Thursday, November 29, 2012

REVIEW: philosophy Celebrate The Classics Holiday Catalog


Close your eyes and think back to when you were a child..... and remember the excitement of the holiday season.  For me it was Christmas music playing on the stereo and my Mom in the kitchen wearing her pretty Christmas apron while baking up a storm for our family and constant flow of friends coming and going.  The house always smelled so delicious, the aroma of sugar cookies baking, gingerbread men cooling off on the cookie racks and the beautiful fragrance of cinnamon and spice, it makes me smile from cheek to cheek just thinking back at those carefree festive days.  The creative team over at philosophy has recaptured those childhood holiday memories for me with philosophy's extensive Holiday Gift Giving Catalog this year.  So it is with such excitement that I include philosophy as one of my top picks this holiday season for my Holiday Glamour and Gift Giving Guide!!  I am bursting with joy as I share with you some of the finest holiday gift sets from philosophy that are sure to stir up delightful holiday memories for you as well. Let me introduce philosophy to you:

{Adapted from the philosophy Website}

philosophy redefines beauty under the overarching theme that everyone is beautiful, and to be a super model all you really need to be is a super person. we celebrate the idea that there is only one of you in this world and that you must honor your existence.

our award-winning skin care, beautifully clean fragrances, indulgent bath & body products and joyous gifts are designed to help you feel and look your best.

* we believe the best cosmetic is great looking skin

* we believe fragrance should smell good and make you feel good

* we believe showering should be multi-sensory

* we believe it's better to give than receive

philosophy's promise is to bring its customers products that inspire them to live a better life by being better to themselves. our products care for your skin and your overall well-being. we take a mind, body, spirit approach to personal care and believe only when you feel good can you truly look your best.

our heritage

founded in 1996 by cristina carlino, a skin care entrepreneur and visionary with over 30 years of experience in the industry.
cristina's first skin care company was biomedic, a medically-based skin care line distributed to the world's leading plastic surgeons and dermatologists.

her vision for philosophy was to bridge the gap between what was offered in doctors' offices and retail; so, women everywhere could personally access leading skin care technologies

our science

philosophy is devoted to caring for your skin. we offer some of the finest, most well-respected, innovative skin care available today. and as advanced skin care experts, our revolutionary formulas address multiple skin concerns in order to help you achieve a radiant, healthy-looking complexion.

working closely with dermatologists and scientists means that philosophy skin care offers revolutionary ingredients, breakthrough formulas and advanced technology. it is designed to not only deliver dramatic results but to enhance the integrity of your skin. best of all, our formulas work together in harmony, for optimal benefit to you.

our inspiration
children encourage us to be creative, fun and live in the moment. they remind us to believe in magic and to color outside the lines. our photographs celebrate our love for family and friends.

philosophy chooses simple packaging to embody the simplicity and innocence of our brand. with text as our primary graphic treatment, we offer you a daily greeting to make each product take on greater meaning, with clever names that make you smile or inspire reflection.

every word has meaning, every sentence a story. we encourage you to enjoy the conversation and express your own voice by discovering your favourite products and philosophies.

our products

philosophy skin care helps you reveal radiantly beautiful, impeccably smooth, youthful-looking skin. the formulas are proven to be effective yet gentle, for optimal benefits. created with doctors and scientists using proven ingredients, our exceptional skin care delivers visible results.

each product has a story. each story speaks to the heart of our brand with science-based skin care and inspiration for clinically-proven results

Now that you have some background about the philosophy brand, let me share with you some of my favorite philosophy Holiday Gift Sets this season:

snow angel

sweetly fallen snow shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath and body lotion  

snow angel shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath 8 oz. and body lotion 8 oz. cleanse, hydrate and soften skin, while bringing you holiday cheer with a sweetly fallen snow scent.

twas the night before

fresh cream, snickerdoodle and frosted cookie shampoo, shower gel and bubble baths

share holiday traditions and reminisce with 'twas the night before, featuring fresh cream, snickerdoodle and frosted cookie shampoo, shower gel and bubble baths 6 oz.

candy cane

salt body scrub

feel silky smooth and peppermint fresh from head to toe with candy cane salt body scrub. it exfoliates skin as it refreshes with a crisp peppermint scent.

sugar plum fairy

shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath 8 oz. and high-gloss, high-flavor lip shine 0.5 oz.

holiday wishes are coming true this season with the return of the sugar plum fairy. this magical gift set includes sugar plum fairy shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath 8 oz. and high-gloss, high-flavor lip shine 0.5 oz

holiday greetings

caramel candies and butterscotch candy shampoo, shower gel and bubble baths

give greetings of delicious joy with this candy-inspired bath set. holiday greetings includes caramel candies and butterscotch candy shampoo, shower gel and bubble baths 8 oz. in a gift box


The gracious folks over at philosophy gave me the opportunity to select a couple of holiday gift sets to review.  I was so captivated by the enchanting selection of philosophy gifts sets being offered this year, that I had a hard time narrowing it down to just a few!  The splendid selection of holiday fragrances combined with the charming gift boxes that the products arrive in, make holiday shopping with philosophy so delightful!   Here are a couple of magnificently charming philosophy gift sets I selected to showcase:

the cook book

philosophy's old fashioned eggnog, hot buttered rum, peppermint bark and cinnamon buns shampoo, shower gel and bubble baths 4 oz.

