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Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash
I was recently given three travel size bottles of this when my mother developed allergies to all sorts of facial skin care products... Not one to turn down free goodies I dove right in... Each bottle is 30 ml, and with once daily use most days each bottle seems to last about two weeks so not too bad going. Currently a 142 ml bottle is just under £20 - but there seem to be lots of offers on, so shop around.
The face wash comes in a nice white bottle, with black writing, and the travel size had a nice 'freshness' seal under the screw off lid (this took me longer than it should have to figure out)... The product is a nice consistency, the exfoliating system is small granules which work really well. I have used it through massaging my face with my finger tips as well as an electric facial massager, and it works very well with both. This product doesn't particularly lather, but it seems to wash and clean my face well enough.
The product does leave me with nice soft skin, but I personally dislike the fragrance or lack thereof off putting. Although I have no specific issues with the product it has left me feeling decidedly underwhelmed. If I had actually paid for a full sized bottle I would have been even less than impressed.
Overall I have had much better experiences with much cheaper products, and will not be buying a bottle of this. I wouldn't recommend this as it just didn't seem good value for money. It does get two stars as it did exfoliate well, but that was the only positive thing I can say about the product.
I adore using body and skincare products from the luxurious "Philosophy" brand, and was making a number of purchases from the range a while back which cost me a small fortune. I was delighted to receive a sort of 'gift pack' from the brand (presumably as a sort of 'thank you' for spending so much cash!) which contained a number of samples within. This review outlines my experiences of using the "Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash", which is a product I received several samples of, allowing me to give the product a reasonable trial.
The product is actually sold in a large bottle that is a generous 240ml in size, and this currently costs £22 from Philosophy stockists, including some department stores such as Debenhams and John Lewis. You can purchase online from John Lewis directly, but I believe postage costs will usually apply. Alternatively, you can buy online directly from the brand at www.philosophyskincare.co.uk, although I am unsure regarding their postage policies.
I can't comment on the packaging too much, as I only received samples of the product, but suffice to say that the bottle carries the usual sleek, sophisticated Philosophy branding that offers a clean, chic, look that is contemporary and simple.
The product makes several claims, including; "gentle enough to use daily, our mild exfoliating facial skin cleanser is designed to effectively cleanse and replenish skin, while providing resurfacing benefits." This in itself sounds impressive, but my interest was piqued further after reading the three promises on the Philosophy website;
* A 30-second cleansing mini peel that can be conducted in the shower, in the bath or at your sink
* Regular exfoliation helps buffer fine lines, even skin tone, and give the skin a healthy glow
* Gentle enough for daily use
It's fair to say I was impressed and intrigued by these statements and claims, and I didn't really have any reason to doubt what the product promised, as I have never felt let down by any of the Philosophy products that I have tried to date.
The Microdelivery Facial Wash resembles your average facial exfoliating product, being a sort of pale white colour, with a thin, 'gel-like' consistency that is not particularly runny, nor does it 'drip' easily from the hands or face during use. I find the Facial Wash feels quite 'light' and thin when it is being applied, but it is actually surprisingly 'dense' in its texture, mainly because it contains an absolute abundance of tiny particles. These particles are of course what makes up the 'exfoliator' aspect of the Facial Wash; without these, it would simply be a cleanser 'gel'.
During the first few trials, I felt slightly alarmed at not only the sheer AMOUNT of exfoliating particles contained within the Facial Wash, but also at the 'roughness' of their texture and 'feel'. I felt slightly cautious about the product's suitability for my own skin, mainly because it is extremely sensitive and will 'flare' aggressively if harsh products are used. I DO regularly use an exfoliating product, perhaps twice or three times a week on average, but it is fair to say that I felt slightly dubious as to whether the Philosophy product would be as kind and gentle as its predecessors. I don't recall ever using an Exfoliating Facial Wash that contains as many little particles as this one.
