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      31.12.2013 10:48
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      A lovely cleanser

      I love trying out different cleansers and am always looking for products that will help to keep my skin clean and fresh without being too heavy. Last year I was given a small bottle of Philosophy Purity cleanser which actually came as a christmas tree decoration which as quiet cute. I have been using it for a few months now and am quite impressed.

      The Purity cleanser is formulated to gently cleanse, tone and melt away all face and eye makeup in one simple step, while lightly hydrating the skin. This makes it very handy as you do not need to use a separate eye make up remover. It has a number of benefits including:

      - deep cleans pores and eliminates makeup build-up
      - natural oil extracts help condition skin
      - fragrance-free formula

      The cleanser comes in a simple yet stylish plastic bottle with crisp black writing on it and a black screw top. On opening the bottle the cleanser has quite a thick consistency and is a pale cream colour. It has a very light fragrance which is hardly noticeable.

      To use the cleanser I usually splash my face with some water first and then massage the cleanser into it. I can quickly see any make up or dirt being removed and then I rinse my face afterwards. The cleanser seems to be effective at removing even tough eye make up and mascara and yet feels really gentle and not harsh on my face at all

      After use my face feels fresh and clean and quiet moisturised so it is not tight at all.

      I really like this cleanser as it is so gentle yet effective. However a full size bottle is quite expensive at £17.50 for 240 ml so it is quite at treat. It can be purchased in Boots, Debenhams and most department stores.

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      20.01.2013 18:19
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      A decent enough cleanser but not really worthy of the high pricetag

      This is a product I've heard so much about and really wanted to try, it was only the hefty pricetag that was stopping me, so I was thrilled to receive a 30ml bottle in my beauty advent calendar before Christmas. The usual price for this product is £8 for 90ml, £17.50 for 236ml or £28.50 for 471ml.

      It comes in a clear plastic bottle so you can always easily see when it's running out, and it has a flip top lid that makes it really easy and convenient to use even in the shower with wet hands. I do like the design of the bottle, it's clean and simple but it still manages to look high quality without being fancy.

      The cleanser is like a mid-consistency lotion with a creamy colour and an unusual herbal type scent. It can be applied to damp or dry skin and should be massaged in for 60 seconds before rinsing. I always use it on damp skin as I just feel with all cleansers that they give a better clean when used with water than using them dry. I find it is easy to massage into my skin and I don't need to use much, even though they suggest using 'a generous amount', I think they just say that to make you use more and therefore spend more money with them.

      I do find it cleans my skin well and it feels refreshed after using it. My skin also feels smooth and quite soft, but I don't find I get any particularly special results from this, and I don't find it keeps my skin as clear as some other cleansers. However, it doesn't dry my skin out, even in this horrible wintery weather we're having at the moment, which is a major plus.

      All in all, although I do like this cleanser I don't think I'll be buying it because I just don't think it's special enough to justify the price, so I'll just stick to cheaper options that are just as good or even better.

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      30.08.2012 21:09
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      Purity Is Simple..

      Philosophy was founded in 1996. They specialise in beauty products formulated with 'scientifically proven' ingredients.

      ~Purity Made Simple~

      The Purity Made Simple collection from Philosophy includes three cleansing products - an oil, a gel and a cleansing liquid. I will be discussing my use of the 'One Step Facial Cleanser' aka '3 in 1 Cleanser For Face and Eyes'.

      This product is an award winning cleanser which Philosophy claims is a 3 in 1 product for your face and eyes. It should cleanse, tone and remove all make up from your skin. Whilst cleansing your skin, this cleanser should deep clean pores and remove any make up build up within your skin. It is a fragrance free product and contains natural oil extracts which help condition the skin whilst cleansing.

      This cleanser is gentle enough for using in the morning and/or evening. It is recommended that you use a 20p sized blob combined with a little water and massage this cleanse over your face for up to one minute - rinse and pat dry and then add your chosen moisturiser.

      ~Design~

      This cleanser is presented in a simple clear bottle with a screw off cap or flip cap depending on which size of bottle is purchased. In true Philosophy style, there is a little paragraph for inspiring words on the front of the bottle..

      'purity is natural. we come into this world with all the right instincts. we are innocent and perceive things as they should be, rather than how they are. our conscience is clear, our hands are clean and the world at large is truly beautiful. it is at this time we feel most blessed. to begin feeling young again, we must begin with the most basic step of all, the daily ritual of cleansing' - Philosophy website and the packaging.

      ~Price and Availability~

      Purity Made Simple is available from the company website www.philosophyskincare.co.uk.

      *90ml - £8.00
      *240ml - £17.50
      *480ml - £28.50

      The largest bottle gives the best value for money all round. This cleanser is also available as part of a few gift sets on the Philosophy website.

      ~My Thoughts~

      I like to take care of my skin and am always happy to try new products/brands which may make my skincare routine that little bit easier in the mornings. I received a Philosophy gift set for my birthday this year and it was crammed full of generous, travel sized products. One such product is a 59.2ml sized bottle of Purity Made Simple. I have only recently got around to using this product as I was concentrating on using up the other cleansers in my bathroom.

      I cleanse twice a day to keep my skin fresh and healthy. This cleanse is a creamy colour with a pale yellow tint to it. It has a pleasant consistency - quite milky but with a little bit of thickness to it and I find it easy enough to squeeze a small amount from my little plastic bottle as it flows well. This consistency of this cleanser is definitely a plus point - it is very easy to work with and is light weight.

      It is up to you which way you use this cleanser. It can be applied directly to your damp face or by massaging it between your hands with some water and then applying it that way. I prefer the first option and splash some tepid water over my face to open up my pores before dispensing this cleanser onto my fingertips. This cleanser creates a generous yet light weight and very gentle lather on my face. It feels cool and very refreshing which are factors I appreciate from a cleanser as this helps me wake me up a bit first thing in the morning.

      Purity Made Simple has a pleasant scent. It is very naturally scented and to me, smells quite herby and medicinal. It is inoffensive but won't be to everyones tastes. Whilst massage this cleanser across my skin, I can feel it giving my skin a good freshen up and cleanse. I splash my face with some cold water to remove the lather and then dry my skin. This cleanser does not leave my skin feeling dried out - it leaves it soft, smooth and refreshed without the need for a toning lotion. It doesn't rid my skin of dryness but nor does it make it worse or make my skin feel tight like some cleansers can do. I do need to apply my day cream afterwards to lock in moisture.

      When it comes to using this as a night time cleanser, it performs equally as well. The cleansing lather does a good job at removing general dirt from my pores as well as sweeping away any make up including powder and blush. I use the same method as I do in the morning but use a few cotton pads after I have lathered the cleanser on my skin. This ensures every last trace of make up is removed and the results are very evident given the mess that transfers to the cotton pad. I am not a fan of using this type of product on my eyes but I have tried this and found that it is very kind to my sensitive eyes and does not sting in the slightest. This cleanser effectively removes eyeshadow and mascara traces without the need for me to scrub so I am happy with how will it performs.

      ~Conclusion~

      Regardless of when I use this cleanser, it performs to a high standard. My face is visibly clean and feels incredibly fresh as well as gently conditioned. I have experienced no irritation from using this on a day to day basis so can confirm that it is kind to sensitive skin. The scent lingers on my skin for a short while.

      This is an expensive cleanser but it does last incredibly well.

      All in all, I can recommend this cleanser and I will be purchasing a big bottle soon.

