Philosophy is a lovely trusted brand and makes a wide range of beauty products that in general work well and as described. I was offered a trial of the Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-step Facial Cleansing Cloths and whilst I am not a regular user of cleansing cloths, I was keen to try this product from a trusted brand.
I received one cloth; however the usual pack would contain 30 cloths for approximately £9.19. Whilst this is certainly not a low price tag, I was not entirely deterred due to the fact that Philosophy is generally a high quality brand. The cloth itself is a very generous size or 8 x 8 inches, more than sufficient for a good facial cleanse. I was excited to see that the ingredients contain many natural oils that would not strip the skin like lesser brand cloths can do. Saying this, however, I was a little dubious to see ‘Pepper oil’ and ‘Sandalwood oil’ in a cloth that is designed the face that is prone to delicate areas of skin.
When opened, the cloth is pure white and very soft to the touch. This is a big plus if like me, you are sensitive to scratchy and rougher cleansing cloths when using a ‘wiping motion’. When unfolded the cloth is not saturated but quite dry, however the presence of oils can give more of a dry feel than the more aqua based cleansing cloths. There is also a pleasant fragrance to the cloth that is not overbearing.
Cleansing with a facial cloth is not rocket science, so I proceeded to gently wipe and cleanse my face. Sadly and shockingly this is where the whole experience plummeted for me! It is important to say, before you read on, that Philosophy do state that you should avoid the eye area with this cloth. The closest I got to my eyes was my upper cheekbones and just above my eyebrow area. However, the moment I cleansed face, the skin around my eye area began to burn and this reaction was instant. It was so rapid and uncomfortable I had to stop halfway through my cleanse to wipe my eyes with my usual cornflower eye cleanser to remove the residue of the cloth. Whilst I am always loathe to criticize any good brand I admit that this sensation put me into a temporary panic and I was shocked at the reaction my eyes had to this product. Determined to give the cloth another chance I continued to cleanse the remainder of my face and neck. The irritation was minimal in other areas but still there. After cleansing I noted that the makeup on the cloth was very minimal and I was not convinced that my skin had been sufficiently cleansed. Once again I returned with my usual product and found that there was a large amount of makeup still left on my face that had not been removed by the cloth.
On re-reading the ingredients, I am all but convinced that the extreme irritation I suffered must have been to the pepper oil possibly combined with the sandalwood and geranium. I would never hesitate to put these ingredients on my body within a moisturiser but I am unconvinced that they are suitable for more delicate areas of the face. When using a cloth it is difficult to completely avoid the eye area.
In fairness to Philosophy, much research is undertaken when producing and introducing a beauty product to the general public but I have never suffered such an extreme reaction in my eyes with any other product before, even when I specifically tried to avoid that area as per their instructions. On the packaging of the cloth it is stated that ‘mild tingling may occur upon initial application’. I took note of this before use but for me the ‘tingling’ was actually a ‘burning’ sensation which was very uncomfortable. In the morning my eyes were puffy and irritated. My facial skin suffered no adverse reaction.
In light of the fact that Philosophy is aware of some possible tingling or irritation (this is obviously why it is printed on the packaging) I am a little dismayed that the ingredients have not been altered to address this problem. For such a good quality, trusted brand I was very saddened by this experience and would not be able to recommend this product to others for fear of them suffering the same irritation that I did
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