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I suffer with problematic skin that is extremely sensitive and prone to spot outbreaks and blemishes at times. I have found the use of products containing Tea Tree are extremely beneficial when treating spots and will regularly purchase skincare items that contain this useful ingredient.
Whilst shopping in a local branch of Boots recently, my eye happened upon a small range of skincare items displayed neatly on a shelf, namely the "Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel" range which contained perhaps ten or so items, ranging from facial washes to blemish sticks. I was impressed with the range immediately, taking note of the assorted items, together with their competitive price tags which were much more reasonable than those from my beloved "The Body Shop" who also stock a gorgeous range of tea tree products, but with a much higher price tag than the Boots alternatives. I decided to give some of the products a try out, and this review outlines my experiences of using the "Foaming Face Wash" from this Boots range.
The bottle of Facial Wash currently retails at £3.59 for the 150ml bottle, but I selected the product alongside two others from the range to take advantage of a recent "3 for the price of 2" type offer that was running in store at the time. The bottle of Facial Wash can be purchased in larger branches of Boots, or online at their website (www.boots.com) - where postage charges apply. (Info correct as @ December 2012).
The product's packaging is fairly simplistic, but attractive enough in my opinion. Comprising of a clear bottle with a cylindrical design, the plastic is completely see-through so I can see the clear liquid contained within. I am also able to see a plastic 'pump' mechanism located in the heart of the bottle, and this of course allows the product to transform from liquid to foam as it is dispensed from the bottle. The 'neck' of the pump is located underneath a plastic lid that sits neatly on top of the bottle.
I have found the product is very easy to use, and even though I suffer with limited mobility and weakness in my hands, I am able to dispense the plastic pump quite quickly and easily. I have noticed nothing particularly difficult about using the product at all, and even its plastic lid is easy to remove and replace, which gives a rather 'non-fussy' and simple feel to the product that suits me perfectly.
The product itself is one that I have found is surprisingly economical. Just two 'pumps' from the bottle will dispense enough foamy lather for me to cleanse my face thoroughly. This means that the bottle is lasting for quite a long time and so the purchase price feels more than justified.
The product feels really pleasant when used on my face and I do think it feels really quite gentle and soft on my delicate skin - a blessed relief really, given my last facial cleanser was a sort of facial 'scrub' that contained so many particles that I felt as though I was removing a layer of skin each time it was used! Whilst facial scrubs are useful for their exfoliating properties, I cannot confess to finding them at all gentle on my face, which is already sensitive and slightly tender as a result of suffering with eczema and spot outbreaks. Thus, the foamy, gentle lather of the Boots Face Wash feels wonderfully smooth and soft in comparison.
The Boots Face Wash of course contains two active ingredients, Tea Tree and Witch Hazel. Now, both of these ingredients have quite a strong smell but to be honest I find that the scent of the Tea Tree is most prominent, and easily swamps any whiff of Witch Hazel that may have been present. The aroma of the product makes itself known the instant that the foamy lather starts to escape from the bottle, and remains throughout the whole of the time I am using the foam on my face. As with all products containing Tea Tree, care should be taken to avoid the sensitive eye area when using this product, and the strong menthol-like aroma evident during the product's application should be an easy reminder of this caution I would have thought! I do find the smell feels pleasantly invigorating and refreshing, and this is something that I do quite like, particularly first thing in the morning when I could do with a little help in wakening up!
I have found in the past that some products that contain Tea Tree can be quite harsh when used on my sensitive skin, often causing a tingling sensation or an unpleasant tightness in the skin's surface that I find quite uncomfortable. I am pleased to report, however, that there has been no such side-effect of using this product on my face. Quite the opposite has proven to be the case, with the product providing something of a 'cooling' effect that is surprisingly pleasant to experience when applied to sore or tender skin. In my opinion, the addition of the Witch Hazel in this product allows the effects of the Tea Tree to be more subdued than plain Tea Tree products which can be quite strong and powerful, although undeniably effective. Whatever the reason, the combination of the two ingredients seems to work perfectly, and I can't confess to having any complaints regarding the product's formulation at all.
In terms of effectiveness, I find that my face is squeaky clean after using the Boots Face Wash, leaving it free from any make-up residue or dirt and leaving it feeling completely cleansed and rather refreshed. In terms of combating spots, I can't honestly say that this problem that I suffer from has been completely wiped out after using the Boots Face Wash, but I have noticed a marked improvement in the amount of time it takes to send blemishes and spots on their way. I am attributing this improvement to the fact that the Tea Tree contained in the Face Wash is working well in helping to dry up any blemishes. This is the first stage in moving them on, in my experience. I do feel that the Face Wash leaves my skin completely free from residue, make-up and any grime, and this in itself is helpful in assisting my skin in avoiding spot outbreaks.
In summary, I was thoroughly impressed with both the use and results of the Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Foaming Face Wash, and it is a product I have already repurchased for myself, as a result. I do feel the product is really deserving of full marks in the product rating score, and it comes with my full recommendation as a result of my positive experiences.
Trawling around the shops I went for this product because it was a little bit cheaper than a Neutrogena cleanser that I was going to invest in. I am one of those people who when it comes to skin care items am a sucker for the 'brands' rather than a shops own version, however in this instance because it was a tea tree and witch hazel formula I decided on giving it a go. Considering the benefits that people always talk about of using these 'ingredients'!
This cost me £3.49, more than what a shops own product would usually charge I should imagine but I didn't pay for it begrudingly. Not when I sometimes have spent more. It holds 150ml and is a pale green liquid in a clear bottle so it's easy to see when you're starting to run down and need some more. The packaging has a pump action dispenser which you press down twice to get the recommended amount of usage for one wash.
I do get a childish pleasure from seeing it transform from liquid to a foam literally as it leaves the bottle and it's nice that it is easy to apply as well. No scrubbing viciously is needed to keep the mixture from disappearing like some foams I've used in the past.
For best results it does say to use Shine Control Day Moisturiser or Night Treatment Gel afterwards but I feel that that is them just trying to get that little bit more money out of you. Maybe a tad bit synical on my part.
The scent is that of a faint tea tree smell. It isn't too strong and it's actually quite nice, almost refreshing because it doesn't have the overpowering perfumed smell that other facial products like to be pumped full of!
I like this because it is gentle but works well. Exfoliators, scrubs, creams, facewashes and cleansers are all products I've used but it seems this foam is far more suited for my 'normal' skin. It left my face feeling clean and refreshed, soft to the touch and not uncomfortably tight or with red patchy areas. This bottle has lasted me a long time and I think instead of going away and buying a different product I might actually get another of these.
I bought this product after trying so many before.
I have a problem with my pores being clogged up and creating blackheads and also have a few blemishes. I have tried every product going, expensive, cheaper, named brands... The lot!
This cleanser was the very last resort, after that I was going to resign myself to a like of skanky skin!
All the other products I've tried either dry out my skin, make no difference and/or leave me with red patches on my skin. I was fully expecting this to be the case with this although thought I'd try.
I used it that evening and expected to be irritated almost straight away. A couple of hours later, my skin wasn't feeling dry and didn't have any patches... I was quite pleased with this although still expected to wake up the next morning with blemishes and dry patches etc.
Anyway, the next morning came and to my utter surprise, my skin looked and felt clearer than it had in a very long while! I couldn't believe it! I have tried every facial cleansing product there is and a not so expensive home brand version was far far superior to any that I have tried!!
The smell is what you'd normally associate with Tea Tree although not unpleasant and not as strong as other products.
Overall, I am very impressed with this product and Boots have found themselves a customer for life!!
Face washes and soaps tend to be quite harsh on the skin, as their function is to remove dirt and grim and your skins own natural oils get removed in the process. When selecting a face wash I choose ones with a foamer in the packaging closure (lid).
This is a clever packaging invention that turns liquids into foams, so it's possible to have a low surfactant (SLS/SLES) formulation yet still achieve mild creamy foam. Without this component, the user would have to put some gel onto the hands and rub together under water to create foam. Surprisingly not too many brands have adopted this technology the only other ones I have come across on the High Street are: Superdrug own brand and Simple.
