Micellar or Micelle Cleansing Water has been gaining popularity in the US over the last year. While my bet’s on french brand Bioderma for starting the wave of enthusiasm for this gentle cleansing water; luxury brands Dior, YSL, Lancome, NARS, Caudalie, Vichy, La Roch-Posay & Avene; are also using Micelle technology. Now even drugstore brands Neutrogena, L’Oreal [UK only], Clarins, Sephora and Marcelle [Canada only]  are promoting their own take of the j’adored french make-up remover.

What is a micelle? A micelle is a microscopic drop of oil, suspended in a sphere of water. Micellar Cleansing Water removes make-up and impurities that are water or oil soluble; gently capturing dirt within the micelle structure. By swiping a drenched cotton pad across the skin, it allows the Micelle’s to pluck make-up from the skin without the need for scrubbing or rinsing.

Bioderma may be the cult favourite of make-up artists and models for it’s gentle cleansing effect, but since supply in the US has been limited [or super pricey] until now [OMG Walmart now sell it online!] I’ve collected a long list of dupes from luxury & drugstore brands. Unless you order online, your location might restrict what’s available to you so please share local favourites in the comments below…

To recap, the difference between a Micellar Cleansing Water and your regular face wash is that micellar water contains NO SOAP OR ALCOHOL. The Micelles capture impurities and make-up within the tiny spheres vs. normal soap cleansers that wipe the dirt around & leave residue. This makes it ideal for use on sensitive skin, psoriasis, eczema & on children, men and women who model/act that wear makeup on the regular.

How to choose a Micellar Cleansing Water?
Animal Testing? Personally, I like to know if my products are tested on animals, or if the brand is owned by a company that tests their product on animals. Do your research if this concerns you.
Fragrance? Not a fan of strong fragrance in my skincare or smelling like an old grandma! Fragrance-free leaves my eyes less irritated, but beware! Fragrance-free does not mean scent-free. Test your Micelle cleanser in-store to avoid super smelly products. Peee–ewww!
Price? Prices range from real low to bank-breaking when it comes to Micelle Cleansing Water. If you don’t wan’t to pay for excessive shipping or a fancy french name, find a drugstore near you that sells a budget dupe that’s probably locally manufactured. Read the ingredients to make sure there are no nasties as a cheaper brand may use inferior ingredients.
Alcohol? Traditionally formulated without alcohol that can dry out skin, many dupes have alcohol listed on the ingredients. Stay away, stay very far away.

Bioderma-SebiumShould I use Micellar water?
Though Bioderma, Vichy and others offer oily skin micellar waters; peeps with combination skin might find the gentle cleansing power weak and ineffective. Keep in mind, this is not a heavy duty cleanser and waterproof makeup may refuse to budge- simply use a cleansing oil to remove any stubborn make-up.

Read Part 2; for the full list of Micelle Cleansing Water.
Read Part 2; for the full list of Micelle Cleansing Water.
Read Part 2; for the full list of Micelle Cleansing Water.

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