I'm a huge fan of cleansing oils for my acne prone combo oily skin. I honestly don't know how I managed before discovering them. I like to wear a very full face of makeup and oil cleansers are the only thing that removes it without scrubbing and/or tugging. I've used quite a few different kinds of oil cleansers and this one ranks near the bottom in terms of value.
I don't care for the consistency of this cleanser. To me, it feels too thin and liquidy. I would be willing to overlook this if all other aspects were sound. However, it also doesn't rinse off as cleanly as I would like. Add to this, poor packaging (cleansing oils NEED a pump) and a $25 for 5.8oz price tag, and you end up with a product I'll never buy again.
There are Japanese drugstore cleansing oils that perform about as well, but that are substantially cheaper in price and come with a pump. My favorite cleansing oil, DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, is about the same price per ounce as Philosophy's Purity Made Simple Cleansing Oil, but performs way better and comes with a pump. Other comparably priced cleansing oils I like include Boscia's and Origins'. Incidentally, I got so fed up with Purity's pour bottle that I transferred the remainder into my empty Boscia pump bottle.
I really enjoy this product. It is expensive, which comes with the label and quality of the Philosophy brand. This feels gentle on the skin and the eye-area yet really targets my makeup and does an excellent job at breaking it down. Makeup remover or wipes alone are not enough; an oil-based product like this one is crucial to entirely remove your makeup. I review this product in my skincare routine. If you'd like to see my detailed thoughts on this product, among other skincare items, feel free to watch:
The Philosophy Cleansing Oil comes in quite a big bottle (174 ml) and it isn't crazy expensive for a cleanser IMO (€ 20). The oil feels like any other oil, except maybe a bit lighter. You're supposed to massage the oil on your dry skin, to remove make up and cleanse your skin, and then rinse of with water. When rinsed of with water, the oil turns into a milky substance and you can just wash your face with water and your skin will be clean. You can't mix this cleanser with water, or use wet hands to massage the product on your skin because it will turn milky instantly.
I have oily, acne-prone skin (varies from normal oily to very oily at times) that can be sensitive as well. I wear a full face everyday I have to go outside, which includes sunscreen, concealer and powder foundation. I bought this product after reading tons of people saying that you should fight oil with oil, so I figured I should use a oil cleanser and see how this oil would work with my already oily skin.
I used this product in a double cleanse method, in which I first removed my make up with this cleanser, and then double/deep cleansed my skin with a gel cleanser (Clarins). I did this because I always double cleanse my skin because I wear a lot of make up, and because I didn't think the oil cleanser would be able to remove my make up and cleanse my skin.
Initially I loved the feeling of removing my make up with oil, it seemed to work well and it left my skin clean and soft. In the period I was using this I was already suffering from some inflammation, bumps and acne and all that continued while still using the Philosophy oil cleanser. Obviously, fighting my oily skin with an oily cleanser was not really working for me, but also not completely against me.
When I finished this cleanser, I decided to NOT double cleanse anymore with oil and just use a gel cleanser, and my acne and inflammation improved significantly. Oil cleansing just doesn't work for me, and even though this cleanser does not have mineral oils, I think it definitely contributed to clogged pores. That is why I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, especially not to anyone with (very) oily skin. If you really want to try this, I think it's a good one because there is no mineral oils in it, but I would definitely research the subject and test your skin with oils before you buy it because I am now convinced oils don't go well with oily skin for me.
I bought this stuff to take off a strong sunscreen. I went into Ulta looking for a oil cleaner and the assistant immediately brought me over to this stuff. She said that people that use stage makeup use this to remove really strong powerful makeup. This stuff works awesome! I love it. Smells great, a little goes a long way and it works REALLY well. It removed my mascara quick! I don't use waterproof. I love it. This will be in my regime going forward no matter what kind of ss I use. Good stuff!!!
I have been using the standard Purity for quite some time. I have very dry skin due to a medical condition, and have a hard time keeping my face hydrated. I use my Mia after this oil and it works really well. This melts mascara off my face like nothing (I wear waterproof) and doesn't irritate my very sensitive eyes. It plows through make up with very little effort, and I dont find much on my Mia brush head. It doesn't dry my skin out, but also doesn't leave a oily or greasy after feel.
