If you’re a fan of Korean skincare, you’ve already read (and probably experienced) the hype of cleansing balms. For those who have yet to experience this cleansing magic (all my sympathies to you and the hard work you must be putting into removing your makeup at night without it), it's a solid yet malleable balm that melts as you rub it into your face, lifting your makeup and swirling it around. All you need is water or a wet cloth for the melted balm to dissolve and be wiped away. The whole process takes less than two minutes. I’m talking only TWO minutes to dissolve your long-wear eyeliner, eye shadow, your full coverage 12-hour foundation, your lip stain, and your waterproof mascara. Magic. Banila Co. Clean It Zero Balm is the OG version of this type of cleansing balm and has a huge cult following – however, Heimish All Clean Balm came along in 2016 and may prove that there is always room for improvement. Let’s compare the two!
In terms of size and amount of actual product, Heimish has a little more with 120ml to Banila Co.’s 100ml. To open the Heimish packaging, you can go about it two ways: you can snap it open and closed to reveal the cover with the spatula attached, or you can twist it off. Interesting idea, but I don’t quite understand why you would need two methods for opening. Banila Co.’s product simply twists off and the cover and spatula can be found in the same spot. I prefer the snap lid of Heimish.
In terms of which one will look prettier in your vanity (don’t act like you don’t think about this), they’re both super cute and modern looking. Personally, I would reach for Heimish’s because of its super chic pastel colored lid and and its simple white sides. It feels and looks a little more expensive.
The formulas are relatively similar. They both feel like you’re scooping up a grittier type of Vaseline or an unprocessed honey. Both melt onto the skin and turn into a thick yet spreadable oil on the face. I would say that Banila Co. is a little more greasier than Heimish which feels slightly more matte. Heimish is also hypoallergenic and free of parabens and dyes. Banila Co. is now also free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, alcohol, and artificial coloring.
This is always an important category for me because I do not like fruity or flowery scents in my skincare. Unfortunately, Banila Co. is very fruity and candy scented. For those who enjoy that in their face products, this is the balm for you. Heimish has a much more "grown-up" scent – very medicinal, hints of pine and essential oils. I prefer this smell.
Banila Co.’s prices range from store to store but generally it is slightly more expensive than Heimish – even though there is more product in the Heimish balm. In terms of more bang for your buck, Heimish takes the lead here.
There aren’t enough glaring differences between these two to really say one is leagues ahead of the other. They both do exactly what they need to. I would say they both are equally effective at removing makeup quickly and efficiently. The places they differ are in price, feel, and scent. Personally, I preferred using Heimish’s All Clean Balm instead of Banila Co. Clean It Zero Balm because I liked the scent and the way it spread onto my skin – it was a little less greasy and a little more matte. I also noticed less irritation in my eyes after using Heimish’s. Overall, these are two great products. Choosing which one is right for you will definitely come down to personal preferences in terms of scent and texture!