This aspect of the product has proven to be its 'Ace' card, however. With such a massive amount of particles being contained in every drop of the Philosophy Facial Wash, I have found that only a small amount is required with each use. The product 'spreads' quite easily on the skin too, so I don't need to keep reapplying more of the product during use. I find that only a small blob, perhaps the size of a 10 pence coin or so, is more than adequate to cleanse my face and forehead. This result has allowed my own samples of the Facial Wash to last a surprisingly long time, and so I do feel that the higher-than-average purchase price feels slightly more justified than it perhaps did at first.
During application, I find that the Exfoliating Facial Wash doesn't feel 'harsh' on my dry, sensitive skin, with no real 'abrasive' effect being experienced to my cheeks, nose or chin. I find that this result is also witnessed when the product is used on my forehead, although I find that this area of my face isn't quite as sensitive as the rest, so I tend not to be as cautious here. There is little or no scent present from the product during use, so it feels less 'chemical' than many other, similar products I have used before.
I do find that employing slight 'circular' motions during the application process really allows the product to work its magic, and I find this to be particularly beneficial around the chin area, which can often be prone to blackheads. The product copes very well with the practice of using 'circular' motions during its application, working its little particles into the skin's layers, WITHOUT scratching or aggravating the skin. This point is crucial, for me anyway, as the product would be quickly discarded if I felt there was anything harsh or aggressive to be found during its use. Thankfully, there isn't, with the product scrubbing quietly, instead.
Rinsing the product from the face takes a mere moment, and I can quickly remove all traces by splashing hot water on my face, which removes the product effectively, without tackiness or residue remaining. This is my usual 'removal' method for such products, but I feel the Philosophy Microdelivery Facial Wash is slightly more 'special' than most other exfoliating cleansers that I have in my collection, so I tend to try and enjoy the product a little more than I normally would. To explain, I tend to add the hot water a little at a time, first on my chin and then my cheeks, whilst slowly working the hot water into the Facial Wash that remains on my skin. By carrying out this method, I do feel that the product is really getting a chance to work, and I feel as though I am getting my money's worth too! I tend to take my time with the product, both during its application AND its removal, and this method seems to work well for me and my skin.
After rinsing, skin is left feeling - and looking - spotlessly clean. I find that all traces have rinsed easily from the skin, with no greasiness left behind. I find too that my skin is without the usual 'tightness' that many other facial cleansing or exfoliating products often inflict upon it; it just feels refreshed, calm and clean.
I find too that a sort of 'deep clean' has been delivered by the product. In terms of the product's effectiveness, I find it performs very well in terms of cleansing my skin THOROUGHLY. All traces of make-up, grease, residue or grime are completely and effectively removed after use, which has resulted in clearer-looking skin for me. I have found too, that with continued use, I have suffered from less spot breakouts, with blackheads forming less frequently too. All of these benefits can all be attributed to the Philosophy product's high quality and effectiveness, I feel.
I find that the product works so effectively that it is not required every day, with a three-times-per-week 'ritual' feeling more than adequate for my own requirements. This is what I tend to do with most exfoliating cleansers, and using the Philosophy product any more frequently than this just feels like a bit of a waste to me. This is probably a matter for personal choice, and some consumers may wish to use the product every day. This product IS gentle enough for everyday use, should that be your choice, as per the bold claims made on the Brand's website.
Based on my own experience, I would agree that the product is certainly gentle enough for everyday use, and I have experienced nothing in the way of dryness, sensitivity or aggravation from using the product. For these reasons, I do recommend the Facial Wash as being completely suitable for those consumers who, like me, suffer with dry or sensitive skin.
Taking everything into account, I have only positive experiences to share about this product, with a noticeable improvement being enjoyed, and a rather gentle approach being experienced during its use. It is definitely one Philosophy product that I would consider purchasing in the future, due to the beneficial impact it has had on my troublesome skin. The product therefore comes with my full recommendation, together with full marks in the product rating score.
This is a review of Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash, a product which was included in the beauty advent calendar I worked my way through in December. I have seen the Philosophy brand on QVC before and know it is very highly regarded brand so was looking forward to trying it.
