I have met many cleansing waters I do not like in my search for perfection. I already have a Holy Grail in this cosmetic category, the cult classic Bioderma Sensibo H2O Micellar Solution. That has never stopped me from wandering & trying others though, which is why this Aritaum cleansing water caught my attention.
Aritaum is a South Korean brand established in 2008, their parent company is Amore Pacific. The brand preaches more than just superficial beauty, they believe in self-care & offer a full range of cosmetics to care for the entire body. Aritaum has recently made headlines as being part of the trending preservative-free movement.
I could not find any information of Aritaum’s social or charitable efforts, but Amore Pacific is active in environmental conservation & promoting female leadership. However, Aritaum franchise owners in North America have filed formal complaints with The Federal Trade Commision [USA Government Agency] against their parent company for anti-trust violations, which Aritaum alleges their parent company pushes an unreasonable financial burden onto individual shops.
Here are the claims from Jolse:
- Aloe vera extract soothes the skin with ample moisture.
- Mildly cleanses the makeup without stimulating the skin.
- Acidulous cleanser cares the skin without harmful ingredients.
There are no outrageous claims, cleansing waters are supposed to remove makeup & this water from Aritaum does this effectively. Aloe is known for hydrating & soothing properties, which is another prominent feature of this micellar water.
There appears to be a translation error [I hope so, at least] since this cleanser is described as “Acidulous”. An acidic cleanser does not seem particularly desirable. I know this is a nitpicky detail, but it is sold on an international market.
It has a thin, watery consistency like most other micellar waters. It needs to be applied with a cotton round or cloth to thoroughly cleanse the skin. This micellar water is not dense or gritty like some micellar cleansers I have tested, I would guess this is due to the short & water-based ingredient list.
There is no artificial fragrance, this water has a mild fresh scent from the high aloe content.
This water comes in a clear plastic bottle with a pull-tab closure. This is typical packaging for micellar waters & I particularly enjoy this one, it seals tightly so this will travel safely & transparent bottle allows the user to see how much product is left. The label is so visually appealing to me, it is eye-catching without some of the typical gaudy elements seen in a lot of K-beauty drugstore packaging. Everything is just yes about this.
I have sensitive eyes due to allergies, most past micellar waters have caused eye irritation so it is the first thing I notice when trying new cleansing waters. Aritaum passed with a near perfect score! When I wipe this product over my eyelids, occasionally I will feel a slight film though no burning. Bioderma Sensibo is the only micellar water where I have felt zero film or irritation.
Micellar waters have a dual purpose in my skincare regimin, they are my morning cleansing step & eye makeup remover in the evenings.
I was impressed with how effective this micellar water has been at moving waterproof makeup. Any area of my face is usually clean after two swipes, it removes stubborn eyeliner & mascara if I hold a soaked cotton round over the area for 10 seconds before swiping it away.
I notice the slightest bit of film left behind on my face with Aritaum, I imagine it is from the high content of Aloe. My face still feels breathable & I have no issues following my usual morning skincare routine after application [Vitamin C, Moisturizer & Sunscreen]. My face feels more clean after using the Bioderma Sensibo, but it feels more hydrated after using this Aritaum product so it is up to personal preference!
1 Acne Trigger & 0 Irritants according to CosDNA
|Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Glycereth-26, Glycerin, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol|
The main claim to cosmetic fame are the hydration properties because the ingredient is 99.5% water. It provides soothing medicinal benefits for skin irritations or burns, it provides some antibacterial advantages as well.
It it is a naturally occurring substance that helps repair the outer skin barrier. This ingredients works to soften skin so other ingredients can more easily penetrate the skin.
Misc. Ingredient Notes
While this may not look like the most exciting ingredient list, it does not need to be in order for this type of product to be effective. My experience with micellar waters is when they try to get fancy with the ingredient list, I like the formula less. I had been testing the new CeraVe micellar water & it has a fantastic ingredient list like every other CeraVe product, but it was less than effective [Spoiler Alert: I hated it]. Aside from one preservative in this Aritaum cosmetic, all the other elements are moisturizing so this is a great option for dry skin types.
Price: $12.38 / 300ml, $1.24 per Ounce
I bought this product through a wholesale retailer so it costed me $4.00, but the price point listed above is a more realistic cost from a standard cosmetic retailers for a Western country.
This micellar water is pricey, but not unreasonable for my budget. My absolute favorite micellar water is from a higher end brand, Bioderma. I live in France, I can get a single bottle for €8 / 250ml & it is usually close to €10 in other EU countries.
Aritaum is a common brand, but I do not see this specific product frequently listed online. I have no idea, this is the best cosmetic I have tried from Aritaum so far! I do see it listed on Jolse, or wholesale sites like TesterKorea, if you want to try it out for yourself!
Rating: 4.5 / 5
This is my favorite Korean micellar water I have ever tried, though it is not superior than my Bioderma Holy Grail. Aritaum’s cleansing water has a clean yet hydrating finish, it does not sting my eyes either. It is more expensive than many other good options at Western drugstores, which is the main downfall of this product for me.