Ah, I’ve finally gotten down to reviewing this HG cleanser of mine. First, let’s see what this product claims to deliver.
A highly effective one-step facial cleanser. Philosophy Purity Made Simple is a pH-balanced formula that rapidly dissolves dirt and makeup while deep cleaning pores. The best-selling cleanser contains infusions of sage, chamomile, and carrot.
Water, 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 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, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Yellow 5 (Ci 19140).
Research results (taken from Sephora):
-100% reported that the cleanser is gentle enough for the eye area.
-97% reported effective removal of dirt, oil, and makeup.
-97% reported a clean, residue-free finish.
I’ve read about this highly raved cleanser for years before actually trying it since it wasn’t available in Singapore yet at that time. The first time I tried it was at Kun’s place. Since then, I only bought it when friends are collating orders to do bulk purchases from the US to save on shipping costs. Bath and beauty products are heavy so it was pretty pricey. So during my trip to the US in March, I stocked up on the bigger bottles and bought many smaller trial bottles to give to my gfs. Speaking of the smaller bottles, the size is perfect for travelling BUT pls don’t bring it anywhere cos it leaks! With both the screw cap as well as the flip cap.
Don’t you just love Philosophy’s branding?
Ok, let’s move on the the actual review.
How it looks after massaging 30 sec on face. Purity claims to the a one-step cleanser. This is true only if you’re not wearing any makeup or if you use at least a generous 50c amount. And even then, don’t count on it removing your waterproof mascara (you’d need a separate cleanser for that). Some mornings I will use this alone with my hands, while in the evenings I prefer to use this together with my Clarisonic Mia (another HG). Even though it doesn’t lather very much, I love the creamy consistency of this product. Upon rinsing, it doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry, just a clean refreshed feeling. I think another reason why this cleanser is refreshing is its smell. The light subtle scent tweleve essential oil blend including rosewood, sandalwood and sage reminds me of a spa retreat. Needless to say, I will continue to repurchase many times over.
Currently, Philosophy is available at Sephora Singapore & Changi Airport Transit Lounge. You can check out Philosophy Singapore FB page here.