Philosophy’s Skin Care Map



Hello lovelies! For those of you who have no idea what this is above, it is a Wordle! is a site in which you can plug in loads and loads of text, press go, and then the site gives you a collage of the words most used within your given text. The words used the most appear larger, whereas the words used more sparingly are smaller.

This is Philosophy’s skin care map according to Wordle. What I have done here, is taken the list of ingredients from all of Philosophy’s skin care line (lengthy process, I know) and have plugged them into the website. This is a fast and easy way to take a glimpse at what a brand is all about and what exactly they put in their products across a broad spectrum. The largest words are used the most amongst their products: Extract, Acid, Sodium, Alcohol, Glycol, and Oil.

Anyways! Ranting over.

Extract is the largest word in this Wordle and is therefore the most common ingredient among Philosophy’s skin care line. Extracts are (as by definition) a preparation containing the active ingredient of a substance in concentrated form. Extracts can be beneficial for the skin – they can support the health, texture, and appearance of skin, hair, nails, etc. Extracts are usually mixed with alcohol and therefore can tend to be drying and irritating towards the skin.

Acid: Acids in cosmetic products are very common. They work to exfoliate the skin and give it a bright, more radiant appearance.

Sodium: This is not saying that Philosophy fills their products with loads and loads of salt, but what the sodium is in reality is paired with other chemicals in order to preserve them or make them feel nicer on the skin, they can work as surfactants for example. This shows up in many different forms: such as Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoyl Apple Amino Acids, Sodium Laureth Sulfate,  Sodium Sulfate, etc. These are relatively not harmful (apart from SLS which is known to be very irritating) and most contain low ratings (3 or below) on the EWG’s cosmetic database.

Alcohol: When we see this word we usually picture a bottle of rubbing alcohol under the bathroom sink or some liquor in the kitchen.  But! Alcohols take on a VERY different meaning when it comes to your skin. There are both good AND bad alcohols; emollient alcohols and solvent alcohols. Emollient alcohols help deliver oils to your skin and have a moisturizing effect, this is beneficial for your skin. Whereas solvent alcohols are the opposite, they are irritating, drying, pro-inflammatory, and pro-oxidant. Emollient alcohols consist of: Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Alcohol, and Lanolin and Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol. Solvent alcohols consist of: Isopropyl Alcohol, Drinking Alcohol (Vodka, spirits, wine, etc.), SD Alcohol (specially denatured alcohol), Denatured Alcohol, Alcohol denat, Ethanol, Methanol, Ethyl and Methyl Alcohol, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Just “Alcohol”, and Benzyl Alcohol (but only when high on ingredients list). Check your labels!

Glycol: Glycol is short for ethylene glycol. This works as a fragrance ingredient, a humectant (helps to keep things moist), a solvent, and a viscosity decreasing agent. This also comes in at a 4 on the EWG’s cosmetic database which is fair, but is not the best score considering this is skin care.

Oil: I know this word scares a lot of people, but in all honesty I think we should all embrace it (except for mineral oil, that can GTFO). Oil helps to fight oil. If you have oily skin, then your skin may be overproducing oil because it is so depleted of it. Oils are hydrating to the skin and the skin produces oil NATURALLY (yes its good for you!). But! Depending on the oil you use and how comedogenic (irritating to the skin and pore-clogging) they are can make your skin react in different ways. The safest bets for oils, in my opinion because they are noncomedogenic (and no one I know has had problems with them), are jojoba oil, argan oil, hemp oil, squalane, shea butter, and petroleum jelly. If other oils work for your skin (on your face) without problems then, you go Glen-Coco.

Now readers, these are just the MAIN ingredients in Philosophy products over a broad spectrum that I have gone over. Please take a look at the rest of their ingredients before making any decisions of your own about the skin care brand.

Always be on the lookout for fragrance and parabens within your products with Philosohpy, I find this quite commonly among Philosophy  products that I have personally seen and/or used.

If you would like to see a specific brand featured in another post like this one, then please leave a comment below!

Happy Reading, Gorgeous!

— Clair


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