Micellar water provides a great balance between cleansing and moisturizing your skin. Homemade natural micellar water is easy to make in your own kitchen.
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Micellar water is the newest and best must-have product in skincare today. It sounds so scientific, doesn’t it? The word micellar invokes images of test tubes, labs, and scientists in white coats. It sounds like something is done to water on a cellular level to give it almost magical properties.
And maybe it is.
What is Micellar Water?
At its simplest, micellar water is water and oil. Makers of commercial skincare products add ingredients that reduce the surface tension of the water and oils to help them mix better and to rinse away dirt and oils from the skin.
Here are the ingredients for the leading micellar water product on the market:
695957 8 AQUA/WATER, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, ALCOHOL DENAT., POLOXAMER 184, POLYAMINOPROPYL BIGUANIDE, DISODIUM COCOAMPHODIACETATE, DISODIUM EDTA. F.I.L.# B172461/1
I looked up the ingredients for this brand of micellar water. I can’t pinpoint exactly what 695957 8 AQUA/WATER is other than it’s water. Perhaps that ingredient is a trade secret giving commercial micellar water properties that can’t be duplicated at home. I just don’t know. But in the cosmetics industry, aqua is water.
POLYAMINOPROPYL BIGUANIDE (I had to go to Wikipedia to find this ingredient): This is a skin disinfectant.
DISODIUM COCOAMPHODIACETATE: This is a fatty acid made from coconut oil that helps water mix with oil and dirt and to rinse it away.
DISODIUM EDTA: In short, this is a preservative.
F.I.L.# B172461/1: Cannot locate this one.
Is Commercial Micellar Water Non-Toxic?
The EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database does list concerns about Poloxamer 184 as a moderate hazard due to bioaccumulation on non-reproductive organ toxicity. I’m not seeing phthalates or other endocrine-mimicking or disrupting ingredients. Overall, commercial micellar water is a pretty low-risk product to use in your skincare routine. I’m glad to know this.
How to Make Homemade Natural Micellar Water
I like to make my own skincare products from all-natural ingredients. While I don’t have any natural solutions for reducing surface tension getting oil and water to blend better, I’ve basically been making my own “micellar water” for years. Getting the oil and water to mix better is just a matter of shaking the bottle before use.
My own homemade natural micellar water meets my need for a toner during summer months that doesn’t dry my skin. This homemade natural micellar water is completely customizable to meet my skin’s needs.
Instead of water, my main ingredient is witch hazel. Witch hazel is a natural astringent coming from the bark of the witch hazel tree. It’s a wonderful natural remedy for all manner of skin ailments, and a wonderful non-drying toner for the face.
To the witch hazel, I add Vitamin E oil, lavender and frankincense essential oils. If my skin is blotchy and stressed-looking during allergy season, I add a German chamomile oil to soothe the redness.
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