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Pai rosehip oil and why it didn't work for me

Pai rosehip oil and why it didn't work for me


Hi everyone,

today’s post is a review of a product which I wanted to fall in love with. After all, I like the British brand Pai, its founder Sarah and its philosophy of creating products for sensitive skin with good ingredients.

This is the first and only product I’ve tried from them. But despite my disappointment and the fact this particular product did not work so well for me, I will try more because I think (and hope) others may do.

I guess everyone has seen this face oil around the Instagram community. I read countless reviews of it before purchasing. Actually, my boyfriend bought it for me as a gift and it was around Black Friday last year, when Beautybay had number of products on offer. It’s still an affordable serum, priced at around £20/26€.

The product

As you can see from the photos, the Pai Rosehip Oil comes in a glass little bottle with a pipe and has a lovely natural orange colour. The packaging is very pretty and there’s nothing I don’t like about it. You get 30 ml which is a lot of product, and I used it every night religiously from January to June. I stopped using it because I noticed the smell of it had changed, though there was a good amount of product left.

I’ll be honest and say I wasn’t a huge fan of its scent, but this hasn’t impacted my judgement. I just thought I’d mention that the natural smell of rosehip oil is not great (and in this case there is no fragrance added to it).

Pai rosehip oil and why it didn't work for me


Ingredients and purpose

Pai Rosehip oil claims to be beneficial for different skin conditions: sun damage, acne scars, stretch marks (on the body), hyperpigmentation and fine lines. A lot like retinols, but without being a retinol product. In fact, it’s made up of only four ingredients: rosa canina seed extract, rosa canina fruit extract, tocopherol and rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract. It’s 99% organic, vegan, is not tested on animals and made in the UK (sorry for this long list, I just want to provide all potentially useful info). As from the label:

“Rosehip’s high concentration of vitamin A, carotenoids and omegas, deeply nourish the skin and leave it looking naturally radiant”.

My experience

You may not know but I have many acne scars left from a horrible and painful cystic acne which lasted many years from age 14 to 19. They’re not too deep, thanks to all the different treatments I’ve used, and you can’t easily tell I’ve had acne, especially when I’m wearing make-up and you can’t see the redness I have on my cheeks. I also have a few dark spots, left from old blemishes, those which appear quickly but take months to fade away. From the outset, I had quite high hopes for the product.

I have to say… from a personal perspective, nothing has changed. I really mean that. I have used it every single night for over five months and I haven’t noticed any lasting effects. I was also disappointed by the fact that this oil takes more time than others to sink into the skin (at least compared to Kiehl’s MRC or the body shop Vitamin E), it can stain your pillow case if you go straight to bed and, this is what I didn’t like, I didn’t notice any hydrating effect. I would wake up in the morning and my skin would feel slightly dry, far from being “nourished”.

That’s an overview of my experience. I am perfectly aware of the fact that hundreds of people love this oil and I’m sure different people with different skin types.

Of course, we are all different and I sometimes feel like I need chemicals to see a result on my skin. I may go for something a little more powerful, next time I buy a serum. But I hope to find one with natural ingredients which works a treat.

Have you ever tried this product? Let me know if so!

Have a lovely Sunday!



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