tualique | lotus + rose micellar cleansing water

tualique lotus + rose micellar cleansing water

As a green beauty junkie, I admit that I get a little jealous of all the fun, innovative (gimmicky?) products that come to the larger beauty market.

Case in point: I’ve called sheet masks glorified serum delivery devices, yet get giddy at the cleaner options becoming available. 

Another product category that I raised my eyebrows at in the past, yet have fully embraced now is micellar cleansing water. Specifically, Tualique’s Lotus + Rose Micellar Cleansing Water.

{Tualique sent me a sample of its Lotus + Rose Micellar Cleansing Water. It costs $40 for a 50 ml pump bottle.}

A category of products I once thought of as “bottled water for your skin” has proven its place in my evening routine thanks to Tualique Lotus + Rose Micellar Cleansing Water.

This bottle of magic, made with lotus, avocado and bamboo, gently removes dirt, makeup and oil with soapberry-based micelles.

So, what exactly are micelles? Tualique’s founder, Silke Schneiders, explains:

Micelles are tiny ring-like structures formed by surfactants. In low concentrations, surfactants in water exist as isolated molecules. Above a certain concentration, they spontaneously form the structures that are called micelles. These micelles trap dirt and oil.

Silke chose soap berries in her micellar water formulation because of saponins’ antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties — perfect for a potential leave-on product.

“I knew I wanted to have more of a multi-functional product,” she says, “a one-step product for cleansing and toning.”

Beyond cleansing and toning, Tualique Lotus + Rose Micellar Cleansing Water contains naturally fragrant rosewater and lotus for comforting stressed skin. Strengthening bamboo bio-ferment and soothing and avocado bio-ferment enhance the calming effect.

To be clear, this is NOT just a bottle or rosewater. The texture is a little denser than water, and it contains a lot more interesting (fermented!) ingredients than a simple hydrosol or toner.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Aqua, Saponins, Cassia Angustifolia (Senna) Seed Polysaccharide, Sodium Cocoyl Apple Amino Acids, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus) Flower Extract, Lactobacillus/Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Arundinaria Gigantea (Bamboo) Leaf Ferment Filtrate, Betaine, Gluconolactone

Though Silke formulated Tualique Lotus + Rose Micellar Cleansing Water as dual cleansing and toning water, I don’t use it that way.

Instead of using it as a leave-on cleanser and toner, micellar water (no matter what the brand) is instead my go-to choice for gently removing that top layer of makeup, dirt and oil before going in for a more thorough oil and gel cleanse.

That’s right, I use this before I go in with an oil cleanser.

That’s because I find that using a micellar water before oil cleansing allows me to have a more enjoyable facial massage. Sure, that oil cleanse is dislodging a little more (including heavy eye makeup), but really, I’m indulging in that spa-at-home experience with my evening oil cleanses. Micellar water makes it possible.

On evenings where I’ve only used Tualique’s Lotus + Rose Micellar Cleansing Water before going in with my second cleanser (typically a gel or foaming cream), my skin has felt just as clean. But gosh do I enjoy those oil massages.

However, I’ve never used just micellar water as a cleanser and toner — unless you count a quick swipe in the morning, on a face that had a thorough routine the night before.

Call me a maximalist, but for someone who’s lived through acne, I take zero chances on evening cleansing routines. So, adding another product to my lineup is more appealing than trying to rid it of, potentially, three.

And I enjoy using Tualique’s Lotus + Rose Micellar Cleansing Water as an addition to my routine. For days when I wear heavy makeup, but am not quite ready to do my entire evening routine when I get home, micellar water provides a nice in-between clean that refreshes my complexion.

For that reason, micellar water — and specifically, Tualique’s Lotus + Rose Micellar Cleansing Water — is a repurchase in my book. It’s a wonderful, clean alternative to the fragrance-packed alternative.

Have you tried micellar water? What interesting product categories or packaging innovation do you want to see in green beauty this year? Have you tried anything from Tualique? Tell me in the comments!


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  • Fantastic Blog, and very interesting, i have learnt many things. Thank you.

  • Oh do this too: pre-cleanse with something like this and THEN oil cleanse :-)

  • I also use a micellar water before I cleanse. This Tualique one sounds lovely.

    Telina | Love, Telina

  • Liane Cral Moccia

    I am so excited to see your review of one of my FAVORITE products… I use Tualique’s Lotus + Rose Micellar Cleansing Water every night as a cleanser. I love that I can quickly swipe my face clean and don’t need to rinse off. Although I am not sure it’s mean’t to work as eye makeup remover – it works perfectly to remove my mascara, saving me another step (I use Kjaer Weis mascara). My face feel more nourished than with other cream based cleansers. This has become one of my “must-have” products – I can’t imaging my skincare routine without it!

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  • ARGV

    sorry if this is super-obvious, but i’ve never used micellar water, so i want to be sure i’m not guessing wrong – do you rinse it off before oil cleansing, or put it on, KEEP it on, and begin the oil cleanse with this as a sort of base?

    • No need to rinse. Just use this water on a cotton pad, move it all over your face to remove the first layer of makeup, and then go about with oil cleansing and regular cleansing to get everything clean! Think of this as more of a “de-greaser” or the equivalent of a makeup wipe — it gets the surface clean, but I’m pretty adamant about using oil cleansing to really dissolve everything. Good luck!

      • ARGV

        thanks!