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Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Solution

This cleansing water is a bit of a repeat buy for me – I don’t know how many bottles I’ve had now! I think I must have just used up the dregs of my sixth or seventh bottle? I bought my first one when I was staying in Paris for model castings – along with a foaming cleanser and a cleansing milk. Goodness knows how many years ago that was. I’m still using the water quite regularly – not so much the cleansing milk, though that is lovely too. The foaming cleanser is in my gym locker (the gym I haven’t been to in over a year) and has probably sprouted legs and its own little micro-world by now.

I don’t use micellar waters for proper cleansing – I like to use them before cleansing sometimes to take off excess eye makeup or foundation, just so that when I use a hot cloth cleanser or cleansing balm I can get down to the real nitty-gritty. Micellar waters are quite powerful cleansing agents, but most of them aren’t “rinse-off” and I do believe that when you are cleansing thoroughly, you need Mr Water and Mrs WashCloth to get involved. But for convenience, for ease of use, for portability and cleansing on-the-go, you can’t beat a Micellar cleanser!

Caudalie’s Cleansing Water is a lightly fragrant fluid that does a pretty good job of removing all makeup. Perhaps not waterproof mascara, but I hate waterproof mascara anyway, so that’s no skin off my nose! You might find that you need a quick splash of water after this – that’s why I often use it as a pre-cleanse, or if I’m going to be following it with a sweep of something else. (ie, Liquid Gold!)

It’s £13.50 with free worldwide delivery at FeelUnique.com


  1. Hi Ruth! I love you and your cat!

    I’m sorry to be a bit of a nuisance perhaps but will you be doing a post for chemical exfoliants that clean beneath the surface of the skin? my nose and chin is jam packed with blackheads that haven’t budged for well over a year now!

    I’ve tried a few masks and gels that claim they get rid of them and they won’t budge! Thanks if you catch this post!


  2. Simply adore this product! (thanks to your recommendation)
    I use it now as a quick cleanser if I need to take off makeup in a jiffy. Also quite often as a nice quick cleanse for the whole face if my skin is feeling a bit too “lived in” by midday. Simply love the smell too!

  3. Hi Ruth!
    I’m looking for a nice deep cleanser to do the real job after using the micellar water,can you give me any suggestions please? (sensitive/a little oily skin) I’m also desperately looking for the healgel! I was wondering if I can find it at the Gatwick airport?? (i know it’s a kinda weird question..)

  4. Michelle Charlier

    I have also just ordered my first Liquid Gold and am really hoping it works as I am really struggling with regular break outs at the moment and the topical solution prescribed by the doctor just totally dries my skin out (which is how I managed to persuade my husband to let me buy Liquid Gold!)

    Ruth, would you use the Caudalie rather than splashing your face with water in the morning? I tend to do my proper cleanse at night and just splash with water in the morning as I’m usually running late…is this a big no no? Thanks for all your blogs…they are a welcome treat on my bus ride to work :)

    • I think it’s a good idea to do something of a cleanse in the morning, even if it’s just a swipe of cleansing water. Oils accumulate overnight (and sweat!) and it’s nice to refresh the skin, especially if you’re then putting on makeup. x

      • Michelle Charlier

        Thank you :) Would Liz Earle Skin Tonic count as a cleansing water do you think?

        • Hmm. I’m not sure that the Tonic has any actual cleansing “molecules” in it! The micellar cleansers (or anything that says “cleanser” and looks like a water, within reason) have actual cleansers inside them, whereas a toner usually won’t, therefor won’t lift grime or dissolve makeup. x

  5. This is my first time commenting on your blog, but I really enjoy it and since I’ve been really getting into skincare recently your posts are apropos. I just ordered my first Alpha-H Liquid Gold and I’m waiting with baited breath for its arrival. Okay, clearly a little neurotic. Anyway, thanks for this post about the Caudalie cleansing water. I got a sample from Sephora in a 500 point perk package and now I know what the heck I’m supposed to do with it.

  6. Not sure if it’d be the same outside Canada, but I picked up a little Caudalie package at Sephora with a lipbalm and a 50ml cleansing water. Nice way to try a couple products and not too expensive :)

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