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Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Review

Updated on November 17, 2012

My Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream

I use my cream nearly every day, particularly in winter.
I use my cream nearly every day, particularly in winter. | Source

8 Hour Cream Skin Protectant

A few years ago I used to run a lot. The weather didn't put me off. I would pound the streets in driving rain, icy wind or scorching sun. After a while I noticed that my face was taking a pounding too. Chapped lips, dry skin and the occasional wind and sunburn. I was in danger of becoming the possessor of a toned body topped by a grizzled old face, so I decided that some research into skin protectors was in order.

After perusing the cosmetic counters and quizzing the consultants I decided that the cream I needed was Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Skin Protectant. I,ve been pretty happy with my purchase and bought more.

To my mind, 8 Hour Cream is a five-star product, although I know that it does have its detractors - here's my review, pointing out its good and the not-so-good.

Rate Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream

4.6 out of 5 stars from 5 ratings of Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream

Shimmering Kylie in 8 Hour Cream?

Celebrity 8 Hour Cream Fans

The general public love 8 Hour cream; a tube is sold every 2 minutes in the UK. Celebrities have added to the cream's iconic status. Amongst those said to use it are:

  • Victoria and David Beckham
  • Thandie Newton
  • Cate Blanchett
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones
  • Claudia Schiffer

In Kylie Minogue's video for "Can't Get You Out of My Head" (see right) it is claimed that her shimmering body was the result of a liberal application of 8 Hour Cream.

How Did 8 Hour Cream Get the Name?

Legend has it that Elizabeth Arden came up with the name after a client used the cream on her child's skinned knee. She told Arden that the skin was healed after 8 hours.

8 Hour Cream Uses

8 Hour Cream is not a daily moisturising cream. If you buy it as a simple moisturiser you will be disappointed, because it's not really suited to the task. It is, however, a multi-purpose balm that will provide you with endless cosmetic uses. Look on it as an addition to your existing daily skin regime and you will be delighted.

I use 8 Hour Cream chiefly when I go out in cold, windy weather. I find that a thin veil, particularly around my lips and nose, prevents dryness. It's great for chapped lips too. Here are a few more uses for 8 Hour Cream.

  • Dry skin anywhere - elbows, knees, hands or face.
  • A small dab will slick down frizzy hair.
  • Intensely moisturising over-night face mask.
  • Removes eye make-up (including waterproof mascara).
  • Glossy highlights on brow bones, cheek bones and cleavage.
  • Great for softening cuticles.
  • Softening scars.
  • Helps soothe minor burns - not just sunburn, but burns from the cooker too.
  • Some people say it soothes itching from eczema - careful if you're sensitive to lanolin though.

Honey-Coloured 8 Hour Cream

The colour's fine, the stickiness and the smell soon fade.
The colour's fine, the stickiness and the smell soon fade. | Source

What is 8 Hour Cream Like?

8 Hour Cream isn't so much a cream as a thick balm. Imagine Vaseline, only a bit thicker and stickier. In fact, I've heard 8 Hour Cream described as "Vaseline on steroids". When you apply the cream it does initially feel sticky, but it seems to melt into the skin after a while and you don't notice it. The cream is honey-coloured and has a distinctive smell: slightly bitter with a medicinal edge. Like the stickiness, the odour soon fades.

This is a heavy-duty cream and a little really does go a long way. You only need a dab for most uses. The amount I have on my finger in the photo is way too much for chapped lips for instance. After the photo I rubbed it on the backs of my hands and am now typing feeling very glossy and moisturised! 8 Hour Cream is expensive, but it can literally last years. My tube says it will last for 3 years after being opened and I've had it a year. I've heard of a woman who had hers for a decade.

Pros and Cons of 8 Hour Cream

This is Great!
This is not so Good!
Highly versatile
Not to be confused with a daily moisturiser
Long lasting
Iconic product
The texture and smell aren't to everyone's taste
Hugely popular since 1930!
Contains Lanolin - can irritate some people

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  • Judi Bee profile imageAUTHOR

    Judi Brown 

    6 years ago from UK

    Thanks moonlake and Jackie! My teenage daughter has appropriated my tube, so I'm going to have to get some more - we both love it!

