Friday, March 23, 2018

ELIZABETH ARDEN'S EIGHT HOUR CREAM


I've had this for yeaaars, but I never wrote anything about it. I don't know why, so that's why I'm sitting here today, writing this :).

You've all probably already heard of it: the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. Allegedly, every 30 second one is sold.

It is created in 1930 by Elizabeth Arden and it is called the Eight Hour Cream because a loyal client of her used it to treat her child's skinned knee and eight hours later the skin was all better. According to their websites there are eight great ways to use the Eight Hour Cream: alleviate dry skin, gloss for lips, highlight for your eyelids, cheeks and shoulders, after shaving or waxing, shaping brows into place, soften rough, dry cuticles, antidote for rough heels and soles and in-flight moisture boost.

Personally I wouldn't use this cream for those eight purposes.


The cream has an apricot color and a very medicinal/herbal scent. I am not particularly fond of it, but I can handle it.


The ingredients list: 

Petrolatum (56.8%), Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Tocopherol, BHT, Salicylic Acid, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil (Castor), Vegetable Oil, Zea Mays Oil (Corn), Fragrance, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Propylparaben, Iron Oxides

More than 50% is basically Vaseline, there's some lanolin in it (wool wax/wool grease), mineral oil, tocopherol (a form of vitamin E), BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene, an antioxidant), salicylic acid (exfoliator), a few oils, fragrance and some other ingredients.

There are a some ingredients that are beneficial for your skin, but looking at the ingredients list, there's nothing too special about this cream.


I don't quite understand why they call it a cream, since a cream is an oil-in-water emulsion and this "cream" is basically all oil. I'd say it's an ointment, but I guess "Eight Hour Ointment" didn't sound as good as Eight Hour Cream, so Elizabeth went with cream.

I think I've used one third of the jar and I've had this one for yeeaars now. I use it for my lips when they're beyond dry and on fissures on my hand during the winter. I sometimes apply it to my eczema spots as well when they're itchy to nourish that part of my skin and prevent flaking (I also have a hormonal ointment for that, but luckily the eczema isn't that severe anymore).

I think it's great for chapped lips and dry spots on my body. I am not really a fan of the scent the Eight Hour Cream has. That's why I only use it as a treatment, for when my skin is super dry.

I personally wouldn't use it as a highlighter for my skin, because it's Vaseline-based and that's super greasy and probably wouldn't help my makeup last. Petrolatum doesn't get absorbed into the skin so if I'd use it as a treatment for after shaving or waxing, it'll be everywhere and that's just not my thing.

As I said before, I use it mainly for my lips and a treatment for my skin on dry patches. I don't love it, because of the scent, but I like how it works!

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