Shampoo -Wen by Chaz Dean - Cleansing Conditioners - All
armygirl 9/1/2012 1:23:00 AM
Let me start by saying that I used to be a huge fan of Wen. I was introduced to it by a family member, and within the first month of usage, I could notice that my hair was a lot shinier and softer, and - let's be honest - most of the scents smell wonderful. I really appreciated the concept of a sulfate-free cleansing conditioner, as I figured that it would be healthy for my hair. The only thing I did not like, initially, about Wen are the overwhelmingly expensive prices, but I was willing to pay high prices for great looking hair. After the first month, my great opinion on Wen began to go downhill, as I was noticing much more hair falling out in the shower. I'm in my early 20s and I've had thick, strong hair for as long as I could remember. I realize that everybody is going to have some hair loss, especially while showering, but my hair was beginning to fall out in clumps. Initially, I thought it was from using the comb in the shower, so I stopped combing it through during showers. Still, I had an extreme amount of hair loss. In just a week or so, my hair had gone from thick and strong to brittle, and significantly thinner. I discontinued use immediately. Needless to say, I would never recommend this product and am seriously disappointed that I've wasted so much money on it. I've returned to regular shampoo & conditioner and my hair hasn't been healthier.
Scrubs -Philosophy - Amazing Grace Perfumed Hot Salt Scrub
armygirl 9/1/2012 1:12:00 AM
Despite my love for Philosophy products, I am not a huge fan of this salt scrub. The only thing going for it, in my opinion, is that it smells great, as all Amazing Grace scented products do. I've found that you need to use a whole lot of this scrub to get the job done, which is terrible considering the price of it; therefore, I use it very sparingly, which I don't mind, because it's rough and doesn't really exfoliate my skin as well as other, smoother scrubs. Would definitely not purchase again.
Despite the ridiculously expensive price ($18 for a stick), I actually enjoy this deodorant. If you enjoy the Amazing Grace scent, you'll enjoy this deodorant, which lasts all day long. Other deodorants (such as Secret, Dove, etc.) will gradually fade throughout the day, but not this one. At the very end of the day before showering, I am still able to smell the Amazing Grace scent with no trace of body odor. Also, the product is a solid white, but will apply as clear; I haven't had an issue with it rubbing onto my clothing. Would definitely repurchase. Note: I rated this a 4/5 simply because the deodorant is a little "hard", meaning that it's difficult to rub onto the underarm without having to apply a bit of painful pressure. For $18, it should apply a little more smoothly.
Gels/Soaps -Philosophy - Apricots and Cream 3-in-1
armygirl 9/1/2012 12:53:00 AM
While I don't dislike any Philosophy scent, Apricots and Cream is not one of my personal favorites. However, it's very true to scent, as it smells just like freshly-sliced apricots covered in cream. I rated this one a 3/5 simply because the scent is very weak; it's very difficult to actually pick up on the scent, even when lathering with it in the shower. Most other Philosophy scents are like POW! You could smell them as soon as you open the bottle. Would not repurchase.
Bubbly is one of the first Philosophy scents I've purchased; I purchased it in a bundle on QVC and it came alongside the matching lip shine. The scent is very champagne-like, hence the name of the product. It's very light, airy, and even perfume-y in a sense, much like a bottle of champagne. While I enjoy the scent on special occasions, it wouldn't be one that I'd stock up on, simply because I'm more into the bakery scents than this one. This is a product I'd only use for novelty, in an event such as New Years.
Melon Daiquiri definitely makes the top 5 Philosophy 3-in-1's in my opinion, and it is certainly my favorite summer scent. The smell of this one is very strong and the perfect combination between tangy & sweet. It reminds me of a mixture between watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe in a summery daiquiri and this is one of the only Philosophy scents that actually lingers on my body after showering. Would definitely recommend and will be using this throughout the entire year, even on cold, winter days!
