Unlisted Brand • Pai Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser • Cleansers
|Would buy this product again.||75%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I LOVE this cleanser. It is so gentle and soothing - it is honestly a pleasure to use. I have recommended it to all my friends and they now use it as well. I think it is worth every penny and my skin has never looked better.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Dark, Warm Hair: Brown, Kinky, Coarse Eyes: Brown
Great for taking off make up and a deep soft cleanser. First tried it as a sample and bought the large size bottle. leaves skin feeling clean without the tightness feel so would assume it doesn't strip the skin. I prefer to use in the evening as it feels such a waste to use it as a morning cleanser. I would definitely recommend
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Other, Straight Eyes: Brown
I absolutely love this cleanser! For reference my skin is normal to dry, and often very dry during the cold Canadian winter months. I've been looking for a simple, no-fuss cleanser that will leave my skin refreshed without stripping it. This cleanser fits the bill- it is very gentle with a creamy texture, it doesn't lather up too much but my skin feels clean yet hydrated afterwards. I don't use the muslin cloth it comes with. I wet my face with water, warm the cleanser up a bit between my fingers before moving it onto my face in circular motions.
I've also tried using this as a an eye makeup remover but it doesn't work so well as one, I kind of work with it for quite some time before all the eye makeup comes off.
Overall, I would repurchase, it is a wonderful product and like the rest of the pai line comes in safe (no worries if it drops on the floor when you're travelling) yet accessible packaging (very cute little pump)- simple and clean.
EDIT: Nevermind, I think this may have broken me out.
Certified 80% organic by the Soil Association
Ingredients: aqua, camellia sinesis seed oil*, ricinus communis seed oil*, prunus amygdalus dulcis oil*, cetearyl alcohol, *glycerin*, butyrospermum parkii butter*, cetearyl glucoside, sodium anisate, mixed tocopherols, rosa damascena oil*, pelargonium graveolens oil*, sodium levulinate, lavendula angustfolia flower oil*, lactic acid, litsea cubeba fruit oil*, sodium lauroyl lactylate, glyceryl stearate citrate
Naturally occurring in essential oils: citral*, citronellol*, d-limonene*, eugenol*, farmesol*, geraniol*, linalool*
*Organically produced 80%
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Other Eyes: Hazel
I really like this cleanser, I know some people complaint about the muslin cloth but I don't use it, I use this with the jane iredale magic mitt (only 1 pump is enough if using this mitt, so is not that expensive) and it takes all my make-up, including eye make-up without irritating my skin.
It's moisturizing which means that it doesn't strip your skin but it doesn't leave a residue either and it helps balance my skin.
It's very creamy and another thing I like is it has an expiry date in the lid so you'll always know.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
Pai's Camellia and Rose cleanser has been a fantastic change to my skincare routine! I have highly acne prone combination (but more dry/dehydrated than oily) skin which is very reactive and easily upset ... irritation is one of the factors that can cause my skin to break out, and most cleansers are just too harsh and drying.
Based on my experience with this the Camellia and Rose cleanser, I would recommend sampling this to those with SENSITIVE skin; including those with non-severe acne whose skin has been failing to respond to more mainstream approaches; anyone with dry/dehydrated or delicate skin; for gentle cleansing of mature skin; and to those with normal skin looking for a luxurious-feeling and -smelling cleanser with really pure/transparent high-quality natural/organic ingredients.
Now, just because this product is designed for sensitive skin does not mean it will be right for YOUR skin ... however the good news is that the relatively short ingredient list is very clearly listed online, so you should be able to check for any known sensitivities. Pai also has a sampling program, so it is possible to try out this product prior to purchase.
Expectation management: this cleanser is in a price range most people will consider expensive. 100ml is not gigantic, and especially if you are using this twice a day, and using the recommended number of pumps of product, I imagine you'll go through a bottle fairly quickly. But here's a bit of good news: the Pai website has *just* started offering different sizes, and the pricing is friendly to those who know they love this product and want a larger quantity. (Standard size: 100ml w/ muslin cloth - £25; 50ml travel size (no cloth) - £14; 200ml large size w/ cloth - £35.)
Expectation management part 2: Pai's muslin cloths are not awesome. They are, in my opinion, just-this-side of acceptable. They're a bit scratchy. However, it's worth noting that you really really should wash the cloth before using it, which will reduce some of the scratchiness. So if you don't like these cloths, DON'T USE THEM. There's no point in buying a nice cleanser that you love and then destroying the experience by using a cloth you hate. Do I hear you say that you loved the idea of soil-association certified 100% organic unbleached 2-ply cotton muslin face cloths, but weren't impressed with the reality? Well, my friend, you're in luck because I know where you need to go to find what you're looking for: Suti. At the same price (£5 for 2 cloths), Suti (another up-and-coming organic UK skincare brand) offers soil-association certified 100% organic unbleached 2-ply cotton muslin face cloths which ARE NOT scratchy (but which also should be washed before use). Unless you find all muslin scratchy, (in which case, why are you using muslin cloths to cleanse your face?) I really think you'll be pleased with these. (Chase up a sample of their Rejuvenate Face Oil while you're there; it's amazing.)
