Recently, I’ve made the decision that I will only purchase cruelty free products. Therefore, I’m currently on a hunt for cruelty free substitutes of my makeup, skincare and hair care essentials. One of my skincare essentials is micellar water. I use micellar water to remove my makeup before I wash it with a cleanser as I find this helps me to remove all my makeup in the most effective way. I’ve been a fan of the Garnier Micellar Water for years, but unfortunately Garnier test on animals, so I will no longer purchase their products. After some research, I found out that Primark’s makeup, as well as skincare are cruelty free. Therefore, I decided to give the Primark PS. Micellar Water a go.
First of all, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you would know I’m a sucker for packaging. I’ve been crazy for everything pink recently, so the fact that this micellar water comes in a pink ombre bottle was another reason I was drawn to it. Moreover, I was impressed by the price point as this baby costs only £2 for 430ml. Whereas, the Garnier Micellar water retails for £4.99 and only contains 400ml. That’s less than half of the price for more product!
AQUA (WATER), COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER WATER, PEG-5, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC GLYCERIDES, SODIUM COCOAMPHOACETATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, SODIUM PCA, PANTHENOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, CETRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, DEHYDROACETIC ACID, BENZYL ALCOHOL.
I don’t have a big understanding of ingredients that go into skincare and makeup, but since starting my blog, I’ve been trying to do some research and learn more about them as I feel like it helps to make my posts more valuable.
From my research, I gathered that most of the ingredients in the Primark PS. Micellar Water are derived from coconut. The micellar water also contains Rose water and Vitamin E. Thus, the micellar water smells like roses. Personally, I don’t mind the scent, but if you’re scared of scents, don’t worry, this products doesn’t contain perfume, the scent comes from the Rose water. FUN FACT: The aroma of roses is said to be a powerful mood enhancer. It rids you of feelings of anxiety and promotes emotional well-being, thereby making you feel more relaxed. Moreover, Rose water has some other amazing properties:
- Rose water helps to maintain the skin’s pH balance, and also controls excess oil.
- Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness of irritated skin, get rid of acne, dermatitis and eczema. It is a great cleanser and aids in removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores.
- It helps to hydrate, revitalise and moisturise the skin giving it that refreshed look.
- Rose water has antibacterial properties which aids in healing scars, cuts and wounds.
- It has antioxidant properties which help to strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissue.
- Rose water helps ageing skin by keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay.
I wear quite heavy makeup (foundation, concealer, powder, bronzer, highlighter, eye shadow, mascara etc.) and I found that this micellar water removes my makeup as easily as the Garnier one does with the same amount of product. This particular water leaves my skin feeling a lot more moisturised than the Garnier Micellar water. I was actually slightly worried that the extra ‘moisture’ will break me out, but to my surprise my skin didn’t experience any negative reaction. However, this product burns my eyes. I mentioned in my Garnier Micellar Water Review that I have super sensitive eyes and even water burns them. It does say on the packaging to avoid contact with the eyes, but I feel like that beats the purpose of it as it’s meant to remove makeup. Personally, I cannot completely remove my eye makeup without opening my eyes.
Overall, I’m pleasantly surprised with how well this product performs. I do like it, besides the fact that it burns my eyes. However, it’s very difficult for me to find products that don’t. If you don’t have sensitive eyes like me, I definitely recommend you to try this micellar water for yourself (if you haven’t already) as it’s really good and I don’t think there’s a micellar water that’s cheaper than this one. Extra brownie points for it being cruelty free. However, I won’t repurchase it, at least not for now. I will carry on testing out other cruelty free micellar waters in hopes I can find one that won’t burn my eyes and if I don’t, then I will buy this one as it’s super cheap.
Have you got any cruelty free micellar water recommendations? Please leave them in the comment section below.