There are plenty of micellar cleansers out there these days so finding out that stands out is hard. Most, if not all, are gentle and clean well so which one do you get then? You could choose by price or availability or perhaps find one that is somehow special, that has that little extra which makes you want to use it.
In this post we will be looking at the NAOBAY Illuminating micellar water. Is it worth your money and time? Let’s find out.
The product comes in a clear plastic bottle that is easy to squeeze but at the same time feels rigid enough. It has an opening at the top where the micellar water flows through and a lid that closes it up.
The bottle itself is decorated lightly and although it doesn’t really stand out, it has some character.
A full size 200mL bottle costs £4.15.
Texture and Colour
The cleanser literally looks like yellow water and has a watery texture.
This cleanser has a subtle sweet scent that is pleasant and unfortunately, it contains fragrance. See ingredients section for more information.
This cleanser is subtle enough to be suitable for all skin types. However, if you have sensitive skin it is always best to try a little of the product at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
Also check out: What is sensitive skin? What are the causes and what can we do?
This micellar water lasts for 12M and is cruelty free.
Here’s what the brand says about the product:
DETOX ILLUMINATING MICELLAR WATER
A multi-function cleanser that cleanses, purifies and prepares the skin to receive moisturizing care. The green tea coordinated with the raspberry will protect against environmental pollution, while the lemon will unify the tone and sage and aloe vera will rehydrate and soothe the skin.
Recommended for skins that require an effective and soft cleaning at the same time. Suitable as a make-up remover.
HOW TO USE
Impregnate a cotton and, without dragging excessively, press lightly and slide through the area to be cleaned.
98,48% of the total ingredients are from natural origin.
8,31% of the total ingredients are from organic farming.”
Practicality of use – user experience
This cleanser is very easy to use. It has a lift off cap and a tiny hole opening which only allows a small amount of product to come through. It gets absorbed instantly by a cotton pad and it spreads easily on the skin.
It is gentle but good enough to remove dirt and oils that you didn’t even know where there, without needing to rinse after. However, it is definitely a round two cleanser as I like to call them, a cleanser to clean an almost or already makeup free face. It removes makeup well but if you start with a full face of makeup you will need literally a quarter of a bottle to clean your face fully and about a stack of cotton pads.
This cleanser is kind to the skin and leaves it feeling soft and clean without stripping away the skin’s natural oils. There is something about it, perhaps the scent or the softness of the skin after that makes me want to use it and that’s quite rare about micellar waters which tend to be…well a little boring.
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This product is cruelty free.
It contains some organic ingredients. The use of organic ingredients is somewhat unethical to me as a chemist because there is no scientific proof that they are better than others and companies sell them under the premise that they are. Not to mention that organic farming also comes with a lot of ethical dilemmas itself, like not being able to sustain an already hungry world and more – for more information check out: Organic food and farming – Scientific evidence, problems and ethical dilemmas
As a chemist I can tell you that molecules do not have a history. They do not know that they are made synthetically or that they come from nature or organic sources. Molecules have an application and it’s good or bad depending on how they are used, not where they come from. I find the organic trend unethical because it implies to the public who doesn’t have scientific knowledge, that it is better. This leads to a false promise and spending money buying something that is not based on scientific evidence.
I also heavily disagree with this brand’s labelling. At the front of the bottle it says “detox” and “unpolluted”. What is that even supposed to mean, as opposed to all the toxic or polluted cleansers out there? This type of labelling implies that there is something special here which there isn’t or that other cleansers are bad for you which is also not true.
It’s a real shame because if it wasn’t for this type of, what I call chemophobic branding, I would have fully supported this product as it is actually good. Why not let the product speak for itself?!
For more information on chemophobia check out: The Chemical Misconception – Should we avoid chemicals?
Cleansers don’t really need to be nourishing to the skin, that’s something that the rest of your skincare should tackle. This means that you can use a good and effective cleanser that is cheap without losing out of any skincare benefits.
With that being said, this cleanser does contain some good ingredients and since it is a no-rinse cleanser it means that they are not wasted.
To keep this article short, I am only listing the ingredients that make this product a cleanser and any skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients, while ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.
- Aqua based formulation.
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice– Skin conditioner, locks moisture in (=humectant). Some consider it to have anti-flammatory properties and protects against UV-damage. This is not a sunscreen and you still need SPF. Some have reported it to stimulate collage production and therefore, reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
- Glycerin – Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.
- Propanediol – Can hydrate the skin but is also used to increase the absorption of other ingredients.
- Rubus Idaeus Fruit Extract – Skin conditioner that contains vitamins C, E and a polyphenol. It can lighten the skin and protect it’s firmness.
- Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract– Also known as Green Tea Extract. This ingredient has multiple benefits including: anti-oxidant, fragrance, skin conditioner, UV light absorber, anti-microbial, astringent, skin protecting, tonic and possibly helping the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin.
- Citrus Limon Fruit Extract – Skin conditioner and fragrance.
- Salvia Sclarea Extract – A fragrance that can contain anti-oxidants and reduce excess oil or dandruff.
- Decyl Glucoside – Primarily a cleansing agent which leaves the skin feeling smooth and soft.
- Citric Acid– A natural preservative, can be used to even out skin tone.
- Parfum (Fragrance)– This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’re more than 3000 molecules that fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name. Fragrance also does not offer any skin care benefit, in fact there is some evidence that it can damage the skin.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned. Never use cosmetics on irritated or broken skin.
The following compounds present in the pink Garnier Micellar Water have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Citric Acid, Parfum.
Full list of ingredients:
Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Glycerin, Propanediol, Rubus Idaeus Fruit Extract*, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract*, Citrus Limon Fruit Extract*, Salvia Sclarea Extract*, Decyl Glucoside, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Parfum**.
*Ingredients from organic farming.
**Natural origin fragrance.
This is a good cleanser and there is something about it that makes me want to use it. However, I would personally not buy it because I do not support the type of branding that this company has chosen.
I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!
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