This was the Sephora birthday gift from 2011, yes I am a tad...late. But had to work my way through a lot of shower gels this year!
Initial Thoughts: I was wary of the scent of this one, at first sniff it is very vanilla. And I do not like fake vanilla smell. But since I have heard such good things about Philosophy products, I gave in and gave it a try. I am so glad I did! Once lathered, this smells just like a vanilla cake. The vanilla note becomes very subtle and is balanced nicely by a sweet sugar note. They really did nail the scent on this one. The gel is very thick, which I like because it doesn't drip off my hand in the hot shower before I can get a good lather going. The lather is nice and thick and works well as a shave gel too.
Overall Thoughts: I can totally understand the hype over these Philosophy shower gels. I haven't tried it as a bubble bath or shampoo, but as a shower gel this is awesome. I love how thick it is, and how a little goes a long way. The thick lather makes a great shave gel too, making this a great multi tasker. And the scent, YUM. This makes me want to try other scents.