I love double cleansing. Nothing gets my skin quite as clean. I also love Caroline Hirons. I’ve read her blog for years and have absorbed and incorporated her love of acids into my life.
This year, she came out with a collab with Pixi Beauty, and even though it was tricky get my hands on, I knew I’d have to try it.
The pot is divided in two, with a cleansing balm on one side and a cream cleanser on the other. I already know I love cleansing balms – The Body Shop and Clinique make two of my favourites – but I was skeptical about a cream cleanser. I have combo-oily skin, and usually use a foaming cleanser for step two. Anything foaming is a no-no in Caroline’s books, because it usually contains a surfectant that compromises and strips the skin’s acid mantle and moisture barrier. However, I’m wary of putting anything too moisturizing on my skin, and I just got used to the squeaky clean feeling the likes of the First Aid Beauty and Origins cleansers give, y’know?
To my surprise, though, this duo works wonders. The cleansing balm does a great job of dissolving all my makeup, and the cream cleans my skin without leaving it feeling stripped and dry. In fact, I noticed that when I would go back to my regular First Aid Beauty cleanser, my skin would feel tight afterwards. When it was time to get a new morning cleanser, I opted for a cream instead of a foaming one, and my skin seems pretty happy.
The downside with this product is that it’s pretty tough to get in Canada. I ordered from the Pixi UK website, and paid $65CAD for this. That’s pretty pricy for a cleanser, especially considering that you don’t get very much of either product (50mL of each).
Although it’s a nifty idea and I love Caroline and it is convenient to have the two products in one pot, in Canada, there are other, more cost-effective options. The cleansing balm really does remind me of the Clinique Take the Day Off Balm – they’re both super effective and rinse clean. The cleansing cream reminds me of the Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk. In Canada, you can buy both of those and get more product than you would with the Pixi x CH collab. If you’re in the US, though, I think this is available in Target, so it might be more affordable there.