Friday, June 4th, 2010

Philosophy Hope In a Jar

The Tech Guy Shaun, aka The Tech Guy, aka my boyfriend, continues to enjoy his romp here on Temptalia! He’s twenty-seven with normal-to-dry skin and suffers from no more acne (much to my envy!).  I couldn’t take Hope In a Jar (too greasy!), so I passed it onto poor, poor Shaun…

Shaun enjoys long walks on the beach, vegging out on the couch watching chick flicks, and cuddling with Mellan. Or maybe not! He handles all the behind-the-scenes action here at Temptalia, from tech support to server woes to being my shoulder to cry on.

LET THERE BE… SHAUN! Yes, it’s me–the tech guy–and my ego has continued to grow enormously. I now find it hard to manage standard doorways, so I have to have Christine insult me a few times to lessen my ego enough to get through the door. She enjoys this, so it’s win-win!  Christine also found out about my ExoliKate fiasco and put alcohol into my contact solution. Touché, Christine… Touché.

If you don’t believe in aliens or extra terrestrial life, then you probably haven’t taken a look at the gelatinous ooze that is Philosophy Hope In A Jar SPF 20 ($18.00). It is the oddest form of life I’ve ever come across. I don’t know whether to eat it, wipe it on my face, or take it to the CIA for testing. This stuff is bizarre.

When you first open up the jar, you kind of think you’ve been duped: whatever was supposed to be in this thing had obviously passed its prime. I asked Christine and she said that nothing was wrong with it and told me to take out the trash. I proceeded to stick my tongue out at her and told her to take out the trash herself! She then kicked me in the shin, and I then hobbled to take the trash out.

After a week of shin icing, I slowly gathered up the courage to take another look under the cap of the Hope In a Jar. It still looked the same. I jiggled the container, and it almost jiggled its way out at me causing me to drop it and run out of the room. I came back to see if it had eaten its way out of the bathroom and on its way to torment Tokyo, but it was still there… Waiting… Biding its time…

I finally touched this part-liquid, part-solid form, and it felt weirder than you can imagine. It felt like what you think Flubber would feel like. Anyone remember Flubber? No? Darn you kids!

You touch this stuff, and it kind of feels like a solid mass. You don’t really understand how you are supposed to use it. Eventually you realize you can pierce it so it becomes more of a cream. It’s hard not to take too much because you have to grope at it to get it to unlock from its solid form. Once you get pass the initial shock and rub it on your face you come to find that it’s a solid moisturizer. I tend to prefer moisturizers that dry quickly and this is not one of those. I assume this could have something to do with the SPF that is added, or the fact that it is a living organism and it doesn’t want to be absorbed into your skin. Whatever the case, it takes a good deal of working into the skin before it fully absorbs.

The other odd thing about this moisturizer is that it apparently, uhh… Bleeds? And the blood is… Yellow… I don’t know what it is, but I eventually opened it up and noticed a yellowish liquid in the jar. If this is not more proof that this form is alive, then I don’t know what is.

Recommendation: This does a good job moisturizing, but getting a guy to sit there and rub his face for a few minutes to get it to absorb thoroughly might be difficult. Having a moisturizer with added SPF is always a plus, though.

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Philosophy Hope In a Jar

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91 thoughts on “Philosophy Hope In a Jar SPF 20 Moisturizer Review & Photos

  1. min

    moreee reviewss! hahaha..btw hope in a jar really looks like that? It looks majorly separated. I was thinking of picking this up for my trip but… maybe not.

    • Franka

      DONT! OMG one of my worst buy ever. its like putting on film and oil over ur face. it dries probably in 30 minutes and it smells. my bf said i smelled like cough sirup. bad.

  2. inani

    jeeeeeeeeeiiiiiiiiiii! first comment :D
    i think i’ve just laughed my face off :D
    my cheeks hurt!omg!
    loved your review…and hated HiJspf20 before, but now, i just think its hilarious :))))

  3. Kelly

    Ew, it indeed looks gross. Watch out for E.T coming for you.

  4. shuz4ever

    Hey Shaun, thanks for the stellar work u do behind the scenes @ Temptalia. Great review. I agree, it looks yuck in the jar…like curdled milk! Hope u keep posting, its great to get a male perspective on beauty products…esp since i encourage my husband to dip into my stash of lush cleansers; body moisturisers etc…u know stuff that’s not too ‘girlie’ LOL

    • Thank you. The reviews are fun to write, but the behind the scenes stuff makes me pull my already short hair out lol.

      • whitney

        I feel your pain being a techie myself and thx for the review. However if i had opened that after buying it I would have taken one look and gone back to give the store manager a lesson on shelf life of products. That gunk looks like eggs cooked wrong.

