Curmudgeonly Confession coming up: I’m not a huge fan of Christmas.
Oh, don’t get me wrong: I love the day itself. I just don’t really enjoy the run-up to it, what with all of the hysteria, the Christmas-Carols-in-Spetember, the crazed shopping people seems to indulge in at this time of year. (When, as we all know, crazed shopping isn’t just for Christmas, it’s an all-year thing!) (I’m kidding.) (Maybe.)
If it was up to me, then, I’d restrict Christmas to the week before the day itself at most, and would do all of the shopping on Christmas Eve. I am, however, willing to make an exception for beauty products, and these Philosophy gift sets are my one concession to The Christmas Spirit. (Unless wine counts as “the Christmas sprit”, that is…)
Fun In the Frosty Air, £22
This contains three of Philosophy’s classic shamppo/showel gel/bubble baths, in tree festive scents: Ginger Berry Frost, Fresh Vanilla Frost and Sugar Plum Frost. I can confirm that each of these:
a) Smells fantastic
b) Is a helluva lot more fun than the ACTUAL frosty air, which may look pretty, but which is really just a massive pain in the butt, isn’t it? I’d much rather be in a nice, steamy hot shower with these than outside with the frost, that’s for darn sure.
What you may or may not be able to see from the photo is that these also have a hint of glitter in them, which doesn’t make much different to the performance, but which IS very pretty.
I’ve also been “preparing for Christmas” with:
Jingle Joy, £13.56
The scent here is “Sweet Winter Air”, and the orange bottle is the shampoo/shower gel/bubble bath, while the oatmeal coloured one is a body lotion. You can see the shimmer effect much better in the shampoo here, which is such a gorgeous colour that… I was going to say I wish I could bottle it, but as it’s already bottled, that would be silly. Instead, I’ll simply say that I’m tempted not to actually use it, and just keep it out on display, because I really enjoy looking at it. (I won’t, though. That would be silly, too.)
If you want to try these for yourself, Philosophy is avaialable at Boots and QVC in the UK, and at Sephora and Nordstrom (among other places) in the US. The Jingle Joy set is actually a Nordstrom exclusive: they DO ship to the UK, but it may be on the pricey side for just one item.
(Disclosure: these were sent to me as review samples.)