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I belong to an online community of similarly obsessed make up and beauty buffs and every now and then a mutual swap is organised where we fill a box of goodies for each other. I had only had a couple of little items from the Philosophy range prior and knew them to be expensive so tried not to let my interest pique too much. However in my latest swap box, a small bottle of purity cleanser was included that I was secretly pleased to try.
I was a bit confused by what a three in one cleanser could offer me. I tend to use a separate eye make up remover (oily) then a cream cleanser on my skin and a water based micellar to clean and dry up before the moisturising begins. This three in one promised a product so gentle you could use it on your eyes. It cleanses, tones and hydrates in one fell swoop apparently. Well I shall address that statement in this review!
I used this directly on my skin to remove make up and refresh the skin. I applied it with large cotton wool discs and was dismayed at the gummy texture of the product. It left my skin feeling sticky and in need of a good wash. I had to re read the instructions to check if it should have been used with water as more of a foaming cleanser! Yes, it is more of a bathroom sink product to be used on a damp skin and rinsed off afterwards!
They do recommend you use moisturiser afterwards so that is step three quashed from the claim.
I really don't like this. I don't mind a foaming cleanser in the shower but I am not one for hovering over the bathroom sink. I prefer to use cleanse off products more, I feel a more thorough finish is achieved especially on eye make up. I must admit this did remove most of the make up from my face but I had to go back and re do the eye mascara removal with another product.
My little 60 ml pot is £4.50 on Amazon so the full size range are pretty dear. In Boots a 90 ml pot is £8.
I won't be buying this one again! I didn't like the sticky texture of the product and prefer other cleanses a lot more. Glad I tried it though.
One of my favourite facial cleansers is Purity Made Simple by Philosophy, this is a one step cleaning system aimed at the face and eyes. It claims to cleanse, tone and act as a make-up remover while also nourishing your skin and making it look as good as possible - so how does it perform?
First of all, this cleanser is a delight to use - it has the most amazing smell that I've loved since the very first time I took the lid off the bottle. It's a hard fragrance to describe as there seem to be lots of 'small' fragrances all mixed in together; I can smell rose as I'm cleansing but that's about the only definite one I can detect, although this is a decidedly floral smelling cleanser even if the florals have been counterbalanced with other scrummy smelling layers.
I use my Purity cleanser with a electronic facial brush and that is definitely the way to get the most from this product, the cleanser doesn't foam but kind of melts across my skin and forms what feels like a smooth barrier until I rinse it off - it feels like an exceptionally calming and gently cleanser that I actually find it a joy to use and feel a bit sad if I have to use another cleanser for whatever reason.
After cleansing my face feels soft and well moisturised, this was a pretty much immediate effect when I first started to use Purity but it's got better and I do credit this cleanser with making my facial skin look overall more healthy and definitely brighter - since I switched to Purity I feel my skin has been in better condition than it has been for years, credit where it's due in my opinion!
It's pretty good at removing make-up, although does struggle with some of my mascara and eyeliners - as it's not a dedicated eye make-up remover I wouldn't penalise Purity for this however as it superb at general cleansing and really does have mild toning properties (I wasn't expecting this despite the chatter on the bottle about it).
I always buy the largest bottle available (480ml) which costs £29.50, granted that's a lot of money for a cleanser but you'd be amazed at how long this size bottle lasts for - I'm on week six of using my current bottle (twice daily use) and less than a quarter of the bottle has been used; at that rate I shouldn't need to purchase it again until March, and when you look at it like that it seems like excellent value for money!
I absolutely love beauty products and I am always trying a new lipstick or body product but when it comes to skincare I am always nervous of trying new products due to having sensitive skin. I had saw this product on QVC and read about it in a few beauty blogs, after doing a lot of research it was something I really wanted to try. Philosophy is a brand which I already love and enjoy using, it is gentle but does really luxurious products too.
Philosophy purity one step facial cleanser is a one stop product which can be used to cleanse away your make up, eye make up, tone the skin and leave it lightly moisturised. We all know that just because a product claims to do these things does not mean it actually will so I was looking forward to see if this would.
I would not usually write a section on the size of the bottle but the amount of product which you get in the largest size is a big selling point for me as it makes it really affordable. The sizes which you can get the cleanser in are:
- 90ml (perfect for travelling)
- 946ml (I bought this from QVC)
The design on the bottle is really simple and in line with the Philosophy range, I personally love this.
....Price and availability....
