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Sugar & Spice


The weather outside may just be getting frightful, but the holiday-themed treats from wondrous body care company philosophy are absolutely delightful. It’s hard not to imagine a better treat from the harsh winter than a warm bath scented like gingerbread, or slathering on a crisp peppermint lotion to keep your skin taut and moisturized. With that in mind, I’m highlighting my five favourite finds from philosophy, just in time for Christmas gift-giving!

philosophy The Care PackageThe Care Package – $115 @ Sephora, The Bay & Shopper’s Drug Mart
One of the things philosophy is probably most celebrated for is their star performer skincare products. Around the holidays, they actually release some pretty amazing value sets so you can stock up on a year’s worth of goodies to nourish your face in particular. This quite literal care package contains six of their most popular products to help you build a multi-step skincare routine, including cleansers, moisturizers, scrubs, and a microdelivery peel and wash to keep your skin looking bright and youthful. It’s such a must-have for any lady on your list – consider splurging on it for mom!

philosophy The Gingerbread Man Hot Salt ScrubThe Gingerbread Man Hot Salt Scrub – $33 at The Bay and Sephora
If you’re looking for a warm tingly sensation after getting stuck in the cold, this exfoliating, self-heating scrub should definitely make your wish list. Use it in the shower or tub to buff out the dryest patches of your skin, all while inhaling a delicious, kitchen-worthy spicy ginger scent. The results? An ultra-smooth epidermis with a festive fragrance to boot. The sweet retro packaging makes this a choice pick for your sister or best friend – it’s the type of treat she’ll rarely splurge on for herself, but absolutely fawn over when she opens (and tries!) it.

philosophy Holiday Kisses Lip SetHoliday Kisses Set – $33 @ Sephora
The one area philosophy dabbles into the realm of cosmetics is with their ultra-shimmery, ultra-nourishing lip glosses in makes-your-mouth-water flavours and scents. Sephora is home to an exclusive collection of glosses inspired by four seasonally appropriate treats: red velvet cake, frosted cookie, bubbly, and candy cane. Each tube has its own finish – although all of them are quite sheer – to either add a kiss of colour, a pucker-worthy dapple of shine, or a clear, tingly gloss to finish off your party-ready look. Give it to your girlfriend or wife – she’ll thank you for keeping her lips smooth, and you’ll be thankful when you get to kiss off the gloss later.

philosophy Hope In A JarHope In A Jar Ornament – $15 @ Sephora
If you’ve ever used philosophy’s award-winning Hope In A Jar moisturizer, chances are you’re still probably using it. As one of the brand’s signature skincare products, this souffle-textured moisturizer is light enough for daily use. Believe it or not, it was originally developed for medical use, and has since worked wonders on countless millions of women around the globe. It works with virtually any skin type to keep it smooth and soft, and when packaged in this too-cute ornament box, makes a perfect holiday gift to introduce a friend to a fantastic product.

philosophy Living GraceLiving Grace Collection – $20 – $44 @ The Bay, Shopper’s Drug Mart, and Sephora
philosophy has had a pretty long winning streak with their line of ‘Grace’ perfumes. This newest incarnation is, like the others, a light, clean fragrance designed to lift you up instead of drown you in heady notes. Available in a spray fragrance, 3-in-1 shampoo, bath & shower gel, emulsifying body lotion, and a satin-finish oil mist (not shown), it’s easy to envelope you in this crisp scent evoking neroli, lily of the valley, and wintery musk. It may just be hitting the shelves now, but it’s a scent worthy of year-round wear.

So there you have it…my top five picks from philosophy’s mega-extensive collection of holiday goodies. For serious, visit the shops to inhale this stuff for yourself and check out the dozen or so other great gift ideas from the line. It’s universally loved by all of my ladies, in part because you know, it really works. Sephora is home to tons of exclusive products in particular, but you can also check out select The Bay and Shopper’s Drug Mart stores across the nation to snap up some goodies as well. Or you know, you could just enter my contest. You could win one of three philosophy prizes I’m giving away, including The Care Package, The Gingerbread Man Hot Salt Scrub, or the Hope in a Jar ornament! Here’s how to enter:

1) Leave a comment below by December 18th with your favourite gift idea from the philosophy holiday catalogue.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around December 19th to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Go on and join the hundreds of thousands of philosophy fans on Facebook, and leave a comment on their wall (with no obligation to mention the CGG) to earn yourself a bonus entry.

