A brand that releases a product with UK skincare guru Caroline Hirons has got my attention. Especially when it involves double cleansing, which I am a firm believer of. In case you have no idea what I’m talking about; the double cleansing method is a PM routine where you clean your face with an oil based cleanser to get rid of makeup and sunscreen. Afterwards you follow up with a second cleanser (often water based) to get rid of any leftover gunk. For the first time (or at least that I know of) the double cleanse is wrapped into one product; the Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse.
The Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse comes in a flat plastic jar where one half of the container contains the Solid Cleansing Oil and the second half contains the Cleansing Cream. Not sure why they call the first step a solid cleansing oil and not a cleansing balm, but either way its solid form is just made to pack on your travels as you can be sure there will be no leakage in your suitcase. The cleansing oil softly melts in your hands and gently removes makeup and SPF as you massage your face. It emulsifies when water is added and you can easily wipe it off with a hot cloth. This is my favourite step of the two.
Solid Cleansing Oil INGREDIENTS: Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, PEG-8 Isostearate, Polyethylene, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylgylcerin, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil.
The second step is to use the Cleansing Cream. There’s something about the concept of a cleansing cream that I just don’t like. I like creams because of the feeling they give when they penetrate the skin. A cleansing cream is not meant to penetrate the skin, but rather to get all of the remaining gunk out of your pores so you can rinse it off. After using a cleansing cream, my skin feels like there’s still some residue remaining on the skin, something I don’t experience with my other cleansers. You can also use this cream on its own in the morning, but I rather use them both in the evening so I finish the whole pot at once.
Cleansing Cream INGREDIENTS: Water/Aqua/Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Dipropylene Glycol, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-40 Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Arginine, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbic Acid, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Maltodextrin, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, sh-Decapeptide-7, sh-Octapeptide-4, sh-Oligopeptide-9.
Also good to know is that the Double Cleanse has no mineral oil, no shea butter, no parabens, no fragrance, no animal by-products, is cruelty free and vegan aka also good for sensitive skin types. If you don’t double cleanse already, this will be a good product to adopt this new way of cleansing your face. If you do, you’ll find this is an okay product but nothing revolutionary to replace the products you already like. Personally, I like the concept of the Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse as a two-in-one solution, but I have cleansers that I prefer using as my second step. I also think it’s a little expensive for what you get as I got trough the entire pot rather quickly. I would just use it for travel purposes, rather than a double cleanse for every day.
Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse (100 ml) – £ 24
Available at Pixi, Marks & Spencer, Cult Beauty, …
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