The Philosophy branding is very distinctive with black lettering over a white background and generally, some sort of quote or dictionary definition on the front of the product. This one says "... these micro moments make a lasting difference to our well-being. Micro efforts can smooth the bumpy road of time..." well that's one way of looking at our skin!!
I use this in the shower 2-3 times per week and have found it to be quite nice and gentle on the skin without feeling like I am removing a layer of skin each time! It has a clean soapy smell to it, quite strong and is easy to rinse off the skin (I hate it when you can still feel grains on your skin after exfoliating).
I quite liked using this product, it felt nice on my skin and I definitely noticed a brighter and clearer skin with no problem break outs or anything bad. Whilst I was pleased to get the chance to try it, I am conscious that this exfoliating wash is really expensive so that puts me off a bit as I feel there are other cheaper products out there that work just as well for me.
The cheapest price I have found online is at John Lewis who charge £19.80 for 240ml.
I am glad that I got the chance to try the Philosophy brand but to be honest, I wasn't really blown away by it. I thought it was OK but it didn't work any better than an ordinary exfoliator product I could buy for under a fiver. For me it is not a repurchase but not because it was rubbish, mainly because I think it is far too expensive for what it is.
I first tried this product about 2 years ago and at first was very pleased with it. It was described as a daily exfoliator that would also cleanse at the same time and ideal for use in the shower.
It's a cross between a gel and a liquid texture and has very tiny little grainy bits in it. It has a very mild but pleasant fragrance and you only need a very small amount (5 pence).
I started with mine in the shower every morning. I liked it a lot and found it very quick and easy to use. My skin started to look less dull and grey and I thought I was onto a good thing.
I continued to use the product for about 6 weeks. After this point I found that the liquid had gone a lot more runny. I also found that grainy bits had disintegrated and the texture was very smooth compared to when I had first opened it. I still had over half left so rather than throw it away and waste money, I continued to use it. As it started to run out I decided that I liked the product enough to re-purchase it and did.
I had thought that perhaps the first bottle of this had gone grainy because maybe some water had got in so this time I kept it in a cupboard and only used it at the bathroom sink. The exact same thing happened all over again.
I really liked this product but it just doesn't last after about 4-6 weeks. The grains seem to melt and it doesn't exfoliate at all after that.
Ive turned into a bit of a philosophy addict of late. I tried a sample skincare kit last year and am now addicted. I need to exfoliate quite regularly and so I find the micrdelivery exfoliating wash great for regular sloughing. Its in the trademark plain packaging with a flip lid. This Ive had a bit of a problem with. The hole got gunked and so now I have to completley unscrew the lid to pour some out. This is a bit of a faff. The consistency is not thick but gooey - this is why it gunked the hole. The scrub itself is quite fine which makes it ideal if you like to exfoliate three or four times a week. It doesnt smell of anything to me. It leaves my face feeling very clean and smooth. I dont get any reddening and I this is because it is a very gentle formula. Ive had this bottle for absolutely ages - a little seems to go a very long way. Its a bit pricey (usually £20 odd plus a bottle) but sometimes QVC put it in a set with otehr items which can make it cheaper.
I have been looking for a good exfoliator for some time now, not one of these 'gentle, kind to your skin exfoliators' that don't do anything and make me think that I may as well rub sand on my face. As you can probably guess the kind of exfoliator I'm looking for is one that is probably now suitable for those with sensitive skin!
So after I recently moved back home to my parents I discovered that my mum has become a Philosophy convert and somewhat of an addict, (damn you QVC and your constant brainwashing!) evident by a shelf in the bathroom groaning with about 20 different products.
A little background on Philosophy for those who haven't heard of it as I believe you can't buy it in many shops - It's a range of skincare products based in America that was inspired by medical research that has helped skincare treatments offered by plastic surgeons and dermatologists. I think they're going for the step before professional chemical peels, all wrapped up in pretty bottles. Their personal philosophy states "philosophy is a lifestyle brand that celebrates feeling well and living joyously...." I won't go on as it gets a cringe worthy but you get the picture!
