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-- Reasons for buying --
I have been using tea tree oil on my acne prone skin for a while now. I recently decided to opt for a cheaper option rather than continuing to use The Body Shops Tea Tree Oil as I found that it was quite expensive to keep re-purchasing it, as It was £5 for 10ml. So whilst in Superdrug I came across there Blended Tea Tree Oil which was a bit cheaper for the same amount and decided it was worth giving it a go.
-- Packaging --
The blended oil comes in a transparent bottle, with a green label wrapped around the centre stating the name of the product and the brand the Tea Tree brand logo. On the back it shows the ingredients and some further information about the product. The bottle is sealed by an screw-able black cap which is easy to remove and replace again after use.
-- Applying the product --
The product is very easy to apply. It dispenses only a small drop at a time, so it refrains from letting out to much. I apply a moisturiser before applying, so it doesn't dry out my skin. I find this works best over night as prevents bacteria getting inside your pores whilst you sleep. Superdrug recommend applying this with a cotton wool pad, personally I either use a cotton bud or my fingers. Make sure if you use your fingers, to thoroughly wash your hands before and after.
-- Positives --
I think this is a very good alternative to The Body Shop's Tea Tree Oil as its a bit cheaper and you get the same amount of product. Its easy to apply and I like that it is also diluted so no burning sensations or having to dilute yourself, which I have always found quite difficult. I found the results very similar to using the Body Shop's version as it prevented my spots from becoming angry and they disappeared very quickly! I also found it helped with black heads on my nose and made them look much less noticeable. I like that this doesn't smell very strong, as some can be quite unbearable and make my eyes water. This is a very diluted oil and doesn't irritate, or burn my skin and is very good for sensitive skin like my own.
-- Negatives --
The only negative for me with this is that whilst applying, it felt very greasy on my skin and didn't seem to sink in which did make me feel a little uncomfortable, but with regular use you get used to this and seems less noticeable. I think that the only reason this was uncomfortable for me was because I'm use to the Body shop's one and that dried almost immediately without a greasy feel to it.
-- Price and Availability --
This product is available for £2.99 in Superdrug stores and on there website. I think the price is very reasonable for 10ml which lasts a long time because of the dispenser.
-- Conclusion --
I really liked this product as it helped reduce the redness and size of my spots, by fighting the bacteria and keeping my skin look clear. The price is very good and is a very good alternative to the body shops tea tree oil and saves a couple of extra pounds in your pocket. Its brilliant for sensitive skin, as the oil is diluted and doesn't cause any irritation.
This blended oil works well just dapped onto a spot to help it reduce. Its like any other spot reducing cream really expect that the consistency is different, its natural and its probably cheaper because you only have to use a bit of it with it being oil. I've heard that some people use a mixing agent to make their own toner with this oil, but i havent tried that as i havent yet seen said mixing agent on any shelves in common stores. Just dab a bit onto cotton wool and apply to the effected area. I know that others have reviewed and say to use on blackheads, and tea tree is a natural antiseptic i think so this may work, i just havent tried it on those yet! Its well worth a try for any person suffering from the odd spot or two, but for anyone with acne - they probably need to change their whole skin care regime so this wouldnt be a cure-all for them.
In contrast to the other reviews, I found that this product did not really help at all. In the time I used it I saw no visible difference and was unsure of how and how much to apply to my skin as I know that Tea Tree Oil should only be used in small quantities. I also found the bottle very annoying as it was hard to access the oil without being left with some residue on your hands, so I would not say that this is an easy product to use at all. I used it for a few months and was left very disappointed and deflated when I realised that it was having no effect on my skin whatsoever. On the other hand, it was a very cheap product so I dont know what I expected really. At first the bottle looks very small, however as only a small amount should be applied at a time, the bottle should last you a reasonable amount of time. Overall, I would not recommend this! For around the same price you can buy PanOxyl Gel over the counter which was prescribed to me by my GP and has actually worked on clearing up my skin.
