Banila Co - Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm - Review & Demo

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Do you cleanse your face every day ? You should. It's been said again and again but you should always remove your make up before going to bed. Yes, even after a crazy night. Luckily enough, Banila Co's Clean it Zero will make that annoying step a little bit more enjoyable. 

What the brand says

I couldn't find any official description from the brand that wasn't in Korean but this cleanser is basically a sherbet type of cleanser which melts into an oil when you spread it on your face. Stay tuned for a little demo of this product.


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

In bold, ingredients which could be potential acne/irritants.


To me, the packaging is a stellar. I'm not a fan of pink stuff but.. This jar is gorgeous. Sleek but simple. It comes in a 100 ml jar with the lid and the spatula that comes with it. Depending on where you buy it, this version of Banila Co's Clean It Zero, retails for approximately 20$.

The product

This cleanser is in a balm format which transforms into an oil when you massage it into your skin. The oil is thin and feels wonderful on the skin. It doesn't feel heavy on the skin and it melts all of my makeup even the most waterproof one without having to force or anything. It then emulsifies into a milky texture which rinses away effortlessly.


I'm doing the demo first with Etude House's 101 Pencils previously reviewed :

Here's the balm turning into oil after rubbing it on the swatches :

After massaging the product into my skin, the swatches are slowly melting away :

After emulsifying the product with water, it turns into a milky consistency. I forgot to take the after picture, as always, but I can assure you that there wasn't anything left !

As I said in my Etude House review, the pencils aren't long lasting at all. So I thought I would do a demo with actual waterproof makeup : From left to right we have : Mac's prolongwear concealer, Kiko's Waterproof eyeliner (review), Mac's Blacktrack Fluidline, Limecrime's Red Velvet Velvetine, Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil and Nars's new Weightless Foundation (review).

Then again, I forgot to take the after picture but surprisingly enough, there wasn't anything left on my forearm. Banila Co's Clean It Zero cleansing balm completely cleansed my most waterproof makeup and god knows how waterpoof that Kiko eyeliner is and it was removed without crazy rubbing as I would usually do.

My thoughts

I love this product, I fell in love with it, I was obsessed with it but sadly, seems like it was an one-sided love. 
First, you get more than enough product for your money. It does cost 20 bucks but the jar is so huge and you need only a pea sized amount that the product will last you for at least a year. The packaging is cute and looks actually good in your bathroom. The whole cleansing step was effortless and the product being thin and easy to use turned this annoying step into an actual pleasant one. I love this cleanser but unfortunately, it broke me out. I didn't want to believe it first, but after removing every single suspicious products from my routine, I realized that the Clean It Zero balm was the culprit. I'm not too sure yet but I'm thinking that I'm one of those people who reacts to mineral oil. Mineral oil is actually an oil recommended to acne-prone skin, but some, like me, hate it. 

I love this product so I don't want to give up on it. For now, I went back to Klair's Cleansing oil but I will certainly try the Purity version of this cleansing balm which doesn't have any mineral oil in it.


Effets on combination/acne-prone skin :

The balm doesn't strip your skin, feels lightweight and is easy to use. But this particular product did broke me out because my skin seems to hate mineral oil BUT it doesn't mean it will break you out. I do recommend everyone to try this best seller in Korea, if you don't want to take your chances, you could try the Purity version or one of the other versions available.

I got mine from Testerkorea in this haul , but it's widely available on Roseroseshop with free shipping here (and you got samples for 3,35$ with free shipping).

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