  5. Proximity

    Love your review, but I’ll definitely leave that nasty looking curdled goo …

  6. Elle

    You know, I keep trying to get my boy to use some sort of moisturizer, since he’s constantly complaining about his oily skin, yet he can’t make the cognitive leap that wiping his face with Stridex every few hours is making his skin MORE greasy. It’s infuriating, especially when he takes it upon himself to steal MY face wash and scrubs in an attempt to control the oil slick on his face HE is causing. I love him to death, but AGH.

    You are one lucky lady, Christine, to have a very funny guy, not to mention one that’s WILLING TO MOISTURIZE.

    • I always thought that moisturizer would make your skin MORE oily as well. I think this is a common misconception among guys. It’s time to moisturize his face while he sleeps!

  7. Catherine

    Ha, this was great to wake up to! A great read. And thhe moisturizer really does look gross in that picture… ew.

  8. tech guy – - i couldn’t have said it better! i stopped using this product for the exact same reason. i have been a philosophy girl for years, but this one got returned ASAP! just gross!

  9. Kate M.

    I remember Flubber!! =D  I’m loving the reviews Shaun…it’s adorable and fun!  Keep it up!

  10. Vanessa

    Philosophy Curdled Milk in a Jar.

  11. Avatar of LH LH

    Oh God that does look gross and I remember Flubber Im 26 so I guess I would lol . Shaun you are hysterical and though I am female I find your reviews absolutely entertaining while also informative. I appreciate your take on things ( hope this doesn’t inflate his dome anymore on you Christine). Christine good job girl with the contact solution lol (i do believe that was a joke by the way)you two as far as I can determine are absolutely adorable together and I enjoy your antics, look forward to more.

  12. Avatar of Etaoin baby in a corner

    this looks a bit yucky!

  13. Eve

    Looks like kefir that’s been forgotten in the fridge for some 5 months. o_0

  14. Avatar of Kelly Kelly

    these are hysterical! they’re really funny, I love them. keep em coming! and now I don’t feel like I was missing something with Hope In A Jar. I thought about trying it but now I know better! Thanks you two!

  15. LMAO! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this review. Hilarious! that blob does look out of this world.

  16. Ellery Allison

    It looks kind of…gross.
    I love how funny these reviews Shaun’s reviews are, even if it’s a product I would never need, I still read the entire thing.

  17. Avatar of Sally Sally

    Thoroughly enjoying your reviews, Shaun! Very witty and fun. My husband helps me out with my depotting endeavors (and appears to enjoy it) as long as I eat his culinary creations (he’s a bit of a Food Network addict) and go to all of his home football games (he’s the offensive line coach with one of the best teams here in St. Petersburg, FL). Shhhhh…don’t tell, hehe!

  18. Avatar of Cozette Kiwi.Cozy

    Lmao xD Nice review!!

  19. Avatar of Mel Mel

    LOL! Thank you, Shaun! Love your reviews!

  20. You’d almost forget that this is about a moisturiser lol

  21. Becky

    Alcohol into your contact solution! That made me LOL!! Keep up with the amazing (and funny in a good way) reviews! (:

  22. Siledhel

    I agree that the consistency it’s hard to work with. I have an small plastic spoon I use for this, and it simplifies it a lot.
    And I wash the spoon before and after I use it, in order to minimize the products contamination.

  23. Rae

    Eerrghhh O.o Are we *sure* that hasn’t turned? Because you’re right, it is SCARY-looking.

    Anyhow, on a slightly more sane note: thanks for the review! I hope you and Christine realize the more you let her bully you into doing reviews, the more we’re going to demand them :D

  24. JoElla

    That just looks all sorts of BLECK!
    I can’t use Philosophy’s skin care it burns my skin and well.. just not the look I am going for. But I do adore their perfumes and 3 in 1′s and Pure Grace body lotion is my daily body lotion.

    not sure if I can post this, but qvc is having a bunch of shows on this weekend with philosophy, and some great pricing on stuff. but you are stuck with s/h and tax. :(

  25. Amy

    I find myself very interested in reading Shaun’s reviews – I was almost excited when I knew he was writing again! It was so funny!

  26. Wendy M.

    I remember Flubber! :D
    lol your reviews are awesome, Shaun!
    It looks like… eggs. :\

  27. elly

    wow…i’m impressed that you actually put that on your face; it looks like curdled eggs!

  28. Roxanne

    Are you sure it’s not just leftovers?

  29. Wow, that does kind of look alive. I agree with the other, its looks like curdled egg.

    I hope it doesn’t smell bad at least o___0

  30. Samantha T.

    Yikes…that stuff isn’t very aesthetically pleasing is it? haha Another GREAT review – you are hilarious!

