Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant

Monday, April 29, 2013

"The skincare classic that soothes, restores, calms and helps relieve chapped, cracked, dry skin. Soothes roughness, redness and minor skin irritations."

This stuff barely needs an introduction - created by Elizabeth Arden herself in 1930, the Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant was an instant success and remains a classic, cult beauty product to this day, often raved about by celebrities and makeup artists for its hydrating and protecting properties. It has a multitude of uses and is perfect for moisturising any dry spots such as elbows, knees and lips; but can also be used on cuticles, scratches and burns, for smoothing unruly brows, and for adding a touch of shine to cheeks, lips or even eyelids. As a huge fan of multi-use products, I was pretty excited to try this out.

Somewhat strangely, this isn't actually a cream. It's an apricot coloured (though it goes on clear) petroleum based balm, similar in consistency to something like vaseline. In fact, there's a bit of an ongoing debate in the beauty world over whether this is simply a glorified tube of vaseline. Personally, I don't think they compare. I find the Eight Hour Cream is much more powerful and effective. It's also handbag friendly (can you imagine carting a tub of vaseline around with you?), which, as one of those people who likes to carry half of my skincare and make-up collection around, is a big bonus for me. The smell is something which seems to divide people. It's clinical and slightly herbal, with a bit of a citrus edge. I love it, but Elizabeth Arden do have a fragrance free version if it's not for you.

The cream is very heavy duty so you only need to use it sparingly - a teeny dab will suffice for most uses. I've been using it on my lips, the ends of my hair to smooth out any frizzy bits, as a prep before applying matte lipstick, on dry patches around my nose... The list goes on. This is such a versatile product that I already can't imagine being without it. It's also said to be amazing on flights - the low humidity in aeroplane cabins is notorious for sucking any moisture out of your skin, and the Eight Hour Cream forms a protective seal which helps prevent your skin from drying out. I'm already excited to test this out when I next fly! 

I really do think that the Eight Hour Cream deserves its cult following. While it's nothing completely groundbreaking or thrilling, it works and it works well. It's a really great staple to have in your collection, and although at £25 a pop it initially seems quite pricy, you get a lot of product and I can see it lasting a while - some people even claim that one tube of this iconic cream can last them several years!

What do you think? Have you ever tried Eight Hour Cream?


  1. My Mum has used this since it first came out - she carries it everywhere and it's her go-to product to solve anything from blemishes to dry skin and even allergic reactions. I used to get annoyed with her overuse of the stuff until I moved away and started missing it! It's seriously brilliant. :)

  2. I bought my mum this on an aeroplane once and she absolutely loved it. Your blog is beautiful by the way, so happy that i've stumbled across it. Will be book marking it :)

    Lots of love, Em x


  3. Sounds like quite a product... is it similar to Smith's Rosebud Salve, which I find to also be very Vaseline-like?

    xo, alison*elle

    1. I've never actually tried the Rosebud Salve so I'm not sure, sorry! x

  4. This stuff does absolute wonders for dry chapped lips. Much better than any lip balms or Vaseline. The only downside is the smell. If you try eating something shortly after putting something on your lips I find that the smell makes food taste a bit funny! Although obviously I could just buy the unscented version and then I wouldn't have that problem!

    Lucy x The New Northerner

  5. I've been wanting to try 8 Hour Cream for years, but have always stopped myself from buying it as I own a million other balms that do the same thing! I think it might just be time to give into the hype though because I always eventually cave whenever I read a good review.

    I just discovered your blog a few days ago and I absolutely adore it. Your photography is gorgeous!


  6. Love your photos! Been using this stuff for a while now after getting a fairly hefty sample bottle from a friend and it's pretty good! I tend to use it on my lips when they're practically falling off xx

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  7. I used some Mary Kay stuff like this and LOVED it. Have you used that? If so, is it similar?

    xo Ashley

    1. Unfortunately not, sorry!

  8. I'm so tempted to try this, but so far anything I've tried hasn't been able to compare to my Lucas Papaw Ointment so I'm worried I'll spend so much money on the 8 hour cream and not like it!x

    This Happy Little Blog

  9. I have to agree with you on this. I started using this as a face cream before bed, and it has drastically changed the overall appearance of my skin. My complexion isn't as uneven and dry patches are no longer a problem. The smell was horrible at first but I think it grows on you.


  10. This is an unsung hero, it's fabulous! Quite a lot of Elizabeth Arden stuff is lovely, they deserve more recognition!


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