This could also be because, other than now, I can't really think of a product I actually hate. Not mad about sure, can take or leave, but hate, I don't know that I've ever actively hated anything. Mostly because I really research a product or try and get samples before committing due to not wanting to waste money on things that aren't going to work for me. So saying that if I do buy a product, generally I get on with it, then I just need to decide if I can live without it.
Enough waffling, let's get to the point. I was given the Purity Cleanser by Philosophy at a recent press day I attended, I was happy to try it as I've heard such mixed reviews on this product, it's not something I was planning to go out and buy to try, but as I had it I thought it my duty to try it out.
As the name and lengthy description on the bottle suggests, this cleanser is pure, natural and should replace all 3 steps in your cleansing routine. Taking one look at the ingredients list I would instantly suspect this cleanser is most definitely not pure or simple in anyway.
But I'm not the greatest when it comes to deciphering the inner workings of a beauty product so I decided to give it a go. I have really sensitive eyes and so decided not to use this on them and after using the cleanser only twice, I'm so glad I didn't because who knows, I could be blind by now!
After cleansing with this product twice my skin really did not take a liking to it. I woke up the next morning with my left eye streaming and pretty inflamed underneath, as I mentioned I didn't even use this on my eyes and having not changed any other product in my regime, I can only suspect by using it even slightly close to the outside of my eye socket, I reacted. I also had really sore patches between my eyebrows and up onto my forehead, as well as red, sore, blotchy cheeks, my go to sign that a product isn't working for me. I wouldn't say I have sensitive skin so I felt compelled to have a closer look at the ingredients to see if anything stood out to me. The first thing I saw that jumped out to me was Black Pepper...why the hell would you need black pepper to cleanse something as sensitive as your skin?! I found this really useful article that can explain the awful ingredients a lot better than I can, highlighting that one of the ingredients even releases formaldehyde...brill.
As I say I don't have particularly sensitive skin and have never reacted this badly to a product but there was one positive that came out of this, I rediscovered how good the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish is. I usually have this on the back burner, something I can use if my skin is acting pretty normal and as it happens, a great product to swoop in and save my skin after such a bad reaction.
Have you used this cleanser and had any reactions?