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    6 years ago from America

    Sounds good I'm going to try this. Voted up...Pinned

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    Jackie Lynnley 

    6 years ago from the beautiful south

    Thanks for the review; I will keep it in mind. I had a great aunt who only used their products and I had to track down a seller for her while she was staying with us for something she had ran out of. ^

  • Judi Bee profile imageAUTHOR

    Judi Brown 

    6 years ago from UK

    I have used it under my eyes, but not on eyelids, so I don't know. My daughter got terribly dry eyelids a few years, it turned out to be an allergy to nail polish.

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    Mala Naicker 

    6 years ago

    My daughter is having problems with dry eyelids. Can Elizabeth Ardens 8 hour cream be used in such a sensitive area. Please help?

  • Judi Bee profile imageAUTHOR

    Judi Brown 

    7 years ago from UK

    Hi brakel2 - nice to meet you too! The tube of cream I had is running low - we are using it on my daughter's eczema patches. I will definitely buy some again.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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    Audrey Selig 

    7 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Thanks for review of the cream. You covered it very well. It interests me due to dry skin. If it helps with chapped skin, it has performed well. Thanks for unbiased review. It is nice to meet you Judi Bee. Take care.

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    Judi Brown 

    7 years ago from UK

    That's interesting and useful to know - thanks for your comments Sharzoo.

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    7 years ago

    At SUNY hospital they use this crem in the BurnUnit.. A must for burns - scars.

  • Judi Bee profile imageAUTHOR

    Judi Brown 

    7 years ago from UK

    Hi Londonlady - yes, good for lips too - I've been using it this winter, as I have done for a few years now. It works well for me.

    Glad you found this useful, thanks for the comments and votes, I appreciate it.

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    Laura Writes 

    7 years ago

    It's good for lips too? I always put Vaseline on when it's dry and cold outside but I feel like it isn't heavy duty enough so maybe I should try this instead if it's the next step up from petroleum jelly. Thanks for the info, voted up and useful :)

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    Judi Brown 

    7 years ago from UK

    Hi bridalletter - 8 Hour Cream's versatility is, in my opinion, one of its major selling points. Thanks for your kind comments, I appreciate them.

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    Brenda Kyle 

    7 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

    I never have tried it, but i like to see the additional uses. Great hub.

  • Judi Bee profile imageAUTHOR

    Judi Brown 

    7 years ago from UK

    Hi shiningirisheyes - try some out at the beauty counter first, if you can, just to make sure you like the texture. I wouldn't not have it these days, but I have heard people complain they don't like the feel of it.

    Thanks for your comments, always great to hear from you.

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    Shining Irish Eyes 

    7 years ago from Upstate, New York

    My skin as well as my teeth have always been a major priority. This multi-use balm seems to be something I would get quite a bit of use out of.

    Wonderful review.

  • Judi Bee profile imageAUTHOR

    Judi Brown 

    7 years ago from UK

    Hi Bill - I'm sure you aren't in any need of face cream, being just perfect as you are :) Thanks for the support and you have a great weekend too.

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    Bill Holland 

    7 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Judi, I just wanted to give you some support; there isn't much chance I'll be using skin cream. :) Have a wonderful weekend and great review.

  • Judi Bee profile imageAUTHOR

    Judi Brown 

    7 years ago from UK

    Hi GoodLady - it's a great product, as an extra - it's not going to take the place of a daily moisturiser, it's good for sorting out minor blemishes, dry spots etc.

    Thanks very much for being the first to comment, and for voting and pinning.

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    Penelope Hart 

    7 years ago from Rome, Italy

    Needing to take care of my face skin, which has been sorely neglected these past few months, it's incredibly useful to read about the thick, gooey Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream here, which I fancy repairs the tired dry look. Off to the big city to buy it with my Christmas discount offer at the 'Profumeria'. Many thanks for a pleasing Saturday afternoon review.

    Pinning and voting etc.


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