  31. Cynthia

    You guys seem like such a cute couple! My bf just likes to mess with my BNIB things. He’ll touch the lip stick and say HA! I once let him try to put eyeliner on me, disaster. It was all under my eye and I told him it went on the waterline and he was like “oooh it goes INSIDE your eye”. No but ok haha Totally went off topic but loved his review and love the site :)

    • I keep trying to convince the boy to do my makeup once, for a fun post…

      • Tiffany

        lmaooooo yes!!

      • oh! i would love to see that.

        shaun, your reviews are much fun. LET THERE BE….MORE SHAUN!

      • MC

        Christine, that would be a super fun post! We’ve seen Shaun’s creativity in writing…would love to see his creativity in makeup application! ;) With his creative mind, I’m curious to see what kind of eye look he’d come up with!

        • Convince him, not me ;)

          • Cynthia

            I’ll make my bf do mine and he can see the fail and I’m sure yours will then be like “I can do better!” and problem solved :)
            I asked mine where mascara went once and he pointed at his cheek, since then I have educated him some haha

  32. Marcela

    OMG Christine your boyfriend is beyond hilarious…LOL, and stop being so mean to him…LOL, and I do remember Flubber, haven’t heard that in so long…anyways I can understand why one would not want to use this moisturizer it looks scary, like it went bad or something. Keep up with the good reviews. =-)

  33. mmhmm

    I used this crap for maybe two months, and it made me break out like no other.

  34. i thoroughly enjoyed the funny review…until i saw the picture of hope in a jar…*shudder*

  35. Jen

    I LOVE this moisturizer, but I also have dry skin. I find that it absorbs lightening fast! Maybe just because my skin is so parched? Still, I have to recommend it for dry skin with signs of aging.

  36. Annie

    I know you said it was new and only used a month, but I’m thinking something wasn’t right with this jar. I used this moisturizer before (maybe over a year ago) and in my jar, the product stayed white. It reminded me of the Olay daily moisturizer but a little lighter. I almost hit bottom of it in a few months, but moved on to something else. Then much later, I noticed the jar tinged yellow (cause the jar is not completely opaque, as I recall), and the product that got stuck in the screw on top was pretty yellow. I threw it away at that point, but the product never separated like in your picture.

    • I googled a bit before the review was posted, and there seems to be a decent amount of people who also experienced the separation issue, unfortunately :(

  37. sarah

    Hahah! I literally laughed out loud. keep on with the reviews, Shaun!

  38. Jasmine

    Wow, it looks really unappealing!

  39. suzanne

    Thanks dear boy…did u ever think to stir it up before applying?

  40. T

    I had a sample of this moisturizer and it smelled rancid. :-/

  41. LuvJ

    omgah! h.i.l.a.r.i.o.u.s!! I’ve always wondered what goes through my husband’s head every time I hand him things like this. He pouts, walks away and mumbles under his breath “What’s wrong with my body lotion? It takes away the dry spots on my face!” I swear he thinks that women conspire to take their manhood away with a face wash and a moisturizer!

  42. I’ve only ever used sample sizes of this that came in a tube. in a jar this stuff looks SO gross! if you can get over how it looks (and how expensive it is) it’s acutally one of the best moisturizers out there.

  43. Erika

    Thanks for the review Shaun!
    So nice you did that for your girlfriend site!!
    I HOPE this JAR is not that bad, because looks gross, this stuff looks like a melted cheese… ewww…

  44. Rissy

    :) Another great and entertaining review. I love the comedic side of it. but it does look like curdled milk… or something an alien pooped out o_o …gross! Looking forward to more Shaun. :)

  45. Hayley

    HE IS 100% right. I bought this last week at sephora. And I thought it’d be like hope in a jar but with an add SPF. Boy, was I wrong. This is so gross. I am returning it today. I tried it this week. I prefer hope in a jar WITHOUT spf.

  46. Tiffany

    IT’S ALIVE!!

  47. Rebecca

    that looks like a lot of things in a jar, but definitely not hope!! grosss.

  48. Megan

    Wow I thought u were exagerating about the texture and the yellow stuff…but u weren’t, it is scary. Another great and funny review!

  49. Crystal

    oh gross my hope in jar does NOT look like that…haha i love your reviews, they’re soo cute, I wish my bf would embrace my cosmetic addiction!

  50. Kalee

    i remember Flubber!!!! hahahahaha.

  51. Tekoa

    I can picture The Average Guy looking into the jar with a puzzled expression. He pokes it. Smells it. Shakes the jar. Asks female of the house if he can keep the new pet and name it Rokko. Using Shaun as my test subject (thanks!) I will not be passing this on to my fiance in an attempt to get him to moisturize/use SPF. It just won’t fly.

