Oh it is so brisk outside this morning. Did ya hear we had a little snow over the weekend? Listen 8 inches of snow in October is absurd in New York just so you know.
Who pissed off Mother Nature?
As I brace for the weather to get even colder I’m starting to rotate my lotions and potions. My gel moisturizers that I love for Summer wearin’ are heading to the back of my stash and I’m starting to haul out the big guns like Badger Balm Evolving Body Care Massage Oil because my dry skin needs all the help it can possibly get.
I also got a tube of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant in the mail several weeks ago so I yanked it out to see if it needed to become apart of the “Muse’s Surivial Kit for Cold Winter Weather and the Defense Against the Undead”. No one wants dry skin while fighting off the undead dontcha know!
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is something Shakespeare wrote sonnets about but something I’ve personally never tried. I mean I hear about it everywhere, the hype is there, and it has a bit of a cult following but why I never tried it I can’t say particularly because I have some mean dry skin!
Count me shocked that it isn’t actually a cream. Doh! Who knew? It’s actually a gel based petrolatum (aka Vaseline) product! Now actually using and enjoying this is really a personal preference. Some folks aren’t particularly keen on petroleum/mineral oil in their skincare products and in that case you might want to avoid as over half of this tube is in fact made up of “petrolatum” or petroleum.
The thing is my mum has always recommended common Vaseline for every ailment I’ve ever had in life, that and Vicks. Cuts, burns, bad hair days, stray eyebrows, itchy skin, dry skin, chapped lips, raw noses after a cold, you name it and my mum has rubbed it on us as my sister and I were growing up.
And she’s right. Vaseline does actually cure common problems.
Now Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant formula isn’t as thick as Vaseline and it sports a fresher smell but for the most part it is indeed glorified Vaseline.
I liked the formula, loved the squeeze tube it comes in, and felt like it’ll be the cure all for all my winter woes including dry elbows, knees, and heels plus the never ending chapped lips I get.
It is $17…a big old pot of Vaseline will set you back $3 bucks.
It does live up to some of it’s hype as it’s a generally nice product that will add miles to your Winter skincare kit but you have to jump over the hurdle and digest the near $20 price tag first. I find it’s alot more comfortable to apply than plain old Vaseline to be honest but on the down side the smell is quite powerful (it’s a citrus-y perfume-y scent I can’t quite put my finger on, hard to describe).
Do you need it?
Depends on how snotty you are about your skincare products….as in would you rather say you’re using Vaseline or would you rather say you’re using Eight Hour Cream….
This one also comes down to tradition as Elizabeth Arden as had this product on offer for many years.
Anyone use this?
What do you think?