I discovered cleansing oils when I was living in Seoul and it's the one thing that really transformed my skin. Less breakouts and many more compliments from my mom (sometimes the most honest critic of my skin) that my skin had really improved.
My first cleansing oil was the Banila Clean It Zero product which I love and use as my baseline when comparing other cleansing balm type products.
I received this erborian Solid Cleansing Balm at a Soko Glam event and was super excited to trying it. I was always intrigued by erborian since it merges the heritage of both French and Korean skincare rituals and because I especially love cleansing balms.
Unfortunately, this cleansing balm fell short of my expectations because of the leftover residue, scent, and the way it washes off.
Leftover Residue aka "Silky Lotion"
Now the back of the package says that this cleansing balm transforms twice. On first contact it turns into an oil to help remove all oil-based impurities and makeup. Second, "when rinsed with water, it transforms again into a silky lotion...which leaves behind a protective film."
This "silky lotion" and "protective film" is more like a leftover residue which feels a bit like a greasy film that doesn't wash off. It makes me feel like I want to hurry up and get a foaming cleanser out to wash it off. I guess it's supposed to be moisturizing but I just don't like the sensation of this "protective film". Who really wants a film on their skin anyways?
Some might call the scent herbal and refreshing but to me it reminds me a drugstore shampoo...I want to say Pantene or Herbal Essences. This to mean it doesn't smell luxe, it doesn't smell subtle, it's just a little too herbal-ly and strong.
The Way It Washes Off
The other thing that bothers me about this cleanser is the way it washes off. When I wash it off with water and look at my hands, the oil coagulates into white bits that don't look particularly appealing. It bothers me to look at them because they sort of look mealy and weird.
This cleanser needs some tweaks in order for it to really even begin to compare to Banila Co. I think they should get rid of the "protective film" aspect and just focus on being a great solid cleansing oil. Improve the scent and the texture when it washes off and it will be a competitive product.
You can find this product at Sephora.com.