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Pai Skincare Instant Calm, Rosehip Oil, Sensitive Skin Cloth reviews, photos

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The products: Pai Skincare Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream, Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser and Cloth, and Rosehip BioRegenerative Oil

I’ve gone years resisting the pull of the Pai Rosehip Oil (and the super pretty rest of the line), but it’s been long enough. Eventually, you just have to cave in, locate the high-quality thing, and luxuriate in its beauty.

(Similar but different: I had my first cup of coffee at Credo a while back, and it was literally so good that I moaned a little. I think I scared my date a little.)

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Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser ($50 USD/$56 CAD)

My favourite product from this trio is the Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, which comes with one of the brand’s dual-textured sensitive skin cotton cloths. It smells gently of lemon balm, and the cleanser and cloth make for a really lovely hot cloth polish experience!

The Camellia & Rose cleanser has a thin cold cream texture and is great for sensitive skin. For those of you unfamiliar with cold cream or hot cloth type cleansers, they’re a very ritualistic experience – you apply a thick layer of cleanser to dry skin (eye area included), gently wipe away all of your makeup and impurities with a muslin soaked in hot water, and finish with a splash of cold water to rinse.

My dry skin really likes this cleanser, but I do have one complaint: my skin is crazy sensitive, and I really wish that Pai offered an even softer cloth for ultra sensitive skin types!

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Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream ($60 USD/$66 CAD)

Pai’s Chamomile & Rosehip Day Cream has a really “clean” ingredient list rich in matricin, azulene, and omega fatty acids, it’s designed to soothe the skin and minimize the appearance (!) of reactive redness.

It was far from hydrating enough for my skin, though (which is dry but not super dry right now), and it didn’t do much for my sensitivity. Ironically, because it left my skin feeling a little tight and dry, it actually made my skin feel more uncomfortable than usual, not better!

For redness and sensitivity, I still think that this Deciem serum is a better option. However, it’s nice that there’s a natural option out there from Pai, and I have no real issues with the Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream (aside from the fact that it smells like rosehip oil, which I am weirdly and seemingly uniquely adverse to). It just wasn’t the right product for me, you know?

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Rosehip BioRegenerative Oil ($40 USD/$40 CAD)

And finally: the crown and glory of the Pai Skincare line!

Pai’s biggest, most cult-followed product is their Rosehip BioRegenerative Oil, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t super psyched to try it. I’m split on my thoughts about it, though: on one hand, it turns out that I hate the smell of rosehip oil, and when it’s good quality (like this one is), it actually tints my skin orange.

On the other, the quality of Pai’s rosehip oil is beyond compare. It blends rosehip seed oil with rosehip fruit oil to really pack in the carotenoid-rich antioxidants and sterols, and it’s noticeably more effective as a result. It doesn’t just condition the skin, it helps heal it, which is pretty cool. (I got two accidental scratches from Tunakitten last month, and the one that I was using Pai oil on definitely scarred less.)

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This is my third rosehip oil, and it’s by far my favourite. Now Organic’s Rosehip Seed Oil was thin and clear, and Le Serum de Jacynthe’s rosehip oil blend was very good, but it was literally twice the price of this one and no more effective.

In short, I think that the Pai Rosehip BioRegenerative Oil is well worth the price. It’s one of the highest-quality oils that I own, and it hits scrapes and scars with +150% crit damage. Blending it with another oil will help neutralize the scent (try adding a drop of essential oil into some decanted rosehip oil), and 1-2 drops of rosehip oil with your regular moisturizer will make a fantastic overnight treatment.

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The verdict?

Overall, I really enjoyed using these products from Pai, and I use the Camellia & Rose Cleanser and Rosehip BioRegenerative Oil on a regular basis. I like that they’re pretty, vegan, and cruelty-free, and I love that their rosehip oil is such a powerhouse.

$40 CAD/oz is a steal for a serum that’s this high-quality, and while it’s not my favourite oil ever, it’s unquestionably fantastic for the price.

Availability: Pai Skincare (US) & The Detox Market (US & Canada)

Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser ingredients – 80% organic 

Water, Camellia Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol (coconut-derived), Vegetable Glycerine, Shea Butter, Cetearyl Glucoside (corn-derived), Sodium Anisate (from basil), Tocopherol, Damask Rose Otto Oil, Geranium Oil, Sodium Levulinate (corn-derived), Lavender Oil, Lactic Acid (from sugar beet), May Chang Oil, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate (from sustainable palm oil), Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (from coconut oil).

Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream ingredients – 78% organic 

Water, Apricot Kernel Oil, Jojoba Oil, Thistle Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol (coconut-derived), Vegetable Glycerin, CO2 extracted Rosehip Seed Extract, Shea Butter, Cetearyl Glucoside (corn-derived), Manuka Oil, Corn Extract, Mixed Tocopherols, CO2 extracted Chamomile Extract, Lavender Oil, Basil Extract, Rose Geranium Oil, Lactic Acid (from sugar beet), Glyceryl Stearate Citrate (from sustainable palm oil), Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (from coconut oil).

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  • I want to spend all my money now. I've been hot of my hot cloth cleanser for a while, so this sounds like a great (and more expensive) replacement! My skin is also super sensitive and it's hard to find something that really works for me.

  • esharp1978

    I feel like I need the oil!
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  • Kate & Zena

    Ohhhh rose hip oil, you and me sister with the scent. I just….nope. Nope, nope nope. It must be an acquired scent like the smell (and taste) of EVOO. I can't harness the taste of EVOO. Blech.

    Perhaps you can put in a few drops of another moisturizing oil that smells pleasant to you to help neutralize the rose hip?

    • Oh, thank goodness. I thought I was the only one!! Everyone just keeps telling me that it doesn't smell like anything, and I'm just like… no. Nope. I can't.

      I was thinking I might do a rose hip & lavender oil blend – that one's been growing on me recently. I'm not sure just how much lavender I'd have to add to make the rose hip scent go away, though! :(

      • Kate & Zena

        There's just certain things I can't handle because of the hypersenses from autism and people find it weird. Full strength peppermint* I can handle. It's like "aaaaaaaaaah" to my senses. I can just tolerate that much peppermint which usually makes most people's eyes water.

        *Sadly, most companies will water oil down. If it's a big bottle and it was cheap, it probably was watered down. You can test this with paper. Pour a drop. If it was watered down, you'll see two distinct rings – one for the oil (it's heavier) and one for water. I know the smell of full-on peppermint as I'm addicted to AuraCacia peppermint, which is 100% full strength peppermint. It. Is. STRONG. Eyes-watering powerful shit if you don't wash your hands afterward and touch your face strong. The stuff I have know has been watered down. :( Not so strong, but still heavenly.

        • I feel that to a T, dude! I used to have the worst sensory meltdowns while running errands with my mom when I was little (too many sights, sounds, and SMELLS), but it can be pretty handy now that I know how to limit my stimuli. Hypersensitive olfactory glands = I always know when food is about to go off a good day in advance! :p

          Strangely, I'm not a big fan of the Aura Cacia peppermint, but I agree that it's really full pure stuff! It smells too sweet (cloyingly sweet) to me for some reason, though. I think I prefer peppermint/spearmint blends, but theirs in particular… something about it just rubs me the wrong way.

          • Kate & Zena

            Do you happen to have SPD (sensory processing disorder?) I have Autism with SPD, but there are people with just SPD which is always weird to come across.

            I, for some strange reason, really love Aura Cacia peppermint. It's so strong that all I can think of is happy. Peppermint is one of the few scents I can stand; it reminds me of Christmas when my grams used to give us candy canes so I can tolerate full strength. Her whole house smelled of cookies and candy canes! It's the oil I ask for when I get a massage too, so I instantly relax to the smell of actual peppermint (not that fake stuff. That's headache inducing.) Give peppermint, will relax. LOL.

          • I've never been diagnosed with SPD, but I'm on the spectrum. I was diagnosed with Asperger's in my late teens – I think it was slightly after I met you, believe it or not! And man, it made a loooot of things in my life make way more sense…

            I love that peppermint makes you think of your gran. One of the only scents that reminds me of my grandma is tiger balm… Her room smells like it all the time, and she used to slather it on her skin all summer long as a bug repellant. It's one of those funny things; I have no idea if I actually enjoy the smell itself, but it makes me happy, too!

          • Kate & Zena

            I have high-functioning autism which a lot of people call Asperger's. It's an ongoing debate; I will still call myself HFA because I had speech/language delays which is not seen in Aspies. :)

            HA HA HA, that's funny that you mention Tiger Balm. I use the clear version when my muscles are bothering me. I think I go through a tin every two months? They actually make a bigger version that I'm trying to get my hands on.

            But, your gran used it as a bug repellent?! O.o I never thought of that. I wonder if it deters humans too. Grannies and their funny little rituals!

  • shireenplatt

    I have wanted to try Pai Rosehip oil since forever but had no idea where is the best place to purchase it from so thank you for introducing Detox Market. And I love that the USD and CAD price are the same number for the oil!
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    • Me too! It's still super rare to find equal USD/CAD pricing, but I feel like it's happening more and more as time goes on. I, for one, could not be more pleased about it! ;)

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