Beauty Classic: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Yay or Nay?

Back in the day, when I was a university student, I had a tiny budget and just a small, squidgy make up and skincare bag which would house a few cheap essentials and some rather more expensive goodies, that I guarded with my life.

I actually remember to this day having a conversation with a flatmate about Stila Lip Glaze, which used to be about £20 and we were saying how one click was a quid or something…

Anyway – a few of the items that I guarded included:

1. Stila Lip Glaze
2. YSL Touche Eclat
3. A Chanel Blusher
4. Clinique Loose Powder and
5. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream!

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

Ah yes. Me and my aunt have a bit of a thing for 8 hour cream and the tinted lip balms.

They say:First created in 1930 by Elizabeth Arden to soothe skin, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant became an instant and overwhelming success.

This skincare classic restores, calms and helps relieve chapped, cracked and dry skin. It works efficiently to sooth roughness, redness and minor skin irritations.

I used to take this everywhere with me, I used it as a lip balm, and intensive dry spot cream!

I guess the main thing about this product is that it has that unusual oily, thick texture, that yellowy colour and that smell.

It’s medicinal alright – some people hate it some people like it. If you hate it then you may want to steer clear and check out the other products in the 8 hour range instead. I personally love it! Yeah it reminds me of deep heat plasters.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

I do like this product a lot and it’s been a whilst since I’ve had a tube but I’ve been using it for all sorts, like my cuticles, lips, on my eczema and…you don’t wanna know.

Any downsides? Well I think one tube is quite economical, it will certainly last you a year but it’s dearer than I remember at £25 for a 50ml tube.

It has that strong smell and it’s very oily/waxy so it’s not something to use on any large patches of skin.

I guess these days there are hundreds of products out there that are multi use but you gotta give Arden credit for being one of the first! Oh also, I always buy the Limited Edition jars of this stuff, they usually come in retro patterns and they don’t cost any more than the usual tube.


Petrolatum 56.8%, Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Fragrance, Salicylic Acid, Propylparaben, Castor Oil, Corn Oil, Tocopherol Acetate, BHT, Iron Oxides.

You can buy it at Boots or it’s £20 at Cult Beauty!

What do you think? Do you use 8 hour cream?

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  1. says

    It’s definitely a love it or hate it kind of a product but I ruddy well love this stuff! It’s great for dry cuticles and chapped lips..I get through so much of this in the Winter! I had one of the limited edition pots which to be honest is starting to look a little unhygenic and manky now. I think I might have to invest in the tube next time :)

    • Row says

      Hi Ms Wedgie

      Yeah a tube is much less bacteria friendly ! I think I will keep the pot for storing something else like make up or bric and brac! x

  2. says

    I love it, so does my mom and my sister.
    I remember buying my first tube about 10 years ago and if I remember correctly it used to cost £16.50 so it has gone up quite a lot but it’s something I don’t mind spending money on cause it lasts ages.

    I use it mainly as an intensive lip balm or hand cream but I’ve also used it as an eye balm, eye lash conditioner, overnight moisturising mask for my face, hair serum and cuticle moisturiser.

    • Row says

      Hi Sara

      How cute! I think I bought it first then convinced my aunt to buy one then that was it – they lasted about 2 years? This stuff lasts for ever! x

  3. Jen says

    I bought a tube for £11 from TJ Hughes, as I thought it was a good deal. The smell doesn’t really bother me too much, but it is the taste of it when I use it on my lips that I can’t stand, which is why I’ve just been using it on patches of dry skin and stuff. I have to say though, I have lots of other creams which perform just as well, and are more easily absorbed, so this 8 hour cream is becoming redundant for me unfortunately :(

  4. says

    Personally I hate it because of the smell and also the texture. I carry a tube in my kit purely because models like it and as long as it keeps them happy then so be it but I prefer less ‘smelly’ products. Also I find that as a lip balm, it’s horrendously oily and it’s a nightmare to do lipsticks after. Still that my opinion. I give it credit for what it is but it’s a no for me personally. Interesting post. xx