Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original
Banila Co’s Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original does a great job of breaking down makeup and other facial debris, letting it easily be whisked away. There are a just couple things holding it back from our top rating…
Housed in a plastic jar, Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original has a rich, buttery texture that liquifies as it warms up when it contacts skin. You’re instructed to use the included spatula to scoop up the balm and apply in circular motions across dry skin to melt makeup and other residue. Once you add water, it emulsifies nicely and you can gently massage skin, then rinse.
True to claim, this cleansing balm’s mixture of emollients work well to break down makeup (yes, even waterproof varieties) without stripping skin dry. The formula leaves a bit of film on skin (unless you rinse it off really, really well), so we recommend using it as the first step of a double cleansing routine, especially if you have oily or acne-prone skin. Those with normal to dry skin, may like the slight emollience it leaves behind.
We must point out the light fragrance in this formula flies in the face of Banila Co’s hypoallergenic claim as it poses the potential to irritate skin (and eyes when removing eye makeup). It’s not a huge deal in a rinse-off product such as this, but this cleansing balm would be a safer bet for all skin types if it didn’t contain fragrance.
One other note: Because this water-containing formula is packaged in a jar, try to be extra careful about not dipping your fingers into the formula with each use, as doing so can contaminate the product with bacteria and stress the preservative system. Cleaning the spatula between uses should also help.
Those inconveniences aside, Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original impressed us for its ability to break down makeup without the need to tug or aggressively wipe at skin. Depending on your skin type, it could be your one and done cleanser or a good first step of a double cleanse routine.
- Buttery consistency melts into skin to easily break down makeup + other debris.
- Glides over skin—no aggressive wiping or tugging.
- Won’t leave skin feeling stripped dry.
- Light fragrance poses a slight risk of irritation.
- Jar packaging can lead to contamination.
Clean it Zero 3-in-1 Cleansing Balm Original is a hypoallergenic cleanser that transforms from sherbet-like texture into smooth oil when applied onto your skin. Developed to remove even waterproof makeup and all of your skin’s impurities in just one step. Zero Balance Technology deeply cleanses without stripping the skin, leaving it hydrated and fresh.
Founded in 2006, Banila Co designates itself as a leader in K-beauty who’s constantly innovating “advanced formulas that are simple to use.” The line contains both makeup and skin care, but they are most well known for their cleansing balms. In their own words, “with Banila Co, your bare skin looks better, your makeup goes on smoother and lasts longer, and your nightly struggle at the sink is a million times easier.”
At the time of this writing, we’ve only reviewed a handful of Banila Co products of which this assortment has its fair share of pros and cons. Fragrance makes an appearance in most formulas, knocking down the ratings due to its potentially sensitizing effects on skin. Occasionally other irritants show up as well, and in some cases, packaging is an issue.
What Banila Co excels at is creating aesthetically pleasing textures that feel luxe to the touch. From cleansers to creams, they know what they’re doing when it comes to the sensorial experience for customers.
With some formulary and packaging tweaks, Banila Co would be able to offer the full package. We’ll be rooting for them to make improvements as the line continues to evolve!
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