If you’ve not yet discovered Pai Skincare you’re in for a serious treat. All organic, beautiful looking and ideal for those with sensitive skin, the new Petit Pai range for kids has launched and it’s as gorgeous as its grown-up counterparts. The company was founded by Sarah Brown in 2007 as a solution to her own sensitive skin and, despite having two young children, Sarah takes some time to chat to kodomo.com about the range and travels with her family. Before creating Pai, Sarah worked in PR in the United States for a leading wine brand. Under a lot of stress, she developed a condition called Chronic Urticaria and became unable to tolerate any of the beauty products she had used for years. After years of popping pills and trawling the beauty market (in vain!) for a solution, she started Pai with the aim of helping others in the same skin rut. She lives in West London with her husband and two sons aged one and three years old.
My Mum is a Kiwi and one very early memory that has never faded is of a visit to the thermal mud pools at Rotorua in New Zealand. The bubbling mud was unlike anything I’d ever seen (or smelt!) before.
Q: Where have you had your best holiday to date?
Argentina. It is an amazing country, full of natural diversity. The Perito Moreno glacier is jaw-dropping and the Iguazu falls nothing short of magical. Both give you a sense of awe about the world.
Q: Where was the first place you went with a little one in tow? How did it go?
Portugal with our five-month-old. It took me weeks to pack for a five-day getaway. I took everything and the kitchen sink, including the most immobile of travel cots that weighed more than me.
I’ve since learned to pack a bit smarter and accept that most shops in the world do sell nappies! As for my little one, he was just fine. They are far more adaptable than we realise.
Q: How do you find the experience of travelling with children generally?
With one toddler we found it (in most part) a fun and special time. With two, however, who knows!!?!? As of yet, we’ve only made it as far as Devon!
Do you ever travel with your children for work?
No, although I’ve entertained the idea a number of times. My trip schedules are unrelenting, so I’d never see them and there is the whole complication of childcare to figure out. My current strategy is to jam pack more things into fewer days so I can get home to them quicker.
Q: Where was your best holiday with your child?
Spain. We rented this fantastic little finca set in its own orange and lemon grove. It was really simple and just wonderfully remote. Once I got over my initial frustration with the lack of Internet connection, I was able to completely switch off from work, guilt-free!
Q: And your worst?
Nothing too bad to speak of, but it’s early days! Our almost 7 hour car journey down to Devon was ‘strained’ but, once we arrived, we managed to unwind pretty quickly. A nicely chilled local cider helped us along…
Q: What is your must-have travel accessory when away with children?
An iPad. I find it keeps the neighbouring passengers happiest.
Q: And top tips for travel with kids?
Stay calm and make it an adventure for them. If going short haul, try and fly outside of their normal nap times as the excitement of it all means they seldom sleep and you then have to endure total meltdown at passport control.
Q: Can you tell us a little more about Pai and how, in particular, Petit Pai came about? Any favourite products for travelling with, either at home or abroad?
I founded Pai Skincare in 2007 when I was dealing with my own unpredictable skin. I wanted to create a brand that was everything I’d been looking for as a consumer but couldn’t find: premium certified organic extracts, exceptional customer support and absolutely no irritating ingredients or false claims. We had the idea for Petit Pai a long time ago, but customer demand really put the wheels in motion. We wanted to create a range specifically formulated for the needs of very young skin and also offer a practical support network for parents dealing with their child’s unsettled skin. We put a lot of thought and effort into the products and we’re really proud of the end result. I’ve had two babies in the time it took to get the products to market!
As for travel, I always pack our Rice Plant & Rosemary BioAffinity Skin Tonic in my carry-on to keep my skin hydrated on the plane and in hot, dry climates.
I also bring our Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, which soothes all manner of skin woes and makes the perfect after-sun when mixed with body cream.