Cleansing oils are the first step in any Korean skincare routine. Whether that be an actual oil, or a cleansing balm. Once applied to the face, the oil breaks up any makeup, sebum or sun protection on your face and lifts it making it easier to remove. Let’s dive into my review of Banila Co’s Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm.
The product is a soft, ‘sherbet’ formula that is a balm until worked into the skin. It then melts into an oil, lifting anything that’s sat on the surface of the skin and cleanses the skin before emulsifying when water is added. The product promises to leave no sticky or greasy residue behind once removed and there are no drying agents in it, instead it promises to hydrate the skin. The ingredients are Mineral Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, PEG-10 Isostearate, Polyethylene, Butylene Glycol, Water, Rubus Suavissimus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Lead Extract, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Leaf Extract, Angelica Polymorpha Sinesnsis Root Extract, Papaya Fruit Extract, Acerora Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, BHT, Butylparaben, Acid Red 18, CI 15985, Spice.
The product is in a sturdy tub with a screw on lid and comes with a lid inside that holds the spatula that comes with it (however I prefer to use clean fingers). The outside of the packaging is very elegant and classy, something that I find would make a beautiful addition to a beauty desk or table.
I conducted a small experiment using two products that I find extremely difficult to remove. One is a liquid lipstick by Lime Crime in ‘wicked’ and the other is Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner.
As you can see, they dried down completely and wouldn’t smudge or move no matter how much pressure I put on them. I scooped a finger tip full of the cleansing balm from the tub and then worked it into the liner and lipstick.
The lipstick melted away straight away, the liner took a little bit of work but soon lifted from my hand. I then rinsed my hand, and this was the result.
The rest of the liner melted away when the balm emulsified on my skin and the lipstick vanished. There was no greasy residue, my hand felt moisturised and due to the papaya (helps to exfoliate) extracts in the product, my hand was super smooth. I’d like to note that this product is great for sensitive skin because there’s little to no fragrance. There is a slight florally, sweet smell but once the product is rinsed from the face it goes completely.
This is a new holy grail in my skincare routine. Even when I’m not wearing makeup, I still like to use this product to remove any sebum or impurities that may be on my skin. It leaves a nice clean base ready for you to double cleanse using a foam cleanser to really make sure that your face is squeaky clean before you move on with the rest of your skincare routine. The product as a whole works perfectly and all of the claims that Banila Co make about this product are true. It removes everything efficiently, it hydrates and it smooths and brightens. The ingredients are gentle, and has been proven to not trigger acne. I would rate this product 5 stars out of 5 and I will be repurchasing as long as they make it. To anyone who is wondering which cleanser to try next, try this one.
Bye for now!~^^~