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Organic Skin Care Review — Pai Sensitive Skin Cream

I cannot even begin to tell you how much junk email I receive. It makes me tremble every time I open my inbox. So believe me, when I get a sample offer from a truly natural skin care company it is a welcome refresher.

But when a really good company contacts me, backs up their claims and then sends me samples that actually DELIVER on their promises – well that makes my day. And it makes me feel that by spreading the word about them I am actually doing something meaningful.

So, this is my review of Pai chamomile and rosehip sensitive skin cream. Yes, it’s a positive review. They deserve it.

But let me take it one step at a time.

Product name:

Pai Chamomile and Rosehip Sensitive Skin Cream

What and who is it for:

It is a moisturizer for sensitive skin.

Price:

As of today the price on the company’s site is at $31.00 US, $39.90 CAD and GB £22.00

Packaging:

The cream comes in a glass bottle inside a recyclable box.

Reading the ingredients:

70% of the ingredients are organic. None of the ingredients look suspicious or unnatural. In fact the product is so pure that I was instructed to keep it in the refrigerator (which I promptly did – probably why it feels even fresher when I put it on).

Another nice thing about Pai is that they list all their ingredients in plain English. On the box every ingredient has the standard latin based name and the English explanation of it. For example, “butyrospermum parkii butter – shea butter”. Very convenient. Cause latin and me never really got along too well…

Other Claims:

Pai is certified by the Soil Association, one of the strictest and most reliable organic certifying bodies.

As a refresher, here is some information about the Soil Association’s standards:

  • At least 70% of a beauty product’s non-water ingredients must be organic.
  • These organic ingredients must be sustainably grown and harvested and extracted in an eco-friendly manner.
  • Products cannot contain parabens, petrochemicals, propylene glycol and other potentially toxic chemicals.
  • All non-organic ingredients have to pass strict toxicity and biodegradability criteria and carry a Non-GM certificate.
  • Manufacturers have to pass annual inspections and must keep meticulous organic production records.

And just to drive the point further, Pai products contain:

No artifical colors
No artifical fragrances
No mineral oils
No parabens
No petrochemicals
No phthaltes
No propylene glycol
No sulfates

And they are not tested on animals

Phew…

Scent:

Very pleasant gentle scent. Reminds me of spring flowers without overwhelming the senses.

Texture:

It is a very light cream, extremely smooth with silky feeling.

What does it do on the face:

You know that commercial where the mouth sings from excitement caused by a drink? Well, my mouth never sang from a drink, but my skin sure sings praises to Pai. It sings: “thank you for making me moist, and soft, and baby-like. Thank you for making me smooth and gorgeous”.

I mean it. My face loves it. One time I had to apply the cream after being exposed for too long to a heating unit. I was flushed and dry and terrified, because usually creams in this situation sting like hell. But Pai was a real exception. I felt soothed and cooled down and ready to mimic right away. (Believe me, if you have a really dry sensitive face, you know the joy of being able to have facial expressions without pain…)

About the brand:

Pai is the new kid on the block. It has only been around since January of 2007. The founder, Sarah Brown, was inspired to create her own line after developing a bad skin allergy to everyday skincare products.

The name of the brand, Pai, means “goodness” in Maori, a name that Sarah chose because of her mother’s New Zealand’s roots, and because many of the ingredients in Pai have been used by Maoris for centuries in order to heal and protect the skin.

Since its inception Pai has received much favorable press, especially in the UK. It was featured in Marie Claire and Daily Express to name a few.

Verdict:

This is a fantastic product by a company that lives up to what the organic movement is all about. Huge thumbs up and congratulations to Sarah Brown for developing a product that truly delivers.

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8 comments

1 pauline mil { 05.05.09 at 12:05 pm }

I am 39 years old and have very sensitive skin, and because of that I had been using fragrance-free and chemical free products. I always thought I looked pretty young until I saw a picture of myself at 29. OMG! After doing some research I decided to try the Made from Earth skin care line – based upon the favorable reviews – low cost and the fact that they are chemical and fragrance free. (Perfumed lotions make me sneeze and irritate my skin).

I tried the Rosehip & Hibiscus face serum from Made from Earth. After one use, I noticed a few things. My skin tingled after appliying the serum just mildly and it felt like the vitamins i the serum where penerating my skin and getting in deep. The second thing I noticed is that my skin almost immediately looked better! I applied it the next morning again and noticed the same things. I decided to try it every other day and have to say I REALLY notice a difference! My skin looks almost as good as my pic from ten years ago.

2 huma { 05.06.09 at 5:02 pm }

whats the difference between a serum and lotion

3 julena { 05.07.09 at 3:22 pm }

A lotion’s main purpose, usually, is to moisturize the skin. The serum (usually) is more lightweight and quicker absorbing. It is meant to nourish — deliver whatever beneficial ingredient it claims to have into the skin. Serums tend to be highly concentrated. You only need a little bit to get the effect.

But of course, these are all “in general”. Manufacturers like to prove that their products are different from others, so be sure to read the directions on their packages :)

4 Eleanor { 07.04.10 at 9:24 am }

I have dry and sensitive skin. I have tried lots of sensitive products with poor results. This is a brilliant product though, it feels lovely and warm going onto my skin, sinks in and leaves my face feeling beautifully soft and smooth all day. Plus the products are a fair price and the packaging and customer service are both good! My advice, get this!

5 Cadie { 08.04.10 at 12:53 am }

Is the only place to buy this directly through their website?

6 julena { 08.05.10 at 8:40 pm }

Hi Cadie.

I haven’t seen it in stores around where I live, but I have seen it on some other web stores, like lovelula.com. You could always write to them and ask. They are relatively new company, so they are probably just growing their distribution right now.

7 Theo { 09.25.10 at 3:07 am }

I stumbled across your review when i was looking for justification that the MiEssence Moisturiser was the best ever in terms of ingredients etc (Natural Skincare Authority – it spams me TT).

I had dismissed the Pai brand as a bit odd as the webpage on combination skin care talks about moisturiser only in the morning and to avoid foaming face washes [the latter i have tried - still too early to say]

But after this review and the trial method (£3.50 for samples and no delivery!! – the only one i have found actually), i am willing to try this out after the decleor samples – cleansing milk in particular.

So, thank you for the background information. 2007 is quite recent!

8 StarJJJ { 12.07.11 at 7:20 pm }

I’ve tried almost all of the organic facial products and the Lady Soma Renewal Serum is one of my personal favorites, especially because of the light scent (my husband has not complained about this one when we go to bed). I have normal-to-oily skin, so I have to make sure to use the right products that won’t clog my pores.

The serum absorbs well into my skin, so it does not feel greasy or thick. The price is affordable for a high end serum. I love the pump-style instead of a jar, so that I can control the amount.

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