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Bioderma’s Sensibio H20 micellar water cleanser was one of the products I received in my first ever Birchbox, about 18 months ago. I’ll be honest, I didn’t know what it was or what I was supposed to do with it, but I soon discovered that other people seemed to think this stuff was something VERY special so I’d better give it a go.
I don’t really understand the idea of these special waters but I can follow instructions - pour a small amount onto cotton wool and wipe it across your face. That’s it - It’s not difficult! No need to rinse and dab your skin dry after. Just pour and wipe.
What always shocks me is just how much dirt it seems to get off my skin. I find myself standing in front of the mirror, open mouthed with horror at the grey stain on the cotton wool.
I don’t wear make-up and for that reason, I suspect I’m not getting the best out of this product. I have no idea if it will gently remove every last trace of make-up because I don’t have any to remove. I can however say that it’s a mega-dirt-buster of a product. It claims to remove even waterproof mascaras which sounds amazing but not having any, I can’t confirm that claim.
It swipes across my skin without any dragging or tugging even when using a very small amount. It’s supposed to be good for sensitive skin and it hasn’t given me any irritation but it does leave my skin feeling quite tight and a bit ‘dry’ compared to my usual foaming wash-off cleansers. The product is hypoallergenic and free from fragrances, parabens and alcohol but I can’t really say that it makes my skin feel special - just VERY clean.
I see this as something for a ‘once in a while’ deep clean but I couldn’t and wouldn’t want to use it every day. If I were a make up user, I might feel differently.
When I was in Indonesia my friend had to bring me this from Singapore because at that time it is not very common to find in Indonesia. But when I move to the UK, not only it is easier to buy, I can even get cheaper if I buy it from the internet. So, what is it really? It is basically a micellar water. It''s not magic. It is just a facial cleanser which has a very light texture (like water), and very gentle to your skin. This one in particular is a very light and great for my sensitive skin. Having to move from place to place, sometime from tropical country to the cold and windy country my skin becomes very dry and sensitive. However, leaving out the skin care routine is not an option. With Bioderma Sensibio I could still wear make up, and skin care without worrying about the cleaning up. It could get rid of the waterproof make up (mascara, eyeliner, etc), and lift up even the heavy foundation with a light dab on your skin. One big 500ml bottle could last you forever. I only wear it first thing on the evening, just before shower or the night skin care routine. It is always refreshing when you get all the make up off your face and let your skin breathe happily. I usually damp a cotton pad with it and lightly dab it. For a daily make up I usually need 3 to 4 cotton pads, and with heavier make up I could use up to 9 pads, just to make sure everything has gone. I have recommended this many times to my friends and sisters and they loved it. It seems that it suits for all skin types, but it works well to my sensitive combination skin, and my sister''s sensitive dry skin.
I find Bioderma Crealine H2O Micellaire Solution to be the best of all the micellar solutions I''ve ever tried from other brands, both in quality and in price.
What does ''micellar solution'' mean? It basically means that, unlike other makeup removers, it is a water based product that you don''t need to rinse off your face.
Being water based, it''s supposed to be very gentle to your skin, without harming it with chemical ingredients.
It is indeed very delicate on my sensitive skin and I find it to be very effective in removing my makeup. It doesn''t really work with waterproof makeup, but it''s something I can easily fix using a bi-phasic eye makeup remover if needed.
Because it does not contain any oils or chemicals, it doesn''t leave any residue on your skin, which feels indeed very clean and soft afterwards.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O comes in different sizes, a mini travel one, a regular on (250 ml) and a big one (500 ml). Obviously, the 500 ml one costs a lot more (around 13/15 euros) but we also get double the product and a little more.
In general, this product is not easily available worldwide, but it''s becoming more and more popular and hopefully they''ll start selling it in more places wihtout having to pay extra money for shipping.
I subscribed to a beauty box for a while and got to try some products I'd never come across before. One of these was the Bioderma Sensibio H20 makeup remover.
