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I first discovered this cream as a desperate mother trying to find something that would ease my 6 year old daughter's molluscum contagiosum (nasty viral infection which causes spots). I saw the use of this cream recommended on several parenting/medical sites so decided to give it a go. Although I ended up having to use a prescribed solution for her worst spots I used this cream on the new spots to reduce the spreading of the infection and the older ones to reduce scarring. It was brilliant. I'm not a medical expert but it definitely seemed to sooth her itching and seemed to speed up recovery especially as the infection cleared up far quicker than the time estimated by the GP. I started using the cream at night and on skin blemishes and chapped lips and it has been fantastic. Spots disappear quickly and the condition of my skin has improved significantly to the point where friends have noticed a difference. I've never used skin creams on a regular basis before but this has converted me. The only thing I'm not keen on is the smell but I've noticed some reviewers like it so it is a matter of taste. I don't dislike it enough to stop using the product!
My main concern is the price because it can be expensive, but I originally bought a gift set from a department store for £27 and it came with several great other Elizabeth Arden 8 hour products, all for less than the cream would cost in its own. So I now just keep an eye out for gift sets on offer and stock up on those while it's cheap.
My mum has used 8 hour cream by Elizabeth Arden for years and swears by it but I have never been very keen on it and I am still not entirely sure what it gives over other cheaper products.
I know it has won countless awards and been feted as being a miracle product but for me it is just a greasy cream that doesn’t really do much that vaseline wouldn’t do.
I think the biggest thing about 8 hour cream that I dislike is the price as it costs £26 and I think this is too much for it. If it cost £10 then I might like it more but for me £26 is too much for this.
The cream is very rich and greasy and can be used for a wide variety of conditions relating to dry skin. You can use it for chapped lips, knees and elbows and on your face. It does work well on chapped lips but then so does my lip balm and again on knees and elbows it works well but so do so many cheaper products.
I have real trouble using this on my face as it is just too rich and instead of calming my skin and soothing it the cream makes my skin greasy and causes me to break out in spots.
I know there has to be a reason as to why so many people swear by this but for me it is just a greasy cream which doesn’t do anything special and you can pick up similar products that do exactly the same thing for half the price so even though my mum swears this helps keep her skin younger I shall stick to using individual products as I can buy several of them for the same price as this.
I was first introduced to elizabeth arden 8 hour cream by my mum, although i had heard about it ALOT in magazines and from friends who all raved about it. My mum let me use some of hers as i had really dry skin on my face from the cold weather and i have not looked back since!
It is not the cheapest moisturiser but it is elizabeth arden so you would not expect a cheap product. I paid around £25 for a gift set which included the original 8 hour cream in the classic white tube. The packaging is so classic and simple, it looks really lovely and clean. The tube packaging makes it easy to dispense.
The actual cream is more like a gel consistency and is orange in colour. It has a quite thick sticky texture which feels almost like thick honey and it smells very strong although the scent is hard to describe. I would never use this on my face during the day as it takes a long time to sink into the skin and it leaves a like oil sheen for quite a while so i always use it overnight so it has time to absorb properly. I always wake up with gorgeous soft skin that feels so nourished and soft, i have never used a moisturiser like it. Its also really great for chapped sore lips especially when its cold outside, it doesn't taste great but it definitely protects and soothes your lips when you most need it. I also use it on dry elbows and knees when i need it...its fantastic!
Quite simply the best moisturiser i have ever used, worth every single penny and highly recommended from me!
5 out of 5!
Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream is a beauty essential in my opinion and it is the most versatile product I have in my collection. The cream is thick in consistency, similar to warm Vaseline, and is an apricot colour. To me, this cream is skincare, makeup and hair care. In terms of skincare, it is incredibly moisturising, leaving my skin feeling noticeably softer and more supple after one use. This cream can be used for multiple skin issues - to moisturise and soothe dry skin and lips, to calm redness and to protect skin from the wind and cold weather (chapped lips? No thankyou!).
