From the increasingly popular realm of K-beauty comes Banilla Co.’s Clean It Zero – Resveratrol cleansing balm. A solid oil makeup remover complete with Korean skincare’s disarmingly fun packaging and highly effective contents. It smells good. It feels good. It gets the job done. And in a rather enjoyable way.
Why do I need it?
Clean It Zero is Clinique Take The Day Off Balm’s much more fun younger sister.
Just like TTDO, Clean It Zero is a solid balm that converts to an oil on contact. The texture is beautifully silky when it melts into the skin. It smells like some delicious childhood iced desert: fruity and sweet. Its lost-in-translation name and typically Korean cute packaging (dare I say kawaii?) give it an air of cartoonish playfulness. Removing makeup was never this fun.
I do class Clean It Zero as a make-up remover rather than a skin cleanser. Even though it contains resveratrol (a high potency antioxidant) this cleanser doesn’t really ‘treat’ the skin – an antioxidant that sits on your skin for maybe 30 seconds before you wash it off is really not going to do much. It doesn’t resurface the skin or claim to treat any particular skin concerns. What it does do is emulsify makeup for easy removal and it even works on longwear foundation and waterproof mascara. The reason I chose the Resveratrol version over the original was the absence of mineral oil in the ingredients listing – which the Original formula has.
Clean It Zero comes in a 100ml jar.
What is in it?
Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, PEG-10 Isostearate, Polyethylene, Butylene Glycol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Propanediol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Vine Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Root Extract, Thuja Orientalis Leaf Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Resveratrol, Butylparaben, Cl 42090, Cl 19140, Fragrance.
Where do I get it? / Whats the damage?
Asian skincare can be tricky to track down. My go-to online store for asian skincare is usually Sasa with free shipping options, but items are not always in stock. For Korean skincare specifically, you can also try Korea Depart which has better in-stock availability and a wider variety of products, just keep an eye on the shipping costs which are calculated by weight and can really blow out quickly.