Review: Banila Co Clean It Zero Purity Cleansing Balm

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Saturday means... a new blog post is up!
Today I’d like to review another famous Korean skin care product that is meant for sensitive skin: Banila Co Clean It Zero Purity Cleansing Balm!

I used to have the original version and tried it once/twice (read it here) but I didn’t like it because it didn’t cleanse my face properly thus causing me breakouts. It was a defected product so I think it might be the culprit, and perhaps my skin would like the one with less fragrance and simpler, more skin-friendly ingredients. So when I was in Malaysia last month, I bought the Purity version at Sasa there because I’m kinda traumatized with the previous pre-order experience with cleansing balm. This version is meant for sensitive skin, and there’s 3 more other variants that you can choose from Clean It Zero line.

Will the Purity version work well for me? Let’s jump into the review now!

Banila Co Clean It Zero Purity Cleansing Balm
Brand: Banila Co
Netto Weight/Content: 100 g
Origin: South Korea
Price: RM 91
Where to buy: TesterKorea, Sasa, Korea Depart


As for the Purity version, the packaging is mint-themed from the box to the lid of the jar itself. The box is sturdy enough to hold the big jar inside, and on its left side you can find the English version of ingredients list and product description. This box opens at the top and there’s a safety seal with printed QR and scratch-off code that you can use to check the product’s authenticity on Banila Co’s website!

After you broke the seal and open the box, you’ll immediately see this mini package: a small plastic bag containing the plastic lid and spatula + mini booklet that shows how to use the cleansing balm. Super cute, right?

The cleansing balm is housed in a sturdy plastic jar, which is quite bulky and obviously not travel-friendly because of its size. The metallic, beautiful mint green lid closes quite tight, but it can be screwed to open easily. I prefer tighter lid for jar packaging like this, simply because I’m clumsy and might carelessly drop the jar into bath tub!

Once you open the lid, you will find another seal – and now it’s made of thin foam-plastic material. Remember the plastic lid + mini spatula inside the plastic bag that we found earlier? It’s meant to replace this seal and cover the top part of the jar once it’s opened.

From price point, it’s indeed a steal that this costs only RM 91 (around IDR 270,000) for a 100g of product. It’s quite a lot, because you only will use this much for a full-face makeup!

The balm is of a sherbet consistency, but the moment you transfer it to your palm and rub it on your skin, it will quickly melt and eventually turn into an oily liquid – which is kinda thick I think, not on the thin and drippy side.  It has a slight citrusy aroma to it, which I think comes from the natural oils that were specially added for scenting purpose.

only this much for your full-face makeup!

Here’s a mini demo to show you how strong the cleansing power of this product, featuring a range of full-face beauty product swatches from eyeliner to liquid lip cream:
(L-R): Mono Eyes, LORAC Shadow, Kate Quick Sharp Liner, Majolica Majorca Lash King, Shiseido Cream Foundation, Illamasqua Tremble, Purbasari Hi-Matte Lip Cream 05
Putting the balm on...
GROSS but you have to see, how thick the oil is. I don't think it will completely emulsify even when you try to rinse so hard.
What's left: Kate Quick Sharp Liner and Majolica Majorca Lash King (WP)

As you can see, those black traces are from two most strong, long-lasting, and waterproof products in my collection: eyeliner and mascara. Even though this balm isn’t stingy when is used near eyes area, but please use separate remover for better and thorough cleansing for such a delicate area like eyes & lips! I prefer use eyes & lips remover before moving into using cleansing balm/oil, so it’s okay for me that this product can’t remove the liner and mascara completely.

Sadly, I don’t think my skin likes this product as much as I do. Yes, it’s super gentle and perfect for sensitive and dry skin, with excellent cleansing power without stripping down the natural oil from my skin. After using it for 2 weeks, my face was bumpy and rough. This situation only happened when the first cleanser – like cleansing balm/oil – failed to completely remove the makeup from my skin, hence causing my skin to suffocate and break out next. I took a break and tried it again yesterday, and yes, new small bumps of whitehead successfully appeared  

I’m afraid to say that the two main natural oils in this product is not suitable for acne-prone skin: the Argan Oil and Evening Primrose Oil. These two oils are indeed great to condition and layer the skin, but for are they meant for cleansing purposes too? I think it’s not the main benefit of those two. Please, tell me if I’m wrong.

To make it worse, my skin really hates oils with thick consistency. Thicker oil has big molecules, which cannot penetrate deep into the pores and cleanse them no matter how hard I rub my face with it. Because argan oil and EPO are originally meant for conditioning the skin, of course there’s a slight film/oily residue left on skin that won’t rinse off until I washed my face with the second cleanser. Previous experience also proved that products with characteristic like this are not good for my face – they definitely will cause me whiteheads afterward.


Last Words?
To be honest, I’m totally happy with how it works to remove makeup and the price is quite affordable too – because a little goes a long way. One little scoop for the whole face! Banila Co Clean It Zero Purity Cleansing Balm is a good first cleanser if you have sensitive skin that can tolerate product with thicker oil consistency. 

Please do note that this contain Argan Oil and EPO. If you’re allergic to these two, or maybe you have sensitive skin that’s acne prone as well, unfortunately this product isn’t for you. Thicker oils cannot penetrate deep into the skin with those big molecules, thus impossible to cleanse the makeup thoroughly and will lead to skin outbreaks from clogging instead.


Sadly, I have to stick to my ol’ time favorite: Three Balancing Cleansing Oil. Perhaps I’ll review that next, what do you think? It’s my holy grail cleansing oil for the last 2 years now!

If you have any thoughts and or questions, please feel free to drop me a comment below! Will try my best to reply as soon as possible.
Ciao for now, xoxo!


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