Philosophy is one of those brands that I seem to 'come and go' with. I tend to use their products, try other brands for a while, but always keep coming back. I think this is because I try find products which give such good results quickly as Philosophy does, but then find nothing can compare, and I am always impressed when I use Philosophy products again. Another thing I enjoy about the Philosophy range is the little nuggets of wisdom that are on all the packaging. It certainly draws my attention to products and somehow makes me more trusting of them.
I happened to be in Boots when I stumbled across the Philosophy range in their store, which I think they have just started selling part of the range at. Admittedly I sometimes can be a little lazy when it comes to exfoliating and using a facial mask, so this one minute daily facial is perfect for me. It can also be bought at QVC, John Lewis, Amazon, and of course the Philosophy website.
How to use: It's really simple. It's just a matter of massaging a 'generous' (I only use a small 20p sized coin amount) amount until it turns white and leaving it for 60 seconds, before rinsing.
The product rapidly turns white and the texture whilst applying feels so good. It can feel slightly slimy if too much is applied but generally it's a nice soft texture and after a minute I can definitely feel the product sinking into my pores, which makes me feel like it's giving a nice deep cleanse.
Results; It took me a few days to really start seeing results, but once they become visible it's very impressive. My skin has felt more nourished, healthy, plump, and soft.
Price: This product is in the range of £22. I think for the price it's definitely worth it, particularly if you're lazy like me when it comes to a proper facial treatment. Since it can be used daily (although I use it once every 2 days) it's great for keeping on top of nourishing and cleansing skin, and comparable to other facial products I think it's relatively cheap, especially as the results are visible and outstanding.
Having heard a lot about Philosophy as a brand, I decided to try out a few products to see if they could live up the hype. This brand is considered somewhat high end, it is mainly sold in department stores such as John Lewis and products cost around the reigon of £20. At the moment this particular product retails at £22 in John Lewis.
This product is marketed as a 'one minute daily facial' and I bought it in the hopes it would help clear my skin up of a few blemishes and just get it really clean. It is supposed to be an at home deep cleansing facial which cleanses, exfoliates and purifies skin without irritation. The product is said to contain purifying minerals and is suitable for you if your skin is sensitive or prone to breakouts, furthermore it clears congested pores.
To use the product you need to massage the paste onto damp face for sixty seconds until it turns white, you can then wash it off.
I have to say unfortunately the product does not deliver on all of its promises. Firstly, it contains sea salt and so can be very drying. In addition to this, I found it did not have much of an effect on my spots and it also left my skin feeling a little sensitive to any other products I wished to apply afterwards, such as toner and moisturiser. It does clean skin well and doesn't leave any sort of residue on your skin despite being a very thick paste, however I personally think it is not worth the price paid for it at all and I will not be repurchasing it; there are many products which can be bought cheaper which clean just as well.
I first tried this when my mum brought a huge size of it from a shopping channel. I am a big fan of skincare, particularly Philosophy and couldn't wait to try it.
When I saw it I coudn't believe it. It is a very gentle exfoliator, so gentle it can be used daily! This is great for me because although I do have sensitive skin, I also get blocked pores sometimes and this helps to keep them clean, without being harsh and drying.
To use you just rub it lightly over a moist face (in the shower is perfect) untill it turns white, then you have 2 options. You can either wash it straight off or you can leave it on for more of a treatment. It is described as a one minute facial, and I think that is a fair claim to make, as my skin certainly did feel as good as if I'd had a facial.
The first time I tried it I used it in the shower. I used a blob about the size of a ten pence and it was way too much (you need about half of that). The technique I use is just to massage it into the face in upwards circles. After a few seconds the clear gel starts to turn white and that is when you know it's working. I then choose to leave it on whilst I showered and rinse it off at the end.
After using this product my face always feels fresh and very clean and sometimes a little bit tight. I follow on from that with a facial serum and the moisturiser and my skin looks good all day, really clean, bright and a bit of a glow. It also makes my make up go on much smoother than usual. I don't use it everyday, probably 5 out of 7.
For the quality of the product, I think it is reasonably priced and buy it all the time. QVc is a great place to buy it as you can sometimes get supersized tubs or good value kits.
The only possible bad point I can think of is that it is very diifcult to get the last bit out of the tube, but I just cut it open and use.
Philosophy is one of those aspirational 'lifestyle' brands that promote a strong image, in this case of spirituality and a thoughtful attitude to life. I guess the name Philosophy is meant to reflect this. The range has evolved from a company called bio-medic, who produce medical grade skin care for post (cosmetic/reconstructive) surgery patients, and as such are were designed for intensely sensitive skins. Christina Carlino was the founder of Bio-Medic, and then moved on to found Philosophy, building on the experience and findings of the Bio-Medic company. Philosophy also create a range of natural (in appearance) cosmetics, and their overall ethos is 'the best make up is no make up'. I happen to agree with that way of thinking, and do find their products and cosmetics to be effective in achieving this. Philosophy themselves do not test on animals, but may source ingredients from companies that do.
