Well, this is an easy win. I’m a big fan of solid cleansing oils, far more so than liquid cleansing oils and I’m also a fan of a double cleanse although I’m not fanatical about it. Occasionally, a wipe will have to do. But, a decent double cleanse, when you can, is one of the great beauty pleasures and something to really savour and enjoy. One of the problems with cleansing oils is that brands like to make them a fragranced sensory experience – great for people like me who don’t have sensitivities and can inhale those aromatherapy oils, but awful for those who can’t tolerate them on their skin. The Pixi & Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse is fragrance free but texturally retains the sensory element.
As you can see, on one side of the pot is the solid oil and on the other the cleansing cream. The solid oil feels light but has plenty of slip – it makes you want to massage and massage your skin which is always going to upgrade your cleanse. Remember, the purpose of a double cleanse is to remove make up and then clean the skin. Sure enough, the solid oil removed my make up and left my skin feeling pliable and soft while the cream did the secondary job of skin cleansing. This routine is prepping your skin for what follows (Blue Orchid Oil in my case last night).
Putting both elements of a double cleanse in one jar pushes you to do both – there isn’t a reason not to when it’s sitting there in front of you, lid off, ready and waiting! I have a little scoop from a previous product that I used to remove the cleansers from the jar which also saves finger dipping. I don’t need to explain, I don’t think, that Caroline knows her skin care – the ingredients in the oil are predominantly safflower oil, Murumu seed butter, avocado oil and macadamia, while the cream lists sodium hyaluronate amongst its ingredients (list below). As far as my own skin goes, there is nothing not to like here – while you can never guarantee, I’m pretty sure this will sell out on launch day in January. I believe the price will be £22.
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