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I own a lot of The Body Shops Tea Tree Skincare range as it is for oily skinned people like me. One of my favourite products is this Tea Tree Scrub as it's even more aimed at removing blackheads. The scrub itself is bright green in colour with small black scrubby beads which are dried apricot I think, it's quite runny for a scrub, a few years ago the scrub used to be much thicker and dark green, but it now easier to move around the face though.
I love this product because it's a scrub you can use everyday, and I do most days as it's not too overly harsh but I wouldn't recommend this if you have sensitive skin of course. First you need to wet your face and then rub the scrub all over your face paying more attention to the areas most in need, for me that's mainly my nose and chin.
After I have used this, my face feels very clean and free of oil and doesn't feel tight or sensitive. The scrub takes a while to wash off which is annoying but because it works so well it doesn't bother me too much. I wouldn't say it really helps remove my blackheads but keeps any new ones at bay and I prefer to use a tougher scrub to really pinpoint my blackheads but this is still a great scrub and I'd be lost without it.
The smell is neither pleasant not unpleasant, it's not overpowering it just smells slightly antibacterial and clean, reassuring you it's going to wash your face well.
The only bad point I think of for this product is that you have to use quite a lot to get a good consistency of the scrubby balls to cover your face properly which means you use it up a lot quite quickly but if you only use it a few times a week it'll definately last for a long time.
It costs about £4.50-£5 and is often part of an offer in The Body Shop plus 10% off with a Body Shop card. I think this is a good price because the product works and even better if you don't use it everyday like me.
I paid £5 for this product from The Body Shop in Leicester.
The scrub itself is green in colour with black "scrubby bits" in it. The smell of the scrub is very much a Tea Tree smell, which is nice but medicinal smelling. The consistency of the scrub is thick and creamy but it's easy to use. I just apply a small amount to the palm of my hand, add a little warm water and mix to a paste. I then use the scrub to exfoliate my face. The scrub feels nice upon the skin and it's scrubby without being too harsh. The nice smell of the scrub leaves your skin pleasantly fragranced and the scrub is easy to wash off and it rinses away easily. After use my facial skin feels soft and smooth and is left glowing.
The Tea Tree essential oil in the scrub is great for spots and blemishes. It prevents spots from forming in the first place but if you have any spots at present it helps to minimise them. It's also ideal for oily skin as it leaves the skin with a matte complexion. It is also great for dry skin as the scrubbing beads help to get rid of flakes and your skin is left balanced and looking radiant. It transforms dull and/ or tired looking skin.
I would suggest using this scrub two or three times per week as I think it would be too harsh to use on a daily basis. It's great value too as it keeps for twelve months and it lasts ages.
A decent facial scrub from The Body Shop.
Some of you may of caught on by now that I do not have very much good luck when it comes to using different products on my face, but it is hard not to try new things when the last four scrubs and facial washes and god knows what else didn't work to do the purpose I actually bought them for. This product wasn't much better but at least it didn't leave a destructive mess on my face.
Body shop says: Tea Tree Blackhead Exfoliating Wash by The Body Shop - An everyday creamy facial wash specially formulated to help unclog pores and blackheads. Gently exfoliates, Removes trapped dirt, oil and dead skin cells, Leaves skin feeling clean, Clinically proven to give clearer-looking skin. Key Ingredient(s)
Community Fair Trade organic tea tree oil, Ground apricot stones, Tamanu oil, Lemon tea tree oil.
Body shop's full range of Tea tree products are all in a dark green packaging with a green label, this stands up on the lid and is like the shape of a toothpaste tube, this is so you can actually use all of the product whereas with a normal bottle you always end up wasting some because you can't get the bit out of the bottom, so this shape does have its advantages, it's also pretty easy to fit next to all our other girly products, they do print lots of other different languages on the packaging as well as English which does make the writing really small which is unhelpful if you struggle to read or if you need glasses.
When using the product you should slightly wet your face and lather the creamy mixture on your face to create a soapy form, this will probably to hard to read on the instructions for a lot of people, the mixture isn't overly running but is enough to work into your skin, I feel that this product lacks in Ground apricot stones which is the main point of it being called a scrub, you need something to scrub with! because it lacked in this i found that it didn't really have an exfoliating effect what so ever. I like the smell of tea tree but I found the smell of this that overpowering that it made my eyes water uncontrollably at first. This didn't rinse off to easily around my nose and was sticky to my face, afterwards I found my face was really dry and I couldn't put my make-up on properly afterwards as it kept looking like I had dry skin.
