Product Type: The Body Shop body care
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Diluted Tea Tree Oil - Spot the difference!
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil
Member Name: Torialou
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil
Date: 18/05/13, updated on 18/05/13 (78 review reads)
Advantages: It does help with my spots.
Disadvantages: I do not like the list of ingredients.
Body Shop Tea Tree Oil
I have been unfortunate to suffer from spots for most of my life, I think I have tried pretty much every solution there is out there from prescription medicine to herbal options. Tea Tree is something that I do find helps when I have a very aggressive inflamed spot and recently I was given a free sample of this product in the Body Shop to try and when I had a recent voucher for the store I purchased a full sized bottle.
WHAT IS TEA TREE?
Tea tree oil is an essential oil which is obtained by steam distillation of the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant.
Tea tree oil is well known for being a natural form of antiseptic, it is said that the Aborigines used tea tree leaves for healing skin cuts, burns, and infections by crushing the leaves and applying them to the affected area.
The Tea Tree oil from Body Shop is actually actually diluted (see ingredients lower down) not neat Tea Tree oil, I was told by the member of staff in the store that this was to make is safer to be applied directly to the skin and would not dry out the skin. I am not sure I buy this, I am only going off gut impressions but I suspect it has more to do with the cost of neat Tea Tree.
The oil comes in a a small green glass bottle with a big white plastic lid, I am not sure if this is a safety lid or if the lid has been designed to keep the oil air tight, I have a feeling it might be the latter because I accidentally did not seal the bottle the other night and a good ¼ of what is left of my oil has evaporated in a few days lol.
Upon opening the scent of the Tea Tree is noticeable but not over powering which I guess is due to the fact there is only 15% Tea Tree oil in the product.
The directions state to apply directly to skin using fingertips or a cotton bud, I personally have been applying the product to a cotton pad and then holding this to the skin and blending the oil in.
The oil soaks into the skin very easily and leaves no nasty oily residue on the skin, there is a slight scent left after use but this soon disperses.
Aqua (Solvent/Diluent), Alcohol Denat. (Solvent/Diluent), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifier), Polysorbate 20 (Emulsifier), Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil (Natural Additive), Limonene (Natural Additive), t-Butyl Alcohol (Denaturant), Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent), Citral (Natural Additive), Leptospermum Petersonii Oil (Natural Additive), Denatonium Benzoate (Denaturant), Tocopherol (Antioxidant).
I have to admit when I bought the bottle I had not checked the ingredients and was not aware there was so many nasties in there. While the product is alright and has not caused any bad reactions I think when it comes to replacing this I will be buying some purer Tea Tree oil. I guess there is nothing wrong with the oil, they do not claim that it is pure Tea Tree but for something that is designed to look natural I just feel a little hoodwinked. Perhaps that is more my fault than theirs.
I am going to give this 4 out of 5 because it has done what it says but I do feel a bit mislead by the packaging saying Tea Tree oil when there is only 15% in there. I just feel it is a little too diluted.
Summary: Decent product, not sure on the ingredients.