As the foaming lid is delivering the lovely creamy foam, the formulations contain lower levels of the surfactants that have the potential to cause irritation and they tend to be very mild and gentle on the skin.
Witch Hazel and Tea Tree which have cleansing and anti-bacterial properties - they are in as low level extracts rather than effective active ingredients.
To test the mildness of a face wash, leave the foam on the back of your hand for about 10 minutes, if there is any redness or irritation - its way too harsh for your face.
Value for money - available from most Boots @ £3.59 for 150 ml
Effectiveness - gently cleans the face without leaving a tight feeling (this indicates your natural oils have been stripped)
Pampering factor - mild creamy foam, faint hint of tea tree, non-irritating and leaves skin gently cleansed
Recommended - I would definitely use this type of component when I develop a face wash for my own skin care range.
I bought this face wash as part of a 2 for £6 offer boots had on their tea tree and witch hazel range. I chose the foaming face wash as it seems to me that they tend to last longer and give more washes than the creamy face washes-therefore better value for money. The range contains two natural ingredients well known for their skin healing properties and having them both conbined in the one product makes for a very good range of skin care.
The packaging is fairly basic but perfectly good- a clear bottle with the range name and product marked. The top of the bottle has a pump which dispenses the foam into your hand. This is covered with a lid to keep it clean. The actual product in the bottle is a light green, quite watery liquid but when dispensed it comes out as a thick and creamy white foam. I particularly like the texture of this foam. compared to many others I have tried this one is much thicker and acts very much like a cream wash-it doesn't vanish the moment you apply it to your face. Another positive in the packing is that the tube which takes the liquid to the pump reaches right down to the very bottom on the bottle so unlike many cleansers it appears you will not end up wasting a lot of product because you can't get it out of the packing.
~~Use and results~~
The foam feels very cleansing and fresh and has a strong but clean smell. I generally use 2/3 pumps of it to wash my face throughly. It is not drying on my skin and although I do use a moisturiser as well on occasions when I haven't my face has not felt dry all day. I was very pleased with the results, my skin is not only clearer but also looks healthier as a result of the tea tree and witch hazel used in the cleanser.
~~Price and recommendation~~
even without the offer this product costs under £4. I think this is a very fair price for such a good product. Although it is basic it does what is says and does it well without adverse effects such as very dry skin. I have also noticed my skin to be less oily. I would recommend this product to anyone with blemished skin and anyone who wants to brighten their complexion without breaking the bank.
I will be buying this product regularly in future and throughly recommend it to others.
I have been using the boots tea tree and witch hazel foaming face wash for a couple of months now and in that time it has become one of my favourites.
I try and change my products regularly so that my skin does not become to used to them and they stop being as effective but I have liked using this so much that instead of moving to a different brand when my first bottle finished I continued using it but on alternate days instead.
It can only be bought from boots and it costs £3.56 which gets you a 200ml bottle. Inside the bottle is a clear liquid which when you use the pump action dispenser turns in to a foam that gets thicker when you massage it in to wet skin.
The smell of it isn't quite as potent as other tea tree products and is quite light in comparison.
It goes on my skin lovely and I find that one pump is enough to cover my entire face and neck.
When I wash off the foam my skin is left feeling tingly and really clean and fresh feeling. It manages to keep my skin oil free for most of the day and the clean feeling lasts and even when I put make-up on I don't feel as though it is clogging my pores up.
It hasn't stopped me breaking out completely but I dont think any product would stop all sports from forming but it has definately improved the frequency of how often my skin is breaking out.
When I do have some spots they clear up much quicker when using this foam and it helps take a lot of the redness out of them.
It is also quite gentle on my sensitive skin and doesn't cause me to go red or irritate me.
The only complaint that I have with it is that is leaves my skin feeling slightly dry with prolonged use especially around my nose. I get past this by making sure I add more moisturiser and it is a small price to pay for the level of effectivness it has.
