Range Review #10: Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream + Copaiba & Zinc Perfect Balance Blemish Serum {NEW}, Pai Skincare

In terms of beauty goals, what’s more coveted than blemish-free, supple skin? On my Quest to obtain *just that*, Pai Skincare have been a beneficial fixture at the almost never-ending skincare-trial-and-error festival.

Dear Adventurer, you might remember spotting both products in my post that revealed the secret insides of them Pai glass bottles – The Empties That Were Not So Empty At All. And now that you know from that post that I’ve used up both bottles to the last drop and have been using them for months, you can totally trust the time-tested review 🙂Pai-Geranium-Thistle-Cream-Pai-Copaiba-Zinc-Serum-Review

Geranium & Thistle
Rebalancing Day Cream,

Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream, 50 ml, approx. €44.
INCI/ certified with Soil Accociation/ 73% are organically produced
Aqua – Distilled Water, Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil* – Thistle Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil* – Jojoba Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol – Coconut-derived Emulsifier, Glycerin* – Vegetable Glycerine, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil* – Borage Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside – Corn-derived Emulsifier, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil* – Geranium Oil, Tocopherol – Natural Vitamin E, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil* – Lavender Oil, Leptospermum Scoparium Branch / Leaf Oil – Manuka Oil, Cymbopogon Martini Oil* – Palmarosa Oil, Sodium Levulinate – Non-Irritating Preservative Derived From Corn, Sodium Anisate – Non-Irritating Preservative Derived From Basil, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate – From Sustainable Palm Oil, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate – From Coconut Oil, Lactic Acid – pH Stabiliser Derived From Sugar Beet. Naturally occurring within essential oils: Citral*, Citronellol*, D-limonene*, Geraniol*, Linalool*.
Vegan and free from nuts.

Instantly absorbed, this moisturiser is soothing, cooling and mattifying within seconds! Makes for outstanding primer/ make-up base; with mineral foundation powder (Inika; Everyday Minerals) it blends to an excitingly silky, mousse-like, easily spreadable and even, to an extent, buildable texture.”

Looking for the perfect skincare for oily sensitive – maybe even acne-prone skin? Look no further!
Pai “understand sensitive skin” and translate their knowledge into modern, efficient, sensorially pleasant formulas. That’s what they do. And that all day long as I might presume, given the level of perfection their products offer.Pai-Geranium-Thistle-Cream-Detailed-Review

Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream softens the appearance of pores and wrinkles, and feels and acts calming and cooling on reactive, unruly oily skin. It’s definitely not comedogenic, even though my skin would normally react to pure Vitamin E.

It is a pure day cream though, in the night, even the oiliest skin should get a break or, the other way round, a soothing, moisturising treatment, nothing mattifying.

Pai-Geranium-Thistle-Cream-Review-INCI-CheckHowever, if your skin is oily and dry (as in: lots of sebum but not enough moisture), you’ll have to figure out which problem to face first. Just lemme tellya that this cream will definitely dry out dry to very dry skin areas, at worst turning it slightly flakey. For chilly winter days I’ll switch back to my beloved Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream that I’ve reviewed earlier.

What else?
The cream smells subtly of geranium and lavender which is quite relaxing and calming; it’s almost perfectly white; the texture has a pleasant rich thickness but absorbs easily.

