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Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash

What it is:A mild, exfoliating facial cleanser.What it is formulated to do:This exfoliating facial wash is designed to effectively cleanse the skin while providing resurfacing benefits. Gentle enough to use daily, this unique formula is sulfate-free and formulated with ingredients designed to replenish and protect the skin with topical antioxidants as it helps condition the skin and retain its moisture level.
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Question
Dissolving exfoliators, granules?
This is my 2nd purchase of this product and I've had it since April (the bottle usually lasts me about 6-7 months). It appears that all of the granules for exfoliating have dissolved and I'm left with just a gel. I tried shaking it up and taking the top off to see if the nozzle was clogged, but it seems like all of the granules have dissolved. I still have half the bottle left. Has anyone else had this problem?
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
michelle23
(Denver, CO)
on The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash
8 answers
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answer 1
Yeah, it happened to me too! I started with the 8oz bottle and loved it so when I ran out I decided to get the 16oz. I don't know how long I was using it, but I know it was less than 6 months and then one day the beads disintegrated, so all that remained was this water like consistency. Going to definitely stick to the 8oz bottles for now on.
answered 7 months ago
cafeydora
(Richmond, VA)
answer 2
Yes, this has happened to me as well, I had purchased the 32 oz bottle and that was a lot of money to spend with the granuals disappearing. Even when I shake the bottle, the granuals aren't there and I am left with a liquid, just like I am using the regular Purity cleanser. Next time, I will go with the smaller bottle of this product.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
mindykitty03
(macomb, mi.)
answer 3
Yes - my bottle is basically just liquid now. I'm really upset about it because I've only had it for 2 months. And now the bottle is useless. I don't even know if I should still use it to wash my face.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
musicalglow
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 4
I have had that problem. It still works to soften your skin but the exfoliating factor becomes less effective. I had the large bottle and wasn't using it for awhile due to acne. I was told that you shouldn't use exfoliate products when you have acne. So when I finally start using it again, it had no beads at all. I even tried to turned the bottle upside down thinking that it all settled to the bottom. Philosophy should really make a note of this. I recommend that if you purchase it again, make sure you shake it every time and use it within a good time period. Since I share it with 2 other person, I would purchase the larger size. Stick to the smaller one if its only for one person. You should only exfoliate twice the max each week. I hope this helps.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
vmei
(harrison, nj)
answer 5
I haven't had that problem with dissolved granules. The granules don't dissolve at all when I use the product. I even leave the bottle in the shower. I always keep the lid closed. I do shake the bottle before use since the exfoliant granules are in a lot of liquid.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
almondiyz
(Research Triangle Park, NC)
answer 6
Sometimes the granuals are so small you really have a hard time feeling them in your hands .Its not until I apply it to my face that I begin to feel the gentle scrubbing effects.I have alway been satisfied with this product.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
mickeydog
(San Antonio Tx.)
answer 7
This has happened to me. I only purchase the smaller sized bottles now.
I hated the pump, and what a mess pulling it out to scrape the product off.
I still use this, so I purchase a bottle that I can handle, shake and squirt!
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
rensstuff
(Stephens City, VA)
answer 8
No. Do you keep it in the shower? Water may have gotten in.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
stellahhhhh
(Philadelphia, PA)
Question
Correct combination of products
I recently started using the Microdelivery Peel 2-step system and love it! I would like to try other philosophy products and would appreciate your advice on the correct combo of products. I have combination (more oily than not) skin, main concerns are some fine lines and congested/ enlarged pores, and occasional break-outs. I would like to start off with a couple of Philosophy products at first and gradually introduce more. I have looked at the hope in a bottle moisturizer and I'm very interested in trying that... Can you please give me advice on the correct cleanser to use? I am between the Micro Exfoliating Wash and Purity cleansers. Help! Thanks!