In my teens i suffered from mild acne and i was desperate to try pretty much anything to improve the condition of my skin and fight off the spots. I tried many different cleansers and blemish treatments with very little success and just as i was about to give up thinking there's nothing i can do about my skin i'll just have to live with it, i heard about something called 'Tea Tree'. I believe it was an article in a magazine where i read that Tea Tree reduces the redness of spots and prevents the skin from becoming greasy which also helps stop spots. As well as suffering from spots myself i also had very shiny skin so this sounded like it could be the soultion for me.
The next time i was in Boots i went searching for a cleanser that contained Tea Tree and what a pleasant surprise it was to see that Boots had their own Tea Tree & Witch Hazel face wash. It meant that it was very affordable for me to buy and i didn't have to spend a fortune as i thought i would have. But i thought with it being Boots own make will it really work that well?
The first thing i noticed about the face wash was the very fresh and clean smell that it had, a very pleasant smell to be washing your face with. It also lathered incredibly well so i could properly foam wash all over my face. I can honestly say that when i'd finished cleansing, my face felt cleaner and fresher than it had with any other cleanser i've used, and i've tried many!
But most importantly it had the desired effect for my problem skin, the shiny and greasiness of my skin disappeared very quickly and after only a fortnight or so of regular use of this face wash my spotty skin was a lot better. My spots weren't as obvious and i wasn't getting half as many. What a pleasing result, i was so grateful that i'd read the article about Tea Tree oil or i'd probably never have discovered this cleanser!
I would highly reccomend it if you're looking to tackle problem skin, especially if you are prone to spots. A bottle of this is about £2 in Boots.
I popped into Boots the other day to browse at the fantastic array of products and suddenly had an epiphany that my normal neutrogena face wash had run out! I had to restock - and fast!
I requested the assistance of a helpful employee since there were so many face wash products and I wanted something natural and effect and Lo, behold! I was fervently advised to buy Boots Tea Tree + Witchhazel Foaming Face Wash and did.
The entire cylindrical 150ml bottle is made from sturdy clear plastic, this is great since I can actually see the product which is the slightly emerald green clear liquid with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. I really like products where I can actually see the main item so this really hit the spot.
The labeling is very simple, on the face of bottle I am told that the face wash "deeply cleanses and refreshes+helps keep skin clear and healthy." The simplicity really works as it makes it seem as a natural product which I believe it is.
At the top is a dispensing pump which is quite large and made out of smooth opaque plastic, there is also a lid which sits snugly on top.
At the back, I am told the reasons that the product keeps skin clear and healthy as follows (found on the back of the bottle):
-Deep cleansing your skin of dirt, oil and make-up without over-drying
-Fight spot-causing bacterial and helping to unblock pores
-Toning your skin and leaving it feeling extra clean
~~~HOW TO USE~~~
Using this product is very simple:
-Firstly wet your face and dispense two pockets of foam into your palm.
-Message onto your face and then rinse off with warm water.
You are advised to use every morning and evening and follow with the shine control day moisturizer. This is typical Boots advertising which is slightly annoying!
This product does what it says on the tin, I was amazed when I pressed the dispenser that the green liquid magically turned into a heap of foam, this really impressed me.
The smell of the product is very antiseptic and slightly clinical, it is quite sweetly spicy because of the tea tree but is very refreshing. I love this smell as it really invigorates you on those lazy mornings.
The face wash completely gets rid of any nasty oil on your face and leaves your skin feeling soft, clean and calm (a bit like cucumber). However I would say that I did find that my skin was over dry like the feeling when you wash your hands with fairy liquid...
Albeit, one bottle seems to last for ages - about 6 weeks which is great when it is only £1.49 - a sound investment. I have observed a slight reduction in the number of spots on my face which is good but definitely not astounding.
Overall a great natural product well worth trying - put on those boots and get down to Boots!
I am a fan of tea tree oil to help with my spots so thought I would try Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Foaming Face wash and see if it was any good for my skin.
It comes in a clear bottle with a pump top which I think is good so you don't have to fiddle with bottles and tops when you have wet hands and face! It also means you can see how much is left in the bottle. The colour of the face wash is slightly green. It is £3.49 for a 150ml bottle which is about average, but at the time of writing it is on 2 for £5 from Boots.
