NELSONS TEA TREE CREAM
So I have just been having a clear out of one of my many make up boxes to throw out anything that is looking rather ill or out of date and come across an old tube of this very close to it's use by date and thought I would give it a review.
As many of you must by no know I have combination skin and over the years I really have tried pretty much half the products out there and still do slowly work my way through them! I always thought once my teens were over that I would just grow out of spots but it never happened, at 35 I have pretty much given up hope of it being a phase but still not resigned to them being there.
I remember I got this in our local chemist one day, I was using a cream called panoxyl that the pharmacist had suggested but it was doing nothing but dry my skin out, I was talking to the lady behind the counter whilst waiting for the pharmacist to come back and she said her son had found this cream worked really well for him, I do not recall how much it was but I remember it was reasonable so it went into my purchase pile.
THE PRODUCT ....
The product is basically a mixture of some products and tea tree in a cream rather than an oil, I guess that it is easier for some skins to soak up or better for using on small abrasions or cuts either way I used this on and off the past few years, its never stung and seems to do it's job.
The cream itself is white in colour and a thin cream consistency, there is a very very faint scent to it but not much and I certainly can not smell the tea tree.
This really can be used on a lot of things but I have used it for bites, grazes, small paper cuts and any nasty spots that happen to be open. I have not found any benefit from it on inflamed spots but I do tend to apply a thin layer as a barrier if I have an open one.
As I stated yesterday I never really checked the ingredients of things until I started reading other peoples reviews on here and I have to say this is yet another product that has shocked me when I did. It claims on the front that it is natural first aid antiseptic, however :-
Aqua, melaleuca alternifolia (limonene), glyceryl stearate + PEG-100 stearate, prunus armeniaca, theobroma cacao, glycerin cetearyl alcohol + PEG-20 stearate, cetearyl alcohol, cetyl palmitate, glyceryl caprylate, methylparaben, propylparaben
Erm not so natural sounding lol, anyone have any clue which one is the Tea Tree? I actually have no idea what any of that is so I will leave it up to you to judge, I am going to simply judge the product on the performance but I am not sure the natural claims on the front match up.
THE PACKING ....
This comes in a cardboard box that is almost identical to the tube that is enclosed so a bit of wasted packing there, however the tube is of metal and coloured white with a very basic look to it. The Nelson's logo is at the top of the tube and then "Tea Tree, Natural first aid antiseptic" across the centre of the tube. There is a green leaf with a first aid cross next to that and then a dark green band informing us that the product contains a cream.
The back has the ingredients, a blurb about tea tree and warnings about not using this product if you are pregnant or breastfeeding also to be cautious if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.
DOES IT WORK? ....
Well I can not say I have ever applied this and woken up the next day to find myself magically healed, however I also have never found that the areas treated have been any worse and certainly seem to clear up nicely so I would say that it is doing something, so yes I would say to some extent it is working. I have never had any reactions to the cream.
This is a lot more than I remember paying for it, a quick look shows that it is £6.99 in Boots but I can see it for as little as £3.99 on Amazon. It also appears to be available in two sizes 30g and 50g. My tube is the smaller 30 grams so that might be why it cost less and inflation.
I would have no problem suggesting someone use this for minor booboo's as my Grandma used to call them, as for spots I do not think it is effective for that. I honestly can not work out what concentrate of tea tree is in this cream so if you are after tea tree I would suggest buying some pure oil. If you want something to give a little added barrier to a graze or booboo then I would say this is a good bet.
For me I am going to give this a three stars out of five.
I discovered tea tree oil about five years ago in Holland & Barrett. A friend had recommended this Australian oil as a good natural treatment for minor cuts and grazes as it has naturally antiseptic properties. I bought a bottle and found it to be effective, but the smell was overpowering (like turbo-charged Olbas Oil) and the oil very sticky. I stopped using it.
Then, last year, a podiatrist recommended I use tea tree to treat persistant sore points around some of my toenails. I explained I didn't get along with the oil, but she told me it was available in a cream which may suit me better. I decided to investigate.
I soon discovered that there is really only one brand of tea tree cream readily available in the UK, the one produced by Nelsons. Most pharmacies, including Boots, stock it, although I had to ask a member of the counter staff to locate it for me. I eventually purchased a 30g tube in a local independent pharmacy for £4.39, far more than regular antiseptic creams!
Nelson's tea tree antiseptic cream is packaged in a green and white box which is easy to miss on a pharmacy display. Inside, the product itself comes in a metal tube with a plastic screwtop lid. No information leaflet is provided, and there are no usage instructions printed on the tube. Instead there is a brief explanation of what tea tree oil is, information to apply the cream to any affected area, an ingredient list and a warning that pregnant and breastfeeding women should use the product only after consulting their doctor.
It appears that the manufacturer assumes the user will know what maladies the cream is to be used for, or that the consumer will conduct online research or consult a pharmacist to find out the uses of the product. This is really bad for two main reasons: firstly, consumers may use the product on sensitive mucus membranes (inside the mouth or nose; the genital area) which would undoubtedly cause burning and a bad reaction, and secondly, they may use it on serious, infected wounds, as one would use a 'standard' antiseptic cream.
From my online research and from consulting my local pharmacist and podiatrist, tea tree should really only be used on minor cuts and scrapes, minor rashes or itchy skin. For anything else I would use a 'standard' antiseptic cream.
MY USER EXPERIENCE
The cream itself is white and thick, and, whilst smelling strongly of tea tree, is not as overwhelming to the senses as pure tea tree oil. It is easy to apply but it is not easily absorbed, so if I apply it to the sore points on my toes (as recommended by my podiatrist) I then covered it with a plaster to stop it coming off on clothes and other surfaces.
