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Simplicite One Step Exfoliating Cleanser Review

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Acne, Dry Skin, Dull Skin, Large Pores, Oily Skin
Simplicite One Step Exfoliating Cleanser
August 30, 2016 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 6 Comments
TRU Rating
This scrub sounds too harsh for the face, but make work great for bumps and breakouts on the body


Natural and nutrient-rich formula


Abrasive particles caused redness and stinging

By Sarah F. 

I am 52 years old with somewhat sensitive skin that is prone to clogged pores, mild acne and occasional rosacea. I have used exfoliating cleansers for years, as I find a mild scrub to be incredibly helpful with getting rid of dead skin buildup and congested pores. The cleanser I’ve been using is Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash, which uses diatomaceous earth as a physical exfoliant. The particles are tiny and very even, so the scrub is extremely gentle and can be used daily.

I was interested in testing the Simplicite One Step Exfoliating Cleanser ($48.40) because it seemed like it might fit into my routine, and I was intrigued by the list of natural and herbal ingredients. They include almond and walnut extracts, jojoba and avocado oils, extracts of violet, thyme, birch leaf, witch hazel and rosemary. As a rule of thumb, I generally avoid cleansers with active ingredients, but these sounded fairly mild and harmless so I was curious to see how my skin would react.

Unfortunately, the exfoliating grit in this exfoliator proved much too harsh for facial use. The granules are uneven in size and shape with sharp-feeling edges. I don’t know what they used in the formulation — it is unclear from the list of ingredients — but I am honestly wondering if there is ground walnut shell in there. Whatever it is, my skin did not react well. I could not rub my face with this rough grit for the full minute recommended in the instructions and even though I cut the treatment short, it left my skin reddened and stinging in several areas.

The product also left a lasting brown stain on the white facial cloth I used to remove it. This is a minor gripe, I suppose, but I definitely found it off-putting. In a nutshell: I felt that this cleanser was too harsh to test for the full 30 days. One use was more than enough. I certainly would not purchase this product, and I wouldn’t recommend it for facial use. I have keratosis pilaris on my upper arms and legs, though, and it will probably be a great treatment for that.

  • November 2, 2016

    by Cristina

    Simplicitè One Step Exfoliating Cleanser Review

    I am a 40 year old woman who had huge dramas as a teen with cystic acne therefore I have a lot of scarring now to contend with. I went to a dermatologist in my teens who recommended that I stay right away from make up(oil free if I really had to) and any creams/lotions that were not natural. This didn't help with improving my skin condition but rather to avoid painful inflammation and irritation.

    With this being a huge issue for me over the last 20 years, skin sensitivity is the main offender for not having a good beauty regime that would not be harsh on my skin.

    The Simplicitè One Step Exfoliating Cleanser was the first of the Simplicitè products that I used and I wish I knew about Simplicitè a long time ago!

    In the first week, true to its word, the Simplicitè One Step Exfoliating Cleanser started clearing congestion. I had blackheads that were lifting straight off when I next cleansed. I could not believe it. The clean feel of my skin after using it always keeps bringing me back to this fantastic product and my skin always feels clean and fresh every time. I love the smell of the natural raw ingredients. It smells divine, its not perfumed like other brands and it hasn't irritated my sensitive skin.

    I now have a beauty regime with all the Simplicité products and have found reduced lines, reduced scarring and cleaner, healthier and much younger looking skin. I certainly owe this to Simplicitè without a doubt.

    My 14 year old teenage daughter with breakout oily skin has also been using these products. I use mostly the same Simplicitè products on her skin and it is also noticeably better for it. Just by massaging the Simplicitè One Step Exfoliating Cleanser twice a day has reduced the inflammation significantly.

    I am extremely happy with all the Simplicitè products that I have been using and both my daughter and I will continue to use them.