      Thanks for reading :)

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        12.03.2010 23:12

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        A great product for a great price

        I have been using this cleanser for a few years now and absolutely love it.
        The philosophy range is a long running favourate brand of mine but I would have to say that this probably my absolute favourite of the entire range.
        Not only is cleanser wonderfully gentle and calming but it also does what it says on the label.
        I can remove my entire face of make up with a drop the size of a twenty pence piece, including mascara and long lasting lipstick.
        I can use it in and around the eyes (even with a long standing eye injury) and it never irritates. I have actually found that it can sometimes help my hayfever as well!!
        On the other side, it is a great cleanser even without any makeup and leaves my skin feeling clean and soft, although I do need some moisturiser afterwards.
        I love the fact the philosophy reward their customers with larger sizes in most products at a good price, including this cleanser.
        I have now managed to convert everyone in the house to this product.

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        04.01.2010 20:01

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        A great product which lasts forever

        Another Philosophy regular purchase by myself. It came in a sample pack and Ive never used anything other than this to cleanse with ever since.
        Its a creamy off - white liquid - the consistency is a bit like runny caramel. It is hard to describe. Doesnt smell like much either (i.e. no floral or scenty scent - infact some people hate this non-smell who describe as akin to wet dogs. THis is something I luckily do not find). As with all philosophy products it comes in a trademark plain bottle with lots of writing across it (this is transcribed in another review so I wont regurgitate it - doesn affect the qualities of the product anyway). Basically the bloke on QVC says you massage amount onto dry or wet skin for ideally 60 seconds. Then rinse.
        I have found that even though I use it twice a day, it does not make my skin feel dry or tight which frequently used to happen with other rinse off cleansers. Philosophy claim that Purity can be used to remove water-proof mascara. This I do not agree with. Water-proof mascara is my staple and unless I scrub with a flannel I cant get it off. Since I would like my eyes not to become crow feet laiden before my mid-thirties, flannel scrubbing is something Ive not taken up.
        QVC sell this at quite a price so I usually get my fix on ebay. It lasts absolutely ages too.

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        24.11.2009 14:20
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        I first got this product as my free gift when I signed up to a subscription of Vogue. In the shops, it's expensive, expensive by my standards anyway, so to get it free was a huge bonus, as otherwise I would have never tried this product. When it arrived in the post, I was having a fairly bad skin week, and was in need to a decent cleanser. So I thought I'd been saved...

        So, I followed what it said on the bottle. Rub a generous amount of the product into your skin (either damp or dry), and it dissolves dirt and make-up. It can even be used to remover eye make-up. It doesn't smell overpowering or to chemically like some other products, it actually had quite an appealing smell. And it seemed to work well the first time I used it. My skin instantly appeared brighter and softer. So I continued to use it daily for about 5 days. Then after I'd used it one evening, my face began to feel asthough it was burning. I put moisturiser on it, but still it felt asthough it was on fire.
        About half an hour later, it began to cool down and I went to look in the mirror. All looked fine, so I went to sleep. The next morning, I woke up to find my face bright red and covered in red blotches. I had to layer my face with foundation repeatedly throughout the day to keep it covered. By the evening my skin had turned completely dry, so dry it was painful to talk to smile. I put moisturiser on about every 30 minutes. This still didn't help much, and for the next two days I was stuck with a bright red blotchy face and dry skin. After that my skin began to flake and peel off, just like sunburn does. It also had a really leathery, scaley feel. Not nice.

        After all the skin had come off, my skin was amazingly soft, clear and free of imperfections. But it's hard to tell whether this was because of the cleanser, or the fact that this was a completely new layer of skin.

        I thought maybe it was just a first-time reaction to the product, so I waited about a month ,then tried again. Exactly the same thing happened.

        I've never known myself to have sensitive skin, pale skin yes, but never that sensitive, all other products have been fine, never had any irritation or problems. This may just be me, and my skin disagrees with one of the ingredients in this product, but just be careful.

        So, now when I'm faced with the choice of leaving the house with a couple of spots, or going out with a face that looks like I've spent a month lying on a beach in Spain.
        I'll go with the spots.

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        22.10.2009 18:28
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        works really well.

