07.01.2014
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amazing grace perfumed firming body emulsion
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8 fl. oz. for $23
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Anti-Cellulite/Firming Products
Last Updated:07.01.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

With fragrance listed as the second ingredient, this body lotion (almost all lotions are emulsions, so that part of the product name isn’t indicative of something special) is a bad idea for all skin types. Fragrance isn’t skin care, and there isn’t enough of the good stuff in this body lotion to make it worth considering over those from Olay, CeraVe, Neutrogena, or Paula’s Choice. Labeling this the ultimate body moisturizer is misleading, but this is one way to add a lot of what skin doesn’t need (fragrance) to your routine.

Claims

amazing grace perfumed, firming body emulsion is an award-winning body moisturizer for dry, aged or wrinkled skin. a beautifully feminine scent of welcoming bergamot to greet the senses, irresistibly soft, clean muguet blossoms and lasting musk with its classic beauty.

Ingredients

Water, Fragrance, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Isocetyl Stearoyl Stearate, Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Phytosterol/Octyldodecyl/Lauroyl Glutamate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Diazolidinyl Urea, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA

Brand Overview

philosophy At-A-Glance

Strengths: Relatively inexpensive; some of the best products are fragrance-free; very good retinol products; selection of state-of-the-art moisturizers; innovative skin-lightening product.

Weaknesses: Irritating and/or drying cleansers; average to problematic scrubs; at-home peel kits far more gimmicky than helpful; several products contain lavender oil; several products include irritating essential oils; the majority of makeup items do not rise above average status.

Believe in miracles. That's the "lifestyle" branding statement philosophy makes, which is an approach that is decidedly different from their former positioning, which encompassed family values and spirituality along with a dash of department-store élan and endearingly clever quips. The miracle angle may grab your attention, but the company is also quick to point out that its history is steeped in providing products to dermatologists and plastic surgeons worldwide (so, in addition to miracles, philosophy has a serious side, too). Although its heritage may have included providing clinically oriented products to doctors, we have yet to see or hear of any medical professional retailing philosophy products. And that's a good thing because, by and large, most of philosophy products are resounding disappointments. Moreover, several products, including almost all of their sunscreens, contain one or more known skin irritants. We would be extremely suspicious of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who recommended such products to their patients, and even more so if they actually believed some of the more farfetched claims philosophy makes.

Interestingly, when you shop this line at department stores or at the cosmetics boutique Sephora, what you'll notice is the preponderance of food- and drink-scented bath products, all in vivid colors or cutely boxed for gift-giving. It seems that somewhere along the way, the company decided to promote these nose-appeal products while downplaying their more serious-minded, simply packaged skin care. Perhaps the body lotions and bubble baths have become philosophy's bread and butter. Given the hit-or-miss nature of their facial-care products, that's not surprising. Then again, they've also heavily promoted their anti-aging-themed Miracle Worker products...

So what's to like if you're into the vibe philosophy puts out? Well, this is still a line with some well-formulated staples, including an AHA product, some retinol options, and a handful of state-of-the-art moisturizers. The products that get the most promotion at the counter are the ones you should avoid, such as the at-home peels, scrubs, pads, and anti-acne products. However, the somewhat confusing, conflicting image philosophy presents shouldn't keep you from considering their best products—but it's not a lifestyle brand in the sense that using the entire line will somehow bring you a more joyful existence, or significantly improved skin. The philosophy line is now owned Coty, a cosmetics brand primarily known for their fragrances. Their acquisition of philosophy is their first major foray into a widely-distributed skin care brand.

For more information about philosophy, call (800) 568-3151 or visit www.philosophy.com.

Note: philosophy opts to use lowercase letters for every product they sell, so the listings below are simply following suit.

philosophy Makeup

Minimalism is a big theme among philosophy's dwindling, uneven range of makeup. Whereas the color options from this company used to be extensive, well-organized, and at times clever, what's lining the counter now needs help, in more ways than one. The major issue is the plethora of ordinary products that cost far too much for what they don't offer, which is innovation and, in almost every case, selection. The line shines brightest (pun intended) with its lip color offerings, though the best products in this category are counterbalanced by glosses or lip balms with needless irritants. If you're a fan of philosophy's skin-care products and are considering their makeup, you don't want to try to build a comprehensive color wardrobe with it. However, you'd be wise to explore the handful of pleasant surprises here, including an excellent bronzing lotion, foundation primer with sunscreen, and the multi-use makeup brush.

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01.06.2014
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It's disappointing to see this lotion was such a low rating. It is heavily perfumed, but I don't know if that always necessarily warrants a poor rating... At any rate, I actually have very sensitive skin, I have tried many perfumed, and fragrance-free lotions that leave me with dry patches, occasional eczema, and irritation bumps on my chest and arms. This is the only lotion I have found that keeps my skin smooth and hydrated, and smelling great on top of that!

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Jennifer D.
10.05.2013
I love it!

I really hate to see this rated so poorly. I have been using this for a long time and love it. I'm not sure how , as according to this info there is nothing in it that should be effective, yet nothing works for me like this lotion. It leaves my skin silky smooth and has smoothed out the creepiness I was beginning to get on my chest area. This brand is very popular, gets high cus ratings and is MUCH less expensive then the other brands I use.

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