review: A-Derma Sensifluid Cleansing Micellar Water

Another successful experiment to report.

INGREDIENTS:
Water (aqua), Poloxamer 184, PEG-6 Caprylic / Capric Triglycerides, Pentylene Glycol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Hamamelis Virginia (Witch Hazel) Water, Phenethyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Trisodium EDTA.

PRICE:
€10.00-13.00/US$30.00 for 500 ml.
Bought online: several French pharmacies ship to North America, and there’s a few “french cosmetics” type companies in the US that do Canada too. Much of the A-Derma range is available from Canadian drugstores (SDM, LD), though not this micellar water. I’ve seen it in a couple of pharmacies in Québec, so there’s clearly some distribution there. Have a sniff around online and in your real-life shops to see… It is, as you see, massively cheaper to get from France (or elsewhere in Continental Europe), but do bear in mind the shipping costs.

METHODOLOGY:
Testing period: over two months now.
Used in the evening, for rapid one-step no-water cleansing. Because, yes, I’m that lazy. Substituting it for wash + witch-hazel.
Application: poured out onto a cotton-wool pad (or equivalent), then swept over face. Texture: a clear liquid, looks and feels like water.

PROS:
It’s the only micellar cleanser I’ve been able to use without irritation. Others tested: Avène, Nuxe, La Roche-Posay, Bioderma (both the regular and the sensitive ones).
It cleans.
Doesn’t irritate.
Unfragranced, though some scent from the oats and witch-hazel (contains witch-hazel water/hydrosol).

CONS:
Price? once shipping, customs/import duties, and taxes are factored in. Though it’s cheaper than the aforementioned other micellar waters.
Note also that I’m only using this to remove sunscreen plus a teeny amount of finishing powder; not full makeup; and my usual face sunscreens are lightweight ones that remove easily. No promises for heavier-duty cleansing needs.

2 comments

  1. mej5s

    Sounds lovely – in case you wanted to embark on another experiment and save some money whilst at it, Marcelle (the Canadian cosmetics outfit) has a similar cleansing water whose ingredients are as follows:

    Ingredients:
    AQUA/WATER/EAU, PEG-6 CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC GLYCERIDES, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, GLYCERIN, CUCUMIS SATIVUS (CUCUMBER) FRUIT EXTRACT, CETRIMONIUM BROMIDE, SODIUM CITRATE, DISODIUM EDTA

    I know that you are not doing aloe right now but perhaps later? Marcelle do not test nor do they use animal-derived ingredients (that’s about the limit to their green claims I believe) – I’m not usually in the market for products targeted towards middle-aged quebecoise women but this one seems to be very similar to the A-Derma sans the customs and online hassles.

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