Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Philosophy:  Peppermint Hot Cocoa Shower Gel
Philosophy: Peppermint Hot Cocoa Shower Gel

Philosophy Peppermint Hot Cocoa Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath ($16.00 for 16 oz.) is a fun, holiday scent from Philosophy’s Holiday Collection.  The first time I lathered up with this product, I was instantly reminded of peppermint mochas from Starbucks.  It’s that chocolaty sweetness mixed with a pop of peppermint.  I think Philosophy nailed the scent, and the name is perfectly suited to it.  It’s a good mix of chocolate sweetness and richness and peppermint where neither scent overpowers the other.

Philosophy describes this scent as, “a minty spin on a chocolaty holiday favorite. this super-decadent, new peppermint hot cocoa shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath 16 oz. will surely become your favorite shower-time treat. the ultra-rich formula provides a moisturizing lather from head to toe to gently cleanse and condition your skin and hair. it even comes in a giftable holiday box.”

I am a big, and a long-time, fan of Philosophy’s 3-in-1 gels.  I only use mine as shower gels (I prefer other products for shampoo, and I rarely take baths), but I love these for two reasons:  1) sheer variety in scents available and 2) they lather up so easily and quickly and feel great when you’re using them in the shower.  I think these are affordable products, because one 16 oz. bottle lasts me about three or four months, easily.  You don’t need much to lather head to toe or to get the scent to fill your shower.  The only thing I don’t like about these is I find the bottle packaging to be of a very hard plastic, so it isn’t as easy as I’d like to squeeze out the product when it starts getting empty–requires a little strength!

Bottom Line: If you prefer shower gels that give you a lingering scent after the shower is over, Philosophy’s aren’t really designed for that purpose (they actually advertise them as scents that don’t linger past the shower/bath).  If, however, you want to enjoy a burst of scent in the shower in various fun scents like Peppermint Hot Cocoa, but don’t necessarily want to walk around smelling like that, these are amazing.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  As with most Philosophy shower gels… if you like this kind of scent or it sounds like one you might like, I urge you to give it a whiff!

Availability: Philosophy, Sephora

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Philosophy:  Peppermint Hot Cocoa Shower Gel
Philosophy: Peppermint Hot Cocoa Shower Gel

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9 thoughts on “Philosophy Peppermint Hot Cocoa Shower Gel Review, Photos

  1. coffee.cutie

    did you know that philosophy sells pumps for the 3-in-1’s?

    • Yep! :) But since they use softer plastic for their mini-sized bottles, I’d prefer they just used that instead! (And so it wouldn’t cost me extra time/effort to get a pump.)

  2. amy

    I love their nostalgic packaging it is very retro and it reminds me of childhood. Looking at Philosophy always puts me in a good mood.

  3. Bella

    I looooove Philosophy’s skincare line and had been wanting to get some of their soaps. However, $16 seems like a lot for a scent that doesn’t last. Are they very moisturizing?

    • I guess it just depends on whether you want it to last, you know? Like I totally don’t want to smell like food all day! But I can totally understand those who *do* want the smell to linger for longer than the duration of their shower. I find them only somewhat moisturizing – they’re not drying at all, but I can’t exactly skip the body lotion and just use these.

  4. Mmmmm… I actually want to try this just for the scent, it seems droolworthy :) I’m rather new to the Philosophy line, but do you know if they have anything for Peppermint Hot Cocoa that actually leaves a (light) lingering scent (ie. lotion or something)? Thanks!

  5. Mmm, pepermint mocha! I had a mocha a few days ago. I hadn’t had one in ages because I’m trying to lose weight. Oh well, this plus Lush’s Cupcake will have to satisfy my sweet tooth. 😉