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Here's our complete breakdown comparing the ingredients, attributes, and more of Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original versus Beauty of Joseon Radiance Cleansing Balm .

Last updated on December 19, 2023. Published on May 04, 2021

Overview

What they are

These products are both reef safe makeup removers. They have a total of 8 ingredients in common

Cool Features

They both contain exfoliants

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for brightening skin

Free From

They both do not contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, parabens, silicones or sulfates

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Makeup Remover South Korean Brand South Korea
Makeup Remover South Korean Brand South Korea

Makeup Remover

Makeup removers work to remove makeup from the skin.

Makeup Remover

Makeup removers work to remove makeup from the skin.

Price

Ingredient Info

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alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free
ph level
6.1
alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free

At a glance

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Notable Ingredients

Vitamin E
Exfoliators

Benefits

Brightening

Concerns

May Worsen Oily Skin (2)
Acne Trigger
Rosacea
Eczema

Notable Ingredients

Exfoliators

Benefits

Hydrating
Anti-Aging
Dark Spots
Brightening

Concerns

May Worsen Oily Skin
Acne Trigger
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Ingredients Explained

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Ingredients higher up in an ingredient list are typically present in a larger amount.

1
What it does: Emollient
Community Rating: Mixed

Cetyl Ethylhexanoate comes from cetearyl alcohol and 2-ethylhexanoic acid.

It is an emollient that adds a velvety feel to products when applied. Emollients help trap moisture into your skin, keeping your skin soft and hydrated.

Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original contains this as ingredient number 2.

Beauty of Joseon Radiance Cleansing Balm contains this as ingredient number 1.

2
What it does: Emollient, Emulsifying
Community Rating: Very Disliked

Peg-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate comes from Isostearic Acid and glycerin.

It is an emollient, emulsifier, and gentle cleanser. As an emollient, it helps trap moisture to keep skin soft and hydrated. Emulsifiers help prevent ingredients from separating.

This ingredient is common in oil-based products. This is because it helps oil-ingredients be easily washed away without leaving a residue.

Peg-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate may not be fungal-acne safe.

Learn more about Peg-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate

Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original contains this as ingredient number 3.

Beauty of Joseon Radiance Cleansing Balm contains this as ingredient number 3.

3
What it does: Emulsifying
Community Rating: Very Disliked

Peg-10 Isostearate isn't fungal acne safe.

Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original contains this as ingredient number 4.

Beauty of Joseon Radiance Cleansing Balm contains this as ingredient number 5.

4
What it does: Abrasive, Emulsion Stabilising, Masking
Community Rating: Very Disliked

Synthetic Wax is created from fossil fuels such as natural gas. It is used to enhance texture, adjust pH, and as an occlusive.

It may also be used as an abrasive ingredient to exfoliate the skin.

Synthetic Wax may not be fungal acne safe.

Learn more about Synthetic Wax

Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original contains this as ingredient number 5.

Beauty of Joseon Radiance Cleansing Balm contains this as ingredient number 4.

5
What it does: Humectant, Masking, Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Mixed

Butylene Glycol (or BG) is used within cosmetic products for a few different reasons:

  • It is a solvent, meaning that it helps to dissolve other ingredients. This also enhances the absorption of the product into one's skin.
  • It is a humectant, which means that it helps attract moisture into the skin.
  • It helps improve product application.

Overall, Butylene Glycol is a safe and well-rounded ingredient. It is unlikely to irritate skin, and works well with pretty much all other ingredients.

Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original contains this as ingredient number 7.

Beauty of Joseon Radiance Cleansing Balm contains this as ingredient number 17.

6
What it does: Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Mixed

Ethylhexylglycerin (we can't pronounce this either) is commonly used as a preservative and skin softener. It is derived from glyceryl.

You might see Ethylhexylglycerin often paired with other preservatives such as phenoxyethanol. Ethylhexylglycerin has been found to increase the effectiveness of these other preservatives.

Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original contains this as ingredient number 11.

Beauty of Joseon Radiance Cleansing Balm contains this as ingredient number 20.

7
What it does: Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

So why is it so popular? Water most often acts as a solvent - this means that it helps dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.

You'll also recognize water as that liquid we all need to stay alive. Talk about multi-purpose! If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!

Learn more about Water

Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original contains this as ingredient number 12.

Beauty of Joseon Radiance Cleansing Balm contains this as ingredient number 13.

