2 Oct 2016

Comparison Review: Banila Co Clean it Zero || Tony Moly Aquaporin Sherbet Cleanser

Today I am gonna throw in a really simple comparison review on two makeup removers from Banila Co and Tony Moly. I know there is one - Heimish All Clean Balm that everyone is raving about, which I just bought and is en route shipping here. Will update you guys on that one once I've tried it out, so far let's just look at the two makeup removers that we're gonna talk about today.

I've almost finished using Banila Co but only started to use Tony Moly

Banila Co. Clean it Zero

I think almost every kbeauty lover knows this makeup remover, or cleansing balm / sherbet cleanser / first cleanser whatever you call it from Banila Co. It is a numerous awards-winning cleanser and becomes super popular after Korean actress Song Ji-hyo recommended it on Get it Beauty TV Show.

It comes in a pinkish, nicely polished plastic bottle that looks elegant and well-made. 

The product is a soft brittle balm that will turn into silky oil as it touches your skin. The best part about this cleanser is that it will easily remove all your makeup including your eyes and lips makeup without a trace in a simple step. Since it is a balm, it is also super travel-friendly that you can just scoop a little and carry it around with you without worrying about spilling it or creating a mess in your bag or luggage.

As for the scent, I must admit that I really dislike the scent of this product. It smells like kitchen clothes you haven't washed for days, or the foully smell of a melted candle soaked in dirty water for weeks. The smell gets worst if you accidentally let water gets inside and forgot to remove the "contaminated" part.


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 Sinensis Root Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Malpighia Glabra (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Leaf Extract, BHT, Butylparaben, CI 16255, CI 15985, Fragrance


Actually I don't pay a lot of attention to the ingredients of cleansing products. As long as they are not harmful for short period skin contacts, I'll normally give it a pass. The same goes for fancy ingredients inside. Whatever super ingredients they have, I normally don't bother because those are stuffs meant to be washed off anyway.

This makeup remover has a nice ingredients list. I know a lot of people are concerned about having mineral oil in their cosmetic products, but so far research reveals that cosmetic-grade mineral oil is in fact non-irritating and will not clog pores. Quite contrary, they are by far one of the most moisturizing ingredients at really cheap prices. Why look for something expensive in your cleanser if you can find something good and cheap. Plus, this is a cleanser. This makeup remover has tonnes of nice extracts like raspberry leaf extract, bamboo extract, chinese angelica, willowherb and so on. I enjoy the presence of papaya enzyme here, as papaya is a natural AHA known for its gentle exfoliating property, which makes it a great ingredient for cleansing products. Other ingredients like BHT (a relatively "unsafe" preservative), pigments and so on are still acceptable since this, like I said, is a wash-off type product.

Tony Moly Aquaporin Sherbet Cleanser

This is a cheaper alternative to the Banila Co Clean it Zero. I saw a vlogger raving about this as one of her holy grails. Besides, Soko Glam, a reputable kbeauty curating site is also curating this in addition to Banila Co. So I was a bit curious about this makeup remover which is only half the price of Banila Co. Would it be as good, or just half as good as the Banila Co Clean it Zero?

This Aquaporin Sherbet Cleanser has texture similar to the Banila Co Clean it Zero. Except that this feels more like candle and is harder to emulsify and rinse off compared to Banila Co. The good part about this is that it smells slightly more pleasant than the Banila Co. It still smells like breezy-flavoured candle though but at least it doesn't have the foully kitchen clothes smell.


Mineral Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Polyethylene, PEG-8 Isostearate, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water, Water, Rose Flower Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Xylitol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Styrax Benzoin Gum, Commiphora Myrrha Oil, Spirulina Platensis Extract, CI 19140, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Butylene Glycol, CI 42090, Glucose, Glycolic Acid


Like Banila Co, a majority of this product is made of mineral oil. And then we have a bunch of plant oil, and some marine-related ingredients like antarctica, blue-green algae and green algae. There may sound like a lot of extracts, but a lot of these are fragrance oil with moisturizing, antioxidizing and antiseptic properties. As for algae extracts, just like what I shared on my previous review on Nature Republic and Biotherm creams, are mostly used for skin moisturizing and anti-aging purposes. In other words, there is nothing too special about the ingredients used here. It may sound beautiful with the "aquaporin" label but is really nothing too aqua or marine. It is not very moisturizing either.


I As you can see, Banila Co removes most makeup except for some waterproof eyeliner which I normally remove with an eye makeup remover. But, Tony Moly still leaves behind some dirty-looking traces. Clearly, Banila Co has a better cleansing power.


Basically, Banila Co Clean it Zero and Tony Moly Aquaporin Sherbet Cleanser are both the same. They are makeup remover in a sherbet or balm form meant to be used before a foam cleanser. Some people call it first cleanser, cleansing balm, sherbet cleanser, and so on. I personally call them makeup remover. I only use them when I put on foundation and colour makeup. For normal no-makeup, sunscreen-only days, I prefer cleansing water.

Comparison-wise, I think Banila Co has outperformed Tony Moly in many ways. It looks much prettier and elegant than Tony Moly. It is also easier to be removed by water and cleanses your face better. It doesn't leave that annoying waxy finish that Tony Moly used to leave. Ingredients-wise, Banila Co is also more practical in that it uses AHA (papaya enzyme) rather than a whole lot of fancy skincare ingredients that might just stay on my face for less than a minute.

Except for better smell, Tony Moly has nothing to beat Banila Co.

Of course, at half or two-third the price of Banila Co, Tony Moly is a budgetary alternative to Banila Co. If you won't mind the waxy finish, or having to cleanse your face once or twice afterward, then I think Tony Moly is a pretty decent option at affordable price. Regardless, if you wouldn't mind paying a little bit more for a better cleansing experience, then I would definitely recommend Banila Co. It is convenient, all-in-one, and effective. And it does clean it all. 

Banila Co Clean it Zero
packaging: ★★★★
scent: ☆
texture: ★★★☆
ingredients: ★★★☆
efficacy: ★★★★☆
overall impression: ★★★★ (very good and I really enjoy it)

Tony Moly Aquaporin Sherbet Cleanser
packaging: ★★
scent: ★☆
texture: ★★
ingredients: ★★
efficacy: ★★★
overall impression: ★★ (something about its quality really turns me off)

You can get Banila Co from: Banila Co Malaysia | Hermo | Althea
You can get Tony Moly from: Tony Moly Malaysia | Soko Glam
[Disclaimer] This is NOT a sponsored review. Products are purchased with my own money. All copy right of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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