The product is a micellar water. I'd never heard of such a thing before, but it appears that Bioderma has pioneered them. They are water-like solutions that are meant to be highly effective at cleansing and removing makeup, including stuff that is water resistant. The Sensibio product is designed for normal to dry and sensitive skins. If I could have chosen I would have probably gone for the normal-to-oily version, but I got the sample in my beauty box.
The product comes in a clear bottle so it's easy to see how much you have left. It looks pretty much like water, being clear and very thin. To use, I soak a cotton wool pad in solution, hold it to my eye for a few seconds, and wipe away.
I do find the product to be pretty good at removing eye makeup. It works well on all kinds of eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara (though I don't use waterproof mascara so can't comment on that). I do have to wipe a few times, and if I am wearing heavy makeup I sometimes have to use two cotton wool pads soaked in solution.
The product is very gentle. It doesn't irritate or dry my skin whatsoever and it doesn't leave any kind of film: it's non-oily even though it's designed for dry skin.
The product is priced at £4.50 for 100ml, £9.99 for 250ml and £14.80 for 500ml. These prices are pretty reasonable especially as the product works really well.
I would consider buying this product again. I don't find it as effective as the double-layer, shake-before-using makeup remover that Johnsons and Nivea make (among others), but it is a good product and doesn't leave any oily residue. Recommended.
I tried Bioderma Crealine after hearing about it via renowned make up artist Lisa Eldridge's website. It's widely available in France but not so easy to get hold of in the UK unless you buy online. There are suppliers on Amazon that ship to the UK so this has been my lifeline. It comes in big 500ml bottles, usually in a pack of two and at between £20-£25 for two big bottles which last months I think it's pretty reasonable. One 500ml bottle lasts me a good 3 months.
Now for the product itself. It looks like water and has no smell. You use it with a cotton pad to remove make up and cleanse. The only thing is doesn't remove easily is stubborn waterproof mascara, which really you need an oil-based eye make up remover to take off. Other than that it removes make up really easily, leaving skin feeling clean and fresh. It is an extremely gentle product, suitable for the most sensitive of skin and doesn't leave your skin feeling either dry or oily. After using this for well over a year now I can't imagine using any other cleanser. It's amazing!
There was a lot of hype surrounding the Bioderma water based make up remover I received in a beauty box a few months ago. Apparently, it was the choice of make up artists so I was really intrigued to try it.
My 20ml sample lasted around ten days, using a cotton wool pad to remove the make up. I found it was excellent around the eye area. No stinging and yet it removed the mascara, eye shadow and eye liner (stuff that can be hard to budge!) very well indeed. The cleanser gives a lovely cooling sensation to the skin as you apply it which I don't think you get with cream cleansers. The Sensibo formula which I received is for people who experience skin irritation and redness so I translate that as sensitive skin.
I really did feel this was brilliant, it can be left on so no need to wash off the product once you've wiped off your make up. It didn't leave my skin overly dry and really did just feel like I was wiping my face with water. The true test is always the next morning when I often find a mascara residue under the eye that resisted cleansing the prior evening. Most times the morning wipe came back completely clean. I think I prefer this to the oil based eye make up cleanser I use from No 7. Also you can use this on your entire face so it's a multi tasker as far as I'm concerned!
This is a bit of an investment piece in terms of what you can pay for cleansers, but it is available in many sizes so you can start off small to see if you like it. On the Escentual website (which sells lots of different brands of make up etc) 100ml is £3.59 200ml is £7.99 and 500ml is £11.60. This is for the Sensibo solution (pink writing and lid) although you can also get it in the original formula (blue accent and lid). My sample was in Sensibo which seemed to suit my skin well.
