Philosophy Purity Cleanser Review & Pictures

Philosophy Purity Made Simple One Step Facial Cleanser ReviewI’m like a moth to a flame when it comes to trying out new products. And this is especially the case when it comes to facial cleansers because I seem to always be on the hunt for one that removes all my makeup without leaving my skin as tight as hipster jeans.

Naturally, I tried drugstore brands like Cetaphil, Spectro, Neutrogena, and Clean & Clear because they regularly go on sale and they’re easy to find.

All of these did cleanse my skin, but y’know that dry, tight feeling your face gets when a cleanser strips your skin of its natural oils? That’s what I got, and I don’t even have dry skin to begin with!

When Sephora had their Beauty Insider sale a few weeks ago, I pounced at the chance to try the Purity Made Simple cleanser. It was touted as being gentle yet strong enough to remove even eye makeup, and other people claimed it didn’t leave their skin parched.

So I put it to the test. And I didn’t let my wallet hold me back, either. As much as I crave scoring a real deal, I know that healthy, clean skin is worth the investment. You can skimp on a lot of things, but you shouldn’t skimp on skincare.

Had my skin agreed with a cheaper cleanser, well, I’d be happy! However, turns out my skin favors a little luxury.


Philosophy Purity Cleanser Pictures

Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser Review

Philosophy Purity Ingredients

Philosophy Purity Cleanser Review

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser Review

Bottle comes sealed. Here you can also see the milkiness of the cleanser.




    Cleans pores & eliminates makeup build-up

    Lightly hydrates skin

    X Melts away eye makeup

Key Notes

  • Name: Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser
  • Amount: 709.7 mL (24 oz.)
  • What I Paid: Approximately $40 CAD (I bought this for 15% off during Sephora’s Beauty Insider Sale – Retails for around $47 CAD)
  • Available Sizes: 3 oz., 4 oz. (I think this is a QVC exclusive size), 8 oz., 16 oz., 24 oz. (Sephora exclusive size) & 32 oz. (QVC exclusive size)
  • Where to Buy: Philosophy website, Sephora website, Sephora stores & QVC website

Philosophy Purity Cleanser Review

I’ve been using the Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser for 20 days straight morning and night religiously with my Clarisonic Mia that I previously reviewed. After giving it a fair trial, I thought it was time to share my experience with you.


The Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser is fragrance-free, however, just because they don’t put any perfume in it doesn’t mean it has no smell. There is a scent, and it’s nice and light.

It’s hard to put my finger on exactly what it smells like since I haven’t smelled anything like it before…especially not in a cleanser. I’d describe it as sweet, but not like cotton candy. It’s an earthy kind of sweetness that definitely is very clean and delicate.


The Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser is muted custard in color and very milky. It’s so liquidy and doesn’t foam at all.

I know that a lot of times we associate how well something cleans based on its ability to lather, but that’s not accurate. The ingredients that create the lather many times are actually harsh ingredients. And since the Philosophy facial cleanser is supposed to be mild on skin, it makes sense to me that it doesn’t foam. Doesn’t bother me at all since I used to use Spectro facial cleansers, and they didn’t lather, either.

How I Use It

First, I wet my face with water and then squeeze about the size of a quarter into the palm of my hand. I apply the product onto my face and then let the Clarisonic Mia do its thing.

The Philosophy facial cleanser suggests that you use it for 60 seconds, which is perfect because the Clarisonic Mia has a 60-second timer built right in.

Afterwards, I rinse and then gently pat my face with a damp washcloth.

Does My Face Feel Dry or Tight After Cleansing?

No! It actually feels soft and supple, as if I’m wearing an ultra-light moisturizer except that there’s no residue. My skin truly feels clean and fresh.

Did It Irritate My Skin or Cause Acne?

No! My skin is sensitive, but it wasn’t at all irritated by this product. Even when I used it around my eye, it didn’t sting. And after using this cleanser for 20 days, I didn’t get any acne, either. So I believe it is gentle like they claim.

Makeup Removal Effectiveness

On any typical day, I wear face and eye primer, eye shadow, eyeliner, and mineral foundation.

The Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser removed all traces of makeup and dirt on my face easily, however it completely failed at removing eye makeup whether or not it was waterproof.

I wanted it to ‘melt away’ eye makeup like they claim, but it never worked. I tried different methods like wetting my eyes with water first or using the cleanser on a cotton round first. Didn’t help. I always had to turn to my trusty Clean & Clear Soothing Eye Makeup Remover to get the job done.


This is the most expensive facial cleanser I’ve ever bought. And even with my 15% off discount, I winced when the cashier rang it up.

I don’t think any cleanser should cost this much, but I’ll continue to buy it as long as I can afford it and as long as I don’t find a cheaper alternative that’s as effective. Because of the heavy price, I deducted a few points off the Final Verdict score.

If you’re thinking about buying this, you may not want to go gung-ho like me and buy the 24 oz. bottle. (I know, I took a huge risk…but it paid off!) They offer travel-sized bottles so you won’t have to shell out as much just to try it out.


