dehydration. It contains gentle alpha hydroxy acids that dramatically improve skin radiance and gently exfoliate, revealing smoother, healthier-looking skin. What it is formulated without:- Sulfates- Phthalates What else you need to know:This beloved formula contains antioxidants that protect skin against environmental damage and provides continuous exfoliation to keep roughness at bay. An infusion of yeast-derived beta glucan supports the skin's natural defense system and improves repair capabilities. Research results:In a 4-week clinical study on 48 participants using product once daily: - 98% had smoother skin after 3 days - 81% had more radiant skin after 2 weeks - 98% showed diminished fine lines after 4 weeks
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Questions & Answers for Philosophy Hope in a Jar

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What is the difference between hope in a bottle and hope in a jar?
Hope in a bottle is working well for me. I am 46 and get occassional breakouts. I'm lightskinned and have some discoloration. I get oily at times.
asked 5 years, 7 months ago
Anonymous
(Jeffersonville,IN)
on Hope in a Jar
2 answers
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answer 1
I use hope in a jar and I love it. Mhy skin feels so much better when I use it. I love how my makeup looks now that I have been using this product.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
Genie13
answer 2
Hope in a Bottle has salicylic acid, which is drying. I've had much drying problems with salicylic acid moisturizers and other acne moisturizers drying my skin up too much. So now I just use an acne face wash (Neutrogena Oil-Free Ance wash - the orange pump bottle one which says #1 Dermatologist recommended) and I just use Hope in a Jar and my acne has been healing really well, combination skin is getting less dry and less oily and the acne marks are all fading!

Hope you give this product a try and hope it works for you.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
IanAng
(New York, NY)
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Replacement moisturizer?
Recently bought this moisturizer and it smells awful and doesn't seem to help my skin....I have oily skin but also dry patches that I need help with. Any suggestions?
asked 2 years, 9 months ago
LeslieL77
(Alice, TX)
on Hope in a Jar
4 answers
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answer 1
Same with me! I've tried to find good moisturizers, but I've found that I need a heavier treatment on my dry skin. So, I use Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment. I still haven't found a good moisturizer. Sorry to half-answer your question.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
cutepanda360
answer 2
would recomend the boscia line of moisturizers! they dont smell great but they really work and the smell dissipates within a few minutes
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
catscantalk
(san diego ca)
answer 3
maybe you could try the philosophy promise moisturizer...it got a higher star rating than their other cremes such as hope...promise may be better suited for combo skin than hope as well...i have mostly dry skin and am happy with the results from both!!
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
kritterrn
(struthers, OH)
answer 4
I can't stand their moisturizer. It smells like sour milk and leaves me greasy with dry patches! I just reviewed an eye balm by Dermadoctor that I'm impressed with so far.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
tamraa
(Salt Lake City, UT)
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what is the smell similar to that makes it smell so bad????
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
kritterrn
(struthers, OH)
on Hope in a Jar
4 answers
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answer 1
I think the strongest scent in "Hope In A Jar" is the lavender. If you have an aversion to lavender scents, than that would be the culprit.

I personally love the scent of "Hope In A Jar," and find it very mellow... To each their own!
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
superkid268
(Belmont, MA)
answer 2
it is really hard to describe, it is like a foul smell, not subtle, like something went sour mixed w some kind of plant life.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
AmySalni
answer 3
I actually like the smell. I believe the fragance comes from lavender essential oils tthey use and that may be what you are picking up on?
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
beautyaddict08
(Salt Lake City, Utah)
answer 4
I've always thought it smells just like wet dog... it smells AWFUL but works so beautifully!
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
mnak
(Anchorage, AK)
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Is this ok to use on oily ace prone skin?
asked 6 years, 8 months ago
Anonymous
(Indianapolis, IN)
on Hope in a Jar
4 answers
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answer 1
For me, it calmed my skin and moisterized it so that I have no more breakouts due to dry skin leading to excess oil production.