I rated this product a 3/5 simply because it's not my favorite scent. The label of this scent reads "Sugar Chick" and underneath "Sugar Coated Marshmallows", which indicates that the product is supposed to smell like a Peeps candy (or that's how I interpreted it, at least). In my opinion, it doesn't smell remotely like a sugar coated marshmallow, but instead like lemon extract. I'm not a big fan of lemon scented products, so I don't really care for this one as much as I thought I would. Wouldn't recommend for purchase.
One of my favorite Philosophy scents, hands down. This scent not only comes alone, but you could also find it in the "Trick or Treat" set, alongside Sugary Cinnamon Icing, for the 2012 fall season. I purchased this online, without having smelled it, and was afraid that it would smell too plastic-y, as it is difficult to get a true caramel apple scent in a body wash, but Philosophy hit this out of the ballpark. It smells just like the fresh caramel apples you get at the fair. Very great scent! Would recommend for sure.
One of the classic Philosophy scents, Cinnamon Buns is scented very accurately; you could even smell the frosting notes in this 3-in-1. The scent is a bit strong, so a little product goes a long way. Very lathering, also. Would recommend, especially for the fall/winter seasons.
I rated this product an overall 5/5 because it smells very true to taste. It reminds me of Hot Tamales candy; a very spicy cinnamon scent. Not only does it smell great, but it's one of the only Philosophy scents that actually lasts on your body after getting out of the shower and drying off. Would definitely purchase again and recommend.
Let me start off by saying that I am a huge fan of the Cinnamon Buns 3-in-1, which is why I purchased the matching lip shine. This smells nothing like the Cinnamon Buns 3-in-1. In fact, I don't think it smells remotely like cinnamon buns, but instead like a mix of petroleum jelly and pure cinnamon. The only thing that this lip shine has in common with a cinnamon bun is that it is very, very, disgustingly sticky. I wouldn't purchase again.
Philosophy's Classic Fudge Cake is probably the richest, high foaming Philosophy 3-in-1 that I own. The scent is extremely rich, just like a real fudge cake. Creating a successful fudge/chocolate scent in a skincare product is extremely difficult to do, but Philosophy has mastered it, as this does not smell cheap and/or fake. Would definitely recommend, especially for the winter months!
Gels/Soaps -Philosophy - Vanilla Birthday Cake 3-in-1
armygirl 8/31/2012 10:59:00 PM
I rated this product a 3/5 because it is "just okay". The scent is a bit plastic-y, and doesn't really remind me of a Vanilla Birthday Cake, but more of a cheap vanilla-scented wash. It's not terrible, but I wouldn't recommend it, as Philosophy is quite expensive. There are several better Philosophy scents out there than this one.
Lip Gloss -Philosophy - Frosted Animal Cracker Lip Shine
armygirl 8/31/2012 10:53:00 PM
Philosophy's Pink Frosted Animal Cracker is one of my favorite scents, and I'm very glad that they introduced a lip shine in this scent. If you aren't familiar with this particular scent, it smells very true to taste - just like a frosted animal cracker. Delicious enough to eat. I rated this lip shine a 4/5 because it is a bit on the stickier side, and I prefer lip glosses that apply a little smoother than Philosophy's. On the bright side, it smells wonderful and it leaves a glossy, light pink tint on your lips. I will be repurchasing this product.
Cleansers -Philosophy - Purity Made Simple (Real Purity Cleanser)
armygirl 8/31/2012 10:47:00 PM
Philosophy's Purity Made Simple is a gentle facial cleanser/makeup remover duo that I've found to work quite effectively. I like the fact that a little goes a long way (which helps, since this isn't the cheapest product out there) and that one wash will remove all face and eye makeup. It's good for all skin types, as it will not make skin oily or too dry. As for the scent of this, it reminds me of a combination between Ivory soap and Fruit Loops (weird, I know). I wouldn't say that the scent is amazing like most of Philosophy's 3-in-1's, but it's not a terrible scent ever. It's tolerable. Despite the expensive price, I would definitely recommend this product if you are looking for a gentle cleanser.