As I mentioned in my spotlight post on micellar water, I will be doing a huge review series on this blog for the next few months. The reason for this is not only to provide you with in-depth information about one of the most basic products one should have in one’s bathroom cabinet, but also because I don’t really have the time nor the nerves to do anything that requires lots of planning, photographing, etc. — it’s my last year in gymnasium, and I’m already fully occupied by final exams and university applications. With this series, I will already have a post template ready at my hands which I can fill with the respective content, which is much more comfortable than having to think of a wholly new post structure.

Anyways, let’s define what we will be looking at exactly!

What I look for in a micellar water

  • pH ~5,5-6,5
    • the pH should neither disturb the alkaline ocular mucosa (pH 7-7,2) [1], nor the acid mantle of the epidermis (pH 5,5-6,0) [2] — the ideal pH of micellar water should be at around 6
      (A British article published in the International Journal of Ophthalmology defines the healthy pH of eye mucosa between 4 and 10, but in praxi, that is far too wide to be of much reliability. [3])

(Keep in mind that the pH scale is a logarithmic one, so pH 4 is 10x more acidic than pH 5!)

  • safe, gentle and, if possible, hydrating ingredients
    • non-ionic surfactant(s) [4][5]
    • if possible, inclusion of glycols to improve solubility of makeup [6]
      (According to a very old study from 1989 on contact dermatitis and its link to hexylene and propylene glycols, irritation occurred in 2,8% (hexylene glycol, concentrated at 50% or 30%) and 3,8% (propylene glycol, concentrated at 30%), respectively, in a total of 823 eczema patients. [7])
    • no alcohol denat. high up the ingredient list
    • no allergenic, sensitising, mutagenic, etc. ingredients
    • if possible, no fragrance
  • overall pleasant sensoric experience
  • easily available

What I will be evaluating

  • price and €/ml
  • availability
  • ingredients
  • pH
  • marketing promises
  • packaging
  • performance
  • comparison to other micellar waters

In this series

  • Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
    • for Normal & Sensitive Skin
    • for Dry & Sensitive Skin
  • Diadermine
    • Eau Micellaire Hydratante
    • Eau Micellaire Fraîcheur
  • La Roche-Posay
    • Effaclar Purifying Micellar Water for Oily Sensitive Skin
    • Micellar Water for Sensitive Skin
  • Avène
    • Micellar Lotion
    • Cleanance Micellar Water
  • Vichy
    • Pureté Thermale Micellar Solution
    • Normaderm Micellar Solution
  • Mixa Micellar Water
    • Optimal Tolerance
    • Anti-Dryness
    • Anti-Imperfection
  • Bioderma
    • Hydrabio H2O
    • Sensibio H2O
    • Sensibio H2O AR
    • Sébium H2O
    • White Objective H2O
  • Melvita Fresh Micellar Water
  • Caudalíe Micellar Cleansing Water
  • NUXE Micellar Cleansing Water
  • Lancôme Eau Micellaire Douceur
  • REN Skincare Rosa Centifolia 3-in-1 Cleansing Water
  • Yves Rocher
    • Micellar Cleansing Water
    • Sensitive Végétal Soothing Micellar Water 2-in-1
    • Hydra Végétal Hydrating Micellar Water 2-in-1
    • Sebo Végétal Purifying Micellar Water 2-in-1

Did I forget anything? Let me know if I did!


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[1] Trief, Danielle; Chodosh, James; Colby, Kathryn: Chemical (Alkali and Acid) Injury of the Conjunctiva and Cornea. American Academy of Ophthalmology EyeWiki 2.12.’15

[2] Schmid-Wendtner, Monika-Hildegard; Korting, Hans Christian: pH and Skin Care. ABW Wissenschaftsverlag Berlin 2007, p. 15

[3] Lim, Lik Thai; Ah-kee, Elliott Y.; Collins, Cian E.: Common eye drops and their implications for pH measurements in the management of chemical eye injuries. International Journal of Ophthalmology, Vol. 7 No. 6 2014, p. 1067

[4] Romanowksi, Perry: What Kinds of Surfactants Are Used in Cosmetics?

[5] Salager, Jean-Louis: Surfactants. Types and Uses. 2002, p. 29-36

[6] Romanowki, Perry; Schueller, Randy: What is Micellar Water? 18.1.’15

[7] Kinnunen, Tuula; Hannuksela, Matti: Skin reactions to hexylene glycol. Contact Dermatitis, Vol. 21 No. 3 1989, p. 154-158











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