In terms of makeup, this cream can be used as a cheek bone highlight, a brow bone highlight or on the lips for a lovely sheen. I have used Eight Hour Cream on my nails and cuticles, on sunburnt skin, to shape my eyebrows, to condition my parched hair and to tame any straggly bits - it does everything!!
I use this cream on a nightly basis. I smooth it onto my lips before I go to sleep and on any stubborn dry patches of skin on my body or face. When I wake in the morning, voila! Hello soft, moisturised skin.
This cream comes in a white tube with a red screw on plastic cap or in a glass tub. Both versions come in 30ml or 50ml sizes. Personally, I have only used the 50ml tube and I find it to be the perfect size. It is small enough that I can throw it in my bag if my skin is in need of some on-the-go TLC, yet I also feel like I am getting a decent amount of product (read: I'm not having to repurchase sooner than I'd like!). I've been using my current tube daily for about 5 months and it barely looks squeezed.
No ingredients present are known irritants.
As mentioned, Eight Hour Cream can be used anywhere on the body (avoid your eyes though). I just squeeze a blob onto my fingers and apply where needed. If I could bathe in the stuff I would.
WHO CAN USE THIS
It is suitable for all skin types and since this cream can treat a myriad of skin problems, I would say that everyone should use this! This cream is dermatologist, clinically and allergy tested. I have never heard of anyone having any issues with this cream - in fact, a friend of mine with painfully sensitive skin swears by this.
Thankfully, this cream is widely available. It is sold in Boots, on eBay and on Amazon. The Elizabeth Arden website also provides a store finder to find a retailer near you.
Eight Hour Cream is advertised on Boots.com at £25 for a 50ml tube, however it is currently advertised on Amazon.co.uk at £12.75 for a tube of the same size. No prizes for guessing where I'll be purchasing my next tube from!
Even though this is a firm favourite of mine, there is one thing that could put a potential buyer off. The smell of this product is very distinct, and while it doesn't bother me personally, I would hate to not mention it. Honestly, I feel the benefits of this product will outweigh any issues anyone may have with the smell.
I use this for so many different uses and keep finding new things to do with it. The packaging it very classic and "clean" looking and will suit a number of different styles. The tube fits into my small make up bag but also the lid shuts tightly enough that i feel confident to put it in my bag on its own without fear of leaks. The cream itself is thick and smooth and smells really quite delicious. So far i have managed to use this as an under eye cream, lip balm, elbow cream, cream to use on my heels. I have mixed it with a strong lip stick that was running out to create a tinted lip balm and have even use it on my eye brows and eye lashes when i wanted a clear mascara look. This is a really good item to buy and take on holiday as it has so many uses that you would usually need 4 or 5 different items to cover.
This was another cheeky little sample that I got from my monthly glossybox subscription. I have a few friends who completely rave about this cream, but as it retails between £15 - £30 per 50ml, it's a little outside of my usual Nivea for a quid budget.
The cream claims: ''to sooth and care for minor skin irritations and complaints. This cream is also perfect for the symptoms of chapping, peeling or flaking as a result of minor burns. This multi-use cream from Elizabeth Arden can also be used to sooth the effects of sun burn, wind burn, scrapes, abrasions or even cracked lips.'' I was really looking forward to trying this as I have very dry skin, especially on my forehead and usually apply moisturiser three of four times a day.
The packaging is not very dynamic. It looks like something I'd find on my mothers dresser. But then again I doubt it is aimed at the younger generation who like bright and chintzy things.
The cream itself is orange in colour, slightly reminiscent of TCP. And to be fair it has about the same consistency. Thankfully, it doesn't have the rancid smell to match. It's very thick, and this worried my when I squeezed it onto my finger as I wasn't sure how it would sit on my skin.
Application wise, a little went a long way. It settled into my skin really well considering the thick consistency. My skin felt lovely on application. I did need to leave it to settle in for five minutes before applying make up.
