Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash is a very basic cleanser, but reviewers say it gets the jobs done without stripping skin of natural oils. Users love the pump dispenser, but several say that it leaks when traveling. If you prefer a more travel-friendly facial cleanser, experts say you should consider disposable cleansing wipes like Pond's Original Fresh Wet Cleansing Towelettes (*Est. $5.50 for 30-pack)
Basic formula that gets the job done. Experts say a basic water-soluble cleanser like Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash is the best option for most skin types. This simple formula doesn't contain any bells and whistles, but reviewers say that it does an excellent job of cleansing skin and removing makeup. Although several users with sensitive skin claim to use this gentle cleanser without any irritation, the small amount of fragrance it contains may cause flare-ups for some.
Scent is medicinal, but not bad. Editors at Allure magazine say that Purpose lathers up nicely and is so gentle that if it gets in your eyes it won't sting. Several users say the cleanser smells good.
Review Credibility: Excellent Paula Begoun gives Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash her highest rating, saying that it's suitable for all skin types (except very dry). She notes that the formula is identical to that of Clean & Clear Foaming Facial Cleanser, Sensitive Skin.
Review: Gentle Cleansing Wash, Paula Begoun, Oct. 1, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good Editors of Allure magazine recommend Purpose Gentle Cleansing wash for its mild formula that removes even waterproof makeup without stinging eyes and leaves skin feeling clean.
Review: Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash, Editors of Allure magazine, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good More than 900 reviewers at MakeupAlley.com give Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5. Most agree that it is a simple and gentle cleanser that effectively cleanses skin and removes makeup with 77 percent saying they would buy it again. Some complain that it doesn't travel well as the container tends to leak.
Review: Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of February 2013
Review Credibility: Good Several reviewers at Drugstore.com say that they have used Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash for years because it does an excellent job of cleaning skin and removing makeup without causing any irritation. Some say that it dries out skin but some moisturizer takes care of the problem.
Review: Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of February 2013
Review Credibility: Good Reviewers at TotalBeauty.com give Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash a rating of 8.5 out of 10. It is well liked by people with all skin types, but some say that an additional makeup remover is needed for mascara and heavy makeup.
Review: Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash, Contributors to TotalBeauty.com, As of February 2013
Review Credibility: Fair Julyne Derrick, beauty guide for About.com, says that Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash is her daily cleanser of choice because it removes dirt, makeup and oil but doesn't dry out the skin.
Review: Best Cleansers for Every Skin Type, Julyne Derrick, Not dated