Banila Co Clean It Zero Original Cleansing Balm Review

Banila Co Clean It Zero Original Cleansing Balm Review

I love double cleansing in the evening because it really helps to thoroughly dissolve oil, makeup, and grime that builds up on your face throughout the day. I don’t wear makeup, but living in the city definitely adds a lot of pollution and grime on your skin. So double cleansing is still an essential part of my nightly routine.

A double cleanse involves using an oil-based cleanser first followed by a water-based cleanser. This is to ensure that oily impurities, like makeup and sebum, are dissolved and removed first. Most people use something like a cleansing oil or a cleansing balm as their first cleanse. I’ll be reviewing the latter, which is the Banila Co Clean It Zero Original Cleansing Balm. This a cult kbeauty product that has been raved about for years.

I’ve actually never used a cleansing balm before trying out this product. Whenever I double cleanse, I always used either an oil cleanser or micellar water. However, I’ve been taking a very harsh acne medication recently that’s been drying out and irritating my skin. I was running low on cleansing oil and micellar water felt too harsh because of the friction from swiping the cotton pads over my skin. I really needed something that was gentle yet effective at removing all the impurities on my face.

What Is It?

Banila Co Clean It Zero Original Cleansing Balm is a cleansing balm that effectively dissolves impurities while nourishing and leaving the skin feeling hydrated. It has a unique sherbet texture that melts into an oil cleanser after being massaged into the skin. It comes in a 100 ml plastic jar with a spatula. There are several different versions of this cleansing balm, but I’ll be reviewing the Orignal formulation.

Sidenote: This product was actually reformulated in 2017 so this is a review of the new version.


Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, PEG-10 Isostearate, Butylene Glycol, Water, Malpighia Glabra (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Fragrance, Angelica Archangelica Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, BHT, Butylparaben, Epilobium Angustifolium Leaf Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sunset Yellow Fcf, Onsen-Sui, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Polyethylene, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Angelica Polymorpha Sinensis Root Extract, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Leaf Extract, Polydiethyleneglycol Adipate/Ipdi Copolymer, Mineral Oil, Lithospermum Erythrorhizon Root Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract, Synthetic Wax, 1,2-Hexanediol, Acrylates/Methoxy PEG-15 Methacrylate Copolymer, Rubus Suavissimus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, New Coccine

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Some notable ingredients include:

  • Tocopherol Acetate, a derivative of vitamin E, which can provide some antioxidant benefits.
  • Acerola is a fruit that boasts antioxidants as well and high amounts of vitamin C.
  • Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract, or bamboo extract, also contains a rich source of antioxidants as well as skin soothing properties.
  • Onsen-Sui is purified hot spring water that comes from Japan. This is supposedly more soothing and anti-inflammatory than just regular water. I’ve noticed this “type” of water in a lot of Asian beauty products and it makes me think of this every time I see it:


When I first opened the jar, it looked just like any other balm. Upon the first scoop, I noticed that the spatula glided so smoothly into the balm. I was a bit surprised because it definitely looked like it had a harder consistency. The texture is unique in that it has a lovely sherbet-like consistency that’s very soft and creamy. When I started massaging it into my skin, it slowly melted into a soothing cleansing oil.

It has a soft floral scent to it as well. I’m usually very averse to fragrance in my skincare products. However, I didn’t mind it in this since you rinse it all off anyway. I spent a little extra time doing some massage movements along my face because of how nice it felt on my skin.

When it was time to rinse it off, I added a small amount of water to emulsify it into a nice milky lather. After drying off, my face was left feeling not only thoroughly cleansed but also moisturized and soothed, which was exactly what I needed. It actually felt clean enough to where I probably didn’t even need to use my cleanser afterward, though I still did anyway. Even if my face is completely clean, I still feel kind of grimy if I don’t do a double cleanse at night.

I ran out of this quicker than anticipated because I didn’t know how much to use each time. I definitely used too much the first time because my face was covered in a thick layer of oil, oops! Due to its spreadability, I found that even using the smallest amount was enough to thoroughly cleanse my face. If you do wear makeup, you’d probably need to use a bit more.

Final Thoughts

Overall, it was a nice, sensorial experience using this cleansing balm. It enjoyed taking my time massaging in this sherbet-like cleanser onto my face each night. It did a good job cleansing my face without irritating and stripping it completely. I’m glad I finally tried this out and I can see why it’s such a cult favorite!

You can find it on Amazon

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