Right. I’ve started this “review”, like, fifteen different ways now, and they were all a complete bag of utter shite. I’m out of the habit of blogging at the moment, admittedly, and I can’t deny it, but there’s no way for me to write a “proper” review of this anyway. She’d squash me. The truth is that Caroline is a friend of mine, and Pixi Double Cleanse is going to sell BAJILLIONS of units regardless of anything I have to say (as it should) because a) it’s fupping brilliant and b) Caroline is also fupping brilliant. So, I’m just going to say whatever I want. No change there, really, but anyway …
Caroline has been talking about making a skincare range for the best part of a decade now, and I know that she has turned down any number of offers to work with other brands. She chose Pixi over them, because they gave her the freedom to put precisely what she wanted into the jars, and she believes in their integrity as a brand. Personally, I don’t get on well with all of their skincare products (but what I do use, I love) having sensitive skin, but they’re an excellent, mid-priced range, that cater for a range of skin-types and conditions without overselling themselves.
Double Cleanse is gorgeous. I’m not a huge fan of overly-scented products, and I react to products that are filled with essential oils, so discovering that both the “solid oil” and cream sides of the container are completely unscented, and not full of essential oils was a delight. The jar is bifurcated, containing 50mls each of a silky balm that melts instantly on contact with skin, and a rich cream cleanser that feels wonderfully hydrating on skin. The balm will destroy any makeup it comes into contact with without stripping the skin, and the cream is …
… well, I’m not usually a huge fan of cream cleansers tbh, preferring to use them only when my skin is irritable, or irritated, and then usually in conjunction with my other “SOS” skincare products (which I haven’t needed much recently), but when I have used this one I’ve found it rich and creamy, and wonderfully soothing, and very much like the much-missed Clarins Extra-Comfort Cleansing Cream (the one in the jar, not the less-good reformulated one in the tube), so I’ll give it a pass on this occasion.
I’ve had my jar for a couple of months now, and it’s been the cleanser I’ve reached for again and again and again in that time, and it’s brilliant, but I do have a gripe with the packaging. Whilst having both cleansers in the one tub is actually a brilliant idea, it’s not ideal if you have a marked preference for one kind of cleansing over another. I’d buy a full-size pot of the balm cleanser in a heartbeat, you don’t need much, and it’s fabulous, but I’m definitely not using the cream side as much (I’ll be honest, I don’t always cleanse twice, because I’m a lazy bitch), and the sides of my jar are uneven as a result. I will not finish both sides of the jar at the same time A little bird* did tell me at the official launch last week that this pot may end up being the “travel” size, which would be a perfect use for the current packaging. I just hope that means that full sizes of both cleansers are on the way. Fingers crossed!
Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse costs £24 and is available from both Pixi Beauty and Marks & Spencer.
* Actually quite tall, really.
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