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Philosophy Purity Made Simple – Review

A few months ago when I went to Sephora to pick up a new cleanser and they were out of my usual Korres cleanser, so after talking to the MUA, they recommended that I try Philosophy Purity Made Simple. Ray and I decided to buy the largest size, because the MUA went on and on about how it was 4 products in one and such a good deal:
cleanser, toner, makeup remover, and makeup brush cleaner.

The first time I tried this cleanser was when I first got my Clarisonic Mia. I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not, but I ended up finishing off the sample and forgetting about it. So when the MUA suggested it, I figured why not.

The Website Claims:
A highly effective one-step facial cleanser. Philosophy Purity Made Simple is a ph-balanced formula that rapidly dissolves dirt and makeup while deep cleaning pores. The best-selling cleanser contains infusions of sage, chamomile, and carrot. Purity Made Simple is part of a collection of Philosophy products designed to soothe even the most dry and sensitive skin.

Sodium Lauroamphoacetate: Acts as a mild surfactant that gently cleanses the skin without irritation or residue.
Meadowfoam Seed Oil: Lightly hydrates the skin leaving the skin comfortable, not pulled or tight.
Sodium Trideceth Sulfate: Pulls dirt, debris, and makeup from the skin and dissolves them.
Twelve-Essential Oil Blend (Including Rosewood, Sandalwood, Sage): Helps soften, soothe, and rejuvenate the skin.

Water, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Coco-Glucoside, 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, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Yellow 5 (Ci 19140).

$40 for 24 oz from Sephora
$32 for 16 oz
$20 for 8 oz
$10 for 3 oz

Does it live up to its claims?
Yes. In my experience (and Ray’s) it’s a mild cleanser that doesn’t irritate my skin or his. It leaves my skin feeling healthy, as opposed to stripped and dry. It does a good job of removing all of my facial makeup. I’ve tried it as eye makeup remover, and it’s ok on my eyebrows and browbone, but I’m not comfortable using it on my eyelids. I really like the way it leaves my skin. I didn’t particularly like using it to clean my brushes. I still prefer Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile soap for that. However, it’s perfect with or without my Clarisonic Mia.

Would I purchase again?
Yes! I’m aware that most people already love this cleanser and I can really see why. It’s a great product. Additionally, the 24 oz is a steal at $40. If you’re looking for a cleanser that’s good for sensitive skin that won’t leave it feeling stripped and dry, this is it. I wholeheartedly approve.

Have you tried any Philosophy Products? What about Purity Made Simple?

Product purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

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    • http://gayleswishlist.blogspot.com G.

      I received a sample from it in my birchbox once, I really liked it as a morning face wash, and I love the smell.

      • http://www.GeeksAddiction.com/ Justine

        I wholeheartedly agree with you (as I just said on FB-LOL)-I used this cleanser in late 2007, after a series of brutal hospitalizations & a condition that left my whole body with the equivalent of 3rd degree burns-once my skin was back (I used the doc prescribed cleanser till I was healed) I used the Philosophy Purity cleanser, & it was amazing how much better my skin felt, so quickly-can’t say enough about this stuff :D

        • Phyrra

          Yay! glad you like it Justine!

      • Phyrra

        I like it, too :)

    • http://cassykinsvstheworld.blogspot.com/ Cassy

      I have a medium bottle that I am trying my darndest to polish off. I find it so/so for cleaning, but the smell is absolutely awful to me. I currently am just using it to clean brushes to get rid of the rest. Does it smell like anything to you? I can’t put my finger on what it is (and I’m sure it’s just me that can’t deal with the smell, but it makes my stomach turn)

      • Phyrra

        I can’t smell anything that bugs me, sorry :(

    • Gina

      I LOVE this cleanser! It’s pretty much replaced all my makeup removers, except for when I have a little bit of leftover eyeliner or mascara on my lids. I love that it’s really gentle on the eyes, too. It doesn’t sting at all. And I actually find the scent very soothing–it’s kind of like Earl Grey tea and licorice.

      But I never thought to try it as a brush cleanser–I might give that a shot!

      • http://cassykinsvstheworld.blogspot.com/ Cassy

        That’s it! It’s tea I think. I haaaate the smell of tea with a passion (and taste, but I’m not drinking my face wash, lol) I knew it had to be something that normal people like, but I think it gross.

        • Phyrra

          ahhh! Ok!

      • Phyrra

        Let me know how it works for you!

    • http://www.robynsnestblog.blogspot.com Robyn @ Robyn’s Nest

      Hey there! I pop in from time to time to see what you’ve been up to and this time I see a whole new look on your blog. I love the new header! It looks just like you.

      • Phyrra

        Thanks Robyn!

    • http://www.whimsybeading.com aygee

      Before I switched to using cleansing oil (Holika Holika Soda is my favorite), I used Purity. I really liked it.

      • Phyrra

        Oooh cool :)

    • http://cinseven13.blogspot.com cinseven13

      I got a sample size of Purity Made Simple with a Sephora order a couple of months ago, and I love it!! I don’t use it to remove my makeup, just as a facial wash. Love the scent and it doesn’t irritate my skin.

      • Phyrra

        Yay I’m glad you like it too. It doesn’t suds up on me, so it just feels like it’s cleansing without stripping.

    • http://agirlishthing.blogspot.com/ Katie

      Thanks for the review!

      Personally, I have a big bottle of this sitting on my counter that I can’t stand to finish. It didn’t really do anything for my skin, and it didn’t really remove my makeup very well. Plus, the fact that it contains sulfates which I find to be drying on my skin.

      • Phyrra

        Aww, I’m sorry it didn’t work for you. Maybe try it as a brush cleaner?

    • Angela

      I purchased the HUGE 32 oz bottle when Nordstrom had their anniversary sale last year hoping it would work for me because it had good reviews and seemed like something that wouldn’t irritate my skin. I was wrong,it seemed to work fine at first,but then I started to get cystic acne which went away after I stopped using the Purity and started back up on Boscia Purifying Cleansing gel. Now I just use it as a makeup brush wash,I can’t wait until it’s gone for good. It wasn’t cheap so I’d hate to toss it.but there are days I am close to it!

      • Phyrra

        Oh that’s awful! I’m so sorry.