I have always been a grocery store face wash and face lotion person, but I recently found out my go-to brand was not cruelty-free. This was not something I had ever worried about before, but I had been gifted a Banila Co. face wash routine and figured I should use it eventually. My hesitation to test Banila was because I was afraid I would break out from changing skincare routines. Read on for an unbiased Banila review from me, a girl that didn’t know anything about K Beauty before my experience with Banila. Stick around at the end too, for an exclusive offer from Banila for Revoupon readers.
As I approached the end of my grocery store face lotion, I decided I would try the Banila Co lotion to start. Everything went well. However, Banila is a K Beauty brand and from what I have heard, Korea is very serious about their facial products and how to use them. So, before I made the full switch, I did some research. I discovered that K Beauty rules the skincare industry with their innovation and focus on healthy skin. They prefer to care for the skin you have rather than apply a ton of makeup to make your skin appear perfect. I also discovered that in Korea the beauty standards are extremely high and young people there struggle to look “perfect.” I don’t know how they are all dealing with the COVID 19 quarantines and masks, but I know here in the US if I have to cover half my face, guess who is only doing eye makeup today? This Girl!
The best place I was able to get information about Banila was from their website. I had a great chat with a Banila Co representative who was able to answer my many questions.
The short answer is yes. Banila Co does not test its formulations on animals. When the products are finalized and ready for the market they have not been tested on animals.
Sadly, the long answer is no Banila is not 100% cruelty-free. Unfortunately, because Banila wants to sell in certain markets and countries, they must abide by the local regulations. For instance, China requires animal testing in order for cosmetics to be sold there, regardless of whether they’ve been proven safe by clinical trial on real people. So any brand of cosmetics sold in China has been tested on animals, period! If it makes you feel better though, Banila has already completed its product testing and they already know it’s safe for animal skin too.
I received 5 products: Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original, Clean It Zero Foam Cleanser, Dear Hydration Toner, Dear Hydration Essence, and Dear Hydration Balancing Moisturizer. This is also the order I was told to use them in, of which I am so glad I asked because I was going to moisturize before I “essenced”.
I have been using the Banila products for the last 2 weeks and I have not seen any signs of breakouts and my skin is looking great. However, I did not have any complaints about my skin before switching to Banila. I would say this is a very big positive. Usually, there is a transition period from one skincare line to another. As Banila claims, they are on the leading edge of skincare and have come up with great formulations that work well with your skin’s chemistry immediately.
I am so pleased with my new skin routine; it has been an easy transition and my skin feels great. I also love the Banila bottles. They look great on my bathroom vanity and make me feel like I am doing something good for my skin every time I use them. I cannot wait to try their other products. Banila also offers a small line of makeup and some facial masks that sound amazing! Click on the coupon below to save 15% off any order sitewide.