I don’t know why but Pixi has never been a brand that I’ve tried that much from, but the stuff I have tried from them I have really enjoyed. A couple of months back I was given a voucher my local shopping centre to take part in a beauty shopping challenge with the idea of pampering. I went off on the hunt for Pixi’s Double Cleanse from Caroline Hirons, but sadly it wasn’t stocked in my local M&S so I ended up picking up this, their Nourishing Cleansing Balm instead. I’ve been putting it to the test for the past month or so now.
The first thing that struck me about this was just how light it was. Unlike other Cleansing Balms i’ve tried this comes in a pretty thin plastic walled pot. Compared to the likes of Cliniques Take the Day Off it doesn’t feel as luxe to hold and makes you misleadingly think there’s not much product in it, but on the same hand it’s a better weight for travelling. But at £18 I think I would normally expect something slightly more luxe feeling, it just feels a bit cheap.
The three core ingredients are made up of Sweet Almond Oil which contains essential minerals for healthier skin, Cocoa Butter, an Antioxidant that’s rich and healing and Shea Butter which nourishes deeply. The trio are all known for moisturising the skin too and it’s a very luxurious feeling balm, albeit a little hard. One thing I was surprised about with that ingredients list was the scent, it’s basically unscentless – maybe verging on a little waxy – but with Shea and Cocoa Butter, and Almond Oils you’d expect for this to have a comforting warmth to it.
The top layer look at this is very solid – you can almost knock on it without it creating a dent. Compared to other balms I’ve tried i have to drag my nail through with real pressure to be able to get any out to use. When you start massaging down into the skin the heat of your face and hands do start to easily melt it down but it does feel heavier, and oilier on the skin – which isn’t a bad thing as it does break down makeup really easily.
The only issue that I have with this is because it’s so thick and heavy feeling it requires a real hot water to be able to rinse it away – so much so I’ve tended to use this pre-shower to be able to rinse it away in the easiest possible way. The effort of this is worth it as the skin feels incredibly soft and nourished afterwards. Whilst I’m oily I think this would be a fantastic product for dry skins. And it has left me curious to try the Double Cleanse (although I have heard mixed reviews). Annoyingly this may not make my empties as I’m about halfway through the pot and I think I left it at the hotel where I had my work Christmas party, which I’m kicking myself over as I was absolutely loving how my skin was feeling thanks to it. So unless it makes a miraculous reappearance it might be one I’ll go back to in future!
Have you tried Pixi and what are your favourites if so?