Beauty Reviews

Review : Garnier Micellar Water

February 20, 2015

I have read so many great reviews of this specific micellar water, so when my Dad went to Europe on business: this product was at the top of my list.

Let’s get scientific                                                                                   

I did a little research about micellar water, and why it’s so efficient.  Here’s what I deduced:  Cotton is hydrophilic (attracts water) so when this formulation is poured on a cotton pad, the head of the molecule is attracted to the cotton, leaving the hydrophobic (repels water) tails to trap oily and waxed based substances such as dirt, oil and most importantly: makeup.  This formulation is like a magnet for dirt on the skin, which allows for efficient cleansing, without harsh rubbing or everyday deep exfoliation, which could damage the skin.

General information                    

The packaging is simple, a clear plastic bottle with a hot pink lid. As the name suggests, the texture is the same as water, the product carries no specific fragrance but has a vague “clean” scent, which is a bit like lemon.

Overall impression                                                                            

After using this product, I finally understood what the hype was about. Typically, it would be used as a stand-in for cleansing wipes for total makeup removal. I use it more as a toner, to get the residual makeup off of my skin, but it’s an extremely versatile product. As this particular micellar water is currently not available in South Africa, it’s definitely worth it to stock up on a stash when you see it overseas, or ask someone to bring you back a bottle or two. These work out to just over 5 euro for a 400ml bottle which is about 70 bucks for a whole lot of product!

Similar available in South Africa

Bioderma: R140 for 250 ml at Clicks and Dischem stores.

Exfoliac: R100 for 200ml on

Delecor: R270 for 200ml on

Ray xx

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