It all started with me ordering the Pai Copaiba & Zinc Perfect Balance Blemish Serum (which I am afraid to say I was so eager to try that I forgot to photograph properly – but I do believe I’ve got a snapshot of on my Instagram account) based on all the rave reviews by well established beauty bloggers, like Estee of ‘Essie Button’ and Ruth Crilly of ‘A model Recommends’.
Now, I have to admit I was not a fan of its (very unique) fragrance and slightly “tacky” texture at first, but I did stick with it and boy have I been compensated by the results (not even a single major spot has reared its ugly head since I started using it, not even the persistent hormonal cysts I used to get around those days of the month).
Impressed by the brand (& happy to have found an all natural, organic and animal friendly company whose products actually deliver on their promises) I proceeded to buy the Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser and the Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream. Having used those for a little less than a month now, I feel like I have to admit to being a Pai convert (as I read somewhere, ‘once you go Pai, you never look back’).
The cleanser is absolutely sumptuous and smells divine. It feels luxurious and leaves you with a fresh, clean face that doesn’t feel stripped of its natural oils (I hate that squeaky, dehydrated feeling that foaming cleansers tend to leave behind – especially the ones aimed towards acne prone skin). The, included, muslin cloth is a pleasure to use and helps exfoliate/ buff the skin in the most natural way. The 100ml bottle may seem small at first but, considering how little product is actually needed for each use, is more than adequate. Bonus points have to be allocated for the fact that this is a multi- tasking product, which doubles as an excellent eye makeup remover (I cannot testify to its prowess when it comes to removing waterproof mascara, since I don’t often use it, but otherwise it is stellar).
On to the day cream… Another exquisitely smelling product (if you are partial to the smell of geraniums you are gonna love this) that does what it says on the tin: it effectively prevents breakouts, balances out my (combination to oily) skin, reduces pores and leaves behind a lovely matte finish – providing the perfect base for my morning makeup. All that while retaining a very lightweight, but somehow intensely moisturising and nourishing texture – something very few of the other products I have tried can claim. All in all, another fantastic product I would have no qualms recommending to any of you out there with skin like mine.
Given that Pai also send out 2 free samples with every order, I also have a generous amount of their Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil (which I have already started using) and their Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator (which I am planning to try ASAP).
The Rosehip oil is quite interesting, it feels luxurious and nourishing without being too oily and absorbs real quickly, leaving behind baby smooth skin. The smell is nothing to write home about but, compared to the Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil which I tried last night (and which initially smelt lovely and citrus-y but after a few moments started smelling fishy and, frankly, slightly disgusting), is still something I can live with – especially considering its texture which is much nicer (thicker and yet somehow quicker to absorb) than the Pure Truth one. As for results I guess it would take longer to judge them, still this is one product that will definitely make it into my basket next time I place an order with Pai.
To put it in a nutshell, I am extremely happy with everything I have, thus far, tried from Pai and will (despite the slight delay in delivery and slightly higher- end prices) most definitely keep re-purchasing. I will post an update re: the Skin Brightening Exfoliator once I’ve tried it out, but for the time being I would highly recommend the brand (as a number of my friends, to whom I’ve been raving to about it, would testify).
How about you guys? Have you tried anything from the Pai range – and if so, what did you think?