You can get this product from online, Debenhams, John Lewis, Boots or QVC which is where I purchased mine as it seemed the best value.
The price which you pay for Philosophy is usually set wherever you buy it from
- 90ml: £8.00
- 240ml: £17.50
- 471ml: £28.50
- 946ml: £39.00 from QVC
I use this cleanser every day and night, I have been using it for around six months now. Although you can use this cleanser to remove eye make up and it works perfectly well, I personally prefer to remove my eye make up first with a different product. You then massage the cleanser onto your skin for 30 seconds, I feel like when doing this you can feel the make up lifting from your face. Then you just remove the cleanser with warm water. Once I have done this my skin is left feeling really clean and hydrated with no make up at all left behind. I find the fragrance of this product really hard to describe, it is not too heavy and just smells clean and fresh. I always follow with a moisturiser but the skin is not left really dry and tight which I have had in the past with some other cleansers. Cleansing is a step which we need to do but this product does make it a pleasure and not a chore.
I purchased the 946ml bottle which is huge for only £39.00 so feel this is a good value product which removes make up effectively, feels like a real treat to use and hydrates the skin. If you have sensitive skin and worry about trying new products, I would really recommend trying this. If you are unsure you can buy with QVC and have 30 days to try it, if it is not for you you can return it and get your money back so you have nothing to lose.
I have used the product many times over the years, as I love the Philosophy brand overall, whether that would be the fragrance, bodycare or skincare. What I like about this product is its simple and easy to use.Anyone with a busy life kids, work, other commitments would know that if you want to take care of your skin and have nice products, sometimes it can take time and many lotions and potions. I do not have the time for that. Anything I use I want to be quick and fast, and this is a good product for that as it is multi purpose, as the title suggests on the packaging, 3 in 1 cleanser for the face. On this picture it does not say 3 in 1 but maybe this is older packaging/formulation shown in the picture above.
The smell of the product is fresh and clean, very unisex as there is not a specific smell, note to make you feel its a woman or a mans product, which is good for the whole family. You simply wash it off with warm water, so I easily do this in the showerIt does not sting the face or dry it out, and the texture is not too thick and does actually go quite along way so you do not need a huge amount.
To be honest, it does not dramatically change my skin, but it makes it feel and look clean without tightening, ready for whatever other product I want to put on.
Good cleanser for busy people.
I am lazy - I love the idea of cleansing, toning and moisturizing my face twice a day, but the reality is, as a very busy mum with three kids I struggle to find time to cleanse and dry let alone tone and moisturize.
My mum picked me up a bottle of this after I sent her on a mission to find me a cleanser, toner and moisturiser in one that would help my(then pregnant) dull skin to flourish. I was VERY unimpressed by the bottle to be honest. Don't get me wrong I love the words on the front and it really does separate it from any other brands, but it was just a bit plain, and if I had been looking for something on the shelves, I would have easily missed it.
Purity states that you can apply a small amount, either onto a dry or wet face and massage into skin for 60 secs before washing off with clean warm water. It also says it is a make-up remover as well.
After opening this for the first time I was quite relieved to find it didn't really have a smell. It has a slight odor to it, but I have found any fragrance free formula tends to have a certain"something" to it. The cream liquid is lovely and thick, and comes out slowly so you don't over pour. This sensual feeling, cream liquid I have found is best, put onto slightly damp skin and then basically you just rub it in everywhere.(I have even used it on my EYES). I normally "massage" or in my case rub vigorously for probably about 30 secs and then I rinse.
When I first used it, I have to say, my skin felt quite taut after rinsing - but for me personally I liked the feeling of fresh,firm skin. I have used it now for about 8 months and have gone through 2 big bottles. I Love the fact that my combination skin has evened out and have a lovely complexion to boot.
There is a couple of small points to note however, the first is that although this states it removes ALL make-up, I have found that you really are better off using an eye make up remover for mascara. The rest of your make up will come off with ease but it struggles to move mascara and when it does , it either ends up down your cheeks or half left on.
The second point is that it does indeed moisturise your skin but once again,I have found it better for my skin if I put on an extra moisturizer a couple of evenings a week.
All in all I think if you have a busy schedule like me this really is an excellent product and I would recommend it to anyone who has combination or oily skin. I would stay clear though if you have dry skin.
