Philosophy was founded in 1996 by entrepreneur Cristina Carlino.

Fun Facts:

Philosophy donates 100% of the net proceeds from its charity products to the beneficiary organization.

Philosophy uses lowercase writing and photos of children to evoke feelings of playfulness and simplicity.

Company News/Recent Launches:

Philosophy recently introduced the Tying the Knot kit, a set containing, among other things, perfumed shampoo, eau de toilette, eye cream, and lip scrub.

The Back to School Skincare set for teens is comprised of a cleanser, makeup, and lip gloss, packaged in a black tote.

Philosophy's When Hope is Not Enough peptide/hyaluronic acid capsules were awarded the 200 InStyle Editor's Pick award in the skin category.

Key Ingredients:

Hope in a Jar contains lauryl lactate, an emollient and alpha hydroxy acid.

On a Clear Day cleanser contains 0.5% salicylic acid.

The Microdelivery Multi-Peel Pads contain arginine, an essential amino acid.

TIA's Take:

Despite Philosophy's emphasis on creating pure and gentle products, many of the ingredients contained in said products are irritating or even harmful. The Supernatural Mineral Foundation contains bismuth oxychloride, which is known to cause skin irritation. Oxybenzone, one of the first ingredients listed in Kiss Me lip balm, has been linked to photo-sensitivity, eczema, and even breast cancer. Philosophy's Help Me Retinol Treatment is little more than a gussied-up mix of thickeners, emollients, and preservatives. Although it's easy to be won over by Philosophy's adorable packaging and cutesy product names, few of the company's products contain effective ingredients, and the price points are far too high for the questionable science offered by Philosophy.

Philosophy product reviews

Philosophy Purity makeup

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser

Philosophy Miracle Worker

Philosophy Hope In A Jar