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Beauty Splurge vs. Steal of the Week: Philosophy Hope In a Jar

Philosophy Hope In A Jar Dupe

In this weekly column, I’m bringing you my favorite splurge-worthy beauty products and their budget-friendly counterparts. This week, we’re chatting anti-aging moisturizers (!). Also make sure to check out my blog, for even more beauty product reviews and tips.

Philosophy Hope In a Jar is 100% a cult classic when it comes to anti-aging moisturizers, but we can all agree that $67 for a 4 oz. jar is pretttty pricey…even if it does boast its medical market origin. As much as I LOVE Hope In a Jar (and yes, it really is that amazing), once I discovered St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer ($5.29, 10 oz), I was instantly obsessed. Just like Hope In a Jar, the St. Ives version is super moisturizing and also promises to help with fine lines and wrinkles.

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Thanks for this! My mom got me a little bottle of the hope in a jar. I have been using it pretty sporadically because I can't stand the smell. Can't wait to try the St. Ives version!
#1 Amanda on 2014-05-29 07:35 (Reply)
I've been using the St Ives for about a year, after seeing it touted by Dr Oz on Pinterest. Love it! The texture is somewhere between gel and creme, it has almost no odor, and isn't greasy - it can be used even on my oily t-zone. Don't know about wrinkle reducing, but it's a great light moisturizer!
#2 Susann on 2014-05-29 17:05 (Reply)
Awesome! Thanks for this :-)
#3 Jamie (Homepage) on 2014-05-30 17:47 (Reply)
I reviewed the ingredients in each, & they DON'T have similar ingredients at all.

In fact, of the top five ingredients in Hope in a Jar, St. Ive's contains one: water.

I appreciate Splurge vs. Steal posts, but only if they're honestly good replacements, and I'm not being mislead.
#4 Elle on 2014-06-01 10:36 (Reply)
Hi Elle,

Thanks so much for the comment, I've updated the post to reflect that while St. Ives is a good moisturizer, the ingredients are not equivalent to those in Hope in a Jar. Sorry for any confusion this might have caused.

#4.1 The Budget Babe on 2014-06-07 21:46 (Reply)
I agree. They are in no way similar and the St Ives certainly should not be considered dupe, much less comparable.
#4.2 Not comparable at all on 2017-05-07 14:19 (Reply)
I love this series! It is so helpful for a student on a budget like me. Thanks for reviewing!
#5 Katherine Yelken (Homepage) on 2014-06-04 09:10 (Reply)
I've used St. Ives for a couple of years now and I love the benefits. I'm 53 and if not for my gray hair and severe arthritis you wouldn't be able to tell. Wrinkles are at a minimum.
#6 msv on 2015-08-21 13:17 (Reply)
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