Review: Philosophy Time In a Bottle

/ Sunday, December 22, 2013 /
FTC: I received a sample of this product from Sephora. I am not compensated for any reviews.

You know that phrase that goes Tempus fugit? For those who don't know Latin, it means Time Flies.

And boy oh boy does it fly.

I've noticed this fact especially recently in the last few years. Med school has been very time-consuming and stressful, and my face shows its effects. People have always stated that I have a youngish-looking face and that although I look like "I am in high school" I could say that I was "30 when I am 40", and that I will enjoy it in the end.

Honestly though, I think time is catching up with me. Med school is med school. Stress is stress. And honestly, it shows. 

In (a perhaps futile) effort to limit this aging, I have been trying different serums and other anti-aging products. Thus, when I received a generous sample of this product from Sephora, I was super excited to try it.


Water, Dimethicone, Alcohol Denat., Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethylsilane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Peg-8, Butylene Glycol, Polyethylene, Glycerin, Dimethiconol, Methoxy Peg-18, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Pongamia Pinnata Seed Extract, Angelica Archangelica Root Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Plankton Extract, Ptfe, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Tocopherol, Polysorbate 60, Lecithin, Sclerotium Gum, Hydrolyzed Soy Flour, Retinyl Palmitate, Propylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Micrococcus Lysate, Bacillus Ferment, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Maltodextrin, Trisodium Edta, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Disodium Edta, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Sorbic Acid, Adenosine, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Parfum/Fragrance, 1,2-Hexanediol, Silica, Xanthan Gum, Ascorbic Acid, Lactic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Alcohol, Acetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Bht, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

A cursory glance reveals that there are a lot of vitamin c-based ingredients as well as silicone protectants and retinyl palmitate. I understand that these sort of serums are normally supposed to be worn underneath sunscreen but because this product contains retinyl palmitate, I would recommend against it as this can increase the chance of skin cancer. Arghs.

Anyway, onward with the review!

What did I think of it after a week's worth of use?

  • Very soothing product
  • Not sticky, very moisturizing
  • Did not break me out
  • Made my skin feel tight and hydrated (even if it was temporary)
Honestly if I had a lot of dough I would think that this baby is worth shelling out the bucks for. But unfortunately in my case the price is a doozy. Thus, onward with the next product to review!


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