I have been back and forth on this brand so many times – on the one hand, there are some products in this range that deliver so spectacularly that you wonder why you haven’t been using them all your life, and on the other, it just doesn’t have the vibrancy in exterior appearance that makes you want to pull it from the shelf and into your basket. The Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar that you see above has been given a sleeve so it looks a little more perky. I’ve also got a bit of an issue with the ‘positive messaging’ – Philosophy does a great job with their bath and body line but the ‘No Reason To Hide’ range rankles a little – it gives a little nagging doubt that maybe you might have had a reason to hide in the first place. And, ‘multi-imperfections’?
So, to get to the products that I have found really work (the nearest I can compare this range to is Ole Henrikesen, and I’m a big fan of that) – Purity Made Simple Cleanser (from £8.50) really gets to grips with cleansing and leaves your skin ultra soft. The Great Mystery One Minute Facial (£22.50) does that instant perk-up that leaves skin looking brighter and fresher and gives a smooth and soft base over which to apply makeup, and finally Renewed Hope In A Jar – an upscaled version of the original Hope In A Jar. The reason this works as a great moisturiser is that it keeps your skin on the hop with three alphy hydroxy acids so that surface cells are constantly renewed and three different forms of hyaluronate. There’s no doubt that you’ll see a difference in terms of smoothness and radiance. I know you can’t take too much notice of brand studies but the claim is that 100% of (52) participants saw an improvement in skin texture in a week and that one did leap out at me enough that I’m giving it a go for a couple of weeks and so far, I love it. Renewed Hope hasn’t launched in the UK yet but when it does, on 1st April, it will go into John Lewis or Boots.
Actually, I spotted that Boots has a trial size kit (Cleanse, Peel & Treat) for £25 which might be a good place to start in terms of brand discovery. It’s HERE.
I also love that Philosophy donates 1% of all sales to support mental initiatives (it’s a global brand – 1% will add up).
*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated