What is Micellar Water?

I recently heard about a product called micellar water. This is surprising because it’s not often that I come across a beauty product that I’ve never heard of before.

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Micellar water has been around for more than one hundred years, first gaining popularity in France, where it was used to help deal with the region’s harsh water supply. Micellar water is made up of micelles, which are tiny balls of cleansing oils that are attracted to dirt and makeup.

When you combine them with a cotton ball they act like a magnet to attract dirt and makeup from your face. It requires no rinsing so it replaces your nighttime routine of taking off your makeup. Cotton is hyrdophilic which means ‘water-loving’  and means that it will absorb oil and dirt. Micellar water draws out impurities in your skin without stripping it or drying it out so it is a win-win cleaning and hydrating at the same time.

I’ve been using micellar water myself for the last month and have loved the results on my skin! This will take off all of your mascara and hard to remove makeup. Here are some of my recommendations and ones that I want to try.

I do have to start this off by talking about my experience with Caudalie’s Micellar Cleansing Water ($28). This was recommended to me and I had a bad reaction to it. I have since discovered that some people have a negative reaction to the grapeseed oil in this product. Some people loved this, but if you have sensitive skin like I do just be careful about products with grapeseed oil.


After my mishap, I started using Sephora’s Triple Action Cleansing Water ($12) which I LOVE! This product takes off all of my makeup and makes my skin feel refreshed before bed. I highly recommend this to anyone.

sephora cleansing water

The gold standard in micellar waters seems to be Bioderma ($26.89). I read something that said that many models use this backstage because with so many makeup changes their skin would be raw without it.

biodermaThere’s been a lot of buzz around Simple’s Cleansing Micellar Water ($6.99). It adds vitamins B3 and C for a extra punch plus it’s easy to find at any local drugstore.


La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution ($18.49) is a French solution that has an added antioxident called Selenium which helps your skin fight free radicals.

La-Roche-Posay-Physiological-Micellar-SolutionIf you like a higher end product Gucci has a Purifying Cleansing Water ($49) that has a really nice dispenser.


The Dior Instant Cleansing Water ($38) includes pure lily extract to give you an extra glow.


Lancôme Eau Fraiche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water ($38) includes a soothing Rose de France.


Have you tried micellar waters before? I would love to know which ones you recommend!

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  1. I tried Simple’s Cleansing Micellar Water because I heard great things, but I wasn’t impressed. I had to tug at my eyes to get my makeup off. Bioderma is a bit pricy, but I’m going to try it next.

  2. I have a coupon for the Simple one and it’s on my Target list–I didn’t know what it was though! Thanks for the info!! I’m loving the Simple moisturizer I have now.

  3. I’ve never heard of this product, it sounds awesome though. If I ever start wearing makeup again I’ll definitely have to try some.
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  4. I’ve never heard or Micellar Water! Thanks for informing us!

  5. Never heard of Micellar water before. This is my first time to learn this kind of water/cleanser. Thanks for the info.
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  6. I’ve never tried it before. Sounds really interesting!
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