Miracle stuff? Micellar water?

(55 Posts)
golfergirl28 Thu 27-Feb-14 16:43:33

Ok, anybody familiar with this stuff? It seems to be widely used in France. It's a water with no chemicals that you use on a cotton pad to clean your face and even remove your eye make up. Supposedly even suits sensitive skin. I don't think its meant to be an alternative to proper cleansing but ideal for travelling or when you're tired/busy.
Bioderma, Avene, Garnier all make it. I believe Superdrug do one too.
I'd love to know if anybody has used it and how you rate it.

sunshinemmum Thu 27-Feb-14 16:50:35

Just bought the garnier one it is brill. I usually use simple cleansing wipes, but my eyes are becoming more and more sensitive to everything, from mascara to cleansers. This removes everything and no sensitivity!

4amInsomniac Thu 27-Feb-14 16:53:48

I use it when I want a "quick" clean eg at 2 am! They are very gentle, but extremely effective. The Superdrug one is just as good as other brands I have tried

EugeneKrabs Thu 27-Feb-14 16:57:03

It's a bit emperor's new clothes, as far as I can see. It's rubbish on my sensitive skin and ineffective if I just use as an eye make up remover. It's the new cleansing wipes, i think.

Puddles1234 Thu 27-Feb-14 16:58:59

I use the Biodermo Sensibio Micelle Solution. It's brilliant and it's a cult classic among makeup artists now. It's cheap too.

AndIFeedEmGunpowder Thu 27-Feb-14 17:00:24

I've been using the Lancôme one on and off for 2 or 3 years. I've got v sensitive skin and I like it. Still do proper cleansing/toning if I have time and use the eau micellaire if I'm knackered.

FrugalFashionista Thu 27-Feb-14 17:02:38

I'm sensitive to many cleansers and wipes and get acne from oils, but this seems to remove every last trace of mineral makeup without triggering acne and perioral dermatitis. So I use Bioderma Sensibio (same as Crealine apparently).

Also use it on biro, paint, etc DC have smeared themselves with. DD2 had applied lipstick all over her eyelids and face at a playdate yesterday and micellar water sorted it out in seconds.

justasecond Thu 27-Feb-14 17:56:21

The Bioderma Sensibio is brilliant. Removes makeup really well and non drying. Best product I have found in ages and its a great price.

Crumbelina Thu 27-Feb-14 17:58:25

The Bioderma one is amazing - my top beauty find of 2013.

charitygirl Thu 27-Feb-14 18:03:52

I love the Bioderma one - proper removal of make up with no nasty astringent feeling. I do follow it with a second cleanse with a lotion/balm + flannel, and I only use if I've been wearing make up or SPF.

CecyHall Thu 27-Feb-14 18:10:55

Bioderma is definitely my favourite. I use it as a pre cleanse, gets eye make up off and majority of foundation but there is usually still foundation washed off on my flannel on my proper cleanse so not enough alone.

It is good for touching up make up mistakes too as it doesn't smudge everything around, a bit on a cotton bud cleans up my eyeliner mistakes well!

I've got the La Roche Posay one and don't like it at all, it doesn't shift eye make-up terribly well and somehow the cotton wool feels scratchy on my skin using it.

It is, however, great for getting face paint off the DCs and for cleaning make-up brushes.

nicelyneurotic Thu 27-Feb-14 18:18:22

I love them and have tried all sorts over the years including Bioderma. The cheap ones from Loreal and Garnier are just as great (I think). I use everyday, morning and night. Other cleansers (Liz Earle, anything foaming) irritate my skin.

Financeprincess Thu 27-Feb-14 18:24:29

It is absolutely not 'water with no chemicals'. How else would it take make-up off your face, if not for chemicals? Anyway, I find micellar water very effective. I use the L'Oreal one.

meditrina Thu 27-Feb-14 18:28:26

I've got the Avene one.

And I suspect it's Emperor's New Clothes as it's exactly like the 70/80s cleanser/toner 10-0-6. Does what it says it does, though.

AnnabelleDarling Thu 27-Feb-14 18:45:37

I have used the LRP and the L'Oreal, I like them both

FrugalFashionista Thu 27-Feb-14 18:54:28

Micellar waters explained here and here. I mainly like them because mine does not contain SLS and phenoxyethanol and because they dissolve types of makeup that water and soap won't shift. I also use hairspray and vodka for stain removal wink

bryonywhisker Thu 27-Feb-14 18:58:25

I got the loreal one in a set for Christmas. It's just water and glycerine! I used to make this as a teen from a recipe in Jackie with rosewater and glycerine from the chemist!

golfergirl28 Thu 27-Feb-14 19:51:06

Thank you, Frugal, for the link.
Financeprincess, "Water with no chemicals" was, I accept, an inaccurate description. It was my way of saying the one I liked the sound of was SLS and phenoxyethanol free.
Apologies for inaccuracies.

ScentedScandal Thu 27-Feb-14 19:54:57

I noticed a bottle of the Garnier one in the chemist yesterday. Is this a new thing? I've never seen it before.

Vickiyumyum Thu 27-Feb-14 20:38:36

I've tried a few now and they all irritate my skin and make it really dry.

Ohwhatfuckeryisthis Thu 27-Feb-14 20:43:08

Dd 15 has got the super drug one, it even gets rid of her black cats eye liner. Is about 2.50 so for trying out it's ok. I've been hot clothing at night then using it in morning. It's ok.