And did it do the job? Well.... It was slightly better than my usual Nivea but not by much. By the end of the day my skin was dry again. So although it was slightly better, I don't think it's something I will be forking out full price for. I was a little disappointed. I think that probably, if you don't have very dry skin like me, then it might be ideal, but for those of us that need super strength, I would say stick to the Nivea and coco butter.
Once you smell this product you will instantly be able to tell when other people have been using it, the smell is that strong.
I don't think it's particularly unpleasant, it's just a little musty which some people might not like.
It is a very thick cream, and it's a slightly un satisfactory colour and texture (slightly orange/brown and quite greasy), this feels like industrial grade moisturizer- which is exactly what it is, but when you want or need that level of moisturisation this is the only product that can do it.
The packaging is really nice, clean logo and a white bottle- although once you get past half way the tube starts to wrinkle like a tube of tooth paste and it doesn't feel so much like a premium product any more!
It works really well for dry patches and for leaving on overnight- this is more of a rescue remedy than an every day moisturizer as it's far too thick and greasy to use on your whole face, but for those times you need it you'll be glad to have a tube lying around.
I got this with Glossybox (a monthly beauty box subscription) but apparently you can get the same sized sample as I got, just at the Elizabeth Arden counter. So if you would like to try this but not part with your money, I recommend doing so.
Packaging (sample size) - A small white tube with a red screw on lid.
Smell - The smell is pretty bad. Most people will not like it. To me it's like the scent of an old, musty, dusty room that hasn't been aired for 30 years. Putting such a strong smell on the lips is not ideal.
Texture - Although described as a 'cream', it is actually a thick gel-like consistancy, or a super thick serum, focusing on the word THICK. It is pink-orange in colour. You only need a small amount, a lot goes a long way.
Performance - Mostly I use this on my lips at night. It's not so great for daytime, and at night it should do the job better as the product is called 8 hour cream, I think you are supposed to see results in 8 hours. On lips I suppose it kinda feels like Vaseline or something similar, kinda greasy/ slippery. If you don't eat or drink regularly then it stays on for a while. You can also use this product on loads of different areas that are dry, such as elbows, hands, cuticles, feet, even hair (any kind of serum can be used for flyaways or frizz by rubbing a small amount in palms and applying to hair). Similarly, it can be used on eyebrows to shape or keep in place, or even so powder will stick.
For cuticles I didn't find it amazing, but okay. I would say its best for lips or flakey bits of skin on face, but only small areas.
It is not the type of 'cream' to be rubbing all over your face, (although you can), as its quite sticky / greasy. I would recommend doing so at night for an intensive moisturizer if you really wanted to.
I have to mention the smell again though, as its just such a bad scent to have for a product like this. There is a fragrance free version which apparently smells better, but still similar as they just mean there are no added fragrances. It just naturally smells bad.
However I'm willing to overlook that if the product works!
Try and nab it for free at a counter if you can!
My step mother works for Elizabeth Arden and I have over the years had the fortune to be given numerous testers, samples and products from many of the well known cosmetic brands. From YSL, Clinique, Elizabeth Arden etc.
My step mother actually gave my daughter a tube of this to see if it helped her eczema as she has it very badly. She had it as a baby and had to use creams and oils from the doctor, it went away but 11 years later it is back with a vengeance and she is really suffering with it. She has it in the creases of her arms, her hands, neck; eye lids etc and not only is it itchy, it very often bleeds too. She has cream and oil to put on from the doctor on prescription but these really don't work very well. While visiting my step mother she gave us a tube of Elizabeth Arden, Eight Hour Cream to try out. She said that apparently it is very good to use on everything from rashes, spots, skin complaints and chapped skin to minor burns, sunburn and abrasions. This is also stated on the back of the tube as well.
The tube is white (slightly different than in the picture, as it has a flip top lid the same width as the tube). It has the famous red door on the front as well as the brand name and the name of the product; it is also repeated in French. On the back it states all the ailments it is suitable to be used on, it also has writing in French. I have the 50ml tube which I was told by my step mother retails at £25.
