Once You Go Pai, You’ll Never Go Back: Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser Review

One of the 5 most important things about beauty I learnt in 2012 is that technology and skin evolve, therefore so should one’s routine. I used to like cleansers that make my skin feel “squeaky clean,” and I couldn’t imagine using a cream cleanser until I took the step with Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser. Guess what? Once you go Pai, you’ll never go back! There is a great reason why this baby is Pai’s bestseller, and I’m going to let you in on this secret that will keep your skin happy in winter!

Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser comes with an airless pump. You can’t really tell how much there still is by looking at the bottle, but at the end you will feel the product is coming out with a little difficulty, and that’s your cue for replenishing the stock! The pump works really well. The instructions say 2-3 pumps each time, but I mostly go with one and a half or two.

Pai claims this can be used as an eye makeup remover, but unless you don’t wear anything waterproof, I still think it’s easier to have a separate remover at hand. I use this as the second step of my double-cleansing at night (I wipe most of my makeup off with Bioderma Sensibio first), but it also works well for some quick cleansing in the morning. I first splash a bit of water my skin, pump the cleanser out, and start massaging away. The cleanser has the right consistency. It doesn’t slide off the skin to make a mess, but nor is it so thick that it requires a lot of effort to massage it around. It doesn’t really have a specific smell. I would say it smells just like cream, and maybe a tiny hint of something herbal but that is all. Pai specializes in sensitive skincare, so rest assured there wouldn’t be artificial fragrance involved!

Once you are done massaging (I like to take my time and do it for a minute or two), you can wipe it off with Pai Organic Muslin Face Cloth or any other face cloth or muslin cloth of your choice. I didn’t have any so I ordered this one with the cleanser, and I like it enough to order two more so I can wash them frequently enough. The benefit of a muslin cloth is that you won’t risk dehydrating your skin by splashing it repetitively with water, and it provides some gentle exfoliation so your skin will be very smooth. Just remember to use a gentle circular motion instead of rubbing it all over your face with force!

The result? Pai isn’t kidding about this being a hydrating cleanser! Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser leaves no residue once it has been removed, and it gets the cleansing job done exceptionally gently. My skin is not only clean but also incredibly soft, supple, and plump. It is almost as if I have already applied lotion. It is also very soothing and calming. There is never a trace of slightly red or irritated skin with this one, and I can literally see every sign of environmental stress and makeup lifted off. I never imagined I would be so excited about a cleanser, but even after two months I am practically giddy whenever I use this!

Pai deserves a lot of praise for laying the ingredient list out in plain and simple English. Even if you don’t want to Google all the words that you can’t even pronounce (what? Am I the only one?), you can easily find out what’s actually in there. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free. You won’t find SLS, paraben, or alcohol anywhere. All in all a very conscientious company that makes gentle and effective products!

Bottom line: If you have never tried a cream cleanser, I would urge you to make Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser your first one. It is incredibly gentle and kind to the skin, and the fact that it leaves no residue makes it less likely to weird you out. It is versatile. You can both get a relatively quick wash out of it as well as taking your time to massage and de-stress. Especially if your skin is sensitive or have problems handling the weather, this is a cleanser you don’t want to miss out on!

What type of cleansers do you prefer? Have you tried any cream cleansers? Do you have a favorite cleanser (foaming or otherwise)?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

PS: To learn more about Pai, check out their website. A 50ml bottle will set you back 18 euros/25 USD, and you might just get hooked!


  • http://www.chloeash.com Lily (@ChloeAsh)

    Interesting. I’ve been looking at Pai but there are a few other brands I want to try first. Read pretty good reviews about this brand so far. Will keep this cleanser in mind :-)

    • Sunny

      You should keep it in mind, Lily! My bar for cream cleansers or cleansers in general has been set REALLY high with this one!

  • http://www.unprofessionalbeautyblog.com Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog

    Seeing the Muslin Face Cloth remind me of the Eve Lom cleanser, which I’m shocked to see why to many people love that one when it’s just a high price product with tons of mineral oil and parabens. I’m glad Pai’s ingredient list seems much better. This sounds like a great cleanser. I’ll look out for it next time when I go shopping.

    • Sunny

      You really should look into this, Angela! All of Pai’s ingredient lists I’ve read tell me this company makes great products!

  • http://beautiesatwork.wordpress.com/ beauties

    special :)

    • Sunny

      Oh yeah. It’s miles away from common foaming cleansers!

  • http://eyeheartit.blogspot.com Larie

    Another brand I’ve heard great things about! I want to try their eye stuff. Maybe soon! I’m in the market for a new eye cream.

