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Why I Think The Body Shop Missed The Mark With Their Tea Tree Range

Body Shop Tea Tree Review

I want to start of this post by saying how much I respect the Body Shop and the work they do. The Body Shop source their tea tree from Mount Kenya National Park and their trade history with Kenya has lead them to a long term partnership. They also provide education and training in sustainable farming methods and have even planted over 5000 seeds to help restore the surrounding habitat. Kenya is actually where my family are from so I think it's great that the Body Shop is supporting workers out there. That being said I'm not a massive fan of the tea tree skin care range and it's poor formulation. Let me break is down by product.

Tea Tree Oil

I'm sure we all know the benefits that tea tree oil can have considering it's the worlds best researched essential oil. That being said this product lists denatured alcohol as the second ingredient and, despite the name, doesn't appear to contain an adequate amount of tea tree oil to have an anti-blemish effect. Denatured alcohol is very drying and can be an irritant as it disrupts the skin's natural barrier. Seriously disappointing as this could have been great. I recommend if you want tea tree oil to try a health food store and always check the ingredients!

Ingredients: 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).

Tea Tree Facial Wash

Personally I don't believe that your skin can reap the true benefits of tea tree oil in a face wash. The main reason is because the product isn't in contact with your skin enough to absorb in the ingredients. It's quickly washed off and pretty much a waste of money. That's just my opinion but each to their own. That being said what's fact is that this product once again contains alcohol. This will have a very drying effect on the skin even if you are oily or combination. In addition to that the level of tea tree oil included is too low to attack acne causing bacteria.

Ingredients: Aqua (Solvent/Diluent), Glycerin (Humectant), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate (Viscosity Modifier), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifier), PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate (Emulsifier), Polysorbate 20 (Emulsifier), Alcohol Denat. (Solvent/Diluent), Panthenol (Skin/Hair Conditioning Agent), Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil (Natural Additive), Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent), Allantoin (Skin Soothing Agent), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), p-Anisic Acid (pH Modifier), Benzophenone-4 (Sunscreen agent, Ultraviolet Light Absorber), Menthol (Cooling Agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Sunscreen), Limonene (Natural Additive), Leptospermum Petersonii Oil (Natural Additive), t-Butyl Alcohol (Denaturant), Denatonium Benzoate (Denaturant), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Caramel (Colour), CI 19140 (Colour), CI 42090 (Colour).

Tea Tree 3-in-1 Wash Scrub & Mask

I have mixed feelings about this product. Firstly let's start with the pro's. It's made from a really nice clay base and contains high levels of tea tree oil so when left on the skin it can work it's magic. Because of the amount of tea tree oil it has a nice medicinal smell (similar to the rest of the range) - if that's not your thing then you won't like this product. Also the inclusion of salicylic acid is a pleasant bonus. While it's not a strong amount it's enough to penetrate the pore lining and exfoliate inside as well as on the surface of skin when left on for a while. This helps combat blemishes and essentially reinforces the acne fighting properties of tea tree oil. Also unlike some other clay masks this is actually really easy to wash off.

Now what makes this otherwise great product a little problematic is the fact denatured alcohol has been included again. The Body Shop have really let down this entire range by including high levels of alcohol and low levels of tea tree. If your skin isn't overly sensitive maybe you could give this product a go as it has some really good ingredients. I would recommend using it as a mask compared to a wash or scrub.

Body Shop Tea Tree Review

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Kaolin, Glycerin, Propanediol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Perlite, Xanthan Gum, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Decyl Glucoside, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Alcohol Denat., Copernicia Cerifera Cera/Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire de carnauba, Phenoxyethanol, Talc, Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil/Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire d’abeille, Sodium Chloride, Salicylic Acid, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Menthol, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Limonene, Leptospermum Petersonii Oil, Tocopherol, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77499/Iron Oxides.

Salman Dean

I hope you appreciate my honest words and I didn't write this post to slam the Body Shop but to rather enlighten purchasing customers. Always read the ingredients and make informed decisions on what you are putting on your skin. If you have used any of the products from this range I would love to hear your thoughts so make sure you leave a comment.

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Adeyemi Kayode Abdul Hafeez said...

I use the tea tree skin clearing foaming cleanser which I think would be an alternative for the face wash because it is in a liquid form;best used with a facial brush

Fellin Sumbari said...

Aqua (Solvent/Diluent), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), Polysorbate 20 (Emulsifier), Coco-Glucoside (Surfactant), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifier), Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil (Natural Additive), Glycerin (Humectant), Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent), Myristamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), p-Anisic Acid (pH Modifier), PVP (Hair Fixative), Salix Alba Bark Extract (Natural Additive), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Menthol (Cooling Agent), Limonene (Natural Additive), Leptospermum Petersonii Oil (Natural Additive), Tocopherol (Antioxidant). what about tea tree skin clearing foaming cleanser's ingredient? is it good or bad?

ashy said...

nice post

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