“Our award-winning daily facial skin cleanser is formulated to gently cleanse, tone and melt away all face and eye makeup in one simple step, while lightly hydrating the skin.” – Philosophy
PRODUCT RATING: ★★★★★★★★★☆ (9/10)
PRICE DETAILS: $10/3oz | $20/8oz. | $32/16oz. | 24oz. $40 | $47.50/32oz. (♦♦♦♦♦)
PRESENTATION: Plastic Bottle with Flip Cap or Pump
TEXTURE & SCENT: Creamy lotion with low foam and slight herbal scent.
SKIN TYPES: All Skin Types. Truly.
KEY FEATURES:Removes all makeup (including regular eye makeup), ph-balanced.
QUICK REVIEW: I always keep a 32oz. bottle on hand – its perfect for light makeup removal, morning cleansing, as a shaving cream and massage catalyst (I use it with a cellulite massager).
the REVIEW (2/3/2011): This was probably the first Philosophy product I tried long, long ago – and I used the whole bottle and moved on to something else. Then I went through a essential oil paranoia stage (I insisted that it made me get a rash – I still think some do) and avoided it all together. Flash forward about 15 years – and I got this as a 100 point Beauty Insider reward from Sephora after I had my 2nd baby and really wanted something fast and easy.
After the itsy bitsy bottle ran out, I got another small bottle thinking I would tire of it and move on. I think subconsciously I just did not want to like it. After that bitsy bottle ran out, I went back to get a bigger size. You can either get the little size for approx. $3.33/oz. or the largest size (32oz. with pump) for approx. $1.58/oz. I walked out with the biggest bottle of cleanser I’ve ever owned.
This cleanser is great because its a cross between a creamy cleanser and a foaming one; you can use it around the eye area with relatively little irritation (if you put it right IN your eye – it burns a tiny bit); and it removes light makeup without having to follow up with a cleansing step. Purity Made Simple rinses fairly easily, leaving the skin soft without being over stripped. I personally like to use it when I have light makeup, before cleansing when I have on heavier makeup (it does not remove heavy duty products or waterproof mascara) or as a gentle cleanser in the morning. Its other uses: shaving legs, massage “gel” for cellulite areas or sore muscles and for my 8 year old to remove waterproof sunscreen from her face without burning her eyes or irritating her skin. I also love that it has a pump!
Its not glamorous. It really doesn’t do anything fancy. But it has managed to be a staple in my routine (my bottle is about 1/2 empty and I purchased 07/23/10) – which is a beautiful thing.
PURPOSE GENTLE CLEANSING WASH ($7.99 for 12 fl.oz.). After running out of the Philosophy Purity Made Simple, I purchased this on whim since it supposedly did not sting your eyes. At 66¢/ounce (Purity is $1.48/ounce) while Purpose did not have the same creamy lotion texture as Purity, it did a good job at removing light makeup, rinsed clean and did not sting my eyes at all. Although this product has sulfates and fragrance – Purity Made Simple has Sodium Trideceth Sulfate and several parabens.
Overall, one of the better drugstore cleansers (and my personal favorite).
PHILOSOPHY PURITY MADE SIMPLE DETAILS:
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: “Do more than just cleanse with philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser. This award-wining formula tackles stubborn makeup, clogged pores and surface debris with ease. Natural oils help condition your skin, leaving it lightly moisturized and sparkling clean.” – Dermstore
DIRECTIONS (From philosophy.com): Gently massage a quarter-size amount onto a lightly damp face, and massage for 30-60 seconds. rinse and pat dry. use morning and evening. follow with appropriate treatment and moisturizer.
PHILOSOPHY PURITY MADE SIMPLE INGREDIENTS: water (aqua), sodium lauroamphoacetate, sodium trideceth sulfate, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, coco-glucoside, cocos nucifera (coconut) alcohol, peg-120 methyl glucose dioleate, aniba rosaeodora (rosewood) wood oil, geranium maculatum oil, guaiac (guaiacum officinale) extract, cymbopogon martini oil, rosa damascena extract, amyris balsamifera bark oil, santalum album (sandalwood) oil, salvia officinalis (sage) oil, cinnamomum cassia leaf oil, anthemis nobilis flower oil, daucus carota sativa (carrot) seed oil, piper nigrum (pepper) seed extract, polysorbate 20, glycerin, carbomer, triethanolamine, methylparaben, propylparaben, citric acid, imidazolidinyl urea, yellow 5 (ci 19140).
Sources: Dermstore.com & Philosophy.com
Philosophy Purity Made Simple is available at Sephora, select department stores
and online at Dermstore.com & Philosophy.com.