Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Review - Philosophy Apricots and Cream

Disclosure - PR sample

As a long-term Philosophy addict, I was more than happy when Gemma placed the new Apricots and Cream body emulsion and 3 in 1 on my desk this week. The formats aren't new - 3 in 1 (body wash, bubble bath and shampoo) is one of Philosophy's core products and comes in masses of varieties. The body emulsion also comes in (slightly fewer) variants, perhaps most popularly the Amazing Grace Firming Body Emulsion. What's new is the scent. It's as sweet and fruity as the name suggests - a sugary confection that's perhaps more peach than apricot.

The smell is by far the strongest in the body emulsion, which has been living on my desk at work and doing time as a hand cream. During that time it's attracted the attention of all my neighbouring colleagues as its mouth-watering desserty-fruity scent fills the air. Several people have started coming over to my desk to try it for themselves and everyone agrees it's superbly moisturising. It's packed with a huge number of ingredients, many of them natural in origin. There's no mineral oil in there, nor parabens (see ingredients lists at the end of the review for the full low down). It's also non-sticky. Generally a huge thumbs up for the lotion, which costs £19.75 for a whopping 16oz (around 500ml - 473ml to be exact).

The 3 in 1, in comparison, is quite faintly scented. Not much can be discerned by sniffing the neck of the bottle, and even when lathering up in the shower it's a much more subtle scent experience than the body emulsion. In my experience that subtlety is something common to all the Philosophy 3 in 1s, so I'm not singling this one out in particular. It lathers up very well (and does, alas, contain SLS) and provides a soft, fresh result on the skin. It's not something I'd use as a shampoo myself, because to be honest I'm a bit picky and prefer to shampoo with products that are specifically intended for use on the hair. As a bath foam, it's lack of scent and average longevity of suds make it only an OK performer. I think it works best as a shower gel and will be very happy to use it as such. The 3 in 1 (16oz/473ml)costs £13.

Philosophy Apricots and Cream products are available from Selfridges and QVC. I've also spotted Philosophy in John Lewis. We've been given the number 0870 990 8452 to call for full stockist details.


  • apricots and cream shower gel: water/aqua/eau, sodium laureth sulfate, ppg-2 hydroxyethyl cocamide, lauryl betaine, disodium laureth sulfosuccinate, glycerin, glycol stearate, fragrance/parfum, allantoin, aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder, panthenol, camellia sinensis leaf extract, phytosterols, tocopherol, tocotrienols, squalene, oryza sativa (rice) bran wax, prunus armeniaca (apricot) fruit extract, butylene glycol, polyquaternium-7, polyquaternium-10, isostearamidopropyl morpholine lactate, methyl gluceth-20, sodium benzotriazolyl butylphenol sulfonate, buteth-3, tributyl citrate, sodium chloride, citric acid, tetrasodium edta, linalool, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, yellow 5 (ci 19140), red 33 (ci 17200), yellow 6 (ci 15985).

  • apricots and cream body lotion: water/aqua/eau, macadamia ternifolia seed oil, pentaerythrityl tetracaprylate/tetracaprate, glycerin, glyceryl stearate se, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, dimethicone, fragrance/parfum, cetearyl alcohol, cyclopentasiloxane, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), cetyl alcohol, polysorbate 60, dimethiconol, phytosterols, tocopherol, tocotrienols, squalene, oryza sativa (rice) bran wax, prunus armeniaca (apricot) fruit extract, potassium ascorbyl tocopheryl phosphate, tris (tetramethylhydroxypiperidionol) citrate, benzotriazolyl dodecyl p-cresol, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, capryloyl glycine, stearic acid, sodium hydroxide, xanthan gum, tetrasodium edta, limonene, linalool, chlorphenesin, butylene glycol, yellow 5 (ci 19140), yellow 6 (ci 15985), red 33 (ci 17200).

  • 1 comment:

    1. I'm desperate to try some Philosophy products, they have so many scents which sound just absolutely divine and this is no exception. I'm glad to hear the lotion lasts a long time for the price.


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