I attempted to use this morning and night for two weeks but eventually gave up, I never really had any blackheads anyway and nothing seems to stop them, but as some of you know I do have acne scars and a few blemishes on my face and this did nothing at all to improve it, I know that your skin takes 28days to fully regenerate so when using a new product you should really use it 42days without seeing any results and after that you should start seeing something change, I know I should of given this more of a chance, but I was sick of wasting expensive make up, having my eyes water from the scent and it having no exfoliating effect at all.
I've stated in many of my previous reviews that I have taken good care of my body and facial skin ever since my teenage years where I have a strict daily routine. Without fail every evening when I return home from work I will carefully remove my make-up and use a range of products to wash my face, cleanse, tone and moisturise. As a result, I have skin that I can be really proud of, but this can only be achieved by a little patience and the use of good quality products and most importantly, ones that actually work.
However, I often suffer with blackheads to the side of my nose and occasionally feel that horrible pulling sensation when a spot is starting to form below the skin's surface. I own a large number of exfoliating products; some of which I find extremely favourable and others that will never be purchased again. A product that had been sitting in my drawer for several months is one belonging to The Body Shop, which I began using a few months ago and this review discusses their Tea Tree Blackhead Exfoliating Wash.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
The entire range of The Body Shop's Tea Tree products are contained within green packaging and the 100 ml of exfoliating wash is presented to us in a sturdy plastic tube, which neatly sits on a flip up lid. I often find much of The Body Shop's packaging to be extremely busy, particularly as the product information is always provided in several languages. We are advised that the wash is suitable for blemished skin and its' purpose is to assist in unclogging pores to create clearer looking skin.
USING THE EXFOLIATING WASH
The first mistake The Body Shop has made is that the directions for use are printed in the smallest of text and although I do not wear corrective lenses I experienced major problems with reading it. I learned that the wash should be massaged into wet skin so I dampened my face with warm water and flipped open the lid and gently squeezed the tube. Whilst the consistency cannot be classed as runny, it isn't as thick as I had hoped. The strong smell of tea tree was evident the moment I squeezed the tube and as this is an aroma that I associate with clean and fresh I found it quite favourable. However, if you prefer a more subtle scent this would not be the product for you. The wash is a vivid green in colour with tiny fragments of crushed apricot stones to deliver the exfoliating effect.
I applied the product to my face and started to massage, but I was very disappointed, as the apricot stones were very sparse and did not offer me the exfoliating effect that I can obtain from similar products. However, I continued to use the wash and paid particular attention to problem areas, such as the sides of my nose and chin where pores can often easily block. The wash was easily rinsed away with a little warm water and to close my pores I splashed with cold. I was pleased that there was no sticky residue, as this was something I was expecting, particularly as the wash felt a little oily when it was applied to my skin.
I would describe my skin as T-zone and I was hoping that this would be the product to assist me. However, within only five minutes of my first use I suffered tightness on my foreheads cheeks and chin, which felt rather uncomfortable. Consequently, it was necessary to immediately apply my favourite moisturiser. Due to the fact that I cannot abide waste I have been continuing to use the remaining wash and immediately applying moisturiser, but I cannot state that this is a product that I will repurchase, as it is not the high quality I had expected. The wash is gentle enough for daily use and despite my grumbles it always leaves my skin feeling clean, radiant and healthy. Through continued use the wash has assisted in preventing blocked pores and the breakout of spots or blackheads, but I am able to achieve identical results with many other cheaper products.
INGREDIENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION
There is a long list of ingredients contained on the reverse of the tube and for obvious reasons I do not intend copying them into this review. However, I would advise that the wash contains tea tree oil that has been obtained from the Kenya Organic Farmer's Association, which has been grown in the foothills of Mount Kenya. As you are probably aware, The Body Shop does not test any of its products on animals. The wash should be used within 12 months of opening and can be recycled once empty.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
A 100 ml tube of Tea Tree Blackhead Exfoliating Wash will cost you £5.00 although the price will reduce to £4.50 if you use The Body Shop's Love your Body card that will provide you with 10% off all purchases.
