The more obsessed you become with scent, the further you may venture in your quest for a fragranced life: beyond perfume and fancy candles, for example, you might become very particular about the fragrances of bath and body items or household products. (Hence my long and happy relationships with Lush and Mrs. Meyers, to name just two of my brand obsessions.) But why stop there? What about skincare? If I'm going to put something on my face, of all places, either it has to be unscented or have a scent that I truly enjoy.
On a recent browse through Sephora, I stopped to examine a new collection of skincare products from the beauty mega-giant's signature line. There were brightly packaged lip balms, sheet masks, facial wipes and — most interesting to me, personally — four new micellar cleansing waters. About two years ago I stopped cleaning my face with soap-based cleansers, switching to a two-step evening regimen of micellar water followed by non-foaming cream cleanser, and my skin has been markedly smoother and healthier. (For a quickie explanation of micellar waters, check out this short article from ELLE.)
I do have a favorite drugstore brand of micellar water, and now I'm also enjoying Sephora's versions, which are effective and good-smelling. Naturally, I had to try the Rose Micellar Cleansing Milk first ("Smooth and silky, this cleanser is also ultra-moisturizing and brightening"). It's tinted pastel pink and has a traditional tea rose fragrance that makes me feel calm and content as I'm removing my makeup and assorted city pollutants from my face in the evening. Several new Sephora Collection skincare items are rose-scented, which I take as a good sign that rose has finally been released from "old lady" typecasting.
I'm also a fan of the Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Milk ("This smooth cleanser soothes and relaxes the complexion"), a cloudy white liquid that smells just like coconut water — lightly sweet and a touch bread-y, not creamy and vanillic like coconut cream. I happen to like coconut water as a beverage, and I was almost tempted to sip this micellar cleanser (although I didn't). And, somewhat less suited to my skin but very pleasing to my nose, there's Green Tea Micellar Cleansing Water ("This light and refreshing cleanser mattifies and fights blemishes without the use of harsh ingredients"). Its green tea scent is a little bit grassy, a little bit honeyed, just as it should be. I'm going to keep this one in the refrigerator and use it on hot summer nights.
All three of these products are strongly scented, to the point where they'll leave some lingering fragrance on your skin if you don't follow with another cleanser (the way I do). If you prefer your skincare unscented, these clever liquids will probably be too perfumed for you, but if you're in the mood to incorporate some scent into your skin routine, you might have fun with them. You can even check out the new Sephora Collection scented/flavored lip balms while you're at it.
Sephora Micellar Cleansing Waters and Cleansing Milks are available for $7.50 for 100 ml.