The bottle features a minimalist design, which Philosophy products are known for. There’s text on the front, which is supposed to be thought-provoking, but I usually just think it’s self-indulgent on their part.

The bottle has a no-nonsense flip cap, but it would be nice if it came with a pump instead like the QVC-exclusive 32 oz. bottle does.

I appreciate that this product comes with a safety seal so you know that no one has been contaminating the product. A lot of drugstore facial cleansers don’t have this feature and sometimes it grosses me out when I think too much about it.

  • Gentle cleanser that deep cleans pores & eliminates makeup build-up
  • Leaves skin feeling & looking healthy (doesn’t strip skin of moisture)
  • No perfume added (fragrance-free formula, but there is a scent you can smell & it’s light)
  • Has a safety seal to prevent product contamination
  • Ridiculously expensive for a facial cleanser
  • Doesn’t foam or lather (but this isn’t a con for me)

Final Verdict: 7.5/10

The Philosophy Purity One Step Facial Cleanser leaves your face feeling and looking clean. But don’t rely on it as a 2-in-1 cleanser to also remove your eye makeup because it just doesn’t work well with eye makeup.

If you are able to splurge on skincare, I recommend trying this because it doesn’t strip your skin or leave it tight and dry. Plus it smells calming and is very gentle.

What’s your favorite skincare product? Have you ever shelled out a lot for a facial cleanser? Which Philosophy products do you recommend?


8 thoughts on “Philosophy Purity Cleanser Review & Pictures

  1. Lois

    This is my HG Facial Cleanser. I have been using Purity for 4-5 years and LOVE IT! I’m sorry that it didnt work for you on your eye make-up. I use Smashbox Jet Set eyemake up and waterproof mascara and Purity works for me to remove all my waterproof makeup. For the more stuborn water proof makeup, I let it set a while longer and it removes all my makeup. I blogged about it myself a while ago. I agree that it leaves my skin feeling healthy and moisturized. Purity has several other uses also. For those that color their hair, it can also be used to clean up over runs. Anyway, great post. Grace and Peace.
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Lois!

      Yeah, I was disappointed that it didn’t remove my waterproof eyeliner (it was Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero, which I adore). I guess I could let it set longer as you mentioned, but I’m impatient…haha! That’s why I like my Clean & Clear Soothing Eye Makeup Remover – just a swipe or two and it all comes off. But I do love using Philosophy Purity to clean my face – gets all my mineral foundation off quickly and easily. Plus I’m surprised how much I love the way it smells.

      Interesting tip about using this cleanser to clean up after dyeing hair! I’ve never heard that one before, but it’s good to know since I color my mom’s hair.

  2. Ruthe

    I’ve been unsure as to whether or not I want to try this. I’ve never used a high-end facial cleanser because the price tag always turns me away, but after your review, I think I want to get a travel-sized bottle so I can try it out without shelling out $40 (ahh!). That’s totally disappointing, though, how it doesn’t take off eye makeup. Thanks for the great review! 😀
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Ruthe!

      You’re welcome! 🙂 I’m glad you found the review useful.

      Yeah, I was totally crazy for diving right into the large-sized bottle. A travel-sized version is much safer to test. They also had some Philosophy kits where you can try the small bottle of Purity, Hope in a Jar, and another product.

      I’m curious about Hope in a Jar. Have you tried it?

      1. Ruthe

        Yeah, I’m also really curious about Hope in a Jar! But like Purity, the price tag just scares me. I’m so picky about what I splurge on. I’m totally willing to spend big bucks for a lip gloss or nail polish, but not facial, skin, or eye products. Wow, just thinking out that makes me realize that it’s totally illogical, seeing as the face is just about the most important (outer) part of the body. 😛
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        1. Mary Post author

          Haha, nail polish is my weakness, too! Buying Clarins 230 recently is proof that I’m ridiculous. But it’s fun to be ridiculous and illogical…as long as it’s not all the time. 😛

  3. AnnMarie

    I LOVE Philosophy products and especially Purity. I have been using the skincare for several years now and in the past two years with my Clarisonic. Everything claimed here is absolutely true! Here is a tip….buy the 32 oz. size through QVC… is around the same price as paid here for the 24 oz. and the bottle I just finished lasted me 13 months! Well worth it!

    I decided to up my skincare when I turned 50. Regular products do not do it anymore. I have found Philosophy to make such a difference that I keep buying it. I also use Miracle Worker moisturizer and hope in a tube eye and lip cream….fabulous! I get all my items from QVC, because as far as I know they are the only ones that carry the large sizes.

    Try the body washes too in food scents….FABULOUS! You do not smell like the food all day….example…their most popular is Cinnamon buns….yum!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey AnnMarie!

      Good to know – I wonder if QVC ships to Canada. If so, I’ll have to remember to buy the 32 oz. bottle from them next time!

      I’ve been wanting to try more Philosophy skincare products. Their body washes, also, smell sooooooooo good!


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