Unfortunately, this product does not rate highly with me due to the reasons stated above and therefore, receives only 2 stars.
I bought this product with various other's from the body shop tea tree range.
I am one of these people who can be rough on the skin, I do tend to scrub hard as I love the feeling of total cleanliness. So when I saw this product I was initially quite excited as the whole tea tree smell makes me feel clean.
I did as the instruction said by massaging onto wet skin and then rinsing. All in all I felt disappointed as it has apricot stones in to cleanse all the impurities from the skin. I felt there was not enough of the stones in the wash so it felt like it was hit and miss where you face was getting the full on exfoliation.
It did not make my face feel thoroughly cleansed at all, so I promptly used another product on my face to get the desired effect I wanted.
It comes in a tube and the size is 100 ml. This will cost £5 from the shop, but they often have discounts on products if you buy more than one product from their same range.
I've been using this product for about 2 years now, its a facial exfoliator scrub that contains community grown tea-tree oil.
My skin is quite sensitive and so I find alot of the commercial products far too abrasive and chemical for my skin, especially those blue gels with the white exfoliating beads. I find this to be strong enough to exfoliate without causing me pain and redness. My face feels all fresh and tingly after using this exfoliator, though I suggest using it with one of the body shops exfoliating gloves for extra effect.
A few other reviewers have commented that £5 for 100mL is quite expensive, but actually it's only about £1.50 more than the mass produced products of companies such as neutragena, in my opinion it also seems to last longer, you can use a small amount. I suppose there is also a premium to pay for the Comminity tea-tree oil used, which is about £4 to buy a 25mL vial of in health stores.
Overall I think that the Tea-Tree exfoliating wash is the best on the market for this kind of price, Ive used it for years and my skin is spotless, if you've got sensitive skin then you can't go wrong.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Blackhead Exfoliating Wash priced at £5-00 per 100ml. The packaging is classical body shop packaging with a plastic squeezy tube which stands on its lid, the lid opens as a flip top which securely seals to avoid any nasty spills.
This product contains ground apricot stones which gentle exfoliate the skin while a creamy wash forms a slight foam. I recently brought this product after suffering with really bad spotty skin which is a combination of dry,oily and normal, so I took the plunge and went into my local Body Shop store only to find they had a 3 for 2 offer on, so that was it I splurged out and brought the whole range for £20! Bargain.
I use this product about 2-3 times a week but have noticed that the apricot seeds are not as rough as I expected them to be, I would prefer if they were a little bigger/rougher so I could get a good scrub and remove those pesky blackheads which we all have on our noses. After washing with the product your skin does feel clean,fresh and 'new' just make sure you moisturise afterwards to avoid dryness. I recommend The Body Shop Tea Tree Night lotion.
This product contains crushed apricot stones to unblock pores and tea tree oil to prevent lingering blackheads erupting into spots.
A creamy, granulated texture and refreshing smell make the product pleasant to use. You apply it to wet skin, lathering up as you would with any facial wash, and massage gently over blackhead-prone areas. A cherry-sized blob is ample.
Frequency of use depends on your skin. For my slightly dry, post-menopausal skin the Body Shop assistant recommended twice a week. My face has two areas of rosacea where I don't rub, but they tolerate contact with the product.
I use the exfoliator in conjunction with Body Shop vitamin E gentle facial wash. Both were recommended when I went into a Body Shop, explained that I'd done nothing with my skin for twenty years, and let the assistant to choose what I needed. Nor surprisingly, my skin has improved. It's cleaner, brighter and my pores are smaller. Although the exfoliator is not solely responsible, each time I use it my blackheads become less noticeable. I sometimes use it on the back of my neck, in case I've got blackheads I can't see.
I wish this had been around when I was a teenager.
Price: £5 for 100ml
From: The Body Shop
For: Gentle exfoliation to remove trapped dirt, oil and dead skin cells
The packaging is quite nice with that usual Body Shop high quality look about it. It's a plastic squeezy tube which stands on it's led. the lid has a flip-top which fastens tightly to avoid spills. The only slightly annoying thing about the packaging is that the tube is opaque, so you can't so easily gauge when you're running out.
