Banila Co. Clean It Zero Review

In my Pregnancy Acne Skincare Routine blogpost I mentioned that I’ve been using the Dermalogica Precleanse to remove my makeup, and I love it so much!

I recently ran out of it but I haven’t repurchased it because fortunately a Banila Co. Clean It Zero came in the mail, and I haven’t stopped using it ever since I got it, but do I like it more than the Dermalogica Precleanse?

Check out my review of the Banila Co. Clean It Zero cleansing balm below!

The Banila Co. Clean It Zero (original) is an award winning makeup remover that goes on as a solid balm, but transforms into a silky oil when massaged on to the skin.



The texture is softer and the consistency is thinner than other cleansing balms I’ve tried, and I’ve tried Elemis (reviewed here), Eve Lom (reviewed here), Emma Hardie, REN, Clinique and Liz Earle cleansing balms. It’s definitely much easier to massage and blend on the skin and it does not contain any exfoliating grains or buds like the Eve Lom, so it’s great for people with sensitive skin.

It also does not contain any harsh ingredients, which is a great plus for people with sensitive skin. It’s also very moisturizing and doesn’t strip the skin too much.

The only thing that sometimes bothers me about the product is that when I massage the product a bit too harshly on the lashline, some product will get into my eyes and blur my vision a bit, but it doesn’t sting my eyes at all. It will usually fade in about 2-3 minutes.


Usage and Application

I only need a small, dime-sized amount for the whole face, but on days when I have heavier makeup on I usually grab about a quarter-sized amount, just to make it easier for me to massage the balm on my eye area.

After massaging it on to my dry skin (with dry, clean hands, of course) I usually get a washcloth (review of my favorite washcloths coming soon!) and run it under the tap with warm water. I squeeze the excess water out and remove the balm with the washcloth. I usually do this twice and it’s enough to remove every single trace of makeup on my skin!

I’ve tried removing the balm with just water, without the washcloth, and it works really well, but I actually like removing balms with cloths for the extra exfoliation. Also, I find that if I remove the balm around my eyes with just water, it’s easier for the product to get into my eyes and blur my vision.



Like most cleansing balms, this comes in a jar with a screw-on lid, and it also comes with a spatula.

I honestly prefer products that come in a pump or tube for hygiene reasons,


Final Verdict

So, would I repurchase this product? Do I like this more than my holy grail Dermalogica Preclense?

Yes and no.

I will repurchase this because it’s a remarkable makeup remover and I will keep using it for days when I want to remove my heavy makeup with extra exfoliation (using washcloths). It’s hands down the best cleansing balm I’ve ever tried. However, personally for me, I still prefer the Dermalogica Precleanse for daily use just because it comes in a bottle pump, thus more hygienic and easier to dispense, and it doesn’t leave a white film on my eyes if I massage it too hard along the lashlines.

HOWEVER, I honestly love this cleansing balm so much and I will continue to use it and even repurchase it because it’s definitely THE BEST cleansing balm I’ve ever tried so far! Crazy how the Banila Co. is the cheapest but the best out of all the ones I’ve tried!

So, I highly recommend this amazing cleansing balm.

I got mine from @sweet_pinyupa, an Australian Instagram-based store that is an authorized reseller of premium Korean brands such as Kicho, By Handmader, and Banila Co. Please check out the store on Instagram!


Beauty Bucketeer Approved


Disclaimer:  The product was generously provided by Sweet Pinyupa on Instagram for consideration, however all opinions expressed are unbiased and of my own. No payment was received for this review. 

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