        I first came across philosophy on QVC, I fell for the sales pitch and got hope in a jar and loved it! After recommending it to friends and family my mum got me this product for Christmas - thanks mum!
        Purity made simple is a cream type wash off cleanser; you can use it on dry or damp skin.
        I must admit I'm really impressed with it. My skin is slightly tricky and easily upset, I have combination skin that doesn't need much of an excuse to breakout in spectacular fashion so I'm always slightly wary of what I put on it, but having loved hope in a jar so much I decided I'd try it out.
        I wear liquid foundation with powder over the hop, blusher and bronzer so any cleanser I use has a task ahead of it trying to remove it all. I have found that purity made simple manages to do this effortlessly. If I have been on a night out and have used more make up than usual I tend to put the cleanser on a dry face and massage it in, on a normal day I dampen my face first. The smell of the product is ok and it has a nice creamy, but not too thick texture to it. It works into a slight foam and washes off easily. I have found that it also even removes my mascara.
        I have had no breakouts since using this product and it definitely doesn't feel greasy or oily. If anything my face can feel slightly tight after using it, especially if I've worked it into my skin for quite a long time, but my skin is left feeling really soft. I finish with hope in a jar after and that sorts out any tightness straight away.
        I know skin is a funny thing and what suits one person won't suit another so I'm not suggesting that this is going to be a miracle product for everyone, but for me this has really helped my skin, I have fewer breakouts and my skin looks more radiant. I really like this product and would recommend it to people to are having a hard time with combination skin.

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        19.10.2009 13:28
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        A great quick way to remove your mask everyday.

        I have always tried to follow a strict cleanse, tone and moisturise routine and for that reason I have tried a great deal of different products and I do change them around as there are always new products coming onto the market and this review is of the latest one I purchased.


        ==== Who are Philosophy ====

        Philosophy was created in 1996 by a lady called Christina Carlino with over thirty years experience in the skin care business.
        Her first company was called Biomedic and this was a medically based skin care line distributed to plastic surgeons and dermatologists. The idea for Philosophy was born when she wanted to create something that would bridge the gap between what was available in doctors offices and the beauty counter and Philosophy was born.


        ==== Packaging ====

        Philosophy is well known by its style of packaging and I wanted to mention this as it really forms the idea behind Philosophy and obviously its a great marketing tool as well.

        All the bottles and packaging for the products use childlike images and lower case writing and they keep their bottles very plain and the reason for this is to make skin care simple and effective and uncomplicated, most of the bottles have a lovely script on them with a feel good message pampering your mind and soul as well as your skin and body.


        ==== The product=====

        Purity The one stop facial cleanser comes in a clear bottle and the cleanser inside is a very pale lemon colour.
        Its states that it is a one stop facial cleanser that can be used in place of your cleanser, eye makeup and toner some it will save you time and money which is a great thing.
        It is formulated for all skin types and deep cleans pores, it also states that it hydrates your skin as it dissolves your makeup.

        ==== Texture and Scent ====

        The texture of the cleanser is quite soft, its not a hard cream and this makes it very easy to apply and move around your skin. It has a very fresh scent and they beat way I can describe it is to say that it smells really clean and slightly like a spring garden but it is not overpowering and disappears when it is washed off.


        ==== How I use it====

        Obviously you can use it how you wish but this is the way that I apply it.

        ====Eyes====

        The bottle has a little flip lid and you squeeze the bottle to dispense the amount you require.
        I tend to do my eyes first, the reason for this is that if you apply it all over and remove it I find that I still have eye makeup halfway down my face.

        Put the cream into the palms of your hand, if you are wearing a lot of eye makeup I recommend about a five pence piece size and with your index finger gently glide the cream onto your eyes, use a gentle smoothing action but do not rub, keep your eyes closed and wait for twenty seconds to allow the cleanser to dissolve and then with a damp cotton wool pad sweep it over the eye while closed and then open your eyes and with gentle strokes do the same underneath your eyes.

