Philosophy Bath & Shower Gels

my lil collection of philosophy body washes

my collection of philosophy body washes

I finally jumped on the Philosophy Shower Gel Bandwagon (yeah, it’s a thing) when I was pregnant with my first child. Even though I didn’t really know how hard motherhood would be, I had a feeling I could use a product that would shorten my time in the shower. I’m glad I managed to snag these three shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath combos in Amazing Grace, Vanilla Cream Topping, and Sugar Plum Fairy.

WHAT IT IS

Award-winning shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath all-in-one product featuring delightful scents

WHAT I LOVE

My favorite things about these bath gels are the luxurious feel and the SCENTS. Philosophy is known for creating heavenly scented body/face care products, and I give them extra kudos on their food scents. I am a food-scent junkie. I love a vanilla/dessert-scented anything (candles, lotion, lip gloss…) so these are perfect for me. Another reason they fit the bill is their triple-duty to work as a shower gel, shampoo, and bubble bath. When I need a quick shower (which is pretty much ALL THE TIME) these are my go-to products to keep it simple and smelling lovely.

Vanilla Cream Topping: This one is my favorite scent out of the three I own. It’s not overwhelming, but it will fill your bathroom with a sugary, vanilla aroma for a little while. The gel itself feels luxuriously creamy and lathers well. It’s cute that it features a real recipe for creating your own vanilla cream topping to pour over your favorite desserts. In one word: YUM.

Sugar Plum Fairy: This is a glittering, purpley-pink, highly scented gel. It’s a hard-to-describe berry scent that’s a little spicy and tart, with a hint of wine. This one is not creamy and leaves a stronger scent behind than the others. The first time I used it, I discovered that it made my robe smell wonderful! The glitter gets washed away when you rinse, of course.

Amazing Grace: I think for people who love the scent already, you’ll probably like this. It’s an ok scent, but it comes across as oddly generic and soapy/perfumey to me. It’s a pretty pearlescent soft pink color and has a creamy feel. I have this in a size that’s perfect for travel, so I use it the most then.

I tend to shampoo with these when I’m in a hurry, or if I’m shampooing twice—once with my regular shampoo, and once with one of these (they will really help refresh the effectiveness of your usual shampoo). I use them the most often for a shower gel, and I love how they suds up well but don’t dry out my skin.

ON THE DOWNSIDE

None of the scents last on your body for very long. Some people might think that’s a negative thing, but I actually like that it fades so I can throw on my favorite perfume without any fragrance clashes. I like that they work for shampoo, but I recommend using a conditioner afterwards for sure. Most reviews say they make a good bubble bath, but not great, as the suds don’t last as long as they’d like.

I’ve also seen some reviews from people who didn’t like the scents for a variety of reasons (too “fake”, too strong, not strong enough), and you already know I’m not a big fan of the Amazing Grace scent for these, so my advice is to hit a Sephora in person if you can to test them out. If you’re looking for a safe bet, the Cinnamon Buns fragrance is the best seller with the most rave reviews of them all. (I gotta try this! My hubby is a huge cinnamon roll addict and it sounds like it’ll make our bathroom smell like Cinnabon. Sign me up!)

RATING

★★★★★ 4/5

These shower gels make me feel a little pampered despite my less-than-glamorous rushed shower time, and I love them for that! They come in delicious scents (just pick the one that’s right for you) and do a great job—but are lacking just a bit in being a super-perfect shampoo, bubble bath, and shower gel at the same time. That is a formula that I think would be pretty difficult to create!

WHERE TO BUY

Get these from Philosophy’s website, Amazon, or Sephora.

I am not affiliated with this company and was not compensated in any way for this review.

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Pajama Jeans

I’m reviewing Pajama Jeans, and I’m not ashamed. They are the first As Seen On TV product I’ve owned. I think the idea is genius—how many of us have a love/hate relationship with sweats? Don’t we all wish we could look a little more put together while in our PJs? My husband is less-than-thrilled about the sweats I am sometimes known to roam the house in, so I decided to ask for Pajama Jeans for Christmas. I have the small size bootcut style in black.

