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More Micellar Cleansing Water Woes

If you haven't read part one of this product comparison please do so before you continue.

At the time writing the first edition I knew I would have another entry. Sharalee raves about the Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water and I was on the hunt for Simple Micellar Water. The latter is still not available locally but I lucked out in Puerto Rico.

So here we are. As I mentioned previously, I do not buy into the "no rinse" hype of any of these. To remove makeup I employ a triple cleanse method. If you aren't using a regular cleanser after a micellar water please pay attention to the ingredients.

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water -

I think I got this from Walgreens. Currently their site has it listed for $7.79USD. Given that you only get 6.7 fl. oz. the Garnier is the most cost effective drugstore option that I've tried. As advertised, it contains no artificial perfume or dyes. The packaging is pretty basic; Bioderma still wins in that department.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, DMDM Hydantoin, Cetrimonium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water ingredients -

I picked up a travel size of the Cleansing Spa Water from Sephora late last year.

November 2016 Sephora haul -

I was prepared to say this was similar to the others until I read the ingredients.

Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water -

Ingredients: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Lactic Acid, Arginine, Butylene Glycol, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol.

Regular readers know that that got me from de time it got lactic acid listed so high. Unlike the Simple version, this one has a bit of a scent. Like the Simple version, it has no artificial colours or fragrance. The kicker is the full sized version is $39USD for 300 ml; making this the most expensive micellar water that I've tried by far.

Why size matters

If you actually use these products as marketed I imagine you would go through a lot of product in short order. I tried removing a full face with both these micellar waters and bounty tissue and I used quite a bit. Both products effectively removed my face makeup but pigmented mascara and waterproof eyeliner proved a bit more difficult.

Final thoughts

I know L'Oreal (who owns Garnier) has released their own version of micellar water. Until that hits local shelves, the Garnier version is the most cost effective (price pending). If you have dry or sensitive skin and use micellar water in the mornings instead of washing your face, the Koh Gen Do is a great option. Personally, I have no clue what I'm going to repurchase since I prefer to use these as a last step to get rid of excess mascara and/or eyeliner. If you also fall into that bracket I guess the cheapest ting is de best.

Let us know your favourite micellar water in the comments.

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