Friday, June 11th, 2010

Philosophy Gingerbread Man Shower Gel

Philosophy Shower Gels:  The Good, The Bad, The Delicious

The Tech Guy Shaun, aka The Tech Guy, aka my boyfriend, continues to enjoy his romp here on Temptalia! He’s twenty-seven with normal-to-dry skin and suffers from no more acne (much to my envy!).  Since I have a thing for Philosophy Shower Gels, inevitably, he gets into them and goes through them in record time.  (No, seriously, if it was just me, a bottle will last me half a year or more.  I don’t know, I’ve never gone through one before moving in with this guy!)

Shaun enjoys long walks on the beach, vegging out on the couch watching chick flicks, and cuddling with Mellan. Or maybe not! He handles all the behind-the-scenes action here at Temptalia, from tech support to server woes to being my shoulder to cry on.

Guess who’s back, back again, Shaun is back, tell a friend. No, seriously tell a friend! Right now!@$

After tackling extra-terrestrial life in my last review, it is time to get back down to earth. However, I will stick with the same brand and take on Philosophy’s Shower Gel Collection.  This is definitely not a Man’s product. With flavors like Raspberry Sorbet, Unconditional Love, and Orchid Blossom, I don’t recommend walking onto the job site smelling like Cherry Angel Food Cake.

I guess what I don’t understand about these body washes is why you’d want to torture yourself with these delicious smells. Every time I find myself half asleep and taking a whiff of Classic Fudge Cake, I find that half of the bottle has gone missing and my mouth tastes like soap. I don’t really know what happened, but I’m sure it’s not good. Next thing you know I’m sneezing, and bubbles are coming out of my nose! What’s with this product?!

You also have to be careful around your dog when you are using these. He starts to get this look in his eye like he’s debating whether he can take you down without too much trouble. If they come out with steak-flavored body wash then I’m for sure going to be dog food.

Some smell exactly as the packaging states. Others, however, do not smell at all as what they advertise. We have one that’s called Gingerbread Man, and let me tell you, it doesn’t smell at all like gingerbread. In fact, it smells exactly like diet cola! And I can’t tell you how awesome it is to smell like diet cola. I wait until Christine is looking the other way and then I take a deep inhale of my forearm. It’s like heaven in a bottle! I cut soda out of my diet so long ago that I had forgotten how awesome soda smells. Oh, you bubbly fiend how I miss ye.

Onto the good! These soaps lather very well and that is basically my one criteria when it comes to body wash. If I don’t look like Mr. Bubble after lathering up then you don’t have any business being on my loofah! Yeah, I use a loofah. What’s the big deal?

However, a big gripe of mine is the packaging. After using up some of the bottle, it becomes increasingly difficult to squeeze the sweet smelling liquid out of its container. I’ve nearly popped a blood vessel trying to get the soap out of these darn bottles. We went as far as getting a pump for the bottle, but the pump has to be pumped twenty times to get a decent amount out. They use a different type of softer plastic on the smaller versions of these soaps, which is much easier to manage, so I don’t really get why they don’t use that on all of their products.

RECOMMENDATION: Great lather but not great for any man unless he really likes Classic Fudge Cake. Be weary around animals and any other hungry people that aren’t offended by cannibalism.

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33 thoughts on “Philosophy Shower Gels: The Good, The Bad, The Delicious

  1. Andrea

    I am curious to smell them i like Philosphy products

  2. Farida

    Shaun,

    When are you planning on showing your front view (face). We want to see who is in “FRONT” of these funny reviews, PLS!!!

  3. Doreen

    Haha! Thanks for reviewing, Shaun! And thanks to Christine too, for “leasing” out her boyfriend for us. Personally I kinda refuse to use the Philosophy scented shower gels, because it’s like watching the Food Network–I may salivate as much as I like, but I will probably never be able to taste the food. :( Plus, I find some of the scents nauseating.

  4. Scientific Housewife

    That’s funny, my guy likes manly smelling soaps, he didn’t want to try my buttercream shower gel haha.

  5. cass

    Hahaha I love this, it has literally made my morning!

  6. Charlotte

    To clarify that my ‘Love it’ was for the review rather than the product. These are really expensive in the UK and contain way too many nasty chemicals for me to be shelling out for them (only to be even more attractive to zombies!)

  7. Bobbie C.

    HAHA I love his reviews. My favorite line ” If I don’t look like Mr. Bubble after lathering up then you don’t have any business being on my loofah! Yeah, I use a loofah. What’s the big deal?”