When I first saw this product I assumed it was a toner before reading more about the product. This cleanser feels like a real break through in terms of make up removal. I have enjoyed using it and would definitely consider a repurchase in the future. Other products seem to be entering the market now which compare favourably, for example Loreal have a 'micelle solution' which does the same job, but you may find one suits you better than the other in terms of skin reactions and results. Another similar product I have used is from my go to brand No7 who have a water based make up remover now which I find works well with my skin and works is a bit cheaper than the Bioderma brand (if you use a voucher). Having said this, I'd definitely recommend trying this as a new way to remove make up in a kind and thorough way.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O - Micelle Solution (formerly Crealine)
Bioderma is a cleanser made in France with a dedicated customer base, fuelled in the UK by the wonderful Lisa Eldridge, who sings the praises of this product in many of her online tutorials. She likes it because it is gentle, so is ideal for use on models during photo shoots when different outfits require different make up looks.She also takes it onboard aircraft to remove make up and to freshen up in the morning after long haul night flights. This product has had a new name change from the Crealine solution listed by Dooyoo but is the same product.
I became a dedicated user some years ago, and although sceptical at first I now use virtually nothing else, as once you discover this you may well not look any further for products that cleanse the skin and remove make up.
When I first started to use this product it was difficult to purchase, and being in the south of England I would stock up on my trips to Paris. Now though availability is much improved and Amazon, Ebay, and most recently the online retailer Escentual stocks this product. There is often a very big difference in price depending on offers and discounts, but currently a 500ml bottle costs £14.50 on Escentual, and a dinky 100ml bottle is £4.50. It may sound a lot but the small bottle easily lasts for the entirety of a 2 week holiday, and being 100ml is allowed inside the aircraft cabin.
The product is supplied in a plastic bottle and is clear like water. Intended for use on normal to dry skin, this is a non rinse cleanser that you simply pour onto a cotton square, and use to wipe off make up and to cleanse the skin. It has anti redness properties, and is mild and gentle containing no harsh ingredients alcohol or parabens. It is also safe to use near to the eyes, and in my experience is fantastic for removing eye make up effortlessly including waterproof mascara. The lotion has no discernible scent.
Prior to purchasing this I used to be someone who would flit from one product to the next in terms of cleansers. I used to love face wipes, especially for the convenience, and would often stock up with those made by Boots Number 7 when they had the £5 offer on. I also used to love the rose scented variety made by Garnier. I wasn't loyal to wipes though, and would use many other lotions depending on what took my fancy and often in response to offers. Now I have no wipes at home, and Bioderma has replaced most of my other things, as I really can't fault it in terms of its make up removing qualities and its kindness to the skin.
THE MOMENT OF TRUTH
I think what really convinced me was recently when I decided to use up the last of my Boots Number 7 wipes that had been my holy grail for many years. I had a full face of make up on so I dutifully used the wipes until all traces of make up were removed, and the wipe was coming away clean. Before using a moisturiser I decided to try the Bioderma to see if there was anything left on my skin, and to my horror absolutely loads of foundation and mascara came away from what I had considered to be a cleansed face. This was something of a revelation and I realised that this product was much more thorough that I imagined.
Being available in several sizes is a real bonus as the larger size lasts for absolutely ages- I would say at least 4 months so compared to wipes this is not too extortionate. The smaller size is perfect for holidays and trips and fits easily into my make up bag.
The lotion leaves my skin feeling lovely and soft, and I usually follow with a lovely French toning lotion Eau de Beauté Rosamélis which is a flowery lotion that is refreshing and cool.
On my favourite make up review site- Make up alley there are almost 600 reviews of this product and 82% say they would repurchase. This is a very impressive score as these reviewers are straight talking, and dedicated to advising others so that financial outlay can be avoided for products that don't live up to the hype. There are some negative reviews where writers say that it doesn't remove make up as well as my experience has been, and a few state that it was irritating to their skin, but the vast majority find it to be, as I have, - an outstanding product.
I think my perception of whether something really is a holy grail product is whether I try other things with frequency in that area, despite having the item in use. I can honestly say that I have not been seeking anything else, and have repurchased the Bioderma time and time again and it does everything I want effortlessly.
I will continue to purchase this going forward, as it leaves my skin feeling fresh and cleansed and soft as it has no drying properties. It removes all my make up effortlessly and surpasses the results I have gained with wipes that were my product of choice in the past. It really is a product I love in all aspects.
