“ Brand: Philosophy / Type: Shower Gel / Suitable for: Body „
Last year, in the post-Christmas sale, I picked up a few mini bottles of Philosophy shower gel. I hadn't tried the brand before, mainly because it was extremely expensive, but I thought a sale would be a good time to do so. I was also attracted by the packaging: each 60ml bottle came in pretty packaging, a tube with a lovely picture on, with a red ribbon on the top so it could be hung up on the Christmas tree. I bought one each of the following shower gels: -Peppermint Bark -Snow Angel -Gingerbread Girl In this review I will discuss the Gingerbread Girl shower gel. I love ginger and I was really looking forward to trying this product. The bottle carried the following words: "Sparkle, spice and everything nice, that's what gingerbread girls are made of. Sugar, icing traces and sweet smiling faces, that's what gingerbread girls are made of. Dressed for the snow with a rosy glow, that's what gingerbread girls are made of. Sparkling eyes and a delicious surprise, that's what gingerbread girls are made of." This was appealing and made me look forward to trying the product. I thought it had a lovely, warm ginger fragrance, closer to ginger biscuits than 'true' ginger, warming and comforting. The packaging for this shower gel showed a gingerbread girl on a pink and white gingham background, on a cardboard tube decorated with red glitter. The slogan "Holiday smiles are a snap" was printed on the packaging. The gel itself was a pale orangey-brown of the kind normally associated with ginger scents, inside a clear plastic tube with a flip-top black lid. Philosophy state that the product can be used as a shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath. As a shower gel, the product isn't too runny, but isn't too thick, so you are unlikely to squeeze too much out by mistake, but you won't have trouble getting it out either. It lathers up well on my shower puff and cleanses effectively, spreading the lovely scent around the bathroom. After use, I do need to apply moisturiser: the gel doesn't dry out or irritate my skin, but it isn't moisturising like many Lush products. As a bubble bath, it also did a reasonable job: there was a good amount of bubbles, but sadly little scent. My skin did feel softer afterwards, however. I was reluctant to try this as a shampoo, as I prefer to use products specially designed for my dry, coloured hair. However, I gave it a go for the sake of this review. It did a reasonable job, cleansing my hair thoroughly: it was a little dry, but in reasonable condition, and I'd be happy to use this again on a one-off basis - but for every day I certainly prefer a proper shampoo. Sadly the scent didn't last on my hair, which is a shame as I love it. I can't find this particular product on the Internet in the UK (though it is available on several US sites including ebay.com and Amazon.com) but Philosophy shower gels are expensive, and are on a par with Lush in terms of price: a 480ml bottle in Boots costs £14. They are certainly luxurious, lovely products but I'm not sure if they are really worth the money, unlike Lush - perhaps because Lush products are handmade and contain many natural ingredients? Overall, this is a very pleasant multi-use cleansing product but I'm not sure it is worth the high cost.
I am new to Philosophy products. In fact, I hadn't even heard of the brand until a friend suggested it would be something I would like seeing as I really love Lush Cosmetics. I decided to have a nosy around their website in January and was happy to find they were having a 50% off sale off of their Christmas products which included the Gingerbread Girl showergel. I love the smell of Gingerbread so this was a must for the shopping basket! It arrived with me in a cute box in the same design as the label you can see on the bottle in the photo. It looked like a little house. I noticed when reading the label that this is a 3in1 product - shampoo, showergel and bubble bath which I was quite impressed by. You have to remove the bottle lid to remove a piece of plastic which covers the opening of the showergel. I really liked this idea. Not only did it prevent any leaks during transit but it also allows you to stock up on a product you really love and keep it at its ultimate freshness. The showergel itself is a spicy golden colour not quite the brown you can see in the picture. It has a golden lustre to it which makes it look very pretty but when I applied it to my skin I did not notice the trnasferance of it on to my skin which was a little disappointing. Scentwise, it is the perfect gingerbread. It is a little bit spicy, a little bit warm. It is perfect for the winter. I love using it in the cold mornings to wake me up and make me feel warm when the bathroom feels like an iceberg! The scent also kicks up really well when in the bath and creates a nice warm and relaxing feeling. I have to admit that I was disappointed in terms of the 3in1 promise. It didn't really bubble up much in the bath and the few bubbles it did give off only lasted a few minutes. As for a shampoo, it left my hair smelling beautiful but also made my hair feel like straw! It is best left alone as a showergel in my opinon where it lathers up nicely and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth with a warm scent. I purchased the 480ml bottle but I believe you can also buy a 280ml bottle. I do find Philosophy a little expensive. I paid £8.00 for the shower gel in the sale but normally it is £16. And although the bottle is huge, I do still find it hard to spend that much money on a shower gel. Most of the shower gels at Philosophy tend to be in the £16-19 range so I do find it to be a brand of luxuery rather than one you can use on a regular basis.
Let me just start by saying that I would give this way more than 5 stars if I could!! I've been using Philosophy bath products for a number of years now. They are quite expensive, but they are superb quailty. I do normally stock up if we go to the US because the products are a lot cheaper over there, for example the Philosophy gingerbread girl bath and shower gel was £14.00 in Selfridges at Christmas time for a 16fl. oz size (473ml), and it is just $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. Gingerbread girl is my absolute favouite Philosophy bath and shower fragrance, it is however only available at Christmas time - so I always buy a couple! Gingerbread girl is also available as a body lotion which is just as divine. Layer the two together and you will smell like a little bit of heaven. Gingerbread girl smells just like delicious warm and spicy gingerbread, it is quite a rich warming fragrance, but it is also quite refreshing. This is the perfect winter fragrance. On a cold winter morning it's invigorating enough to help get your day going. On a a cold winter night it's warm and spicy and helps you to wind down. It's not too sweet, it's not too spicy, it's just perfect. Gingerbread girl is actually a shimmery, sparkly shower gel, which just leaves a healthy glow on your skin. The long lasting gingerbread 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, if you layer it with the matching body lotion it will last longer. 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 really cleanses, hydrates and softens my skin and leaves my hair feeling ultra soft. This 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 always buy a couple of these each Christmas, and I've started buying them as Christmas gifts for people now as well. Philosophy do spectacular limited edition Christmas fragrances and Christmas gifts.