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SKINCARE: Philosophy Purity vs. Neutrogena Naturals Cleanser + Remover

9:31 PM

If you have followed me via my blog, twitter, or face book for any time you know that Philosophy Purity Made Simple has long since been my holy grail facial cleanser.  I have used Purity easily for at least 7 years.  But from time to time I sample other products to see if there is anything similar to my beloved Purity.  I have tried several other products that never even came close. I would always return to my Purity.  The other products would always leave my skin feel stripped, tight, and dry.  As I approach another age milestone, I have been giving much consideration to my skincare regimen.  The products that I had used for acne control are no longer working for me.  Fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles, enlarged pores, and dry patches are now what I must be concerned with.  Several months ago, I switched my toner from the alcohol-based product I had used for years to a more gentle yet effective product, Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner, and I love it.  This spring, I received the Target Beauty Bag and which included a sample of Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser.  After letting it sit on my vanity for a couple weeks, I decided to give it a try.  While it did not remove all my makeup, it also did not leave my skin tight, stripped or dry, as so many other products had.  I then decided to see what other products Neutrogena had that might address cleansing and makeup removal. I am not unfamiliar with the Neutrogena brand, I just hadn't given the skin care branch much attention over the past several years.  (BTW: I love the Neutrogena Triple Moisture product line.  I found that Neutrogena had a Naturals line that included a facial cleanser + makeup remover.  I decided to give that product a try.  Here is what I found:

Philosophy Purity Made Simple
Neutrogena® Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover
·         Effective: 1 step cleanser that cleanses without stripping skin of natural oils.
·         Effective: 1 step cleanser that cleanses without stripping skin of natural oils.
·         Effective: Removes makeup without stripping. It even removes waterproof eye makeup
·         Effective: Removes makeup without stripping.  It removes most traces of eye makeup, but not all.
·         Effective: Doesn't irritate skin or eyes. Can open eyes while using
·         Effective: Doesn’t irritate skin, but does slightly sting eyes if contact made
·         Moisturizing:  Left skin feeling very moisturized. Often would forget to apply moisturizer because of just how moisturized my skin felt
·         Moisturizing: Didn't leave skin feeling tight or dry, but did require daily moisturizer
·         Works great with my Clarisonic
·         Works great with my Clarisonic
·         Scent:  Close to no scent at all. Claims Fragrance-Free
·         Scent: Fresh Clean Scent
·         Availability: Philosophy.com, QVC, Sephora, Ulta, & some department stores
·         Availability: Most drugstores, grocery stores, chain stores
·         Size:  Varying 3oz - 32oz  - $10-49.50
·         Size: 6oz only - $7.49
·         Overall Opinion:  Philosophy Purity Made Simple has been my holy grail facial cleanser for at least 7 years.  While Neutrogena Natural Fresh Cleanser + Makeup Remover, does not replace it, it is a very close second; especially for those times when my money is funny.
·         Overall Opinion:  I have finally found a drugstore product that runs a very close second to my department store Philosophy Purity Made Simple.  I had often looked for alternative product to  use for those times when my money is funny.  I have found it!  I need to try some of the other Neutrogena Natural products. It had been a while since I tried any Neutrogena products. I think I need to revisit the brand, I may have been short-changing myself.

Have you tried Neutrogena Naturals Line and if so which product? Do you recommend any other Neutrogena  products?

Grace, Peace, & Blessings.

* FTC: These products were bought with my own monies. These are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by and of these companies. This is not a sponsored post.

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