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I'm a big fan of Philosophy but tend to buy their facial skincare range more than any of their bath and body products, on a recent shopping trip to Debenhams however I saw a display of their quirky-cute shower bottles and I decided to treat myself to this three-in-one product in Cinnamon Buns fragrance.
This can be used as a shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath - I've used it all three ways but must admit it's mainly a shower gel for me for the simple reason that at £14 it's a pricey product and using it to shower with it is the best way to eke the gel out! I was surprised how well it worked as a shampoo, leaving my hair squeaky clean in a way I didn't imagine a shower gel would. In the bath the delicious fragrance is unfortunately diluted quite markedly so although it provides plenty of rich bubbles I didn't really get the benefit of the sweet cinnamon (which is my main reason for using it!).
It's in the shower this product comes into its own; it lathers beautifully to cover my body in rich bubbles which don't immediately slide off my wet skin but sit there for a while in a way the feels crazily nourishing. The clean feeling during and after using this shower gel is superb, I do love sweetly spiced shower products but find most of this fragrance type tend not to be as cleansing as, for example, fruit or minty scents. The lather helps with this feeling of intense cleanliness but I can tell as I use the shower that there are cleansing ingredients inside as the feeling of having had a deep clean is pretty obvious.
I wouldn't say this is a moisturising shower gel but it doesn't dry my skin out either, I don't use body moisturiser as routine after my shower (although I have plenty in the bathroom to choose from when I want to!) and this one certainly doesn't have me reaching for it. It leaves my skin with a soft 'just washed' feeling but this is true of most premium priced shower gels in my experience.
When I bought this I was expecting a cinnamon shower gel but this is so much more - the name Cinnamon Buns should tell you exactly what to expect; warm sugary sweet treats, extremely lifelike with the ability to make me fancy cake after my morning shower (which isn't necessarily a good thing!).
In line with the rest of the Philosophy shower gels this costs £14.50 for a 16oz bottle, expensive yes but worth every penny in my opinion.
I've been using Philosophy bath products for a number of years now. They are quite expensive, but they are superb quaiilty. I do normally stock up if we go to the US because the products are a lot cheaper over there, for example the Philosophy cinnamon buns bath and shower gel is £14.00 in John Lewis for a 16fl. oz size (473ml), and it is $16.00 in the US.
I especially love the Philosophy bath and shower gels, they are 3 in 1 products; ultra rich shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath.
The cinnamon buns fragrance is one of my favourites, it feels like it should be a winter edition, but it is available year round. It smells just like delicious warm spicy cinnamon buns straight from the oven, topped with melting sweet sugary icing. The long lasting fragrance does linger on your skin all day, it wears off a bit towards the end of the day, but there is still a faint lingering trace left.
This is a really gentle, creamy conditioning formula; it creates a rich moisturising lather on your skin when used as a shower gel, it creates loads of huge soapy bubbles as a bubble bath, and it cleanses and condtions your hair. I find that this leaves both my skin and my hair feeling ultra soft.
It is a really large bottle, at just short of 500ml, and a little really does go a long way. A bottle lasts me around 3 months. I buy the cinnamon buns fragrance fairly often, and I've also bought a number of the other fragrances as well. Philosophy do spectacular limited edition Christmas fragrances.
I also like that a number of the food fragranced bath and shower gels have the corresponding recipe on the bottle. The cinnamon buns fragrance does have a cinnamon buns recipe on the front, I've not tried it yet, but I keep meaning to.
My first experience with Philosophy products was about three years ago when I received a lovely case filled with gingerbread scented products. From the moment I used the delicious smelling bubble bath and delicately shimmering body lotion I was hooked. Since I was first introduced to the line I have purchased many of the different multi purpose shower gels and body products but out the products I've had the pleasure of using my favourite has to be cinnamon buns.
About the Brand
Philosophy is an American brand that offers a range of skin care products, bath and body products, perfumes and make up. It was founded in 1996 by Cristina Carlino and originally offered a range of professional skin care products that were distributed to plastic surgeons and dermatologists around the world. Later the brand was made more mainstream and the gap was bridged between doctors offices and retail so the products on offer would be available to everyone. The brand now focuses on creating results driven skin care products that do what they promise and also introduced a line of multi use bath products that are designed to care for your skin, smell lovely and generally make showering and bathing a nice experience. They also offer a range of make up/colour cosmetics which are not designed to cover up skin but instead contain ingredients that work to help with skin concerns.
What is cinnamon buns?
Cinnamon buns shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath is as the name suggests a multi use product. The version I purchased was the 240ml /8fl.oz bottle that comes with a very handy black pump. Philosophy products are generally packaged in clear bottles so the bubble bath or lotion inside is visible. In this case it's an off white, pearly shade that kind of reminds me of freshly made icing. The front of the bottle states the name of the product and gives you a recipe to make your own cinnamon buns. I can't say I've made use of this but it's a nice touch and gives me something to read in the bath.
I personally think the scent is what makes this and other products from the range so appealing. Cinnamon buns as you probably guessed is scented like cinnamon. The first thing you get a whiff of when you undo the lid of the bottle is warm, slightly spicy goodness with a touch of vanilla. The scent is sweet but not in a synthetic or overpowering sense and instead of a straight up cinnamon smell you do actually get a very foody scent that does remind me of freshly baked cinnamon buns just out of the oven. I have used other products with cinnamon in them in the past and they have been very strong but this particular product is very subtle and the balance of sweet and spice is just right. I normally keep this one back for the cold winter months because I find it very warming and soothing and whenever I use it I instantly think of Christmas.
The product consistency is quite thick and creamy and has the same pearly sheen to it when it's applied to skin as it does in the bottle. I have used it on a number of occasions as both a bubble bath and a shower gel but only once as a shampoo. Used as a bubble bath it creates a nice amount of foamy bubbles and scents the bathroom with its deliciously warm smell. When used as body wash I've found it lathers well and feels very moisturising and nourishing when massaged into skin. It cleans well and leaves no residue when it's rinsed. As I said, I've only used it on one occasion as a shampoo and I have to say I don't feel it worked well for this purpose. It lathered well and felt quite soothing when I massaged it into my hair and scalp but I found my hair felt quite tangled after and a little bit dry. I wasn't really too disappointed by this as I'm happy with the results it gives with the other two uses and I am yet to find any multi purpose bath product that works on my hair like a normal shampoo does.
Effects on skin
My skin feels soft and smooth after using. I feel squeaky clean but haven't experienced any irritation or dryness that sometimes comes with that really clean feeling you get with soaps or stronger shower gels. I find the scent disappears quite quickly after using which I sometimes think is a shame but I believe this is what Philosophy intended with their 3 in 1 shower gels, especially the foody ones. I can't imagine many people would want to walk around smelling liked baked goods all day so the fact that the smell doesn't linger is probably a good thing.
Price and where to buy
I purchased mine from John Lewis about a year ago around Christmas time. I don't actually remember how much I paid and can no longer find the kit I purchased which contained both the 3 in 1 shower gel and body lotion. The 3 in 1 shower gel is still available to purchase through the John Lewis site although it's currently sold out. It's priced at £13.00 for a larger 473ml bottle but this is the standard bottle and doesn't come with the pump I mentioned at the beginning of the review. Other stockists include HQhair, strawberrynet (£18.00) and click4beauty (£17.22). There are plenty of other sites out there that offer Philosophy products so I can't imagine it would too difficult to find. Philosophy don't have a website for UK customers but last time I checked you are able to order from the US site but postage was pretty hefty.
Would I recommend?
Yes! I would recommend cinnamon buns and Philosophy showers gels in general. All of them are beautifully scented and leave skin feeling lovely after using. They're quite expensive but I find I only need to use a small amount to get a decent lather or create a bubbly bath so they do last a while. I've purchased some cheaper alternatives recently including some of Nirvana Spas products which are just bubble baths but have similar scents and although they're nice they don't really compare to Philosophy products in terms of moisturising skin. I have yet to use any make up products or perfumes from the line but after using the three in ones and body lotions I think I might give them try.
There are a huge variety of scents to choose from including fresh and clean, floral, fruity and of course foody/sweet so I think everyone will be able to find something they like from the range.
