Banila Co. is a brand that always intrigued me every time I visit South Korea. The store actually feels rather more “expensive” and not as friendly as other Roadshops brand, and they actually don’t really offer that much of a product, and they always pick barbie looking brand ambassadors that’s not really relatable to us, customers, lol. However, I have to admit, their great service and products always made me want to come back. Their attentive, helpful BA that always gave us lots of bonus (viva la Seoul! 😆 ) and the fact that their product always works great on me. One of them is the Banila Co. Clean It Zero.
What it is
This cleansing balm makes washing up so much easier! It applies as a smooth, solid balm and magically morphs into silkiness on your skin as you massage. You’ll be wowed by the makeup and impurities dissolving right before (or from) your eyes. Infused with goodies like Papaya Extract and Vitamin C, this gotta-have leaves your skin clean, soft, and radiant.
Mistletoe, Papain, Raspberry, Papaya Extract
Free fromformaldehyde-releasers, alcohol, triclosan, coal tar, talc, silicones, peg, dye, mit, sodium lauryl sulfate, sulfates, formaldehyde, tea, propylene glycol
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 Emarginata (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Leaf Extract, BHT, Butylparaben, CI 16255, CI 15985, Fragrance
This cult fave and award-winning cleanser applies as a silky soft balm and transforms into a smooth oil as it’s massaged onto the skin. It instantly dissolves makeup and the day’s debris without drying out the skin. Some of its star ingredients include Papaya Extract to naturally exfoliate, Vitamin C to brighten, and Mistletoe Extract to help renew. This amazing balm takes cleansing to a whole new level.
At this point, we already know that double cleansing is certainly a big thing in Asian Skincare. If the OG first cleanser from Japan is probably DHC Cleansing Oil, I think the most famous one from K-beauty is always been Banila Co. Clean It Zero [Original], at least for the last 5 to 7 years. If you ask anyone that’s into K-beauty, I’m pretty sure that majority of them like or at least had tried this product.
I’ve tried this Banila Co. Clean It Zero [Original] for the first time at 2014, when I received the sample jar from Banila Co. when I was purchasing their products back then. Clueless on how to put them since I wasn’t into skin care back then, I use it as eye and make up remover, lol. Well, even in the past, I found that this product quite lovely, albeit I found the price tag was quite steep and thought “What? Who would want to spend $20 only for a make up remover???”
Lol, look at me now. 😆
Fast forward to 2018, I clearly enjoy Banila Co. Clean It Zero [Purity] and already repurchase it at least two times I think, and while I don’t have any problems with the Purity one, I purchased the Original one because I want to try Fiddy’s Grits Method and it requires a cleansing oil that contain mineral oil on it. (The Purity one is free of Mineral oil and free of anything that potentially damaging for sensitive skin.).
Though I am a wee bit scared the first time I applied it again on my skin because it contains fragrance, I surprisingly didn’t found it any different to the Purity one. To me, they are really similar in application and texture except the fact that it has a slight fragrance that I don’t find to be annoying and clearly, never freak my skin out. The texture is very similar too, though I found that the Purity one is slightly easier to spread rather than the original one. As for the ability to cleanse the skin, I found both versions to be just as good.
So, how it actually performs for the Grits Method? Since I successfully removed my long time blackhead with this method, I definitely think that this product works well for this method. However, I have to underline that there are several products needed for the method, therefore, on its own, I’m pretty sure that it won’t magically remove your blackhead. You will need a good BHA product and clay mask as well.
Will I repurchase it? Definitely! This works just as good as the purity one on me. Never broke me out, and never irritate my skin. Since sometimes the original one is cheaper than the Purity one, maybe I will repurchase this more often than the Purity version, lol! However, I also consider to try other variation of the Clean It Zero! I’ve been curious to try the Resveratrol and Radiance ones! Have you try them before? Do leave your thoughts in the comment section bellow! 😉