Every product comes in simple packaging with a little 'philisophical' snippet printed on the container and an 'inspirational' name. The little gobbet of wisdom on The Great Mystery is the old chestnut.. and quote: "people ask 'how' was the universe created, the more important question is 'why' was it created at all." This is a question I have discussed many times (honest), and seem to have come to the conclusion, why does there have to be a why? Why implies intelligent design, something I'm not all that sure is possible, (although would like to think so, and scientists seem to be coming back to that possibility), and for me the how is far more interesting. However now is not the place to go into it, nor is the front of a skin care product as far as I can see. These (in my view) pretentious little morsels do no harm, and if a conceit is to be employed then this isn't a bad one, and it does make the brand stand out a little from the crowd. I think that other brands/products have taken on this approach, but Philosophy was amongst the first, if not the first (I'm not positive of this).
I've been using The Great Mystery on and off for a few years now. I say on and off because although it's not something I use day in day out, when I go back to using this I'm repeatedly surprised at how good my skin feels afterwards. The reason I don't use it every day is although my skin tends to the greasy, and this is meant to be a gentle everyday product, it is still a little bit too strong for me as a once or twice a day product.
The great mystery is not a cleanser in the sense of a make up remover or soap substitute. It is meant to be applied to already clean skin, as its aim is to give a purifying effect, somewhat like a deep spa type treatment in only sixty seconds! What a deep spa type treatment is meant to feel or look like afterwards I have no idea, as I have never been to a spa for any purpose (and never intend to). Therefore I cannot say with any authority whether this product does indeed have a similar effect. I can however vouch for the fact that my skin feels great afterwards, and looks 'refined'.
Using the product.
The container that my 'The Great Mystery' came in is a translucent, soft squeezable plastic tube, with a black flip top lid. On the front of the container in plain, but classy and easily read black text is the name of the product, the little philisophical sound bite and the quantity. Mine contains 5.0 oz - 141.8g. On the back in the same text but smaller are three points which I think are worth repeating.
. One-minute daily deep cleansing purifying paste for all skin types
. Gentle enough to use daily, from hairline to bust line
. Contains sea salt for natural therapeutic exfoliation
On the back of the tube there are instructions on how to use the product; in English and French. The instructions basically say take a generous sized dollop, rub it into your skin (gently) until the paste becomes white and opaque. Leave it on for a minute.... Or half an hour if you are doing the vacuuming and forget about it, (you may be the colour of a tomato afterwards but it shouldn't do you any lasting harm). Then rinse off with warm or cool water, dry as normal. Of course I don't recommend that you really leave this on for half an hour, especially if it is your first time of using and you are unsure of how your skin will react. However I regularly leave it on for a lot longer than the one minute suggested (about once or twice a week when I'm in a 'phase' of using this) and find that it gives a very nice fresh feeling, without leaving my skin tight and dry. This level of use seems to help prevent hormonal breakouts, to which I can be prone.
The details say this product contains sea salt, but don't expect manual exfoliation, and little gritty bits, because as the description says it is a paste, and is very smooth. Personally I don't like the texture very much, as I have an aversion to sticky stuff being where it isn't technically meant to be, and this is quite thick and gloopy. However it does become smoother as you massage it onto the skin. I would recommend wearing a hair band, or putting your hair up when you do this, as it remains quite sticky on the face, and any stray hairs will get temporarily welded to your face, making weird Jack Frost type patterns in the gloop. Although this product is designed to be gentle and used by ALL skin types I have heard people with a dry sensitive skin say that it is too drying, so if you have this skin type try and get a sample first if you can and do a patch test. Or if you would consider buying from QVC if the product doesn't suit your skin they will refund your money, even if you have used some of the product. I also find that you don't need a lot of this product, although I never use it on my bust line for some reason, but a couple of peas worth sized dollops is more than enough for face and neck. I use this fairly regularly and have still not finished my 5oz tube, and have had it for well over a year (probably closer to two). The product has also, impressively, not gone off during its extended time open and in use.
All in all I would recommend this product as after using my skin feels refined, and like glass. I would re-purchase this product as it lasts for ages, making the price a little easier to swallow. I would however look out for it on some kind of special offer. For example QVC has some worthwhile offers from time to time, you don't usually get an individual product half price or similar (unless it's from discontinued lines or season changes), but you do get some great 'packs'. Where you get lots of other full size or nearly full size products for the cost of one item within the pack. Or simply check it out online, for places that sell it cheaper.
Currently available from QVC in the size reviewed for £18.26 without postage
From ebid (which I've not tried so don't know how reliable a site it is) at £11.29, including postage
Also available in a variety of sizes.
Philosophy "The Great Mystery". The only mystery with this product is why people buy it in the first place! I have tried a LOT of cleansers in my time and I am the marketing gurus perfect consumer as I do believe eveything they tell me ( I know, I know), so when I saw the demonstration for this on QVC I thought, well lets give it a go, how bad can it be? The answer to that question is Bad, REALLY bad!!
