bioderma sensibio h2o micellar water review

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water is the most popular micellar water out there.

What makes it so special to outshine all its competitors? I’ve put it to the test to find out:

What’s In Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water?


Micellar cleansing waters are basically soapy water. They are made up mostly of water (obviously!) and one or more surfactants.

In the case of Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water, this is PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides. It’s a mixture of mono-, di-, and tri- glycerides of caprylic and capric acids mixed with ethylene glycol used to carry oils into water-based systems.

Here’s how it works. Surfactants have two ends (or a head and a tail). The head is hydroliphic (attracts water and repels oils), while the end is lipoliphic (attracts oils and repels water). Oils and waters, like you probably know if you’ve tried to wash a greasy plate with water alone, don’t mix.

When enough surfactant is added to water, its molecules assemble into little groups called micelles. Their arrangement, though, isn’t random. The hydroliphic, water-loving heads are pointed outwards, towards the water, while the lipoliphic, water-hating tails face inwards, well away from it.

Enter cotton. Like the surfactants’ heads, cotton loves water too. So, when micellar water is poured onto cotton, the water-loving heads are instantly attracted to it.

They firmly stick to the cotton, while the oil-loving tails are now pointing outwards, towards your face.When you massage the cotton onto your face, the tails are able to dissolve the oils in your makeup and the excess sebum on your skin.

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Watery and runny.


It’s fragrance-free.

How To Use It

Pour some micellar water onto a cotton pad. Cleanse your face and eyes. No need to rinse off.

Performance & Personal Opinion

I can totally see why Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water is so popular. It removes both dirt, impurities, and even makeup quickly and easily. Sure, it struggles with waterproof makeup, so if you’re wearing waterproof mascara, you’d better take your cleansing oil out and use that instead.

But, most micellar waters do a lousy jobs at removing any kind of makeup, so I was quite impressed this one gets at least half the job done. Even better, my skin never feels dry or tight afterwards.

Plus, it’s fragrance-free, so suitable for everyone, even the most sensitive of skin that tends to react badly to anything. I use it whenever my skin gets sensitive (a more and more common occurrence in the winter months *sighs*) and it never lets me down.

bioderma sensibio h2O micellar water

Who Is This For?

  • Sensitive skin
  • Anyone who needs a quick on-the-go cleanser

Who Is This NOT For?

  • Oily skin
  • It’s not a makeup remover


A see-through bottle with a pink cap that’s practical to use.

Does Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water Live Up To Its Claims?

Soothes. It’s a little hydrating, but it can’t really do anything for irritation and redness.
Prevents the risks of skin reaction. Skincare products can’t do this.
Preserves the skin’s natural balance. Yes, it’s pH balanced.
The pure, original skin soothed and freed from make-up and pollution. It removes dirt and impurities, but not makeup.

Price & Availability

$14.90/£10.80 at Dermstore, Escentual, Feel Unique

Do You Need It?

If you’re looking for a very gentle cleanser for sensitive skin, this is a great option to consider.


Dupes & Alternatives


Aqua/Water/Eau, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Fructooligosaccharides, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Propylene Glycol, Cetrimonium Bromide, Disodium EDTA