I first heard about bioderma absolutely ages ago - at the time there was a lot of hype about it and I wanted to try it so much but it was way too expensive! It stayed on my wish list for months and months and I finally got it last Christmas - my Mum got it for me bless her.
I'm not too sure exactly how much she paid for it or even where she purchased it from, but the retail price for a 500ml bottle is around £25 - obviously a lot more expensive than most other cleansers and make-up removers. It comes in smaller bottles too which are still quite expensive but I'm not sure of the exact cost.
So what makes bioderma so special? Well firstly it is free of any nasties such as alchohol, synthetic fragrances/colours and phanoxyethanol. It contains moisturising ingredients including castor oil and it smoothes and decongests the skins outer layers, avoiding & reducing any inflammation and irritation. It is designed for dry, sensitive skin which is my exact skin type and because it contains oil I'm not too sure whether it would be any good for someone with oily skin, but for people like me with dry skin it is perfect!
The product comes in a pretty basic but attractive bottle which has a flip-top lid. Because the consistency of this product is very runny the flip top lid comes is really handy and stops too much product from coming out at once. The product its self looks just like water and it doesn't really have any particular smell to it. Using the product is simple and I use it like I would any cleanser - i just pour a little onto a cotton pad (a little goes a long ewy) and wipe it or my face. It removes make-up really easily and quickly and I don't need a lot of product to remove every last trace of foundation, concealer and blush etc.
It also removes waterproof mascara and eyeliner really quickly and effortlessly and it doesn't make my eyes sting at all. My skin always feels thoroughly cleansed after using this cleanser and its very cooling and refreshing but it isn't that moisturising - my skin never feels moisturised or softer after using it but it never feels any drier either. The only difference in my skin that I ever feel after using this is just that nice 'clean' feeling and my skin feels a little smoother too and it looks slightly brighter. I've never had any irritation or break-outs from using this and I find it very gentle.
I have had my 500ml bottle of this for just under five months and I use it most days and it is almost all gone now. I don't think I'll be buying any more because it is so expensive, but if I had money to burn it'd definitely be a regular in my shopping basket! I do recommend this product despite the price as it is high quality and does what it claims to do, but I have knocked one star off of my overall rating of the product because of it.
I first heard about Bioderma through many of the make up tutorials on youtube, one of the main channels being Lisa Eldridge. I never really paid attention to make up remover as I just go with cheap supermarkets own brand and just spend a minute scrubbing at my eyeballs until all the makeup was gone. I also think the best make up removers (including Bioderma) are ridiculously overpriced. In the last few months though this has been making my eyes quite itchy and a few weeks ago my eye was very red and painful. My friend came to stay and went on and on about how good Bioderma is and it really is worth the high price.
So I went to ebay and bought a 500ml bottle for £13 plus £2.75 postage. I have to admit I did only do it as my student loan had just come in (naughty, I know) and probably would not have bought otherwise. It came in 2 days and the bottle is huge! It is a clear bottle with a bright pink lid and a white label, everything on the bottle is written in French so there's not much I can really say about anything to with that. The liquid inside is clear and if it did not bubble slightly at the top you would think it was just water, especially as it also does not have a smell either.
You use it just like any other make up remover, squeezing/pouring some onto a cotton pad and holding over your eye for a few seconds and wiping. For me personally, I wear quite a lot of mascara and eyeliner so I have to usually use 2 or 3 pads but still not much product. The make up comes off easily with no scrubbing or harsh rubbing and there's literally no trace of any black left around my eye. One of the best features of this make up remover is that it does not sting if it goes in your eyes and it feels just like you've used water to remove your make up! I can't get over how good this product is. Another great thing, which is one of my favourite parts, is that it does not leave an oily residue or feeling on your face like many other make up removers do as oily make up removers seem to be the best as they break down the makeup you are wearing.
