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When the Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water was finally available on Beautylish, I was quick to jump on the bandwagon and buy one. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a product I have heard so much about and I am happy to report that I was not disappointed. I added it to my rotation and haven’t needed anything else since. Read my thoughts on it here. I was very much under the impression that I would be buying this again and again.
Until I got my hands on the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water, which I’m quite pleased with. Seemed right to do a comparison of the Micellar Cleansing Water Bioderma /Garnier?
Here is a pic of the ingredients of both products.
So what are the Micellar Cleansing Water – Bioderma / Garnier?
Even though both say “no rinsing” required, I prefer to rinse with water afterwards. And I think that’s the only con with the Garnier version, I want to rinse more often with it. So if I’m in a rush and water may (or may not) be available, then I prefer the Bioderma. The Garnier also has a stronger fragrance in my opinion – which could be problematic.
I think Bioderma has a slight edge, but for the ease of being able to just run and pick one up from walgreens/walmart vs. having to order online, then Garnier wins. You can also pick up both products on amazon.com as well.
Both products work remarkably well at removing make-up. But I’m always surprised by how many cotton-pads it takes to remove all traces of makeup, so be prepared for that. This is for 13oz/400ml so you will have a lot of product on hand. Beautylish has the Bioderma for $20 for 500ml, so if money is an issue then Garner would win again. Thankfully, both bottles are so large, that I don’t see myself having to make that hard repurchasing choice any time soon. To be honest, I think I will choose the Bioderma next time, but they are close in my opinion.
I was curious about how it is that Micellar waters work and found this interesting blurb on LabMuffin blog.
So how do these surfactant molecules relate back to micellar water? A micelle is a ball-shaped cluster of a whole bunch of surfactant molecules, with the water-loving heads all around the outside and the tails pointing inwards in the middle, so they don’t have to be close to the water that they repel. Essentially, micellar water is just lots of micelle clusters hanging around in water.
Does this mean micellar water is pretty much just soapy water? Essentially, yes! The key difference though, is that not all surfactants are made equal – if you’ve ever washed your face with a standard bar of soap, you’ll know that surfactants can be skin irritants! Products like Bioderma Crealine H2O contain surfactants mild enough to be left on the skin without irritation (no rinsing required!), yet are strong enough to effectively remove makeup.
What’s all this about a cotton pad? Cotton is much like water – it’s hydrophilic, and hydrophilic things like other hydrophilic things. So when you splash some Crealine H2O on the pad, all the heads of the surfactant molecules stick to the cotton like so, which leaves all the oil-loving tails poking up like a furry, oil-sucking shag carpet.
I found that very educational and very interesting. You should really consider picking up one for your routine. Either one will make a great addition to your rotation. Thanks for stopping and reading.