~The look of the product~
The bottle of this product does look considerably bland and not very glamorous and modern as you would expect for a considerably high priced face cleanser. It it a clear bottle (but looks cream with the product inside) with a plain black lid, the lid is one of those which you push down one side to reveal a little slit in the lid. The blurb on the front is "Purity made simple. Philosophy: purity is natural. we come into this world with all the right instincts. we are innocent, and therefore 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." Well pretty intriguing words for the space where a product is normally declaring that if you use this product your body and hair worries will be obliterated forever!! I would also like to point out that the lack of capitalised letters after a full stop is how it is on the bottle and not me being terrible with my grammar, and this does slightly annoy me when I look at this bottle.
Now I try to inspire you with their wise words on the back of their bottle the basic facts that is declares is that it cleanses the pores and eliminates any make-up and product build up. It also claims to hydrate skin and is a fragrance - free formula (which I feel as though is un true as it has a high chemical smell) The back also gives a very intense list of directions on how to apply the product, a summary is that you should apply the product mixed in with some water to the face and massage onto the skin for 30-60 seconds, then also describing how you should take your time when cleansing as this is 'your new beginning'. Finally it lists around 34!!!!! different ingredients which I feel is not very 'pure' some of these are natural extracts however there seems to be a high percentage of chemical elements.
~The price~ and ~Value for money~
The price of this product is generally £17.50 for a 236.6ml (8fl. oz) bottle, having tried this product I would say you would need around 5ml for a proper cleanse which is an average of £0.37 per wash which I feel for this product (as you will read further on I do not recommend this product) is not very good value for money. If this product was to work I would generally say that this is very good value for money for a brand which is wanting to be perceived as high class.
~The smell~and~the look/feel of product~
The smell of this product is not what I would describe as 'fragrance- free' (as Philosophy declare this product to be) it is the smell of what I can only describe as being a highly floral mixed with chemical smell. I do not think that anybody would agree that it is fragrance- free nor like the smell of it, I was dissapointed as I did expect a slightly sweet smell if there had to be a smell, but I expected it mostly to be fragrance-free as described. The look of the product is a cream colour which is visible through the clear bottle, the product is also fairly watery which I did not expect, however when pouring the product into my hand I do feel as though it does have that look of being able to moisturise and replenish my skin, however this is the distinct opposite of what I found. It is also fairly greasy if any is left on the hand, having just tested the product again to describe its exact feel, I can still feel the greasy texture upon my finger tips.
At first I was rather sceptical about trying this product due to its strong smell, however after reading how 'pure' this would be on my skin I decided to give it a try. I began by taking out the normal procedure of clearing my hair back from my face and ran some reasonably warm water, mixing the product in my palm with a little of the water I then began to apply it in circular motions to my face for around 40 seconds. After washing my hands of the left over product I felt my skin begging to tighten, I thought that it possibly had some toning elements within the product, however upon washing off the suds and remaining product and towel patting my face dry, my skin was blotchy and felt rather dry- not the moisturised and cleansed skin that I thought I would get. I must admit that I can tend to have sensitive skin, but being the 'pure' extract product I felt as though it would not effect me. I am going to base my review on my own experience with the product so please do not be put off by the product based on my 'bad' experience.
I would rate this product as a 1/5 as I felt it did cause more problems to my skin than it did good. Please feel free to comment on anything you wish to know about the product but which I have not put in this review, I have tried to write about everything I would wish to know but a few things may have escaped my mind.
I love this cleanser. It's by Philosophy who are a skincare brand available in the UK through QVC or John Lewis. They are huge in America and as far as I know these are the only 2 channels you can get them in the UK.
All Philosophy products come in a bottle or tube with lovely little philosophical writings on them. They look really nice and expensive. The cleanser can be bought in a 473 ml size for around £28 (as it's an American company they work in fluid ounces which is why it's such a random ml amount) but you can often get it as part of a kit on QVC.
The cleanser is designed to gently remove makeup and cleanse the skin in one step which is great as it means you don't have to worry about using a seperate makeup remover or toner. You simply smooth a 5p size helping onto damp skin and massage it over the face for up to a minute then rinse with warm water.
I love the smell of Philosophy products and this one has a lovely fresh and clean smell. It's not an overpowering or synthetic smell and it's hard to describe it other than it being beautiful! The cleanser is a white/beige colour and is very fluid in consistency. As you put it into the skin it smoothes over very easily. It doesn't lather as a soap would in that you get a lot of foam - I would say that it emulsifies into an milky-like texture but it's not heavy and doesn't irritate the eyes at all. After rinsing it off, all my makeup is gone - even mascara - and I am left with incredibly soft silky skin which looks and feels hydrated. If you wear heavy makeup then you might want to use it twice to make sure all your makeup is removed. My pores feel deep cleaned and any oily build ups from during the day are removed.