Price: $30


share our favorite holiday treats with the cookbook, featuring philosophy's old fashioned eggnog, hot buttered rum, peppermint bark and cinnamon buns shampoo, shower gel and bubble baths 4 oz.

Features and Benefits:

- delicious, recipe-inspired shower gels for the holidays
- 3-in-1 formulas cleanse from head to toe
- giftable box for sharing holiday tradition

How to Apply:

apply to wet body or scalp. lather, rinse, repeat. if using as a bubble bath, drizzle a generous amount under running water and enjoy.

Tips and Tricks:

drizzle any of our shower gels together to create your own custom scent.


The reason I selected this holiday gift set was because I knew the scents would bring back such wonderful childhood holiday memories for me.  And, each fragrance within this set did not disappoint me.  Each scent definitely hits the mark with the fragrance it is representing.  The products in this gift set takes each delicious recipe and brings it to life, so sensationally!

The quality of philosophy's shampoo, bath and shower gels are always the ultimate, superior quality, and these products in this gift set are no exception.  They are thick and rich and so luxuriously lathering in the shower.  Not only will it heighten your senses and bring you sensory pleasure, but your entire bathroom will smell so yummy!  This gift set is my top pick for gift giving and it will truly bring sheer joy to whoever you present it to.  An excellent choice!

The 4 products are housed in the most darling gift box, you will love its charming design.  Children will love this, teenagers will enjoy this and adults of all ages, male and female will savor the festive, cheerful bathing experience these products will bring you during the holidays and well into the New Year.

The second holiday gift set I chose is:

love sweet love

fragrance layering collection

Price: $49.50


love sweet love fragrance layering collection includes shampoo, bath and shower gel 8 oz.; spray fragrance 2 oz.; and perfumed body butter 2 oz.

Features and Benefits:

- 3-in-1 multitasking formula provides a rich, foaming lather
- highly emollient body moisturizer
- flirty, lively fruity fragrance

How to Apply:

love sweet love shampoo, bath and shower gel:  first dampen body and hair, then slowly massage into your skin and hair.
love sweet love spray fragrance: spray onto a clean, dry body. avoid direct eye contact.

love sweet love perfumed body butter: apply a generous amount onto skin with fingertips. massage into skin.

Tips and Tricks:

layer your love sweet love products to feel smitten and irresistibly pretty from head to toe.


I love the fine art of fragrance layering and this divine gift set allows you to achieve just that.  The scent is so feminine, refreshing and absolutely breathtaking to inhale.  I will describe the scent as youthful, energizing, sexy and fruity all in one. When you apply the products you immediately feel uplifted and spunky!  Any fragrance that can bring out the playful side of me and make me feel young is a product I want to use everyday!

The shampoo, bath and shower gel lathers up nicely and adds lots of suds to your shower experience.  The spray on fragrance lasts all day, and when you apply the body butter in addition to the spray on fragrance, you will smell so gorgeous, you will be turning heads all day long!  This is a perfect day or evening scent, year round.  All three products are such fine quality, and a little bit of them goes a long way.

I cannot stress enough how alluring and captivating the aroma is.  It is ageless and timeless and girls of any age will adore it.  It makes such a stunning holiday gift.  The beautiful gift box makes for such a first class, 5-star presentation, but it is the luxurious, mesmerizing products inside that are the real stars!  If you want to surprise and delight your loved ones this holiday season, this is the most spectacular gift set to bring joy to all your lady friends and family members.

This concludes my review.

You can visit the philosophy website directly by CLICKING HERE.  You will have so much fun browsing around the website discovering all the exciting holiday gift sets that philosophy has put together for this holiday season.  Have fun! 

A very special THANK YOU to philosophy for providing me with the two gifts sets used for this review.

Disclosure:  I received the two philosophy holiday gift sets outlined in  this review this review for the purposes of this review . This has no bearing on my completely honest review above and was not influenced by any type of monetary compensation. The opinions and experiences I’ve shared with this product are my own and yours may differ.  I am not employed nor affiliated with philosophy in any manner. Registered & Protected

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