The 'cream' is a peachy/orange colour and one of the first things you will notice when using this is the overwhelming scent. It is almost spicy, not unpleasant but quite strong. Although a pretty colour, it is clear and very unlike a cream, it is more like a thick oil. Not quite as thick as lard but when you are rubbing it into the skin, it is oil like and it does take a while to finally soak into the skin. The scent also stays with you for a long time.
In all honesty, the way this was described by my step mother I was expecting a miracle cream that would knock all other creams out of the water. I have slight eczema just below my knees, very strange place to have it admittedly, it is the only place I have it, I guess it could be in a worse place though. As I am due to get married in September I am currently on a diet, doing exercise and trying to improve the overall appearance of my skin ready for my upcoming nuptials. This is something I should have done years ago but in my younger days I was too busy having fun to worry about my skin, I am now paying for that decision though. My motto, better late than never, so I am creaming myself up every night, trying to rid my baby of bags, dark circles, dry skin and any nasty bits.
I thought I would give this cream a go on my legs as I have tried and failed with E45 cream and I swear by that. Sudocream also failed so I knew I needed to step up with the creams. Having this cream on my legs wasn't too bad, I am not sure I could use this on my face or lips as the smell would drive me crazy, my fiancé isn't too keen on it either. I have tried this on spots as I was told it worked well with them, I am not overrun with acne, just the odd pimple every now and again. I can admit that the spot didn't look so angry; it took a few days to go down totally, which I think is about normal, but I wouldn't say it did an awful lot else to help but it did take some of the angriness out of the spot. I tend to put this on last thing at night and first thing in the morning, that way I don't really notice the smell when I am asleep and my body spray should cover the scent during the day.
I have been using this now for around two weeks, my knees are slightly softer I guess, not as bumpy and sore, I wouldn't jump up and down and shout its praises from the rooftop but as a freebie I can't complain. I won't ask for any more when it runs out, nor would I contemplate paying £25 for it but it is an average contender.
I think it is fair to say that the Elizabeth Arden range of skincare products is a luxury brand. I had coveted this eight hour cream for some time but couldn't justify spending so much money on something which didn't have a specific purpose. How wrong was I? This is more than just a skin protectant. This is Elizabeth Arden's, gently pink, soothingly fragranced, reassuringly expensive skin protectant. Thanks to my mum for finally buying me some as a birthday gift.
Packaged in pure white, with the famous red door on the box, this small tube of cream is a minor miracle.
Remove the white and silver screw cap and with a gentle squeeze you reveal a thick, rose pink gel with a pleasing feminine scent. Picture yourself lying naked on a bed of dusky rose petals, American Beauty style, and you'll get the picture.
Applied to the skin it is heavy and greasy but seems to melt in no time as my thirsty skin slurps it down beneath the surface. I tried it first on my elbows and knees as they were the most neglected areas of my body and the results were apparent immediately. My skin felt soft and supple with no oily residue. Many hours later my skin was still hydrated and I was suitably impressed.
This wonder cream can be used anywhere on the body, including the lips and eyes. Its great for keeping my eyebrows tidy. Used under mascara it protects my lashes from drying out. Used sparingly on my lips it is better than any balm I've ever tried. It is soothing and healing on minor burns and makes an effective after sun on scorched bits. I have even smoothed a little onto my split ends! I still have the same tube eighteen months on, so it actually represents great value for money.
I thoroughly recommend this as an investment buy. You won't regret it.
I am quite a low maintenance sort of girl, I don't really tend to wear make up but one beauty product I cant do without (aside from my perfume) is my Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream.
Up until a couple of years ago, I had never even heard of this product. I went on holiday with my best friend and got sunburnt lips while I was there, she introduced me to Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream and I have used it ever since and was quite shocked that I had never heard of it before.
This cream was first around about 70 years ago and was originally intended to be used on miner skin irritations, for chapped or peeling skin as well as sunburn, scratches and miner burns. Since then, women all over the world have found countless uses for it, which I will explain about later.
