Users say that Philosophy Purity Made Simple facial cleanser does a great job of cleansing, toning and removing makeup in just one step. Although it's a little pricey compared to some department store brands, a little goes a long way. However, one expert warns that some of the plant oils can cause irritation that you might not notice at first.
Cleans thoroughly but may cause irritation. Reviewers are impressed with Philosophy Purity Made Simple's ability to thoroughly cleanse skin, wiping away even the most stubborn makeup without leaving your skin overly tight or dry. "It's gentle but unlike most gentle cleansers, it fully cleans my face without irritating it or drying it out," writes one woman at Drugstore.com. There are a few scattered comments that it may dry your face out after long-term use, but most find it to be refreshing and moisturizing. Philosophy Purity Made Simple also earned "Best Cleanser" picks from Allure magazine and TotalBeauty.com.
Refreshing scent. Thousands of user reviewers say Philosophy Purity Made Simple has a light, refreshing fragrance and foams up nicely; most say it leaves skin feeling soft and clean without stripping natural oils. The only real naysayer we found was Paula Begoun of PaulasChoice.com, skin care expert and author of "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me." She warns that this cleanser contains several fragrant oils -- namely rosewood, geranium and cinnamon -- that can cause subcutaneous irritation that might not be obvious to the casual eye, damaging collagen and generating free radicals.
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Paula Begoun gives Philosophy Purity Made Simple a Poor rating because it is "overloaded with irritating ingredients," including rosewood, geranium and black pepper extract. She implores those who are using this cleanser to "consider switching to a truly gentle water-soluble cleanser."
Review: Purity Made Simple, One-Step Facial Cleanser, Paula Begoun, Jan. 30, 2013
Allure magazine polls more than 40,000 readers and selects the best beauty products of 2014, including Philosophy Purity Made Simple. They say it does a great job of clearing away makeup, decongesting pores and softening skin -- all in one product.
Review: 2014 Readers' Choice Awards, Elizabeth Siegel, Not Dated
Editors at TotalBeauty.com select Philosophy Purity Made Simple as their favorite cleanser. In the reviews section of the website, this cleanser earns an overall rating of 8.9 out of 10 stars from more than 500 users.
Review: 2012 TotalBeauty.com Awards: Face & Body, Editors of TotalBeauty.com, As of May 2014
More than 2,400 consumers at MakeupAlley.com give above-average ratings to Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser, saying it does a wonderful job of removing makeup and doesn't strip the skin of natural moisture.
Review: Philosophy Purity Made Simple (Real Purity Cleanser), Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of May 2014
More than 400 Amazon.com users review Philosophy's Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 cleanser, giving it an average score of 4.5 stars out of 5. They say it's clean and fresh smelling, and gentle even on sensitive skin.
Review: Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2014
Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser is one of the highest-rated cleansers at Drugstore.com, earning 4.5 stars out of 5 possible after more than 300 user reviews. Contributors say it's a gentle but effective cleanser that improves the texture of their skin.
Review: Philosophy Purity Made Simple, One-Step Facial Cleanser, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of May 2014
Julyne Derrick, beauty guide for About.com, lists Philosophy Purity Made Simple as the best overall cleanser for all skin types. She says it is extremely popular with users because it is simple but effective. It removes "every speck" of dirt and makeup.
Review: Best Cleansers for Every Skin Type, Julyne Derrick, Not Dated