Friday, November 16th, 2012


philosophy The Cookbook Collection

Cook Up Some Holiday Treats

philosophy The Cookbook Collection ($38.00 for 5 x 6 fl. oz.) includes five holiday-themed scents in philosophy’s 3-in-1 gel, which can be used as shampoo, shower gel, or bubble bath. Each year, they put out The Cookbook, and it’s a great gift to give/receive. I actually like philosophy’s smaller bottles, because they use a softer, frosted plastic, which makes it easier to squeeze out the product, compared to the larger bottles, which use a harder, clear plastic.

  • Old Fashioned Eggnog is sweet and creamy with lots of vanilla and a smidgen of spice.
  • Hot Buttered Rum is warm, buttery, and caramel-like sweetness. It was the sweetest, most powerful scent out of the five.
  • Peppermint Bark sweetened chocolate and mint–it’s exactly as described (well, all of these are!).
  • Cinnamon Buns is creamy with sugar and cinnamon. It’s not quite as potent as the smell when you walk by a Cinnabon, but it’s similar.
  • Spicy Pear Cobbler is all tart, crisp pear.  I didn’t get the cobbler part; it doesn’t smell like a baked good, just fruity with more tartness than sweetness.  It was the scent that I liked the most, actually, out of the five–very refreshing to use in the morning.

These are weakest as shampoos; they cleanse, but I feel like they’re really basic and probably won’t be a go-to shampoo for anyone with picky hair.  They definitely don’t lather as much as a shampoo as they do as a bubble bath or shower gel.  I very rarely take baths, so I tend to use these as shower gels.   It takes two of us a couple of months to get through one 16 fl. oz. bottle–about a month for these smaller ones–so the cost-per-use stretches quite a bit.  The formula lathers up well, rinses cleanly off without drying out the skin, and they really scent up the shower.  The scents do not linger on the skin once washed out, which may be something you want or don’t want.

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philosophy The Cookbook Collection


philosophy The Cookbook Collection


philosophy The Cookbook Collection

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17 thoughts on “philosophy The Cookbook Collection (2012) Review & Photos

  1. I’ll have some cinnamon buns, please!

  2. nacacijin

    …where’d you get a Cookbook set with five bottles in it? Mine and my sister’s only came with four (the pear one wasn’t in them) and they were $30 instead of $38.

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kendra Kendra

    Not sure how I feel about how the scents of Philosophy shower gels don’t linger…

    Certain scents I would love to linger for the rest of the day (I had a pineapple coconut one that was delicious!)
    But certain scents like “bubbly” I would rather not… Do I really want to smell like champagne the rest of the day? Even cinnamon buns, do I really want that hanging around?

    Overall though, I do love Philosophy, it’s a nice treat for the shower!

  4. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Susana rouge-gorge

    Thank you for the review! I’ ve been dying to try Philosphy products! Is there any chance for us girls in Europe to find them? Do you know or does anybody else knows? Thank you!

  5. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jill AnGeLwInGz

    The Peppermint Bark is amazing. I like that one for the winter and Melon Daiquiri in the summer.

  6. grlnxdor

    Recently bought the Hot Buttered Rum for my daughter for Christmas. I’m pretty sure she is going to love it and it’s probably a scent that you wouldn’t want to linger anyway. It’s very buttery, carmel like and sweet smelling. Yum!

  7. I’ve only tried the cinnamon buns scent, but I have to say, I really loved it. I’m usually not one to pay more for a particular scent, tend to just use unscented soaps, but this is one of the few that’s probably worth it for me

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Malia Malia

    I’ve always loved their holiday sets, but *shocked* that ur man uses these! :)

  9. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Barbara Barbara

    I like the fact that the scent doesn’t linger. As much as I love perfume I’ve never liked perfumed shower gels, but I love Philosophy. Eggnog is one of my favorites!!

  10. linda

    Great prize!

  11. This is a great blog site. I was reading through some of your reviews and I was wondering if you know what ingredients in particular enable these soaps not to leave skin dry?
    Thanks!

  12. I have to agree that there are some scents that I wouldn’t like to linger with me all day! But i think that overall it is a plus to be able to add the scent you really want over the top, so to speak, of what is after all just a hair cleaner. Although I still think this product is great and i love the professional, uncluttered look of the packaging.