asked 3 years, 8 months ago
Anonymous
(Baton Rouge, La)
on The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash
8 answers
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answer 1
Philosophy experts recommend using both. Use Purity in the evening to remove makeup/cleanse and use Microdelivery in the morning to cleanse before applying makeup.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
vsmini
(New York)
answer 2
I use the Microdelivery in the mornings and Purity at night. Microdelivery might be a little rough to use twice a day since it exfoliates but I used to use Purity both in the AM and PM.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
ashabash
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 3
I just finished using Proactiv for six months to clear up my skin but I didn't want to continue using a harsh cleanser. My replacement has been: Microdelivery Exfoliating cleanser in the mornings followed by When Hope is Not Enough serum then Hope in A Bottle moisturizer for my face and Hope in A Tube for my eye area. At night I use Purity Made Simple instead of the exfoliator as well as Help Me retinol treatment before moisturizing. I have not had any break outs or blemishes at all, my skin does not look oily or shiny anymore, and my pores have been purged. That's my skincare routine. Coming from someone with troubled skin it really works for me. Hope that helps!

ps to help with the cost I purchased the Makeup Optional for congested skin kit then the microdelivery and help me
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
megcee
(St. John's, NL, Canada)
answer 4
You can use both Microdelivery and Purity made it's different one each other but can improve good things for your skin I counsel too for you try purity made simple foaming cleanser can be better for you type skin! get a sample and lets try!
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
glamourlily
(Orem,UT)
answer 5
I'm not sure if it is the "right" one, but I have combo skin and I love it. It is gentle enough to use daily.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
tanlyn
(oakland, Ca)
answer 6
I actually use both the microdelively exfoliating wash and purity made simple cleanser and I alternate over the course of the week. I follow up with the hope in a jar moisturizer (I use the one with spf during the day). This combo has really worked for me. The purity cleanser leaves me face super clean without over drying (I can almost go without a moisturizer). Then, when I need a good deep clean, I use the exfoliator wash (probably 3-4 times a week right now, with summer in Florida, my oil glands work over time). It is super mild but has really helped reduce blackheads and other breakouts as well as reduced size of my pores, refined my face. Follow that up with the hope in a jar - your face will feel YUM.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
sonflowrgirl
(West Palm Beach, FL)
answer 7
For personalized product recommendations, we invite you to call us at 1-877-SEPHORA & choose menu option 2 to speak with one of our Beauty Advisors. Thanks!
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 8
If you have large pores then the Microdelivery Exfoliating wash is the right choice for you. I have used this product for a while because I have the same issues you describe. Microdelivery is specially good for use because it cleanses better and does not leave excess dirt on the skin, which is great. It also removes surface lines which is an added plus.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
mynameism
(New York, NY)
Question
How long did the 8oz bottle last you?
I'm just debating whether to get the 8oz or the 16oz bottle...
asked 4 years, 9 months ago
summersong89
(Springfield, IL)
on The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash
7 answers
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answer 1
Depends what's an frequently that you use it, you can use every day one time and I think for 6 months can have it but depends.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
glamourlily
(Orem,UT)
answer 2
I have been using this product since 12/08 (hubby bought it as a x-mas gift) and I just purchased my second bottle a few weeks ago! I did go about several months w/o it tho. So let's say it lasts more than 6 months! I only use this like 2 or 3 times a week tho, and a little bit goes a long way with these products. For daily wash I use Purity face wash.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
ashantae
(Lafayette, LA)
answer 3
I love the product and use it only as scrub twice a week, so the bottle lasted me forever. I would not recommend buying a larger bottle, as the beads dissolved in mine over time and I'm left with half a bottle of just liquid.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
KittyD
(NH)
answer 4
I use about a dime-sized drop once or twice a day, and think the 8oz bottle will last me a while. I tend to stick to smaller bottles of new products, so I don't lose out if I end up hating it. :-)
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
velveteen
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 5
i deffinatly recomend getting the 16 oz bottle because it's a much better deal. but that is only if you like the product. if you've never tried it, maybe try getting a sample first.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
Sheabean
(Oak Park, CA)
answer 6
It lasts a few months, if not longer. I would purchase the 8oz. and think that you will enjoy! You only have to use a pea size.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
seamaz
(Cheswick, Pa)
answer 7
The 1oz sample I got lasted over a week. I bought the 16oz bottle because it was a better deal and I know it'll last forever!!
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
Anonymous
(New Orleans, LA)
Question
is this to be used in place of a regular cleanser?
