03.17.2015
3
Kind to Skin Foaming Cleanser
5 fl. oz. for $7.49
Expert Rating
Community Rating (4)
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Last Updated:03.17.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes

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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.)

Pros:
  • Water-soluble formula rinses cleanly.
  • Removes most types of makeup.
  • Inexpensive.
Cons:
  • Contains a fragrant oil that makes this a problem for use around the eyes.
  • The fragrant oil is not "perfect even for sensitive skin."
Community Reviews
Claims

Our Foaming Cleanser is a perfect blend of skin-loving ingredients and Pro-Vitamin B5 to remove impurities and remaining traces of makeup. Your skin will feel cleansed, refreshed and moisturized. Perfect even for sensitive skin.

Ingredients

Water (Aqua, Eau), Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA , Dipropylene Glycol, Methylisothiazolinone.

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Simple At-A-Glance

Spring 2016: Reviews for this brand are currently being revamped. All products reviewed prior to 2015 have been reformulated. We appreciate your patience while we repurchase them and update the reviews accordingly. Check back later this summer for full updates!