An Honest & Frank Review: Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse.
February 8, 2017
When I heard skincare aficionado Caroline Hirons was partnering up with Pixi to create a Double Cleanser, being the skincare junkie that I am I was a little excited!
I mean I love Pixi as a brand (so far their Hydrating Milky Mist is a firm favourite and the best product I have tried from their range) and Caroline knows her stuff, so I was expecting great things!
If you haven’t heard of Double Cleansing, where have you been?
As the name suggests you are cleansing your face twice. Once to remove initial dirt, grime, any sun cream and makeup. The second time to get deep down and to leave skin squeaky clean.
The idea behind Pixi’s Double Cleanse is that the pot contains both products suitable to ‘double cleanse’, a solid cleansing oil and a cleansing cream. Starting with the oil and then finishing off with the cream. Both products sit conveniently side by side in the pot. You only need to use a small amount of each product.
Cleansing oils are by far my favourite way to clean the skin at the end of the day and my dry skin seems to really love any oils I use. Pixi’s solid oil cleanser is no exception. Packed with Vitamin E and Camelia Oil this is one extra hard working product, but yet so very kind, gentle and soothing on the skin. The oil seems to grip to any dirt or makeup on the face and work effortlessly to remove everything. Being somewhat unscented (at least to my unsophisticated nose palette) this is suitable for the most irritated of skin types.
As with all oil cleansers, I applied a coin sized amount to my dry fairly makeup free face and massaged into the skin in circular motions. There was only the remnants of the light base I had applied in the morning, a little blush, eyebrow product and minimal mascara to remove. The oil soon started to get to work and dissolved everything with ease. After removing with a warm muslin cloth my skin already felt soft, hydrated and clean.
In all honesty I could have left it there and gone on to apply any extra products of choice to prepare the skin for it’s night time rejuvenation (I have been using every night time over the past couple of weeks), but I was keen to follow the process and use the next step.
Using the Cleansing Cream, it feels as though you are massaging something similar to baby lotion into the skin. It isn’t as rich or luxurious as I thought it would be, but once again there is no real sign of any fragrance. Again I used a warm cloth to remove.
I’m sorry to say but I was disappointed with the luxe cream. After use I didn’t notice much difference to my already clean skin. My skin actually felt better and surprisingly more hydrated using just the oil cleanser.
I was expecting magical things, but somehow the cream left me feeling a little underwhelmed and as though this was a completely unnecessary step. Caroline (not like she is reading this) and Pixi, I love the solid oil cleanser and am keen to keep using this, however the cream really didn’t work for me. I wish the whole pot was of the oil, so I could use just this product to ‘double cleanse’. I honestly cannot see me buying this again. Although I love the oil cleanser, I can buy other cleansing oils on the high street which work just as well for me. I know if I did buy Double Cleanse again then the cream wouldn’t be used. I feel that this is this products flaw, if you don’t like one of the elements, then it’s a waste of money and a very expensive product (around £25). If you love both it’s convenient and perfect to travel with. However if you loved just one side, it would be lovely if you could have the option to purchase the products separately. Have you tried this yet? I’d love to know what you think. Is Double Cleanse a hit or miss in you beauty book?