Growing up, I was taught by the many women in my life that a good skincare regimen is as important as brushing your teeth and showering. I was told to never to forget to wash my face, to apply plenty of sunscreen, and to use natural products instead of harsh chemicals whenever possible (yes, I did grow up in the Northwest). And I listened. While I might skip washing my hair for longer than I should, I’ve never compromised my skincare routine.
I’ve experimented with enough products, both expensive and inexpensive, natural and chemical, to know that there are a lot of products out there that don’t live up to expectations. They don’t clear up my blemishes while I sleep, or make my wrinkles disappear in a matter of a minutes. So when I was first researching micellar water, which is often marketed as the magical, no-rinse cure-all that could replace your cleanser without needing to be rinsed off, I was skeptical. I was very skeptical. Despite the fact that many European models swear by it, and every makeup artist I know totes a bottle in his or her kit, to me, it sounded too good to be true (what do you mean you don’t have to rinse it off?). It also sounded like a skincare disaster waiting to happen, I was sure my face would break out immediately.
Fast-forward a couple of months later, and I’ve officially become a huge fan of micellar water. Our General Manager and Master Formulator, Laura Badcock, has created an amazing, naturally derived micellar water that has pretty much replaced every other make-up remover I had, and has found a permanent home in my camping kit.
Turns out micellar water has been around for over a hundred years, the French were the first to discover this magical water, where it was designed to help Parisians deal with the region’s infamously harsh water. Essential’s formula is made of micelles, which are tiny oil molecules suspended in De-ionized water. “The technology of it is actually quite old, dating back from research at the University of Bristol in 1913,” says dermatologist Dr. Debra Luftman. “Micelles are attracted to dirt, grime, and oil, and they draw out impurities without drying out your skin,” she explains. Rather than containing a foamy solution that strips your skin and leaves behind harsh chemicals, micelles cling on to the dirt and makeup on your skin and dissolve them while leaving behind a glowy, hydrated finish.
This month we’re making a big deal out of our newest product, Micellar Water. You’ll find a contest on Facebook to win your very own sampler of five delicious Micellar Water and EO Blends, like Lavender, Rose, Tea Tree, and Lingonberry. You can order Micellar Water on the website. You won’t regret it!
Let us know all the ways you might use Micellar Water. The car? Your bike bag? Golf bag? Carry-on? We’d love to hear your thoughts.