Tuesday, December 8th, 2009


Philosophy’s The Gingerbread Man

Scrub-a-dub with Philosophy’s The Gingerbread Man

Philosophy The Gingerbread Man Body Scrub ($25.00 for 23 oz.) is a hot salt scrub with a citrus-y ginger scent.

I was actually disappointed that this didn’t smell more like gingerbread, because it was definitely more natural ginger scent with a kick of citrus–maybe orange–instead. Philosophy is usually totally on target with scent, so I’m not sure if maybe I just expected the wrong scent. It’s not a bad smell, but it wasn’t what I expected!

I was also a little confused over the best way to apply/use it, because it is advertised as a scrub for the “tub and shower,” but the instructions tell you to apply to dry skin, rub in a circular motion, and then rinse off. I don’t know about you, but once I’m in the shower, there really isn’t any dry skin anymore! I tried it on dry skin once, right before I jumped into the shower, and I don’t think it’s the way to go. It felt much too harsh, was tough to apply (there wasn’t enough slip), and it was messy (I had salt granules all over my floor for days, much to my boyfriend’s chagrin).

So, after that, I decided to try it another way — in the shower. So, so much better! It’s a gritty scrub as it uses big salt particles to exfoliate, which means it might not be appropriate if you prefer softer granules or have sensitive skin. In the shower, it’s just gritty enough to give you lots of exfoliation while you rub it onto damp skin. It does dissolve, but it doesn’t do so immediately upon contact with water — you can get a few minutes of “scrubbing” time in before it’s time to rinse and still have granules left.

Bottom Line: I didn’t notice much of a warming feel–maybe just slightly–but I did have much smoother, softer skin post-shower, and the scrub itself has enough hydration to keep my skin from getting scaly. I like that there’s no greasy residue or oily feel afterward as well! It’s a solid scrub, and you certainly get plenty for your money. After years of trying different scrubs, I’ve found I prefer slightly less coarse scrubs, so that’s why this one didn’t have me on my feet — but it’s still a worthwhile scrub if you do prefer coarse, salt-based scrubs.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you like coarser bodys scrubs, you may enough this one.

Availability: Nordstrom, Sephora

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Philosophy’s The Gingerbread Man


Philosophy’s The Gingerbread Man


Philosophy’s The Gingerbread Man


Philosophy’s The Gingerbread Man

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9 thoughts on “Philosophy The Gingerbread Man Body Scrub Review, Photos

  1. Nicole

    The packaging almost sold me. It was way too cute! But I was really disappointed it didn’t smell EXACTLY like gingerbread. Pass. :/

  2. I remember trying this out at Sephora and I was disappointed. It didn’t smell like gingerbread but I did like the ginger citrus scent. Even though the packaging is cute. I didn’t buy it cause it didn’t smell like gingerbread.

  3. Irene

    I think this product use to be better about 4 years ago – it use to be warming but the scent is just very strange to me.

  4. EU

    I am three things: an avid reader of your blog, a fan of beauty products in general and a philosophy addict! This Gingerbread scrub would have been something I normally drifted toward (so in sync with my love for the holidays and with the power to beautify me – who wouldn’t rush toward it). BUT thanks to your helpful tips I will not be overcome with overzealousness! A beauty product HAS to have the legs to carry out it’s promises! I think I will pass, although I do still love this brand!

  5. Hm sounds interesting. I have been between body scrubs since I ran out of the last one I made myself and I’ve REALLY missed them! My boyfriend was sweet enough to pick me up all three of the Lush Solid Sugar Scrubs when he was near one and a recent trip and OMG I really needed to exfoliate LOL. Sadly, I don’t think the Lush ones are going to lash very long since they disintegrate pretty easily with every use (I was careful too!) so I’m looking for a cream/liquid version. Will keep this in mind since I actually quite like ginger/citrus scents. =)

  6. Carrie

    This is a maybe for me. I’ve been using etailer scrubs, but I like Philosophy’s products and their cute packaging. I could use a good scrub. I do wish it smelled like Gingerbread, though!

  7. daisyv316

    Hey!
    I have been using this scrub for about 5 years, I love this as much as the body wash and the body butter, I only wish that they would make a body spray. This scent is not meant to smell like gingerbread, but more like ginger, with a hint of orange. I guess they just named it like so to be cute. But if gingerbread is what you want, they do carry a gingerbread scent, not gingerbread man. I love this so I uy this every year when it comes out. Also, I use it in the shower not on dry skin. =)

  8. Gram

    This is an awesome product. It smells just like gingerbread and the scent last and lasts.
    It feels expensive and I use it when I want to treat myself or when I’m dressing up to go someplace special.