The cream comes in a white box which to be honest looks quite boring. The box has the Elizabeth Arden logo on the front in red with Elizabeth Arden written above it. All the usual information is on the box such as the size of tube inside, description of the product as well as the usual ingredients and customer comments and care address and phone number.
The tube of cream itself is again white with a white and silver lid. It has Elizabeth Arden written at the top of the tube and Eight Hour Cream written at the bottom. On the back are written the directions for use.
This is the only down fall to this product - the price! In Boots, a tube of 50ml of this cream will cost you £19 which is quite excessive for a cream. Normally I am not the sort of person who will pay a stupid amount of money for something but this product is so great, that I don't mind paying the price.
This cream has a rather unusual smell to it. Personally I love the smell. The best way to describe it, would be to say that it smells quite medicated but not in a horrible way. I think it smells ever so slightly similar to tea tree oil (but only a little bit!).
Colour and Texture
The cream is actually a light orange / slightly brown colour although once rubbed into the desired area, it actually looks clear. The texture is quite bizarre as it feels quite greasy to start with (I assume this is down the one of the ingredients being Petroleum jelly!). Once the product has been rubbed it, it doesn't feel half as greasy, it just smoothes you skin and makes it feel very soft. The cream itself is quite thick, similar to Vaseline when it gets warm and believe me when I say a little goes a long way so this product lasts for ages!
I am sure this cream has many more uses that I know about but I will outline and explain about the various uses I personally have for this cream.
This is my main reason for using this cream. I quite often get dry lips and before finding this cream, would always have Vaseline handy. I love this cream because the bottle is small enough for me to carry around in my bag all day and use whenever I need it. To apply it as lip balm, you literally need the tiniest amount of cream as a little goes a very long way. It soothes my lips almost instantly and I find the smell is always nice too. As well as soothing your dry lips, the cream actually looks like lip gloss too so I always wear this if I am having a night out, rather than wearing lip gloss as the shine from this cream is actually better. I would say the cream easily lasts for a couple of hours due to the fact that the cream is quite thick and stays on your lips really well.
Shaping Eye Brows
If I ever have a couple of strands of my eyebrows that are deciding to stick out, then this cream is great for making your eyebrows look sleek. Just apply a tiny amount and rub it through your eyebrows to get all the strands of hair going the right way.
Soothing A Sore Nose
You know when you have a cold and the constant blowing of your nose means its goes all red and sore? Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream is perfect for this! Admittedly, it can look a tiny bit greasy so if you are going out with it applied to your nose, then I would apply it half hour before you go out so it has time to sink in. It soothes my nose really well and after only one application, you can already feel the difference.
Whenever I go on holiday, the mosquitoes find me and eat me alive despite using repellent. This cream soothes the bites and even stops them from itching! Apparently this can also be used as a repellent but personally I have never used it for that so I am unable to comment on whether it actually works.
When I get the occasional spot, I apply this cream to it and leave it well alone. If the spot is red, the cream takes away the redness and soothes the area the spot is in. When left alone, the spot clears up in a matter of days, forget Clearasil, use Elizabeth Arden.
This cream can be used for miner sunburn. I like to use it on my face as quite often I burn on my cheeks and this cream is great for soothing burnt skin. You can obviously use it on the rest of your body for sunburn but I prefer to use a bog standard after sun for that and save this cream for my face seeing as it is quite expensive, I want to make it last! This cream also stops you from peeling - an added bonus!
This cream can be applied to your cheekbones (or where you usually apply your blusher) and it gives you skin an amazing healthy glow! I prefer using this cream instead of blusher now as there is no risk of you applying too much and looking orange, just a nice natural glow!
Soothe Dry Skin
This cream can be used to soothe and moisturise any area of dry skin such as elbows and knees. I get dry eczema on my face and this clears it up very quickly (although it is not intended to be used for eczema, this is just my choice)
Preventing Dry Skin
Finally, I used this cream to prevent my skin from becoming dry or chapped. I do a lot of dog walking and in winter, this can really affect my skin and lips, making them very dry and sore. I apply the cream before I take the dogs out, and it forms a barrier between my skin and the elements such as wind, meaning I get back from my walk without the bright red face from wind burn!