        ====Face ====

        Apply the cleanser to the face using upwards strokes I recommend you do this to slightly damp skin as it helps the cleanser sink into your skin and using upwards stokes allows you to really get a deep cleanse. Massage gentle into the skin for sixty seconds and then you can either wash away with warm water or again use a warm damp cotton wool ball to remove all traces of the cleanser before moisturizing your skin as normal.


        ==== The Results ====

        I have to say that I found that my skin did feel very clean after using the product and my skin looked as though it had had a very deep clean.
        I found that my eye makeup did actually dissolve and came off easily and it was not down to have to rub my skin quite hard as I have done with previous eye makeup removers.
        The only time it did not work as well was when i was wearing waterproof mascara and I found that If I left the cleanser on my eyes for an extra twenty seconds it did then come off easily.

        My face makeup which was foundation, bronzer and blusher removed really well and I also notice that the cotton wool pads were covered in a lot more makeup than I found with other cleaners and it was also visible to see the days dirt and oils on the cotton wool ball even if I had no makeup on.

        ==== My Conclusion ====

        I think that this is a great all in one product and it is time effective as you are only using one product instead of three and its cost effective and as I never seem to have enough money or time it was great for me!.

        If you wear a lot of makeup its a great way of removing all traces of makeup without the task involving lots of scrubbing and rubbing to your skin.

        My skin is dry/combination and I find that it is very soothing to my skin and does not seem to upset or strip the natural oils in my skin.


        ==== Availability and Cost =====

        Philosophy can be purchased in large department stores and online, QVC also stock philosophy and quite often have special offers on in the run up to christmas.
        Depending on where you purchase it the cost is around £16.00

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          17.06.2009 11:33
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          Brilliant cleanser

          I bought this cleanser just as an on the spot purchase whilst Chanel surfacing, it was on QVC for £30. It arrived just days later. I have never found such an easy way to look after your skin; you literally just rub it onto dry skin for about one minute and then rinse it off. It removes make-up, even waterproof mascara, and if you use a flannel to remove you're also exfoliating all in one. It smells absolutely fab and leaves your skin feeling super soft and clean. I have really oily skin and this cleanser actually helps to control my shine most of the day. I use it in combination with the moisturiser also, which is just as easy, literally slap it on. My skin has really improved since using it and people have noticed and passed nice comments on my complexion. I suppose ordering from QVC every time you run out could be an issue as oppose to just popping to the local supermarket but it really is worth it. It lasts absolutely ages too, so no need to buy it too often, I don't need to use a separate toner anymore so that saves money and time also. It is some what more expensive than supermarket branded face washes but I think it's worth that bit extra all in all.

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          05.06.2009 17:38

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          Try it!

          This is quite possibly the best cleanser I have ever used. It is a smooth, creamy, lightly scented lotion which you lather up onto the face with a little water. The product lathers well and removes all traces of makeup and mascara too (I don't use waterproof mascara so can't comment on its ability to remove that but it removes normal mascara really well). Afterwards, my skin feels really soft and smooth and not at all tight or irritated.

          Great value for money as you only need a small 10p size amount and there is no need to use a seperate toner afterwards so it's like a 2 in 1. With other cleansers, I tend to get a bit lazy and can't be bothered with the rigmarole of using cleanser then toner and cotton wool etc. This is the perfect lazy girls product as it only takes about 30secs to use and your ready for moisturiser. And if you are a serial offender of not taking your makeup off after nights out like myself, then you will tend to use this as it's quick and easy.

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          01.06.2009 13:48
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          The simplest cleanser you can get.

          THE BOTTLE
          The bottle is a white semi opaque color with a black lid which is a flip up lid. On the front of the bottle is name of the product following this there is writing which says:
          philosophy: purity is natural. we come into this world with all the right instincts. we are innocent, and therefore perceive things as they as they should be, rather than how they are. our conscience is clear, our hands are clean, and the world at large is truly beautiful. it is at this time we feel most blessed. to begin feeling young again, we must begin with the most basic step of all; the daily ritual of cleansing.
          After this writing it tells us this is a one-step facial cleanser which is repeated in french. Below this is the amount in the bottle which is 8fl.oz. - 236.6ml.

