Philosophy’s Micro Exfoliating Wash

Disclosure: I was sent this product for free. Opinions are my own.

  • 8oz $25 USD or $31 CDN
  • 16oz $37 USD or $46 CDN
  • 32oz $58 USD or $58 CDN

There’s only two skin care lines that I am truly faithful to, and will always re-purchase or try new things. One being Bobbi Brown and the other is Philosophy. You can see in my skin care routine that I’ve been religiously using some of those two names for a good while. Sure they’re both pretty pricey and you have to find them in speciality stores. But your skin is your biggest organ, and you darn well better take care of it.

I last reviewed the Philosophy micro exfoliating peel not too long ago, so I thought it would only seem fit that I now write about what I think of the micro exfoliating wash.

Here’s a quick run-down on what I think.


  • A little goes a long way.
  • My skin feels so smooth after using it.
  • Also removes makeup.
  • It’s very gentle and non-irritating on the skin.
  • You can use it on a daily basis.


  • The price tag. 
  • The bottle is a little too hard to squeeze out the product.
  • The smell isn’t the best (more clinical than fruity/fresh/or clean scented).

Does it work? As always I love to tell you all my honest opinion of a product. Whether I spent the money on it myself, or I received it for free to review. This product will now go hand-in-hand with my purity cleanser which is always on my counter top in a small travel sized bottle to wash my face morning and night. Instead, I’ll use the micro-exfoliating wash in the shower and leave it in there and use the purity when I need to take off my make up at night.

I use a dime sized amount on my damp face while I’m in the shower. I massage the clear salty-feeling product into my skin for 45-60 seconds, then rinse thoroughly.

I think it’s an all around great product. It’s a nice scrub, but I’d change the smell of it, but that wouldn’t stop me from going out an purchasing it with my own money. I won’t have to do that for a while, because this 8oz bottle I’m sure will last me 10 months or more, from the way I’m using it right now. I think I’ll have to put it in an easier squeeze tube as well, like I do with my purity cleanser.

What’s one of your “Holy Grail” beauty products?

Do you wash your face in the morning, or at night? Or both!

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Spa day: at home!

We’re getting into the drier months now, and it’s time to focus on your skin not sucking into itself and shriveling up. Er, I mean.. it’s time to moisturize the heck out of your skin to keep having that summer glow! Right?

I’m one of the lucky ones who’ve never had major issues with their skin. I do find that my skin is a little sensitive (and reacts to certain eye creams: Warning, the following post shows a photo of me with an allergic reaction/puffy eyes) and it gets a little red, sometimes tight when I wash it with certain face washes.

I’ve been sticking to my skin care regime pretty faithfully. But for my facial wash, I now use Philosophy’s Purity cleanser, it’s gentle and I’ve never had any issues with it in the past 6 months of using it twice a day.

On a not so regular basis, I like to pamper my skin and do mud-masks and have a spa day in the comfort of my own home. I think that exfoliating your skin on a regular basis (at least once a week) is a pretty important step in anyone’s skin care routine. I’ve had this Philosophy’s micro exfoliating treatment laying around my apartment for a good 6+ months before I got the courage to use it. I won a huge beauty basket on Twitter, and this was inside. It looked intimating.

Reading the instructions scared me a little. The first step was applying the yellow jello-like goo. It was like a scrub, and I applied it all over my face (as you can see below). Then it was time for the second step – the activator. It caused a noticeable warming effect onto my skin. I was a little worried to be honest, but it didn’t burn. Just felt really warm. I left it on for the amount of time I was supposed to and washed it off with water and a wash cloth.

I can’t say I noticed a difference in my skins appearance, texture or smoothness. Perhaps one jar’s worth of this product isn’t enough to make an educated answer on how well it works for the skin. Perhaps it’s something one needs to use regularly to notice a difference.

Will I ever purchase this item myself? Probably not. It was neat while I tried it, but it didn’t wow me with results.

I am not affiliated with Philosophy, as I said I won this gift set at a Twitter party.

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