Product Review: Banila Co Clean it Zero Cleansing Balm
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While I was in South Korea last November, I made a point to visit a lot of skincare shops because, in case you haven’t heard, k-beauty is the absolute best. Something I got a lot of recommendations on was this cleansing balm from Banila Co called Clean it Zero.
In case you’ve never heard of cleansing balms before and are new to the concept, cleansing balms are solid-to-cream formula cleansers that do double duty by removing dirt and impurities on the skin while also protecting the skin’s moisture balance. According to Youbeauty,
These balms are super effective because of the natural oils in their formulas, which latch onto dirt and grime and break down makeup particles, making it easy to lift all of the impurities off your face. In addition, the oils in the balm grab excess sebum on the skin (remember from chemistry class, “like attracts like”), whisking away extra oil that can lead to clogged pores and breakouts, the same way facial cleansing oils work.
They’re applied to dry skin and massaged deeply with the fingers, which allows the product to work its magic and also stimulates circulation. Then, you gently wipe it away with a muslin cloth soaked in warm water.
Banila Co.’s famous Clean it Zero cleansing balm has been a cult favorite among k-beauty lovers so of course I had to get my hands on it from the source! I picked it up at a Banila Co. store in Seoul and started using it when I got home from Korea.
Here are my thoughts:
From Peach and Lily:
Mineral Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, PEG-10 Isostearate, Polyethylene, Butylene Glycol, Water, Rubus Suavissimus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Leaf Extract, Angelica Polymorpha Sinesis Root Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Malpighia Glabra (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Leaf Extract, BHT, Butylparaben, CI 16255, CI 15985, Fragrance
What it Claims to Do
From Peach and Lilly:
This bestselling cleanser is in sherbet form when you scoop it, but melts into an oil-type makeup and residue remover as you massage it over your skin. Formulated with papaya, acerola and herbal extracts, it leaves your skin feeling nourished and supple. Follow with a water-based cleanser.
Ideal for all skin types.
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The balm comes in a tub with twist off lid. The pink color of the packaging is a pretty shade that’d be perfect for a shelfie. I’m told they had updated the packaging as the old one had a different style of fonts in the front. I’ve seen both and I definitely like the new packaging better for its clean lines. It also comes with a plastic scooper/spatula so you won’t have to use your fingers to get any product out. I really like this kind of packaging because it ensures that you won’t have any product left when you’re done (unlike tubes where you have the potential of using only 3/4s of it before you’re “out”). 5/5
Wowowow - This cleansing balm works!!
On photoshoot days, I apply my makeup with a bit of a heavier hand than I normally would. For example, I wear foundation or BB cream rather than tinted moisturizer and eyeshadow instead of… well, nothing. I massage the Banila Co Clean it Zero cleansing balm into my skin for two seconds and that area of my face - clean! You can see all the dirt and grime on my Foreo Luna 2! It’s gross but also super satisfying to look at. I just feel so clean after using this on my skin and it’s so good at getting all the heavy-duty stuff off my face without giving my skin that tight, pinching, dry feeling afterwards. Seriously, as someone who has eczema, I could probably just not apply lotion after washing my skin with this cleansing balm. It’s amazing! 5/5
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The Banila Co Clean it Zero Cleansing Balm retails for around $14-$15 depending on where you buy it. When I bought it in Korea (duty free), I paid around 14,000 won so around $12.50 so the price difference isn’t too bad. There are definitely more high-end cleansing balms out there that you can get at Sephora. I can’t speak for how well they work because Banila Co’s is the only cleansing balm I’ve used, but for what it does and how well it does it, I think the price is totally fair and frankly on the very affordable side! 5/5
Overall, this is an all-around great product! I highly recommend this to everyone of all skin types!