Bioderma Sebium H2O vs. Simple Micellar Water

Bioderma Sebium H2O vs. Simple Micellar Water

Bioderma Sebium H2O vs. Simple Micellar Water

What is Micellar water?

Micellar water contains small electrically charged particles called Micelles, that suck up dirt and makeup gently without stripping the moisture from your skin. Micellar water is marketed as a quick first step to wipe away tough makeup before cleansing as well as an all in one face wash, makeup remover and moisturizer.

Who is this product targeted towards? Lazy people, like myself, that can’t bother to get out of bed to wash their faces once they’ve settled in for the night. Laying in bed is a commitment for me and once I’ve set up camp, nothing can get me up. This is why a micellar water and cotton rounds sit next to my bed at all times.

Although I don’t recommend this on it’s own, as just described, it’s better than falling asleep with a full face of pore clogging makeup. So if you’re trying to get out of that habit, this can be your first step to recovery!

Should you splurge on this product?

Bioderma Sebium H2O Purifying cleansing micelle solution for Combination/oily skin, 500 ml – CAD $24.00

Bioderma is the first brand that I associate micellar water with, and for good reason: It’s so highly rated and reviewed and you can find it anywhere!

Loves: It cleanses thoroughly and easily without leaving a sticky residue on your skin. A little goes a long way, you only need a cotton round or two to remove a whole face of makeup. It leaves you feeling clean and refreshed as if you just thoroughly washed your face.

Dislikes: The packaging is a little problematic as the spout is so large that I always make the mistake of pouring out more than needed, unnecessarily wasting product. The smell is strong and a little invasive so if you have problematic skin or allergies, I would stay away.

Note: If you do have sensitive skin, Bioderma has a micellar water just for you, Sensible H2O Sensitive skin cleansing water – formulated without fragrance, alcohol and parabens.

Straight from Bioderma’s website:

  • Sébium H2O is the 1st specific make-up removing micellar water for combination or oily skin that mimics the natural composition of the skin for perfect make-up removal and total respect for even the most sensitive skin.
  • Thanks to the Fluidactiv patented sebo-correcting complex, it biologically regulates sebum quality to keep the pores from becoming clogged and clear up the skin.
  • Enriched with purifying agents, zinc gluconate and copper sulphate, Sébium H2O purifies the skin and limits sebaceous secretion.

Simple Cleansing micellar water for Sensitive skin, 198 ml – CAD $10.29

Loves: This product is super gentle and non-invasive. The scent is light and almost non-existent!. It’s cheap and available at all drugstores.

Dislikes: It is tough to fully remove your make up with this product alone. It definitely needs a follow up with a proper cleanser to remove anything left over. It gets used up quickly as you need quite a bit of product to get the job done.

Straight from Simple’s website:

  • Thoroughly cleanses: Removing make-up, dirt, impurities and unclogging pores.
  • Instantly hydrates skin: Made with Triple Purified Water, skin loving ingredients and multi-vitamins, instantly boosts skin hydration by 90%!
  • No residue: Applied with a cotton round, Simple Micellar Cleanser Water leaves skin feeling fresh and revitalized, no rinsing required!

Let’s test them out!

So as you can see, Bioderma had no problem removing stubborn makeup where as the Simple micellar water struggled horribly. I actually pushed harder into my arm with the Simple micellar water and left my skin red and annoyed. This can be an issue when using this product on your face. You never want to apply too much pressure or tug and pull on the delicate skin on your face.

This is one of those cases where spending a little bit more money really pays off. Not only do you get much more product with Bioderma Sebium H2O, it also does as promised and if used correctly, can last you a good few months.

Have you tried any cleansing waters? What are your favourites?


Lela | Vancouver, BC | 23 | Beauty enthusiast on a budget.

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