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On January 22, 2015
Last modified:June 21, 2015



You’ve probably noticed how quick companies are to label their beauty products with key phrases and scientific-sounding words: “age-defying”, “luminous technology”, “biosensors” and other such tags are thrown around willy-nilly. It’s all just ways to trigger your brain into thinking a product is great without ever having tried it or even talked to someone who has. Some of its true, of course, but a lot of it is designed to pull you in without explaining much of anything about the actual product. Philosophy is a different sort of brand, and they’re very clear on what their products deliver: results.

Philosophy has a very modern approach to their products down to every detail. From the minimalist, attractive packaging to the inclusion of the product’s “philosophy”, which describes its usage and how it’s supposed to work and make you feel, Philosophy has the market cornered on professionalism and consumer appeal. One of my absolute favorite Philosophy products is the Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Facial Cleanser. The “philosophy” states that “purity is natural. We come into this world with all the right instincts. We are innocent and, therefore, perceive things as they should be, rather than how they are. Our conscience is clear, our hands clean and the world at large is truly beautiful. It is at this time we feel most blessed. to begin feeling young again, we must begin with the most basic step of all, the daily ritual of cleansing.”

The description really makes you reflect on purity, and cleanliness, and the possibilities of renewal and hope. It makes me feel good before I even start using the product!

Philosophy offers a size and price for every budget in their product line. If you don’t have much to spend, you can still get a great product in the smaller 2 or 8 oz sizes, or you can go for bigger sizes like 16, 24, and 32 oz. The two largest sizes can be ordered from the Philosophy website or found in some major suppliers, but they’re hard to track down in your average beauty store. The bottles don’t come with pumps, only snap-open lids, but you can buy pumps separately if it’s important to you.

The Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 cleanser does just what it’s name suggests by cleansing, toning, and moisturizing your skin all in one handy cream. It has an off-white color and a moderately thick texture. I’ll go through its properties step by step. For cleansing, it’s certainly not the absolute best product on the market but it does work just fine. I have average skin without too many problems, and I find that the product does a good job of keeping my skin clean and clear, although some days I do feel that my skin feels somewhat tight after using it. As for toning, I think it’s where Purity is at its best: I can feel it working as my skin balances out and becomes more even. For the price point, it definitely outperforms similar products. In terms of its moisturizing ability, I think it’s where Purity performs the worst. I can tell by the occasional tightness that the moisturizer isn’t working 100%; on the other hand, moisturizers are hard to judge because of varying weather and whether or not you use it in the shower.

It’s best to use Purity with a face brush. I love my Clarisonic Mia so I use it with that; I also use three other cleansers in rotation so that my skin doesn’t “get used” to one formula. I like to use Purity on the morning after I exfoliate. A little bit can really go a long way; a 2 oz bottle lasted me months, and I’m still working on my 8 oz bottle today.

For me, personally, I think I have used Purity Made Simple enough for my lifetime and I’m moving on to other products. But, I definitely recommend it: it does what it claims, it does it well, and its toning properties are nothing to mess with. I think the best users for Purity Made Simple would be anyone with oilier skin; if you have dry skin, you might need more of a moisturizer.