Review: The Double Cleanse by Pixi + Caroline Hirons

First off: I only purchased this product because Caroline Hirons made it. Call me gullible, but if Caroline Hirons says its good, I’ll try it. And that goes for the Double Cleanse by Pixi + Caroline Hirons.

What is it?

When this product was first announced, I damn near peed my pants. I was that excited. If you, like me, worship at the altar of Caroline Hirons, then you will be no stranger to “double cleanse”. The double cleanse refers to cleansing the face twice. Once with an oil-based cleanser and then with a water-based cleanser. Naturally, if the queen of skincare makes a product it’s going to be for double cleansing. The Double Cleanse is a big pot, divided into two parts, containing a solid oil cleanser and a water-based cleanser. It’s designed to be one product to cover the whole evening double cleanse. Melting in your hands, the solid oil cleanser removes all SPF and makeup, before the water-based cleanser properly cleans the face without stripping it of moisture.

What I love is that the Pixi website has detailed instructions on how to use the product. Really great for double cleanse newbies!

Ingredients

Solid Cleansing Oil: Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, PEG-8 Isostearate, Polyethylene, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil.

Cleansing Cream: Water/Aqua/Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Dipropylene Glycol, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-40 Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Arginine, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbic Acid, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Maltodextrin, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, sh-Decapeptide-7, sh-Octapeptide-4, sh-Oligopeptide-9.

Why do I need it?

First off, if you’ve never double cleansed, then I think this product will be just the thing for you. By combining two products in one pot it assists in getting into the double cleanse. Secondly, it is a fantastic product. The solid oil cleanser takes off all of my makeup. I even tried it with impossible-to-remove liquid eyeliner and that stuff just slides right off when using the Double Cleanse.

The good, the bad and the ugly.

The good. As I mentioned above the solid oil part really does the job. I’ve fallen in love with solid oil cleansers and am definitely going to try others like it. I also like that there is not just a screw on lid, but another one to keep both products separate.

The bad. The only “bad” thing I have to say about this product is that the cream cleanser is not really doing it for me. Maybe I’m doing it wrong, or maybe it really is not the right one for me.

The ugly. The Double Cleanse is not travel-friendly. Unless you are going on a month long cruise or are packing nothing else, then this pot will be staying at home. I thought of de-potting it to take with me to Hong Kong, but that is neither hygienic nor a smart thing to do. When I brought this home from London, I also noticed, that the white lid thing is not entirely airtight and the cream ended up all over the inside of the screw-on lid.

The verdict

Overall the Double Cleanse is a fantastic product. But because it does not really travel-friendly and the cream cleanser is not my cup of tea, I will likely not repurchase this product. However, if they ever bring out the solid oil cleanser separately, I’m buying it asap.

If you want to learn more about double cleaning, then read the cheat sheets by Caroline Hirons:

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