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
fluffy37
(Newburyport,Ma.)
on The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash
7 answers
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answer 1
I use BE foundation and typically wear only mascara.
I use this in place of my normal cleanser, because overwashing absolutely destroys my skin and causes acne breakouts. There's no need for me to have a second cleanser.
In the evening, I simply rinse my face and remove any eye makeup (if I decided to add any) and then I use this during my morning shower every day.

But, when I work out and I'm showering a second time during the day, I use a very mild soap just to be sure that the sweat and gunk are no longer on my face. The only reason I don't use it as my 'cleanser' for the second shower of the day is because I know it's a strong cleanser and overwashing does damage to my skin.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
backusc
(Milwaukee, WI)
answer 2
I use it in place of any other cleansers. It takes off all of my foundation, which is hard to do. It's gentle & effective & works great. I have combined the exfoliation & cleansings steps in my routine down to just this one bottle.....i love it!
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
makeupgirlva
(Fredericksburg, VA)
answer 3
No. According to the folks at Philosophy this should be used only once a day. Whether you want to use it at night or in the morning is up to you. I find that using this in the morning and the Purity cleanser at night works the best for me.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
cld58
(Liverpool, New York)
answer 4
I wouldn't recommend using this soley as a cleanser. Instead, use it to supplement your cleansing routine. Perhaps if you use little to no makeup, this would be fine. But, since you can't use it around your eyes, and it's not as effective at dissolving makeup like Purity Made Simple is, I would use this after cleansing. It makes a huge difference when you exfoliate regularly, and this is a great product for it.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
makeupgalinla
(Valencia, CA)
answer 5
I would use the cleanser before going to bed and the exfoliator after you wake up. Skin feels great but you really dont need to use this if you are using something else to exfoliate.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
joanne8095
(Kearny, NJ)
answer 6
No. Clean your face with a gentle cleanser first, then use it.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
pinkee44
(San Antonio, TX)
answer 7
Depending on your skin type, I'm not sure if I would use it in place of a cleanser. It does cleanse well though. If you have sensitive skin, this may irritate your skin if used on a daily basis. I have oily skin with dry areas. I tend to use it everyday, but change it up a bit. I like to add it with my cleanser (no zit sherlock) on occasion. Hope this helps!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
sarahonion
(Columbus,OH)
Question
Can I use this with my Clarisonic?
Just received my Clarisonic and would like to know if The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash is safe to use with the Clarisonic. I.E. Safe for sensitive skin. Thank You!
asked 3 years, 7 months ago
Anonymous
(NEW YORK CITY)
on The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash
7 answers
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answer 1
No. It clearly states not to use exfoliating products with any Clarisonic in the manual. My grandma made the mistake once and she said it made her skin burn and turn red for a while.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
madibabyxoxo
answer 2
Yes! that is why I bought it! It just so happens that a rep from Philosophy was at the store when I was there and she said I could use it with my calrsonic. I do and it is not too harsh at all and my skin tends to be sensitive.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
ccinabq
(Albuquerque)
answer 3
Works very well, even with sensitive skin.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
squeak704
(Omaha, NE)
answer 4
I use this with my Clairsonic in the morning and the Purity with it in the evening and it works great!
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
coolmom3
(Longview, WA)
answer 5
I don't know if I would use this with clairisonic just because the brush is already exfoliating your skin. I would try the philosophy purity face wash first.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
rachelsmiles
(washington, dc)
answer 6
YES. i use this daily with my clarisonic, with the "sensitive" brush head. it is a fantastic exfoliating combination, but doesn't irritate my extremely fair and sensitive irish skin. the key with the clarisonic is to remember that the sonic pulses are doing the work for you; do NOT apply pressure, just rest the brush against your skin and move in small circles. if you notice that you are "tugging" the surrounding skin as you do so, you are probably pressing too hard.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
mdgaugh
(rochester ny)
answer 7
I use this combo every morning with the sensitive brush heads. I do not have sensitive skin but dry in areas and I haven't had any complaints! I use Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer after so that may help but I don't find the combination abrasive, in fact I would recommend it!
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
megcee
(St. John's, NL, Canada)
Question
Is this product paraben-free?
