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THE PROBLEM I am lucky in that I have never experienced a serious acne problem. However, my skin is often red and blotchy before I plaster it with foundation and other cosmetics. This often gets worse through out the day, especially if I have the wind in my face. I also get blackheads on my chin sometimes and on the sides of my nose (sorry for the gory details) where it gets particularly greasy.
THE PRODUCT The Body shop introduced the Tea tree oil range recently (within the last year or so). Although, I’m a frequent Body Shop shopper I’d never really taken much notice of it, until I read some positive reviews here on Ciao. Me always looking for miracle workers, I had to give it a go.
I was surprised to find it priced so cheaply, in comparison with other products on the market. It was around 3.25 for a 250ml bottle. There is a larger bottle available, but I would estimate (as I haven’t yet used up a bottle) the smaller volume lasts at least 6 weeks anyway, even using twice a day.
The packaging is fairly simple. The bottle is see through so you can see the lime green liquid inside and there is a black label with the tea tree oil symbol (a red ‘t’ with green leaves on top). I would be the first to admit it’s nothing special, but at the same time it’s unfussy and perfect for this product.
The information and instructions are concise. It is suitable for normal, oily or blemished skin and may not be suitable for ‘very sensitive skin’. You get the ingredients and some technical information, but the instructions are a bit brief (‘Gently massage onto wet face. Rinse off with warm water and pat skin dry’). I would have preferred a little more detail on how to use the product correctly.
THE TECHNICAL PART The label also contains information on what the wash is actually supposed to do, scientifically speaking. It says ‘This facial wash will deep cleanse the skin, helping to remove excess oil. Contains antibacterial tee tree oil which helps combat spots and allantoin which soothes the skin’.
As with all Body Shop products, it has not been tested on animals.
THE RESULTS When I first tried this I was put of by the smell, which is a bit antibacterial and not particularly pleasant. However, its effect on my skin was most impressive. The wash is very soothing and gentle as well as being refreshing and, despite the warning, probably suitable for the most delicate of skins.
Within two days of using this magic potion, I have no black heads and my skin looks and feels great. It is grease-free, cleaner, clearer, softer and smoother and my odd spot has decreased in size and began to fade. My only complaint is that it doesn’t remove make-up completely.
They recommend that you use the tea tree oil refresher spray in conjunction with the wash, but I wouldn’t say this is completely necessary.