03 October 2007

Moisturizer Summary

I knew I could count on you, Internets! For those of you who are interested, here are the results. I'm only including things that got more than one vote, and I'm grouping by brand (meaning that while there were a few specific Oil of Olay products mentioned, I tallied each mention as a general vote for Oil of Olay). Here goes:

The Winner
Oil of Olay (14 votes)

Runners-up
Neutrogena (9)
Philosophy (6)
Clinique (3)
Kiehls (3)
Dove (2)
Aveeno (2)

Lots and lots of others got one vote each. I have yet to buy anything, but I have a plan. I'm going to get some Oil of Olay for daily use and then get the Philosophy for nighttime. A few people pointed out that there's no need for SPF at night (duh!) and since I have sensitive skin, it's best not to use potentially irritating ingredients when I don't need to. I just hate having two products where one will do.

I'll let you know both products work out for me. I admit to being skeptical about the Olay; I think of that brand as something for grandmas, even though all of the votes are a clear indication that it's not! Must adjust my mindset. As for the Philosophy, I love the look of their products and am glad that the results have been as good as the look for many of you.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

I try not to buy cosmetics that are tested on animals:

http://www.caringconsumer.com/resources_companies.asp

Unfortunately, Olay does test on animals. I'm not sure about Philosophy, but I bet they don't.

D's sister

Candy said...

Yeah, I'm not a big Olay fan m'self, but in the end they're probably pretty much all the same. Sorta like shampoo. I keep telling myself that, as I walk past the Bumble and Bumble I want and head for the Herbal Essence.

sarah said...

One thing to note about Olay is that it is top rated on Consumer Reports as the most effective wrinkle cream/moisturizer over some very pricy competitors. Although I don't like products tested on animals either, I feel okay knowing a mouse out there has softer skin.

amber said...

i use oil of olay for sensitive skin (mainly b/c it was the specific type at costco that week) and i love it. and i'm definitely not a grandma ;)

Alice said...

Hi...You made me laugh with the Oil of Olay for old women. I used to think the same thing. But my skin looks remarkable.

Alice

Anonymous said...

Delurking to say I use oil of olay "total effects" cream - a friend recommended it based on a bunch of other friends swearing by it (even though I was a die-hard Clinique from teen years user). I'm 35 and I have super sensitive (red-head), combination skin and am truly amazed at the difference it made in my skin. I thought the exact same thing about it being a grandma lotion - not that that's terrible! :) - but it works like a million.

The "complete" cream is good, too, but it didn't actually take the lines off my forehead the way total effects did.

It was great fun to hear all the opinions!

~Misha

Amy said...

Olay is good. And not ridiculously over priced.

Ouch, just noticed from your first comment that they test on animals. Had no idea and may just fire an email their way suggesting they DON'T. You might suggest your readers do similar!!

Amy said...

P&G has ended research involving animals on all our finished consumer products except when required by law. We use non-animal alternatives first. We'll only use animal testing when there are no other reasonable options.

In our Healthcare business, we're focused on developing innovative medicines that improve people's lives. Current regulatory standards require animal research while developing these medications. It's our policy to use the minimum number of animals necessary while working toward our goal of the reduction and replacement of animals. We continue to identify screening techniques that are acceptable to global regulatory groups to take the place of animal tests in the earliest phase of drug discovery.

Through our pet care and nutrition products, we help dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives. We feed our foods first to dogs and cats to help us develop nutrition that delivers true health benefits to millions of pets worldwide. We make sure the dogs and cats we work with receive the best care. We treat them as if they're our own pets. They are adopted into loving homes or placed in our retirement facility when their help is no longer needed. At the same time, we're working hard on alternatives to find even better ways of getting these results and eliminating the need for additional research with other animals.

We'd rather use alternative test methods. Not only is the use of animals avoided, but reliable alternative tests generally cost less and take less time than animal research. We'd like to be able to eliminate animal research on ingredients in consumer products altogether, and we're making progress. We've invested over $190 million in alternatives, making us an industry leader. We've helped develop over 50 alternative methods and have shared our work in over 300 scientific publications. We're also working with the FDA and respected animal welfare groups, such as the Humane Society of the United States, to work on reforming regulations and validating alternative methods. To learn more, check out our website at http://www.pg.com/science/animal_alt.jhtml


This is what I got when I commented on their site. Perhaps more of us could write and comment on their practices in hopes they will out right drop animal testing with their products.

