Monday, August 27, 2018

REVIEW: BANILA CO Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original

Review Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original

I struggle to remember how I used to remove my makeup before cleansing balms and oils came into my life.  It's such a simple way to remove the days makeup no matter how much or how little you wear.  From thick foundation to a smoky eye with waterproof mascara, a good cleansing balm will dissolve it super easily and rinse away with warm water.

The newest cleansing balm to hit my shelf is the Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original.  This has somewhat of a cult status in the Korean Beauty industry so I was pretty stoked to be sent it to trial and write a review.

The Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original claims to: 

"melt off stubborn makeup seamlessly without stripping your skin of its natural oils, as well as naturally exfoliate with papaya extract and brighten with vitamin C-rich acerola extract. But now, mineral oil has been replaced with natural ester oil, butylated hydroxytoluene is gone and skin-friendly vitamin E acetate is in its place (allowing this cleanser to be used on all skin types, even kids!), and butyl parahydroxybenzoate has been replaced with phenoxyethanol, an ingredient naturally derived from green tea to provide a fresh, rose scent.  Even more, the texture of the cleanser has been improved to be even smoother and softer with a higher melting point, meaning no more summer meltdowns!"

Obviously I've never tried the original version so my review is based on this updated version of cleansing balm pictured above.  You can tell the difference easily as the new formula has new packaging.

First of all this cleansing balm smells amazing.  I'm terrible at describing scents but I'm gonna say it's a light floral, slightly sweet scent and it does disappear fairly quickly but it's a nice touch when you first apply it.  The Banila Co Cleansing Balm is great for travel as it's packaged in a plastic container with a screw top lid and obviously being a solid balm it's not going to spill anywhere.  It includes a spatula which makes it more hygienic than just sticking your fingers straight in there.  

To use the balm I simply use the spatula to apply a small amount onto my hand and start massaging it into my face and eyes.  I add a little warm water onto my hands every now and again to help it spread and emulsify and then once I've massaged it well I start rinsing with warm water.  Some cleansing oils and balms will leave an oily residue behind meaning you'll need a face cloth of some kind to really clean your face but this one rinses away perfectly with water leaving your skin feeling soft and clean.  There's no oily residue left but there is also no tight dry feeling either.  A lot of people use cleansing balms as the first step in a two step cleansing routine but I have been using this as my primary cleanser and feel no need to follow it up with another cleanse.

This is a 100ml tub which retails for $29.99 and considering how little of the product you use I think this will last a really long time.  This product and many more Korean Beauty products are available in Australia from April & Ko which you can find at  They offer 15% off your first order when you subscribe as well as free samples with every order and free shipping over $70.  There are so many amazing Korean beauty products on the site so I highly recommend checking them out.

Have you tried cleansing balms or oils before?

Kayte xx

*This cleansing balm was sent to my by April & Ko to trial and review but my review is purely my honest opinion and has in no way been influenced by anyone.  I also was under no obligation to write this review, I just do it coz I like it.

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