February 28, 2017

Yes to Cucumbers Micellar Cleansing Water Review

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Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Micellar Cleansing Water ($8.99) is one of three new 95% natural cleansing micellar water created for sensitive skin using cucumber extract to help sooth and calm skin. Obviously, I’m not exactly the Yes to Cucumbers Micellar Cleansing Water demographic as my skin is not sensitive but it is dry. I decided to give this a shot anyway and see how it turned out as mostly I was curious if the formula would do well removing makeup and not so much calm irritated skin.

Let’s have a look!

Yes to Cucumbers Micellar Cleansing Water comes housed in a 7.77 oz bottle which has a handy flip top lid pump that allows you to press down to dispense the cleansing water right onto your cotton pad. You’re likely very familiar with this packaging if you love and use Bioderm’s formula as they have a fantastic pump dispenser that was released for a limited time but is now available permanetly. I highly recommend that packaging (and that formula as a matter of fact!). I was excited about this packaging as it’s quite a mess-free way of getting your cotton pad saturated with cleansing water. Sadly, it doesn’t quite work out as great as the Bioderm one. First of all, you have to press down very, very slowly otherwise the water shoots all over the place and makes a mess. Even when you’re doing it slowly you still end up with quite a mess on your hands. The pump doesn’t quite work well and micellar water either squirts everywhere or drips down the sides of the pump. I also had an issue getting this home as I purchased it at CVS but it only had a piece of tape holding the bottle closed. I didn’t think anything of it but when I got home I realized it the pump was dripping and I lost a good deal of the water. Thankfully that was the only thing in the bag otherwise, I’d have had a mess to clean up.

I’m unsure why we need this formulation in the line up since Yes to Cotton has a Micellar Cleansing Water available and that, too, was created with sensitive skin in mind. It seems odd two different formulas for sensitive skin types. Depending how cheap you are or what a stickler you are for ingredients you may or may not see this as a good value. Garnier’s Micellar Water is the same price, does a better job with removal, happens to be 13.5 oz in size, and it’s the same exact price. On the upside, Yes to Cucumber’s formula is apparently created with 95% natural ingredients and free of parabens. Although it does have a good deal of fragrance. It’s odd to me that they even include fragrance considering it is created to sooth sensitive skin. I found the fragrance very strong. It’s a fresh, fake-ish cucumber scent that was pleasant enough to my nose but it’s likely too strong for sensitive users. Notice that the back of the bottom says to avoid contact with eyes. To me, this translates as you can’t use it near your eyes. I find a lot of different micellar waters and skincare products have this warning lately. Yes To has a lot of different products they they suggest not using near eyes.

I don’t know about you but if I can’t remove my eye makeup with a micellar water the product becomes a little pointless to me. Micellar water is sort of my lazy girl’s guide to makeup removal. It’s when I’m tired and just can’t take the time out to do my normal double cleanse routine with a separate eye makeup remover. It’s what I use when I want to get bed fast. Swipe, no rinsing needed, and I can head right to bed. If I have to use a separate eye makeup remover that adds extra time on what should be a quick task. I did, for the sake of this review, use this on my eyes. It stings a little tiny bit but nothing too bad. Note, it contains niacinamide and I don’t know if this is something you want to get in your eyes. It did an ok job with eye makeup removal but I had to use a few cotton pads as well as a good deal of the water to remove my waterproof mascara and after that a lot still remained on my eyes as the next day I woke up looking like a racoon. Likewise for my face! I used several pieces of facial cotton and A LOT of the cleansing water to get all my makeup off.

The good news is there is no sticky, tacky feel after using this formula. I wouldn’t say it left me hydrated but it didn’t dry my skin out eiter.

Would I buy it again?

Probably not. I’ve run across far better formulas that are eye safe!

Yes to Cucumbers Micellar Cleansing Water just didn’t cut it in term of formula, size, price, and value. There’s a lot to be disappointed about here unfortunately.

Yes to Cucumbers Micellar Cleansing Water is available now at ulta.com and amazon.com.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Pandora

    Muse, I definitely feel the same way when it comes to skincare products ex. cleansers, cleansing oils, and micellar waters. Many people expect them to not only clean the skin of impurities and debris but to also remove makeup. If they can’t then what’s the point? I have yet to find my holy grail micellar water. The Simple one does a great job at taking makeup off, but although it is “unscented”, I can still totally smell the formaldehyde in it. I am new to the Yes To brand and attracted to their more natural formulas but will skip this one and try definitely something else from the brand. Any recommendations?

    • Isabella Muse

      Exactly. Also, if it can’t be used on eyes what is the point!? I like the Simple one too but yes, you can still smell a little something odd there. Bioderma is probably the best I’ve tried. Garnier comes a close second BUT that’s one that says avoid contact with eyes as well, IDGI!?

      • Annie

        > Bioderma is probably the best I’ve tried.

        PREACH! I’ve yet to encounter a more effective or less irritating micellar water. I’m so happy now that Amazon Prime is both the seller and shipper of Bioderma Hydrabio Micellar water now in all sizes ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Isabella Muse

          couldn’t agree more, it’s one of the few products that actually deserves its cult following!

      • Sara

        Any recommendations for a natural/toxic free eye makeup remover that is cruelty free?

    • Aneiren

      Formaldehyde? For real!? Whoa. I have been interested in trying a micellar water as an after heavy sweating workout pre cleansing balm but have been hesitant with mu sensitive skin.

    • Aneiren

      I just looked and whoa you’re right! Why would they do that I do not understand! I used the NARS Sheer Glow foundation once and within twelve hours broke out in a rash. I later found it to contain one of these sneaky #&%(*&#(*^&#@(*^#ing formaldehyde releasing ingredients, which I blame for the rash!