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152 Responses to “Sugar & Spice”
  1. Debbie Bashford says:

    Love the twas the night before set

  2. Debbie Bashford says:

    I liked them on Facebook and left a comment

  3. I Love the Snow angel gift box. Kind of reminds me of Christmas’s past. Like the facebook page and commented Janice E Cournoyer

  4. leah says:

    Really like the living grace collection. Iliked them on facebook. :)

  5. samantha h says:

    Christmas morning gift set. I got one similar to this a few years ago. so nice!

  6. Elizabeth R says:

    I like the Christmas morning set.

  7. My favourite gift idea would be the cookbook. All those wonderful scents! I’d never leave the tub! lol.

  8. Sandy says:

    I love the Care Package set! I love Philosophy’s skincare range ans this would be a great way to try out a few new products!

  9. Victoria Ess says:

    My favourite is the everyday hope gift set.

  10. Lucky1 says:

    So many wonderful things but I think The Care Package would be lovely!

  11. Dreena says:

    My favourite would be this: ” twas the night before”. So sweet smelling.
    Thanks.

  12. Kathy P says:

    The Hands of Hope ornament is a good gift!

  13. Kathy P says:

    Liked and left a comment on the Philosophy FB page.

  14. Holly Sproule says:

    I like the Candy Cane Stocking Stuffer! And I liked and commented on FB. https://www.facebook.com/pages/philosophy/53006362456

  15. Lyndsey Krepela says:

    Philosophy has some of the best Christmas packaging and gifts in the beauty world. I love their “Christmas Morning” and “Care Package” box sets!

  16. Louise says:

    I Love the Snow angel gift box.

  17. Louise says:

    I Like hundreds of thousands of philosophy fans on Facebook-fb name louise gilbert

  18. Margaret Imecs says:

    I love the the care package.

  19. prairiebelle says:

    I love the sweet creamy frosting lotion

    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

  20. prairiebelle says:

    I like philosophy
    on facebook as belinda m and posted

    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

  21. Angela Gray says:

    I would choose the Everyday Hope packaged set.

  22. Margaret Imecs says:

    Liked and mentioned CGG on their Facebook wall (Margaret Imecs)

  23. I like the snow angel gift box

  24. Wendy Dickinson says:

    My daughter would love the Holiday Kiss Set in her stocking.

    msdickinson28 at hotmail dot com

  25. Wendy Dickinson says:

    Liked and commented on their Facebook page as Wendy Dickinson.

    TYVM for all these lovely giveaways!

  26. kittypride says:

    The Hope in a Jar ornament holiday package is cool!

  27. Jennifer Deol says:

    I like the idea of Hope in a Jar – decorative & practical at the same time.

  28. leah says:

    I like the cinnamon buns ornament

  29. I have been wanting to try the “Hope In A Jar” as I have seen it at Sephora but when I go to buy it…I end up buying something else in place of.

  30. The Care Package looks like an awesome gift, I have tried a sample of Hope in a Jar and it is absolutely awesome

  31. beewbedard says:

    The Care Package

  32. I’d like to try the Jingle Tini shampoo. Sounds yummy.

  33. mousecat says:

    My favourite gift idea is the Hope In A Jar Ornament from Sephora

  34. linda paley says:

    The lip gloss looks yummie + so needed this time of year

  35. Elizabeth says:

    Hope in a jar ornament :)

  36. Anne Taylor says:

    Loving the snow angel
    sweetly fallen snow shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath and body lotion

    ty

  37. Anne Taylor says:

    Like Philosophy on fb

    Anne Taylor

  38. LS says:

    gingerbread man hot salt scrub

  39. Love Pure Grace and living grace

    satin-finish body oil mist

  40. Lik them on facebook and left a message
    doreen lamoureux

  41. Patricia says:

    Like the Hope in a jar. Cute gift idea

  42. Tanya J. says:

    Really like the care package, and left philosophy a message on fb

  43. Jayne Cameron says:

    I Like Twas the night before gift set

  44. Joyce says:

    I like the Christmas Morning Gift Set

  45. Jennifer C. says:

    My favourite gift idea is “philosophy’s old fashioned eggnog” (shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath)! Sounds very festive!

  46. Brittany says:

    Hope in a jar would be the perfect gift for my mom :)

  47. Debbie Petch says:

    I really love the Care package! Thanks.

  48. I like the Christmas cookie shampoo,shower gel and bubble bath set

  49. Jennifer R says:

    Unfortunately I think I need the Miracle Worker collection!

