I am pretty much always trying a new SPF. However, no matter how many I try, I seem to come up empty. In fact, up until now I could really only put my support behind Olay Complete All Day UV, despite its flaws.

Acne.org members and people around the office frequently ask me to trial products. A couple of weeks ago, Kent asked me to try Philosophy brand oil-free SPF30 and gave me a tube of it.

Quite suprisingly, I like it quite a bit. I actually prefer it to Olay. However, upon finding out how expensive it is, I was a bit sticker shocked. I don’t like recommending expensive products because I want the Regimen and all its components to remain accessible. The Philosophy SPF is $38 for only 2oz. However, since good SPFs come along very infrequently, I wanted to pass this along regardless of its high price. Click to read my review. If you have tried it, please add your review as well.

11 Responses to “Product Review: Philosophy Hope In A Jar Oil-Free SPF30”

  • Michelle

    Thank you for the recommendation! I, too, like it when recommendations are low-cost but I think when it comes to good skin care, just about anyone would spend more to get something that really works well than to skimp and get a product that does nothing. If you are interested, I got some great at-home skin care tips on applying SPFs and moisturizers from a licensed esthetician. You can find her advice on her linked in page *link removed* Thanks again and keep the recommendations coming!

  • crichel

    Thanks Dan that’s great – like you say getting a decent spf is very difficult, going to try this one for summer

  • Francois

    Could you do a review of Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 30 (specifically SPF 30 because the higher SPF versions seem to have different ingredients and lower reviews).

  • D

    Dan, what flaws in Olay that you talk of? I thought you never had complaints about it. My only beef with Olay is that it feels somewhat thick and heavy, and spreads poorly and doesn’t moisturize that well, but as an SPF it’s good that it doesn’t break you out.

  • Andrew

    Thank you for the information. Two questions: 1.) How much do you use per application?; 2.) Since you mention it could be more moisturizing, would it be possible to mix it with Acne.Org’s moisturzer and jojoba oil?

  • Ana

    The brand Alba makes some good SPF’s at an affordable price! You can find them at Whole Foods and other health stores. I just got their Very Emollient fragrance-free SPF30 (mineral) sunblock. 4oz for $10. It is not oil-free… contains jojoba, grapeseed, and sunflower oil – but has not broken me out! They also make a mineral SPF30 specifically for the face but it has lavender extract so I passed on that one.

  • Kayla

    I personally use Kinesys’ unscented, SPF 30 spray sunscreen *link edited out* . At $18.99 for 4oz., it is more expensive than drugstore spray sunscreen brands but this one is paraben and alcohol free and contains avobenzone, a potent, active sunscreen ingredient. I have very oily skin and like to wear this light spray under my make-up.

  • Amy

    I love many of Philosophy’s products (inspite of their high prices). They came out with an SPF 20 in a jar a few years ago and it was gross, so I was hopeful that this oil free SPF 30 was better. It is! It smells like sunscreen, but it is, so I guess that’s ok. It goes on smoothly & I think it moisturizes ok…but I’m sure if you added a couple drops of jojoba oil to it it would be even better (I don’t think that would cause problems with the efficacy of the SPF ingredients). Thanks for trying & reviewing this – it’s helpful to know how the expert feels about products.

  • RW

    Dan, if there are so few good products out there, why don’t you develop your own? Start with zinc oxide cream and mess around with it, like thin it out with your moisturizer or other oils, for example.

    I tend to use hats and clothing instead of sunscreen. I sometimes use Neutrogena moisturizer with SPF 15, although that’s not enough for a day at the beach. I actually use Burt’s Bees diaper cream sometimes, as it has a lot of zinc oxide and smells nice (rosemary).

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