          On the back of the bottle is what the cleanser is and who it is for which is then translated into french this is what it says
          formulated for all skin types
          replaces your makeup remover, eye makeup remover, facial cleanser and toner
          deep cleans pores
          hydrates as it melts away makeup.
          Following this is the directions and the ingredients which are also translated into french. The contact info is at the bottom of the bottle and the sign I try to look for, the recycling one so it's good for the environment to.

          MY OPINION
          I really enjoy using this cleanser. It's easy to use as it's just one thing instead of the usual two or three products I used to use. I use this before bed as I use the microdelivery wash on a morning. It's a creamy texture and gentle on the skin and not drying in the slightest which always worries me as I have very dry skin. It doesn't foam like other cleanser's but I don't think it needs to do this for it to work. It takes of all my make-up even my mascara which I was very surprised by, even though it said it did on the product, as not all products live of to what they do.
          This product is available online on QVC or high end department stores like John Lewis and the prices start from around £16.80

          I have previously written this review on www.ciao.co.uk under the same username.

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          16.05.2009 19:57
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          Fabulous product - must have beauty buy!

          This is definitely one of my desert island must-have beauty products. In my opinion it is competitively priced and actually lasts for the number of months its advertised to (in fact I would say longer). It is definitely mild enough for any skin type and there is no horrible tightness after use. It removes all traces of make-up and can actually be 'rubbed' onto the eyes to remove even the toughest of mascara! As it works as a make up remover, facial cleanser and toner there is no need for the expense of buying all three of them separately. It has a pleasant fresh and clean fragrance and really does do what it says on the bottle! I really like the packaging and the poem on the front of the bottle makes a lovely and unique touch. I would definitely recommend this produce to anyone (and indeed many other items in the Philosophy range).

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          15.05.2009 18:46
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          I've been using it for years and wouldn't swap.

          I'm a fan of this stuff, let's get that out of the way first!

          Purity Made Simple is a facewash style cleanser - you apply to damp skin, massage, and then rinse. That appealed to me right off, because i just can't get on with cleansing and toning - if a rinse with water isn't involved, i don't feel clean. I'd describe the texture as light cream/gel, with a slight "spa" type scent from the essential oils in it; it doesn't really lather as such. The product includes a number of therapeutic essential oils such as Rosewood, Geranium, Sandalwood, Rosa Damascena and Sage.

          I'd describe my skin as combination - nose and chin area can be oily, but some areas such as around my eyes can be quite dry and sensitive. My main concern is not having an outbreak of spots, and i really struggled to find a cleanser which was thorough enough to keep the oil down, but not so gentle that it left my skin greasy. I've been using Purity Made Simple for about two years now, and before that i used the Garnier Vitamin C range facewash (not sure if they even still make that) or the Garnier Pure Deep Scrub gel, which kept the spots away but was a bit drying.

          I find that Purity Made Simple leaves my skin clean, doesn't over dry it, seems to mostly keep the spots away, and is pleasant to use - it smells nice, like an upmarket spa product. I do tend to use an eye makeup remover prior to this, especially if i have waterproof mascara on, even though the bottle says the cleanser can do it all - i'm not so sure about that!

          Value wise, it's expensive at retail but i usually manage to find some on ebay for about £6 for the small size. You really don't need very much to cleanse your face, and i find one 100ml bottle lasts me about 6-8 months.

          In summary, this is the best cleanser i've found for combination skin and i wouldn't use anything else now.

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          27.01.2009 15:37
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          DO not Recommend

          Well, when going through my friends list and reading REAL reviews I came upon GrownUpGirlie's review of philosophy's (the company spells it with a lowercase P!) Purity Made Simple face cleanser. That made me want to try it out. Check out her other makeup reviews, I enjoy reading them.