answered 6 years, 5 months ago
babyjane
(Boise, ID)
answer 2
Honestly, I think it's the best moisturizer I have ever tried in my life. It's light, yet leaves your skin supple and hydrated. I have combination skin, but also tend to have dry skin, which leads to my breakouts. By using Hope in a Jar, I have noticed significantly, that my breakouts are less often, and it leaves my skin healthier and radiant! I think you should give it a try, and if it doesn't work out for you, hey! You can always return it for a more suitable product. ;)
answered 6 years, 8 months ago
Nathaniela
(Indianapolis, IN)
answer 3
no!!! it made me have the worst acne breakout ever. would not recommend for acne prone skin. perhaps the HIAJ for dry sensitive skin will work better.
answered 6 years, 8 months ago
samz
answer 4
I have combination skin, so I always have breakouts usually. I have used this product for a couple of days now and I haven't seen large breakouts from the product. It makes it really soft and heals dry skin. I don't think it really makes you breakout, unless you use it too often. You also don't need a lot. A little goes a long way!
answered 6 years, 8 months ago
LrnRvew
(Illinois)
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Is Hope in a Jar oil free?
asked 6 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
(Fortville, IN)
on Hope in a Jar
3 answers
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answer 1
Sorry, not oil free. I wish it was. I stopped using it because it was to oily for me.
answered 6 years, 2 months ago
dmarie
(Westchester, NY)
answer 2
I believe it's 99% oil-free. Hope in a Bottle is entirely oil-free.
answered 6 years, 10 months ago
SiJCP
(Detroit, MI)
answer 3
No, but it does not use harmful oils such as Mineral Oil, but uses those like Jojoba oil - one that is really good for your skin. It's great.
answered 6 years, 10 months ago
hmKrone
(Bozeman, MT)
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bare escentuals
Can you tell me if this product line is good under Bare Escentuals i mean does it work well and popular with ladies and BE?
i have normal skin what would be good under BE?
asked 6 years, 10 months ago
j63d65
(Des Moines Iowa)
on Hope in a Jar
3 answers
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answer 1
I tried hope in a jar for the first time this morning under my BE and wow. I am Middle Eastern and have very large pores. Nothing I have ever ever used has made my pores look smaller (I will admit I have not tried incredibly hard to MAKE my pores smaller). However, I put the moisturizer on and then put BE on 10 minutes later and today, my pores are very small - almost normal looking!!!! It's awesome! My BE face makeup looks better than ever . . . melted right together. It really looks magnificent and I'm so excited!!
answered 6 years ago
shahada
(Logan, UT)
answer 2
I tried putting this product under my mineral foundation (not BE), it goes smoothly and not looking greasy, but I only use a pinch or just a dab of this moisturizer since I've sensitive skin that prone to breakouts and combination skin.
answered 6 years, 9 months ago
drifter
(Sanford, NC)
answer 3
I've used so many different moisturizers underneath my Bare Essentials, and this one is easily the best, in my opinion. Hope in a Jar blends in and absorbs so well but it leaves your skin so soft at the same time. The Bare Minerals foundation just melts right into the skin. They work beautifully together. However, Hope in a Jar can be so great for your skin that Actually, I'm finding that the longer I've been using the Hope in a Jar, I've had to use less and less of the B.E. foundation as an all over face color. Really, after of using it for awhile, I go most days with out any of the foundations at all! This moisturizer really works that well. I just blend on some B.E. all over face color as blush! Try it, you won't be disappointed.
answered 6 years, 10 months ago
ManiAnnie
(Cincinnati, Ohio)
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Does the Philosophy brand test on animals? Do you source ingredients that have been tested on animals?
asked 6 years, 11 months ago
mirsaidi007
on Hope in a Jar
3 answers
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answer 1
In response to TKinLA: I don't trust any brand to be cruelty free unless it has the bunny drawing that states "cruelty free" right on the packaging. Just because one of the ingredients isn't animal derived doesn't mean the other aren't or that they don't test on animals. This product contains stearates, which are usually animal derived. If the company doesn't proudly exclaim it on their website, that's usually a bad sign. If it's important factor for you, try Ole Henrickson (which is also paraben free and very effective).
