Yeah, it's not even worth taking a picture of.
What it is:
A highly effective one-step facial cleanser.
What it is formulated to do:
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.
What else you need to know:
Purity Made Simple is part of a collection of Philosophy products designed to soothe even the most dry and sensitive skin. Best of Sephora Winner 2008
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).
The good stuff:
- Various sizes, if you just want to try it out I suggest you get this one!
- SUPER gentle, milky texture
- Leaves skin feeling somewhat clean & soft (only when NOT wearing makeup)
- Did not irritate MY skin
- DID NOT REMOVE MY MAKEUP!
- Skin does not feel clean after repeated use (when wearing makeup)
- Strong scent... I didn't care for the smell
- Expensive for a mediocre cleanser
- Doesn't lather
- Contains parabens & imidazolidinyl urea
My take: I finally caved and bought this, after listening to all the hype. It's really starting to seem to me like Philosophy is ONLY hype. This cleanser sucks. While it boasts being "all natural," there's like 83415426 ingredients! So many fucking oils. I feel like all those oils only contribute to fragrance, really. It also contains parabens & imidazolidinyl urea, which probably accounts for the allergic reactions mentioned in reviews on MUA.
The biggest reason I bought this was because I'd read that it removes makeup really well. Well, it DID NOT remove my makeup at all!! Highly effective, my ass! While the texture is milky and gentle, this cleanser does not lather at all and I was left with greasy-feeling skin, and the WORST raccoon eyes. I even tried just taking some on a tissue and wiping it over my eyes. This worked a little better but I still needed to use m/u remover to get it all off, and then cleanse my face with my regular cleanser to get the greasy feeling off. Dude, it is supposed to be a ONE-STEP cleanser, not a 10-Step program, damnit!
The scent was also a turnoff for me... smells like... pumpkin pie spice? Idunno. I don't like it. The good thing is that it did not break me out or otherwise irritate my skin (lots of bad reviews about this on MUA... beware!), but it feels like it's TOO gentle for me! Feels like it basically does nothing! I used it a few times in the morning (when I have no makeup on) and it does a decent job at making my skin feel clean and soft... but nothing mind-blowing. There's plenty of other cleansers out there that are a lot cheaper and give you a lot more product, AND better results.
NO, I would not buy this product again. As for recommend, I would say it's up to you! I've heard it works but then again my personal experience was negative. This cleanser was crap IMHO but some people who don't wear much makeup or have sensitive skin and want an uber gentle cleanser might like it and have a better experience with it. Still, I suggest reading the reviews on MUA to get more insight, especially about the allergic reactions.