Pai Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser is generally well liked across the internet if you do a Google search.
But you know me, I don’t pay attention to all of that. I don’t form my opinions off of others reviews. For me, it’s whether a product works for me, or not. This I’m afraid, is a not for me. Which makes me sad, as I do love the brand a lot.
Pai Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser has a strong fragrance-I’d call it biting even. It’s the Geranium in it I’m told, so for me that’s the first WHOA about this cleanser. You have to like the very sharp, green scent this has…me…not so much. I don’t know about you, but for me, what a cleanser smells like is a HUGE deal breaker. I like my cleansers to smell CLEAN, and that’s IF they have a scent. Personally I prefer non-scented facial cleansers, but alas they are hard to find. For some reason the skincare world thinks we WANT to smell fake ocean? flowers? when we cleanse. This smells like I just ripped a geranium outta of the garden and smooshed it on my face. And truth is, I don’t mind geraniums. My mama planted them in her garden all the time! But that scent on my face? Is a little much for even me.
Pai Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser is thick and very creamy. That’s for certain. And it does a great job of removing dirt, make-up and other impurities that build up on your skin throughout the day, which is amazing for a creamy-type cleanser. Most can’t even HOPE to do that, so kudos for that. Pai Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser includes a muslin cloth to use, which is fantastic as well. It’s a gentle way of exfoliating without scratching or tearing up your skin. Personally, I prefer my own wash cloths, but it’s an excellent option for us sensitive skin types and kinda’ cool to try if you’ve never. Pai Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser is suitable for all skin types, including allergy prone skin and contains skin loving ingredients like omega 3 and vitamins A, B, C & E. I have extremely sensitive skin as you know, and Pai Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser didn’t cause any irritations at all.
My problem with it is that after rinsing-even with a washcloth mind you-Pai Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser leaves a film on my skin. Which I suppose some people perceive as hydrating. I don’t. I do not like it when a cleanser leaves a film of ANYTHING on my skin. I want my skin to feel CLEAN. Not squeaky clean, but clean and refreshed. And I’m sorry, Pai Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser doesn’t do that for me. I feel like I have to cleanse again after using it, or run a cotton pad soaked in a micellar cleanser over my face to remove that film. Although, I don’t totally mind using it in the morning before going to the gym, as I don’t feel the need to use a serum or a moisturizer after cleansing with it. It’s not a bad cleanser, it’s a good one, but I feel it’s a cleanser best used for the very driest of skins. And you have to like geraniums A LOT too.
Have you tried Pai Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser? What do you like a cleanser to be like? Me? I like it to leave my skin feeling clean and refreshed. I can’t stand a film left on my face after cleansing, although I can see if you are very dry that it would be beneficial. Me, sorry, nope. Guess I’m the only person that isn’t a fan of this one!