One product that caught my eye was 'the micro delivery exfoliating wash." It was in Philosophy's trademark minimalist packaging - a white bottle with simple black writing. It sold itself on the front in 3 simple points -
- exfoliating facial cleanser that provides immediate smoothing benefits
- regular exfoliation helps buffer fine lines, even skin tone and give the skin a healthy glow
- a 30 second cleansing mini peel that can be conducted in the shower, in the bath or at your bathroom sink.
I liked that idea of a foaming exfoliator that I could use in the shower in the mornings so I could firstly save time but also rinse off easily without soaking both my clothes and the bathroom floor!
The product itself is creamy white in colour almost a pearly colour and its consistency is like that of any typical face wash if not a tad runny. The exfoliating 'granules' are very fine, even finer than sand, very 'gritty' (but this is a good thing). The downfall of the product before you even apply it to your skin is the smell! Obviously you wash it off so the smell won't linger but it would be nice to apply something nice smelling to your face. I can't quite place it but it's a sort of 'plastic-y' smell.
To apply, it's pretty simple. Apply to slightly damp skin and massage for 30 - 60 seconds, then rinse thoroughly. Just make sure you do get it all off particularly the sides of your face and eyebrows as it's not very nice to be applying make up to a grainy face.
When I used it, it went on and came off like any other face wash. As soon as I patted my face dry it felt smooth and silky and within a minute or so it felt desperate for a bit of moisturiser, which always makes me feel like my skin has had a good exfoliation. I don't use this every day as I think it would be a bit too harsh for everyday use so I use it every other day or every 3 days.
I have definitely noticed a difference in my skin albeit not a huge one. It is definitely less dull, but I wouldn't call it a miracle worker especially in regards to the price which is why I haven't given it 5 stars.
A 236.6 ml bottle costs £28.50 plus p&p (currently £4.45) from QVC or £21.60 from John Lewis. This is quite a hefty price for a simple exfoliator though it does last a long time, I would say about 3 months. If you look at it in terms of buying only 4 bottle a year it doesn't seem too bad but I'm sure that somebody could get along with an exfoliator that isn't quite as good but a quarter of the price!
I'm not even going to tell you the ingredients in this product as practically every one is unpronounceable and scary sounding so I'll just assume that if that are that scientific sounding then they must be good for my skin!
The bottle is all white with a black screw top lid. The bottle has black writing on it and is a very simple design. The bottle is 8fl.oz. or 236.6ml. The writing on the bottle describes what the product is.
The writing below is what is on the bottle the writing is also in french below the english.
Exfoliating facial cleanser that provides immediate soothing benefits.
A 30-second cleansing mini peel that can be conducted in the shower, in the bath or at your bathroom sink.
Regular exfoliation helps buffer fine lines. even skin tone and give the skin a healthy glow.
On the back is the directions in both english and french, the ingredients and contact details.
I have very dry and sensitive skin and was looking for a product that would work for me and let me tell you I have tried a lot of things. I saw the microdelivery exfoliating wash on QVC in a set on QVC as the todays special value. So I read the reviews on the website and thought I would give it a go. When the product arrived I was really looking forward to trying it, so the next morning I gave it a go and it was better than I expected. The grains were gentle and the cleanser was silky soft, this made for a great combination. After rinsing it off I noticed that most of my flakey patches of skin had disappeared and it hadn't left my skin dry like other products that I have tried. After patting my skin dry it just glowed and I was very pleased with it all and that was just after one use. So after a week of using the product I was thrilled my skin hadn't looked this good ever, it had gotten rid of all my dry patches and I had no flare ups, I am just amazed. The only thing is the smell, it's not bad it just smells soapy, I suppose it's a good thing that it's not perfumed.The Philosophy Microdelivery Wash is available from QVC or High End department stores and the cheapest I found it was £21.60 in John Lewis. So you can see it is expensive but in my opinion well worth it.
I have previously written this review on www.ciao.co.uk under the same username
A mild, exfoliating facial cleanser /