`water⁄aqua⁄eau, sodium laureth sulfate, ppg-2 hydroxyethyl cocamide, lauryl betaine, disodium laureth sulfosuccinate, glycerin, glycol stearate, fragrance⁄parfum, camellia sinensis leaf extract, allantoin, aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder, panthenol, phytosterols, tocopherol, tocotrienols, squalene, oryza sativa (rice) bran wax, ananas sativus (pineapple) fruit extract, cocos nucifera (coconut) fruit extract, butylene glycol, polyquaternium-7, polyquaternium-10, isostearamidopropyl morpholine lactate, methyl gluceth-20, sodium benzotriazolyl butylphenol sulfonate, buteth-3, tributyl citrate, sodium chloride, citric acid, disodium edta, coumarin, limonene, linalool, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, yellow 5 (ci 19140), yellow 6 (ci 15985), red 40 (ci 16035)
Cinnamon Buns recipe
1⁄4 c. warm milk, 1⁄2c. sugar, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tbsp. cinnamon, 4 tbsp. softened butter, 2 eggs, 1 pkg. dry yeast, 1⁄4c. warm water, 2 1⁄2 c. flour. mix all ingredients except yeast, water and flour and let cool. stir and dissolve yeast in warm water. add yeast to first mixture, beat until mixed. add 1 1⁄2 c.flour. cover and let rise for 1 hour. add remaining flour; blend well. knead and smooth. put dough in greased bowl, cover and let rise until double in size. punch down, shape rolls and let rise for 1 hour. bake at 400f for 18 minutes.
Philosophy make great 'fun' body products and yet practical that do the job. They're not the most moisturising products and they don't leave a lingering smell at all ( that could be seen as a good or a bad thing depending on the smell !! ) as they only smell like the product during use and leave no aroma on the skin. So if you are after something nourishing and moisturising for your skin I'd give Philosophy bath/shower products a miss. That said, if you like quick, easy and efficient then the Philosophy range could be for you, especially if you're short of space in the holiday suitcase since they're multi-tasking and can be used on the hair too. They do the job, but again, if you're after something more suited for targeting certain hair type issues then I'd use something else.
That said, I love the smells of the Philosophy range as they're great fun. Lots of the range whereby fod or drink is concerned even has little recipes on the bottle which is great fun too.
*Who is this for ? *
Anyone who likes fun and yet effective multi-tasking bath/shower products. They have a HUGE range of different smells so there's bound to be one you like and as stated don't worry if you think you're going to be working around smelling like cinnamon buns because you won't as the smell doesn't last long and even then you have to really smell up close to smell anything at all. If you like to layer fragrances then this isn't for you and you'd better off with different products. It does say in some of the companies literature that the the smell is long lasting, but I've never found this to be the case, even for their Grace range. Not sure whether that's just me though ?
The smell on this particular product is just yum and will leave the bathroom smelling like a bakery for a while which is lovely if they like that sort of thing. In my experience however, the smells make you hungry so if you're on a diet go for a more citrus or floral fragrance to avoid eating your own body weight in cinnamon buns !!
If you have a sensitivity to LS (Lauryl Sulfate) then steer clear and use products with natural foaming agents instead. That said, TEA Lauryl Sulfate is a milder and less irritating version than it's SLS ( sodium lauryl sulfate ) rival. It does annoy me however when companies fail to use natural foaming agents as there ARE natural versions out there and lots of other good quality companies use them.
*How to use*
This is a mult-tasking product and can be used in the bath/shower as a normal cleansing gel, used under running water for a bubble bath or on the hair as a shampoo. On a cautionary note I'd try and avoid getting this in the eyes as LS can irritate the eyes !!
It is gentle enough for everyday use. However, I would always moisturise my body product afterwards, even for the most moisturising body washes.
*Ingredients of note*
I usually write a *why this works* type section in my reviews however there's only a few ingredients worth commenting on for this product. The LS which has already been noted, the Tocopheryl Acetate which is a form of Vitamin E, used for it's anti-oxidant and moisturising properties and Citric Acid which is a form of Vitamin C and like the Vitamin E has anti-oxidant properties, whilst also having astringent and Ph balancing values too.
A fun, effective and multi-tasking product. If you're after something for targeting certain skin or hair issues then I would save your money and buy something else as this is more of a good allrounder for normal skin/hair types in my opinion. Avoid if you VERY sensitive skin and are irritated by Lauryl Sulfate.
Water (aqua), TEA Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Stearate, Sodium Chloride, TEA PEG 3 Cocamide Sulfate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Glycerin, PEG 150 Distearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polyquaternium 7, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone