One Item I Use Everyday: Bioderma Sensibio H2O

My quest to find the right eye makeup remover has been a long one. I took recommendations from anyone: magazines, friends, blogs, youtubers, strangers at the store. I would try anything that would take off waterproof mascara that I wear in the humid Midwest summers, but I also didn’t want it to make my eyes red and burn like I’d been crying for days. I don’t recall where the Bioderma H2O (micellar water) recommendation came from, but soon it was in my cart.

I first tried the Bioderma Hydrabio H2O. It worked really well, but it still made my eyes itch a bit, like allergy season was beginning. I realized Bioderma also makes the Sensibio version for sensitive eyes. But it couldn’t possibly be as effective, right? (I make a lot of scoffing noises in my head.) I added the travel size to my cart in an order to give it a shot.

I compared the ingredients of the Hydrabio and Sensibio versions and they are nearly identical as claimed in the marketing. The ingredients for Hydrabio are listed here.

Aqua/water/eau, Glycerin, Peg-6 Caprylic/capric Glycerides, Polysorbate 20, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, Fructooligosaccharides, Niacinamide, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Propylene Glycol, Hexyldecanol, Disodium Edta, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Cetrimonium Bromide, Fragrance (Parfum).

In comparing the two versions, the ingredients in yellow are left out of the Sensibio version, the red is lower in the ingredient list and the green color is higher in the Sensibio ingredient list. Pretty damn similar. I’ve found for me personally some oils and niacinamide can cause itchiness in my eyes and irritation. Plus no fragrance is not harming anything either.

Every night before I cleanse my face, I soak two rounds with Bioderma Sensibio H2O, place one on each eye and let it saturate and hydrate the makeup I let dry there hours before. And then I wipe most of it away. Bioderma Sensibio H2O never causes me to tear or itch or burn or need any amount of cool water to run over my eyes. 

All of the day’s eyeshadow, liners, under eye concealer, even waterproof mascara come right off in a satisfying smudge across the makeup round. If I’ve gone for a heavy look, it might take a couple of rounds. It’s so satisfying to see all of the colors and shades I took so much care to place earlier in the day to come off and appear like a mirror in a little round on my hand. It’s the last piece of artwork for my day to admire before I go to bed, content.


gwhen is a Midwest makeup addict who constantly has to move her makeup around due to space concerns. She is always looking for a sale and for a way to take down the patriarchy. Most days you can find her at home trying on makeup and watching videos about French Bulldogs.