Friday, 28 June 2013

Life of Pai

My Mantra when taking the plunge and investing in most products is try before you buy, especially if the product is more on the expensive side.

With that in mind, when Ruth Crilly mentioned the Pai Trial Pack
 in a recent video I thought it would be an ideal opportunity to test out six of their iconic products for a fiver! 

Including the:
Macadamia & Rose Dry Skin Cream
Geranium & Thistle Combination Skin Cream
Chamomile & Rosehip Sensitive Skin Cream
Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator
Camelia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser
Avocado & Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream

Overall, I love the ethos behind this brand which is all organic with no nasties. It's founder Sarah Brown has invested in finding quality plant-based products to calm sensitive skin and create a brand that you can trust.

I'm fairly happy with my cleanser at the moment and my acidic toner (the Pixi Glow Tonic mentioned here) which works as an exfoliator so I wasn't really expecting the Camelia and Rose Cleanser or the Kukui & Jojoba Bead Exfoliator to join the ranks of my current skin care cluster. As predicted, the cleanser didn't peak my fancy, I think largely due to the fact that I'm not a fan of strongly rose-scented products, I find the smell a bit to sweet and overwhelming. It does take all my makeup off and have a nice consistency, by my current cleansers (the Good Things Fresh Start Cleanser or Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish) do too, so whilst I would recommend it to those who love a rosey scent, it just wasn't my cup of tea. However, the exfoliator surprised me, since after reading "jojoba bead" I automatically blacklisted it as I prefer an acidic exfoliator rather than a gritty one. But this product has more of a sticky texture than a gritty one. It feels like a hydrating gel with super soft granules in it. Therefore rather than tugging at my face, it injects it with moisture and polishes rather than scrubs for the "Skin Brightening" result described in its name. However, whilst I did enjoy using it and I'm rather fond of the word "Kukui", I'm not sure whether I will buy the full size just yet as I'm trying to be good and only buy products I really need. (I do think I will come back to it at some point though).

So, whilst I didn't have a Pai shaped gap in my current skin care routine for the cleanser and exfoliator, my main reason for buying the trial pack was to find a replacement for my current moisturiser and I was spoilt for choice! I have dry/sensitive skin and with a dry skin cream, sensitive skin cream and hydrating skin cream, the creams seemed tailored to my skin care needs, whilst the combination skin cream provided a good option for the rare oilier days. However, as I mentioned before, my pesky rose-rejection, regularly causes a problem for me when finding different skin care options as I know rose is a really popular natural ingredient. You may be thinking, "why buy this trial pack then?" well, I was hoping that the macadamia in the dry skin cream may overpower the rose or maybe balance it out, but the smell is decidedly sweet. Similarly the Chamomile and Rosehip Sensitive Skin Cream is equally rosey, which is so disappointing as they really are lovely creams. Luckily my mum (and most other normal people) love the smell so she's been happily slathering it on. I'm told they're both very gentle and hydrating.

For me, my favourite product in the whole pack was the Avocado and Jojoba Hydrating Cream it has a fresh citrusy scent (that's more like it!) and smells kind of like lemongrass. Plus, as a hydrating cream it is right up my street! Not too heavy but moisture packed, this cream is kinda doing it for me. 

As for the Geranium and Thistle Combination Skin Cream, I'm yet to try it as I've not yet encountered one of those elusive oily skin days. But I'll keep you updated.

I love the packaging and the Pai logo (it looks so sleek!) plus the sample pots come in handy for weekends away as once used you can reuse them and fill them with the products of your choice.

Since trying these little beauties I'm keen to explore the Pai Skin Care range further. I've heard great things about the Echium and Argan Gentle Eye Cream which I'm desperate to try.

So, the moral of this story? Try Pai!

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