I've been using Bioderma everyday for a few weeks now and can see I've barely used any so I'm expecting this to last me a very long time so it is well worth the money considering previous make up removers and wipes I have used get used up very fast because I need more to remove my makeup. The friend who recommended this to me has had hers for almost a year and still has half of it left. I really, really recommend this, it is definitely worth the money and when mine runs out I will be purchasing another one as soon as possible.
Bioderma Crealine H2O Cleanser is definitely one of the best cosmetic products ever! It is a waterproof make up remover and face toner all-in-one, it does not leavy any sticky feeling on the face and the face does not have to be washed with water after using this cleanser, what is very useful for travelling. It is very gentle, so it can be used for removing the eye make up too, I wear contact lenses and I don't feel any discomfort while using the cleanser to remove the eye make up. I haven't tried any other cleansers (by Vichy, La Roche Posay, Avene, etc.) yet, because I think this one is perfect, but after reading few discussions about it, this one is considered as the best one. I use it after cleaning my face with face wash gel in the shower to remove all the excess make up and dirt.
Bioderma has been some what of a 'cult' product amongst the beauty industry for many years. Although widely available in France it has, until recently been difficult to get hold of in the UK. Shipping from France was available but expensive, leading to people buying it in bulk to cover these shipping costs. Luckily some UK retailers have cottoned on to the demand and started stocking the product. The lowest price I've found it being sold for on a trusted UK website is...
Zuneta.co.uk - £14 for 500ml + £3.95 shipping (free for orders over £50)
Bioderma has the seal of approval of many a make up artist who swear by it as their make up remover of choice. Obviously as part of this job you are sometimes required to do several looks on one model over a fairly short period of time. Models obviously have varied skin types, they might have oily skin, dry skin, combination skin, sensitive skin etc etc and biodermas gentle, hypoallergenic formula is agreeable and effective with all these skin types. It also combines skin care AND make up removal, so your skin is being cleansed whilst your make up is being removed.
Comparing bioderma to my OTHER 'cleansing water' by Institut Karite, which is also French (I'm a bit obsessed with French Skincare) the first thing of note is that bioderma smells of nothing, where as the Karite one has a gentle, but notable fragrance. When it comes to products I put on my face I'm really not at ALL interested in them being fragranced. Fragrance = irritation to me, I always ensure my facial moisturiser has no perfume in it so I certainly don't want my make up remover to be fragranced!
The second thing I've noticed with the Karite one that doesn't occur with my bioderma is that when I use the karite I can feel gentle, very mild sort of 'stinging'. Which although I have to state ISN'T uncomfortable and only lasts for a second or so it still is a difference I can feel, my skin also feels less hydrated with the karite. I strongly suspect that this is due to the fact that just glancing at the back I can see at least three ingredients used solely for fragrancing the product.
Comparatively: Bioderma is comprised of only TEN ingredients, whereas Karite has almost double that. The ingredients in Bioderma are:
PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides - (Skin-Conditioning Agent)
Cucumber Fruit Extract
Mannitol - (Skin-Conditioning Agent)
Xylitol - (Emulsifier)
Rhamnose - (Natually occuring sugar)
Fructooligosaccharides - (Naturally occuring fructan sugar)
Propylene Glycol - (Organic alcohol, very widely used in cosmetics)
Disodium EDTA - (Preservative and Absorption agent)
Cetrimonium Bromide - (Used as an antiseptic and detergent)
When researching these ingredients nothing alarmed or worried me at all, but of course you can always research them for yourself if this is a concern for you.
I highly recommend Bioderma for anyone who wears make up often. It really does remove every little trace of make up and leaves your skin feeling fantastic. I used to sometimes dread taking my eye make up off when using oil based removers as my eyes would be red,streaming and burning. Even with cosmetic wipes I could feel the alcohol & perfume drying out my skin, plus you sometimes had to scrub at your eyes if you happened to be wearing eyeliner on the waterline and even then it might not all come off (panda eyes in the morning!). With bioderma you can get a cotton bud, soak it in the product and wipe it along your waterline and even the most stubborn gel based eyeliners will come off. It really is a wonder product and great value at £14 for a whole 500ml, once you've used this you won't want to use anything else!