WHAT IT IS

Pajama Jeans are comfy sweats/p.j. style pants designed with a denim look to fool everyone into thinking you’re wearing jeans. They feature high contrast stitching and full functional pockets, a (hidden) drawstring, and are available in sizes X-Small to 3X. Inseams on all sizes are 31″.

Price: $30.00 (or so)

WHAT I LOVE

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Pajama Jeans have real front and back pockets with rivets—pink on the small front pocket, and brass-colored on the big front and rear pockets. Yes, the pockets are real, and that has been a life-saver for carrying my cell phone. They feature a pretty pink ribbon drawstring on the inside of the waist (so nobody sees this but you). They are definitely comfy and are pretty warm. These pants made me feel better about those days where I’m a little too busy for looking polished and want to be comfy. I can say they are the cutest sweats I’ve owned.

Here’s where and when I’ve worn them:

  • Outside on a walk around my neighborhood
  • As pajama bottoms (of course)
  • Around the house during the day while taking care of my son
  • As exercise/yoga pants
  • At a neighbor’s house for an emergency sleep-over after our furnace broke…

And let me just say, they really do come to the rescue when you are spending the night outside of the house! The night our furnace died, we had to pack up with our baby as quickly as possible, and I knew exactly what I wanted NEEDED to wear. I had no problem with our neighbors seeing me in these—in fact, I bet they were surprised that I looked so together the next day. I’ve never worn them to a store or running errands, but that’s just my preference. I don’t think it would look bad to wear them out and about, particularly if they fit you well. I think they would be perfect if you’re expecting some extended down-time, like after a surgery, or if you’ll be in the house a lot with a baby (that is NOT down-time, just to be clear!). They are great for cozy snow days and long travel days too.

ON THE DOWNSIDE

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awkward selfies: me in my Pajama Jeans

The fit is the only thing that is keeping me from raving about Pajama Jeans…and even still, I’m really happy with them. It’s just that on me, the fit is a bit baggier than my average pair of jeans and I don’t feel they really qualify as a jeans substitute because of that. But they are cute sweats and will make me feel more dressed than if I slapped on some actual pajama bottoms. And I’m sure that if they were slimmer, they might not be as comfy, so it’s a fine line to walk, and I think Pajama Jeans balance comfort and style well.

I’ve heard that the fit can be a bit finicky, and I can attest to that. My advice is that if you try them, get them from a store with a good return policy, and maybe buy two different sizes just in case. If you’re on the shorter end of the spectrum, be prepared for possible hemming (keep reading).

Length: You’ll notice that the inseam on ALL of the sizes is 31″. Since I’m 5’3″, when I first put them on, there was a puddle of extra fabric around my feet. I didn’t mind springing for a quick tailoring job to have them hemmed since I didn’t buy them myself—and I don’t have a sewing machine or I might attempt these projects on my own. The professional hemming job cost me $12.

Width: On me, the pants are a little bit wider through the thigh than I’d prefer—it’s not BAD by any means, but I’d prefer the leg to be slimmer in the small size. If they were, I’d probably be thrilled with them. They do sell a skinny style, so I’d be curious if that looks a little better on me.

Fabric: The fabric has become just a bit worn-looking, but that’s possibly because I don’t turn them inside out in the wash or hang them to dry. The nice thing is that the wear looks consistent with blue jean fabric and doesn’t give them away, so to speak. I think the color still looks good, but if you want to keep yours in excellent condition, I’d recommend being a bit gentler than I am about washing.

RATING

★★★★★ 4/5

I’m giving these four stars—one star is off for the length and fit complaints I’ve read about online. I’m a sucker for a cute pair of lounge pants, and these go the extra mile by making me look more put together than I really am!

WHERE TO BUY

You can purchase Pajama Jeans online from the Pajama Jeans websiteAmazon, or Target (among many choices). They are in lots of stores these days too!

I am not affiliated with this company and was not compensated in any way for this review.