I am lucky enough to have good skin, I hardly ever get breakouts or blemishes until I used this goo. It has a very thick vaseline like consistency which is supposed to turn white after a minute of being on the skin to show you its working, it never did. This is the most over-rated item I have ever had the misfortune to use. It smells odd, very artificial, although they have stuck some lavender in there to make it smell better, which doesn't work..
This did nothing other than make my usually good skin tight, and uncomfortable, and it also brought me out in huge red angry spots, it was as my skin was rebelling at me for using such muck!!
I can't imagine anyone enjoying using this cleanser and all I can say is Good skins beware!!
The tube is a clear plastic with black writing on both sides; the lid is a solid black flip top lid. On the front of the tube is the name of the product, underneath this is some writing about what philosophy means and underneath this is what the product is and the size of the tube which is 5.0oz - 141.8g. On the back of the tube is information about the product and directions for use which is repeated in French. Also on the back is the ingredients and contact information for philosophy and that the tube is recyclable.
I am a fan of philosophy products and wanted something like a mask that would be a deeper cleanse to the skin and I came across the great mystery which is a one minute daily facial. I knew I would only be using this product once or twice a week on top of my normal skin care routine. Once my tube arrived in the post I couldn't wait to try, so the next day it got its first use. Once unscrewing the lid to take of the seal I then replaced the lid and flipped it open. I first had a good smell of the product which smelt like lavender but wasn't to over powering; I then squirted the thick clear white paste into my hands and massaged it in to my damp skin. It did feel thick when applied to the skin but that was ok as I know it would be rinsed off. I also noticed that it had sea salt in to exfoliate the skin but you can't feel it when it is applied to the skin. I then proceeded to massage the paste into my skin until it went to an opaque white; I then left it on the skin for minute it suggested. Whilst waiting for the minute to be up I noticed the product wasn't drying which is great as I have really dry skin. I then started to wash it off with a wash off cleanser you can just use water though if you wish. Once my skin was dry I noticed my skin was soft and not dried out at all. After using this product for a couple of months now I have noticed my skin to be a lot clearer and softer. I have only used about a quarter of the tube as well, so it lasts a long time unless you use it daily then it won't last as long. If you don't mind paying the price it is a great product for the skin, it is well recommended from me.
Price and Availability
This product is available online and in high end department stores like John Lewis and Selfridges. Prices start from £18.26 onwards which is £12.85 per 100ml, so as you can see this product is very expensive.
I have previously written this review on ciao under the same username.
A while ago I was having a clear out when I came across a small tube of Philosophy's The Great Mystery. I bought this together with a few other Philosophy products around a year or so ago but had completely forgotten about it. Philosophy products are quite pricey, and I've been cutting back on the luxury skincare lately so I was pleased to find this. Being an American brand it has a best before date on the tube and thankfully it was still six months within the use-by time.
The Great Mystery, is described as being 'a one-minute daily facial.' According to the Philosophy website, this was created to mimic an in-spa deep cleansing facial. Saying that, I wouldn't exactly call it a cleanser, I think it's more of a face mask, which can be used regularly. Although it's called 'daily facial' Philosophy advise to use it whenever you feel like it, and as I don't have the full sized tube, I've been using mine about once a week for a bit of a pick-me-up or booster for my skin.
It contains sea salt to exfoliate and panthenol and marine extracts which they say will soothe and moisturise dry skin.
The product comes in a white tube with a black lid and has the signature text on the front, as has been copied by many other brands. Still, I think it stands out as being a Philosophy product and the packaging seems sturdy and good quality.
To use this, you simply need to massage it onto clean, dry skin. Do not put it on wet skin as I did this once by accident and it doesn't work! The product itself is a clear gel which has a slight scent to it. I'm struggling to put my finger on exactly what it smells of, but I'd say it's a bit like those shower gels that give themselves names like 'sea minerals' or 'ocean'. It's a very subtle scent though, and barely noticeable.
Once you start to rub the gel onto the skin it will turn white. It feels smooth and silky on the skin and doesn't take a huge amount of massaging for the colour to change. Once it has gone white you need to leave it on the skin for a minute. I've found that during that time my skin starts to feel slightly tight, but unusually it doesn't really feel uncomfortable.
After your minute is up you simply rinse the product off with warm water. I find that instantly my skin feels much better to the touch. I have dry skin which can feel quite rough and flaky, but it is left incredibly smooth and soft after using this. The product claims to exfoliate the skin and although it's not gritty at all I would say that it does still seem to exfoliate, however it is a mild exfoliation and it does not get rid of very dry patches.
It doesn't irritate at all and importantly for me, it doesn't dry out my skin, in fact it makes it feel quite moisturised and supple.
As for appearance, I can't say I have seen a huge difference in my skin, but I think it would be fair to say that it does make it look slightly brighter.
At £18.25 for a 141.8g tube from QVC, this product is not particularly cheap. Saying that however, if used as a weekly face mask, it would probably work out as reasonable value, because only a fairly small amount is needed per use.
Overall, I think this is a good product, but it's not outstanding. Despite the initial outlay being high, long term it could work out to be good value, and it definitely improves the feel of the skin. I think the main letdown is the fact that it didn't really do much for the appearance of my skin, which is why it loses a mark from me.