As you only need a small amount of this it lasts for ages - a good 3-5 months depending how often it's used so it works out great value. It doesn't leave your face feeling stripped or tight at all and when you go on to apply moisturiser it feels like it sinks in better.
If you've never tried Philosophy before and can't be bothered with the rigmarole of cleansing with creams and toners then I would recommend this to you. It's ideal for taking away with you on hoiday or to the gym as is's compact and quick and you can use it in the shower. I have tried loads of different cleansers from cheap high street brands which leave your skin as dry as a bone to top of the range creams which are a total pain in the neck to use. This really is a pleasure to use and I've repurchased it many times which says it all really!
Philosophy products are not tested on animals.
Ingredients: water (aqua), sodium lauroamphoacetate, sodium trideceth sulfate, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, coco-glucoside, cocos nucifera (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, citric acid, imidazolidinyl urea, yellow 5 (ci 19140).
When it comes to cosmetics or health and beauty products, I'm not the type to chop change the things I use, in order to try out new products. I tend to find something I like, and stick with it. It's only when I find a real bargain or bag a freebie that I decide to try something new.
So it happened with the Purity One-Step Facial Cleanser, which I received free from a magazine giveaway. I have to say, this is the only way I would use this product, as its price tag (£28 for a 16 fl.oz. bottle from John Lewis) means I would never stretch far enough to buy it myself.
This cleanser is made by the company Philosophy, who write on their website that:
'Philosophy is a brand that approaches personal care from a skin care point of view, while celebrating the beauty of the human spirit. Our skin care products, fragrances, makeup and bath and body products are formulated with scientifically-proven ingredients.'
From a consumer's point of view this is a very reassuring value, and one which is reinforced by the ingredients list on the back of the bottle. I will give you the complete list of ingredients at the end, but for now they include ingredients such as rosewood oil and carrot seed oil. I won't lie, there are a few long chemical sounding words (such as 'sodium lauroamphoacetate' - if that's natural or pure then they could have fooled me) but these are by far outweighed by natural ingredients. I don't feel nervous or guilty about using this at all!
This cleanser makes six claims, which are that it:
1. Deep cleans pores and eliminates make-up build-up
2. Hydrates as it melts away make-up
3. Contains deep cleansing agents
4. Contains natural oil extracts which help condition skin
5. Has a fragrance-free formula
6. Contains a proprietary blend of extracts for a unique, fresh scent
Are these claims justified? It was up to me to find out...
1. (Deep cleans pores and eliminates make-up build-up): As this is a facial cleanser, deep cleaning my pores is the least I expect from it! But as for evidence, when rinsing it off my skin literally goes squeaky clean, which I always take as a good sign that a cleanser has worked! After continued, daily use, my skin feels a lot softer and looks a lot clearer. I have noticed that when using this the general condition of my skin has improved greatly, which has consequently boosted my confidence. Furthermore, if I accidentally forget to use this for a day, I do notice that I'm more prone to blemishes and spots, until I use this cleanser again.
As for eliminating make-up build-up, they've got that exactly right. In our house we have a set of white towels, which as you can imagine show up every speck of dirt and smudge of make-up! With my previous cleansers and exfoliators, no matter how much I scrubbed, rinsed and wiped, by the time I went to dry my face with one of those towels, there would be an orange-brown smudge ruining my towel...luckily they washed out but that's not the point! With this cleanser, however, I use much less than I did before and it's much more gentle on my skin, yet since I've been using it I have not once had to worry about a make-up mess spoiling my beautiful towels! And that's not just by chance - I've stepped into the shower on several occasions with a full face of make-up on, used this cleanser, then dried my entire face, even the corners of my nose and my hairline, and the white towel remained as white as ever! If that's not a good sign then I don't know what is...
2. (Hydrates as it melts away make-up): Well...to me this sounds quite similar to claim number 1. We've already established that it can quite effectively get rid of any traces of make-up, and as for hydrating skin, I mentioned earlier that my skin overall feels much smoother and softer. I have combination skin, with some dry areas, and others which can be a bit oilier, but after using this cleanser my skin feels a lot more balanced and healthier.
3. (Contains deep cleansing agents): I'll take their word for this one. I'm not expert enough to know which ingredients are deep cleansing agents and which are not, so I trust that what they say is true. However, as this cleanser does cleanse and clean, I suspect that they're probably right. All good stuff, but it would be nice to be able for your average Joe to be able to substantiate their claims.
