Philosophy are a skincare brand with a vision for cleaner beauty products with ingredients lists that show you exactly what you are putting onto your skin. Even the brand themselves will admit this vision is a work in progress even though philosophy products come in beautiful, natural looking colours and packaging that give off clean beauty vibes. This isn’t to say that philosophy don’t offer great products, there are some fantastic choices, including the insanely popular Purity made simple cleanser. Before I get into the nitty gritty here are the three best products and some images and links to check them out if you are interested in trying out Philosophy on your skin.
- Renewed Hope in a jar moisturiser.
- Turbo Booster C Powder.
- Purity made simple facial cleanser.
- 1 Philosophy Renewed Hope in a jar moisturiser review
- 2 Turbo Booster C Powder
- 3 Purity made simple facial cleanser
- 4 Why I started using philosophy products
- 5 Choosing a philosophy product for ageing skin
- 6 What is the best selling philosophy scent?
- 7 Are philosophy products worth the price?
- 8 Final thoughts – Are philosophy products good for your skin or not
Philosophy Renewed Hope in a jar moisturiser review
You might be wondering what the renewed hope is for. Well, Philosophy have a vision for a renewed hope that their sensory formulas, uplifting messages and scents will uplift your spirits, make you smile and fill your skincare routine with joy. I love uplifting slogans, wording and brands images and the idea of renewed hope does make me feel better when I apply this day moisturiser on my skin. It’s all in the mind, ingredients too, but how you feel about a skincare product is most important for me.
Renewed hope in a jar is a moisturiser that also has SPF 30 sun protection. Don’t mistake it for a sunscreen for all day sun exposure on holiday, but if you are layering makeup on top or want some protection from pollutants and sunlight then having SPF protection is always a welcome addition in a moisturiser. The formula is lightweight but thicker than some of the lighter formulas that you might apply more easily under makeup. I think the added sun protection always thickens up skincare serums and moisturisers a bit, it’s hard to add that protection without compromising on texture.
Turbo Booster C Powder
The reason why I like to apply a vitamin c product onto my skin is usually because I like the brightness it adds. I wear matt foundations and don’t experiment with too many colour tones in my makeup but I do like to add a bit of brightness with a shiny texture. What’s great about this Turbo Booster C powder is that it isn’t an oily or serum, instead it’s a powder that you mix in with another of your skin care products. You can blend it with your moisturiser, sunscreen or even your foundation. Experiment until you get the texture right and you’ll be able to turn any of your skin care products into a slightly brighter tone with the antioxidant qualities of vitamin C.
Purity made simple facial cleanser
Skincare is an industry full of bold claims but in the case of the purity made simple facial cleanser, it seems there is some evidence to show that it is the top / highest selling cleanser in the United States. Of course, it’s impossible to say for sure but clearly this product flies off the shelves, we’ve all seen it in all beauty retailers. You can’t mistake the curved plastics bottle, bold uniform colours and the black font of the philosophy logo.
if you haven’t tried this cleanser out then what will strike you first is the scent, it’s a little fruity, not overwhelming but solid and clear. What I’m trying to say is it smells natural but doesn’t overpower your sense. Cleansers are known for being too watery or adding too many gristly bits that really dig into your skin and end up irritating your skin and leaving it red.
The purity made simple cleanser can be used on sensitive skin and the texture doesn’t flow away, there is a little thickness and density to it that makes it feel like you aren’t just washing your face with water. Meadowfoam seed oil is the key ingredient and is actually known as a carrier oil with intense emollient properties. This means it moisturises but also helps rejuvenate your skin without taring away all your healthy skin cells. Try it out and see what you think, I personally love it but see how it feels on your skin, I’d love to know.
Why I started using philosophy products
I just came back from my “skip winter trip” to Thailand. One of the many reasons that I love to travel so much is the duty-free shopping. So on the last day in Bangkok, I dragged my boyfriend to go to the King Power duty-free shopping mall in the city centre to look for some skincare products. This shopping mall is huge and modern, the beauty section is on the second floor.
I was planning to get some foundation, so I went to the Bobbi Brown store to get the Intensive Skin Serum Foundation, waited for ages to get a sales assistant to serve me and they had sold out my colour. The same thing happened in Armani as well, so I looked at all the crowded counters and decided to give up, but then I saw nobody was at Philosophy’s counter. I’ve never used their products but I heard they are an organic skincare brand.
