Pros: Exceptionally good cherry scent. Nice consistency and good shower gel.
Cons: Underwhelming shampoo and bubble bath. Going, going, gone in a seasonal flash...
A shimmering shade of crushed cherries in glistening snow, this Philosophy "flavor" is a mouthwatering scent that smells so good I'm tempted to drink it. At the very least, I want to run out and buy some Cherry Capri Sun (or is it Juicy Juice) because that's exactly what Have A Cherry Christmas smells like to me. Rather than December, winter, or Christmas, it reminds me of July 4th parties, cherry pie, and delicious cherries ripened to perfection. Unless you stock up on this Philosophy seasonal (late fall for the holiday season) offering, you're not likely to find it after January. Although occasionally you can find some leftovers online at a sale price. Even better, you might currently find a giftset that includes lipgloss..
Have A Cherry Christmas is one of the Philosophy scents that keeps me coming back for more, even though I've had about a 50/50 hit or miss experience with the many scents I've tried. On the other hand, I'm never disappointed with the performance. Sort of. This is one of Philosophy's 3 in 1 products --- shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath. My hair is difficult to manage, so I prefer to use a shampoo that targets my specific needs. With that said, if I compare these ingredients to one of my shampoos, they're probably not too different. There may be a psychological component here, but as a shampoo this product is just ok. Fine if I use it once a week, or if I'm at the beach for the weekend and want to pack as few products as possible. If I use it for extended periods of time, even 3 or 4 consecutive washings, I feel that my hair becomes more rebellious and with each washing, a good moisturizing conditioner is a must. I wouldn't have even bothered trying it because I've been through this before with Philosophy 3 in 1 products, but since I really love its fragrance, I gave it a go hoping to capture and retain some of that great cherry scent. Although it smells fabulous while I'm using it, any scent that might have remained is obliterated with whatever conditioner I use. I'd probably be more receptive to the shampoo concept if Philosophy offered a good Have A Cherry Christmas conditioner.
I also don't usually bother purposing it as a bubble bath either, because using my nylon sponge, this product creates enough bubbly lather as I'm bathing. For the purpose of this review, I did toss in a generous amount from the slotted flip top lid under running water. Our water is hard, but I was still surprised that it only created a scant amount of froth. It does fill my spacious bathroom with its scent and the aforementioned run-off lather from bathing keeps me happy. The consistency of this gel is thin enough to produce product with a gentle squeeze of the plastic container (a little too chunky for smaller hands), but thick enough for my sponge to grab and stay put while I'm applying it. I'd rather not treat my shower floor to $1.00 per ounce shower gel.
As a bath or shower gel Philosophy Have a Cherry Christmas meets my expectations. It cleanses well, rinses easily, and doesn't irritate or dehydrate my skin. It's slightly disappointing that the tart and sweet scent doesn't stick with me, or that Philosophy doesn't offer body lotion/cream in the same scent. The only other product Philosophy offers with this scent is a lipgloss that smells slightly different ---more like candy. I'm going with an average rating because it's not really a 3 in 1 product, the scent is fleeting, but I'm satisfied enough to recommend because cherry scented bath products are scarce. I also love the scent so much that I'm willing to overlook the shortcomings and buy it again and again. Additionally, this is rich and creamy enough to use instead of a shaving gel or cream, so that's one less product I have to keep on hand. Wait a litte while and you might catch this on sale, but it's a popular item so don't wait too long, or you'll be waiting another whole season.
Ingredients are included on the back of the bottle, but they're numerous and the font is difficult to see on the clear bottle and then reproduce accurately here. Definitely a more is more approach...