Sample Saturday | Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar


For my sample on this Saturday morning, I am sharing my thoughts on a new moisturizer by the skin care powerhouse company Philosophy. I have used and loved various Philosophy products for years so I was excited to give a sample of their new moisturizer, Renewed Hope in a Jar a try. 

From the Philosophy Website:
philosophy skin labs’ original breakthrough moisturizer is changing the face of skin care again. the revolutionary lightweight, whipped formula of hope in a jar is renewed and infused with a new innovation: clinically proven skin renewal technology. this groundbreaking formulation features a triple blend of alpha hydroxy acids, 3 forms of hyaluronate plus an asian fruit extract, delivering an even longer-lasting glow and continuous hydration benefits. reaffirm your commitment to beautiful skin with renewed hope and face the future with a whole new outlook.

aqua/water/eau, cyclopentasiloxane, stearic acid, glycerin, butylene glycol, c12-15 alkyl benzoate, glycolic acid, dimethicone, polyacrylamide, cetearyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, sodium hydroxide, c13-14 isoparaffin, dimethicone crosspolymer, ceteareth-20, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp copolymer, polysilicone-11, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, laureth-7, citric acid, chlorphenesin, mandelic acid, tocopheryl acetate, synthetic fluorphlogopite, ethlhexyl palmitate, propanediol, parfum/fragrance, disodium edta, adenosine, evodia rutaecarpa fruit extract, limonene, faex/yeast extract/extrait de levure, magnesium stearate, opuntia coccinellifera flower extract, silica dimethyl silylate, caprylyl glycol, bht, ethylhexylglycerin, hyaluronic acid, silanetriol, sodium hyaluronate, sorbic acid, hexylene glycol, bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163).

My Experience:
This cream is very lightweight and silky with a softly clean/spicy scent. It spreads smoothly across the skin, sinking in quickly and easily without leaving behind any greasy after feel. Upon first being applied, my skin felt lovely and velvety soft and nicely hydrated, about how I like a good day cream or lotion to feel for under makeup purposes. However, that hydrated feeling didn't last long. Within half an hour, my face felt very dry, tight and uncomfortable and my skin was screaming for moisture. 

Unfortunately, as much as I wanted this beautiful new product to work for me, perhaps as a new day cream, it just doesn't pack the moisture punch that my maturing, very dry skin requires. However, if your skin is less dry, if you are... I would say combo to normal, normal or even normal to somewhat dry, this moisturizer may suit your skin beautifully and I would encourage you to give it a try. 

You can buy Renewed Hope in a Jar and other beautiful Philosophy products from their websiteUltaSephoraNordstrom (who, as of this post being written are price matching and offering this product at a lower price for a limited time) and other retailers who carry Philosophy. 

Have you tried Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar or any other Philosophy skin care? What are your favorites? 


  1. Allison @neversaydiebeautyApril 25, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Too bad. I've heard others were disappointed with it as well. I wonder what the "new and improved" is all about?

  2. Great review, too bad it wasn't moisturizing enough for you.

  3. I have a sample of this somewhere. I wonder if it would work better for my oily skin? I love lightweight moisturizers. Bummer it didn't work for you. No Hope For You! lol

  4. Thanks. Eh... You win some, you lose some. It's nice to get samples. I would have been cheesed if I'd have bought a full sized jar and found out it didn't suit me. lol

  5. It's just a new version. The original HIAJ is still available. :D


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