Product Type: Nelsons first aid
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Nelsons Tea Tree Antiseptic Cream
Member Name: Torialou
Nelsons Tea Tree Antiseptic Cream
Advantages: Cream rather than oil based.
Disadvantages: Did not really massively impress me.
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I have just been having a clear out of one of my many make up boxes to throw out anything that is looking rather ill or out of date and come across an old tube of this very close to it's use by date and thought I would give it a review.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.
Summary: Average product, has it's uses.
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