Micellar Waters: The Best & The Rest


This has been on my mind for a while. For some reason it really bothers me when people compare Bioderma's micellar water to Garnier's saying they are dupes. Because I don't really think it's fair to call them that.

Then again, it kind of depends on which aspect we are looking at. They do look similar, serve the same purpose and even deliver very similar results for most people, but I can give you a quick & visual overview why I wouldn't call them dupes.



It is said that the first five ingredients typically make up the most of the product, so this is what we should be looking at. That being said, these two ingredient lists don't even look similar.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O AR includes some natural ingredients such as aloe vera and cucumber fruit extract, which are considerably high up on the ingredient list, and there are no possible acne triggers/irritants, while Garnier lists hexylene glycol second after water.

Now, it's true that hexylene glycol might not cause any problems for most people, but skin care happens to be very individual and, statistically speaking, Garnier's Micellar Cleansing Water is more likely to cause issues. Although, to be fair, since these two ingredient lists are so different, it could also be the other way around.

Anyway, I'm not actually trying to say that Garnier's Micellar Water is bad, but in my opinion, it's not a dupe for Bioderma Sensibio H2O AR either. It might work very well for some, however I found that using micellar waters that contain hexylene glycol actually give me weird whiteheads all over my face and neck. Especially if I use them as an all-in-1 cleanser they claim to be. 

After taking a good look at a lot of micellar waters and their ingredient lists I found that Bioderma's micellar water was the only one that didn't include hexylene glycol. Of course, I didn't check every micellar water in the world, but even the more expensive pharmacy brands like La Roche-Posay, Vichy, etc. all list hexylene glycol second in their ingredient list.

EDIT (30.05.16): I've now found another micellar water without hexylene glycol from Nivea!

Considering all this, Bioderma Sensibio H2O AR is definitely superior in my eyes as I can also use it as a quick all-in-1 cleanser in the morning, while Garnier's Micellar Cleansing Water is probably a good cost-effective option to use if it works for you.

Do you use micellar waters and which one is your favourite?

 
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10 comments

  1. I use Garnier's micelar water but I wanted to try others, now you conviced me to try Bioderma's micelar water o.o
    Really good post

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    1. Thank you! With Bioderma you really have to be bargain hunter because I've seen them sold anywhere between 13€-18€. And I noticed they are really cheap in Lithuania! I regret not stocking up! :(

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  2. I use the Etude House Real Art No-Wash Cleansing Water Hydra, the one that has extra moisture. They sell several kinds, it's just the first I tried. Now that I used CosDNA, I'm a little peeved that this one has alcohol in it. (http://www.cosdna.com/eng/cosmetic_0243201836.html) It does leave your skin clean and moisturized, for sure. I always wash my face afterward because it feels weird not to. I typically use DHC Deep Cleansing Oil for a makeup remover, and you have to wash it off, so not washing makes me feel like I didn't finish the job.

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    1. Well I use micellar water in the morning when my face is pretty much almost clean anyway, so Bioderma works better for me. I've also been eyeing Etude House's Pore Freshner but I kind of forgot about in until now. I just checked CosDNA and it doesn't include hexylene glycol, but also includes alcohol. :(

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  3. I've never tried the bioderma micellar water but I LOVE the Garnier micellar water. I can't say if I can consider them as dupes or not as I haven't tried the Bioderma but I am pretty happy with the Garnier version :)

    Kathy x
    www.alongcamekathy.blogspot.co.nz

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    1. It's good to hear that it works so well for you! :)

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  4. I haven't heard of Micellar Waters before until I found this post, and I'm really interested to try out BioDerma one! I have super sensitive skin, so I'm a bit worried that Garnier might irritate my skin...

    Lizzie Bee // mysticthorn.com

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    1. Oh my god, Lizzie, is this even possible? Haha! :D I guess they aren't that popular in the gyaru community? I would warmly recommend Bioderma, tho! :)

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  5. I love the Garnier micellar water. I've known about BioDerma for a super long time and it's been around even before micellar waters were one of the hot new things. That being said, the quality of the BioDerma has always been, in my mind, one tier higher than Garnier. It probably also explains the price differences too. Garnier is releasing different versions of their micellar water soon too, so maybe it won't be irritating for the different varieties.

    めっちゃめっちゃ可愛い

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    1. Bioderma definitely has more expensive ingredients and I'm kind of ingredient obsessed so... :D I will need to analyze the new Garnier waters, tho, maybe one will suit me. :)

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