Amy in BC

MJ said...

I've never been an Olay fan because my skin--which never breaks out--does when I use their products. I've tried a few times because their ads (or beauty editor recommendations) have swayed me.

I'm a Dove or Neturogena girl (okay, woman) but I'm intrigued by Philsophy.

Must check out Consumer Reports or epinions.com

OTRgirl said...

I thought someone from P&G was reading your blog until I got to the end of that comment. I was impressed by your 'fame'. ;-)

Anonymous said...

companies like olay pay other people to do their animal testing so they can claim they don't.

what about the rumors that olay has formaldehyde in it and that's why (embalming fluid?) it makes you look good?

i'm just asking!

Who am I? said...

I forgot to mention that if you should consider picking up a foundation primer too - even if you are not a foundation person. I bought Bare Essentuals Prime Time and wow, is it great. I only wear foundation once in a while, but the primer makes a HUGE difference. I think it cost $18. Also... if you do happen to be in the market for foundation, Bare Essentuals is great - no irritating ingredients, super clean, and you can customize it to match your skin tone EXACTLY.

OK I am done talking now. Thanks for listening.

Coral said...

I am allergic to O of O. So you maybe too. Oh, dear, I don't want to put a downer on things!

Manda said...

I have acne-prone and sensitive skin. I use Olay Quench body wash and it helps IMMENSELY! I don't use real moisturizer as often as I should, but I find that I don't feel like I need it as much if I'm using my Quench body wash. Just another 2 cents!

Anonymous said...

Heads up on philosophy's hope in a jar: some people (per personal experience and the QVC.com reviews) find it has an unpleasant scent. Kind of an earthy/dirt/wet dog odor. I got used to it over time, but had to discontinue use because it made my skin terribly greasy overnight. My mother, on the other hand, has been using hope in a jar for years and never had any complaints.

liz smith said...

You can get the no-name brand of Oil of Olay at the big box stores. It works just as well and has the SPF. I don't know if they test on animals.

B.E.C.K. said...

I think Oil of Olay (in a jar, remember?) used to be marketed toward older women, and was probably an oilier (of course!) product when it first came out. However, there are several Olay products now -- plenty of which are oil-free. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm in my 20's, so it's definitely not old lady anymore. :)

- A

Anonymous said...

I likw Oil of Olay Regenerist...I'm 47.

As far as animal testing - just wanted to take a risk and speak up - I am a scientist - I do not use animals although I do do research on a neurodegenerative disease that we all fear we will get one day. Just wanted to point out, that when research is not done on animals it is often done on "cultured cells" - cells that live in petri dishes and grow and divide forever. That all sounds great, til you realize that to keep these cells alive, they must be maintained in "fetal bovine serum " or "calf serum" "- which means - blood products from aborted calf fetuses (is that the plural of fetus???) or young calves. Which brings you right back to animals. Sadly, if you want a safe product, there really has to be a compromise, unless we find willing humans to test on...

- Marcia

Mary said...

I too have very fair very sensitive skin, as do all of my kids. Believe it or not, I have actually found that Pond's sensitive skin cream is the best best best stuff I have ever used. Yes it has the Grandma image, too, but it works, & it doesn't make me break out or cause a rash. Even my mid-puberty daughter uses it and it works great for her, too. And when you think about it, a product that has been out there that long has to be good!

buddha_girl said...

I recently went to my fav spa for a facial. While I was there I found myself apologizing for not using a 'spa' formula on my face.

The facial goddess told me that it's not so much the formula or brand as much as it is using the SAME brand - don't switch up facial cleanser, eye cream, moisturizer, etc.

I recently switched from Olay to Nutrisse (sp?) and really like the products so far. We'll see.

I've used Philosophy in the past with GREAT results. I love that stuff! You can usually find it at a reduced rate on ebay.

JuliaG said...

My very hip, young friend turned me onto Oil of Olay...but her husband does refer to it as her Oil of Old Lady. Which I think is kind of funny.