When you depress the pump it comes out as a foam which is nice but I think that it does make it feel a bit strange when you put it on your face, as you don't get the usual lather. It has a slight scent to it but not as strong as normal tea tree oil.
It is meant to help with your skin because the tea tree oil is anti bacterial and the witch hazel is calming. If I am completely honest I didn't notice a significant difference in my skin but it did keep things quite calm. It claims that it does not over dry skin which I would agree with.
I think this is a good face wash if you are looking for something standard to use alongside other products, that is within an average price bracket. However, I think there are better products out there such as dermalogica which I have also tried.
A couple of years ago I went through a phase when I was trying every product on the market to help improve my skin. I already found that using pure tea-tree oil on spots reduced their redness and size rapidly so this product really caught my attention and I am glad it did.
The product comes in a clear, round plastic bottle with a clear, plastic, pop-off lid protecting the pump which dispenses the wash. The packaging has the products name written vertically across the bottle and has the Boots logo near the top of the bottle. It contains 150ml of the wash, which is green, making the bottle look green. The bottle seems to ne non-recyclable.
*HOW TO USE THE PRODUCT*
I always keep the protective cap on as it helps prevent spills of the product going hard near the end of the pump. Firstly, wet your face and pop the plastic lid off, place you hand under the pump and press down about twice, depending on how much of the wash you need. Rub this light foam on to you face in circular motion ensuring you avoid getting it into your eyes. To finish, simply wash it off with water and use a towel to dry.
*WHAT IS THE PRODUCT LIKE*
The product obviously contains tea-tree (helps fight spot causing bacteria and unblocks pores) and witch hazel (tones your skin leaving it feeling smooth, soft and clean), hence the name, and so has a strong smell of tea-tree, which is obviously very fresh, but I would recommend this product to be used more in the evenings. The product comes out as a light, white foam, which lathers further when rubbed into the face. The product is pH balanced, soap free and dermatologically tested.
According to the Boots website, 'This foaming facial wash deep cleanses your skin of dirt, oil and make-up without over-drying. The Tea Tree formula helps fight spot causing bacteria and unblocks pores.'
I was really pleased with the results of this product, my skin felt smooth and clean. The number of spots I was getting certainly decreased in number, shame it cant stop them completely. The product was easy to use, long lasting. The only downfall was its strong smell of tea-tree, so if you do not mind that I highly recommend it as the tea-tree and witch hazel will work wonders on any ones skin.
The product is only sold in Boots stores and it's a Boots own brand product. It costs £3.42 for the 150ml bottle, but at the moment the Tea Tree and Witch hazel range is on off at buy 2 for £5 (15/03/10).
I highly recommend this product to any one wanting to tackle spots (hence mainly teenages).
I am forever trying new products on my skin and I was recommened tea tree so I gave this ago as I love Boots. I loved the results I got, my face felt so clear and clean.
You only need to apply a small amount of the lotion to your fingers then gentle massage it on to your damp face. The lotion will then lather up, not too much but just enough to get the results you want. The lather spreads very easily over your face and neck, you then wash it off with luke warm water. Simple. It is so quick and easy to use. I used it twice a day morning and night. It is great for getting off your make up and grease and dirt from through out the day.
The tea tree acts as an antiseptic on the face and helps reduce the spots and the red inflamation. It really helps clear up skin the witch hazle is fantastic for soothing and cleaning skin plus it even tones for a better skin complection. Both these ingrediants work together to open and clear your pores for great skin.
This product is only made by Boots and costs around £3 so it is a real bargain. It lasts a long time and smells great, it is not too over powering which make your eyes sting and water. So for great skin give this ago.
A couple of weeks into December last year I had a massive breakout of spots on my face. This is something quite rare for me but does happen from time to time when I am run down, stressed or have been burning the candle at both ends. I think the combination of the three contributed to my flare up.
I went in search of a remedy but also something that would help prevent this in future. I discovered the Tea Tree and Witch Hazel range at Boots. The first thing I purchased from the range was the spot wand and the foaming facial wash. I went back to Boots teh very next day and gt a few other items from the range asthey were on special offer and I thought I might as well go the whole hog.
