Hello Everyone!! I am so sorry I have been MIA!! Life got crazy plus I went on a much needed vacation :-) With my son starting high school and me starting my graduate program, I haven't had much extra time lately for blogging. I do post pretty regularly on Instagram so don't forget to follow me there.
Today I do have a review for you!! Awhile back, I posted a haul that I purchased from BeautynetKorea here! I wanted to review the Banila Co. cleansing balm as I have been testing it for awhile now and want to share my thoughts.
This balm style cleanser comes in a plastic but sturdy jar with a twist off cap. It does come with a tiny spatula for removing the product out of the container. I would like to point out that yes, I always use the spatula because sticking your fingers into the jar could contaminate a product, plus it's just gross! I like to keep things as sanitary as possible! Overall, I like the packaging, it's simple!
This balm in the Asian beauty world is considered a first step in the cleansing process. This is an oil based cleanser used to remove makeup and sunscreen. It comes in a solid form but once it is applied to the skin, it liquifies into an silky oil.
Here I loaded up the back of my hand with a foundation, waterproof liquid eye liner, a stick eye shadows and a lipstick....I massaged a pea size amount of the balm onto my hand in circular motions for about a minute or so until I felt that all the makeup was dissolved, then I add a few drops of water and the oil emulsifies into a milky consistency...
As you can see, the cleanser removed everything except for a trace of the waterproof eye liner! All in all, not too bad.
I would also like to mention that using natural oils such as olive, jojoba or coconut are not the same! Natural oils will not emulsify into a milk so they do not rinse clean and will leave an oily film on the skin! You will most likely need to use a cloth to remove a natural oil. Some people like using natural oils and then follow up using a second cleanser to remove any residue.
I am slightly on the fence in regards to this product for a few reasons. First, I love the texture! I used the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm for years and absolutely love it and it has the same silky texture. I also love that it emulsifies very well into milky lotion. However, I feel that after rinsing, the Banila Co Purity leaves a slight film on the skin. I always follow up with a second cleanse so this is not a huge issue but something I thought I should mention!
Also, the Banila Co Purity does have a slight scent, which is not a huge problem because it is very minor however, it smells a little like Pinesol. The fragrance, extract etc did not cause any issue with my skin so that is a huge plus! My skin is extremely sensitive and reactive and this product did not cause any reactions what so ever!!
Lastly, although I try to use a separate eye makeup remover prior to using a oil cleanser, sometimes I am lazy and use the oil cleanser all over my face and eyes. The Banila Co Purity does not remove my eye makeup as well as the Clinique or the Kose Softymo Deep Cleaning Oil (my HG). If I am wearing a waterproof eye liner it just doesn't get the job done!
I honestly do not think I will repurchase the Banila Co Purity because I feel that there are other oil cleansers out there that perform better and cost less.
Have you tried Banila Co? What are your thoughts??