Day 27: Pai Skincare
by Jessica M
Pai is a small, London-based company that specializes in natural skincare. “Pai” means “goodness” in Maori (the indigenous language of New Zealand), and these lotions and potions are certainly crammed with goodness: they’re concocted from plant-derived ingredients, mostly organic, and they exclude petrochemicals, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, propylene glycol, artificial coloring and artificial fragrance.
Camellia & Rose Cleanser is a core product in Pai’s simple, less-is-more regimen. It’s a lotion-like product featuring rose water and camellia oil to restore and “feed” the skin, plus sweet almond oil and shea butter, lavender and geranium essences for their purifying
effects (and their natural scent), and lactic acid derived from sugar beets. I usually prefer facial soap or a foaming cleanser, but I like Camellia &Rose Cleanser as a makeup remover, especially for eye makeup. I apply it gently to the eye area and wipe it off with a damp cotton ball, and it dissolves all my eye cosmetics without any mess or irritation. (£20/$32)
I’ve used Pai’s Echium Eye Cream all winter, and it has kept the delicate skin around my eyes soft and smooth, even during the windiest, driest weeks. It’s a deceptively light-textured cream, rich in omega-3 ingredients (specifically, gamma linolenic acid and stearidonic acid), thanks to its nourishing bouquet of botanical elixirs, including borage oil, argan oil, rosehip oil, manuka oil,
shea butter, rose water, and more. (£24/$38)
I’ve also been happy with the Bergamot Lip Balm. It’s a 100% organic blend of beeswax, cocoa butter, and almond oil, with a light fragrance of bergamot oil; its waxy consistency makes it an excellent bedtime treatment. (£6/$10)
Pai also sells a range of moisturizers for various skin types, and a few skincare accessories such as muslin cloths for facial cleaning. If you’re curious, check out the free skincare sample pack: trial-size pots of cleanser and moisturizer, shipped for approximately $10. I’m surprised that no U.S.-based retailers have picked up the Pai line yet; it’s probably just a matter of time.
Visit the Pai website: http://www.paiskincare.com
Disclaimer: these products were purchased by the reviewer
Credit: press image from the Pai website
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