As you can see, this cream is very versatile and can be used for so many different things. The one downside is the price but when you consider that I have had a 30ml tube for nearly a year, and I use it at least once every day on my lips, this cream certainly lasts a long time, making it better value for money. Apparently this cream is Unisex and my boyfriend has used it (even if it was me putting it on him!!) for dry lips and insect bites. For anyone looking for a great all round cream, try this one!
I purchased an Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream set on board a return flight from Sweden. My lips and face were very dry due to the harsh change of weather and having heard good things about the products, I decided to try them out. I was not disappointed, by the time my luggage was off the carousel my skin already felt a hundred times better.
Elizabeth Arden is one of those brands that has gone in and out of popularity. I remember in my younger years thinking it was an unfashionable brand, but it seems to have turned that around as the 8 hour range seems to be a cult beauty classic and for good reason! This stuff is like a miracle in a tube, it has so many uses. On to the review.......
This product comes in a simple white tube that stands on the lid. It has a pale grey 8 repeated over and over it, but it is so subtle that it is barely noticeable. The tube features the iconic red door icon and the Elizabeth Arden logo in black writing. The tube has a flip cap lid, not like the one pictured here, this is great as it means you cant lose the lid. The packaging of this product is minimal and understated which I think works.
The first thing you will notice about this 'protectant' is the colour. It is orange. The second is the consistency as it is not a cream, it is more like an ointment, similar to vaseline in texture. So if you were expecting to use this like a moisturiser, don't. It is too thick in my opinion and leaves the face a bit too shiny. This product has quite a medical smell which is a little off putting.
This is an emollient and so it applies great, it is really smooth and a little goes a long way. It coats the skin and sinks in gradually. It does need massaging into the skin to avoid the 'wet' look.
This is a miracle cure for dry, sore, red and dehydrated skin. I do not use it on my whole face, preferring to use it on problem areas such as my lips, around my nose and wherever else needs it. I feel it not only helps repair those areas, but puts a barrier between my skin and my make up which prevents any further irritation and makes my make up appear more flawless.
I also use this on my elbows, my knees and occasionally my heels - it an excellent all rounder and a definite must for any make up bag!
I paid £24 for a set that included a hand cream, lip balm and the skin protector, but this is only a miniature tube. A full size tube will cost £25 from boots, but I imagine this would last a really long time. I know it is expensive but it really is worth it.
Now that I have found this product, I'll certainly make sure that its always in my bag. One of my top 5 products.
Wow this amazing and intensive skin moisturiser and protectant is certainly one of the best around. I used to fly as cabin crew and it's certainly a favourite with the community. It can be used everyday but in tiny quantities as it is very concentrated. Its not like a normal moisturiser that comes out as fluid or cream, I would describe it as more of an oil based formula which has a more solidified feel to it.
It protects your skin especially in cold weather conditions, when the skin becomes dry or chapped and can also be used as a moisturiser for sunburn. One of the things i like about the product is its versitility. It can be used all over the body, useful as a quick revival for chapped hands or lips. I used to put it under the eye area before bedtime. Even though its fairly greasy it does absorb and is better to be used sparingly.
It has become so popular that it is widely available from most large department stores such as Debenhams, and sometimes you get a little free treat with it. Its also available online and in the major high street chemists such as Boots. It retails around £22.00 but if you shop around on comparison websites you will probably find it a little cheaper. Remember if you buy online be sure it's free delivery as this may bump the price up a little.
The packaging is lovely and in keeping with the rest of the Elizabeth Arden range. Clean looking and bright. The tube is relatively small with a content of 50ml. It really does last a long while though. A glamorous looking complexion is achived in an instant.