I've also used the cream for minor cuts and rashes. Whilst I'm sure the antiseptic properties have helped prevent infections, I'm not sure that the minor skin damage I've used it for has healed any faster than if I'd merely 'let the air get at it'.
For a very narrow range of uses, this tea tree cream is very good. It's certainly helped to treat the minor sore points I had on my feet, and has stopped the sores getting any worse. It's also been useful to carry out and about for minor scrapes.
However the lack of usage instructions on the tube and what I consider it's doubtful effectiveness on cuts means I don't rate this product very highly. It's expensive (as tea tree oil is a pricey ingredient) and for most uses I would still go to a cheaper, 'standard' antiseptic cream.
I always carry a tube of this around in my handbag, as I find its good for pretty much all minor medical eventualities.
Most pharmacy shops, such as boots or independent chemists sell it, usually in the homeopathy section. It costs around £5 for a 50g tube, which is quite expensive, but then it lasts a long time - a little goes a long way.
I use it for loads of things. It's good for spots, bites, burns, cuts and grazes, stings etc. etc. so it's good thing to have around if you have kids. It's antiseptic so cleans the sore area you apply it to and I find it soothes very quickly. The tea tree gives a slight cold feel when you apply it, which is excellent for burns and stings. I apply it regularly to spots, it helps them to heal quickly and feels as though its began working as soon as its applied.
I really like the smell of tea tree, it smells clean and refreshing. The cream, as expected smells very strongly, so it would not be good for anyone who doesn't like the smell of tea tree! Tea tree is a natural antiseptic and therefore not full of chemicals. The cream is absorbed easily into the skin and I find it isn't greasy.
For me it's a must-have in my medical kit, and my handbag!
I am always looking for great products to use on my family, especially medical products, which are based on natural ingredients and old fashioned techniques. This cream ticks all those boxes.
We are all taught at an early age that tea tree oil is great for all sorts of things. As children ours mothers used it on cuts and grazes, as teenagers we applied it to spots to dry them up, and now as mothers and fathers we use it as a natural antiseptic, bite and sting cream and an all round first aid essential.
This cream is light, easy to apply and absorb and a little goes a long way. a 50g tube will last a really long time I think, even in my family of four with 2 boisterous girls who seem to need it for one thing or another at least once a week.
The cream retails around the £5 mark, but as stated earlier a little goes a long way. Compared to other over the counter treatments which , while they may be cheaper, you need a lot more to get any effective benefit.
The cream has a lovely, soothing aroma which both my children love and don't mind the cream being applied at all.
The box has a natural, old fashioned way about it which I rather like. It doesn't look too clinical or medical, but more of an alternative therapy type of product.
All in all if you have a family you really need a tube of this in your first aid kit. I bet you use it as much as we do and even replace some of your other products with this one, effective, versatile little tube.
For some reason of late my spots on my face have gone positively mental! I go through this from time to time and just bouts from no where pop up and with Christmas coming up and the party season impending I've started a war on them big time!
I do of course use Clearasil and the likes but really, nothing helps all that much and that is why when my mate gave me a box of this to try saying how brilliant it was I was delighted to receive it!
Not only do I get spots, I should know better but I'm a picker and it was my mate that pointed out the scab on my jawline! Time to take action with this cream then I thought I don't wanna go scarring myself forever if I can help it after-all!
Oblong light green and white box and the front and the back of the box are the same. I'm told it is Nelsons Tea Tree 'Natural First Aid Antiseptic' and there is a plus sign on there. Other information on the box includes being told a bit about the product and told how to use it, ingredients and contact details for A.Nelson & Co are given. The tube is white and green and pretty much looks the same as the box and offers the same information. It has a white plastic screw on/off lid to one end of it. All in all it looks a functional product rather than atheistically pleasing.
A Bit About The Product According To The Packaging:
Nelsons tee tree cream is prepared using the finest, purest tea tree oil from Australia. Tea tree oil has many uses, but is best known for its excellent antiseptic properties.
The Cream Itself:
Well the cream itself is white in colour and squeezes out of the tube with ease like a toothpaste really! It smells heavily of tea tree oil and is a little menthol and it really does smell rather rich and natural.
You use this on clean skin as you would any other antiseptic cream such as Germoline, Sudocream or Savlon. Simply apply a thin area of this to cuts, dry skin, grazes, spots, blackheads.... whatever. It absorbs quickly as it isn't greasy or anything and you if need to cover it up with clothes that's nothing to worry about either as it is fast drying! The only thing some people may feel is annoying about this is the smell of it. Like I have stated already it really is very strongly fraganced indeed and that smell stays put for a good few hours after using it. Personally I don't mind the smell though but I wouldn't apply this if I was going somewhere special as it would override any fragrances you use!
I love this natural tea tree cream! It's simple brilliant and I'm now a huge fan of it. I applied this to a cut on my leg and on my spots (including the one that had scabbed up) and it really did ease the pains in them super quickly by numbing the areas really well. I have confidence this cleans out things too where it's applied to and I found that not only did the pain get taken away in seconds but that things healed quicker to! Take the scab on my jawline! It was dry and sore and I kept wanting to pick at it but this stuff softened the scab and moisturised it slightly helping me to not pick it any further! By the next day the scab had gone and by using this is healed within a couple of days and left no scarring whatsoever.
A really handy tube of cream that from now on will live in my handbag 'just in case'. I like completely herbal remedies and to be as natural as I can and this because you don't need very much of it at all is a superb investment on every level. Don't let the strong aroma of tee tree put you off it's a great cream!
Thic can be found in places like Boots and Superdrug (and other good chemists) for about £5.95 a tube (50g).