Since I reviewed Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder a couple of months ago, that’s become my primary morning cleansing product. As much as I enjoy that cleanser, it’s not the most efficient for a quick cleanse when I want to speed through my skincare routine. On those mornings that I want to cut down on my time getting ready, micellar water is my go-to product for removing excess oils and residue from nighttime skincare products. The micellar water I’m currently using is Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water.
I always have a micellar water in my skincare collection, but this is the first I’ve tried from Yes To. When I ordered it I was very excited about its hydration, and the packaging! I’ll explain about that and more in my full product review. Please continue reading to learn more about Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water!
Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water product claims from Yes To on Amazon.com (this product isn’t listed on YesTo.com)
Yes to coming clean with coconut extract and micellar water to remove makeup, cleanse and moisturize skin all-in-one, without rinsing. This gentle cleansing water draws out impurities without drying your skin. Specially formulated to help soften and smooth skin while providing needed hydration. The unique, easy-to-use pump dispenses the perfect amount each time, mess free.
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Other product details
- Price: $7.59 (please note that prices tend to fluctuate often on Amazon)
- Net weight: 7.77 oz. | 230 ml
- Made in the USA
- Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
- 95% natural ingredients
- Recyclable packaging
- Shelf life: 12 months
- Where to buy: Amazon.com
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- Overall rating: 8.6/10
- Packaging/ease of application: 8/10
- Cleansing: 8/10
- Gentleness: 10/10
- Ingredients: 7/10
- 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
Finally, a micellar water with a pump dispenser! I reviewed two other micellar waters before this one, and I mentioned in both of those reviews that I wished they had pump dispensers. I just think this type of packaging makes the most sense for a micellar water because of the very watery consistency. The pump on Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water gives me more control over how much product comes out and (usually) keeps me from spilling on the counter.
While I am thrilled about the pump on this product’s packaging, I have a couple of minor complaints about it. First, the pump is made of a pretty lightweight plastic so it feels flimsy. I’m very careful when using it because I don’t want to knock the bottle over. The flip top on the pump is not very effective. It doesn’t close securely, so even though the pump does twist to lock, I wouldn’t ever travel with this micellar water. If you do want to travel with it, I’d recommend pouring some into a travel bottle to prevent leaks.
This micellar water can be used with cotton balls or pads; I prefer to use reusable washable cotton rounds. Yes To recommends two presses of the pump to get the right amount of micellar water, but I don’t find that to be enough. I probably use four pumps most mornings. If I don’t get enough on the cotton round, I don’t feel like I’m able to sufficiently cleanse my skin.
Once I have the micellar water dispensed on a cotton round, it’s very easy to use. I quickly sweep it over my whole face and I’m ready to move on to the rest of my skincare routine without rinsing.
I don’t have very high expectations for the cleansing power of micellar waters. I feel like, for the most part, they all perform very similarly. I might feel differently if I used them to remove makeup, but I don’t. I almost exclusively use micellar water in my morning skincare routine to remove excess oil and any remaining skincare from the previous night. This Yes To Coconut micellar water is very effective for that type of light cleanse.
If I really don’t want to wash my face at night, and if I only need to remove sunscreen (no makeup), I will occasionally use this micellar water for that as well. It is effective for removing my water-resistant sunscreen, but I have to tug at my skin a bit to get it all off. That’s the same reason I don’t use it to remove makeup; I don’t want to tug on my skin!
While I don’t use this product to remove makeup from my face, I did use a different method to see if it would remove makeup. I applied some e.l.f. No Budge Shadow Stick (which really is “no budge”), foundation, and concealer to my arm and let it all set. I then wiped over all of it with the micellar water on a cotton round and all of it wiped away quickly! I did have to go over the shadow stick a few times to fully remove it, but no scrubbing was needed. I was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked!
With all that being said, this micellar water might not be as effective at removing a full face of makeup because that’s a much larger amount of product. Additionally, there are often multiple layers of makeup (primer, foundation, powder, blush, etc.) on some parts of the face.
A problem I’ve had with some micellar waters in the past is eye-irritation. That’s a common complaint I’ve heard from others as well. Whenever I try a new one, I have to wonder if it will be irritating or not.
