Revisiting Old Favourites – Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water

Ahh, Bioderma. Back in the days when everyone was raving about Bioderma, and no other companies had yet jumped on the bandwagon it was a product that I spent a small fortune on to get to the UK as it wasn’t available here. The large bottles would set me back just short of £20 with delivery and back then I’d treasure and carefully consider every drop, now with the likes of being able to pick up Garnier for a few pounds I’m happy to almost bathe in it.Bioderma is now a lot more accessible than it was, I’ve seen it in a few large Boots stores, and it is available on their website online. But since trying Garnier and it forever holding the top spot since, I’ve never gone back to Bioderma, so when I received a sample of it at this year’s Bloggers Festival, I was curious to see as to whether it was something I should consider reinvesting in, was the original really better than the rest?

Over the past few weeks I’ve been carefully treating my left hand side of my face with Bioderma for nightly makeup removal, whilst my right has stayed using my tried and trusted Garnier. And when I say tried and tested, I just looked over my Empties since January last year and there’s been 5 full size bottles used up and 3 travel sized ones used up in that time.

I wondered just how similar the two of these were, and there’s only one ingredient which matches up exactly, and that’s water. Whilst there are similar ingredients such as Glycols, they’re different types. I was kind of surprised that the Garnier one was less ingredient heavy out of the two, I was expecting that Bioderma might be the more streamlined, sophisticated solution – the plainer or them both.

Bioderma Ingredients
Water (Aqua), PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Propylene Glycol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, Fructooligosaccharides, Disodium EDTA, Cetrimonium Bromide.

Garnier Ingredients

Aqua/Water, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium EDTA, Poloxamer 184, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide.

Each night I’ve been careful to try and distribute roughly the same amount of product onto two cotton pads and paid careful attention to how each formula handled the task. In terms of eye contact I found that the Bioderma more noticeable in it’s feeling, now that could be down to the fact that my eyes are now well acclimatised to Garnier’s offering, however it’s still worth noting. It isn’t however as harsh feeling as some others I’ve tried such as Elemis’ Smart Micellar Water or the Simple one, which both left my eyes feeling irritated, but my eyes didn’t feel completely irritation free.

In terms of makeup removal, I don’t find there to be all that much difference between the two. I do think that Bioderma wipes away foundation ever to slightly easier, whilst Garnier is better at breaking down eye makeup, but overall the results between them is the same, there’s no residue of anything left behind if I follow up with another pad soaked with toner or more micellar water.

Another thing I don’t love about this is how rigid the plastic is, I’m struggling to remember what exactly the full size bottle is like as to whether this is exclusive to the smaller, travel size – but it’s so hard to squeeze out product, you almost have to shake it out drop my drop.

Overall whilst I do like the Bioderma, and it is a lot cheaper than it used to be – I’m not tempted to go back to it any time soon as it is still pretty expensive, the price difference between them  (£10.50 for 250ml vs £4.99 for 400ml at full price), isn’t worth splashing the extra cash for in my opinion.

What are your favourite Micellar Waters?

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9 Comments

  1. November 22, 2017 / 8:46 am

    I’ve just finished up my first full size Bioderma and I do love it but yeah I’m not entirely sure it does anything different than the cheaper alternatives!

  2. November 22, 2017 / 10:41 am

    I love any micellar water, I actually have one from Vichy that’s been pretty good.

  3. November 22, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    I got a big bottle of this in my press goodie bag at The Makeup Show Orlando this spring. But the guy at the Bioderma booth let me trade it for the oily/combo skin formula. I love it! I’ve had this bottle since like March and I still have some left (as I’ve used it rotation with other micellar waters). I got the green cap Garnier one now too that’s for oily skin and I like that one a lot too.

    • November 22, 2017 / 8:34 pm

      I used to get the green topped Garnier but most shops don’t seem to stock it any more in the Uk! When ever I see it I grab it as I do think it helps slightly!
      I’m still not sure I could bring myself to buy this again though, it’s almost triple the price

  4. November 22, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    I don’t have a favourite~~ 😛 I literately only use cleansing oil and foam to clean my face. The only time that I use miscellar anything is when I swatch stuff *LOL* I do agree with you though. I don’t find the bioderma to be that spectacular. It is so over hyped in my opinion. It is good, but not HG.

  5. November 22, 2017 / 11:29 pm

    I only ever liked Elemis’ micellar, other ones dry my skin out😐 It does sting your eyes like crazy though! X

  6. November 22, 2017 / 11:33 pm

    I like your scientific approach to testing this against the Garnier. I agree, there’s not much difference in the performance of the 2 – I guess Bioderma had the benefit of being the OG but others have definitely stepped up. The Garnier one is a great alternative. My favourite Micellar water is from Yves Rocher which was discontinued – I keep whining about it so you’re probably aware. 😛 Another one I love is the Sukin micellar water – really effective and gentle too.

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