I have been exploring many Korean skincare products recently, mostly for the interesting textures and ingredients they offer. Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm is a very popular cleansing product and it has gone through several upgrades over the course of time. Being a skincare enthusiast how can I not give this cult-favourite double cleanse product a try.
How is Banila Co Clean It Zero Original Cleansing Balm different from other cleansing products?
This is an emulsifying oil cleanser. But unlike the normal liquid oil cleansers or balms that melts into dripping oil form on contact with skin, the Clean It Zero Balm is a soft solid balm in tub which can be stopped out using a spatula. It turns into a light non-dripping oil (can’t really say oil because it doesn’t feel oily at all) when massaged on skin and emulsifies into an easy to wash off non-oily milk in contact with water.
Checkout the texture video snippet on my Insta highlights : TextureTuesday
In short this one product can wash off the dirt, grime, oil and makeup on its own and doesn’t leave any oily residue after wash.
I have grouped similar ingredients together and is not in any particular order.
Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, PEG-10 Isostearate, Synthetic Wax, 1,2-Hexanediol : These are emollients and skin conditioning agents
Onsen-Sui : Japanese Spring Water,
Phenoxyethanol : naturally derived from green tea to provide a fresh, rose scent. Ethylhexylglycerin: Used with Phenoxyethanol for preservation. Butylene Glycol : solvent and humectant,
Plant extracts: Lithospermum Erythrorhizon (a plant) Root Extract, Tocopheryl (Vit E) Acetate, Fragrance, (preservative), Water, Bambusa Vulgaris(bamboo) Leaf/Stem Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (red bush) Extract, Angelica Archangelica(wild celery) Root Extract, Malpighia Glabra (Acerola) Fruit Extract
Other ingredients: Polydiethyleneglycol Adipate/IPDI Copolymer, Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Acrylates/Methoxy PEG-15 Methacrylate Copolymer
Banila Co Clean It Zero Original Cleansing Balm Review
The balm comes in 100g and 180g tubs. The current version of the balm is free of mineral oil, paraben, sulphates, mineral oil, alcohol and artificial colouring. The Snow White coloured balm comes with a separate spill proof lid and tiny spatula. Also being a condensed solid, it is travel friendly even though the tub could be bulky.
Coming to the efficacy, this is my second favourite cleanser yet (The first being my bi-phase cleanser formulation just because it leaves my skin soft). But coming to convenience, this stands first since you don’t need any cotton or cloth to wipe off the residue. Scoop out a little product with the spatula and apply it on face. Massage gently for the soft smooth balm to turn into oil. Once the make up is broken down, splash water to emulsify the oil and wash it off easily.
This is a very gentle and very efficient product especially if you are in a hurry and wants efficient cleansing in minimal time. Being alcohol free, the balm doesn’t leave your skin dry and it doesn’t sting the eyes either. I also love the smell of this product.
Overall I found this a wonderful skincare product and I am sure it is going to last me a long time. (A similar sized tub of Goop Gtox salt scrub shampoo has lasted me over a year).
I bought this with the Klairs freshly juiced Vit E mask from Yesstyle. They had an awesome offer running then, but it took them almost 2 months to ship it.