I have combo skin that can be sensitive to certain ingredients. This product gave me horrible nodules along my jaw line that I never had before (or since) using this product. It also smells like death. I love Philosophy's bath products, but I have not had much luck with their skin products.
I originally thought this was so so on my sensitive skin, even though it calmed my skin down and cleaned it without stripping it and causing that tight tingling other cleanser do. Thats why I thought I'd try another cleanser (La Prarie) which was so awful and harsh on my skin... its thankfully made me realise that I truly love this cleaner as it feels nice on my skin, not oily or harsh and drying like other products! The only thing they could do though is put it in better packaing, as its a little boring. EDIT: Sisley Foaming Cleanser is better.
I've used this cleanser for about 2-3 years now and am switching towards a more natural cleanser. Overall, I really enjoyed this cleanser. I used to work at Sephora, so I would run around and test which cleanser did the best job removing makeup. I'd have to say, this one was the best compared to other brands Sephora carries. I would still use a make up remover for the eye area, but this cleanser alone does a fantastic job if are patient enough to massage it on your face for about 1 minute.
I'm 43 with combo acne prone skin and this just made it worse. I had to stop using it. I know it has wonderful reviews for the most part. But if you're acne prone I would not recommend it.
It doesn't strip or dry the skin but it did cause me to breakout.
I have been using this cleanser for a year or two now, which is longer than I have ever used any cleanser before. I have an oily t-zone and dry, sensitive cheeks and eyelids, so it is hard to find a cleanser that doesn't irritate my cheeks and eyes but still cleans my t-zone. I have tried so many cleansers that seem to work for a couple of weeks, but then my cheeks or my eyelids get flaky or my nose gets oily or my chin breaks out, but not with Purity. My face always feels comfortable when I'm done washing. I don't think this cleanser does much to get rid of blackheads, but there are other products that can do that, like scrubs, toners and masks. I like that I can use this cleanser year round (not too drying in the winter, yet strong enough for summer) and that it removes all my make-up, including mascara. It leaves my skin feeling clean, but soft, and if I don't feel like using spot treatments for a day or two, I can get away with just cleansing and moisturizing. The price may seem a bit expensive, but a little goes a long way with this product as it has a nice lather. I bought two of the travel size (8 oz) bottles and keep one by the sink and one in my shower, so now I just buy the big bottle and refill the two smaller bottles. The plastic on the smaller bottles seem to be stronger as they don't crack or crease like the bigger bottles do. I do the same with the Philosophy Cinnamon Buns body wash. This is definitely the best cleanser I have ever tried. I just don't know how to describe it - it doesn't leave my skin feeling like it will squeak if I rub it, but it also doesn't leave any kind of a film - just a soft, clean, natural feeling.
Ive heard reviews and thought i would try it. I was excited because the first week it was nice. Then i to got more pimples. i have acne prone skin and this was a dud. Iam sorry ladies BUT SAVE YOUR MONEY! The only reason it is so expensive is because of the name!
I have very dry skin and this helps keep it moustirzed. It also great at removing makeup. You only need a little so it last long.
The quality of this face cleanser can not be beat. I have an OILY t-zone, yet dry on the cheeks and jaw line.
My skin feels so clean and nourished after using this product. It balances out my skin chemistry. Everytime I stray from this product, I go back. I am done straying from Purity Made Simple. It is my HG.
The only draw back is the price, however, a nickle size is all you need! Also, the bottle does tend to crack towards the end of the product use.
I tried this cleanser because it was in a QVC Philosophy TSV kit and have used it for several years. I have combo skin with a very oily t-zone, and my face was too prone to breaking out (and I'm in my 40's!) when using other cleansers. This one really does *clean* my face and remove eyemakeup without burning my eyes. It doesn't make it feel dried out & tight, but maybe that's because my skin is more on the oily side to begin with.
I guess for a cleanser it's expensive, but if I factor in the $ saved because I don't have to buy a separate eyemakeup remover or a toner, it works out OK. It lasts a long time so that helps.
I gave the packaging a "3" because the plastic bottle is stiff & somewhat brittle causing it to get a crack in the side while packed in my carry-on. Needless to say, I don't carry the whole 16oz bottle any more. I use a smaller, softer squeeze bottle when I have to pack it & go.
I've taken a couple chances with other facial cleansers that backfired, because my face broke out. I won't be experimenting for a while.
This is an okay cleanser, but I don't find it to be good for acne-prone skin like mine. It worked for about a week and then I got two pretty nasty pimples, far worse than I'd get normally. On the plus side, it's very light and refreshing, and I think that it works fine for normal skin. Not deep cleansing though!