4. (Natural oil extracts help condition skin): As you will see from the ingredients list later, there appear to be many different natural oil extracts in this cleanser. From a lot of other reviews I've read on here, I know that most of you enjoy pampering yourselves in natural ingredients, so this is definitely a bonus. As for conditioning skin, it surely does this, as I explained regarding claim number 2.
5. (Fragrance-free formula) and 6. (Contains a proprietary blend of extracts for a unique, fresh scent): I've put these two together as they seem a bit contradictory to me. Aren't 'fragrance-free' and 'a unique, fresh scent' the opposites of each other?! Either way, this cleanser does have a nice, natural smell to it. I can't pick out every different ingredient or name every scent; all I can do is give my best effort at describing its smell. It smells a little like tea tree and nutmeg - unusual as they're not in the ingredients, but that's my opinion! - and you can definitely get a hint of the rosewood and sandalwood oils in the aroma. It is unique and fresh, and it is lovely. However, if you like the smell to linger on your skin and last throughout the day then this will disappoint, as the smell disappears as soon as you wash it off.
So, the makers of this cleanser have made some big claims, but it seems that they're justified and on the whole they've got it exactly right. But what else do you need to know?
The consistency of this cleanser if a little difficult to get your head around at first (or should that be get around your head?!). It was runnier than I was first expecting, but isn't so runny that it will just run off your hand as soon as you pour it out the bottle. In both colour and consistency, it reminds me a little of condensed milk, if that helps you at all. I find that once you've poured some out, if you quickly rub your hands together before applying it to your face, it becomes much easier to handle.
When you rub this cleanser over your face, it won't lather up at all, but that doesn't mean it's not working. You also won't experience any tingling or cooling (unless you have a reaction to it, although I have never experienced this), which you can so often feel with other facial products. Don't worry and don't give up, as after a few days you will start to notice a difference.
The directions for this product say that you should take a small amount, a little water and massage onto the skin. The first few times when I used this I did in fact follow the instructions, but adding a few drops of water to the cleanser in the palm of my hand. This seemed to be a fruitless exercise, however, as it just made the cleanser much too runny to use properly. Instead, if you rinse your face beforehand, there should be enough water still on your face to mix with the cleanser so that it will do the same job. In addition, I often have a bit of a soapy lather still left on my chin or neck from when I washed my body, and sometimes a little of this lather mixes with the cleanser when I'm washing my face, which makes it all feel a little creamier and easier to apply. Of course, this doesn't do any harm, but just makes it easier to feel where you've applied the cleanser and where you haven't.
The bottle gives no indication of how much you should use at any one time, so it's a trial and error to find what works for you. I find that an amount slightly bigger than a 5p piece, but smaller than a 10p piece (a 7p piece?!) is just perfect. Any less and I would feel like some of my face was missing out, but any more and it would be unnecessary...and hence a waste. Nevertheless, I've been using a 7p piece-sized dollop of this cleanser daily for maybe three or four months, and am only around a quarter of the way through the 8 fl.oz. bottle. It seems that although it is quite expensive, it should last for nearly a long time, so this may be the excuse you need to justify an extravagance!
A slight downside with this product is the lid to the bottle. My lid differs slightly to that in the picture - it's the type where you press one edge of the top down, which reveals a tiny hole on the other side of the lid, through which you squeeze or pour the cleanser. Although this is useful in that you can easily pour out the exact amount that you need, I find that the hole can get clogged very easily. As well as this, that whole area can get a little gummy and mucky, which means that sometimes when you pour out some cleanser to use, you may get a little thicker piece in there as well, from where it has been clogging the hole. It never gets so clogged that it blocks the hole completely, but you could get a toothpick or an ear bud to clean it out every so often...but no-one wants to be cleaning something that's supposed to clean itself, so this seems like more effort than it's worth!
Overall, this is a good product. It cleanses, it'll make your skin feel nice, it smells nice and a bottle will last a long time. But does it do any more than any other cleanser? I doubt it. As far as I can see, there's nothing so exceptional about it that warrants its large price tag.
I enjoy using it, will carry on doing so until the bottle runs out, and will probably be a bit disappointed when it runs out, but I won't be buying another bottle. If it was cheaper I would not hesitate in recommending it - so if you can afford it then by all means try it out - but as it is the price knocks one star off its rating.
Ingredients: water (aqua), 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 damasca 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).