Bioderma Sébium H2O
Bioderma micelle solutions are very popular and sought-after skin cleanser/makeup removing products, especially here in the states where it is hard to find, and quite expensive. I have previously reviewed Bioderma’s Sensibio, which is formulated for sensitive skin, and recently purchased it’s combination/oily-skin counterpart, Sébium, to try out as well. Sébium is also enhanced with purifying ingredients that cleanse the skin without drying it out and it can also be used as a daily cleanser, or as I use it, as a facial makeup remover.
This is the 500 ml bottle. It is also available in 250 ml.
The solution is a blue color.
Ingredients. Please note the addition of fragrance.
I have previously featured the Bioderma Sensibio on VanityRouge, and so I was curious to see what the differences between the Sensibio and the Sébium would be. I specifically use both products to remove face makeup and non-waterproof eye makeup rather than as a facial cleanser alone, so my review is based upon this.
Because Sebium is designed for combination/oily skin, Bioderma has formulated this product to regulate the secretion of sebum by using their patented Fluidactiv, a sebo-correcting complex which normalizes sebum quality.
Comparison Between Sensibio and Sébium
Both are designed to either cleanse the face or remove face makeup and impurities as needed. Both are non-comedogenic, safe for use around the eyes, and non-drying to the skin.
I found both to cleanse my skin equally and remove face and non-waterproof eye makeup equally as well. To use, I apply a generous amount to a cotton pad and cleanse the face until most of the makeup has been removed. I then go back in with my regular cleanser and finish cleansing my face as my regular routine.
The most noticeable difference between the two is the scent that is added to Sébium (Sensibio is unscented). It is a very fragrant product, and it reminds me of a field field full of strongly scented flowers. To be honest, this is the biggest turnoff to me with this product. In general I do not mind when makeup products are scented (in fact I find it luxurious to an extent) but with my skincare I feel the need to have it unscented. The scent does die down a bit after it dries and does not linger, but it is quite strong while in use.
Sensibio is formulated for sensitive skin, while Sébium is formulated for combination/oily skin. Although I have oily skin, I have not experienced this product regulating the secretion of sebum, but it is possible that I would see more of a difference had I used this solely as my cleanser day and night. I have experimented with applying this product as a last step during the day before makeup application, and allowing it to dry first of course, and did not notice my skin producing less oil. It is possible it could be a cumulative effect, however, so if you have found this product to regulate your oil production I’d be curious to know!
The color of the product is also different. Sensibio is clear, and looks like water, while Sébium is blue in color, however the ingredients state it does not contain any coloring.
I find Sébium an excellent makeup remover, just as I do with Sensibio, but the one difference – the scent – is something that I am not a fan of. I will use up this product, and then when I repurchase it will be for the unscented Sensibio instead. If you find that scents do not bother you and you are curious about the sebo-correcting complex then I would say this product would be a good one to experiment with.
Price and Availability
This product is not easy to find or purchase in the states, and so I purchase it online through Amazon. Prices do vary, but I paid $28.63 (USD) for the 500 ml bottle. (I used up the 500 ml bottle of Bioderma Sensibio in roughly 2 1/2 months.)
What do you think of Bioderma Sebium and/or Sensibio. Have you tried them? I’d love to hear what you think!
If you missed my review of the Bioderma Sensibio, please visit my post here: Bioderma Sensibio H2O Review
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