Derma E Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water–Waterless Cleansing with a Boost of Antioxidants

Last week, I wrote a post about vitamin C in skincare and discovered there are even more benefits vitamin C provides to the skin than I realized. I’m always happy to find effective skincare products that contain vitamin C, whether it’s pure vitamin C (ascorbic acid) or a vitamin C derivative. I use Good Molecules Vitamin C Booster Powder (which consists only of ascorbic acid) in my skincare routine twice a week, but I like to work vitamin C in through daily use products as well.

Derma E Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing WaterI usually start my morning skincare routine with micellar water instead of a traditional face wash, and the one I’ve been using recently is the Derma E Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water. This micellar water contains sodium ascorbyl phosphate which is a vitamin C derivative that is more stable than ascorbic acid. I like that this product allows me to start my skincare routine every day with a boost of vitamin C. After I cleanse with this micellar water, I follow it up with the Good Molecules Niacinamide Brightening Toner which contains another vitamin C derivative. These products make my skin feel lightly hydrated, fresh, and healthy.

Keep reading for a full review of Derma E Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water!

Derma E Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water product claims directly from DermaE.com

This refreshing Vitamin C cleansing water dissolves long-lasting makeup and impurities, while improving the appearance of skin’s texture and promoting healthy collagen. Micellar technology gently lifts off dirt without rinsing, while maintaining skin’s proper balance. Anti-aging Probiotics and antioxidant-rich Rooibos help skin to appear brighter and replenished.

We use a stable form of Vitamin C that won’t evaporate or alter before absorbing into your skin, to work better for you, naturally.

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Other product details

  • Price: $12.95
  • Net weight: 6 oz.
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • Free of GMOs, gluten, soy, parabens, sulfates, petrolatum, mineral oil, phthalates, and sodium lauryl sulfates
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Where to buy: DermaE.com or Amazon.com
    • DermaE.com unfortunately only ships within the United States.
    • Amazon.com ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
  • Overall rating: 8.8/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 9/10
    • Cleansing: 8/10
    • Ingredients: 9/10
    • Fragrance: 8/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging/ease of application

This product is packaged the same as most other micellar waters I’ve seen; it comes in a clear plastic bottle with a tilt-style cap. This type of packaging works reasonably well for dispensing the product, but it doesn’t provide as much control as I’d like since the texture of micellar waters is just as thin as actual water. I tend to pour out a conservative amount of this product because if you’re not careful it’s easy to get too much. I think it would be nice if this micellar water was packaged in a bottle with a pump that you press down to dispense the product, rather than flipping the bottle upside down to pour.

This micellar water can be applied with cotton balls, cotton rounds, or washcloths. I always use machine-washable cotton rounds since this is a product I use every day, and I try to reduce waste where I can. These black cotton rounds on Amazon would be a good choice because they won’t show stains like lighter colors or white would. Once the micellar water is dispensed on some kind of applicator, it’s very easy to sweep over the skin.

Some other micellar waters I’ve used in the past are a bit irritating around the eyes, and I don’t generally have very sensitive eyes so it’s surprising when that happens. Fortunately, this one is quite gentle (at least for me, as someone that doesn’t have sensitive skin). I’ve never experienced any sort of irritation from this product, even around my eyes.

I appreciate how easy this micellar water is to use. It’s much quicker and less messy than a regular face wash, because there’s no leaning over the sink splashing water everywhere! 🙂

Cleansing

I primarily use this micellar to cleanse my face in the morning, to remove any residue from my night time skincare and also excess oils. It works very well for that purpose and I think that is its ideal use. This is a very lightweight cleansing product and in my opinion, it doesn’t work as well to remove makeup.

I occasionally use this product at night as well on days that I don’t wear any makeup. I use tinted sunscreens daily and it works quite well to remove those. However, those are easier to remove than actual makeup. In the past, I’ve found that I have to tug on my skin too much to remove makeup with micellar water. For that reason, I never use this micellar water to remove makeup. 

My skin always feels fresh and clean after I’ve cleansed with this micellar water. I’m very pleased with its performance as my morning cleansing product!

Ingredients

Finally, my favorite category, and the one that is most important (in my humble opinion)!

I was very happy to see that Derma E’s Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water only contains 14 ingredients:

Purified Water, Propanediol, Sorbitan Oleate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Phytic Acid, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Polymnia Sonchifolia (Yacón) Root Juice, Maltodextrin, Lactobacillus, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Natural Fragrance Oils

Please note that this list differs slightly from the ingredient list shown online. I opted to use the list shown on the packaging because I’ve found that the packaging generally has the most accurate list.

The most important ingredient in this product is Sorbitan Oleate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer, because it is the cleansing ingredient that contains micelles. Micelles attract and trap impurities which then can be easily wiped away; they act like magnets to effectively cleanse the skin. There are five other ingredients in this formula that stand out as exciting skin-loving ingredients (please note that my primary resources for ingredient information are INCI Decoder and Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary):

  • Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate
    • Sodium form of vitamin C
    • Very stable
  • Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide
    • Probiotic
    • Protects and stimulates beneficial microbial skin flora
    • Also stimulates the antimicrobial peptide released by skin cells
  • Polymnia Sonchifolia (Yacón) Root Juice
    • Provides short and long term moisture to the skin
  • Lactobacillus
    • Probiotic
    • Balances natural flora on the skin’s surface
    • Repairs skin barrier
    • Humectant
  • Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Leaf Extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Anti-inflammatory

I love it when I find new beneficial skincare ingredients that I’ve never seen before. That was the case with all of these except for sodium ascorbyl phosphate. This is the first skincare product I’ve ever used that contains probiotics. I think they’re a brilliant addition to protect the skin in a unique way. 

I was also very pleased to see sodium ascorbyl phosphate pretty high up the list (fifth ingredient), because that means the concentration of that ingredient is reasonably high, and more likely to benefit the skin. Once sodium ascorbyl phosphate absorbs and converts to ascorbic acid, it provides several benefits to the skin like evening out skin tone, fading brown spots, brightening the skin, protecting skin from free radical damage, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, boosting collagen production, and keeping skin hydrated.

Seven of the ingredients in this product are what I call “neutral” ingredients because they are important for keeping the product stable and making it work properly, but they don’t help or hurt the skin in any way. These are ingredients like solvents, emulsifiers, and preservatives.

The only potentially harmful ingredient, or I suppose I should say “ingredients” is natural fragrance oils, at the very end of the list. Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing which or how many fragrance oils are used. I think that at least some of them are citrus oils because this product has a very fruity scent and vitamin C products are often made to smell citrusy. These natural fragrance oils shouldn’t be a problem for most people, especially since the concentration is low, but those with sensitive skin could experience some irritation. 

Overall, I think Derma E did a good job of formulating this micellar water with a good mix of necessary ingredients and bonus ingredients that are great for maintaining healthy youthful skin.

Fragrance

I briefly touched on this product’s fragrance in the previous section, but that was from an ingredient standpoint only. What does it smell like? It’s a unique scent that I can’t quite put my finger on, but the closest thing I can compare it to is Fruit Loops or Fruity Pebbles cereal. It has a very sweet fruity smell, that leans more toward citrus than other fruits. The smell doesn’t linger, so if this type of scent doesn’t appeal to you, then it probably isn’t enough to make you not want to use it.

While I wish fragrance wasn’t so common in skincare products, I do enjoy the scent of this product. It’s very pleasant without being too strong.

Price

Derma E Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water is $12.95. That seems a little high for a drugstore skincare brand, but only slightly. My previous micellar water, Pacifica Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic is $12.00 for a larger bottle, but that product doesn’t contain any of the unique ingredients found in this one from Derma E. I don’t mind paying a little bit more for products that are made with special ingredients like these, so I think $12.95 is a very fair price for this Derma E micellar water. 

I think I mentioned this in the product review for the Pacifica micellar water too, but I still have not found very many cruelty-free micellar waters. There are plenty of micellar waters on the market, but most of them are not cruelty-free. If more cruelty-free companies start to add micellar waters to their collections, that increased competition might result in slightly lower prices, but for now I have no problem paying $12.95 for a bottle of this magical water. 😉


While Derma E Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water doesn’t feel like anything particularly special on the skin, it is very effective for a quick morning cleanse. It also has an impressive ingredient list, smells great, and it’s affordable!

I would definitely recommend this micellar water to anyone looking for a quick morning cleansing product. The ingredients would be beneficial to all skin types, but those with sensitive skin may need to avoid this product due to the natural fragrance oils. If you’ve never had problems with fragrance oils in the past, this product shouldn’t give you any trouble.

Do you use micellar water in your morning or evening skincare routines? Which cruelty-free micellar water is your favorite? Please let me know in the comments below.

Lauren

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