Thursday, 16 March 2017

Battle of the Holy Grail Cleansers: Pixi VS Emma Hardie

When you think of cleansing balms, there's probably a couple that come to mind - right? Is the highly sought after Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm one of them? If so, and if you haven't tested it already, you're probably wondering if it's really worth that hefty price tag. 

Let's find out, shall we?

The cleanser I'm going to be putting it up against is the recently emerged Pixi Double Cleanse, a collaboration with the wonderful human and absolute skincare queen that is, Caroline Hirons. It's no secret that Caroline is your go to gal for any skincare queries, woes or concerns. She's got it all, as if she even needs an introduction.

It seems as though as soon as the internet caught wind of this exciting collab, everyone was convinced it was going to be a good one - And they definitely weren't wrong!

On the other hand, I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of the M&S beauty advent calendars and did a slight squeal when a mini of the EH Cleansing Balm dropped out of one of the boxes, it was like Christmas came early.

If I'm honest (and please don't hate me), I really don't understand the hype surrounding the Emma Hardie cult favourite. Yes, it's a lovely product but would I pay £38 for a full sized 100g tub? Absolutely not, especially when there are great alternatives on the high street that my skin has loved more.

The scent is lovely and it didn't cause skin irritation in the slightest which may all sound well and good unless you're me, and you're fussy with textures. The one thing I cannot stand is the feel of the balm when I rub it into my skin, which may well sound ridiculous but I've gotta be honest, I'm more of a cream kinda gal. Maybe it's because I have rough skin? Maybe it's because I have bumps here and there? Who knows, I am just not a fan.

Saying that, it is a great product which I would definitely recommend trying a sample of. Like I said, it could just be my skin. The thing which keeps me going back to use my mini, is the fact that it doesn't cause my eyes to irritate at all - Something which is hard to find in a cleanser for me personally.

I think it was obvious as to which of the two is my favourite... It's always going to be Pixi. They can do no wrong in my eyes when it comes to skincare!

I like to refer to this adorable duo as 'spa in a jar' as the products, texture and overall feel of my skin after cleansing just makes this product market as so luxurious... With a more affordable price of course. The Double Cleanse retails at just £24 which for 100ml of a hella good product, I think is pretty bloody great. As they always say when it comes to oil based cleansers, a little goes a long way.

I never used to be into my skincare or paid attention to anything beauty related for that matter - Hard to believe, right? I was more of a grab a make up wipe and go gal, none of this double cleansing malarkey. I have to say though, I can't leave the house without doing a double cleanse these days, my skin has never looked so clear and felt so clean in my entire life.

So, the point of the Pixi cleanser is to use it as a two step. You use the oil first to remove the bulk of your make up, wipe with a hot cloth, then go back in with the cream and wipe again. It literally takes less than 5 minutes, perfect for those heavy night outs when you're just so tempted to reach for the wipes. 

It's unscented, hydrating and doesn't leave any residue on your skin, something which I did find with the Emma Hardie balm. I'd highly recommend this cleanser to anyone, but especially those with dry or sensitive skin. It'll change your life, I promise.

What's your verdict then? Interested in the cleansing balms or more of a micellar water fan?

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  1. Like you I've never really been a fan of balm cleansers, but I do love Pixi skincare so might give this a go! X

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  2. I was like you & didn´t care about my skincare at all. Now most of the beauty products I pack when I´m staying somewhere are actually skincare products. I´ve always wanted the Emma Hardie Cleanser but now I´ve read a few people saying they didn´t like it as much, so I´m kinda indecisive. I´d love to get my hands on a sample though as that might make up my mind. As for the Pixi cleanser, there´s really nothing Pixi won´t do right with skincare, so I´m with you on this one!
    xx Lisa | Following Lisa

  3. Skincare is something I really need to pay more attention to. Skin is so dry and awful right now. Never tried either of these but I am always hearing great stuff about Pixi!

  4. I love the sounds of the Pixi double cleanser. I couldn't justify paying that much for the other one though x


  5. I used to be strictly a micellar water girly but after using up the whole of my Body Shop camomile balm I am hooked on cream/oil based cleaners. They just work so much nicer on my skin and leave it looking radiant! Once my Liz Earle cleanse runs out I am so purchasing the Pixi double cleanser - it sound like an absolute dream!


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