Madara Micellar Water, an aloe vera based all-in-one cleanser, removes makeup, while leaving the skin hydrated, calm and soft.
I can’t deny – I am still a bit skeptical when it comes to all-in-one products, and micellar waters are no exception. In a somewhat set-in-traditional ways, I still prefer non-foaming cleansers, followed by toners as my cleansing routine, though this micellar water from Madara swayed my traditional ways in micellar waters’ favor. After testing and reviewing the Madara Total Renewal Night Cream, I promptly put Madara Micellar Water on my wishlist, among quite a few other Madara products; and what do you know – the Madara Micellar Water arrived in my February Love Lula Beauty Box.
The Madara Micellar Water comes in a 100ml bottle; based on my usage, I’d wager and say it would last for about a month. The scent is lovely and gentle, flowery.
As you know, aside from using natural makeup, I also prefer the natural look as opposed to the look, which is, nowadays, being pushed onto women – you know what I’m talking about – the plastic look, where tons of makeup is being pilled on, where you don’t know anymore whether it’s a man wearing tons of makeup or a lady of the night or… I digress. What I’m trying to say is that if you wear tons of (conventional) makeup, then this micellar water will capitulate in a fight to remove it, but then again, what wouldn’t?
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Given my makeup routine (and since you’ve been asking me about my makeup routine, I might just do a post about it sometime in the near future, and the same goes for my skin care routine) consists of, mostly, tinted moisturisers (or foundations applied with a light hand), natural eye shadows and mascara, the Madara Micellar Water removes my makeup nicely, especially due to witch hazel hydrolate, which is an excellent remover of impurities and bacteria. What I think is most important when it comes to micellar waters, aside from removing makeup, is that they don’t irritate the eyes – that should go without saying, as removing eye makeup should not be a painful process.
Another bonus of this micellar water is the fact it does not irritate my skin (though it does contain a few ingredients, which could) and leaves my skin very soft. Neither does the Madara Micellar Water strip my skin or leave it dry and flaky. At the same time, it contains the calming and excellent for all skin types rose damascena hydrolate.
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So how about the ingredients?
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Leaf Juice)*, Rosa Damascena (Rosa) Flower Water*, Hamamelis Virgin Iana (Witch-Hazel) Leaf Water*, Glycerin**, Paeonia Lacti Flora (Peonia) Root Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Carpric Glucoside, Sodium PCA, Xylitylglucoside, Propanediol, Potassium Sorbate, Anhydroxlitol, Lactic Acid, Xylitol, Aroma, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phragmites Communis Extract, Poria Cocos Extract, Rhamnose, Glucose, Glucuronic Acid.
Aloe Vera Leaf Juice moisturizes, tightens and rejuvenates the skin. Witch-Hazel Leaf Water has antioxidant, antibacterial, astringent, anti-inflammatory properties and is great for oily skin. Peonia Root Extract is a potent antioxidant and moisturizer, which tones and firms the skin. It has softening and anti-inflammatory properties. Phragmites Communis Extract is a Chinese herb, known as a potent antioxidant. Poria Cocos Extract, extracted from the Asian mushroom, has anti-bacterial, astringent properties. It also moisturizes and calms skin.
Sodium PCA, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxlitol, Glucose and Glucuronic Acid are humectants. Sodium Hyaluronate lessens oxidization. Xylitol, natural sweetener, has antibacterial properties.
Lactic Acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid, used as an exfoliator in beauty products. While it has skin-beneficial properties, such as exfoliating and renewing the skin, as well as some anti-aging properties, any use of alpha, as well as beta hydroxy acids should be such of a caution.
And Rosa Damascena Flower Water.
And just as with the Madara Night Cream – aroma. I am not certain what’s behind this ingredient, as it is not denote its source being natural, like from essential oils.
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Potentially problematic ingredients?
- Benzyl Alcohol: it plays several roles in cosmetic industry – a solvent, masking agent/fragrance agent, preservative. While Benzyl Alcohol is also a naturally occurring ingredient, found in essential oils (jasmine, ylang ylang), in cosmetic industry, it’s mostly used the synthetic one. It is a possible skin and eye irritant, and it can cause contact dermatitis. It’s also noted it can be toxic to infants.
- Potassium sorbate, preservative. Skin toxicant and/or allergen.
- Propanediol, solvent, is a potential skin irritant.
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My final word?
Madara Micellar Water pretty much checks all the promised points – it removes makeup, does not irritate the skin nor the eyes, leaves the skin soft and hydrated due to Sodium Hyaluronate. The witch hazel hydrolate is an excellent skin cleanser, perfect for oily skin. The Madara Micellar Water does contain a few ingredients of which I am not fond of, but my skin, luckily didn’t react negatively.
Given how gentle and non-invasive this micellar water is, I, occasionally, use it in the morning as well, as it leaves the skin soft and prepared for makeup application.
Given its slick packaging, I’d say it’s perfect for traveling.
Price? Hmm, it falls somewhere in between, in my opinion – around 16€ for 100ml, and with a daily use, it would last for about a month. But – if you find Madara Micellar Water suits your skin as a cleanser, toner and even – a product which hydrates your skin – then you could cut back on spending on a cleanser and toner and just use this micellar water; I, personally, could not give up a facial toner.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I do and I am certain I’ll re-purchase it in the future again.
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Have you tried Madara Micellar Water? How did you like it? Do you prefer using a cleanser and toner, or do you use all-in-one products as well? Let me know!
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