How do you formulate a micellar water?
The classic composition of micellar water corresponds to 0.1 to 5% cleansing and solubilising surfactants (anionic/amphoteric/non-ionic, mild, capable of dissolving oils), 0.1 to 5% emollients/humectants and 0.1 to 5% active ingredients and preservatives.
What are Seppic's key ingredients that are best suited for formulating micellar water?
Surfactants & Solubilizers
Surfactants are the most important ingredients for micellar waters. The selected surfactants should have good cleansing properties, a low CMC (critical micellar concentration), a good skin compatibility profile and a non-skin drying effect.
Our alkyl polyglucosides are particularly interesting because they have a low CMC and thus form micelles even at a very low concentration.
Oramix CG110 is also a very good natural solubilizer, which helps to incorporate any fragrances.
SEPICLEAR™ G7 is another powerful, non-ionic & natural solubilizer. Unlike other natural solubilizers, it does not produce foam, which can be an essential point when formulating cosmetic products such as toners, facial or even micellar waters.
Active ingredients & preservation
Skin hydration is one of the most popular and important attributes of beauty products. Of course, this also applies to micellar water. AQUAXYL™, our moisturizing bestseller, is a sugar-based complex that hydrates the skin and strengthens the skin barrier and is perfect for this galenic.
For skin purity, Capryloyl Glycine, a glycine-based lipoamino acid, regulates oily and acne-prone skin while reducing impurities. FLUIDIPURE™ 8G, the liquid form of Capryloyl Glycine, is very suitable for the formulation of micellar water.
SEPICIDE™ G is also a skin cleansing agent for acne-prone skin, showing a broad antimicrobial spectrum and is also a solution for a mild and natural efficient preservative.
Seppic Micellar Water Formulations
Here are some examples from our formulation database:
A natural and minimalist micellar water that is particularly gentle and skin-friendly, making it ideal for sensitive skin! ORAMIX™ NS 10 gently cleanses the skin and removes make-up, while SEPICLEAR™ G7 as a non-foaming solubiliser allows the introduction of fragrance and supports cleansing. AQUAXYL™ moisturizes and restructures the skin by harmonizing the skin's water balance, and SEPICIDE™ G has skin-cleansing properties and ensures the natural preservation of the formulation.
EU07715 I COSMOS skin friendly micellar water
A deodorant & refreshing water to eliminate impurities and control body odours: A minimalist formula for sensitive skin!
ORAMIX™ CG 110 cleanses oily skin and solubilises the fragrance and FLUIDIPURE™ 8G helps to protect the product in addition to clarifying the skin: The dosage of the preservative can be reduced to 0.6% instead of 1% (challenge test: criterion A).
AS40033 - Deo Micellar Water
This minimalist, milky micellar water cares for the skin by gently soothing and removing make-up. The combination of ORAMIX™ CG 110 and EMOGREEN™ L19 helps remove even water-insoluble make-up such as mascara. AQUAXYL™ provides moisturising properties and SEA STARWORT™ OIL soothes sensitive skin.
EU07601A I SOFT MIZELLAR MILKWATER
(1) Based on Kingpin market research data.
(2) CAGR: compound annual growth rate
(3) Based on Mintel research data (first launches of micellar water between 2019 and 2021.