          Now, I have only been a fan of philosophy's product line for a couple months now. I started out with their "The Present" clear make-up, and was thoroughly impressed.
          After hearing nothing but glowing reviews from friends and family who have tried this face cleanser, I decided I'd give it a try. I paid 6.99 on eBay for a 2 oz bottle, but I know that it retails for 20.00 for an 8 oz bottle. For a 16 oz bottle, it's 32.00, and for a 20 oz bottle, it's 40.00. So, as you can see, this is a very expensive cleanser. I surmise my purchase is a sample size. I just couldn't commit to spending that much money on something I had no clue about.

          The product is a milky white color packaged in a smooth, plastic bottle. It has a black flip-top from which you can dispense the product by squeezing the bottle. It comes out very easily and you can quickly dispense too much into your hand, so use some discretion when putting product on your hands!
          The scent isn't very appealing to me. It reminds me of oatmeal and chemicals. I don't know of a better way to put it, but it really doesn't smell all that fantastic. I wet my face and patted on a dime size amount. It doesn't lather, but it's not really supposed to. They sell a separate line of the cleanser if you're looking for foam. It feels so soft, almost like lotion, being rubbed into the skin. It does thoroughly cleanse the skin of makeup (I had been wearing eyeshadow and foundation), and I did notice my skin being considerably less greasy after using the product. Rinsing was very easy, though I did feel a bit of residue left on my skin despite rinsing for a good few minutes. My face still felt a little bit soapy afterward.

          When I FIRST rinsed my face off, I was completely satisfied. My face was soft and smooth as a baby's bottom! However, as a few minutes passed, my skin did start to feel tight and dry. I even noticed that there were some pimples cropping up. I have also felt like my skin is ten times itchier than it would have normally been. Now, my skin has been excessively dry lately so this could be a factor but I have been following up with a ton of moisturizing lotions. What a useless cleanser, if it's going to give me acne! My face felt dry and strange the rest of the day.
          I want to compare it to any mild oatmeal wash you may have used in the past. It feels like artificial soap. Very strange after you have rinsed it off. Maybe I would have better results using the foaming cleanser?

          I get a better experience simply using Neutrogena Blackhead Cleansing Pads. I really did not enjoy using Purity at all. I sorely wanted to, because I was excited to receive the product in the mail. I'm hoping that future philosophy products that I order are better than Purity, because the foundation I use is so fantastic!
          Pass on this cleanser, unless you want dried out skin (and possibly acne!) I really wanted to like Purity! Maybe the next product will be the charm!

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            16.10.2008 16:57
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            It may be a cult classic for many, but it's not for everyone.

            I received this product as part of the 'make-up optional skin' Philosophy pack. It was probably my least favourite of the bunch since I found it quite drying on the skin. Whilst it does remove make-up well, I would always need to double cleanse if i was wearing stubborn mascara for example and this would make my eyes sting slightly. At first, other than finding it slightly dehydrating on the skin, I found that it had no other negative effect on my skin. However, as the days went on I did break out in a few spots. I have friends who swear by this product and not everything will work for everyone, but it's a bit of a cult favourite in this brand to warrant at least a try. Philosophy have now brought out a 'foaming' version of 'purity' but I have yet to try this version.

            Ingredients : water, disodium lauroamphodiacetate, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, coco-glucoside, peg-120 methyl glucose dioleate, aniba rosaeodora (rosewood) wood oil, geranium maculatum oil, guaiacum officinale, 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 (black pepper) seed extract, sodium trideceth sulfate, hexylene glycol, cocos nucifera (coconut) alcohol, polysorbate 20, glycerin, carbomer, triethanolamine, methylparaben, propylparaben, imidazolidinyl urea, fd&c yellow no.5

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          • Product Details

            Purity made simple was created because it was philosophy's feeling that most cleansers were not getting the skin clean enough / furthermore, they do not believe you need a makeup remover and a toner to complete the cleansing process /