My favorite face wash: Kate Somerville Purify Clarifying Cleanser

I’ve tried a lot of facial cleansers over the past few years.  As you age and your skin changes, your facial cleanser has to change along with it. I have noticed that the texture of my skin is not as resilient as it used to be, but one thing that has remained the same is my skin type – I have oily/combination skin that is prone to breakouts when I’m stressed.  One cleanser I keep coming back to is the Kate Somerville Purify Clarifying Cleanser.  It is my ALL-TIME FAVORITE face wash, and I am on my 4th or 5th tube.

Kate Somerville Purify Clarifying Cleanser (new and old packaging) via Instagram

This is a cream face wash, and it has salicylic acid to help exfoliate and balance oil production.  The key ingredient for me is peppermint oil – this face wash FEELS and SMELLS incredible.  I personally love the fresh, cooling smell and sensation of peppermint, and this face wash makes me feel so refreshed and clean.  I even look forward to using this in the mornings, because I find that it helps me feel more awake.  I use it with my Clarisonic Mia in the evenings when I shower, and it feels like a mini spa experience.

Kate Somerville’s more popular cleansers are her Detox Daily Cleanser and Gentle Daily Wash, which both come in jumbo 16oz containers (note to Kate Somerville: can you please make the Purify in a 16oz container too??).  I’ve tried Detox Daily Cleanser and only thought it was ok; I couldn’t wait to use it up so I could get another tube of the Purify Clarifying Cleanser (note that it used to be called the Purify Exfoliating Cleanser, but the formula seems to be the same).

I HIGHLY recommend this face wash to anyone who loves the cooling sensation of peppermint and has oily/combination skin.  At $32, it’s not inexpensive, but as a product I use twice everyday that has therapeutic benefits, it’s worth it to me!

Have you tried this before?  What’s your favorite face wash?


  1. Mimi

    LOVE this face wash as well! foams nicely and it also feels great and gets my makeup off and leaves my face with a great clean feeling.

  2. Lydia

    Great review. I saw this at Sephora last week and made a note to find out more about it. I’ve never used any Kate Somerville products but I need something a little tougher than my current Purity by Philosophy cleanser.

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