Bonsoir Fri 28-Feb-14 09:21:36

Bioderma Crealine is the gold standard micellar water. It most definitely is "proper" cleansing - it is extremely thorough and gentle.

Bonsoir Fri 28-Feb-14 09:27:22

I've tried loads of different brands of micellar water, by the way - I have an endless supply of cosmetics freebies from my DP's work - and, boringly, cheap and ubiquitous Bioderma Crealine really is the best!

ADifferentKindOfMum Fri 28-Feb-14 12:23:16

Been using Bioderma for 2 years now. Get into a panic if it is running low.
All others poor imitations in my humble opinion. Go purchase!

Apatite1 Fri 28-Feb-14 12:30:08

Bioderma without any doubt!

Bonsoir Fri 28-Feb-14 12:33:31

Live the concept of panicking if your fave cleanser is running low - first world problem grin

But I do understand and sympathise!

Bonsoir Fri 28-Feb-14 12:34:01


SirRaymondClench Fri 28-Feb-14 12:43:33

I have used both Bioderma and LRP one. Although the Bioderma has a much bigger bottle I prefer the LRP one by far. It's so much better.

Apatite1 Fri 28-Feb-14 13:49:50

Siraymondclench, is the LRP ok for removing eye makeup? I find the bioderma stings my eyes (esp the oily skin one) so I have to carry a guerlain eye make up remover when I travel. Would be good if I could use the one remover for all make up.

I didn't find the LRP one very good for eye make up and it stung my eyelids.

LoonvanBoon Fri 28-Feb-14 14:44:53

Some of them do contain fragrance - the Garnier one does - so it's worth checking the ingredients list if you have sensitive skin.

Apatite1 Fri 28-Feb-14 15:22:56

I'll stick to the guerlain then thanks whokmows!

FrugalFashionista; I find a combination of hairspray and vodka great for removing my concern about the stains.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 06-Mar-14 14:50:18

I've just bought the Loreal one, I'll report back once I've used it.

HRHsherlockssextoy Thu 06-Mar-14 14:55:32

L'oreal one is ok. Not as good as the bioderma one though.

You can buy the bioderma one as wipes as well.

specialsubject Thu 06-Mar-14 15:18:55

water with no chemicals? What, they've taken out the dihydrogen monoxide? That's clever.


DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 06-Mar-14 23:11:16

I'll try the Bioderma one next. I'm impressed so far,I wear loads of mascara and it comes off with one sweep of a cotton wool pad! I rinsed it off as I'm worried about my sensitive skin but so far so good.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 06-Mar-14 23:18:03

How do you pronounce it?confused

UntamedShrew Thu 06-Mar-14 23:18:29

I've never been able to find an eye make up remover that doesn't give me excema, but the bioderma one is great and I've had no reaction to it at all.

DisappointedHorse Thu 06-Mar-14 23:24:45

I've tried a few brands and I love them. The L'Oreal one is absolutely fine.

When I first started using them I did get more spots than usual but what I think happened was they drew out all my comedones. My skin is looking great at the moment.

I wouldn't use anything else now, they clean really deeply but gently.

cocobongo Fri 07-Mar-14 10:26:09

I love the LRP one. Virtually every make up remover makes my eyes red and stingy. The LRP one I use is more like a gel, so I put it on with my fingers and then use a flannel or muslin soaked in warm water to get it off. It's the best I've ever used in getting eye make up off.

plasticbanana Fri 07-Mar-14 10:50:28

I've got the La Roche Posay one. I find it a bit rubbish. It takes ages and many cotton wool pads to clean my face and there's still eye make up left after all that. I find it much quicker to use the OCM.

Must be more than one LRP one I guess, the one I've got is definitely not gel, it is the same consistency as water (and about as effective). It's called Micellar Physiological Solution.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 07-Mar-14 20:14:38

Ask impressed with the Loreal one. It'll be particularly good for taking off day make up before reapplying make up for going out,as it's not greasy.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 07-Mar-14 20:15:19

Still not ask

TeamWill Fri 07-Mar-14 20:32:08

Love the Bioderma - huge bottles ,last for ages .
Removes make up with no stinging and leaves my skin soft and clean with no tightness .

scottishmummy Fri 07-Mar-14 21:16:28

Tried loreal was ineffective, moved to bioderma,and it's great

Can you get the Bioderma one in Boots? Might try that next.

TeamWill Fri 07-Mar-14 21:36:10

No- I ordered from Amazon

scottishmummy Fri 07-Mar-14 21:41:33

I bought from esscentual.com


golfergirl28 Sat 08-Mar-14 12:04:45

I ordered Bioderma from www.escentual.com. Quite cheap and fast delivery.
I think I'm liking it......early days.

RonaldMcDonald Sat 08-Mar-14 12:36:08

I think that the Bioderma H2O is good but still prefer the Olay sensitive dry wash cloths. Gets all off make up mascara etc and some basic v v gentle exfoliation going on as well.
They are my HOLY GRAIL product for cleansing but I have skin that was once v spotty and I have to be v careful about keeping things v simple and fragrance free etc.

GatoradeMeBitch Sat 08-Mar-14 16:37:10

I just ordered using the MUMSNET15 code. I've tried others, the L'Oreal Perfection, Etat Pur, etc, but Bioderma is brilliant.

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