Have you heard of mycellar water before? I hadn’t until a few readers started asking me what my thoughts were on this supposedly magical must have beauty product. So of course, I started researching to see what all the fuss is about.
So what IS mycellar water?
Basically, it’s water that contains tiny droplets of cleansing oil molecules (known as micelles – hence the name mycellar water) suspended in soft water. These micelles are attracted to dirt, oil, sebum, and other impurities on the skin. When micellar water is used after cleansing, it draws out these impurities without drying out the outer most dermal layer of the skin, leaving it supple and moisturized! It’s basically all you need to cleanse, tone, and moisturize without the need for rinsing afterward. No stripping, no oiliness, just clean beautiful skin.
Mycellar water is also known to remove make-up without leaving behind an oily residue like traditional make-up removers. Its gentle properties make it perfect for dry sensitive skin types as it doesn’t strip or irritate the skin. Those with acne prone skin may find mycellar water to be the perfect addition to their skin care routine.
So clearly after reading all of these amazing things I was pretty eager to try it out!
However, all the mycellar water I’ve looked into so far contain less than natural ingredients. Such a bummer! So obviously, I needed to see if I could make mycellar water at home.
How to Make Mycellar Water with All-Natural Ingredients
I’ve looked at a ton of brands and their mycellar water ingredients and have come up with a few natural alternatives that will give you the same degree of efficacy without the chemicals.
The key we’re looking for is a mix of water, a humectant, and an astringent that will attract and suck up dirt, oil, make-up, and other residue on the skin without stripping or disrupting the acid mantle.
One of the best humectants I know of is vegetable glycerin; a fabled beauty secret in France for smooth supple skin. Glycerin is also known to help the skin retain moisture, smooth out rough texture, and gives the skin a healthy and moisturized appearance.
Next I needed and astringent, and what better choice than witch hazel? It helps remove dirt and excess oil while also tightening the pores.
Lastly, I needed water but not just any water! In order to keep the PH of the skin balanced, I needed a water that was healing, supportive, and nourishing for the skin. So of course, I went with rose water but you could honestly use any type of herbal hydrosol. You can learn how to make your own rose water here.
In the end, I also decided to add a tiny bit more moisture and healing properties by adding a few drops of carrier oil. You can use anything from sweet almond oil, argan oil, or rosehip oil for this but you may not need it. I decided to use ozone infused hemp seed oil for its acne fighting properties and healing benefits.
How to Make Mycellar Water at Home
Now that we know which ingredients we need, here’s how to make a 2oz batch of homemade mycellar water:
Loving Preparation – Mycellar Water Recipe
• Add each ingredient to the 2oz dropper bottle
• Cap closed and mix well before use
After cleansing the skin, add some homemade mycellar water to a cotton ball or pad and gently swipe it over the skin.
There is no need to rinse.
Repeat twice daily or as needed.
Since this is made with water and no preservatives, I keep the quantity small so I can use it up before it goes rancid. Typically, this recipe last a week out of the fridge and about 2 weeks in the fridge.
What is your favorite all natural mycellar water? Please let me know in the comments below!
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