My Experience with Philosophy's Hope in a Jar Oil-Free Gel

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


I am the pickiest person on this planet as far as face creams/gels are concerned. Some moisturizers are either too greasy, and some don't moisturize enough. Some cause me to break out almost immediately, while some are just too heavy on the face. So when it comes to moisturizers, I really take my time in reviewing them because I have to really assess if it will go well for me. This is not only because I am pregnant, but ever since, I was a little bit picky when it came to skin care.

I received this Hope in a Jar from Philosophy before Christmas and I was so excited to use it! I have heard so much about this moisturizer that I can't wait to experience it on my own.

Philosophy Hope in a Jar Oil-Free Gel 60ml, PhP 1,995

More about Hope in a Jar after the break!

I have always loved Philosophy's packaging. I think there's nothing like it out there. Philosophy is the well-being beauty brand that inspires women to look, live, and feel their best. They enhance the beauty and health of the skin through multi-tasking skin care and feel-good scents. The words on their packaging uplift and nourish the spirit, and inspire beautiful days so women everywhere can feel confident in their unique inner and outer beauty.
Philosophy's skin care helps reveal radiantly beautiful, impeccable smooth, youthful-looking skin. The formulas are proven to be effective yet gentle, for optimal benefits. Created with doctors and scientists using proven ingredients, our exceptional skin care delivers visible results.
Hope in a Jar was created for the medical market and recommended by plastic surgeons and dermatologists to hydrate, while helping to improve the look of wrinkles, roughness and uneven tone. This goes beyond moisture to gently exfoliate and deliver cutting-edge antioxidants for a healthy-looking, rosy glow.
Guaranteed fresh with each jar, this product has tamper proof seals! Although I would have loved it more if it came with a spatula. It's just icky to double dip in jars when putting on skin care. With our humid climate in Manila, a lot of people have combination skin, usually the ones who have a lot of sebum in their skin feels discomfort in using a moisturizer with oil content in it. And because this moisturizer is oil-free, people who have an oily T-Zone will not feel the discomfort of that. I myself have felt and visibly noticed less oil in my nose area even in the afternoon.

So for those of you who have the same oily nose problem, Hope in a Jar Oil Free Gel could be the answer for you. Your skin gets the moisture you need without the added oils! I have noticed the skin becoming more plump, soft and comfortable all day long without the greasy feeling.
The white slightly creamy gel is very light in terms of texture and how it feel on the skin. It's not as light as The Body Shop's Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet, it's actually more moisturizing than that. The scent is very unique, it's like a fresh herbs and grass. I guess it's safe to say that that's the only thing I didn't like about this moisturizer. It smells really raw to me and again, I don't know if this is just because of my overly sensitive smell during pregnancy. I am betting it's just the pregnancy. So for now, I am saving this moisturizer until after I give birth.

I like the idea of this moisturizer being oil-free, and in spite of that, it really moisturized my skin real fast. It was easily absorbed by my skin in a matter of seconds and instantly quenched my thirsty skin! I need something that would nourish my skin because I have been real dry lately, and this moisturizer does the trick. I love the texture because it's very smooth and easy to apply on the skin. No need to pull and tug the skin!
It absorbs nicely on the skin without leaving any greasy or sticky feel which is perfect for our climate! I know a lot of women who skip moisturizers before makeup because they don't like feeling greasy, but this one won't give them that! The oil-free formula really is made for normal-oily (combination) skin type hence the light but just the right moisturizing effect which would suit their needs just fine.
Excuse the red marks on my hand, I had just did a swatch test on lipsticks and they're so hard to remove! LOL
My skin really looks great with this moisturizer, it tamed my dry spots on my cheeks with just one use in the evening. It did really great on my T-Zone because I usually oil up there first, but I noticed that after using this moisturizer for a few days, my oily nose has improved drastically -I guess you can say that this moisturizer has balanced my skin real well. I did notice too that my skin looks more plump and brighter with this moisturizer and the product gets absorbed quickly so it can definitely be used before makeup.


  • Calms dry flaky skin.
  • Non-oily, but provides maximum moisture!
  • Plumps up the skin.
  • Brightens up dull texture.
  • Provides minimal exfoliation to reveal new, brighter, healthier skin.
  • Can be used during the day or the evening.
  • Very lightweight feel all throughout the day.
  • Not too creamy that would make you feel oily and sticky!
  • Even though it's oil-free, it still moisturizes the skin real well.
  • Hydrates the skin in an instant.
  • Eventually will correct dark spots.
  • Balances the skin.
  • Perfect for all skin-types.

  • The smell of the moisturizer lasts long after you have applied makeup on top of it which bothers me, but then again, this is just because of my pregnancy that's why I don't like the smell.

  • Doesn't come with a spatula, so you would have to double dip your fingers into the jar.
  • Doesn't provide sun protection.

Retail Price: PhP 1,995
Purchased For: Gift from Philosophy (Thank You!)
Will I re-purchase? Yes. But I will try the original Hope in a Jar moisturizer next.
Will I recommend it? Yes.


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  1. The only thing that has stopped me from trying and buy this is the no SPF in it. It's a shame really, but I may get a sample of it just to check it out

    1. It would have been better if it did have sun protection in it :) Thank you for dropping by! ♥


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