Published by Elena Waldman.

If you’re a cruelty-free skin-care fanatic, you might have tuned in to the micellar water craze. Micellar water is a multipurpose skin cleansing agent that can be used for all sorts of things, from removing makeup to toning the skin. It also has properties that can reduce inflammation. Just be sure to look for a vegan option. For some of these products, rabbits are still used in painful skin irritation tests—even though in addition to being cruel, these tests can be unreliable. Also, some micellar waters contain honey extract, which is stolen from honeybees.

Fortunately, there are plenty of cruelty-free micellar water options that will help you achieve supple, blemish-free skin without supporting companies that test their products on animals.

Pacifica Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic

The 100% vegan skin-care brand Pacifica makes this cleansing tonic for all skin types. This micellar water is fortified with calendula extract to soothe dry skin and reduce irritation the natural way.

Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water

This cleaning water is essential for people who want an all-in-one vegan product that removes makeup and cleanses and moisturizes skin.

100% Pure Rose Micellar Cleansing Water

This cleansing water is perfect for rinsing away all the sweat, dirt, and oil that your skin collects during the day as well as makeup and sunscreen. You’ll have the perfect fresh canvas to start your skin-care routine.

Derma E Micellar Cleansing Water With Vitamin C

The completely vegan skin-care brand Derma E formulates its micellar water to cleanse and restore balance to the skin.

Dickinson’s Enhanced Witch Hazel Hydrating Facial Mist

This facial mist can be used to remove impurities, moisturize skin, and refine pores. You can even spray it over your makeup to set it in place.

Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Water

This cruelty-free micellar cleansing water, made with triple-purified water, is packed with vitamins B3 and C. This option is soothing for sensitive skin and doesn’t contain harsh chemicals or artificial scents.

NYX Stripped Off Micellar Water

The NYX Stripped Off Micellar Water is a must-have if you want to remove excess makeup without overdrying or damaging your skin.

Tarte Micellar Magic Makeup Remover & Cleanser

If your waterproof makeup just won’t budge, this makeup remover can be used to wash away long-lasting eye and lip products without irritating those sensitive areas. It’s formulated with babassu oil, a plant-based ingredient with anti-aging properties, so you can get a youthful glow even without using products that contain animal parts.

The Body Shop Chamomile Fresh Micellar Cleansing Water

Enriched with calming chamomile oil, this micellar water will cleanse your skin with ultra-soothing properties.

ACURE Brightening Micellar Water

This vegan micellar water contains anti-inflammatory probiotics and organic oils that promote a healthy, radiant glow.

REN Clean Skincare Rosa Centifolia 3-in-1 Cleansing Water

This vegan cleansing water can be used as a cleanser, makeup remover, and pore-refining toner. It’s like a one-stop shop for a smooth, blemish-free complexion!

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If you're looking for that perfect daily skincare routine scroll through our recommendations for normal skin types. Day routine left to right: Cleanse: The Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel is a rose infused gel that will leave your skin thoroughly cleansed, refreshed and soothed. Tone: The Rosa Centifolia 3-In-1 Cleansing Water leaves skin feeling purified, fresh, revived and toned without tightness or dryness. Moisturiser: The Vita Mineral Daily Supplement Moisturiser is packed with vitamins and magnesium to protect and energize the skin to keep it looking fit, radiant and youthful. Night routine left to right: Cleanse: The Rosa Centifolia No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm includes chamomile oil to calm redness and soothes the skin while it gently yet thoroughly melts away dirt and make up (including waterproof mascara). Tone: Rosa Centifolia 3-In-1 Cleansing Water. Serum: The Bio Retinoid Anti-Wrinkle Concentrate Oil combats the appearance of wrinkles leaving the skin complexion visibly younger, smoother and brighter with the use of 100% nature derived Vitamin A, Pro Vitamin A and Retinoid Analogue. Moisturiser: The V-Cense Revitalising Night Cream is formulated to recharge, revitalise and intensively hydrate the skin overnight whilst visibly smoothes fine lines and offers antioxidant protection. A mix of REN favourites for that perfect skincate routine. #RENSkincare #cleanskincare #skincareroutine #dayroutine #nightroutine #cleanse #tone #moisturizer

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Desert Essence Cucumber & Aloe Micellar Cleansing Facial Water

Formulated with Australian tea tree oil, cucumber, and aloe, this cleansing facial water reduces inflammation and redness while lifting away dirt.

SheaMoisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Micellar Water

Made with organic coconut oil, this hydrating solution is rinse-free and will give you a fresh face in just one step.

TAAJ Himalaya Micellar Water

Made with natural Himalaya water, this micellar water sinks into the skin to help you achieve a purified, toned complexion.


When buying a skin-care product, ask yourself this: If animals are potentially bleeding and suffering from ulcers, irritated eyes, and burning skin caused by harmful chemicals used in the process of making it, do you really want to put that on your own skin? NO! Your best bet is to choose brands that never test on animals by checking PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies database. Scientifically advanced animal-free testing methods are better for humans and the other animals we share our planet with.

For some other great skin-care tips and products, check out PETA’s ultimate guide to acne-free skin and our list of awesome vegan moisturizers.

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