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
(Boston, MA)
on The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash
6 answers
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answer 1
Call and ask philosophy. I looked at ingredients, PERSONALLY myself I would feel free to use, it DOES NOT specifically SAY paraben free but does not include it in ingredient list. MORE CONFUSED..call them, they are there FOR YOU!
answered 10 months ago
bbl3
(PORTLAND, OREGON)
answer 2
There are no parabens in this product :)
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
shannonireland
(Minneapolis, MN)
answer 3
In order to answer your question with authority,I went & read my bottle. The answer is "no parabens".What it IS loaded with are natural cleansing & gentle exoliating ingredients! Wash away!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
christymde
(Westport,WA)
answer 4
THE INGREDIENTS!!! water (aqua), decyl glucoside, sodium cocoyl apple amino acids, diatomaceous earth, acrylates⁄steareth-20 methacrylate crosspolymer, glycerin, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, borago officinalis seed oil, phytosterols, tocopherol, tocotrienols, squalene, oryza sativa (rice) bran wax, panthenol, sodium magnesium silicate, tetrasodium edta, sodium hydroxide, citric acid, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
glamourlily
(Orem,UT)
answer 5
Yes
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
lolalicious
(Albuquerque, NM)
answer 6
yes, it is
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
chill8091
(georgia)
Question
will this product remove flakes?
i have combination skin. i have flakes, a few blackheads, etc. my main concern are the flakes on my skin. will this product remove flakes?
asked 3 years, 8 months ago
CitrusLily
on The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash
6 answers
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answer 1
I don't have any personal experience with flakes, but it is an exfoliant so I would think it would be good for removing any flakes.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
ninajr
(Itasca, IL)
answer 2
It does remove flakes, although I'm not sure to what degree you want to exfoliate. (My skin is a bit on the moody side as well) The nice part about this cleanser is that,while it will remove flakes, it won't cause more drying. If you need a more intensive scrub, try the two piece set of Philosophy's microdelivery scrub/peel-I think you'll be delighted :)
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
christymde
(Westport,WA)
answer 3
Can be, you know that each skin have different problems so you can try because will be great for combination and oily skin, and yours will help cleanse the skin while providing resurfacing benefits.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
glamourlily
(Orem,UT)
answer 4
i have both the micro exfoliation wash and the purity wash they are both great but the purity wash is more moisturizing and would recommend this specially if you have more dry skin or on days when your skin needs to be more moisturized i wouldn't use this all the time if you have oily skin, the micro exfoliating wash would be better because it exfoliates gently removing any skin flakes (after a few washes) and moisturizing to prevent more. i would also recommend the Clarisonic skin cleansing system it works great with philosophy products.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
sophia5555
(Chicago, IL)
answer 5
It removes most flaky skin, at least for me.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
danielle919
(Chapel Hill, NC)
answer 6
I think it will really help with the flakes. Worth giving it a try.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
Jomax
(Santee, CA)
Question
clarasonic?
can i use this with my clarasonic?
asked 3 years, 8 months ago
reviewer10
on The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I use it with my clairisonic all the time, I wet the brush and then add the product. I have had no problems and I do have sensitive skin.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
ninajr
(Itasca, IL)
answer 2
I use Purity Made Simple with my clarisonic in the evening. I like the way it removes all my make-up. Not sure if you should use the Microdelivery wash with Clarisonic.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
JustMom
(Kaneohe, Hawaii)
answer 3
I use it with mine religiously every morning! No adverse effects so far.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
megcee
(St. John's, NL, Canada)
answer 4
No! You can use with foam or like purity made simple but never exfoliating with clarisonic! I have one!
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
glamourlily
(Orem,UT)
answer 5
I have sensitive skin and I've used it with my Clarisonic! I'll admit I'm a bit of an exfoliation addict though... so I like the combo of the exfoliation beads with the Clarisonic brush (not sure everyone would).
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
seattlegirl90
(Seattle, WA)
answer 6
yes, i use this with my clarisonic and i love it ,it really gets my skin feeling super clean and moisturized.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
sophia5555
(Chicago, IL)
Question
This exfoliating + ?