  • September 24, 2016

    by Jacqui R

    My review of Simplicite's One Step Exfoliating Cleanser is easy: Favorite product. EVER. I have sensitive, dry skin and have struggled for years to find skin care products that work for me. I have paid big money for the big brands (you know who I mean) without seeing any benefits. Recently I had a melanoma removed from my face and I wanted to ensure that what I was putting on my skin was going to nourish it,.not add a cocktail of chemicals. As soon as I used the one step exfoliating cleanser my skin felt clean without feeling stripped. I loved it so much I gave my mum a mini facial with it and now she is a Simplicite convert too! Thank you Simplicite for this healing, natural product that makes my skin feel divine!

  • September 16, 2016

    by Sage

    I'm a 19 year old girl who has always dealt with horrible skin problems. However, since coming across Simplicite I have gone from having quite bad acne to having clear skin. I love using the One Step Exfoliating Cleanser as it is an active product, and although I have sensitive skin I found no issues when using this product. Instead I found that it gives my skin a great clean and has also helped me reduce my acne scaring (which is amazing!)

  • September 12, 2016

    by Shirley

    I have been using Simplicite products for many years, and I love them all, recently I changed from using Plant Gel Cleanser to their Sundew Cleansing Milk and I have to say I think it is their best product. Just the first time I used my skin felt smooth and beautiful, and refreshed like it was young again, I have had people say how great I am looking, and I put that down to Sundew Cleansing Milk, plus their other facial products, their floral toning lotion, plus their Damask Rose Day Crème, Revitalising Night Crème, and I also use Rosewood Oil and Anti Oxidant Plant Serum 2 or 3 times a week. but to me, their Sundew Cleansing Milk is the ultimate product. I use it 3 times a week in the shower, I follow the instructions and massage it for 1 minute then wash it off. I don't use a large amount, that could be the your problem, with their products a little goes along way. When I get out I pat it dry and use Floral Hydration Lotion and night crème or oil. I also use, once or twice a week the Rosehip & Lavender complexion Refiner which helps keep everything on track.

  • September 9, 2016

    by Marta

    Thank you Sarah for taking the time to test and review for us. And thank you David for your contribution. I love it when formulators and founders come on the site with information about their products and the ingredients that go into them.

  • September 9, 2016

    by David Lyons

    Hi Sarah

    I'm David the Naturopath and Herbalist who has formulated and made Simplicité skin care for the last 30 years. Thank you for your clear and concisely written observations. It's also enlightening to hear from someone who believes that exfoliating is a vital and important step towards skin health. I strongly support the use of the diatomaceous earth that you mention is in your Philosophy exfoliator. We use this wonderful ingredient in our Lemon Myrtle Citral Mask.

    Could I offer some background information on our OneStep Exfoliating Cleanser? We pre-soften the particles and then they are buffed and tumbled to avoid harshness. As you've found, some of the experiences we've had with our product do include some mild redness. The active ingredients found in the combination of the carefully chosen medicinal grade herbs that we use (cinnamon (from Sri Lanka), lemongrass, birch leaf, and thyme) have 16 times the antioxidant value of the same quantity of blueberries. These 'actives' boost micro-circulation to enhance repair - so this is often the mild redness that is usually seen with the first few applications. This usually reduces significantly, but as we are using active herbal remedies on the skin we expect to see some 'response' from time to time on some skins. In herbal medicine, response to a herb is important in order to achieve change. This is similar to how exercising flushes the face because blood is circulating at a higher rate.

    We've been making the OneStep Exfoliating Cleanser for many years and it has grown to be our number three best seller. It's a favourite for those with sun damaged skin and those with congested skin - of all ages, including teenagers.

    I'm interested in your comments about using the OneStep Exfoliator on Keratosis pilaris. Great idea! We have a specific exfoliator called Macadamia & Bush Gardenia Body Scrub that we've used in our clinic for many years for this condition but I'm sure the OneStep would also help.

    All the very best. And sorry about your white face cloth! :)

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