Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm

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When you hear the words “Pixi skincare” I bet you think of just one thing – Glow Tonic!  However, there is so much more to the Pixi skincare line and I am very happy to share my thoughts with you on one of the products in the range, the Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm.

Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm - Famous in Japan

Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm

They say:

Rich and luxuriously textured, this balm-to-oil cleanser melts away makeup & impurities for clear, glowing skin. It deep cleanses as it nourishes with added sweet almond oil, shea butter, and vitamin E. Leaves complexion feeling plumped & nourished.

Ingredient Analysis:

Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (skin conditioning), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter (emollient/skin conditioning/skin protecting), Cetearyl Isononanoate (emollient/skin conditioning), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (emollient/skin-repairing), Glyceryl Behenate (emollient/emulsifier/surfactant), Cetearyl Olivate (emulsifier), Sorbitan Olivate (emulsifier/surfactant), Glyceryl Stearate (emulsifier/emollient), Glyceryl Cocoate (emollient/emulsifier), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (emollient), Lecithin (emollient/water binding agent), Tocopherol (Vitamin E – antioxidant), Cetyl Alcohol (emollient/emulsifier/thickener/carrying agent), Benzyl Alcohol (preservative), Fragrance.

I say:

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know of my struggles with cleansing balms.  The first cleansing balm I tried, from a highly coveted and luxury brand, caused my skin to break out in painful bumps.  The second, a slightly cheaper but perhaps more “natural” cleansing balm, was so difficult to remove it could have been used as an alternative to concrete.   Two cleansing balms down and I was ready to give up.  That was until the Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm entered my life… *dramatic music*

Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm -- Famous in Japan

As you can see, it is a solid balm in appearance.   I died a little inside when I opened it up for the first time and I had to stick my grubby mitts in. 

Whilst the Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm at first glance appears to be a run of the mill cleansing balm, with its simple packaging and lard-like appearance, it is anything but.

Sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter are being hailed as the skin loving ingredients by Pixi and it is easy to see why.  Sweet almond oil protects the skin from drying and improves the skin’s barrier function.  Cocoa butter is a rich source of polyphenols; antioxidants that tackle free radicals.  Caprylic/capric triglyceride moisturises, repairs and resists moisture loss.  Shea butter is also another rich source of antioxidants.  We also have yet another antioxidant in Vitamin E.   Phew!  What a tub of skin loving goodness this balm is.

How I Use This Product:

Step 1: First things first, I wash my hands with soap so that my hands are completely clean.  I dry them thoroughly with a clean towel.
Step 2: With dry hands, I take a pea sized amount of the balm and I warm it up between my finger tips.  It quickly melts into a slightly thick oil.
Step 3: Using my finger tips, I apply the oil in sweeping strokes upwards, not small circles.  I feel that this balm works more effectively when used in a facial massage routine, and it certainly has enough “slip” to do so.  Even though I remove my eye make up before I cleanse to avoid damaging my eyelashes, I do like to massage the balm around my eye area, especially if they are feeling tired after a long day of being on Twitter…
Step 4: When my skin feels thoroughly clean and massaged, I take a clean muslin cloth/flannel, soak it in warm water, squeeze out the excess water, and use the cloth/flannel to remove the balm.  I have to say that simply splashing water on your face to remove the balm is futile, and you really will need a cloth of some sort to get it off.

After I have used this balm, my skin feels amazing.  It feels so soft, hydrated and comfortable.  I don’t feel that I desperately need moisturiser afterwards, although if I do use a moisturiser it absorbs well and it doesn’t sit on the surface.

Pixi recommend using this balm morning and night but I feel it is too heavy, and time consuming, for me to use as a morning cleanse.  I prefer to use this just as a night time cleanse so that I can take the time to massage the balm in and give my skin a treat after a hard day’s work.

Pixi claim that this balm is suitable for all skin types but I am hesitant to back that claim up.  I think oily skins may struggle with it, although if you do have oily skin and have got on with cleansing balms in the past it is up to you if you want to try it.  You know your skin better than I do!  My skin is combination at the moment, and this balm works well to give an effective, balanced cleanse.   For those that have sensitive skin, there is fragrance included in the ingredients list, but the scent of the actual balm is not strong at all.  I would say it is slightly floral.  You can see that fragrance is the last ingredient in the list which means there will be a small amount present.   During my ingredients check, I didn’t see any ingredients that caused me concern.  Those with sensitive skin will know their personal triggers for their skin and will hopefully be able to make their own judgment as to whether this is a product for them.

I am very happy to say that I haven’t suffered any irritation or breakouts since using this balm – hooray!    I feel that my skin is a lot happier since I began to use this balm regularly, as it encourages me to take my time cleansing and the facial massage techniques I have been using has definitely helped the appearance of my skin.

Even though I haven’t tried many cleansing balms, I am impressed with this particular one and I can see myself buying it again.   It makes cleansing a real treat.    In terms of price, it retails for £18.  I think this is reasonable for a high end brand like Pixi.  I will be investigating the rest of the Pixi range on HQHairthe Rose Oil Blend sounds b e a uuuutiful…

Have you given into the cleansing balm craze?  What’s your favourite?

Dannie x

Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm sent for consideration of review.  No further compensation received.

February 24, 2016
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  • Reply Sarah

    Ooh this sounds nice. I use the Emma Hardie but would love to find a cheaper alternative. Might have to give this a try! Have you tried the EH? How does this compare?

    February 25, 2016 at 2:46 am
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      Unfortunately it was the EH balm that caused me to break out in painful spots! This is more gentle and less “active” compared to EH although I don’t think this has the long term promises that EH does… x

      February 25, 2016 at 8:39 pm
      • Reply Sarah

        That’s so weird! Maybe the Moringa Oil? I’ve been using the EH for years and never had any issues w it. Everyone is different tho! Thanks for the info!

        February 26, 2016 at 4:33 am
        • Reply Danniella Josephine

          I think it might have been, as my face hated it! Glad to hear it works for you though :D xx

          March 2, 2016 at 7:33 pm
  • Reply Jess

    I have oily skin and have really got on with balm cleansers in the past! I love the sound of this one, and it’s great that it’s encouraging you to take your time with cleansing :)

    Jess xo

    February 25, 2016 at 9:29 am
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      Ooh, that’s great to know! :D xx

      March 2, 2016 at 7:33 pm
  • Reply Becky

    I’ve been trying this out too (as well as the Glow Tonic) and I really like it. I’ve not been a huge fan of cleansing balms in the past, I usually much prefer an oil, but I love spending a good amount of time massaging this into my skin and my skin always feel amazing afterwards x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

    February 28, 2016 at 7:22 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      It really does, I sit and stroke it for hours after hahaha xx

      March 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm
  • Reply Evelyn

    My combo skin gets on really well with this and I love the texture, so easy to work with! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

    February 29, 2016 at 6:00 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      Definitely a good cleansing balm for beginners :) xx

      March 2, 2016 at 4:15 pm
  • Reply Beauty Bird

    I love the sound of this overall but not sure about the cocoa butter – I’ve broken out from it in the past. Obviously you rinse it off but it makes me hesitant :-( Would love to try more Pixi skincare though because the Glow Tonic is one of my faves xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

    March 2, 2016 at 12:47 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      Oh no :(
      I’m currently testing Glow Tonic, I wonder if that will become one of my faves too :) xx

      March 2, 2016 at 4:14 pm

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