I've been using tea tree oil on my spots for years and have found it to be a great aid in helping them clear up quicker, so when I saw Superdrug's own brand of Tea Tree oil I decided to try it. The Tea Tree oil in the Superdrug range is in a variety of different forms (cleansing pads, spot sticks etc) and after a quick browse on there website I settled on the Tea Tree Blended Oil. I paid £2.99 for the 10ml bottle and there is currently an offer on which is 2 products for £3.99 on there range of Tea Tree oil products so it's worth a look if you're interested.
The blended tea tree oil as I said above comes in a 10ml bottle. The bottle is around 3-4 inches high and is made of sturdy brown glass. The glass is transparent and there is a green label wrapped around the middle of the bottle which on the front has the product name, green plant detailing and Superdrug's star logo. On the back of the label it has small white text which includes directions for use and a statement that the oil is 100% vegeterian and vegan, and that it has not been tested on animals. The packaging overall is simple and unisex.
The bottle has a black plastic screw-on lid which is easy to open and screw back on aswell. The opening of the bottle has a plastic cap on it which has a small hole in the middle. This acts as a dispenser, making it so that only a few drops can get out a time and therefor makes sure the product does not spill out and go to waste. I also find it helps the oil last much longer. I have tried removing the cap a few times because I find it a bit tideous at times when i'm waiting for enough oil to come out when I want alot of it but i've had no luck in getting the cap off, so this could be a disadvantage to anyone who wants the oil to pour freely.
The reason I sometimes want more than just a few drops is simple. The oil is extremely diluted, and doesn't even have much of a scent to it. I will admit I was expecting it to be much stronger despite it been diluted and was expecting it to act just as pure tea tree oil, which it doesn't strangely enough(!) The oil does have a very faint smell of tea tree oil to it but nothing like what i'm used to.
Superdrug reccomend applying the oil onto the skin with cotton wool. I personally use a cotton bud which acts as a 'spot stick'. Transferring the oil from the bottle to the cotton bud is quick and easy and with the help of the dispenser there is no mess. I always apply mine to bare skin - no makeup. I simply rub the cotton bud on to the spot(s). It doesn't give as much of as tingly sensation as pure tea tree oil does but it does make the skin feel like it's burning a little for a while (1-2 minutes). This sounds unpleasent but it's not too bad and I think it's supposed to do that.
When it's on the skin it does feel very oily and greasy but it soon drys. Superdrug reccomend using the oil twice daily which I do whenever I have a spot or two and it does seem to reduce redness, making them look less angry within a day or so and after around 4-5 days of constant use the spot is usually completely gone. The oil can also help in reducing blackheads and acts as an antiseptic so can be used to clean makeup brushes - simply fill the sink with water, add a couple of drops of the oil and put your makeup brushes into the water - simple. Tea tree oil is also a very relaxing smell and me and my boyfriend sometimes put a drop or two on my step sons pillow when he's poorly as it seems to relax him, this is ideal because it is not as strong smelling as normal tea tree oil.
Overall for the price I can't complain - it seems to help in making my spots dissapear faster however because of the lack of smell and the fact it simply doesn't seem as strong as the pure tea tree oil I will be buying the pure next time.
Since coming back from university this summer I've had an outbreak of acne due to less exercise and more snacking. Now I do have a daily care routine which consists of a facial scrub followed by cleansing wipes but they weren't keeping spots so much as stopping my face from being too greasy (I have oily/combination skin). So when my mom noticed an ugly blackhead that cropped up around my chin, she demanded I use Superdrug's Tea Tree Blended oil on it along with the rest of the breakout. Thinking it couldn't do any harm not to use it I obliged. After all, tea tree oil is a natural agent that is apparently good for the skin in tiny quantities. As to whether it worked- well I bought my own bottle a week later!
This blended oil comes in a 10ml bottle with a nozzle to drip out the liquid. There is, obviously, tea tree oil in this product but it has been diluted to 1% since you can't put the pure stuff directly onto skin.
