CREATED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ELIZABETH ARDEN
In its 88 years on the market, the multipurpose balm has become a perennial favourite; solving a plethora of beauty conundrums, from chapped lips to dry cuticles. Here are eight facts you may not know about one of the most written about beauty products of all time...
1. It Was Created By Elizabeth Arden Herself
The famous apricot coloured balm was created by Ms Arden in 1930 as a multipurpose, skin-healing remedy – she even used it to soothe her famous thoroughbred horses’ legs. The formula remains unchanged to this day.
2. It's From A Heritage Beauty Brand
Skincare, cosmetics and fragrance brand Elizabeth Arden has always been at the forefront of beauty innovation. Ms Arden even participated in the suffrage movement and played her part by supplying red lipstick to the suffragettes – the striking shade became part of standard rally uniform and something of a symbol of female emancipation.
The brand is behind many other major beauty movements – it was the first to introduce eye makeup to the women of America, the first to make travel-size products and the first to offer makeovers in-store.
3. It’s Named ‘Eight Hour’ For A Reason
A blend of skin soothing beta-hydroxy and vitamin E, the world-famous balm earned its ‘Eight Hour’ moniker at the suggestion of one of Ms Arden’s loyal clients, who claimed the miracle cream healed her son’s grazed knee in just eight hours.
4. It’s One Of The Bestselling Beauty Products Ever
One tube of the cult balm is sold every 30 seconds worldwide, and one every two minutes in the UK alone.
5. It’s A Backstage Favourite
A mainstay in the beauty kit of make-up artists across the globe, Eight Hour Cream can be dabbed over eyes for a glossy look; patted over cheekbones to give dewy highlights; and brushed through brows to tame and condition.
Some of the industry's biggest names – from James Vincent to Mario Dedivanovic – swear by the cream, whether as a glow giver, eye opener, body highlighter or overnight healer.
6. It’s A Multi-Tasker
The genius multi-tasker can be used to calm irritated skin, soften your cuticles for a DIY manicure as well as tame unruly brows and fly-aways. We even love using it on elbows and knees prior to a spray tan. It’s dermatologically, clinically and allergy tested and is suitable for all skin types.
7. It’s Seriously Editor-Approved
Eight Hour Cream has garnered more accolades than we thought possible – receiving over 115 beauty awards worldwide. The cult cream also has some very famous fans – Vogue continues to rave about Eight Hour Cream, saying it’s ideal for every “beauty emergency” while Elle says it’s a “cult classic with more functions than we can possibly list”.
SheerLuxe Founder Georgie Coleridge Cole says, "I've been using Eight Hour Cream since my teens. The girls at school were obsessed with it – we even gave it its own name – Lizzy. "Who's got the Lizzy," was frequently heard. I've been using it ever since and it's still one of the most important beauty products in my handbag. "
Make-up artist extraordinaire Pat McGrath is also a fan, as are the likes of Victoria Beckham and Kate Moss. Prince Harry even used it on his expedition to the South Pole.
8. It’s Evolved To An Entire Product Line
You can now get your hands on an entire range of Eight Hour beauty products, spanning a Fragrance-Free Cream, Intensive Lip Repair Balm and game-changing All-Hour Miracle Oil to name but a few.
We love the Miracle Hydrating Mist – a genius superfruit blend packed with coffee seed and vitamins – and the Nighttime Miracle Moisturiser is our beauty sleep go-to.