Free shipping on all domestic orders over $39

Philosophy Purity One-Step Facial Cleanser Review

Philosophy Purity One Step Facial Cleanser 8 oz
Is a Solution for:
Dry Skin, Oily Skin


A pleasant smelling, gentle cleanser


Contains sulfates and parabens, and does not remove eye makeup
November 13, 2013 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 1 Comment
Not worth the expense for a product filled with unnatural ingredients

by Debbie

Philosophy Purity One Step Facial Cleanser ($22) is a long-popular product and I can see why it has so many fans.

That said, I can’t ultimately consider myself one of them. One of the best thing about the Purity One Step Facial Cleanser is the product’s “slippage”. It glides onto the face effortlessly with a soft, spreadable feel. The product has a pleasant, clean scent that comes from its essential oils, an infusion of sage, chamomile, and carrot. It does a credible job of removing dirt and makeup, and left my skin clean without any dehydration.

I expected more for the price, though. For one, despite the essential oils and Philosophy’s natural, organic image, Purity One Step Facial Cleanser contains unnatural parabens and sulfates. Second, the product didn’t remove my mascara and eyeliner like other cleansers I use. I prefer a one-cleanser-does-all.

Philosophy Purity One Step Facial Cleanser is not a bad product. If you don’t mind parabens and don’t need it to remove eye makeup, it may suit you nicely. But for me, the good points are outweighed by the unjustified expense of this easy-to-find, mass-produced product.

Ingredients in Purity One Step Facial Cleanser: 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)

  • November 18, 2013

    by Kathy

    I love Philosophy products, but as I because educated about the chemicals in our cosmetics, I sadly had to give them all up. They consistently use parabens and sulfates. I keep hoping they will change and look back at their page from time to time, but so far it's been 6 years I've watched, and no changes.

Join the discussion! Leave a comment below.

My Comment

Add a comment...

-or- Cancel Comment
* Required Fields
truth in aging's five best

Truth In Aging's Five Best

The very best to choose from for your skin concerns.

Read More

truth in aging videos

Truth In Aging Videos

Helpful how-tos and reviews from Marta and friends.

Watch Now

meet our contributors

Meet Our Contributors

The TIA community consists of our trusted reviewers.

Meet Them

be inspired

Be Inspired

Inspiring thoughts and women who are aging gracefully.

Read More