8
What it does: Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Mixed

1,2-Hexanediol is a multi-tasker ingredient. It acts as a preservative to increase shelf-life and can aid other preservatives in preventing microbe growth. 1,2-Hexanediol also helps the skin retain moisture as a humectant.

In products that are water-based, this ingredient can help stabilize perfumes and fragrances. It can also help make the texture of products softer and more smooth.

Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original contains this as ingredient number 13.

Beauty of Joseon Radiance Cleansing Balm contains this as ingredient number 18.

Here's what our community thinks of the ingredients in these two products.

20% are loved or liked
20% have mixed ratings
30% are disliked or very disliked
30% have no rating yet
45% are loved or liked
30% have mixed ratings
20% are disliked or very disliked
5% have no rating yet

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Reviews

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Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original 20 ingredients

4.8 /5
from 9 ratings
Drying (1) Heavy (1) Light Scent (1) Oily (1) Works Well (1)
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4 months ago Β· Oily Skin
Review

give it a try
i liked this cleansing balm. it goes second place on my list of favorite cleansing balms but this one was actually really good. i did...

give it a try
i liked this cleansing balm. it goes second place on my list of favorite cleansing balms but this one was actually really good. i did like that it came with a little scooper so i wouldn't spread bacteria from my hands when picking up product. it is a little hard to take off but it easily cleaned up all my makeup and dirt from my face. what i don't like is that it literally gets in my eyes when i get to the part where i have to take my mascara off but other than that, i like this. i would buy it again if it wasn't for the price.

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DamDamfino

4 months ago Β· Combination Skin
Review

I was really late on the Banila Clean it Zero trend. I mean, I had heard of it for years but didn't buy it or try it until 2022.
Did it live up...

I was really late on the Banila Clean it Zero trend. I mean, I had heard of it for years but didn't buy it or try it until 2022.
Did it live up to the hype? Eh, maybe not?

I enjoy the tactile sensation of spreading a semi-solid around my face. I do like the idea of a cleansing balm a lot. Most of the time I rub this on my face before hopping into the shower to rinse it off, and having the product stay on my face without dripping off is very nice!

I use it as a sunscreen and makeup remover before my second cleanse. At that task, it does a great job. But I don't think I could use this on it's own.
I find it to be very drying to my skin after rinsing off. A weird, almost gritty dry feeling.

I appreciate including the spatula to make scooping out the product more hygienic, but the problem is...where do I put the spatula in between uses? I just wish there was a better solution that involved less hands and less washing, because having to unscrew the cap, remove the spatula from the clear plastic lid, remove the clear plastic lid, then scoop the product, replace lids, wash face...etc etc is actually quite annoying to do every day while trying to keep everything clean and hygienic. Screwing a lid back on when I have a handful of product is *not* my favorite thing to do. I wish there was just a built in storage option for the spatula or something. Maybe a screw top jar just isn't the greatest packaging - or, I'd just rather use my fingers to scoop out the product!

For the price, its actually very inexpensive and will last a long time since you don't need to use a lot each time. A little goes a long way... but scooping always lends itself to scooping a large amount. I find myself using more than I should/need more often than not.

Would I repurchase this? If I were in a bind, sure. But right now I'd rather try other cleansing balms to find one I like better.

Beauty of Joseon Radiance Cleansing Balm 20 ingredients

4.6 /5
from 19 ratings
No Scent (9) Works Well (9) Great Value (7) Light (5) Broke Me Out (4) Hydrating (3)
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AshN.

2 months ago Β· Dry Skin
Review

(Using Since 2022) Best cleansing balm I've ever purchased! Most cleansing balms I've looked at usually contain some type of fragrance but this...

(Using Since 2022) Best cleansing balm I've ever purchased! Most cleansing balms I've looked at usually contain some type of fragrance but this doesn't. The formulation is great as it easily melts on your face once applied. Even when I place some around my under eye and eyelid area there is no irritation or stinging. I would say this makes for a great budget buy as a little goes a long way. This is a must have if you're a fan of double cleansing!

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HarrietandValentine

2 months ago Β· Normal Skin
Review

I use this for 'slip' while using a guasha tool every day in the shower (I use a guasha just for improving lymphatic flow in my collarbone, neck,...

I use this for 'slip' while using a guasha tool every day in the shower (I use a guasha just for improving lymphatic flow in my collarbone, neck, and face). The added bonus is that it hydrates my skin and feels great.

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