Banila Co. Clean It Zero Classic Review

clean it zero review


Hiya! My name is Shaleen- I am a 22 year old from the bottom of the world with a skincare obsession. 

If you're new to Korean beauty this oil cleanser is your best bet. It's ability to remove makeup is borderline magical and is guaranteed to get rid of any lingering doubts you might have had about trying K-beauty. If you're already on the bandwagon, chances are you either have this product as your nightly oil cleanser or are seriously considering it. Either way, you've come to the right place!


  • Oil is in balm form= no mess!
  • Doesn't burn your face or sting your eyes.
  • Literally melts off your makeup.
  • I repeat it melts off your makeup. What more are you waiting for???


The Banila Co. Clean It Zero Classic balm has reached cult status in Korea and for good reason. It is an oil cleanser that removes makeup insanely well. It comes in a pink and white tub, decorated with pink circles. It comes with a plastic protector- I recommend leaving this inside and taking off as you need to use it because it does a stellar job of keeping the nasties out. It also comes with a spatula so you don't have to worry about bad hygiene and germs. It has a mild citrus fragrance but is not overpowering. In 2014, it won the SOKOGLAM Best of Beauty Award for its effectivness and general ease of use. Since then it's been a staple in many people's skin routine and will probably stay around for a while longer!

  • Suitable for dry, combination and even oily skin types! It is suitable for sensitive skin however if you are unsure you might be better off trying their purity range (NZ & Intl).
  The balm is ever so slightly pale pink. As you can see you only need small scoops!

 The balm is ever so slightly pale pink. As you can see you only need small scoops!



  • Use the spatula to scoop up a small amount of product (depending on how much makeup you are wearing, you may need more).
  • Transfer the balm onto your fingers.
  • Apply to face, massaging the product in with circular motions.
  • Rinse off!
  • Additional step- run spatula under hot water to keep it clean.

The Review:

 Clean It Zero has such a nice design! I like the minimalism of it- the pink rings are a nice touch.

Clean It Zero has such a nice design! I like the minimalism of it- the pink rings are a nice touch.

This balm literally melts off your makeup. I don't know about you but for years I was viciously scrubbing at my face with a cotton pad in an attempt to move my mascara and 7/10 times it wouldn't budge. Those days are long gone! The balm melts into a soft sorbet in your fingertips and then works with your natural oils to slide off your makeup and remove SPF. There is very minimal work involved at your end so why not give yourself a nice massage while you're at it! It washes off super easily as well so you don't have to worry about dealing with oily fingers. Huge plus IMO. One of the best things about this oil cleanser is the fact that it isn't messy. A huge downfall with so many oil cleansers is the spill factor and it sends me running. Often times the oil is so runny that it drips down your arms mid cleanse and makes you feel like an oily french fry. The fact that Clean It Zero is a balm completely eliminates this feeling, leaving you in total control. 


This product is great value. It markets at 30 NZD  and 16 USD. Whilst it isn't as cheap as the makeup removers you may get at the supermarket, this product works so much better and is doesn't sting. For the no stinging factor alone I forgive the more expensive price tag. Admittedly, I don't wear makeup on a daily basis and when I do I don't wear that much. Because of that I don't go through this product as quickly as someone who might do the whole makeup shebang more often and therefore use more. Regardless, this product is bigger than it seems and a little does go a long way! 

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 Aside from the goosebumps, you can see how well it removes the mac lipstick and stubborn eyeliner!

Aside from the goosebumps, you can see how well it removes the mac lipstick and stubborn eyeliner!

So what is in this balm that gives it it's powers? There are heaps of antioxidants! The silky soft feeling of Clean It Zero is attributed to papaya extract which works to exfoliate the skin. It gets rid of coarse or dry skin whilst throughly cleaning your pores and generally being a really fab ingredient.

There is also cherry extract which joins forced with papaya to fight free-radicals and toxins to keep your skin nice and healthy. Otherwise known as acerora extract, it is also rich in Vitamin C! Vitamin C is hugely popular in the K-Beauty world for it's brightening powers and ability to reduce acne scarring. The percentage of Vitamin C is too low for you to rely on it for reducing pigmentation but it definitely provides a mild brightening effect and helps to heal your skincells to an extent.

The main concern you might have with this product is the presence of mineral oil. Mineral oil is a popular ingredient in makeup removers because it is cheap and non-comodogenic which means it won't clog your pores. People often have their own opinions on mineral oil so I won't delve into it, because I think it is something you need to decide for yourself. Just be aware that it is present in this balm. I always recommend doing some of your own research into these types of ingredients.

  • Click here for a full translated list of ingredients via COSDA.



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1/5: Negative, nada, no.

2/5: Definitely not enough magic to consider re-purchasing.

3/5: It had its effects but there are many more products out there that do better.

4/5: Going great! Going to keep using until I find something more effective.

5/5: Holy grail!



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