Previously i wasn’t too bothered about their organic products until I heard about a few safety issues for skin care brands and my feelings towards organic brands quickly changed. The sales associate introduced me to the philosophy cleaner first, which she said is the best seller, however I normally don’t use other cleaners, because every night I use Eve Lom’s signature cleaner and cotton muslin cloth to remove my makeup.
After using this my skin feels clean enough so there is no need to use another cleaner, and in the morning, I normally just use warm water to clean my face. I asked the smiling friendly Thai lady whether there is a philosophy moisturiser. If i’m trying a new brand i like to try the moisturiser first to see if it reacts well and feels good on my skin.
The sales assistant introduced the ‘Renewed Hope in a Jar’ to me. This is a triple blend of alpha hydroxy acids that should produce a refined texture with visibly smaller pores and fine lines virtually lifted away leaving the skin soft, dewy and smooth. Philosophy claim the renewed hope moisturiser offers an instant all-day hydrationre-energized healthy colour and glow with Asian fruit extracts for improved microcirculation.
She put some on the back of my hand, and it was quite light and easily absorbed, so I decided to take this one and the same eye cream and after wearing it for a few weeks i’m happy with the results and feel the hydration lasts for a long time.
I looked at the counter and saw this cute bottle of Turbo booster C power and asked her about this one. She explained how it contains 99.8% topical vitamin C which acts as an antioxidant to help protect skin against environmental attacks and prevent premature ageing. Every morning mix a half or full spoon (it has a small spoon with it) with your serum or moisturiser, after applying it on your face remember to use sun cream.
Anti-ageing and a bright skin tone is my current skin care mission, so I took a gift set with three of these C powders in it. After I paid for this, a tragic thing happened, I realised the moisturisers she applied on the back of my hand had started to peel a tiny bit… it was so awkward but I still decided to give this product a second chance and i wasn’t disappointed
This is all the free gifts including the white cloth in the upper picture. I tried the cleaner on a day I didn’t have my make up on (even though it can remove makeup as well, but I still don’t trust it), it is a form free and has no scent which I quite like.
I have a combination oily skin, this cleaner feels smooth when applied on my face and after washing, my face doesn’t feel too dry. If you are the same skin type as me and don’t care too much about it being able to remove your make-up, this one is worth a try.
Choosing a philosophy product for ageing skin
Philosophy market themselves as a clean beauty brand that aren’t too expensive and also don’t target a certain age group. There are so many product in the brands selection including many of the most widely known anti ageing ingredients used in the industry. Choose the turbo booster b3 powder if you like niacinamide, an ingredient that can help reduce wrinkles. The Hope range, includes the biome balance glow serum which contain both Hyaluronic Acid and probiotics.
What is the best selling philosophy scent?
Lemon custard is my favourite philosophy scent but I believe the brands Amazing grace scent is the best selling scent. The scent is very feminine, bit don’t mistake it for girly. It smells fresh and a little floral, with bergamot notes and a classical beauty musk base scent. This scent sells so well because it really is like a sophisticated feminine pink colour turned into a fragrance and bottled. The scent can match even the best scent you’ll find in a lush store.
Are philosophy products worth the price?
Whether philosophy products are worth the price for you depends on what you are looking for in a product, if it gives you the results you want and how long it lasts.The renewed hope in a jar moisturiser can be applied sparingly and last me many months, whereas the lemon custard and amazing grace shower gels smell so tasty that its easy to get carried away and use them quickly.
The turbo booster C powder is better value, because you add it to another product it lasts for a long long time giving you better value for money. Find a product you like and that works well on your skin and it’s worth the price, the only difficulty is that you might have to try out a few product until you find one that works best for your skin type.
Final thoughts – Are philosophy products good for your skin or not
I believe Philosophy products are good for my skin because I continue to use the hope in a jar moisturiser again and again. I found a moisturiser that’s premium quality but cheaper than most luxury moisturisers. Philosophy sell a whole range of products and try to be transparent about what’s included in each formula. Check out the ingredients list and see what they can do for your skin.
If you like what they claim, enjoy the experience and they leave your skin looking or feeling better than that’s the sign of a product that’s good for your skin. We are all different and I’m sure not every philosophy product would be good for my skin, especially the brands hyaluronic acid products, it just doesn’t suit my skin but maybe you’ve used it before and it works for you. We all have different skin and goals so have a try and see if you can find a product that suits you and makes you feel good too.