As readers of the blog will know I have a slight obsession with Korean skin care products. I sheet mask twice a week, nearly every product I own is from Soko Glam or Peach&Lilly, and I’m a huge fan of double-cleansing. Over the winter I purchased the “Best of Beauty Essentials Set” from Soko Glam and one of the products included was an oil cleanser from Banilla.co and I’m here to report that I’ve fallen in love. The melting oil “Clean It Zero” cleanser removes makeup and oil, has the lightest sweet scent, and a very luxurious feel that makes me want to put the entire jar on my face every day.
Ingredients: 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
The first ingredient of this formula is mineral oil – which you may recognize due to its controversial use in cosmetics. Mineral oil is a colorless, odorless, liquid compound that is extracted and highly purified (i.e. it’s totally safe for you). The mineral oil is most likely what gives this cleanser the nice slip that it has.
The acerola fruit extract gives this product a touch of #VitC, raspberry extract helps give a pleasant scent (note: not a natural sunscreen), and the papaya extract gives the tiniest touch of exfoliation. Overall I love the formula of this product, it has a great mixture of well-researched ingredients and plant-derived extracts.
how does a melting oil work?
Much like coconut oil (which is a solid compound at room temperature) this cleanser comes in solid form. Through body heat, this product will melt under your fingertips – pretty cool right! I’d just be careful to keep this product out of very warm areas so that it doesn’t melt before you get your fingers in it.
My obsession with this product goes beyond the actual cleanser itself. I love the white, pink and black color scheme. Under the lid, there is a tiny plastic scoop to help apply the product. I use this product by scooping out a dime size amount of the cleansing oil onto the back of my hand, then spreading it all over my face and eyes (yep it doesn’t even hurt my super sensitive eyes). After rubbing the product in for a minute, I add water to emulsify and then rinse it all off. I do follow this step with a water-based foaming cleanser, but this melting oil does a great job at removing my makeup on its own. 10/10 would buy again and most likely will soon since I’ve torn through this product since purchasing it in January.
Have you ever tried a melting oil cleanser?
I’d love to hear any experiences or questions below!
This post was not sponsored, all opinions are my own.