    • Sunny

      Oh yeah I’ll be reviewing that one soon, but consider you’ve got green light from me! It’s rich but absorbed easily with no residue, doesn’t bundle up under makeup, and hydrates really well!

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    I am lemming Pai products SO bad–REALLY want this cleanser, their eye cream, and their Rice Plant & Rosemary tonic. Also, I love using muslin cloth to wash my face. I honestly got the same results I did with a Clarisonic, so I’m kinda bummed that I wasted my money on that one. 😛

    • Sunny

      Aww I’m so sorry to hear that! I never got a Clarisonic because the reviews seem really divided, and I can’t over-exfoliate anyways. I can already tell you the eye cream is good (review coming up soon)!

  • http://www.beautytestlab.com Edwina

    What a coincidence since I just ran out of the cleanser I was testing out (VMV Hypoallergenics). I’m always itching to try new stuff. 😉 Have you tried any other products from Pai?

    • Sunny

      Hey Edwina, I got the eye cream the same time I got my first bottle of cleanser, so I’m ready to review it soon. It’s rich and moisturizes well. At the same time it’s absorbed fast with no greasy residue. I just got the rosehip oil and their lotion testers as well. I’d say all in all if your skin is sensitive (or if you don’t want to burden your skin unnecessarily with chemicals) Pai is a good bet!

      • http://www.beautytestlab.com Edwina

        The rosehip oil was voted best pai product of the year. excited to read your review!

        • Sunny

          Hey Edwina, I just started so it might take a while. For the moment I do think it’s really reasonably priced for what it is!

  • http://themakeuptrain.com Chris

    This sounds like a good cleanser. I’m looking for a decent face wash for my pro kit. And major brownie points for the natural ingredients!

    • Sunny

      Hey Chris, if you get it do let me know how it works out for your pro kit!

  • http://mylucitedreams.com Taylor

    I love cream cleansers and balm, I’m obsessed some could say. I discovered the method using them along with a muslin cloth with Liz Earle Cleanse and polish. I find it so relaxing and hydrating, it’s my special treat at night. This one is definitely on the list to try, but first is the Ormnicovca one. Glad to hear you liked it :-)

    • Sunny

      Haha I know what you mean! I’m totally converted now! Let me know how you like the Omorovicza one, and definitely lay your hands on this one when you can!

  • dolphinoctopus

    Hi, may I know what skin type do you have? I am rosacea with dry and acne prone skin for about 10 years. I really want to try Pai cleanser but I read from other forum some people experienced red skin after using it.

    • Sunny

      Hey there, thanks for passing by and leaving a comment!

      My skin is combination with no particular sensitivity. It doesn’t seem to like alcohol and an overdose of AHAs much, but I seldom break out from skincare products. This cleanser actually takes the irritation of environmental stress out of my skin well, but since I don’t have rosacea I can’t really testify how well that might work.

      If you do try please keep me posted. For me it is a very gentle product, and I hope it’ll work well for you!

      • dolphinoctopus

        I already ordered online yesterday, definitely hope it works for me. Will updated after one month because my skin usually take long time to ‘adapt’ to new skincare if no allery occur at first few times. Thanks for reply.

        • Sunny

          Oh yay, I’m glad you decided to give it a try! Fingers crossed it’ll work for you! Please keep me posted. I’d be so happy if it does!

  • http://www.beauty-reflections.com Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    I love Pai too! Everything I’ve ever tried is really gentle and works well too! Next time I need a cleanser I’ll be trying this one for sure!

    • Sunny

      Hey Tracy, if you like Pai already you’ll LOVE this cleanser! I can definitely see why this is their bestseller!

  • http://bronzerbunny.com Joyce (bronzerbunny)

    i’m curious about this whole muslin cloth thing… must get one sometime!

    • Sunny

      I never really used a washcloth on my face, but muslin cloth does tend to make my skin smoother (paired with the right cleansers of course)!

  • http://www.strawberryblondebeauty.com/ Strawberry Blonde

    Lovely review Sunny – glad you love Pai as much as I do! I’ve just order the moisturiser for sensitive skin x

    • Sunny

      I got samples of all their lotions. I’ve been trying them out so I can decide which one to get!

  • Wonderlusting

    Funny i feel in love with that Pai cleanser too! My review is here http://wonderlusting.co.uk/2013/09/15/review-pai-camellia-and-rose-gentle-hydrating-cleanser/ I’ve ordered a mosturiser and exfoliator to try next.

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