Copaiba & Zinc
Perfect Balance Blemish Serum,

Copaiba & Zinc Perfect Balance Blemish Serum, 30 ml, approx. €54.
INCI/ 78% organically produced:
Aqua – Purified Water, Citrus Limon Fruit Water* – Lemon Fruit Water, Glycerin* – Vegetable Glycerine, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate – Emulsifier derived from Sustainable Palm Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol – Coconut-Derived Emulsifier, Carya Ovata Bark Extract – Hickory Bark Extract, Zinc PCA – Derived From Zinc, Copaifera Officinalis Resin* – Copaiba Resin, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil* – Kukui Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate – Hyaluronic Acid, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil* – Açai Fruit Oil, Carapa Guaianensis Seed Oil* – Andiroba Seed Oil, Illicum Verum Fruit Oil* – Star Anise Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil* – Orange Peel Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate – From Coconut Oil , Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Oil* – Lemon Peel Oil, Crithmum Maritimum Essential Oil – Sea Fennel Essential Oil, Acacia Senegal Gum – Arabic Gum, Xantham Gum – Xanthan Gum, Sodium Levulinate – Non-Irritating Preservative derived from Corn, Tocopherol – Natural Vitamin E, Lactic Acid – pH Stabiliser derived from Sugar Beet, Sodium Anisate – Non-Irritating Preservative derived from Basil. Naturally occurring molecules within essential oils: citral*, limonene*, linalool*.

Nut-free; palm-oi-free; vegan.pai-skincare-new-blemish-serum-review-inci-check
Allergy info: contains citrus-based ingredients.

With the two eponimous actives listed among the first ten ingredients, you get the feeling that they are actually there, which is nice and not as common with most cosmetics as one thinks it should be.

Pai-Skincare-Copaiba-Zinc-Perfect-Balance-Blemish-SerumThe serum has a faint, slightly medicine-like aroma that I find rather less pleasant than that of the Geranium & Thistle Cream; it’s almost transparent and its texture is half liquid, half gel.

So, what do you get for 54 Euros?

On the plus side: skin areas with larger pores really calmed down and now have a much finer, even surface; I had the impression that my monthly peeling with Dr. Alkaitis Enzyme Mask and the daily Konjac Sponge treatments had a deeper impact on blemishes and clogged pores when using the Copaiba & Zinc Serum.

On the other hand, the hydrating properties were not exactly on par; some areas of my skin had started to feel nearly papery dry and thin and I discovered sudden finest wrinkles, in particular on my cheekbones, which is absolutely unusual for me! As soon as I started combining the serum with moisturising, pure oils, it stopped.

Bottom line: certainly great on specific skin areas. If you look for a complementary treatment to obtain a finer looking skin while having an otherwise good peeling routine, this is definitely worth trying. Can I wholeheartedly say that the serum is as worth the money as the moisturisers or the uber-super-mega-fabulous Rosehip Bio Regenerate? Well, yes and no.
Probably I’m not the ideal skin type to benefit from this formula fully, and should limit the application to certain skin areas. On those, it was worth the money for me, so it’s a YES. The dryness however…

One thing I don’t quite like and suspect for giving me crêpe-paper skin heebie-jeebies: the (probably) vast amount of glycerin.
In fact the slighty runny gel-like texture of the serum is ‘dominated’ by glycerin. I would not use and not advise using the serum during colder months, in fact, as soon as mercury falls under zero degree level, emulsions and glycerin-rich emulsions in particular are a bad idea.”

Girls’ or Guys’?

Both products are perfectly unisex, and don’t let shop consultants tell you otherwise, ever.
Unless of course you’re looking at something as specific as a moustache growth serum, then step back and leave it all to the bearded ladies, dude! 😉

Pai Links & Online Shops

Recommended read: Pai founder Sarah Brown’s blog.
Pai Skincare is available internationally through the company webshop here.
I usually order from ecco verde or Amazingy that both stand out in terms of service and suuuuper fast shipping.

I hope this review was helpful for all those who struggle with large pores, acne-prone or unruly, reactive skin.
Let me add that you can’t remedy it “just” with a topical treatment or a moisturiser. The improvement is only possible by adapting your lifestyle to your body’s unique needs and problems, and includes health checks and closer investigations of your dietary habits.


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6 Responses

  1. Thank you for your honest review and sharing your knowledge, as always! I have an unopened bottle Zinc & Copaiba serum, but I have plain oily skin so I assume I won’t suffer too much from the “drying” aspect, however I’ll keep that in mind, thank you for the infos 🙂 xx

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