Monday, 20 February 2012
'frosy air ignites the spirit with joy. Icicles dangling from crisp evergreens, a whirling snowfall inviting you to dance in delight...'
This christmas I was given the Philosophy christmas special gift set, which contained 3 beautifully smelling shower gel/bubble baths. The deliciously florid description above is (the start of) the 'philosophy' that came on the side of my vanilla frost bottle. I love this little airy-fairy touch. Now I've grown rather cynical over the years, but I can still read the above and think 'hmm, yeah...I want my bath to feel like that'.
I was first introduced to the brand Philosophy when I stayed at my aunt's house when I was little. Using her shower was an experience, as she had a fantastic power shower and the most delicious smelling shower gel, which sadly I can't remember the name of! It was some sort of chocolately/cakey smell which was good enough to eat. And again, I was drawn in by the airy-fairy text on the side, inviting me to relax into my shower and dream away.
Like all of the christmas specials, it has a metallic glittery colour (theme!) and is silky soft. It smells ok (plumy, sugary as its name says!) but not as good as the foodie philosophies of my childhood. I would still purchase one of the foodie ones actually. They retail at around £16 for 500ml, which isn't too bad. I used to get them from John Lewis, but I'm sure you can get them from other department stores too.
Anyway, back to the plum. I don't think I would repurchase. Although it is smooth and leaves your skin feeling silky soft, it doesn't really feel as though it is doing anything but making me smell nicer for a bit. It doesn't feel cleansing. Maybe that isn't really its job, but I expect it to at least be uber moisturising if not cleansing. I now use it as a bubble bath.
In conclusion, they smell nice and are soft on the skin, but if you do buy a philosophy product, I recommend one of the full size foodie versions as they smell divine and are extremely moisturising. Which is just as well really, as I don't think the christmas special set is available at the moment!