I’ve been very happy with the gentleness of Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water. When I use it, I never experience any kind of irritation on my skin, or around my eyes. I’ve definitely gotten it in my eyes by accident before, so I can vouch for how gentle this product is!
There are unfortunately some ingredients that could be irritating for some people, but I’ve been lucky that I haven’t ever reacted badly despite those ingredients. I’ll go into detail about those ingredients in the next section.
While all of my rating categories are important in their own ways, ingredients are #1 in my eyes when forming an opinion on a skincare product. Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water only contains 15 ingredients! Here is the full list:
Water (Aqua), Pentylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-4 Laurate/Sebacate, Polyglyceryl-4 Capylate/Caprate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Hexylene Glycol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Niacinamide, Disodium EDTA, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum)
A lot of those ingredients look pretty intimidating, right? Do not fear! Most of those scientific names are solvents and cleansing agents, which are important in a cleansing water.
I break down ingredients into three categories: good, neutral, and bad. Good ingredients provide skincare benefits, neutral ingredients don’t directly benefit or harm the skin, while bad ingredients have the potential to irritate skin. In Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water, there are four good ingredients, nine neutral ingredients, and two “bad” ingredients. I’ll start with the good ones (please note that my primary resources for ingredient information are INCI Decoder and Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary):
- Coconut Fruit Extract
- Loaded with vitamins and fatty acids
- Aloe Leaf Juice
- Helps wound healing
- Biosaccharide Gum-1
- S.M.A.R.T. sugar
- Soothing, moisturizing, anti-aging, resurfacing, and touch properties (provides a soft touch feeling on the skin)
- S.M.A.R.T. sugar
- Improves appearance of enlarged pores
- Regulates oil secretion
- Evens skin tone
- Softens fine lines
Since micellar water is a no-rinse cleansing product, it’s great to see these ingredients that hydrate, soothe, and more! I was especially happy to see niacinamide in this product as it’s one of my all-time favorite skincare ingredients. It’s a multitasker that’s very effective for a lot of people!
The “neutral” ingredients in this product are nothing to be concerned about. I already mentioned the solvents and cleansing agents. There are also things like a chelating agent (neutralizes metal ions to keep the formula from changing), antimicrobial, and pH adjuster. While these ingredients don’t directly benefit the skin, without them, the formula couldn’t work.
Now for those naughty “bad” ingredients… The first may surprise you: witch hazel water, which seems to effectively be the same as witch hazel. While witch hazel has antioxidant and soothing properties, there is an antioxidant component called “tannin” that can make it sensitizing. Witch hazel also contains a fragrance called “eugenol” which may be sensitizing for some.
The other bad ingredient probably isn’t much of a surprise: fragrance! Fragrance blends, both natural and synthetic, are common skin irritants. It’s completely unnecessary and is better left out of skincare products. With that being said, this micellar water does have a lovely coconut scent!
Since I usually go through micellar water pretty quickly, I don’t like to spend very much money on it. When I came across Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water, I was pleasantly surprised by its very affordable price! It is only $7.59 for 7.77 ounces of product, which is a generous amount. That’s less than a dollar per ounce!
I previously reviewed Derma E Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water and Pacifica Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic. While they are good products, they are significantly more expensive than this one from Yes To. I’m not impressed with every product I’ve seen from Yes To, but it’s definitely one of the most affordable skincare brands at the drugstore.
It can be difficult to find cruelty-free micellar waters because a lot of cruelty-free skincare companies simply don’t make them. I’m glad Yes To created this one, and at such an affordable price! I’m very impressed with Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water. The packaging, cleansing, gentleness, most of the ingredients, and of course the price, are excellent! I didn’t touch on this in the review, but this product also feels very nice on the skin. It provides light hydration and feels very much like a hydrating toner.
Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water is a great option for anyone looking for a quick cleansing option. It’s also perfect for those times that you may need to avoid cleansing with water, such as after an eye surgery. I had LASIK surgery a few years ago and micellar water was just what I needed to keep my skin clean while avoiding water around my eyes.
The only people I may advise to avoid this micellar water would be those with very sensitive skin. While they don’t bother my skin, witch hazel water and fragrance do have the potential to cause irritation for some.
Do you ever use micellar water in your skincare routine? Which ones do you find to be most effective? Please let me know in the comments below!