Thursday, 3 February 2011

Review - Pai Comfrey and Calendula Calming Body Cream

Disclosure - PR sample

London Beauty Review is not an "organic" skincare or cosmetics blog. Don't get me wrong - there are plenty of wonderful blogs that concentrate on this area exclusively. But for us, effective products are effective products, whatever their provenance (with a slight caveat on ethical issues). So when I tell you that Pai's Comfrey and Calendula Calming Body Cream is a superb product, I don't mean because it's free of parabens, mineral oil, and synthetic fragrance, or because it's achieved the hard-to-gain approval of the Soil Association for its organic status. I mean that it it's a superb product because it works, and damn well too.

When Pai got in touch with us to organise a review, I opted for a body product because I have recurring dermatitis and Keratosis Pilaris on my upper arms. I'm generally lucky with my skin, but this is a major trouble spot for me, and an ideal way to test out Pai's claims of being tailored for sensitive and allergy-prone skin. I used the cream for three weeks, applying daily after each bath or shower.

I have to say that my arms have never been in better condition. The skin is smoother, softer and more even in tone than with my regular body lotion, and I've seen no hint or dryness or redness. It has helped restore the skin tone and texture after my last outbreak of dermatitis too. I wouldn't have believed my skin could look and feel this good. I'm extremely impressed and will continue to use this cream til the last drop - in fact I can't see myself going back to my previous body lotion at all. This is a definite repurchase.

It's not just the results I've been impressed with, however. I should also give honourable mentions to the packaging (stylish, clean design, hygenic pump and good quality bottle) and the scent and texture. The name "cream" suggests a thick ointment. However, the product is actually more of a silky lotion, and absorbs into the skin very quickly leaving little residue. The scent is fresh and slightly citrussy. It dissipates quickly after application, so it won't clash with any perfumes or other products you may be wearing.

It's not often that I feel able to give such unreserved recommendation to a product, but this one is an absolute winner, and has made me keen to try the rest of the Pai range too. At £22 for 200ml it's not bargainous, but not wildly expensive either, particularly when you consider that the ingredients have been selectively and organically sourced.

Comfrey and Calendula Calming Body Cream is available to buy online from Pai.


  1. I have calendula cream which I bought onto sores or cuts and it's so good! Definitely going to be trying out some of this.

  2. Great review - I think that many products hide behind a tag of being organic or natural or SLS free and they often do nothing for me or worse provoke a reaction. It is good to see a product which works and has great credentials to boot. Thanks for this. Jan x

  3. Kay eh tea ei - do give it a try, you won't be disappointed :)

    Jan - Thanks! I feel the same way, but this one's absolutely the business.

  4. Oops- thought I posted earlier but dunno where it went! Was wondering if this made any diff to your kp, have kp mainly on my right arm & dislike it i
    Immensely. Any help gratefully received!


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