To me Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream is the superior version of Vaseline. Obviously the price is significantly more than Vaseline but I think it's justified. I can finish a tube in about 6 months as I use it daily and you only need a pea size amount. I use it on my lips before I go out and as it's slightly tinted looks nice too. I then every night apply it to my lips, elbows, knees and heels. As a mum I walk a lot in flats and spend a lot of time playing on the floor so my skin dries out very easily, keeping this routine up I ensure my skin stays soft and doesn't dry out or become sore. Also I'm addicted to using it in the summer as after sun protection for my face and shoulders to ensure they don't redden or burn. Speaking of burns it's fantastic at cooling oven burns and similar burns. My daughter also suffers from eczema and I use it on her skin regularly and it really has made a marked difference.
This product originally got the 8 hour claim of its name not because its effects last for 8 hours but because (depending on whether you believe the original legend, or more recently prettied up ones) Elizabeth used the balm on an injured horses/child's leg and within 8 hours it was miraculously healed. Ok so the injury was superficial, in the case of the child it was a graze (the child 'belonged' to a "loyal client", and the horse a thoroughbred belonging to Ms Arden herself) initially this is what got the product noticed. However the E.Arden website do now claim that the product works on the skin for 8 hours.
I got hold of this as part of a large 'gift' pack being sold on 'directcosmetics' for only £19.00, it contained several full sized items, of skin care and make up, the 8 hour skin protector being one of them. The skin protector can still be sourced very easily both individually and in sets fairly cheaply on the internet; for example in a little glass 30gm travel pot for £7.99 at direct cosmetics. It costs a whopping £25 for 50ml from Boots and Debenhams, which in my opinion is very overpriced for a very basic product.
Before I delve into specifically why I think it's basic I'll tell you a little more about my experience of using it.
I was fairly excited to try this as I'd seen it widely advertised as a desert island product, and an essential in every make up bag so was curious to see what all the fuss was about. I'd never seen it other than on paper when I got mine, so when I unscrewed the lid and squeezed a little out onto my finger I was surprised at the chemical, herbally, slightly off smell of the product. I assumed that because it was part of a multi item pack from a discount site that it was an old item being sold off right at the end of its shelf life, however my cousin had one bough direct from the Elizabeth Arden counter and it smelt, looked and performed exactly the same.
The product is described as an apricot colour, and I can't disagree with that, apricot is indeed how I would describe it. The texture to me is definitely more of a soft ointment than a cream and performs very much like softened petroleum jelly, which pretty much is what it is (more of that later)
The makers claim that this is a fabulous multi purpose balm, that can be used for : smoothing rough skin anywhere, treating rough damaged cuticles, and keeping them in good nick once treated, to treat chapped lips and maintain them once soft, on the face as an intensive softening treatment for dry skin, to help heal minor abrasions and dry (eczema like) patches, and even as a beauty staple for taming eyebrows, and adding a healthy sheen to brow and cheek bones and lips. If I wore this to give a natural sheen to my skin on a night (or even a day) out I would start looking like a Salvador Dali painting very quickly.
How does my experience match up to these claims? Phew, where do I start! I tried this product for all of the above and for me it did not excel in one single area. Rough skin remained fairly rough, cuticles rejected it like oil on water. On lips ... yuck I didn't like the taste, smell or texture here, and even though I used it when short of 'proper' lip balm I didn't find it softened them or protected them particularly well, in fact once the product had worn off my lips felt a bit tingly, sore, and dehydrated, despite this my lips is where it worked best. I didn't use it on my face as I tend to have oily skin and the texture of this was just like plastering vaseline on my skin. My ever willing guinea pig, or sister as she's otherwise known tried it on her face as she has blotting paper for skin. The product absorbed better on such parched ground, but after a few uses it left her with sore dry patches, and made her eczema flare up slightly. As for using as a cosmetic 'glosser' and face fur tamer, again for me it really didn't work. My brows are fairly naturally neat so I don't use anything on them, but I tried it as a sheen imparter just for the purposes of the review . It did give a nice natural sheen to the skin and lips which looked nice. However it's main function in this capacity was to act as a make up remover, making my mascara come off all along my brow bone, and my foundation come off or move around and transfer easily where the product was applied. It made everything look a little smeary especially a little while after application, I had this problem particularly on my eyes even with careful application using only a tiny amount. So for me I'm afraid for me it was a fail all around.
