micellar water

The French beauty industry is definitely one to be jealous of. Between their beautiful packaging, revolutionary products, and luxurious ingredients it’s no wonder they are the center of the beauty world. One of the latest French products to become popular in the United States is a very simple product called micellar water. Micellar water is being sold everywhere from drug stores to high-end department stores. But what exactly is micellar water and why is it so effective?

the science of micellar water

what are micelles?

Luckily for my explaining purposes, micelles are a very simple chemical compound to explain. As I mentioned in my post about makeup brush cleansers, the basis of cleansers is the use of a surfactant. Surfactants are compounds that consist of a hydrophilic head and a hydrophobic tail, so the water used in cleaning is attracted to the head and all the dirt and oil is attracted to the tail. Essentially a micelle is a circular compound of many surfactants.

micelle structure.jpg

image from this glossary

what is micellar water?

So how does micellar water work? As you’ve seen above the micelles that are found in micellar water pull the dirt and oil out of your pores and get washed away as an all-in-one process. This simple and revolutionary product makes cleaning your skin, removing your makeup or just refreshing your face very easy.

My personal favorite is Simple’s Micellar Cleansing Water. I use a cotton ball and a little squeeze of the product to remove my eye makeup every night and occasionally to refresh my skin. Simple’s website has an extremely nifty ingredient catalog and I thought it would be interesting to share the ingredients used in their micellar water.

ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau) (Solvent), Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin (Humectant), Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract (Soothing Agent), Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Niacinamide, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, PEG-6 Capryllc/Capric Glycerides (Surfactant), DMDM Hydantoin (Preservative),Cetrimonium Chloride , Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid (Buffering Agent), Potassium Chloride ,Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Controller), Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate (Preservative)

What are your favorite micellar waters? Have you ever tried one? I’d love to hear about your experiences and any questions you have below!!

10 thoughts on “micellar water

    • Paige DeGarmo says:

      Great question, unfortunately, I don’t have much expertise in this area and couldn’t really find any research as to why this might be. I’m guessing it’s because the micellar water is being utilized as a cleanser, while most cationic surfactants can cause irritation towards the skin and Simple’s micellar water is great for all skin types, especially sensitive.


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