As excited as I am for spring, I always have a hard time parting with seasonal products from the winter, be it hair stuff, skin care, or body care. One such item that I am have difficulty letting go of from this past winter for this upcoming spring season is the Snow Angel 3-in-1 shower gel and firming body emulsion duo from Philosophy.
Philosophy as a brand is known for their light, yet subtly beautiful fragrances that are perfect for pretty much any occasion. Their claim to fame is the Grace line of scents – Amazing Grace, Inner Grace (soon to be phased out of the brand completely), Living Grace, Pure Grace, Summer Grace (soon to be replaced by Sunshine Grace), and Baby Grace. Since the Grace fragrances demand almost all of the attention of Philosophy users, it’s rather difficult to switch your focus to some of the other fragrances they offer, like Snow Angel. Being a Living Grace fan myself, I was hesitant to stray and try other scents from the brand; one day at Ulta, though, while restocking my Living Grace collection, I casually used a tester and tried Snow Angel. I have never fallen in love with a fragrance faster in my entire life.
Like all Philosophy products, the Snow Angel bottles have their own little words of wisdom printed right on the front of the bottles:
Feel like an angel amidst the snow as you lather from head to toe with snow angel shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath. This luxurious, moisturizing formula gently cleanses and conditions skin and hair. The pearlized blue hue and fresh, clean scent capture the essence of a fresh snowfall and evoke the childhood joy in us all.
This is actually a fairly difficult scent to describe, but it truly does feel reminiscent of the freshness of fallen snow. I was able to pick up faint notes of lavender and honeysuckle, and definite Lily of the Valley (this would be the note that adds the crisp element to the scent). I’m not a fan of overly food-like, fruit-like, or gourmand scents when it comes to body care, so the Snow Angel products were an amazing find given the subtle yet complex dry down of the scent.
The 3-in-1 shower gel, like all Philosophy shower gels, cleans skin really well and imparts the scent fairly well given it’s the first step in the layering process. Apparently you can use the 3-in-1′s as a shampoo, but that option never really appealed to me given the fact that there is sodium laureth sulfate and a host of other unpleasant ingredients for the hair in these gels.
The firming body emulsion, following the legacy of others in the brand, leaves skin silky smooth and moisturized for the whole day, all while helping to bring out the more complex notes of the Snow Angel fragrance that the 3-in-1 laid the base for. This stuff is never greasy and your skin will absorb it within seconds. There are also shimmering particles in this particular emulsion that give the skin a very natural, healthy glow.
While the duo is a good compromise for those who want to layer and not necessarily purchase a full-blown perfume, I desperately want Snow Angel in a spray fragrance. It smells so incredible, but unfortunately the lasting power isn’t that phenomenal with the 3-in-1 and emulsion alone, so you need a perfume to lock in the scent and keep it vivid all day. Hopefully when they bring this back next winter it will include a eau de toilette or body spritz with the collection.
This set was surprisingly cheap for a Philosophy duo – normally both of these items would retail for about $16 a piece, but you pay about $26 for the set (it’s actually like $19 at Sephora for some reason, and $26 at Ulta, QVC, and Nordstrom). Each bottle is 8oz. and lasts quite some time with daily wear. I will warn you, though, that these bottles are both ridiculously hard to squeeze – I felt like my hand was getting a work out every time I used them!
The Snow Angel scent is only available during the winter (unless you get lucky and find it on clearance during the spring), and I am a little nervous that Philosophy will do away with this scent next winter the way they did with Summer Grace in favor of Sunshine Grace for this upcoming summer, but, given how popular Snow Angel is around the holidays, I think it might stick around for a little while longer.
If you happen to see this duo in Ulta or Sephora, it is so worth the money and smells phenomenal!