  50. Emily Horsman says:

    The Care Package looks fantastic

  51. basicxman says:

    The Care Package looks fantastic!

  52. Sean Pynaert says:

    hot salt scrub is my fave

  53. debra says:

    love the care package

  54. Erin says:

    I love the snow angel!

  55. tova says:

    I love the ‘Holiday Hands!’

  56. Ada says:

    Love the Snow angel gift box

  57. I love the: love sweet love ..fragrance layering collection !

  58. liked and commented on philosophy fb wall – heather holmberg (fb account)

  59. 3angels3 says:

    I love the Snow Angel gift set… it would make a perfect gift for my daughter.

  60. laurie says:

    i am a huge Philosophy and love all of there products but would really love the Gingerbread Man hot saly scrub

  61. Taps says:

    Love the living grace collection. I love how they reflect philosophy on their products and stuff is great too..

  62. Tania B says:

    I would love to give “The Recipe Box” gift set to my BFF. Great stuff!

    http://www.philosophy.com/holiday-gift-set/the-recipe-box,en_US,pd.html

  63. Stacey says:

    I would love the living grace collection

  64. Lisa Morrison says:

    I like the Christmas Morning gift set.

  65. Kristen F says:

    Love the Care Package!

  66. Kristen F says:

    Liked and commented on their FB page as Kris F

  67. kathy wilson says:

    HOLIDAY KISSES SET

  68. darlene boyle says:

    THE CARE PACKAGE

  69. Andrea Williams says:

    I really like the Candy Cane stocking stuffer.

  70. Andrea Williams says:

    I follow Philosophy on facebook.

  71. Glogirl says:

    I like the Sugar Plum Fairy gift set.

  72. Mandy Rogasky says:

    “The Holiday Kisses” set, definitely!!!! Love love!

  73. Audrey Skinner says:

    I love the Christmas Morning Set.

  74. Adina H. says:

    I like the Sweet Creamy Frosting body lotion.

  75. Joan G says:

    My favourite is The Care Package.

  76. Alison K says:

    My favourite gift idea from the Philosophy holiday catalogue is their “Christmas Morning Set” – barely glazed shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath 4oz. and body lotion 4oz.; and sugar sprinkles high-gloss, high-flavor lip shine 0.5oz., sounds so yummy & I like the fact that one product can do 3 things (shampoo, gel, bubbles)

    Bonus Entry: Liked & commented https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=494787223895074&id=53006362456

    Thank you

  77. I’ve Liked and commented

  78. sarah p says:

    I love the hope in a jar ornament, such a cute idea :) I also liked and commented their facebook page! Sarah perry on fb

  79. dawn chessman says:

    the gingerbread one…for sure..so christmasy

  80. Nancy says:

    the Snow Angel gift set

  81. Andrea says:

    I like the care package and the baking memory sets the best. Would be a toss up between the 2 of them.

  82. Andrea says:

    LIKED their FB page and made a comment (Andrea Amy)

  83. Marlene V. says:

    I would really love the Hope In A Jar Ornament – $15 @ Sephora

  84. Kelly P says:

    I love the Grace collection!

  85. Marlene J says:

    I like the Holiday Kisses Set – $33 @ Sephora

  86. Lorie Willms says:

    Mmmmmm……Gingerbread scrub would be amazing!

  87. Sarah Henson says:

    I definitely love The Care Package gift best – that would be an amazing treat to find under the tree Christmas morning! :)

  88. Sarah Henson says:

    Also ‘liked’ Philosophy FB page and left a comment under Sarah Henson :) xo

  89. Rose says:

    I Like the think Beautiful thoughts skin care gift set, it just makes me smile…

  90. Rose says:

    I liked them on FB and left a message under Holly Hill

  91. sandy says:

    My fave gift idea is the hope in a jar ornament; i’ve been dying to try it.

  92. Donnas says:

    My favourite gift idea is ’twas the night before.

  93. Laura says:

    I really like the holiday kisses lip gloss gift set, would make a fantastic gift!

  94. Amy Brown says:

    I like the sugar plum fairy stocking stuffer

  95. Natalie says:

    I like the Twas the Night Before set

  96. Melanie says:

    For sure the sugar plum fairy stocking stuffer. I’ve got an 8 year old stepdaughter who no longer likes to wear her fairy wings or have fairy books read to her, but this is grown-up stuff with fairies!