Is this okay to use after Philosophy Purity Made Simple? I read around and found out that this exfoliating wash isn't recommended for make-up removal. So would it be okay to use this after the purity wash? Or is there a cheaper alternative for a make-up remover that any of you recommend to use before this? Thanks.
asked 3 years, 8 months ago
JazzyTee
(Orlando)
on The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
You can use both it's exfoliating that proves in your skin after you take off the make up with Purity made Simple, and give to you better cleanser that take off everything more and you can use twice on week! have fun!
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
glamourlily
(Orem,UT)
answer 2
i love using purity at night because it's a one step process. it cleans my face and removes my make up. i use the exfoliating wash in the morning, this way my make up goes on nice and smooth as well. hope this helps! oh yeah, i use hope in a jar to give me a nice and even complexion.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
RHTW
(san francisco, ca)
answer 3
I usually use the exfoliating wash in the morning in the shower and the purity at night to remove my makeup. This has worked great for me.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
Jomax
(Santee, CA)
answer 4
Hi there...I use Purity Made Simple first and then exfoliate after. I would not use the Microdelivery wash to cleanse - Purity Made Simply is best - especially for removing makeup. Hope this helps...
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
HarrierJet
(Danville, CA)
answer 5
I think the purity wash is good for daily use. I think that the exfoliating was should be used only twice a week.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
mizznay
(atlanta, georgia)
answer 6
This product is more abrasive than I expected. Do not use it as a make-up remover, but as an exfoliator when needed.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
mattlaur
(Kokomo, IN)
Question
testing on animals? animal ingredients?
Hi, I was wondering if anyone knows if Philosophy products are tested on animals and/or if they contain any animal ingredients? I looked at their site and couldn't find any information. Thanks so much for your help!
asked 3 years, 8 months ago
eirelav
(Oakland, CA)
on The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash
6 answers
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answer 1
NO, absolutely NOT! :)
answered 10 months ago
bbl3
(PORTLAND, OREGON)
answer 2
Philosophy does not do any animal testing. As far as use of animal products, this is from their FAQ section: "

for your reference, our product development team has confirmed that the only philosophy products containing ingredients derived from animals are as follows: pure grace shower cream (contains hydrolyzed milk protein), amazing grace shampoo, bath & shower gel (contains hydrolyzed milk protein) and kiss me lip balms (contain lanolin). all other philosophy products contain ingredients that are of botanical or synthetic origin."
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
shannonireland
(Minneapolis, MN)
answer 3
Good question! I went to take a look at some of my Philosophy products,but since they're out of their original packaging it's tough to tell. There's a toll free number on the bottles/jars,etc.though, so if you'd like to ask some more specific questions I'm sure thry'd welcome the interest!(I'll be calling too!) 1-800-love-151
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
christymde
(Westport,WA)
answer 4
According to their website in the FAQ of the Customer Care section, they do not do testing on animals and very few products contain animal by-products.

from: http://www.philosophy.com/content/footer/customer-care-center

are any of your products derived from animals?
Answer

for your reference, our product development team has confirmed that the only philosophy products containing ingredients derived from animals are as follows: pure grace shower cream (contains hydrolyzed milk protein), amazing grace shampoo, bath & shower gel (contains hydrolyzed milk protein) and kiss me lip balms (contain lanolin). all other philosophy products contain ingredients that are of botanical or synthetic origin.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
dezh
(Edmonton, AB)
answer 5
you can see the ingredients here and I don't see anything animal water (aqua), decyl glucoside, sodium cocoyl apple amino acids, diatomaceous earth, acrylates⁄steareth-20 methacrylate crosspolymer, glycerin, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, borago officinalis seed oil, phytosterols, tocopherol, tocotrienols, squalene, oryza sativa (rice) bran wax, panthenol, sodium magnesium silicate, tetrasodium edta, sodium hydroxide, citric acid, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
glamourlily
(Orem,UT)
answer 6
Philosophy is a cruelty-free brand, meaning the products have never been tested on animals. For questions about other cruelty free brands available at Sephora, please email at customerservice@sephora.com or call 1-877-SEPHORA. Thanks!
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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