Philosophy Hope in a Jar Review

by mehak on May 12, 2012

in Grade A, Reviews, Skincare

Philosophy Hope in a Jar Moisturizer Review

Guest Review by Vijetha

Hello everyone! It’s my first ever post on Peaches and Blush  and I only want to begin with one of the cult favourites! I’ve been using this moisturizer that has created waves in the beauty scene, some good and some bad. The product I am referring to is Philosophy – Hope in a jar! I have been using this for a month now, read on to see how it fared!

What is Philosophy – hope in a jar?

While the brand Philosophy has many moisturizers to offer, I was particularly curious to try the Philosophy – hope in a jar original formula for all skin types. The brand website says that this particular formula was created for the medical market and recommended by plastic surgeons and dermatologists to hydrate skin.

Hope in a jar promises to deliver a few important skincare aims like,

–          Exfoliation to promote smooth and healthy skin

–          Give skin a healthy glow

–          Protect skin against environmental attacks

I would imagine that you are by now curious to know the ingredients of this moisturizer. There are two things that caught my attention from the pool of ingredients, and they are, xanthan gum and lavender oil. I believe that the ingredients in a cosmetic product should not be understood or judged individually. For ex, Lavender oil is a great hydrant as well as photosensitizing depending on the quantity and combination! It’s the combination of multiple ingredients in different portions that make a product and it is best understood by the experts only! So, let me move on to the usage observations without digging deep into the ingredients. Hope you are not googling on lavender oil and beauty benefits ;)

My observations –

This crème feels like a combination of gel and lotion. It gets absorbed into skin very quickly and doesn’t feel heavy or sticky on skin. You need a very small amount and it spreads very well on skin without leaving any patches. I am not sure of the exfoliating properties but it does keep my skin moisturized. It did not break me out and did not give me any burning sensation. This is going to be my HG moisturizer, and in all probability even after my existing 60ml bottle finishes.

Philosophy – hope in a jar – Pros

–          Love the texture and the way it gets absorbed into my skin

–          I like the fact that it comes in a small bottle that I can carry very easily and will last me for a long time

–          I live in an extremely hot climate and this just works great. On the other hand, I also like it on my skin when my skin is feels dry after staying in an air-conditioned (21 – 24 deg) room for hours. So, it works in both cases for meJ

Philosophy – hope in a jar – Cons

–          Price and availability could be an issue for many. I got my bottle from Sephora, ordered online to an US address.

–          Hope in a jar doesn’t have a drool worthy smell, infact, some women hate the smell. I don’t mind the smell as it doesn’t linger for long anyways.


Review Verdict: A

Price – Approximately INR 2000/

Final Recommendations:  I would completely recommend this product to those looking for a light moisturizer that works on any skin type and any climate.  If price is not an issue, please get hold of this one (perhaps a smaller bottle to try) as it’s definitely worth a try.

(Editors Note: This is such a cult product Vijetha and now you made me want to go out and get one! Sounds fab!)

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Bharti May 12, 2012 at 11:42 pm

The only thing keeping me away from trying out this product is the price! lol. I know this one is available in as well.


Lapanika May 13, 2012 at 12:03 am

ooh , now that you’ve reviewed … I am gonna pick up this one :)


vijetha May 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm

hope it works for u:)


Sukanya May 13, 2012 at 12:40 am

wow! this sounds really good !


pavani reddy May 13, 2012 at 1:31 am

this looks like a miracle in the jar!!!as mehak said u r tempting us soo much vijetha…nice review…


vijetha May 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm

pavani, for people living in a hot n humid weather like I do, options are very less when it comes to moisturizers that feels light ..for me tat was the big reason to buy it.


Aarti V May 13, 2012 at 3:15 am

i think the exfoliant part comes from the lactic acid in the moisturizer. Lactic acid is such a mild AHA that isn’t abrasive but still sloughs off any dead cells clogging up the surface on the skin.

I like this moisturizer simply coz it’s not heavy on the skin, doesn’t leave any sticky residue but manages to moisturize my skin fairly well. Not a huge fan of the fragrance though :(


vijetha May 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm

You spoke my mind!


shivangi May 13, 2012 at 6:28 am

Nice review and product but its not available in India :(


Kritika May 13, 2012 at 11:26 am

Great review Vijetha !! This sounds like a very expensive miracle in a jar ! :P


vijetha May 15, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Thank u :) yes it is


Manya May 13, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Woww the name is tempting me to get it! Wish it was bit less pricy!


komal May 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm

:( why must all awesome products be so expensive or not available to us is beyond my understanding


vanaja May 14, 2012 at 11:25 am

Wow….! Nice review. I like this…. :)


Vish May 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm

d packaging reminds me of my fav olay :)
nice review


vijetha May 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm

hey Vish..u are right , it resembles Olay but Philosophy packaging is not as tough as Olay,,,the bottle is quite thin compared to that of Olay, the lid closes tightly so there is no problem.


Janelle Monique May 15, 2012 at 3:57 am

I use this almost every day! But it is on the expensive side because I’ve gone through almost the entire jar in about a month.


vijetha May 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm

ooops! I just apply twice a day and a very small amount is sufficient for me…


thedelhibride June 8, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I heard a Sephora shop has opened up in Mumbai recently. Will that stock Philosophy products? I’ve never been too keen on ordering for cosmetics online, as I like to see, smell and feel the product before I buy it!


mehak June 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Hey! Sephora hasnt opened yet , It plans to open. But its been planning to open since the ;ast yr or so it might be a while.
When they open i think you can expect to see Philosophy there!


Dr. Jessica Tuttle February 18, 2013 at 7:11 am

I worked on my blog today and did a practice draft of a review on this product. I don’t like it. It smells awful and I found the smell does linger. It also doesn’t moisturize my dry skin. Not for me.


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