Sunday, 7 September 2014

Battle of the cleansing waters: Bee Good vs REN


 Cleansing waters or Micellar waters get a lot of press from beauty bloggers, many swear by them for make up removal and some even for cleansing (*gasps*). I am going to say outright that I am not a fan of these for anything other than make up removal, they never will replace a good cleanse with a flannel and warm water, I like to wash my face and I haven't found a product yet that could sway me otherwise.
What I do find these useful for quick make up removal before the gym or to remove daytime grime before redoing my make up for the evening, or as a pre-cleanse, I think they are much better than cleansing wipes which I haven't bought in years. I have been testing these two cleansing waters of late so I thought it would be a good idea to compare them and see which one comes out on top. I want to point out something about these products and that is that even though they both come from cleaner brands I wouldn't describe the ingredients list of either perfect, as they are a water based make up remover most brands I have come across have at least one ingredient which I would usually avoid, so it is essential to really do your research on this one if you are looking for purity. Despite that I still use these and have used others with similar ingredients, life is a compromise and you can do worse than these products too. Now that's out the way let's get on to the performance: 

Bee Good Honey and Wild water mint 3-in-1 cleansing water* (£10 for 100 mls) This is a very nice budget friendly cleansing water, it contains some great ingredients such as honey, propolis, water mint and red algae and some not so great like PEG's, all PEG's are not created equal mind you but I will leave that as a topic for another day. The performance is brilliant as it removes all make up easily (I don't wear waterproof mascara though) there is no stinging or any irritation and the product doesn't have a scent that I can detect. The bottle is light and practical for travelling, I took this away with me over the summer and found really useful, I did find I had to follow up with a spray toner as otherwise my skin felt a little tacky for a couple of minutes. The Bee Good cream cleanser is still my favourite from the range, that is a star product for me. 

REN Rosa centifolia 3-in-1 cleansing water (£13 for 200 mls) This one is ml per ml cheaper than the Bee Good version although neither will break the bank. This has a gentle smell of roses which is lovely but I did find this one slightly less effective at removing make up and slightly more drying on the skin probably because it is mainly rosewater and glycerine which has a few different preservatives in it whereas the Bee Good has the honey and propolis, it also stings my eyes significantly so I avoid that area entirely. As usual the preservatives are where things get controversial, this contains two, both of which have their issues, again important to research well and REN list full ingredients, so it's up to you what you feel comfortable with. 


I tested both of these on their 3-in-1 claims and both fell dramatically short on that mark, I used these instead of my normal cleansing routine twice once each and the results were dreadful, I woke up to flaky dull skin. For me these are make up removers and nothing more despite what they say on the bottle, if you have less demanding skin than mine maybe you can get away with using them exclusively but I think you will regret it in the end, maybe not at much as using face wipes which is possible the ultimate beauty sin but long term I can't see how they are good for your skin without a proper cleanse. So there you have it both good options if you are after a cleansing water, they are useful for removing heavy make up but for me nothing beats a good oil or balm. 

Ana x

*Indicates a sample was generously provided, all thoughts, opinions and beauty musings my own.


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  1. I like both of these but like you use them as a pre-cleanse x

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    1. I wish companies would market them that way, anything else just doesn't make sense to me! Xx

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  2. I agree. I really want to be able to use them as marketed, especially for travelling, where carrying a damp flannel in my wash bag after my usual balm cleanse isn't enjoyable (fine if you are somewhere warm where things dry fast, but not for overnight in the UK)... But I haven't found one that I think does the job on it's own.

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    1. Glad it's not just me, my skin just wasn't happy Xx

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  3. I've never tried a cleansing water and I'm perfectly fine with that :) xx

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    1. Lol! This comment cracked me up ha ha!! Xx

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  4. I bough 3 in 1 ren cleansing water last years and he ended is life in the recycle bin. My skin doesn't like at all (dry patch). Not for me but i see in the comments my skin is not an exemption :)
    Xx

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    1. I use it sparingly but it's definitely not my favourite, not quite sure what it is about the formula that is quite drying and it stings around the eyes! Xx

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  5. I agree Ana. I like them for taking off make up, but I find them too drying to cleanse with x

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    1. So glad so many people agree with me, I thought maybe I was being a bit too harsh, ha ha! Xx

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