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The Review: Banila Co. Clean It Zero

Because so many people have told me how much success they’ve had with the double cleanse, it has been my personal mission to curate another amazing oil cleanser. Interestingly enough, this very oil cleansing balm I’m about to introduce you to became a staple in my cleansing routine when I started living in Korea. After all I have tried in the past few years – this is still my all time favorite so I’m excited to finally add it to the Soko Glam collection and introduce it to you guys!



Finally, an oil cleanser that doesn’t drip down your arms.


The Banila Co Clean it Zero cleansing balm uses gentle fruit extracts to cleanse your face. This product is unique because unlike most oil cleansers, it comes in solid form. It is a sherbet-y texture that is easy to scoop out with the little spatula and place in the palm if your hand. This unique formulation makes it super travel friendly (yay, no spillage!) And like all great oil cleansers should, it doesn’t leave behind a greasy residue and it removes most waterproof makeup without stripping your face of its natural oils. (Note: Out of habit, I still use eye makeup remover before the double cleanse so I don’t really rely on this product to remove my eyeliner)

How to use: You use this as your first step in your double cleansing routine. Take a scoop of the oil cleanser using the little spatula they give you, and gently massage the formula all over your face and neck (without water). You can feel the solid texture slowly turn into more of an oil, and you can even see it slowly dissolve your makeup. Add a bit of lukewarm water to your face to emulsify using the same upward, circular motions. Adding water causes the formula to turn slightly milky. Then rinse thoroughly using lukewarm water. (And now you’re now ready for the next step: foam/cream water-based cleanser).

Ingredients: Antioxidants galore! This formula contains papaya extract (known for its Vitamin C) and cherry extract (good source of Vitamin A), which fight free radicals to protect your skin from premature aging.

And yes, it does come with mineral oil. As you may have heard, mineral oil is a very sensitive topic because it has gotten a bad rap over the years as a cosmetic ingredient. I have my opinions about mineral but that’s for another post at another time. All I have to say for now is that my studies at esthetician school have verified that mineral oil that is used in cosmetics is not harmful and is a great formula used to gently deep clean and remove debris from the face.

For more details on the ingredients via CosDNA, click here.

Smell: It has a clean, citrus fragrance that’s (thankfully) not too overpowering. But if you’re sensitive to any scent in your product, it does have a fragrance so keep that in mind.

Price: It isn’t in the drugstore price range, but $25 is definitely doable if you want a quality product as effective and unique as this one.

For all skin types: Dry, combination, normal and yes, oily skin types! For sensitive skin types (those who have eczema, asthma, allergies, get red easily) or refuse to use anything with mineral oil, you might want to try the Banila Co Clean It Zero Purity. 

This is hands-down my favorite oil cleanser. It’s so gentle yet effective! I get why it’s one of their best sellers. I can’t wait for you guys to try it–let me know how it compares to your other oil cleansers!

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