I hate the bottle. I wish it came with something a bit more controlled to dispense it, like maybe a pump?
Anyway, this is my go to cleanser. Love it.
The packaging for this cleansing oil is a disaster, because of the pour bottle the thin oil is difficult to control and if you want to add more product to your face you have to pick up the bottle with slippery hands. This smells just like the whole Purity range, that nice vaguely botanical but clean scent only in a very muted form. I can barely smell it at all while using.
This is the thinnest of all the cleansing oils that I've tried and so the oil spreads well and if it gets into your eyes it causes only a little of the cloudy vision thing (common to all cleansing oils) and blinks clear in seconds. But it feels thin and cheap and has none of the luxurious and smooth texture that converted me to cleansing oils in the first place.
Getting rid of my wp mascara with this cleansing oil requires more rubbing and causes more friction that any other I've tried - again because it is so thin, but it will remove it. And if it gets into your eyes it stings, not badly but its the only oil I've tried that stings at all so that put me off immediately. It emulsifies completely with the smallest amount of water - good if you're bare faced but not so great for removing makeup. In order to perform a decent cleansing massage and get my makeup off completely I have to use twice as much of this oil as I do with other brands.
I can't wait to finish the bottle and I won't repurchase when I do.
I've had a sample size of this forever and just started using it to remove my waterproof eye makeup. I use coconut oil for the rest of my face but this works better on my eyes. Waterproof eye liner and mascara just melts off. I love it. I will be buying a large size.
This was an okay product for me. Removes makeup only after 2-3 wipes and it unfortunately stings my eye. The job that it does right now really does not justify its 30 dollars price point. Something from Maybelline/Biore could have done a better job than this and does not sting my eye. Will not be repurchasing this again
This is perfect for cleansing dry/very dry skin. All of my regular cleansers, even creme formulas, were too drying for my face. This cleanses all of my makeup off and regularly cleanses my face so there's no need for a separate makeup remover and a face wash, like Clinique requires.
It's a bit expensive for a face wash s I'll try to find a cheaper oil wash. Most people can use a regular gentle face wash and have no problems. Even using a thick moisturizer, my cleansers were all drying out my face. This may not be a popular product, but some women need oil cleansers for their dry skin.
Haha, typical review for me-- I tend to love products that aren't wildly popular and then the rave products everyone loves I tend to hate. So, I love this stuff. When I look for a cleanser, I want it to take off ALL of my makeup in one wash, not make me break out, perhaps improve my skin, and I don't want it to take too long to use when washing. Honestly, I know what types of cleansers work for me based on ingredients. I got a sample of this from Sephora and my first thought was "meh" because the Purity facial cleanser everyone loves never did anything special for me, and I put this sample aside hoping to use it as an eye makeup remover. Anyway, one day when I was in a hurry in the morning, I decided to try this oil cleanser. It left my skin feeling simply CLEAN and soft and I loved it! The best part is that it takes much less time to use than my usual cleanser, which I need to keep massaging on my face and it slips and slides everywhere, so washing my face with that is kind of an ordeal. Using this Purity Oil Cleanser though, I only had to massage onto my skin for 30-60 sec (as the directions say) and it took off everything (and I had makeup on from the night before)--I could tell because I used my toner and a cotton pad to double check. Some people say this dries their face out. Yes, it leaves it feeling a bit tight, but nothing like those drugstore cleansers that just strip your skin. I would have never thought to use an OIL cleanser on my OILY/combo skin, but it really helps in balancing my face out. This cleanser does not foam, which I don't mind. I follow the directions on the bottle: dampen my hands, put on the oil, massage onto DRY face. Weird, but it works! I noticed that if you want it to not make your skin feel a little tight, dampen (not soak) the skin on your face first. This combats that problem. Honestly, I LOVE a good cleanser that is not traditional and is QUICK because my time is limited. Will be repurchasing!