Tested on animals:Yes
Note Spring 2016: This product has been reformulated since its original review. We appreciate your patience as we take the time to thoroughly update this review! Check back later this summer for a full update.
This liquid-to-foam cleanser has "Kind to Skin" in its name, but it would be much more kind if it didn't contain a fragrant plant oil. This inclusion makes this cleanser a problem for sensitive skin, and an iffy product to use around the eyes.
Without the fragrant oil, this would be a very good, water-soluble cleanser for normal to oily or combination skin. It cleanses without drying, removes most types of makeup, and rinses without leaving a residue.
Although there are reasons to consider this cleanser, you'll find superior, fragrance-free options on our list of Best Cleansers.
Simple's skin-care statement is as follows: "Our philosophy is: Simple says—never use perfumes, dyes or harsh irritants that can upset your skin. Simple says—settle for only the purest possible ingredients. Simple says—trust the natural goodness in all of our products especially for sensitive skin." That's a good philosophy, but, unfortunately, most of Simple's products don't live up to their lofty goals. There are fragrant ingredients in many of their products; there are potentially irritating preservatives in some of their products; their sun-protection products contain synthetic sunscreen ingredients, which aren't the best for sensitive skin; and many of their ingredients are not natural. (We know their claim of natural goodness doesn't state outright that they use only natural ingredients, but that's what they imply, and many consumers will believe it.)
- Water-soluble formula rinses cleanly.
- Removes most types of makeup.
- Contains a fragrant oil that makes this a problem for use around the eyes.
- The fragrant oil is not "perfect even for sensitive skin."