Packaging is the recognizable Superdrug Tea Tree product range design: green box, plant images and the bold 'Tea Tree' font with the Superdrug star logo beneath, and this packaging is also on the bottle itself. It's very colourful compared to other Superdrug branded products and I'd recognise it on the shelf in an instant. Looking at the box, the other ingredients won't mean much to anyone who isn't a chemist but I will mention there is alcohol in here which may concern some people. On a better note the blended oil is suitable for vegetarians and vegans and hasn't been tested on animals. There are also the typical healthcare guidelines such as avoid contact with eyes, don't use if you get irritation etc.
Using the Tea Tree Blended Oil is simple. The directions state to put a few drops onto a cotton pad and apply it to the area of spots on clean skin. Personally I use the corner of a cleansing wipe or my fingers because cotton pad seems to soak up the drips too easily and there is more than one area on my face to apply it. This is to be done twice a day for the best results.
I admit that to start with my use of the oil was pretty irregular- no more than once a day and sometimes not even that. However, after applying using it on the blackhead it wasn't until my mom asked me 24 hours later if there was any difference that I noticed it had gone down in size and was no longer black! I was amazed and put on some more on the affected areas.
A few days later that blackhead had disappeared completely. Ok, most of spots are still there but I'm not expecting miracles from a tiny bottle and many of the spots have decreased in size so my complexion will soon like a young adult and not a teenager. This product has definitely impressed me but bear in mind it's best for fixing individual spots of any kind and not your face in general. For that, I'll most definitely be using the rest of Superdrug's Tea Tree range!
I always though that when I was an adult I would stop getting spots - however, that hasn't been the case. I don't get many, but when I do, I want to get rid of them right away and stop them getting worse . Tea Tree oil is one of my favourite ways of treating them - as it's very natural .
Now, I normally blend my oils myself, but on a recent visit to Superdrug, I noted that they had a tea-tree range, which included a blended oil for 2.99 for a 10ml bottle . The bottle itself is clear with a black cap, and once the cap is removed there is a small hole through which the oil comes out. This dispenser is great, as it controls the flow, allowing only a drop or two at a time, and making it easier to use just the right amount.
I dispensed a few drops onto a clean cotton wool bud, and immediately noticed that the smell of this is much much milder than other tea tree products I have used in the past . There is still that fresh, slightly antiseptic tang, but nothing too powerful. Rubbing this gently over my spots, I found it incredibly gentle on the skin - no tingling, stinging or burning at all .
I'm not going to say this was instantly absorbed, as it did leave a faint greasy residue which took a long time to absorb. In fact, I'd say this actually sat on my face for around 20 minutes before I decided to blot off any remaining residue with a tissue.
It did seem to help calm down my spots, and with tea tree oil being a natural antiseptic, I think it contributed to keeping them less angry and red than normal . I would certainly recommend this for keeping spotty areas clean . However, I would only use this to treat existing spots, rather than using it regularly as a preventative measure, as I think long term it would add to the oiliness of my skin .
4 stars .
Warning (taken from Wikipedia) "Tea tree oil is usually used diluted, as reactions are common with pure tea tree oil, but it can also cause irritation for some people even when diluted. Tea tree oil is toxic when taken internally, and so should never be added to food or drinks."
Tea tree oil originates from Australia and has antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is used to treat acne, cuts, boils, infections, dandruff and ringworm as well as lots of other things. I've only used it on spots, so I will only be discussing this in my review. Before using tea tree oil for any other condition, I would advise doing your own research or talking to your GP.
I am a big fan of tea tree oil and often use beauty products containing it. I like the scent and it seems to do its job well in keeping my skin clear. I do get the odd spot and so, when I saw this product on the Superdrug website, I thought I'd order it and try it out. As this is a Superdrug own brand product, it is only available at Superdrug and the 10 ml bottle costs £2.99. It is currently on a "2 for £3.99 on selected Tea Tree products" offer.
The tea tree oil comes in a clear, thick glass bottle with a black screw on lid. There is a light green label on the front of the bottle that tells you what the product is and how it should be used. When you unscrew the lid, you will see a small hole from which the oil is dispensed drop by drop when you tip the bottle over. The directions for use on the bottle state to apply directly to the affected area after cleansing using cotton wool. It should be used regularly morning and evening until the condition has cleared up. I don't use cotton wool as I feel that it absorbs too much of the oil. I prefer to use my finger, but if you are going to do this, make sure your finger is clean. I just tip a couple of drops on to my finger and then rub the oil into my skin.
