Beauty Corner: Banila Clean It Zero Makeup Remover

March 1, 2017 | 2922 Visits

Clean It Zero is one of those products that people constantly rave about. From its cleansing abilities to its scent, beauty fanatics consider it a top-notch cleanser that should be a staple in everyone’s makeup drawer. After trying it for the first time, I will agree as I now wonder why it wasn’t a part of my skincare routine before. Banila’s makeup remover is gentle, light, and thorough and a real treat to use.


I ordered the original Clean It Zero, so my packaging was pink and feminine. The product comes packaged nicely in a watercolor-esque box. Inside the box, there are instructions for use in multiple languages, a card with an online code, a plastic lid to preserve the product’s integrity, and a plastic spatula to use for scooping out the balm. The plastic container the product comes in is also pink and cheerful with clean lines and a good weight. The packaging actually makes Clean It Zero look more expensive than it actually is, so it is a product that could proudly be displayed on a bathroom counter.


Mineral oil, cetyl ethylhexanoate, peg-20 glyceryl triisostearate, peg-10 isostearate, polyethylene, butylene glycol, water, rubus suavissimus (raspberry) leaf extract, bambusa arundinacea stem extract, aspalathus linearis leaf extract, viscum album (mistletoe) leaf extract, angelica polymorpha sinesis root extract, carica papaya (papaya) fruit extract, malpighia glabra (acerola) fruit extract, epilobium angustifolium leaf extract, bht, butylparaben, ci 16255, ci 15985, fragrance


Clean It Zero is easy to use. Scoop out some balm using the provided spatula, then spread it on your dry face in circular motions to help the balm melt. As you apply the balm, makeup will begin to emulsify. Then, use warm water to begin rinsing off the cleanser. As you do, Clean It Zero turns white and almost milky. Keep rinsing until all the product and makeup is gone and pat dry. You can even follow up with a foaming cleanser for an extra clean feel.


Since Clean It Zero is an oil-type balm, I expected it to be heavy. Thankfully, it’s not! The balm is light and refreshing on the skin, and it does a great job breaking down makeup. My makeup look is usually fairly lightweight, but for testing purposes, I went heavy on mascara, lipstick, foundation, blush, and eyeliner to test its capabilities. The balm emulsified waterproof mascara and eyeliner with ease, and even the full-coverage foundation was not match for it. As it breaks down makeup, it’s not pretty because it will look like your face is melting, but it clearly does an excellent job.

Rinsing the balm off is easy, too. The warm water turns the somewhat oily balm into a milky cleanser that dissipates as you continue to rinse while using circular motions on your skin. When the product is completely washed off and dried, what’s left behind is smooth, satiny skin that’s bright and clean.

The cleanser has a sherbet scent to it that’s summery and pleasant. The scent isn’t strong and overpowering, but it is clean and light. The papaya extract included in the cleanser also smells delightful and helps to lightly exfoliate skin. The fragrance isn’t a skin irritant, but if you do have sensitive skin, Clean It Zero Purity may be more to your liking.


Clean It Zero, hands down, is one of the best cleansers on the market. It’s easy to see why it’s an award-winner and praised highly by those in the beauty industry. The product earns a solid 5/5 and should be a staple product in any beauty basket.


Clean It Zero is currently available for $16 on SokoGlam.


—-Joelle Halon

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