Let’s Talk About That Cleansing Water
In a world where we believe that advancements in “skincare technology” are supremely good and necessary, I totally understand that/why we’re always looking for the next best thing. I am obviously biased toward naturals, but give me a new way to apply mascara or an eyeliner that lasts four consecutive days and I’m drooling just like the next girl. I get it.
I’m not here to tell you not to get excited – because I think beauty products should be exciting and fun – but I am here to tell you to beware. Beware of companies trying to fool you into thinking that all newness, all improvements, and all inventions are life-changing and amazing. Or that they’re even good for you. A great example of this is “micellar cleansing water.”
You may have seen this article in the Wall Street Journal Magazine (featuring a super sexy cleanser that may look familiar to you!) explaining what micellar technology is. It’s a great article that is ahead of the trend (heart you Celia Ellenberg!), and one that I’m actually really on board with: getting us away from using so much soap. (All soaps are a bit harsh on the skin, even the natural ones. We overuse them and end up dry and itchy and confused).
Micellar cleansers use a slip factor to clean your skin more gently. No suds that you have to wash away. They remove dirt and makeup, but leave you moisturized. Sounds awesome, right? Except virtually every micellar cleanser on the market is made up of one or two micellar ingredients and then ten to twenty preservatives. So as usual, in a conversation that should be about [natural] ingredients, we’re actually being fed a bunch of pointless extras without any reason or explanation.
SO, my friends. Here is a recipe for your very own micellar cleansing water, without the gross and unnecessary preservatives. Chamomile is super healing and anti-inflammatory. Vegetable glycerin is an uber moisturizer that is so powerful it should be used in small quantities. You can find both ingredients at a grocery store with natural products and ingredients:
- 1 cup chamomile tea, brewed strong
- ½ cup glycerin
- In a small pot bring both ingredients to a boil, stirring frequently
Remove from heat as soon as it boils. Stir well again. The whole process should only take a few minutes. Allow the mixture to cool, and apply with a cotton ball or round. You can leave this on or rinse, but share what you make with a friend, or cut the proportion in half because it will spoil within a couple of weeks.
PS- Yes, our Cleanser is a natural micellar cleansing water! Here are some other great options: