Review: Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser

Product Review: Philosophy Purity Made Simple
Hello Girls! This is my review on this cleanser
by Philosophy, Purity Made Simple.


I have combination skin and it’s rare that I find a cleanser that can address my needs. I've heard many good things about the Philosophy brand and decided to try out their popular most cleanser.

My skin is also fairly sensitive, so usually I'll know right away if a product didn't or did work for me.  I've used this product for about a month now and here's my review on it

Here's the manufacturer's descriptionA highly effective one-step facial cleanser. 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. Purity Made Simple is part of a collection of Philosophy products designed to soothe even the most dry and sensitive skin. It is a "Best of Sephora" Winner 2008. - 100% reported that the cleanser is gentle enough for the eye area. - 97% reported effective removal of dirt, oil, and makeup. - 97% reported a clean, residue-free finish. Massage a small amount of cleanser and water onto skin for 30 to 60 seconds. Rinse at a leisurely pace. Use at the beginning and end of each day.

Precautions: For external use only. Use only as directed. Discontinue use if irritation occurs.
Avoid contact with eyes. Keep out of reach of children.


Brand: Philosophy

Name: Purity Made Simple

Product Color: Pale Yellow

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).


Affordability and Size: At 8.oz a bottle, this cleanser ran me $23.00. Not horrible, but not great either. Since this is an award winning cleanser, I guessed that this product was probably going to be a bit more pricey. So it was nothing out of what I expected it to be. 8.oz is still a good bit of product, so I can't be too hard on it.

Packaging: This cleanser comes in a standard, clear plastic bottle with a push up dispenser nozzle. You just squeeze the container to dispense product. Nothing special, pretty standard here. There is some neat writing on the package that states some thing about the importance of being "pure and clean", which was sort of poet and unique from other packages. Other than that, your run of the mill squeeze and dispense bottle, but it seems well made.


Color: Obviously with a cleanser the color of the product isn't that important. This cleanser is pale yellow and looks like it does in the bottle.


Consistency: The consistency of this cleanser is fairly runny, not a thick cleanser. It doesn't have any plastic beads in it or other emollient properties. Smooth, liquidy texture that easily runs out of the package. When applied, it easily melts into the skin and is easy to spread and apply. Doesn't bunch or ball up.


Smell: The smell of this product is definitely not bad, but not strong or pungent like some cleansers either. It's a simple, almost floral I would say scent, very clean, that just out of the shower smell even. It didn't irritate my eyes or my skin.


Cleansing Effectiveness: When I applied this cleanser, I wondered if it was working. Sometimes you'll feel a slight tingle, or even the dirt being lifted from your skin when you use a cleanser. This one is very subtle, or so it seemed to me. It easily took off most of my makeup, with a little extra scrubbing on my eye area where I wear my liquid eyeliner. It didn't irritate my eyes, or my skin at all, even in the areas where I had some breakouts. It was very simple, very soft, sort of like the package entails, but I think I wanted something a little more intense. I wanted to have that super clean feeling and although my skin did feel clean, somehow I have to say it has felt "cleaner" before with other products.  I don't think it really stopped my chin area ( my problem, oily area ) from breakouts, but it also didn't irritate my fine lines in my dry areas, so I kind of saw it as a high end, basic cleanser. I can see it working for normal skin types quite well.

Breakout/Aging/Tone Improvements: I didn't really see any breakout improvements on my t-zone problem area. My aging, fine line areas didn't change, but they definitely didn't get worse. My skin tone stayed the same really. My skin just felt a littler cleaner when I used it over the course of a month, but not as clean as I would've liked.


Will it take off film makeup?: Sort of. It did alright on my HD, and waterproof makeups for film, but I definitely had to scrub harder than I should've. This seems like a very basic cleanser for everyday makeup.


Will it take off everyday makeup?: Yes, mostly. It took off my drug store brand makeups easily, with a little extra work on the liquid eyeliner I had on it. But most of it, yes, however my skin still didn't feel REALLY REALLY clean. 


My Final Review: This cleanser seems to be a nice, basic cleanser for non-problem skin types. It's non irritating formula didn't irk my eyes or skin, and got most of my normal makeup off with no problem. I did feel like I had to use it twice to really feel cleansed. It's a pleasant, silky product that leaves no residue and washes off easily. I would recommend this for someone with normal skin and no breakout issues, or aging issues. Not a bad cleanser at all, pretty good, but not the best I've tried either.

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Comment by annamaria Kyriazis on February 16, 2014 at 12:38pm

i love philosophy and its so natural ingredients <3

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