“ Brand: Thursday Plantation / Texture: Cream / Type: Day Cream / Texture: Gel / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / Type: Anti-Blemish / What it does: blemish control „
Although I've always taken very good care of my skin, and was lucky enough not to suffer from spots during my teenage years, there has been the odd occasion when a nasty red blemish has erupted, and I sometimes used to get a spot or two on my nose and chin when my period was due. After using a very rich day cream recently, I ended up with a few little spots on my chin and jaw, and just above my lips. I stopped using the day cream, but the blemishes did not clear up. At this point, I decided to resort to one of my tried-and-tested remedies for spots, which is Thursday Plantation's Tea Tree Blemish Gel. Although the little blemishes weren't as awful as full-grown spots - they didn't hurt, and didn't look as if they were going to erupt in a vile manner - they were nonetheless itchy and unsightly. I wanted to get rid of them quickly, and in as gentle a way as possible.
Thursday Plantation's Tea Tree Blemish Gel is part of a range of products that feature tea tree oil, which is a powerful but natural anti-bacterial agent. Tea tree oil is an essential oil obtained from a plant native to Australia - Australian aboriginals used to crush tea tree leaves to help heal cuts, burns and infections - and it has been used commercially since the 1920s. Interest in this remedy grew in the 1970s as part of a revived interest in natural products. The essential oil and its related products that we now see in our shops is obtained by steam distillation, and the oil has been found to contain both antiseptic and antifungal properties. It can be used to help a host of conditions such as acne, athlete's foot and eczema among many others. You can buy the neat essential oil, and it is also available as an ingredient in creams, ointments, soaps and shampoos. You must NEVER swallow this oil, and it should only be used as a topical application.
Because tea tree oil can kill bacteria, applying the oil (or in my case, the gel containing the oil) means that the concentrated formula penetrates deeply into the skin. It unblocks sebaceous ducts and helps dry out acne and pimples. Because applying undiluted tea tree oil may cause skin irritation, redness and itching, it is recommended that you use a product such as a cream, lotion or gel. I have applied tea tree oil directly to my skin in the past, but now I much prefer to use this gel.
Thursday Plantation has an excellent website that provides a lot of useful information about tea tree oil and its many uses, and also about how their company was founded.
Right, now that the science lesson is over, how did I get on with Thursday Plantation's Blemish Gel? Well, I loved it, and it zapped those little blighters in no time at all.
Thursday Plantation's products are easy to spot on the shelves, as they are packaged in a bright yellowy-green carton with deeper green lettering. The front of the carton tells you that this product is an invisible gel. The label on the back of the carton tells you that Thursday Plantation is the original Tea Tree company. It also describes how the gel works - by penetrating 'deep into the skin, providing an invisible layer that may assist with the management of problem skin'. The directions for use state that this is for external use only, and that the gel should be applied to appropriate areas morning and night. You are advised to discontinue use if sensitivity occurs.
On opening the carton, you will find the tube of gel. This tube has a white background, with the product name in a strip of yellow/green colour down the front of the tube. The same directions from the carton can be found on the back of the tube.
I should say here that I am not a fan of the fragrance of this product - although not unpleasant, it has a strong, antiseptic smell, typical of all tea tree oil products - but I am however a real fan of its effectiveness. Following instructions, I applied the gel - squeezing the tube gently so that just a tiny amount was transferred to my fingertip. This is a clear gel, so it really is invisible, although it does leave a slight sheen to the skin. After applying it to my little spots morning and night, I noticed after just a day's use that I could both see and feel a reduction in the blemishes. They had been itchy rather than sore, and this was eased very quickly. After just a few days' regular use of the gel, the blemishes had disappeared, and I was absolutely delighted. Normal order had been restored to my skin, and I could breathe easily once more.
For those consumers who wish to know about these things, Thursday Plantation's product page describes this gel as being 'free from parabens, propylene glycol, lauryl sulphate, synthetic fragrances, synthetic colours, synthetic preservatives and animal derived ingredients'.
Boots' website states that this gel is suitable for adults and children aged twelve years and over. You should not use it while pregnant or breast-feeding without first seeking medical advice. Avoid contact with your eyes and seek medical attention if this occurs.
The product is good for use for 12 months after opening, and the carton is recyclable.
This 25g tube of gel costs £4.99 from Boots, and I have not been able to find it cheaper anywhere else. It is currently (as of 21st August) part of a 3 for 2 offer on 'selected vitamins and herbal products'.
I have been using Tea Tree Oil products for some years, and I love the fact that it is such a natural product. I am delighted with the effectiveness of Thursday Plantation's Tea Tree Blemish Gel, will certainly buy it again, and have no hesitation in giving it five stars.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)