It's fairly thick and creamy textured, with a bright green colour. The tea tree scent is not too strong so shouldn't be a problem for most people, though tea tree is not exactly a pleasant scent. It has crushed apricot stones in it, but there don't seem to be that many, they are quite sparsely dispersed through the product.
I find I have to use quite a large amount of this exfoliator just to feel like my whole face has been covered, mainly because the crushed apricot stones are so few and far between. Massaging it into the skin it feels smooth and creamy, but it doesn't feel like it's doing a very good job of exfoliating.
However, after rinsing it off, the skin is left feeling really smooth, proving that it does exfoliate well even if it doesn't feel like it is doing. My skin also feels soft and doesn't feel at all dry or stripped of moisture as it does after using other exfoliators. My skin feels very clean and looks clear and radiant.
After using this regularly for a few weeks I've found it has helped (used alongside other products from the same range) to keep my skin looking clear and healthy. However, the main selling point of this particular product is that it helps to get rid of blackheads, and unfortunately I have not found this to be the case. As a basic exfoliator it works well, leaving skin soft and smooth, but it has had no effect whatsoever on my clogged pores and blackheads, so it doesn't live up to it's claims.
All in all this is a decent basic exfoliator, but won't banish those blackheads.
Thumbs in the middle from me!
I regret to write this review as it is a fairly neutral one, I adore the bodyshop and many of it's products but I am not a lover of this one. I will start with the good points as that is always a good place to start, this product is a great value for money at only £5 for 100ml.
The ingredients contain community trade tea tree oil from making it good for the Kenyan farmers who provide it and great for your skin with its antibacterial properties whilst the ground apricot stones gently exfoliate the skin.
To use you are supposed to massage into wet skin, in particular the areas of your face you have the most trouble with, then rinse with warm water. I found that the product did clean my face but it did not have enough of the ground apricot stones for my liking and it did not lather which left me feeling like I wasn't using enough of the product despite cleaning the whole of my face.
When looking at the website the body shop offers the following tips...
Follow with Skin Clearing Toner to refresh the skin and remove all traces of Blackhead Exfoliating Wash. Rinse thoroughly with clean water. Moisturise with Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion in the morning or Blemish Fade Night Lotion at night. Use Tea Tree Face Mask once or twice a week for a deep cleansing, cooling treat. Use Tea Tree Body Wash in the bath or shower for all over cleansing.
I have not tried this yet and may do as I still have the products but it seems like a lot of effort to me as I am used to being able to wash my face, moisturise and go so for this reason i may switch to using it as a body wash for when I have breakouts on my skin.
The product did leave my face feeling clean but I prefer to use other products in the tea tree and other skin care ranges.
This facial scrub costs £5 from the Body Shop for a 100ml tube. This may seem quite expensive but then this is not the kind of product you would use everyday, in fact really you would only use it maybe once or twice a week. Also if you have a love your body card you will get 10% off making it only £4.50.
I actually bought this online while they had a three for two promotion on all skin care products so for me it worked out even cheaper than that.
The reason I bought this is that recently I have been suffering from a breakout of nasty spots on my face, its horrendous when you are far from being a teenager and still plagued by them! To be fair this is is quite unusual for me and I think its induced by stress at the moment, so hopefully it will be a temporary thing - but I felt like I needed to give my skin a helping hand in dealing with it.
This product is an avacado green colour cream with brown flecks in it which are the apricot husks used to aid exfoliation. It smells incredibly strongly of tea tree which makes is smell quite medicinal. I have to say I am not overstruck on the smell really but it does wake you up first thing in the morning!
I massage it into my face quite vigorously and it rinses clean very easily, it does not leave my skin feeling tight or dry which is nice. I have noticed a difference with the amount of spots I am getting and my skin is certainly clearer than it was, after using it my pores are less noticeable too which must be the tea tree doing its job.
All in all this is a very effective product and for me it has definitely done what I wanted it to and helped my problem skin out. I alternate this with the vitamin E soap, also from the Body Shop (see my other review for details) and my skin is feeling miles better than it did.
This contains glycerin which means it moisturises well, I just wish it didnt smell quite so strong, if it had a more pleasent smell then this would be a 5 star review.