As much as I dislike doing this kind of post, it can’t be helped. Here are 2 products I had to let go of before emptying them out:

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel SPF 30

When I first tried Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizer, the one that came in a tub with no SPF, I thought that it was only a matter of time before they came out with a sunscreen version.

I was so excited when Neutrogena launched Hydro Boost Gel SPF 30 PA++. I thought it was going to have the same feel and finish as the one without SPF, but unfortunately, it didn’t.

I did like it the first few times I’ve used it, as you might have read in my first impression review. But after a few more tries, I couldn’t really keep up using it.

Since there are enough positive reviews on this, I’ll just zero in on why I had to toss give this away:

>> This takes forever to sink in even when I apply it right after towel-drying. Waiting for it to get absorbed drives me crazy because it usually never does.Could it be that the oils on my face repel this water-based moisturizer?Most of the time, I have to use an oil-blotting sheet to get some of the product off. My skin will look nicer and more supple then. However, I don’t like doing that because I feel like I’m blotting off the anti-sun ingredients.

>> It’s ironic that it’s not sticky but it feels oily. The oily feel is probably because of the propylene glycol. It reminds me a lot of the Airol Tretinoin Lotion I used to use which had a high amount of the same ingredient.

After reading reviews, I felt bad that I seem to be the only one who didn’t like this. Even when I got it for free from a press launch a few months back (I feel like an ingrate right now), I just didn’t have the heart to throw it away. I gave it to a friend with dry skin and asked for her feedback a few weeks after. Here’s a paraphrased version of what she had to say about it:

“It takes a while to set in, I have to go in front of a fan for it to dry off.  But afterwards, it made my skin look dewy and supple. I almost gave up using this in the mornings because it made my face sweat a lot. But once I reach the office or any air-conditioned place, my skin looked nice again.”

This is marketed to people with oily skin, but I think it will work better on dry-skinned people.

Active Ingredients: 5% Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, 4% Disodium Phenyl Dibenzimidazole Tetrasulfonate, 3.6% Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid

Vaseline Healthy White

In general, I avoid whitening products, but I was looking for a body lotion that has niacinamide in it. Olay’s Quench wasn’t available in most supermarkets so I bought Vaseline instead. If I remember right, this has niacinamide listed 2nd on the label.

I didn’t like this because it gave me rashes. I didn’t think it was this that’s causing the rash because I normally get rashes from eating chicken, eggs, and seafood. But when I stopped eating those, I was still getting rashes.

One time, I gave E a body massage using this. The day after, he developed rashes that looked like the ones I got and on places of his body I massaged this with. E didn’t have sensitive skin so I was pretty sure this was causing the rash. Plus, I checked MUA for reviews and found out that other people had the same reaction.

They’ve recently reformulated this and I hope they’ve remediated the side effect. Even then, I won’t be buying this again. I didn’t dare give this away to another probable victim, so off to the trash bin it went…



I hope this will be the last toss-away entry I write. Up next, the re-purposed ones…


Hi, I’m Rae and I am a scatterbrain. I am in my 30s and I write in this blog from the Philippines. I spend a tiny portion of my time de-stressing with makeup and skin care. Email: | Instagram: @scatterbraintures


  1. I actually used way less than a pump. Even less than a pea-sized amount.

  2. Super thanks for your review! As you said, all the reviews I've come across about the neutrogena gel are positive, and I really was going to buy it this week. But after reading your review, I really have to reconsider buying it, and maybe have another look at the Olay SPF 30 .

  3. I've only tried one that's specifically labeled night cream: Olay Natural White Night Cream. I bought it because it has niacinamide in it. But to be honest, I liked Olay Age Protect better. It's cream based but it's very lightweight and non-sticky.

  4. It's a good thing they reformulated. I don't hear bad reactions from the Healthy 10 version yet.

  5. I see! It's more for night use then, I assume. I'm on the lookout for a night cream with anti-aging properties actually, or antioxidants at least. Thanks for the rec.

  6. Hey Eula, I think the one without the SPF is ok. But I feel like it's a little bit expensive. Celeteque could be a cheaper alternative BUT Hydro Boost Gel still outperforms it.

    The SPF 30 version though, I really can't bring myself to like it.

    Thank you for your compliments on my blog. I'm really happy that you appreciate my entries.

  7. I've seen so many product reviews of Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel, I was about to pick it up at the drugstore. Good thing I saw your review. You have an interesting and informative blog. I've just followed you on my Google Reader, hope you don't mind!

  8. I use the Healthy 10 version of Vaseline's Healthy White range of lotions and so far I like (bordering on love) it. It does brighten more than whiten my skin, but that's better than nothing. And the best part is it gets very easily absorbed and definitely does not leave me with that icky-sticky feeling. Okay, so maybe I do love the stuff after all. :p

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  9. The one with SPF didn't cause me irritation–the one without SPF did :(

  10. I'm actually a fan of Vaseline healthy white, the one with SPF 24. I use to use it everyday and every time I go out and I know I'll get exposed to the sun. I didn't know that it causes rashes. I guess I'm one of the lucky ones who are “hiyang” to it.

  11. Buti na lang hindi ka nagkaron ng rashes dun sa Vaseline.

    May kamahalan nga yung Neutrogena, hope it worked for the people who shelled out mony for it.

  12. Like this review. Super unbiased! I like it when an author of a blog reveals the truth about a certain product even if it was giver free. That's what we do di ba sis? To help others na malaman nila kung panget ba or maganda ang isang product. Well, haven't tried anything from Neutrogena since namamahalan ako jan, can't afford. Pero you the feeling di ba, kung murang product nga e nadisappoint ka, lalo pa kaya sa expensive? Kafrustrate yun. I too, have extremly oily skin, it is actually weird kasi sometimes nagiging dry yung areas na may white heads saken, just like what is happening to me now. Weird skin breakout.
    About the Vaseline, natry ko na rin yan, and I didn't like it. I am a sweaty person, so it only makes my skin oilier and sweaty. Kadiri di ba? Hehe sorry haba ng comment ko.
    Pretty Thrifty

  13. Found out that Olay Quench is available at Rustans Supermarket, lucky I have one near me.

  14. At least I'm not the only one. I haven't come across a negative review of this.

  15. OMG good thing I didn't buy that vaseline lotion. It's scary to think that it causes that kind of side effect; to think that it's supposed to make the skin smoother.

    I'm a fan of Olay's Quench too! That's the lotion that works wonders on my skin. And yeah, local stores don't sell it here and I'm also in the lookout for a substitute.

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