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
chupi
(Queens, NY)
answer 2
Sephora does not have any brand in their stores that test on animals. I saw that on a sign in one of the stores.
answered 6 years, 8 months ago
amanda87
answer 3
I'm a vegan, and am pretty familiar with which brands are cruelty-free, and TOTALLY 100% cruelty-free, i.e., source ingredients are not animal-derived (AND insect-derived...sorry BURT), and are not tested on animals. philosophy is indeed 100% cruelty-free. I contacted philosophy regarding the lactic acid in this product. ME to philosophy: "A critical ingredient in "hope in a jar" is "Lactic Acid", which is found in animal blood and muscle tissue; as well as, in sour milk, beer, sauerkraut, pickles, and other food products made by bacterial fermentation. Will Lactic Acid be replaced with alternatives, such as plant milk sugars and/or synthetics? Thanks in advance for your prompt response." philosophy rep to ME: "thank you for contacting philosophy! the lactic acid used in the hope in a jar is derived from a non-animal, synthetic based biofermentation process. i hope this information is helpful."
answered 6 years, 10 months ago
TKinLA
(L.A., CA)
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Is Hope in a Jar fragrance free?
asked 6 years, 10 months ago
mpauls
(NY, Ny)
on Hope in a Jar
3 answers
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answer 1
I absolutely love this product BUT, oh boy, does it smell.... For a couple hour after application, everything smells with it, even my sweet baby! I tried to use a little bit perfume under my nose to get rid of smell but it didnt really help :(
answered 6 years, 10 months ago
Starbuck
(Louisville KY)
answer 2
no, it is not fragrance free. It has a very light fragrance that I love!
but judging by the reviews some people hate the smell. I would recommend going into a Sephora and smelling it yourself.
answered 6 years, 10 months ago
challan
(Vancouver, BC)
answer 3
No, Hope In A Jar has a unique fragrance. It's not that strong, but some people can't stand it. I didn't think that it smelled bad, but I think it would be safe to smell it in person before buying just to be sure you don't mind it.
answered 6 years, 10 months ago
LoveBeauty
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can you use this on your body
i want a really good body moisturizer, and every time i search online, this product comes up, but it seems like it's supposed to be for your face.
however, can you use it on your body?
asked 6 years, 9 months ago
abbyb
(san francisco, ca)
on Hope in a Jar
3 answers
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answer 1
This is a wonderful feeling moisturizer, that states it is daytime, which is accurate. It is great under foundation for dry skin types. Philosophy products are awesome!!! Try When Hope is Not Enough for more intense moisturizing. Hope in a jar is fne to use on ANY part of the body, I use it all over and it is a real treat!!
answered 6 years, 8 months ago
fortfunvicki
(Fort Collins, Colorado)
answer 2
You could probably use it on your body but the smell would stop me from doing that. It's a different scent (hard to explain) not fruity or perfumy, maybe medicinal smelling would be the term I would use. It's one thing to put a little on your face but to smell it on your entire body is another issue. Not to mention the expense of using that much product would be too much for me.
answered 6 years, 9 months ago
trickyd
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 3
I am sure that this is perfectly fine for skin... the only issue is that it is very lightweight so u might not be able to see shiny skin, but you will have soft skin.
answered 6 years, 9 months ago
Kera
(Clovis,Nm)
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philosophy hope in a jar
I am 50 with sensitive skin. I have tried a sample of Hope in a Jar and loved it. Now I notice that there is Hope in a Jar for sensitive skin. Which would you recommend?
asked 6 years, 8 months ago
Anonymous
(Hastings on Hudson, NY)
on Hope in a Jar
3 answers
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answer 1
it depends on whether you have dry skin, but for mature skin it is usually safe to go for the more moisturizing creas such as the Hope for dry sensitive skin. You could always go the a Sephora store and ask them for a sample of it so you can be sure which one is right for you. You could also stick with the regular one and use When hope is not enough replenishing serum at night before the cream as a supplement.
answered 6 years, 8 months ago
jacqui1980
(vancouver, BC)
answer 2
I've used both. I'm 41. The one for dry/sensitive skin is a thicker version. I use it at night, it takes longer to absorb into your skin. But is still great. You'd have to wait to put you makeup on in the morning. I'd stick with the regular Hope in a jar for the day. It's lightweight and absorbs quickly and still moisturizes your skin.
answered 6 years, 8 months ago
irishgirl767
(Western MA)
answer 3
My mother is the same way - she loves Hope in a Jar but also has sensitive skin. She uses the sensitive skin version and finds it works better for her, so perhaps that's something you could try. Just passing along her wisdom!
answered 6 years, 8 months ago
keensense
(Maryland)
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