I’ve been a fan and avid user of Philosophy’s Purity Made Easy Facial Cleanser for years, but $24 for an 8 oz. bottle? Please. I didn’t want to keep shelling out that kind of cash for something that got washed down the drain! I wanted to find a more affordable option (and more readily available, too – I was tired of having to make a special trip to the mall just to buy it), so I tried every drugstore facial cleanser that interested me. Unfortunately, none of them could encompass as many qualities I liked as Purity had: mild scent, low lather, gentle, can wash everything off my face, non-drying.
After a long journey of using and testing other cleansers, I *think* I may have found a comparable dupe. Funny thing is, I’ve been using this dupe cleanser for nearly two years, but I never thought to do an actual side-by-side comparison of the two! I can tell you, however, that I haven’t been disappointed with the performance of this more affordable version (it’s actually the cleanser I used in my Double Cleansing Method post!). The product I’m talking about?
Burt’s Bee’s Radiance Facial Cleanser (with Royal Jelly)! I love the fact that I can buy it anywhere! The grocery store, Target, Ulta – if I run out, no problem! I just pick a bottle up whenever I do my groceries – no special trip needed! You know another perk about this cleanser? I only pay $10 for a 6 oz bottle – that’s way more pocket friendly!
So, do you think Burt’s Bees Radiance matches up to Purity Made Simple? I’ll do a side-by-side comparison, break it down for you, and you decide if it was worth me switching!
For a lot of people, the ingredient list will make or break a product, so let’s compare them – here’s a side-by-side comparison (each ingredient is listed in its correct order):
Off the top, I notice fragrance in Burt’s Bees, BUT Purity contains parabens! If either of these ingredients matter to you, you may want to pass on these cleansers.
For the purpose of this comparison, and because I’m speaking only from my own personal experience, I’m going to compare prices according to what I personally pay. Online, the price range for Burt’s Bees looks to be anywhere from $9 to up to $20 dollars. Once you get into the $13 price range for this product, the only advantage to buying the Burt’s Bees product over Purity would be that you prefer the ingredient list of the Burt’s Bees cleanser or you’re saving money on gas.
Cost: $24, 8 oz
Cost Per Ounce: $3
Cost: $10, 6 oz
Cost Per Ounce: $1.67
I found there to be a lot more similarities in these two cleansers than differences:
- Consistency – they both have the same milky white texture
- Work well at washing off dirt and makeup
- Neither worked well for me with the removal of waterproof makeup or the stickiness/residue left from SPF
- Very light scent
- Low lathering
- Does not leave skin tight or dry feeling
- Dispenser: Burt’s Bees has a pump dispenser. Purity is basically a squeeze bottle
- The scent: I actually prefer the smell of the Burt’s Bee’s cleanser. I find the Purity scent inconsistent depending on the batch. Some bottles I’ve had have smelled a tad bit “plastic-y” and off.
- Both are very low lathering cleansers, however, the Purity cleanser definitely lathers less than Burt’s Bees
To me, there’s not much of a difference between these two (besides the price), so the only real difference would be in its effectiveness at cleansing off my makeup. Let’s see what I found!
Lightly rubbed in, it almost looks like the Burt’s Bees Radiance might beat Purity. But I went in and rubbed more firmly, and got this as a result instead:
WOAH. Purity really spanked Burt’s Bees butt in the lipstick department! (Don’t mind the line of demarcation. I didn’t want the cleansers to mix in this experiment!)
IS IT A DUPE?
I would say YES, but with one exception: it isn’t as powerful at removing lipstick compared to Purity. I would still recommend Burt’s Bees to anyone who asked. Sure, you’re going to have to wipe your lipstick off before washing your face, but other than that, it’s been working for me, no complaints! After seeing how Purity performed, though, proved to me that its price tag is justified, especially if you prefer a no-fuss cleansing routine (i.e. using only one cleansing product).
WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?
Yes, I would definitely recommend the Burt’s Bees Radiance Cleanser if anyone asked me. In fact, *I* will still be purchasing it! But you know what? I’ll also have a stash of Purity Made Simple in my arsenal, ready to use whenever I feel like changing things up.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried either of these cleansers before and if you think I should just go back to using Purity! Have a great day!