Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser

Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser Reviews

I take for granted that if you have been on this blog before, you know that the Pai Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser is a staple in my skincare routine. I mentioned it in my monthly favorites, skincare routines, etc. However, when a few days ago a lovely reader asked me which cleanser I recommended for her sensitive skin, I searched my own blog looking for a review of this cleanser to point her to, and I could not find it! I couldn’t believe that I did not write more about it. I am currently on my third bottle of it and still very much in love with it. Here are some of the reasons why:

– The texture is lovely. It has a soft, creamy consistency (similar to a lotion, but not as runny) that is very easy to spread on my face and massage. It does not foam, (foaming cleansers can be drying).

– It does not have a strong fragrance. Only a subtle floral scent.

– It is excellent at breaking down makeup. I have tried to use it with heavy makeup (waterproof mascara included) and it worked great, except that I had to use quite a bit more product than usual. Therefore, when I wear more makeup I first cleanse with some oil and then use two pumps of this cleanser to remove all the residue of oil left on my face.

 – Speaking of removing product, I find this cleanser very easy to remove. I dampen a soft washcloth with warm water and  gently wipe my face with it.

 – It leaves the skin very hydrated, without feeling/looking greasy, sticky, or anything like that. Just soft and clean.

Ingredients:
aqua, camellia sinensis seed oil*, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil*, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil*, cetearyl alcohol, vegetable glycerine*, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter* , cetearyl glucoside, rosa damascena (rose otto) oil*, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) oil*, lavandula officinalis (lavender) flower oil*, litsea cubeba fruit oil* – may chang oil, mixed tocopherols (natural vitamin e), sodium lauroyl lactylate, sodium anisate, sodium levulinate, lactic acid, glyceryl stearate citrate
*Certified Organic. Soil Association Certified. Suitable for Vegans
This product is free from irritating chemicals and ingredients including: alcohol (ethyl alcohols & alcohol denat), artificial fragrances, detergents (detergents including Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine and Decyl Glucoside), formaldehyde (including sodium hydroxymethylglycinate), parabens (including japanese honeysuckle), phenoxyethanol and propylene glycol.

If you are looking for a gentle, effective cleanser that does not dry the skin nor leave it oily/greasy, this is definitely a great option. The travel size is very affordable, so you could try that one first if you are uncertain about committing to the full size. If you have tried it, please share your experience in the comments section below, I would love to know how this cleanser has worked for you!

You can purchase it at The Detox Market and Pai Skincare.

PS – Pai Eye Cream is back in stock and the new tubes contain more product than before! You can read my review of the eye cream here.


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  • I picked up a sample of this after it was the top cleanser recommendation when my routine was on NMDL, but I haven’t tried it yet, if you can believe it! Sounds lovely though, I’ll have to dig it out ASAP :)

    • Hi Catie, I am pretty sure that you will love it too! Make sure to write a review about it when you try it so I can read your thoughts ;)

  • freudianslippers

    I’ve never used this, but I recommended this to my sister who is trying to treat her acne rosacea naturally based on your blog. She also got the sensitive skin cream and looooves them both.

    • That is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing. It makes me so happy to know that they are working well for her :) What are YOU using?

  • Beverley

    Your blog has described exactly how I feel about Pai’s cleanser. It is gentle yet effective. I have been using it for almost a year with the only addition of an oil/balm especially when wearing a mineral SPF although it is remarkable how effective Pai’s cleanser is.
    The reassuring ingredients list is a priority for me. I sometimes find the pump difficult but apart from that I love Pai

    • Hi Beverley! I, too, sometimes like to use two cleansers at night to make sure that all the products are removed properly… and also because I enjoy it! Have you tried anything else from Pai?

  • Bambi Organics

    Anche io lo adoro da ormai mesi! Lo uso alla sera e lo alterno a quello di Aurelia (:
    Abbiamo tante cose in comune *_*

    Un bacione

    • Haha, é vero! Quale ti piace di piú? A me piace Pai al mattino e Aurelia alla sera. Adesso sto provando uno nuovo che mi piace molto, peró sono sicura che torneró ad usare questi due! Bacio :)

      • Bambi Organics

        Adesso mi hai incuriosita!!
        Io li alterno alla sera, di giorno uso la konjac sponge + detergente di one love organics “easy does it”, anche ogni tanto per coccolarmi uso quello di PAI.

        Un bacione cara!

  • asti

    I love this cleanser too. It is so gentle but yet creamy just the way I like it :) -removes make-up really well without tugging the skin- and smells wonderful!

    • Hi Asti, I love its texture too. I keep going back to this cleanser every time I try a new one because it’s so good!

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  • Oh no! So sorry to hear that :( Have you found something that works better for you? If so, would you mind sharing?

    • Tuija

      I use Trilogy’s Cream Cleanser (not the sensitive one) and really enjoy it. I also had to stop using Pai’s sensitive moisturizer as my facial skin can’t handle EOs. My new HG moisturizer is Ambre Botanical’s Face Serum, an amazing oil blend at a really good prize point. Everything I’ve tried from Ambre so far has been really-really good.

  • samantha

    I can’t decide whether to get this cleanser or the Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser. Which do you think is better for more sensitive/acne prone skin?

    • Hi Samantha, they are both excellent. I have sensitive skin and have not experienced any reaction with either one. Perhaps you could try a travel size of the Pai and see how you do with that one first? It is definitely gentle enough for sensitive skin! Please let me know what your try and your results! :)

  • Tiffany

    Hi Lily! How long does this cleanser usually last you? I am just trying to decide how long it might last for the price:)

    • Hi Tiffany, the travel size of this cleanser (50 ml) lasted me a month. Of course it depends on how much product you like to use each time ;)

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  • murt

    Wow this cleanser looks really nice – I wish it didn’t have the lavender essential oil in it though… I’m also worried about what kind of preservative this may or may not have – I had the juice beauty cleansing milk, and i found mould in it after about 3 months. Luckily I had used most of it up by then, but lack of preservatives in ‘natural’ products has become a big concern for me as a result.

    I still think I might give this a try – I normally use only cleansing milks to clean my face.

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  • Lydia

    This is so interesting. I have dry skin but found this cleanser too heavy/greasy apart from the coldest time of the year. Interesting to see that you love it although your skin is combo.

  • Sarah

    Being kind of a product junkie, I keep trying new things, but NOTHING else works as well. I use 1 pump twice a day, so I find it a bit pricey for my grad student budget. Have you found anything else that worked as well but didn’t break the bank? I’ve got chronically dehydrated/sensitive skin that congests VERY easily and doesn’t seem to like coconut oil.

  • Marcy

    I LOVE this cleanser. It is the first cleanser in my entire life to begin to clear up my problem skin. I have combination skin that can sometimes become very congested, and this has really helped restore the balance. I think it has even given me a fresh glow! I was used to using foaming cleaners that target acne, not realizing that I was really just causing more of it. I wouldn’t have learned of this cleanser without your site, so thank you!

    • Hi Marcy, I am so happy to hear that :) Thank you so much for sharing this good news with me and for reading my blog!

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