You can apply the oil directly to your skin as it has been diluted to 1%. It is meant to remove spot causing bacteria and aid in making your skin clean and clear. Whenever I feel a spot coming on, I start to apply this twice a day after moisturising and it often stops the spot from forming. I also use this on existing spots and find that it reduces redness and swelling and makes the spot heal faster. After you apply this, your skin does feel slightly greasy, but not too greasy, and only for a while, after which it gets absorbed into your skin. If you're going to apply make-up, I would suggest waiting 15-20 minutes after applying the tea tree oil to apply make-up. It lasts for ages, and I have had my bottle for 4-5 months now and used it quite a bit too, and it is only about half empty. I've never used it on cuts as I don't think I've had any recently, but it is meant to heal cuts faster due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, so in my opinion it is a medicine cabinet essential, and at a price of £2.99, it won't even break the bank. I definitely recommend this as it has definitely helped in keeping my complexion clear.
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Towards the end of last year I started to suffer from small cysts under my eye. It started off with a sharp burning sensation under my eye and at the side of my face. It was quite painful and would last around a week before disappearing. Annoyingly though they'd return every couple of weeks. I'd never experienced these before so was a little confused as to why I'd started to get them all of a sudden. I was quite concerned that they may be due to the contact lenses I was wearing. I don't wear them daily, but as I'd been using them regularly for well over a year with no problems, I couldn't understand how.
Fed up with my latest bout, I headed off to Boots to seek some advice. The pharmacist took a look and advised me to wash my eyes with warm water and place a compress on my eyes regularly to help the swelling go down. I asked about what could be the underlying cause of the cysts and she suggested that it may be due to several reasons - an ingrowing eyelash or dirty make-up brush being the most likely cause. Now, I don't wear a lot of makeup but an under-eye concealer is a regular for me and whilst I wash my make up brushes regularly, this is usually only with water. My friend, who had come with me, recommended washing my brushes in tea tree oil, as this has both antiseptic and antibacterial properties and so should get rid of any nasties on my brushes. I'd always thought of tea tree oil as something people used to treat spots and blemishes but never considered it for cleaning make up brushes. Anyway, I heeded her advice and headed off to Superdrugs to buy some.
Superdrug has it's own Tea Tree oil range of products, including face washes, wipes and moisturisers. In addition to this they sell the oil itself, either diluted in a blend or as a pure essential oil. I opted for the blend (as it came in a larger 10ml bottle at the same price as the pure oil, which came in 5ml), priced at £2.99. The blend has been diluted to 1% so that it can be applied directly to the skin. The oil comes in a small glass bottle with a black plastic screw-on lid. Once the lid is open the bottle has a plastic cap on it, in which there is a hole through which the oil is dispensed. This controls the flow of the oil, so you only get a couple of drops at a time. This is fine if you want a small amount to apply to skin, but I needed a larger amount to wash my brushes. Although the inner cap can be removed I found that it was a little tight and so quite difficult to remove. After much struggling I did succeed!
To use, I rinsed my brushes in water to get rid of any excess make up. I then put a few drops of the oil into a small plastic tub and rubbed my brushes in this. I rinsed with water and repeated. As this is an oil, it left my brushes with a greasy feel, so I rinsed with water again to finish. As I was doing so I was surprised to notice that this didn't have a very strong smell - I was expecting much stronger stuff. I could definitely detect the tea tree oil but it was very faint and quite pleasant. Since starting to wash my brushes in this way, I am pleased to report that I have not had another bout of cysts! The make up brush appears to have been the culprit!
The tea tree oil blend is more commonly used to treat skin problems such as spots and blemishes. I have on occasion used this to treat pesky spots by applying the oil directly onto the spot, using cotton wool. It doesn't feel too greasy, and I believe this helped get rid of the spots quicker than leaving it alone. Overall, I am extremely pleased with the oil and it's antibacterial properties, even when diluted. Recommended!