Waterless Cleansing: Bioderma Crealine Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution Cleanser Review

I mentioned before that life got really really really hectic this year, and there was a period when I was moving too (not so long ago) that I was literally living out of a suitcase…well, out of a Primark shopping bag with minimal beauty products. 

In this time, my skin actually – amazingly – settled down a lot. Is it perfect? Nope.  I still have to work on preventing early wrinkles and uneven tones! But it ‘calmed down’.  I am guessing it’s because in this time, I used waterless cleansers as it’s a lot quicker, and a really basic rich face cream. Done. 

There are 2 I have using endlessly (and I will review the other, Avene, at another point) and one of them is the famous Bioderma.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution Water Cleanser Review

I’ve heard so many good things about it I had to give it a try. I purchased from eBay where there seems to be a huge black market for this stuff! Shipping is quite expensive as it’s obviously a 500ml bottle of liquid!

So my problem with waterless cleansing is that it can feel less ‘clean’ than using a liquid or foaming cleanser.  When you rinse off with a water, it tends to feel fresher I think, and you can leave the pores feeling tighter with a little splash of cold water. 

However, when my skin is sensitive water can make it feel tight and dry.  

Bioderma Crealine Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution Cleanser is good for sensitive skin types. It is colour and fragrance free, and is supposed to remove eye make up too and has a neutral PH.

So I have been using this for a while. The bottle is huge and lasts quite well but obviously, if you wear make  up you have to wipe, wipe, wipe a bit more so you will get through this stuff quickly.  It takes a few goes to break through water resistant make up I think.

My test – before:

Bioderma Crealine Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution Water


Bioderma Crealine Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution Water 1

After about 6 cotton pads:

Bioderma Crealine Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution Water 2

You are supposed to let this dry on the skin afterwards if it feels a bit wet.

As you can see my hand is clean and the skin looks very non irritated and soft afterwards.

Overall I like this cleansing water but I still have some reservations about it:

– I don’t think cleanses completely brilliantly. It takes a while on some make up (as mentioned earlier) especially long lasting make up and you will use a lot of cotton pads in the process!

– It’s useless with my eye make up. A lot of reviews I saw said that it removes eye make up well, for me it doesn’t remove more then basic eyeshadow. My mascara requires another cleanser. 

– It definitely doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin BUT it doesn’t soothe either whereas Avene does.  

– There’s a few times I’ve noticed I got white bumps (easily squeezed) after using this.  


I like this cleanser and I will continue to use it but for me, Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser is superior because of the way it cleanses and refreshes the skin. It is more soothing, hydrates a little and is more substantial than the Bioderma.  It’s also cheaper and easier to get hold of! 

What do you think of Bioderma H20 Cleanser?

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  1. says

    thanks for pointing out the cons. I’ve read tons of great reviews about this cleanser both on blogsphere and on youtube. The white bumps part scared me… LOL

  2. Grace says

    Ohhh thanks for the great review (and semi-comparison to Avene) XD I like how you listed the pros and cons, unlike some reviews which only raved or hated on it. I have extremely sensitive and acne-prone skin so I’m probably going to skip this cause of the white bumps 😛 Are you going to do a review on the Avene one by any chance? I’m loving their thermal water mist!

  3. tigerslovepepper says

    Hi there! Thanks for the rev, I was curious about this product that seems like a must have. I think I will continue to use water and my beloved oils. A way more cheap and natural. :)

  4. Espenine says

    Sometimes after you get back home from outside, you just want a quick swipe of your face to feel refreshed. So I think this is good for those cleanse-makeup-before-the full-works-during-shower moments. I also have no problem with it removing light makeup – takes about 3 cotton pads for entire face. However if I have a full face of heavy, waterproof makeup, I would trust the FANCL Cleansing Oil to do a more thorough makeup removal.

  5. says

    I feel the same way as you – this is good for a pre-cleanse and removes foundation and sunscreen well, but it doesn’t really touch stubborn eye makeup! I prefer the Sonia Kashuk remover for that.

  6. says

    I was underwhelmed like you and found that it didn’t remove waterproof mascara at all. I think it’s good as an all over makeup remover but I feel like I need to use a separate facial wash to feel clean and fresh.