Dear Philosophy

Dear Philosophy

by on May 6, 2017 · 14 comments

I want to talk to you about pure grace hot salt tub and shower scrub. As you may or may not be aware, I am always looking for my HG (Holy Grail) of body scrubs. I had one a few years ago from Bath & Body Works and they discontinued it, but not before I bought no less than 35 tubs of this exfoliation nirvana. When they were finished I wanted to cry – but instead I started a blog to record my trials and tribulations of finding my new perfect scrub.

Like Indiana Jones of the beauty blogosphere, I search the world (web) high and low for the exfoliator that will make me grin like a Cheshire cat. A scrub that is full of enough rocks, salt, or sugar to scrape every last bit of skin off my body and leave me as smooth as glass. A scrub that will leave me smelling like an apple pie infused with cinnamon, raspberry cheesecake, or a glorious meadow full of Spring flowers.

Your hot salt tub and shower scrub is nearly perfect. It’s gloriously thick and I can even over look the annoying foil lid although it’s unnecessary. It takes off the layers of skin that I no longer need, and leaves my bod perfectly smooth, polished, and hydrated. There is no oily residue left in the bath and the 652g tub is the perfect size.

So what is the problem? The Pure Grace fragrance smells surprisingly similar to The Gingerbread Man hot salt body scrub. How can this be? Is my my nose broken or is fragrance not that important to Philosophy? I’ve had it confirmed from other beauty bloggers that your shower gel scents although gorgeous, do not last beyond the shower. While this is the preference for some people, it just puts me in a bad mood. I was disappointed with Have a Zoe Christmas for this very reason.

So Philosophy what should I do? Continue to be forlorn by your lack of olfactory pleasure or just ban you from the COPD household forever?

Get back to me when you can.

All the best


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May 6, 2017 at 6:01 am

I agree, the scents don’t go beyond the shower. I buy Philosophy bubble bath soaps and they smell delicious, but the second it hits the water, the scent fades and eventually goes away. Such a shame. Otherwise, I love Philosophy. Thinking of trying this scrub now.


May 6, 2017 at 7:41 am

Hi Taylor – That is so frustrating and it must even more annoying when you take a bath. Surely the point of having a nice warm bath will be the scent that lingers in the air. I prefer the Grace Scrub to the Gingerbread Man even the scents are similar the Grace one is neutral enough that you could considering un-scented if that makes sense???!!

Thanks for comment! xoxo


May 6, 2017 at 7:59 am

I have never tried any of these products from I do find foil lids on pots of exfoliators VERY annoying!

Not quite the same but I’ve heard good things about Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream – not sure if you’ve tried that at all? It’s on my “to buy” list!

The Clarins Smoothing Body Scrub is one I’m using at the moment and it’s lovely! Only downside is I want a nice scent to go with it! I love fresh or sweet smelling things!



May 6, 2017 at 8:20 am

Good morning Sarah – I was looking at Clinique Sparkle Skin yesterday and in the Boots magazine! Great minds think alike. The Clarins scrub doesn’t smell of anything? Who makes these things do they not know how important scent is? :D


May 6, 2017 at 11:06 am

Oh this must be frustrating the lack of smell ! For me it is half the reason why I buy a product, if it doesn’t smell anything or worse smells bad I would not buy it !!!


May 6, 2017 at 11:08 am

I’m interested in this, I really like Philosophy products and I’m always on the lookout for a nice scrub.


May 6, 2017 at 12:40 pm

I agree- I find the Philosophy scents in general quite fleeting, as much as I love them! All of the Graces are so lovely yet *poof* gone. Have you tried the Soap & Glory products? The scents and the products are AMAZING, not to mention the masses of bubbles in the bubble bath, and I swear I can smell them on my skin halfway through the day. My shower smells so good because the scent stays in my shower puff! Plus the price point is so reasonable.


Sultry Red
May 6, 2017 at 6:54 pm

I love your post, now tweet it to the philosophy people so they can answer you. ,-)


May 6, 2017 at 10:56 pm

i don’t think i have ever noticed a scent remaining for very long (probably a reflection of the quality i buy :-s) but i still think the scrub sounds amazing!


May 7, 2017 at 12:13 pm

@Pinkty – that is precisely why I buy bath & body stuff for the smell!
@Lucy – It really is a great scrub from that point I would recommend it.
@Jane – Yeah I’ve tried a few S&G things but not too keen on their smell either. I just find it annoying that Philosophy goes to the trouble to make so many different scents and then like you said *poof* they are gone!
@Sultry Red – I wish I had that much influence that Philosophy would listen to me, you give me too much credit. Maybe if Temptalia made a complaint they would listen!
@Ayshe – The scrub is the dog’s which is why I’m in such a quandry over it. Oh the problems I have! *faints Victorian style*

Thanks for stopping by ladies I really appreciate your comments on this matter! :D


May 7, 2017 at 1:44 pm

I smelt this in the shop and I really hated it, I put some on my hand and I couldn’t get rid of the smell! I’ve only ever tried Philosophy products once, I picked up three of the shower gels a few years ago and thought they were gorgeous. I would definitely like to try more :) xxx


May 7, 2017 at 6:19 pm

@Carla – I’m surprised you could actually smell something with this, it just smells like soap to me. I probably will buy another Philosophy scrub in the future I will just pretend it’s unscented to avoid disappointment!

Thanks for your comment x


May 18, 2017 at 8:34 am

I’m well known in my family for having smells disappear on me. I can bath/shower with the most fragrant smell but it just won’t last on my skin. Actually, I lie..the only scent that does last on my is Molton Brown and that isn’t a strong scent as you know. I shower with Original Source, Pink Cow, N-spa and the smell just doesn’t stay on me. It stays on everyone else though..

Re. scrubs, have you ever tried the Sanctuary’s Hot Salt Scrub? That’s perfection in a scrub for me. It warms up, it gets the dead skin off without cutting you to ribbons and it makes you feel smooth all over so you don’t need to use as much moisturiser (if any). However, it’s browny in colour so if you get any on the shower walls it does look like you’ve shit yourself so make sure you wash it off.


May 18, 2017 at 8:47 am

@Rhamnousia – Well Molton Brown is quality…Those others you mentioned don’t stay on me either. I’ve got some cute n-spa shower gels that I’m finishing off and as soon as I get out of the tube the scent disappears. I’ve never tried any of their body lotion maybe that would hold onto it longer?

Never tried Sanctuary but I love hot salt scrubs (or any scrub for that matter I have no shame). I’ve had a few scrubs that look like I’ve had an ‘accident’ in the shower so I know exactly what you are talking about! ;)

Thanks for stopping chick I’ve missed you!!!! x


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