Rather than throw it away I decided to try some on my doggies nose, he'd been poorly and it was very dry, sore and cracked. So remembering the horsey genesis of this cream I rugby tackled him and sat on him to apply to his tender snout (he really doesn't react well to being interfered with). I managed to apply a reasonable layer and smooth it on a little before releasing him like a hare out of a trap. Unfortunately he seemed to think the same about the smell and texture as I did and spent the next half hour frantically rolling and rubbing his face into any textiles he could get near to, in an effort to rub the offending sh*te off his face. One unhappy dog and a full load of washing later the tube went in the bin.
I've found it very difficult to track down a comprehensive ingredient list (how I wish I hadn't tossed my tube), but a list was found on www.skinstore.com : ".Petrolatum 56.8%,Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Fragrance, Salicylic Acid, Propylparaben, Castor Oil, Corn Oil, Tocopherol, BHT, Iron Oxides "
Even if you know only a basic amount about skin care you can see from this that the 'balm' is made up by well over half simply cheap petroleum jelly (or Vaseline). The next ingredient is Lanolin which if the list is accurate means it makes up the next biggest proportion of the product. Lanolin is an excellent skin softener and has been used on skin for almost as long as there have been sheep. However it is also know to be one of the main causes of allergic reactions used in skin care. I don't react well to Lanolin so I believe this could be why the balm didn't work at all for me. Mineral oil too is not recommended in good skin care as it can block pores and lead to break outs. The propylparaben (preservative) while not very toxic if eaten, is a known cause of skin irritation in some (if not many) people, sometimes quite severe. The vitamin E content (tocopherol) which is mentioned in most advertising as a selling point, is one of the last ingredients on the list (assuming that it is accurate) so makes up only a small proportion of the balm. The oils (castor and corn) used are beneficial but not exceptional and are widely used in other skin care products. The salicylic acid (which is the main component of aspirin or its derivatives.), is used widely in skin care and spot treatments of all price points as a natural non abrasive exfoliator. So that does give credence to the claim it can reduce blemishes without causing dryness, and in my opinion is one of the more useful ingredients.
I go into the ingredients here in such detail because it is plainly obvious that they are very basic indeed, and are replicated and produced in better formulations far more cheaply by other companies. I know that most skin care contains something someone will be allergic to, and it is not really this which puts me off this product. It's the fact that it is almost simply expensive vaseline.
So in my opinion this expensive product is massively over hyped, and is basically Vaseline with a few cheap oils thrown into the mix. Anyone with a modicum of nous could make a very similar product themselves for a tiny fraction of the price, and without using any harmful ingredients such as the parabens, or having to look much further than their local chemist or supermarket for the ingredients. This apart from the fact the balm did not do anything for me is the main reason that I can't recommend this product one little bit.
There are lots of products out there which do just the same for a fraction of the price. If you still want a top end balm/protector I would recommend Liz Earls superbalm at about £15 for 30g, it contains natural plant oils, pure waxes and shea butter and smells lovely; in short it uses ingredients of a much higher quality, which genuinely moisturise not just act mainly as a barrier and mild exfoliator, and it can be used for most of the same things (I don't believe it contains any mild exfoliating properties) as Elizabeth Arden protector can but will in my opinion do it better.
I can see why this product was so popular and remained so for so long, as when it came out in the 30s it was a big fish in a much smaller pond, its main competitor being neat Vaseline. If you don't have a reaction to lanolin or parabens then I'm sure this product would work beautifully as a protector and if you are used to using it and your skin likes it then that is great why fix it if it 'aint' broke, and at the cheaper internet prices I don't think it represents bad value. I though won't be buying it in the future and wouldn't recommend it to anyone else when there are so many other products that do the job so much better and more cheaply.
Thank you for reading, sorry it's such a long review, but I was surprised to find the ingredient list was so ordinary and common for such an apparently cult product.