    Pure comedy.

  8. Haha, I love these reviews ^^ They always make me LOL! You’ve found yourself a good one there, hang on to him, Christine ;)

    It’s a shame they don’t sell Philosophy products in Belgium, I’ve always wanted to try some of their stuff, it looks so cute!

  9. Anna

    Shaun needs to keep writing because these are hilarious.

  10. Sara

    We love your reviews Shaun!

  11. happy

    I dont care what you review really but reading your reviews are hilarious!!!!!!!!

  12. Samantha T.

    OMG….this review made me laugh out loud! Shaun – you are the king of one-liners; “Oh you bubbly fiend how I miss ye” – Classic!

  13. Rae

    Oh my god, I agree entirely! I had to cut all the sweet foody scents out of my shower regimen — wanting to consume your arm all day is NOT a good thing, no matter how much you’re into chocolate fudge. (What can I say? I don’t have a dog to look at me like I’m food, so I have to do it myself. You can’t blame me!)

  14. Wendy M.

    lol great review, Shaun!
    Looking forward to your next one! :D

  15. I’ve always wanted to try Gingerbread Man. They had (or maybe they still do) some sugar scrub I really wanted. Well, my poor boyfriend has a Philosophy Flirty Girl in his shower for me. There’s not really a way we can share that with a name like that!

  16. as i read this and got to “any business being on my loofah” i actually thought, “you use a loofah?” lol! :) great review! i have the same problem with most bed head products, they’re for my hair but i secretly want to eat them all up because they smell like candy!

  17. Rissy

    :) another great review shaun! I can’t bring my self to try these… one the bottle is hard to squeeze… i use philosophy face cleanser and two the weird scents… i don’t wanna smell like cake… D: I usually use my BFs shower gel :p

  18. Crystal

    Shaun, your posts are definitely amusing. I can tell you I am sure my boyfriend has snuck my shower gels in a time or two. I just recently bought him some “manly” smelling body washes from Bath & Body…for some reason they are still full & my birthday cake body wash is not. Hmmm. :) Keep up the good work!

  19. Kim

    Great review! Always wanted to try philosphy shower gels so im glad to hear they lather well.

  20. Haha! You need to confess to Christine that you’ve been eating the shower gel and that’s where it’s been disappearing to!

  21. Tiffany

    LMAO @ the dog comments! So true! My Chihuahua actually licked the top of the bottle because it smelled so good. I guess he really thought it was food. :D

  22. Tina

    I do like Philosophy shower gel and bath gel. But I have had a few problems with one. I don’t remember which one it was, but it came in a holiday set around Christmas time last year. On the bottles it says that the shower gel can leave you itching and irritated in your lady parts. And I had that happen with one and it lasted a week. And oh my gosh let me tell you, I haven’t bought Philosophy since. Has anyone else had that problem?

  23. Kalee

    i think this is my favorite review from you shaun. lol. sometimes i wish i could eat it too. you know what too? i think some of them say that you can use it as shampoo too. im not sure how good it works as shampoo but your a guy and have short hair, so im sure its not a problem. lol

  24. Paloma

    I really enjoy Shaun’s form of writing and his sense of humor! Have you asked him to start a blog of his own?

  25. CeeBee

    I love Philosophy products! Can’t get then here in NZ but I’ve ordered some from overseas and I’ve become a bit of a fiend! Pink Frosted Layer Cake 3 in 1 and Sweet Creamy Frosting body cream are enough to turn my fiance into a slobbering beast… he likes Cinnamon Buns too.

    Shaun, when you arrange that steak flavour body wash, make sure they do a rosemary and garlic version too, LOL!

  26. Dbb

    I’m really enjoying reading the male perspective on our beauty products. Is there a link button above that shows all your reviews together?

  27. Luisafer

    cute story!!! now I’m intrigue by this gels… guess have to try them… by the way my hubby is the same way, don’t know why he needs so much gel to shower!!!

  28. Donna

    When I get lower than 1/2 down in the bottle, I turn it upside down in a plastic cup in my shower, this keeps the product down near the spout and makes it easier to get it all out. I love Lemonade in the summer, and the chocolate products for the winter.

  29. Kudos! I have two men behind my blog – both of’em are testing stuff for me sometimes, but they do not write as funny as you do.
    Well, I would not got for somehting that bubbles-bubbles so much because they synthethic washing subtsances are far too aggressive for my skinf and for those whom I love.

  30. Angela

    I love the titles! haha