When I finished the last few drops of the Gariner Micellar Cleansing Water, which has been a long time favorite of mine, as you see me confess my love for it here, I decided to try something new and picked up the Simple Micellar Cleansing Water as well as the Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil.
The Simple Micellar Cleansing Water has gained its fame as the drugstore alternative for Bioderma when it’s launched a while back, and the hydrating cleansing oil is a relatively new addition to the brand. When I picked up these two products, I had no idea what to expect, but both of them turn out to great purchases.
If I’m comparing the Simple Micellar Cleansing Water to the Garnier one, I would say the Simple one is even more gentle and better suited for sensitive skin. It has no noticeable scent, feels as light as water on the face, but effective enough to remove all the dirts and grimes that have built up on the skin. Now, I would say it doesn’t remove eye makeup, especially waterproof mascara that well, just like all other brands of micellar cleansing water I have tried, but for the rest of the face, it does an excellent job.
As difficult as it is for me to admit, but I think I may like this one even more than the Garnier Micellar water, mainly because it leaves my skin feeling even softer and more hydrated than the Garnier one does. In my daily routine, I like to remove all makeup in the gym before starting my workout. When I did so with the Garnier cleansing water, sometimes, I would feel my skin is a bit tight and drying, so I would need to follow up with a few spray of hydrating mist. But with the Simple Micellar Water, I never felt the need to do so – I always feel very comfortable with the bare face. One thing to note though, I believe the Simple Micellar Water only comes in 200ml size, while the Gariner one comes in 400ml at the similar price point. So if you break down price per 100ml, Garnier one is less expensive than the Simple one, though both of them are great price for performing basically the same as Bioderma.
Now, the Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil. This one really surprised me. The Simple Micellar Water has been out in the market for a long time, so I have heard a great deal of positive reviews about it, but I really didn’t know much about its cleansing oil. Plus I haven’t used cleansing oil for a very long time, and after my discovery of micellar water, it really takes a lot for a cleansing oil to impress me.
If I may make a bold claim, which I feel like I have been doing a lot lately (?), I would say this is my favorite cleansing oil I have tried in my life so far. There, I said it! It’s at a very reasonable drugstore price, but performs like a high-end product. I would prefer this over the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil, which had been a part of my skincare routine for many years before I dived into the micellar water world.
I love the fact this cleansing oil is ultra light and almost feels like a dry oil, dissolves all traces of makeup just as well as the Shu Uemura cleansing oil, but leave absolutely no greasy or sticky residue after rinse off with water. It contains pure grapeseed oil instead of mineral oil, which some people may not like, and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and nourished, as the name suggests. It has a very slight scent, which I cannot seem to describe, but it always reminds me of vegetable cooking oil – yes, it doesn’t sound pleasant, I’m very much aware of that, but I mean it in the best way possible, because to me, it makes me feel there is no artificial perfume. Hope I’m making some sense here…
Bottom line is that I’m really digging the Simple micellar cleansing water and hydrating cleansing oil, very solid makeup remover choices in the drugstore.