Banila co. Clean it Zero Cleansing Balm Review
Hi friends! I’m going to begin this review by strangely singing the praises of another product – Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. On any given day, I wear a full face of makeup and usually use long lasting products on my face due to my oily skin. So taking the makeup off at the end of the day is paramount. Taking it off well without any trace of makeup blocking my pores is even more important. Clinique TTDO is my holy grail there. I’ve finished countless tubs of it and keep a backup always because it’s frequently out of stock. But here’s the rub – it costs a cool Rs 2900. Now, the way I run through this balm, it pinches my wallet to keep buying it so I started looking for another balm which will work reasonably well and wont dig as deep a hole in my wallet.
Banila co. Clean it Zero balm was one of the contenders to replace it. It is very, very famous among the k-beauty blogosphere, so I thought I’ll give this a try. Read on to see how it fared..
What the brand says:
An award-winning hypoallergenic sorbet-like cleanser that goes on as a solid balm and transforms into a silky oil while dissolving makeup and other impurities without being too harsh on the skin. Recommended for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin.
⦁ The melting sherbet texture of this oil balm helps you massage away makeup, grime and blackheads
⦁ Raspberry leaf extract has antioxidants to protect skin from damage while also nourishing and toning
⦁ Acerola contains vitamin C which has strong restorative and soothing properties
⦁ Papaya is a natural chemical exfoliant that helps to clear dead skin cells to encourage skin cell regeneration
Price: $ 16 for 100ml (Approx Rs 1030)
You can frequently find it at a discounted price on various K-beauty websites or ebay.
Packaging: It comes in a solid looking, translucent tub with a pretty, metallic pink screw cap. The tub looks pretty hefty and solid but is actually lightweight. One wonderful thing about the packaging is that it comes with an inner plastic lid and a spatula to scoop out the product. So there is no need to dig into it with your fingers. Love the fact that Korean companies pay such attention to detail and hygiene! And since it is in a balm form, travelling with it is stress free. No worries about leakages and 100 ml quotas!
Texture: It is a cross between a solid balm and a melty sorbet, and has a pretty baby pink tinge to it (It honestly looks good enough to eat, but don’t try this at home, folks!). It is solid in the jar but melts on contact with the skin and turns into a non-drip oil. It does have a mild cherry blossom fragrance to it, but it is not overpowering at all.
You can use a rupee-sized amount and massage it all over your face. On massaging with the balm, it turns into an oil and begins to break the makeup down. Once your makeup has broken down completely, you can rinse it off with water. It emulsifies on contact with water and washes off easily. All the makeup products I have tried so far have come off effortlessly. Even the toughest of foundations and liquid lipsticks have melted under its balmy spell. It doesn’t leave any trace of makeup on the skin. You can also use a wet cloth to massage and rinse it off. Now here is where I gravitate towards Clinique TTDO Balm. The Clinique Balm rinses off clean for me – I feel absolutely no residue. But that is not the case for Clean it Zero. Sometimes, and let me repeat – *sometimes*, I do feel a teensy layer on my skin when I rinse it off. Now maybe I feel it because I prefer the squeaky clean feeling when I clean my skin (I don’t like oils and anything oily on my skin.
How ironic that I’m blessed with the oiliest of oily skins!). I’m an anomaly that way. Not many people feel that residue and they all have glowing reviews of this balm so maybe I’m a one off. But besides this residue that I sense sometimes – as a makeup remover, it is amazing.
This balm is the original and classic version. If you react to this, it has another specialized version for sensitive skins called Clean it Zero Purity. There are two more versions of this balm called Clean it Zero Resveratrol and Clean it Zero Radiance for oily, aging complexions and dull, dry complexions respectively. So you can try whichever one applies to you.
Will I recommend it?
Yes, as a balm cleanser it is fantastic. It did not break me out and besides that infrequent minor residue issue, I liked it. Not enough to displace my Clinique TTDO, but enough to merit a place on my washstand. The cheaper price also makes it that much more appealing in my sight. I probably won’t stop using Clinique TTDO completely, but I will keep using the banila co. Clean it Zero balm to complement it. A 4/5 from me!