Product Type: The Body Shop body care
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The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil
Member Name: Wee_Jackie_163
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil
Advantages: Works very well - Versatile product - A little goes a long way..
Disadvantages: It may be too strong for some skin types.
I suffer with slightly problematic skin and this results in the odd spot outbreak. I have tried and tested many products over the years and find products that contain Tea Tree to be very effective in cleansing the skin and helping clear up spots that may appear.
I used to regularly purchase Tea Tree Oil from The Body Shop but got out of the habit a few years ago, using alternative products instead. I was recently reacquainted with the oil by way of a free sample obtained with a purchase from The Body Shop's website. I have almost finished this sample bottle now, and this review outlines my experiences of using the product.
I won't go on too much about the packaging for the product as I have only a sample bottle in my possession at the moment. The oil currently retails for £7, which seems quite expensive when you consider the small bottle is only 10ml in size, but please be aware that each use of the oil requires only a few drops from the bottle. Indeed, my own small vial of the oil has lasted for several weeks, irrespective of its miniature size.
The Body Shop (TBS) Tea Tree Oil is diluted slightly, which I have found is common practice with a product like this. In TBS's case, it is diluted to 15% Tea Tree Oil.
* WHAT IS TEA TREE OIL? *
Tea Tree Oil is a natural ingredient with antibacterial properties that has apparently been used in its natural form for centuries. According to The Body Shop... "It has been used for centuries by Aborigines to treat cuts, infections and inflammation."
Tea Tree Oil is a very versatile product, as it contains soothing and refreshing properties, as well as antibacterial agents. It is a popular product, with many big branded names adding it to their products in a bid to combat problematic skin.
* USING THE OIL - MY EXPERIENCES.. *
When suffering from an outbreak of spots, I find the surrounding skin can be sore and tender. The skin is often highly sensitive and so I find certain products can aggravate the area easily, making me feel cautious about applying them to the affected area. Indeed, I find that applying 'neat' Tea Tree oil to broken skin, or skin that is already tender can feel very uncomfortable at times, probably due to the astringent-like properties of the oil. The oil is very strong, and even though it has been diluted, I do find that it can still easily sting skin that is broken or inflamed.
For this reason, I prefer to dilute the Tea Tree oil slightly before applying to my skin. This can be done very simply. All I do is retrieve a circular cotton wool pad and dampen it with hot water, before wringing out the excess. A few drops of the Tea Tree oil can then be dropped over the surface of the cotton wool pad before the pad is applied to the required area.
I usually hold the pad on the patch of troublesome spots for a few seconds, as I find there is a sort of 'soothing' experience to be obtained during the process. For the most part, the unpleasant 'sting', - similar to that obtained from using an antiseptic product - is less noticeable than if undiluted Tea Tree oil were to be applied, and this is of course helped by the fact that TBS's Tea Tree Oil is diluted already.
That is not to say that this sensation is removed altogether, but rather it is toned down by the method of diluting the oil further. Instead, the sensation achieved resembles more of a tingling than a burning sensation, which is welcome when the skin feels particularly tender and delicate due to the presence of spots. I have used the Tea Tree Oil applied directly from the bottle to the skin, but find I prefer it to be diluted further, by the method I have mentioned here.
Just as a side note, I would never recommend applying or using the Tea Tree Oil to any area around the eye area due to the strength of the Oil and it's strong, menthol-like vapours. Beware too any irritation that may occur during use... The product is VERY strong and it won't be suited to every skin type.
There are other ways that the Tea Tree Oil can be used, such as adding a few drops to massage oil which is claimed to help alleviate aches and pains. Furthermore, the oil can be added to a basic, everyday shampoo to provide "An Invigorating Deep Cleanse", according to The Body Shop. I cannot confess to trying out either of these methods for myself, but one additional use I have found beneficial is to add a few droplets of the oil to my facial steamer, which is a practice I have found to be very enjoyable.
I have found that doing this provides a very 'deep' feeling to my steam facial, thanks to the invigorating feeling of the Tea Tree Oil. Not only does this feel great for my skin, allowing the pores to open up fully over the steamy cloud, but I find the addition of the Tea Tree Oil feels really invigorating and refreshing, thanks to the strong, menthol-like essence of the oil. This allows for a really thoroughly-cleansed feeling to be achieved, and I find this practice really helps to cut down on the amount of spot outbreaks experienced. I have to confess however, that I find ANY steam facial helps this process, so I don't think this is down to the Tea Tree Oil's presence alone. That said, however, I find the addition of the product to my facial steamer really ADDS to the experience, and I would purchase the product solely for this type of use due to the impressive results achieved.
Since reintroducing the Tea Tree Oil back into my regular skincare routine, I have noticed a marked improvement to the spot outbreaks that I was experiencing. These are admittedly still occurring, and so I don't think the Tea Tree Oil is doing much in the way of preventative measures. When an outbreak DOES occur however, I feel fully equipped to deal with it, and the Tea Tree Oil has never let me down in this regard.
Whilst cleansing the spots and surrounding area thoroughly, thanks to its strong antibacterial properties, the Tea Tree Oil provides a little more than this, allowing the spots themselves to dry out and this allows them to become less noticeable. The surrounding skin, whilst inflamed with the spots' arrival, is soothed and refreshed with the use of the oil, leaving behind no unpleasant 'burn' in its wake.
Furthermore, the results seem to be very fast, with most spots and blemishes succumbing to the strong, menthol vapours within a matter of hours following application, leaving a less noticeable blemish behind instead. More stubborn pimples tend to require a little more treatment, so further applications will usually be required at these areas. It is a long time since I have noticed such impressive results from a spot-combating product however, and I certainly have no complaints in this regard.
There is only one downside that I have experienced during my use of The Body Shop's Tea Tree Oil and that is that I have found it to be quite a 'drying' formula. This means that after application, my skin will often appear dry the following day. This is no big surprise, as my skin is often dry in its appearance naturally, but the Tea Tree Oil does feel slightly harsher than other spot-fighting products that are regularly used. I feel the results achieved here are to be expected, especially considering the excellent job the Tea Tree Oil does in drying up spots and blemishes, which helps them shrink and reduce before disappearing completely.
I have found that using an intensive moisturiser that contains the ingredient Vitamin E works wonderfully at providing some much needed hydration to the affected areas. The Vitamin E seems to work beautifully on my dry skin, providing some much-needed moisturisation but WITHOUT interfering with the Tea Tree Oil's antibacterial, healing properties. I cannot confess to trying this theory with any other facial moisturiser product as I don't feel the need to change from my tried-and-tested routine, finding that a Vitamin E product works alongside the Tea Tree Oil in perfect harmony, rather than taking anything from it or 'swamping' it at all whilst it works its magic.
In summary, I have found The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil is a wonderful product that has helped me in combating spot outbreaks and troublesome skin. I feel that it is very much an essential item for anybody with this problem and cannot recommend it highly enough. As a result of my experience, I feel the product deserves full marks in the product rating score.
Summary: I will buy it again and highly recommend it!