Other than religiously applying sunscreen, double cleansing is, in my opinion, one of the most important steps in your routine. Double cleansing helps get rid of all the makeup and dirt that has accumulated on your face. Not cleansing your face properly at the end of the day can result to clogged pores which can lead to acne. No matter how tired, sleepy or intoxicated I am when I get home, I may not apply my routine but I will definitely not forget to cleanse my face.
What is double cleansing? It’s washing your face twice (hence the “double”). You first wash your face with an oil-based cleanser then follow it up with a regular cleanser like a foaming one. Sometimes I even triple cleanse and finish with micellar or cleansing water.
I’ve always loved cleansing oils to remove my makeup and ever since I tried DHC, I’ve repurchased (aka hoarded) it countless times. But traveling with liquids can be quite stressful specially we they leak and spill into your kit! When Heimish came out with their version of a cleansing balm, I immediately got myself one to try out. It took a while before I got around to opening my tub because I was still finishing my tub of the OG Banila Co. Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm. I was supposed to do a side by side review of the two but my CIZ ran out. Boo.
The cleansing balm comes in a matte box with a pink and mauve leaf design which can also be seen on the cap of the tub. Heimish has really pretty packaging for all their products so I’m not surprised that this cleansing balm looks the way it does. It even has rose gold details! 😍
As you can see, it has lots of plant based ingredients. But how is it different from the Banila Co.? Well, unlike the Banila Co., the Heimish one does NOT contain mineral oil, parabens, and added fragrance. Yep, you read that right. That strong herby fragrance which is a big turn-off for some is all natural; it wasn’t added.
Between the two, I personally prefer the fragrance of the Clean It Zero because it isn’t overpowering.
In terms of packaging, both come in a tub and both have an inner lid which houses the spatula that you use to scoop out some product.
Texture wise, they’re both sherbet-y. You apply it on dry face, massage, and wet your hands then massage your face.
You’ll see that as soon as you apply it on your dry face, it melts and becomes the consistency of just like an oil cleanser. And when you add a bit of water to it, the texture becomes milky, just like what the description on the box says: balm-oil-milk.
To test its makeup removing powers, I grabbed 5 products…
Scooped out this much and applied it on the back of my hand…
See how it has melted and looks like the consistency of an oil cleanser?
Massage it on the skin…
Then rinse with water! In this case, I wiped it off with a wet cotton pad. I have a video of it on my Instagram account so head on over there to see it 😊 Not a trace of makeup left! And I have yet to follow it up with a cleanser. Needless to say, it’s pretty effective at removing makeup — even water-resistant ones.
So which one do I prefer? Looking at the Style Korean website, the Banila Co. retails for $18.50USD/100ml while the Heimish one is priced the same for 120ml! I don’t necessarily purchase all my K-Beauty stuff from Style Korean but just used their pricing at the site as a reference since they carried both items. Other sites sell the Banila Co. one at a lower price or the Heimish one. So it helps to do your research. In this case, The Heimish one comes out cheaper.
The Banila Co. also comes in other variants that are priced at $22.25USD — Clean It Zero (original), Purity (for sensitive skin), Resveratrol (for oily skin), and Radiance (for dry skin). I’ve only tried the original one and had no problems with it. I have oily skin and did not experience breakouts. It was the same for the Heimish one. BUUUUUT, my skin felt a bit more moisturized with the Heimish one.
So would I repurchase? Yes I would. While I prefer the fragrance of the Banila Co. and the variants available for different skin types, my skin feels happier with the Heimish. I’m not sensitive to fragrances and mineral oil so if there is a sale on the Banila Co., I would also still purchase it. But if you’re someone who is sensitive to fragrances and mineral oil and would want to have a paraben-free cleanser, then go for the Heimish one. I definitely do not regret purchasing this.