Expectation management part 3: this is not a makeup remover. I find that the Camellia and Rose cleanser can effectively remove a light face of makeup, but I would never reach for this first if I was wearing a truly full face of makeup. It can remove eye makeup (and does not irritate my eyes) but if I'm wearing more than a wash of eyeshadow and a hint of mascara, I use an oil-cleanser first. When I have used this cleanser to remove a larger amount of makeup, I feel that I have to use more product and more patience than I prefer to if I want the job done gently and effectively. (I do agree with a prior reviewer who said that eye makeup removal with a muslin cloth is easier than with a cotton pad.)
Things I love:
- it smells fantastic, really clean/natural/fresh ... it's that sort of thing that makes you look forward to using the product
- it feels great on the skin. I really feel like I'm doing something good for my skin while I cleanse, and it's a product I don't mind leaving on my skin for longer so that I can do a facial massage, or really let it 'sink in'. I actually love massaging it over my skin, and then draping a hot, damp muslin cloth over my face for a few minutes before starting to remove the cleanser.
- this is a *hydrating* cleanser. I am not sure how it would perform on extremely dry/dehydrated skin, but on my skin it is not at all stripping, and leaves my skin feeling soothed, calm, and soft. It's definitely not so hydrating that you would skip moisturizer after (and I always apply moisturizer to still-damp skin) but I also don't find it leaves a residue. (Though if you're used to harsher cleansers, do be aware that your skin will feel different than you're used to post-cleansing.)
I haven't had any problems with the packaging, but I will update my review if I do.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
This is the only cleanser that has helped clear up my acne!! I had horrible adult acne and I didn't realize that the cleanser and moisturizer I was using were actually making things worse. The cleanser was supposedly for acne-prone skin, and it's also made by an organic skincare company, but it was way too harsh. The moisturizer was recommended by a MA at Sephora; they said it was fine for acne-prone skin. It was not.
Once I started using this (along with the Geranium and Thistle moisturizer), my broken-out skin calmed down within a few days. Now, I hardly ever get a zit anymore. I have been looking for a product like this for a LONG time. Even my dermatologist was surprised at how fast and beautifully my skin cleared up (I'd been prescribed various medications for my acne, for a year and a half now).
*Update: I have to bring this down to 3 stars because it stopped working. While it calmed down my skin initially, my acne gradually crept up on me and my skin went crazy again. Since discovering Glytone's mild cream wash, this pales in comparison.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Hazel
I am not sure what it is in this range, but I think I am allergic to some of the ingredients. It claims to be a range for allergy prone and sensitive skin, yet this cleanser leaves my skin very red and irritated after use. I am really not impressed with any of the Pai products I have tried so far.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
I am always on the look out for a new cleanser, and this probably contributes to my poor sad skin which is roughed and buffed as I chop and change all over the place trying this product and that product, like a product butterfly albeit an aged one.
Pai came to my attention in a roundabout way, someone posted about it on their blog, it is apparently Natalie Portman's favoured cleanser, and whilst I am not particularly celebrity driven, especially when they are at least 20 yrs younger than me, my interest was piqued.
Pai's USP is that it is transparent in its ingredients in that everything is listed with understandable explanations as to why they have been used. They have an organic slant and are certified by the Soil Association.
This cleanser is a cream cleanser which can remove eyemakeup. It is light in texture, lighter say than Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, but thick enough to hold its shape when it is pumped out. The directions are to take 2-3 pumps onto damp skin, massage in and remove with the provided and somewhat scratchy muslin cloth. To remove eyemakeup the suggestions are to take 1 pump onto a cotton wool pad and gently use over the eyelid.
I really like this cleanser, it has a very light slightly citrusy/herbal smell, and suprisingly I can massage this into the skin for longer than 30 secs, it is easily removed with a muslin cloth and there is none of the residue left which I find with most cream cleansers. It can be loosened by adding water and rinsing off and yes it removes eye makeup although I use a muslin rather than a cotton pad.
What I really like is that it seems to balance my oily/reactive/reddened skin and joy of joys my blackheads seem lessened. My skin does not feel stripped, just comfortable, indeed it is suggested that for very oily skin, because this is a hydrating cleanser, it maybe that a moisturiser is not needed post cleansing.
My gripe is that I find the pump a bit problematic, it has a rather shallow plain of travel (if that makes sense - what I mean is that it doesn't go down very far when I press it!) so that sometimes I don't get enough out, also £25 for 100mls is somewhat on the pricey side as I can see myself getting not much more than a month's worth out of this with 1 pump am and 2-3 pumps pm, more if I double cleanse which I tend to in the evenings.
All in all though I will re-purchase. More information from paiskincare.com