Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash - review


As you may know, I've recently introduced a number of larger samples into my daily makeup and skincare rotation - with the idea being to get through as many of them as possible so they won't be included in my makeup and skincare inventories at the end of this year.

Plus some of them have been sitting around for a while now and I'd like to use them before they get too old, and of course I love trying new things. Sounds like a win win situation to me.

This product came as a sample in a Mecca order and I was surprised to discover that it's a decent size, as opposed to the standard 1 to 2ml sachet that you usually receive with orders. No complaints there!

Mind you, I was a little suspect about trying it because Philosophy isn't a brand that's traditionally worked very well for me, but I was pleased to find that I do really like this product and I would happily use it again. More on that below.

Philosophy claims/product details:

  • A daily exfoliating facial cleanser that leaves skin clean and gently resurfaces
  • Designed to effectively cleanse the skin while providing resurfacing benefits
  • Gentle enough to use daily
  • This unique formula is sulphate-free and formulated with ingredients that are designed to replenish and protect the skin with topical antioxidants while it helps condition the skin and retain its moisture level
  • RRP $40 AUD for 240ml


This is a nice product and I recommend it. I like it because it works and it does so gently, so it treads the right balance between being gentle while still being effective.

It's a gel product with a very light, fresh and sweet scent. It contains finely milled grains that aren't too smooth so they do polish the skin effectively and there are plenty of them so it does the job well.

I've been using this every second day for the last few weeks and I've found that it works nicely for my skin. It sloughs off the dead skin and leaves me with a smoother, fresher complexion, but it's not so harsh that it's irritating or leaves my face feeling raw.

What I've also found is that my skin has cleared up a little since I started using it, and I think that's because it's removing the surface layer of gunk from my face and allowing the new skin underneath to breathe better.

One thing I don't like about it as much is that it can leave my face feeling a little dry, and I think that's because it has a pH of around seven. Yes it doesn't contain SLS or SLES, but I think a lower pH would ensure that it's as gentle as it can be on the skin.

On the claims: yes it leaves skin clean and gently resurfaces; yes it's reasonably gentle; and no I don't think it helps condition the skin or retain its moisture level (as mentioned, it can be a little drying).

Overall I like this product and I recommend it. The exfoliating grains are super fine and they're slightly scratchy so it almost feels like a microdermabrasion product, and those kinds of products tend to resurface my skin without irritating it - as this one does. I would definitely use it again.

Worth trying.

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