DIY Micellar Water
A light cleansing micellar water that’s perfect for removing makeup and sensitive skin.
How does micellar water work?
There is a lot of technical jargon around micellar waters, but they are essentially just surfactants diluted in water with some moisturizing elements added. Micellar waters work by hydrophilic “water-loving” and hydrophobic “water-hating” or “oil-loving” working together to break down oil, dirt, makeup, debris and neutralize them with water.
In addition to their cleansing abilities, micellar waters also have a toning effect on the skin, leaving it soft, hydrated and even moisturised.
This is in sharp contrast to traditional makeup removers that often agitate the skin after stripping away makeup and moisture. Micellar waters are even gentle enough to remain on the skin!
For these reasons, micellar waters have become a favourite amongst makeup wearers and general skincare enthusiasts as a gentle, effective way to clean and tone skin.
Natural surfactants for micellar waters
This is a great choice for the cleansing agent in your micellar waters as it is a very mild surfactant that does not irritate the skin or mucous membrane. It works well as a cleanser, despite being heavily diluted in this formula, and has a light, clear appearance that mimics the texture of water. Since it is partly derived from coconuts, Cocamidopropyl Betaine is often used in a variety of “natural” products, but it is actually considered “semi-synthetic”. Part of its molecule is also derived from a synthetic compound 3-(dimethylamino)propylamine.
please see the alternatives below.
2. Decyl Glucoside
3. Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside
They are non-ionic surfactants and therefore carry a high pH that will need to be adjusted to between 5.0 and 5.5 to reduce irritation for extremely dry or sensitive skin.
Please note that your skin can experience sensitivity to any ingredient, even if it is considered mild, it is always advised to do a “patch test” first before applying new cosmetics.
Mix together in a large container, it might initially have a cloudy appearance.
Check and adjust the pH: using a pipette, add a couple drops of lactic acid to balance the pH between 5.0 and 5.5. You can also use citric acid diluted in water.
Add your preservative of choice and mix one last time to ensure that it is fully incorporated.
Store your DIY micellar water in a bottle with a flip cap or applicator lid for ease of use.
This recipe makes 100g of DIY micellar water and will last for approximately 6 months.