*Where From and How Much?*
The Foaming Face Wash cost individually £3.42. I bought mine on a combination offer of two items for £5.00. It is available at Boots stores or on line at www.boots.com.
A plastic bottle contains 150ml of the wash. The wash is dispensed from the pump action nozzle. This nozzle is also protected by an easy pop off cap to prevent further germs and nasties settled on the nozzle. The packaging is non recyclable curently, however does carry the Green Dot symbol, indicating that Boots is a member of the Germany Packaging Ordinance. The liquid is a pale mint green in colour.
To deeply cleanse and refresh. Help keep skin clear and healthy.
**This foaming facial wash deep cleanses your skin of dirt, oil and make-up without over-drying. The Tea Tree formula helps fight spot causing bacteria and unblocks pores. Whilst the Witch Hazel tones your skin leaving it feeling extra clean.** - Taken from Boots.com 14/1/10.
*Using This Product*
I always store mine with the protective cap in place, so I simply remove that and then give two pumps of the wash into the palm of my hand. I apply this light foam to my wet face in circular motions, ensuring I get in behind my ears and cover my neck. The white foam further lathers on my face. This is easily washed off, I simply splash my wash with warm water and pad my face with a face cloth to remove all residue.
*What do I Think?*
This product smells strongly astringent. Although it contains only 0.1% tea tree and 10% witch hazel is smells mostly of tea tree to me, with the witch hazel certainly noticeable but taking more of a back seat. It smells like it is going to clean!!
I enjoy using this product as I find it so easy and simple to use. With the toning properties of this there is really no need to use a seperate toning product (although I still do so) therefore cutting down time and cost in your beauty and skin care regime.
I found that using a combination of the Tea Tree and Witch Hazel products my skin outbreak has cleared up clearly and really well and has continued to remain spot free. Although I now have a cold sore (must be really stressed - this is so very rare for me) so still in hiding and walking around with my scarf over my mouth.
Overall I am really impressed with this product, its easiness to use and its results. Yes, there are better smelling facial products available, but I do feel really clean.
This bottle is lasting ages, barely touching the contents. I estimate 4-5 months usage from one bottle, using it twice daily.
I would recommend this product for problematic skin.
I love this face wash.
I am always really wary of buying face washes as I have been allergic in the past to some of the other big brand names.
This face wash is great and last ages, I love the fact that it is a liquid in the bottle and then it goes all foamy as soon as you press the pump!
This doesn't dry put my skin at all but leaves it feeling fresh and squeaky clean, yet is mild enough to use every day.
Finally I would like to add that I am not really prone to lots of spots, just the occasional breakouts, so I can only comment that it is good for this type of skin, I don't know how effective it would be on moderate to Severe Acne.
Hopefully Boots will carry on making this for many years to come as it is definately the product that I keep going back to.
I really loved this product. The bottle seemed to last for ages, and as there is the pump, you never used too much or too little as one or two pumps was all that you needed to get as much of the face wash as was sufficient. It left my skin feeling very clean and refreshed. I definitely would buy this again and have already recommended it to family and friends. My sister brought one a few days ago and although she said that she has not noticed that much of a difference to the overall condition of her skin , she did say that it left her skin feeling nice and refreshed. The lather that you get with this product is a lot more than i thought it would be and the price is a good one for the size as it lasts ages. This is something that will always be in my bathroom cupboard. Also the smell is lovely and it leaves a slight tingle. :)
I have used this boots product for a good while now and think it is amazing i have never had such clear skin it is really really good and refreshing i use it every night when i have my shower and i really do think it is the best it keeps my skin amazingly clear i cant remeber the last time i had a spot. Its bascially a foam 2 pumps rub it in as if your washing your face you can really feel it working and its good for any type of skin i have really dry skin i also think this would really help people with oily skin i know that sounds a bit mad but its really that good I have been raving about it to everyone and now my brother uses mine 2 cousins are converts and best friend aswell and its cheap you really cant go wrong with this little gem.
The Tea Tree formula helps fight spot causing bacteria and unblocks pores / Whilst the Witch Hazel tones your skin leaving it feeling extra clean /