  • EliCaroline

    Avoid contact with eyes? For real? I’m with you if you can’t use it to remove eye makeup, it’s garbage.

  • Sarah

    I bought this as a travel size at Target for 4$. I would say it’s ok. The ironic thing is the cucumber line is tailored for sensitive skin, and for me, it irritates my skin. I have no idea why. But, this is fine for a second cleanse. Still have not found anything like Bioderma.

    • Isabella Muse

      could be the fragrance could be the niacinamide! Bioderma is def great!

  • Michelle

    I actually liked this cleanser. The Garnier brand made my skin oily feeling afterwards. What other cleaner would you reccomend?

    • Isabella Muse

      did you try the original pink label formula? That won’t make you oily! Bioderma is great, Simple is another one worth trying…!

      • Michelle

        I tried the blue label actually! I love the Simple line so I will definitely look into that next time! Thank you for the reccomendations and also for this blog! ๐Ÿ™‚ Im obsessed and check it every day!

        • Isabella Muse

          that’s why. I only use the blue on my eyes because I’m like you it makes me feel oily and gross. try this one: https://www.musingsofamuse.com/2015/07/garnier-cleansing-micellar-water-review.html Oh my pleasure, no thanks needed ๐Ÿ™‚ here’s a review of the simple one if you want: https://www.musingsofamuse.com/2015/02/simple-cleansing-micellar-water-review.html Aw thank YOU! and I’m sorry, I’ve been a little slow posting lately but I hope to get back into a better schedule soon xoxo!

          • Lorraine. E.R

            I have oily skin and use the pink one all over my face and it’s been pretty good, definitely doesn’t make me oily luckily! My skin has enough of that naturally. I even use it for a refresher through the day when I’m not wearing makeup and feel oily/dirty and just want to swipe my face with something and get it clean feeling without having to do a whole cleansing .

          • Isabella Muse

            Likewise, she was using the blue label, that one is oily :-/

          • Brandy

            I just bought the blue bottle of Garnier to use to remove my eye makeup. It took so many cotton rounds to get get most of my eyeliner off, and then I had to go back in with my Clinique stuff to get the rest. It also left my eyelids and parts of my fingers with white dry patches and my eyes were dry and burning for the rest of the night. Yuck. I threw it right in the trash.

          • Isabella Muse

            Oh no! Sorry to hear it ๐Ÿ™ I like the blue bottle for eye makeup remover but hate it all over my face! Sorry to hear your bad luck with it!

          • Brandy

            It’s ok Muse. I just have really sensitive eyes (possibly ocular rosacea) so it was probably not a common reaction. I just thought I could try going cheaper because spending $20 on Clinique every other month was making me really angry. Lol. I looked at the Cetaphil stuff you recommended but I wasn’t sure if the benzyl alcohol in it would cause dryness. It’s in the Neutrogena eye makeup remover which also caused irritation for me.

          • Isabella Muse

            Skip it brand if the Neutrogena had a bad effect, it likely won’t change with Cetaphil! Neutrogena is typically derm recommended, surprised it didn’t work out for you ๐Ÿ™

  • Alexis Towle

    Micellar water is just one of products that seems really gimmicky to me. That being said I really want to try this product. The Say Yes line is incredible.

  • Jane

    Shame, I love the Yes To range. I’m in the UK Isabella, do you know if the new cotton range and the shower cocktails will be launched here or are they US only? Re micellar waters I can thoroughly recommend La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Micellar Makeup Removal Gel. Very fresh, unscented and fine to use on eyes, plus no parabens.

    • Isabella Muse

      I know ๐Ÿ™ sad sigh! I’m not sure but I’m sure you’ll get them at some point Jane! That’s a good pick ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Kay

    I use the Yes To Cucumbers daily moisturiser and love it, it’s really done great things for my sensitive skin! I picked up the cleansing wipes when my old ones ran out and noticed the scent was a lot more artificial and…well, scenty! than the moisturiser. So I’m a little disappointed to hear this has the same problem, I might otherwise have tried it if it came to the UK. The wipes don’t irritate my skin at all but I’m not keen on the stronger scent. Thanks for the review Muse ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Isabella Muse

      I honestly never used the daily moisturizer so I can’t really say if the fragrances are the same but if you’re getting the synthetic scent from the wipes chances are that’s the fragrance I’m getting from this cleansing water ;D It’s not a bad scent, it’s just very “real” if that makes sense ๐Ÿ˜€ My pleasure!!!!!!!!

      • Kay

        I think the daily moisturiser smells a lot “fresher” and has a more natural, cucumber-y smell. It’s very mild and I would recommend it to anyone with sensitive skin. But yeah, I’d be willing to bet this smells just the same as the wipes too, and also agree that it’s not bad, just obviously artificial. The packaging is so cute that I bet I’ll try another type of Yes To wipes before I write them all off though ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • Isabella Muse

          sounds nicer than this synthetic fragrance! Shame they feel the need to put so much fragrance in their products blah!

  • maureen tzudiker

    Thank you so much for explaining how the pump actually works! I had no idea. I was keeping it closed and pumping and it was dripping everywhere. I was looking for instructions SOMEWHERE since I’m not familiar with Bioderma’s pump. Anyways thank you and I found the formula to be nice but it also scares me that you can’t use it around your eyes. I almost want to try the Yes to Cotton one to compare.

    • Isabella Muse

      oh no problem! Just put your cotton on top, push down, and it’ll flow ๐Ÿ™‚ I know, I really don’t get cleansers that suggest avoiding contact with eyes, what’s the point?! Weird right? I’m glad you got it working! :