Are They Dupes?: Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur Vs L’Oreal Paris Micellar Water Normal To Dry Skin

by Gio
a dupe for Lancome eau micellaire douce

Call me a scrooge but I’d never spend a lot of money on a micellar water. I just don’t see the point.

All the do is cleanse the skin. They may be a godsend when you’re rushing to get ready in the morning, need to remove your makeup in the middle of the afternoon and have no water nearby or have sensitive skin that can’t tolerate most cleansers.

But they’re still cleansers and you you know my philosophy about cleansers: skimp on them and splurge on antioxidants rich serums. Your skin will still be clean and have fewer wrinkles. 🙂

That’s why I’m so excited to have found a cheap dupe for Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur: L’Oreal Paris Micellar Water Normal To Dry Skin. Here’s how they compare:

Ingredient Analysis

Hexylene Glycol

Pretty much all micellar waters contain a glycol, i.e. a type of alcohol that’s NOT drying for your skin. This alcohol does two things:

  • It acts as a humectant: it draws moisture from the air into your skin, keeping it hydrated
  • Improves solubility of the makeup into the surfactants: it gives the cleansing agents a boost so they remove your makeup better and faster.

Both Lancome Eau Micellaire Doucer and L’Oreal Paris Micellar Water Normal To Dry Skin use the same type of glycol, Hexylene Glycol.

Poloxamer 184 and Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate

Micellar waters are so gentle on the skin because they use non-ionic, non-foaming cleansers. They are milder than traditional cleansers like sodium laureth sulphate but take longer to remove all the dirt from your face. That’s why you sometimes need two or three cotton pads to get the job done.

Again, both micellar waters use the same types of these non-ionic surfactants: Poloxamer 184 and Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate. There’s not much to say about them.

They’re mild so they struggle a bit more to remove everything. But if you have the patience, they get the job done without irritating your skin.

Is the trade off worth it? If you have sensitive skin or need to get your makeup off in a pinch, yes.

What About The Rest Of The Formulas?

L’Oreal Paris Micellar Water Normal To Dry Skin is a stripped down version of Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur. It contains all the basics stuff that cleanses your skin without the added frills.

For once, I don’t mind. The L’Oreal Micellar Water may not have the same lovely rose scent of the Lancome Eau Micellaire but is free of the alcohol too.

Alcohol Denat is one of the most drying ingredients used in cosmetics. I don’t know why Lancome felt the need to include it, but if you have sensitive skin, this is one more reason to go with L’Oreal instead.


Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur: $40.00/£36.00 at Nordstrom and Debenhams

L’Oreal Paris Micellar Water Normal To Dry Skin: $9.99/£5.99 at Ulta and Look Fantastic

Is L’Oreal Paris Micellar Water Normal To Dry Skin A Dupe For Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur?

Yes, L’Oreal Paris Micellar Water Normal To Dry Skin is a stripped down version of Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur. It has all the good active ingredients minus the drying frills.

Have you tried Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur and L’Oreal Paris Micellar Water Normal To Dry Skin? Share your fave in the comments below.

Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur Ingredients: Aqua, Alcohol Denat, Propanediol, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Poloxamer 184, Dihydrocholeth-3, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium EDTA, Rosa Gallica Extract / Rosa Gallica Flower Extract, Parfum

L’Oreal Paris Micellar Water Normal To Dry Skin Ingredients: Aqua / Water, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Poloxamer 184, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium Edta, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide.



Natasha June 17, 2019 - 9:11 pm

Hi Gio. I just discovered your site and am so grateful for the wealth of knowledge you are imparting. The L’oreal version sounds great for my dry skin. I was wondering if you had any thoughts on how the L’oreal micellar water compared to the Bioderma sensibio. Thank you for your help.

Gio July 6, 2019 - 12:18 pm

Natasha, Sensibio is a little gentler, but they’re both great products.

Cathy November 20, 2019 - 5:14 pm

I’ve used the Loreal and the Garnier (the one for waterproof makeup because if doesn’t have denatured alcohol) micellar waters to do a double cleanse if I don’t use a cleansing oil. I like both of them.

jane November 21, 2019 - 9:00 am

I keep seeing the L’Oreal one in the supermarket on sale but i have oily skin so any recommendations/ dupes for my skin type?thank you!

Gio December 20, 2019 - 7:57 am

Jane, you can find my fave cleansers for oily skin here:


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