  52. Sally

    Haha, this was so funny. I love these reviews! It does look pretty gross, though :/

  53. Ha! Best review yet Shaun. “I now find it hard to manage standard doorways” will be something I keep in my brain for future use :) I laughed out loud at that one!

    And yes… It looks gross. You’d think something that takes so long to absorb would be more of a night cream. I don’t know anyone, boy or girl, who’d want to sit and rub their face until their moisturizer decided to submit and do it’s frackin’ job. Maybe the “hope” means “we HOPE it’s moisturizer in a jar.” Kind of like how the Ford Aspire always seemed to look as if it was saying, “I’m Aspiring… to be a real car.”

  54. Laura

    EWWWWWWWW!!!!! It sounds gross, and looks gross. Yuck looks like the oil is separating from the water in the lotion. I wonder if it is suppose to do that.

  55. Avatar of Jill AnGeLwInGz

    LOL that is pretty gross looking. Commendations to Shaun for his bravery!

  56. Avatar of LU LNU

    Hehehe! I almost considered buying this, but now I definitely won’t! Gosh Christine seems so nice in her videos, I can’t believe all this shin kicking and chemical switching! =O

  57. Hannah

    Haahaaa! Funny review, great writer!

  58. Jeni_D

    LoL!! Hilarious. I do remember Flubber (some readers arent as young as you think). I totally agree with you though. Like Christine, I couldn’t put this on either because it’s so greasy.

  59. taisha

    Lmao. I read temptalia all the time and my fiance just rolls his macho eyes. He glances at your review and is hysterical. Lol. Shaun you officially made my fiance take an interest in lotion and temptalia.com thank you you’ve done the impossible.

  60. Haley

    eww it looks like butter!

  61. CeeBee

    …torment Toyko… (dies with laughter!)

    Yeah that does NOT look pretty in the jar. You’re a brave man, Shaun – I’d be too much of a wimp to even touch that stuff!

    I make my fiance take the rubbish out too, if that makes you feel any better. (probably not, but solidarity for men everywhere!)

    Heh. :-)

  62. Kim L

    yeah, I was told today at sephora that alot of people don’t like coz of the texture, but I was offered a new one – spf 30, oil free i think, that was much more normal

  63. BTW – I want a rating system for your reviews! Not like Christine’s though… Maybe something more like Aunt Linda’s? LOL! http://www.hulu.com/watch/141557/saturday-night-live-update-aunt-linda

  64. Avatar of Niki Nik

    Stinking hilarious

  65. Mandy

    I have the regular HIAJ and it isn’t seperated like that…it’s gotta be something to do with the sunscreen in it, I bet!

    Great review, Shaun! It made me laugh! :D I bet my husband would use this stuff if I bought it for him. I picked up the Jack Black Beard Lube at Sephora and although he giggled like an adolescent boy when I said it was called “lube” it has completely replaced his shaving cream and has done wonders for his skin!

  66. Bernice

    hahah such an entertaining review !
    you guys are such a cute couple :P
    nd like others who follow Temptalia: more reviews by Shaun =)

  67. Avatar of Anna Anna

    That lotion looks seriously disgusting. But Shaun’s review was the most hilarious thing I’ve read all week. Great review!!

  68. Yeon

    I was at Sephora one day and decided to check out the tester of this. It looked exactly like how it looks in your photo. I just thought that the product went bad or seperated from being under the hot Sephora lights for a long time, but I guess not…

  69. Hayley

    It kinda looks like cottage cheese, LOL.

  70. Ew, dude, it’s like old mayo!!! Nasty!!! I never knew that! I always heard people talk about this product, and I usually don’t go for jar packaging, so I’d never looked at this stuff! Grody!!

  71. stacy

    Not only does this stuff separate, it’s not very moisturizing for the more “mature” gal. I’m 42 and this just doesn’t do it for me. At. All. Total pass. I don’t get the hype over it.

  72. I have hope in a jar (but the standard one without spf) and the product looks better than this one, the consistency is solid. I like this moisturizer, even though it’s true it doesn’t absorb into the skin quickly but it moisturizes well and makes my skin firmer.

  73. rowan

    well this looks bad but i usually lurve philosophy skincare!

  74. crystal

    I love shaun’s reviews!! Nice to have male perspective haha

  75. Dianna

    Thanks for the review. I was thinking about trying this out but, now that I know how gross it looks & how heavy it is, I can steer clear!

    Of course I remember Flubber – Robin Williams back when he was cool :) [I still love him]