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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:Philosophy Hope in a Jar is a 99.9% oil-free, deeply hydrating, lightweight wonder designed to smooth the complexion while reducing the appearance of wrinkles and discoloration. Originally created for the medical market, this expert essential delivers soft, healthy, glowing results.What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Sulfates- Synthetic Fragrances- Synthetic Dyes- Phthalates- GMOs- TriclosanWhat 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.
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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 4 years, 4 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 3 years, 10 months 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 4 years, 4 months ago
IanAng
(New York, NY)
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Does the Philosophy brand test on animals? Do you source ingredients that have been tested on animals?
asked 5 years, 7 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 3 years 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 5 years, 4 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 5 years, 7 months ago
TKinLA
(L.A., CA)
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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 5 years, 7 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 4 years, 9 months 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 5 years, 6 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 5 years, 7 months ago
ManiAnnie
(Cincinnati, Ohio)
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Is Hope in a Jar fragrance free?
asked 5 years, 7 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 5 years, 7 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 5 years, 7 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 5 years, 7 months ago
LoveBeauty
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Is Hope in a Jar oil free?
asked 5 years, 7 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 4 years, 10 months ago
dmarie
(Westchester, NY)
answer 2
I believe it's 99% oil-free. Hope in a Bottle is entirely oil-free.
answered 5 years, 6 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 5 years, 6 months ago
hmKrone
(Bozeman, MT)
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Is this good for really dry skin?
Thinking about trying this. Does it have fragrance and is it greasy or does it sink in good? Has anyone experienced blocked pores with this?
Thanks.
asked 5 years, 6 months ago
zoya123
(Bismarck, ND)
on Hope in a Jar
3 answers
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answer 1
My skin is extremely dry. This is the only moisturizer I have found that works for my skin. It thoroughly moisturizes without causing breakouts.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
Andrea
(Hummelstown, PA)
answer 2
I used this for many years and I did not experience any blocked pores or such. I got many complements on my skin though! As for fragrance, it is not fragrance-free, and I don't recall it having the best smell, but not bad or overpowering. I've said this before and I'll say it again... this product is made for ALL skin types, so dry skin be wary, Hope in a Jar is a good choice.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
erzabet
(San Jose, CA)
answer 3
not greasy at all! sinks in very well and no pore blockage! its amazing! very light and refreshing with a ton of moisture!
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
Anonymous
(grenada, ms)
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Does this product cause breakouts?
I have some tiny skin colored bumps and somehow NOTHING WORKS. I've tried everything even hope in a bottle and i'm thinking i'll quit using salicylic acid and things that are meant to "treat" acne and just go with this moisturizer based on reviews. So has anyone saw an increase in breakouts or decrease with this product?
asked 5 years, 6 months ago
annaninja
(Queens, NY)
on Hope in a Jar
3 answers
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answer 1
I use Bare Escentuals product line and I decided to try hope in a jar as a moisturizer. For some reason, if i use Hope alone, it is fine, but when I use the Hope in a Jar after I apply the Bare Escentuals skin rever upper, I get tiny red rash like bumps on my face. I like both products, but they just seem to have a negative reaction when used together in some way.

I ended up using the Hope in a Jar as a night moisturizer and then in the day, I use the BE skin rever upper with a regular moisutizer and I haven't had any reaction.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
GTDJ
(Bronx, NY)
answer 2
It didn't cause any breakouts for me. But I generally have very clear skin, so I don't know if it can be used to treat such problems.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
lenkiss
(Omaha, NE)
answer 3
My skin is pretty sensitive, but this product really saved my skin. During the warmer, and dryer months of the year, my skin goes through a bunch of phases (tiny bumps, flakes, rashes), but since I started using this product, my skin is more calm. So I actually have less breakouts than before cause this moisturizer doesn't clog pores and moisturizes very well and balances out your skin. Hope this helps!
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
keii
(Los Angeles, CA)
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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 5 years, 5 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 5 years, 5 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 5 years, 5 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 5 years, 5 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 5 years, 5 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 5 years, 5 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 5 years, 5 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 5 years, 5 months ago
keensense
(Maryland)
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How does the moisturizer feel on the skn?
I have combination skin and I would like to know if the moisturizer leaves the skin greasy or if it heavy? How does it absorb in the skin? Does it have a strong scent?
asked 5 years, 5 months ago
Anonymous
(Amarillo, TX)
on Hope in a Jar
3 answers
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answer 1
Product feels very airy and dewey, not greasy at all. Absorbs quickly and very smoothly. I feel that it has too much exfoliative properties to it because it made my skin quite flakey after a couple of days of use. I wanted a product for night use, I use the Philosophy Hope In A Bottle during the day but wanted more moisture at night. I'm not sure if this was the correct product for that purpose. I did not get any more breakouts from it, which was cool. The product smells like the face wash, Purity Made Simple, but not as strong and herbally. Very, very light scent.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
CRGL1
(Minneapolis, MN)
answer 2
absorbs fast, def does NOT leave skin feeling greasy, very light odor. my favorite thing about it is actually how light and fluffy it is and not heavy at all. hope that helps :)
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
bita
(Las Cruces, NM)
answer 3
It does have a strong scent for a face cream. If you have combination skin, you may want to consider using two different creams for the different areas on your face, as I think this cream would definitely be too greasy for oily areas.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
queenofgloss
(Pickering, ON)
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