  97. Jessica Lord says:

    I love the Gingerbread Man Hot Salt Scrub

  98. Burcu says:

    Twas the night before

  99. Julie G. says:

    I like the Cinnamon Buns Lip Shine

  100. belinda says:

    i love the living grace collection

  101. lori butler says:

    hot body scrub looks interesting.. ty

  102. lori butler says:

    i’ve commented on their facebook page :)

  103. Brook says:

    My gave gift idea is Hope in a Jar as an ornament, many of my family members use this cream…so perfect gift!

  104. Anne Derkat says:

    The Care package from Sephora and The
    Bay

  105. eleanor says:

    I love Philosophy products and use their eye cream everyday. I like the amazing grace deluxe fragrance layering set to give as a gift to my sister.

  106. ginette4 says:

    My favourite gift is Hope in a jar, that stuff is awesome!! well worth the price

  107. ginette4 says:

    I liked Philosophy on facebook; Ginette Dube Anger
    left a message on their wall. http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10151345918302457&id=53006362456

  108. Debbie Lemaire says:

    My favourite gift idea from the Philosophy holiday catalogue is home for the holidays !! I love it!!!!

  109. Debbie Lemaire says:

    Liked Philosophy’s FB page as Debbie Lemaire and mentioned YOU! cgg

  110. stacey h says:

    i really like the” recipe box” gift set

  111. Brenda Lacourciere says:

    I love the holiday kisses set

  112. Jeanette says:

    would love to try some philosophy!

  113. Sarah says:

    The holiday kisses set seems fun.

  114. Brenda says:

    I like the Twas Night Before set

  115. Brenda says:

    Like Philosophy on facebook (Theresa Miller) and commented on wall.

  116. Ali says:

    Oh wow, I’d love to try the The Gingerbread Man Hot Salt Scrub

  117. Nina Godard says:

    I love the Everyday Hope collection – perfect to keep your hands soft in the winter!

  118. Elaan says:

    Hope in a Jar sounds fabulous!

  119. Elaan says:

    Also I liked the page on FB and commented. :)

  120. julia g says:

    I am going to go all out and say The Care Package.
    I have liked philosophy on Facebook and written on their wall.

  121. Cara Stamp says:

    Love love love the Holiday kisses lip gloss

  122. aimee says:

    the care package

  123. Tricia R says:

    I love the care package gift set. Looks awesome!

  124. darci says:

    Gingerbread ANYTHING!

  125. Narinder Chana says:

    The Care Package

  126. Andrea says:

    The Care Package or the salt scrub. I love scrubs!!

  127. Lori P says:

    ‘holiday lights aglow’ winter green citrus shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath

  128. Lori P says:

    Liked and commented on FB

  129. darringleannedleanne says:

    i liked the amazing grace deluxe gift set
    FB- leanne vandorpel

  130. There is Home for the Holdays gift set tat would be great…

  131. Heidi says:

    The amazing grace deluxe fragrance layering set would make a very nice gift.

  132. Beata D'Agostino says:

    I love the holiday kisses, they are tasty.

  133. meggers41 says:

    The Holiday Kisses Set is fabulous! Who doesn’t love a little gloss!

  134. Di Henderson says:

    Hope in a jar would be the perfect gift for myself :)

  135. Sophia says:

    Besides The Care Package, I would say Think Beautiful Thoughts is my favourite gift idea!

  136. Heather A says:

    The Holiday Kisses Set would make a lovely gift.

  137. angela mitchell says:

    I like the Cookbook Gift pack.

  138. angela mitchell says:

    Liked and Commented on Philosophy Facebook as Angela Mitchell.

  139. Kim O'Reilly says:

    I love the Christmas Morning set

  140. I’m a gingerbread kinda man. That item looks the most hot. In fact I just might be the only man on this comment thread. But it’s okay. I think I’m swayed by the fact that it’s kind of a ‘ginger-bread’ season. Perhaps I might weight in on the items featured in the summery and tropical section? Nay – this might not be part of the gift guide. In any event. Coconut lip frosting is a potential hit. But – what do I know. I’m more about the flashy name. I had to dip back to the guide in search of gifts for him. Say what? Fresh and Frosty section. I gotta say – it says it’s for men but I think I’d still opt to use my ‘Candy Cane Salt Scrub’ in secret. I’m out!

  141. Marlene J says:

    holiday greetings
    caramel candies and butterscotch candy shampoo, shower gel & bubble baths

  142. Tracy says:

    Gingerbread Man Scrub sounds fantastic

  143. Karen Morine says:

    I love the care package

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