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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.