When we launched Philosophy, I was lucky enough to trial all of the products as I was the person writing the product copy. What did this involve? Numerous bubble baths, several layers of pure and delicate fragrance and skin that felt soft, plump and hydrated from head-to-toe. I know, it’s a tough job…
After too many bubble baths and blissful pampers sessions, I finished trialling the full collection and now it’s safe to say, it’s one of my favourite brands on site. As the brand’s number one fan – and with experience in using their products and in-depth knowledge of the ingredients and ranges – I wanted to share some of my favourites with you, so I created this gift guide.
From their delectable bath gels to their efficacious body and skincare, and not forgetting their iconic and delightful perfumes, this guide gathers all of the must-have Philosophy products that are sure to delight your loved ones this Christmas…
1. For Yourself
To start things off, I’ve selected a nourishing vegan body oil that I can’t get enough of. This is the perfect self-care gift as it gives you silky-soft skin with minimal fuss and luxuriously pampering benefits.
The Nature In A Jar uses non-psychoactive elements of cannabis sativa seed to lock in moisture and replenish your skin, all before you’ve even stepped out of the shower. The silky oil is packed with nutrient-rich ingredients – such as hemp seed and soybean, jojoba and olive oils – to lock in soothing moisture and banish dryness.
You can hop out of the shower and quickly get dressed; whether that’s in the morning before getting into your working-from-home attire or at night-time ahead of getting into cosy pyjamas and fresh bed sheets; you’ll relish the feeling of your velvety-soft skin, it’s delicate sheen and subtle botanical scent.
2. For Your Mum
To be honest, I could’ve picked any Philosophy product for my mum! But Cinnamon Buns has to be the winner, it’s a cosy, creamy bathtime delight that I’m sure all mums will love, especially mine!
If like me, you think of your mum’s kitchen every time you smell freshly-baked treats, this nostalgic cinnamon-scented bath gel will bring a smile to her face. One of my favourite things is going for coffee and cake with my mum, so this reminds me of the seasonal coffees and treats that we both love to try around this time of year. The bottle even has a recipe to bake your own cinnamon buns on the front, so you might even get a sweet baked-goods treat as a thank you!
3. For Your Friend
There’s nothing I love more than a cosy night in with my friends, a glass of wine and a pamper. Even if now that means a face mask over facetime and virtual cheers instead of clinking glasses, at least we can still do them virtually.
I love finding a beauty product that you immediately tell your friends about, and this is one of them. The Pore Extractor face mask is great for all skin types and offers a refreshing 10 minutes as the subtly zesty-scented paste turns to a comfortable clay. As soon as I used it, I recommended it to the team and told them they had to try it – it’s now one of Kate’s favourites too!
A great gift for a friend, no matter their age or gender because who doesn’t want fresh, poreless skin? I recommend popping on this face mask and your cosiest pj’s and sharing this pampering treat with a glass of wine and your friend over facetime for the ultimate self-care night.
4. For Your Partner
This is perhaps more aimed at female partners as this scent is a classically feminine and exquisitely clean fragrance that’s delicately bursting with the romantic notes of petals. If she loves perfume and soft, floral aromas then she’s going to relish layering up this classically beautiful and timeless scent that blends together citruses, lily of the valley and sensual musk.
With an Eau de Toilette, a firming body cream and a refreshing bath and shower gel all infused with this gentle fragrance, this festive set will allow her to lose herself in a blooming, floral garden. Offering a pampering and blissful comforting moment of tranquillity, this is a fail-safe gift for any wife or girlfriend. Offer her a glass of wine while she relaxes in the bath for an added bonus point!
5. For Your Sibling
Okay – I know it’s another shower and bath gel, but with such a delightful selection I couldn’t pick just one!
The Raspberry Sorbet bubble bath is a more refreshing and invigorating aroma than Cinnamon Buns, but, of course, it’s just as delicious.
I think this would be perfect for your sibling as it’s a playful and glistening magenta gel that offers a blissful and bubbly moment of pampering every bath time. Like a crisp bowl of tangy raspberries, it’s a sweet treat.
6. For Your Sophisticated Family Member
Philosophy Pure Grace Eau de Toilette is a pure and fresh perfume that’s as pleasing as crisp white linen hanging on the line. This would be a scent that I think your grandma, aunty or sister-in-law would like as it’s sophisticated and timeless, but not too serious either. The elegant white florals blend with the aquatic notes of soap and water to create something that’s as pure as snow.
This Eau de Toilette would be perfect for them to wear in the daytime, whether that’s at work or out and about, and especially as we head into January and February as the scent reminds me of fresh dew on snowdrops. It’s crisp, delicate and simple – it’s like what you’d imagine the aroma of a white, fluffy cloud to be.
7. For Someone You Want To Spoil
Philosophy The Microdelivery Resurfacing Peel is the ideal gift for the skincare-obsessed and beginners alike as it provides an at-home peel that will rejuvenate the complexion and involves zero hard work. Then, after you’re left with is super-soft, smooth and renewed skin and the fun two-step application makes it really enjoyable to use.
Firstly, the zesty sunshine-yellow scrub is packed with vitamin C and smells of oranges – bliss! And, the unique drying texture makes it different to most face masks as it crystallises on the skin, and is then followed with the activating duo-acid gel on top that creates a warming sensation and a white foam. The unique and next-generation pampering treatment offers a spa-like experience from the comfort of your own home.
If they’re tricky to buy for but you know they love their at-home skincare treats, this is sure to be a winning present!
8. For Your Work Friend
When it comes to buying for my work friends it’s all about the small gestures and that’s what makes this stocking-filler friendly duo the ideal choice! Okay, you got me – I couldn’t pick just one for this one, especially as they both work together so well.
Hydrating, lightweight and ideal for sensitive skin types, you know that there won’t be any concerns when choosing a formula for their skin type. The daily duo packs a 3-in-1 face wash that leaves skin clean and comfortable as it melts away makeup, dirt and oil for soft and healthy skin, while the lightweight banana-hued moisturiser nourishes and hydrates the complexion so that your skin is left dewy and smooth. Not to mention, it also acts as the perfect makeup base, which is another bonus they’re sure to love!
9. For Your Secret Santa
The Philosophy Nature In A Jar vegan face scrub is a sure-fire gift that anyone in a lucky dip will enjoy. With the cleansing action of a wash, the effects of a scrub and the pamper experience of using a face mask – this exfoliator is a gift that I would be delighted to receive from my secret Santa.
It gently warms on the skin as mineral zeolite is stimulated by water, which clears away trapped dirt, dead cells and clogged pores for fresh and clarified skin. The sensorial scrub is a slightly sticky brown formula that’s packed with biodegradable jojoba beads and fine grain desert sand, meaning they can gently yet effectively exfoliate, refine and polish their complexion without causing harm to fish, birds and aquatic life.