Pacifica Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic–Easy Cleansing with the Help of Micelles

It is very important to wash your face every morning and night to remove makeup and impurities. I always wash my face in the shower, but I only shower once a day. For as long as I can remember, I’ve hated washing my face in the sink. Because of that, when I was a teenager, I simply refused to wash my face except for in the shower because I hated washing my face in the sink that much. Awful, I know! I probably would’ve had far fewer pimples if I’d just washed my face every morning. Alas, we live and we learn.

Eventually I started using a washcloth on my face every morning to wipe off excess oils and that was better than nothing, but far from ideal. Fast forward another few years and I found a similar, yet far superior solution in the form of micellar water. Micellar water originated in France in the early 1900s because the tap water was so harsh on skin. This product is relatively new to the U.S. but has gained much popularity and many brands now make their own micellar waters. I’m so grateful we have this product available now; it makes for easy cleansing with the help of micelles!

How does micellar water work?

When micellar water first became popular in the U.S., I was very skeptical. I thought it was just glorified water. Not true! There is some very interesting science behind this product. Micellar water contains micelles which attract and trap dirt, oil, and makeup which is then wiped away. Micelles act like magnets to remove all impurities and effectively cleanse the skin. 

Micellar water is hydrating and gentle, without leaving any residue behind. Since there is no residue, there is no need to rinse with water. A lot of micellar waters contain additional ingredients that are beneficial to the skin, making them a great alternative to traditional cleansing!

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This will come as a surprise to no one that knows how much I love Pacifica products, but my current micellar water is Pacifica Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic. I was having a hard time finding a cruelty-free micellar water for a long time and I was so excited to find this one! If you’re interested in learning more about this product, please keep reading. 🙂

Product claims directly from

We make it easy to be good with this simple step in cleansing that requires no water and no rinsing. Fortified with coconut, calendula and grapefruit waters, this powerful tonic helps capture and lift away dirt, oil and impurities without harsh rubbing or over-drying.

Other product details

  • Price: $12.00
  • Net weight: 8 oz.
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Formulated without parabens, phthalates, SLS, or mineral oil
  • For all skin types
  • Bottle made with 100% recycled plastic
  • Where to buy: and
  • Ships to USA and Canada only
  • Overall rating: 8.8/10
    • Ease of application: 9/10
    • Cleansing: 8/10
    • Ingredients: 8/10
    • Fragrance: 9/10
    • 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.

Ease of application

If you’re not already familiar with micellar water, you might be wondering how to use it. It should first be applied to a cotton ball, cotton round, or washcloth, then massaged on the skin to remove all impurities. 

I like to use cotton rounds that are machine-washable because I try to reduce my waste where I can. Disposable ones like the ones pictured are accumulating in our landfills. Reusable cotton rounds like these bamboo cotton rounds on Amazon are a great choice because they’re black and won’t show any stains.

This product is packaged in a bottle with the type of cap that you press one side to open. I find that sometimes I get too much product on the cotton round because this type of packaging doesn’t give you much control. Control is nice to have when you’re working with a product that is literally the same texture as water! In my opinion, the best type of packaging for any micellar water would be the kind of pump that you push straight down with the cotton pad (or cotton ball) and a small amount of the product is dispensed on it.

Other than my minor complaint about the packaging, this micellar water is very easy to use! So much better than washing my face in the sink where I get half my hair wet and splash water everywhere. 😀


I only use micellar water to cleanse my face in the morning because I feel that it works best to remove excess oils and any remaining product that I applied the night before. My face always feels very fresh and clean after I’ve used this micellar water. 

While micellar water can also be used to remove makeup, I feel like I have to rub my face too hard to remove sunscreen and makeup. I don’t mind this because I usually shower at night and wash my face with traditional face wash to remove my sunscreen and makeup. 


aqua (purified), sorbitan oleate decylglucoside crosspolymer, decyl glucoside, glycerin, cocos nucifera (coconut) water, calendula officinalis (flower) extract, citrus grandis (grapefruit) fruit water, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, parfum (natural).

It’s so refreshing to me to see a short ingredient list like this one. This micellar water only contains ten ingredients! There isn’t anything inherently wrong with products that have a longer list of ingredients, but the more ingredients there are, the more likely it is that something in it will cause problems for someone.

Some of these ingredients sound a little scary, but most of them are really good! Sorbitan oleate decylglucoside crosspolymer is the cleansing agent that contains micelles which do the heavy lifting in this product. There are four other ingredients that have great benefits:

  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Coconut water
    • Moisturizes and nourishes
  • Calendula Flower Extract
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Antioxidant
    • Skin soothing
  • Grapefruit water
    • Antibacterial
    • Mattifying 

While grapefruit water is a good ingredient to see, it’s important to note that it could be sensitizing if the concentration of grapefruit oil is too high. I’m guessing that in this case, the concentration is probably low because there is not even a hint of citrus scent in this product.

There are four other ingredients that are “neutral,” or as I think of them, “supporting actors.” Lastly, there is only one bad ingredient in this formula…you guessed it, the bad ingredient is “parfum” because we have no way of knowing what that fragrance is comprised of. I understand why companies don’t want to disclose their proprietary fragrance blends, but it’s pretty frustrating when trying to analyze the ingredients.


This micellar water has a very pleasant fragrance. It smells like coconuts, which I always love! The scent is very similar to that of the Pacifica Coconut Milk Cream to Foam Face Wash that I also enjoy.

As much as I like the scent of this product, I think it would still smell really good if they hadn’t added the “parfum.” Coconut water is the fifth ingredient on the list, so on its own the product would probably still have a very nice fragrance. In my eyes, added fragrance is unnecessary and causes problems for a lot of people with sensitive skin. However, if you don’t have sensitive skin, you probably won’t have any problems with this product. It feels very gentle on my skin.


As usual, Pacifica’s pricing is very fair! This product is $12.00 which might sound a little high for a drugstore brand’s cleansing product. However, you must keep in mind that it’s an eight ounce bottle, which means it’s only $1.50/ounce. 

It’s also important to note that there aren’t many cruelty-free skincare brands with drugstore prices that offer micellar water (at least not that I’ve found so far). That makes this product extra special to me!

I am so so happy that I discovered micellar water when I did! I’m sure my skin is grateful as well!

I have really been enjoying the Pacifica Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic. This is the second micellar water from Pacifica that I’ve tried. The first was their Kale Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic. That one is good too, but it doesn’t smell very good and I remember it stinging my eyes. There’s also a Rose Water option that might be a good option for those that enjoy rose-scented products. If you like coconut-scented products, you should definitely go for my top pick! 😉

Have you ever tried micellar water? How do you use it? Please comment below!


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