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Help fight blemishes with Tea Tree Oil toner.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Toner
Member Name: Gemma_C
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Toner
Date: 01/04/09, updated on 03/02/10 (1665 review reads)
Advantages: Doesn't dry out the skin and removes excess dirt.
Disadvantages: Doesn't seem to help prevent blemishes, but it helps calm them when they appear.
I wanted to find a toner that was a cheaper alternative to my current favourite by Clinique which is also aimed at problem, blemish-prone skin types. I discovered the Tea Tree Oil range by The Body Shop and decided to give this one a go.
The Body Shop have been around for years and there can't be many people who can say they've never come across any of their products at some point. The Body Shop have a wide range of products from skin care, hair care, make-up and even home fragrance products such as oil burners and candles. They often have special offers and limited editions, and their shops can be found in most shopping centres and on high streets.
The Body Shop was founded in the UK in 1976 and now have over 2,400 stores across 61 countries and a range of over 1,200 products! They claim to use many natural ingredients from around the world, and have their own fair trade programme called Community Trade which works with over 30 suppliers in more than 20 countries. They are also against animal testing for every one of their products.
This Tea Tree Oil Facial Toner is just one product in the Body Shop's Tea Tree Oil range, and it's aimed at people with oily/blemished skin. Other products in this range vary from cleansers, exfoliators, masks, wipes and body washes, there's certainly alot to try out.
The toner comes in a plastic see through bottle. The Body Shop state on the back that they make the bottles out of 30% recycled plastics, but they are trying to make it 100%. The toner itself is a bright green colour that certainly stands out. The bottle has a small flip lid and tipping the bottle will make the toner come out slowly onto your cotton wool.
The Body Shop claim that this toner "removes excess traces of cleanser, dirt and make-up, helping to control shine and blemishes without drying the skin." I always use this toner after cleansing the skin but before moisturising. To apply I use a large cotton wool cosmetic pad and gently pour some out of the bottle. You will immediately notice the smell of this product as the tea tree oil and slight astringent smell it has it quite strong. It's actually been quite off putting for me for this product as it's just too strong a scent.
I sweep the cotton wool pad across my face and neck, the toner goes on the face easily and really does remove any excess make-up/cleanser, and it certainly does not dry out the skin. You notice some dirt on the cotton wool pad afterwards, a good skin it's doing the job. I usually leave my skin to dry for about a minute before applying my moisturiser afterwards.
Concerning blemishes and spots I can't say this toner has made too much of a difference in this area, it does help calm the redness of spots but hasn't helped at preventing them too much, however it is good at removing excess oils without drying out the skin.
The toner's main ingredient is Tea Tree oil and it's from their Community Trade, the Bunjum Co-Operative who market their tea tree oil and provide opportunities for the young without having to leave for the city.
Tea Tree oil has natural purifying antibacterial properties and it is known to help soothe blemish prone skin. The toner also contains witch hazel, another ingredient often found in skin care products related to blemish prone skin types.
Value for Money?
This toner comes in a 250ml bottle and costs £5.85. I have been using it 1-2 times daily and it still has around 80% left. This is certainly cheaper than the Clinique product I usually use, but then that comes in a larger bottle and I'm more happy with it's results. I'm also put off by the smell of this toner as it really is strong. Never the less it doesn't dry out my skin and it clears away excess oils and cleanser, and it contains more natural ingredients. I would recommend if you're looking for a cheaper toner that does the job it says on the tin.
Summary: A good price and it does the job well.