Philosophy Purity Cleanser


I wanted to LOVE this.. but I couldn’t. I remember a while ago on YouTube it was the IT cleanser that everyone was talking about, the perfect partner to the Clarisonic and just generally the THING to have . I don’t get it. Since then several bloggers have come forward with not so rave reviews and concerns that the ingredients are far from pure as the name would suggest but that didn’t put me off. I’m not an all natural gal, give me the chemicals and the bad stuff that makes everything look so good! I’d never tried anything from Philosophy but it’s so hyped that when I found this on sale after Christmas I had to buy it.. boy am I glad I didn’t pay full price! It’s only a mini bottle but I think I paid £4.50 for it rather than the usual £9 and honestly I will never use it again, it was so drying on my skin that I just don’t understand how anyone could have loved it. My skin errs on the side of oily so something that strips that away is usually not a deal breaker for me but I used a little too much so I put it on my arms and chest and boy did I know about it once I got out of the tub. I had to moisturise several times before bed just to get my skin feeling normal again, it was so tight and itchy, not at all pure and beautiful as the cleanser claimed. Just uncomfortable.

I wouldn’t recommend you give this a go no matter your skin type as I thought mine would be the perfect test subject but I would be interested to hear from those of you who have it as I’m sure some people MUST really like it.. I can’t believe that so many YouTubers were duped in to loving it because it was the of the moment product.

Currently on sale in this smaller size for £8.00 – but I would suggest you avoid!

Miss BB



  1. 30 January, 2014 / 7:18 pm

    I really like purity, it removes all my make up and cleanses my face in one step, so if I am really tired I don’t have to double cleanse. I am however looking for something cheaper once I finish the big bottle that I have. I hope you and Lee had a blast in New York!

  2. 30 January, 2014 / 7:32 pm

    Never tried it – now I don’t think I ever will considering we have similar skintypes and loads of your recommendations are now HG items for me (peaches and clean, botanics toner, load more…)! Thanks for the review!

  3. 30 January, 2014 / 8:06 pm

    I was sent a sample of this aggges ago to try out and my Mom also has this in the full size version and I haven’t experienced any problems with it over the past couple of years.

    I have combination skin and it never really left my skin feeling dry to be honest.

    Maybe your skin has just had a bad reaction to it. 🙁

  4. Jen
    30 January, 2014 / 9:09 pm

    I love philosophy shower gels, they don’t dry my skin out like so many others do. I bought a sample of the cleanser once though and didn’t really like it. Didn’t find it horrible just no way worth the money.

  5. Melissa (@fruitycherries7)
    30 January, 2014 / 9:54 pm

    wow it does not sound good at all
    thanks for your honest opinion

  6. 31 January, 2014 / 1:35 am

    This was really interesting.
    I always lust over Philosophys skincare but have never been tempted to buy because of the price tag.
    I glad I haven’t now!

  7. Kim
    31 January, 2014 / 7:50 am

    I received a small bottle with my Clarisonic but have also used it on its own – put on wash off – I haven’t had the reaction you have had by any means (I have combination/sensitive skin) but I don’t think it’s a rave product and I certainly wouldn’t repurchase.

  8. Beccie
    31 January, 2014 / 4:21 pm

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who found the Purity cleanser to be extremely drying, and I have fairly oily skin. I really like Philosophy’s Great Mystery daily facial, though.

  9. Tiaunna
    31 January, 2014 / 4:50 pm

    I caved in a bought this product back when it was ‘all the rage’ on YouTube. It gave me cystic acne and I was horrified. It took me a year to get rid of the acne. Needless to say I tossed it. I too got the itchy dry feeling and it seems like nothing soothed my skin. So now I stick with my drugstore favorites, Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash and Neutrogena Healthy Skin Firming Cream and Neutrogena Healthy Skin eye cream and my skin has never looked better. I think simple products work best for me and I’m sticking to it 🙂

  10. 31 January, 2014 / 10:03 pm

    I didn’t like this either, not only did it make my skin dry and painful (and I have combo/oily skin so that’s not easy!) but I hated the smell. A highly overrated product in my opinion.

  11. 1 February, 2014 / 11:31 pm

    As someone with dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin, I will stay clear of this!
    Laura x | Life and Lipstick

  12. Liz
    7 February, 2014 / 8:28 pm

    Thanks for the honest hype-free review – judging from the other products you have raved about, I seem to have similar skin to you, so now I know to steer clear!

  13. 8 February, 2014 / 10:56 pm

    I love this stuff. I have dry skin with terrible dry patches under the eyes and an oily nose and this actually works really well for me. I don’t find it drying or tightening at all. Maybe your skin doesn’t agree with some of the ingredients. Shame. Xx

  14. 9 February, 2014 / 10:05 am

    My sister in law raves about this, and she has very dry/sensitive skin. I tried it on her recommendation and was not a fan. Didn’t do much for me. But I love philosophy’s 2 step Micro Delivery Peel. I use it weekly when I can. Their Hope in a Jar is lovely as well, but not my go to moisturiser.

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