Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple Cleanser Review

Simply Cleansing or Simply Garbage?


Everybody needs a good cleanser, but does this one have what it takes to remove your makeup and leave your face clean without drying you out?

According to Philosophy, it does.

Their Purity Made Simple Cleanser is only about $10 so as long as it’s gentle and does the trick, then it may be worth adding to your age management program. The cleanser also comes as part of the Miracle In a Box set.

By the end of this article, you’ll know if this cleanser does what Philosophy claims, and if the ingredients are as pure as the name suggests.

What Do They Claim?

Philosophy’s claim for their Purity Made Simple is pretty straightforward; they say that it easily removes makeup, gently cleans your face, and tones your skin. The benefits that they list for it include:

  • Gets rid of makeup buildup and deep cleans your pores
  • Conditions your skin with natural oil extracts
  • It’s fragrance-free

Sounds easy enough, and is exactly what we look for in a cleanser. Now let’s take a look at what’s in it to see if it’s loaded with harsh chemicals, or if it’s truly simple.

What’s In It?

One of the best things about Philosophy is that they’re extremely open about what’s in their products. They have an ingredients list posted with each one, front and center on the product page. I wish that everybody were as forthcoming.

The first two ingredients are soap and water. More specifically, the soap is sodium lauroamphoacetate. Now before you get all lathered up about a chemically-sounding product, this one’s bad. It’s better than old-school cleansers because it simultaneously increases lathering while decreasing irritation. In other words, it cleans better without irritating your skin.

The third ingredient is Sodium Trideceth Sulfate. Yep, it’s a sulfate but it’s listed as a non-hazardous cleansing agent by EWG (the Environmental Working Group). That doesn’t mean that it won’t irritate your skin but it’s listed as a non-irritant. Let’s see what else is in Purity Made Simple.

The next 20 or so ingredients are actually herbal and/or natural oils and extracts that do a variety of good things for your skin or for the product. Mainly, they act as cleansers, moisturizers, emollients, humectants or pH balancers.

At the very end of the list are two parabens (methylparaben and propylparaben) and imadolidinyl urea. These ingredients act together as broad-spectrum preservatives but propylparaben has been linked to breast cancer and imidazolidinyl urea releases formaldehyde into the cosmetic at temperatures about 10C. They’re listed last and are found in most cleansers, but now you know.

The ingredients list for Purity Made Simple backs up Philosophy’s claims, but what really matters is real-world results. Let’s take a look at what users are saying about it.

What Are Users Saying?

With the exception of a few users who are disappointed because of the parabens, men and women alike love this cleanser. It leaves the skin clean without that tight, dried-out feeling and also removes all traces of makeup, even eye makeup. It’s non-irritating so people with the most sensitive skin can use it without worrying about breakouts or dry patches.

In a nutshell, the cleanser does exactly what Philosophy claims that it does, and it does it well! Regarding the price, it’s a bit steep for something that you’re just using to clean your face, but a little bit goes a long way and you don’t need to use a toner.

Final Word

I don’t like the fact that a medical-grade cosmetics company such as Philosophy is still using parabens and formaldehyde-releasers in their products but the simple fact is that there are precious few products that don’t use them. Among those, I have yet to find one that cleans without being irritating or drying. Since this product does a great job of both cleaning and leaving skin hydrated without causing breakouts, I’m giving it a thumbs-up.

Click if you’d like to find the best deals on Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple, or if you’d like to learn about products that come with Purity in a complete anti-aging kit, read our article, Philosophy’s Miracle In a Box Review.

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