Aphelia Purify Classic Cleanser 5.0 fl oz
Reviewed by Shannon

I was unsure what to expect from the Aphelia Purify Classic Cleanser ($39) but  interested in seeing how it would perform as a cleanser and makeup remover. This is an oil-based product, with ingredients such as aloe and vitamin E being used to soften and rejuvenate the skin. Since it is a cleanser, I was very surprised to see water missing from the ingredients list. Instead, it uses several emollients and an emulsifying agent to aid in softening and cleansing the skin.

As a cleanser, this product is highly effective. I love the method of delivery; it allows me to wash my face without getting cleanser in my eyes because you are to wet your face after applying it. Interestingly enough, the product isn’t a gel or a lotion, but an oil. Initially, I was worried about breaking out since this is an oil-based product, but I'm happy to report that I didn’t. The Aphelia Purify Classic Cleanser removed excess sebum, as promised, and left me with soft and smooth skin.

However, as a makeup remover, this product is just okay. I wouldn’t recommend using this cleanser to correct any mistakes that occur when applying your makeup. I did that one morning when I needed to fix my eyeliner, and it felt like the oil in the cleanser stayed on my skin the entire day. I used this product a few times to remove mascara and eyeliner, which would be followed by washing my face with the cleanser. And one morning I woke up with a trace of the eyeliner still on my face and smudged under my eyes.

What I did not like about the packaging is that it gives you a preservation time of three years from the date printed on the box. However, the expiration date of the opened product is for only six months. This can mislead the customer, allowing them to use this product well past the recommended expiration date.

I also did not like the pump used to distribute the product. I believe that it dispenses too much product, and because it is oil based it got all over my hands and on my cleansing cloth or cotton ball (if I was taking off makeup).

Nonetheless, I really did like this product  as a cleanser, despite it being a lackluster makeup remover.

Ingredients: Pentaerythrityl isostearate, Pentaerythrityl, tetracaprylate/tetracaprate, Peg-20 glyceryl triisostearate, Lavandula officinalis flower oil, Aloe barbadensis extract, Isononyl isononanoate, Tocopherol, Parfum, Propylparaben