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24.10.2001 (25.10.2001)

Not tested on animals, gentle, leaves skin looking and feeling much softer, cheap

Smells antibacterial, limited instructions on how to use

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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 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 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’.

The ingredients are:
Sodium Laureth Sulfate,
Cocamidopropyl Betaine,
PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Diolcate,
Polysorbate 20,
Alcohol Denat.,
Melaleuca alternifolia,
Benzyl Alcohol,
Sodium Salicylate,
Citric acid,
CI 19140,
CI 42090.

As with all Body Shop products, it has not been tested on animals.

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.

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ani_muza 13.01.2003 22:15

though im gonna stick to my current facial wash, i think this is a very helpful op. maybe i could recommend this to my sis. thanks!

Baywatch_Fan2002 26.11.2002 18:07

this sounds great but i have extra extra sensitive skin, so i dont think it would work for me! good op :)

pinkprincesskt 14.08.2002 19:55

I like your style, but I know that the products in items from the Body shop are tested separatly on animals its the final product thats not tested!!Just thought I would tell you!

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Long Name Tea Tree Oil Facial Wash
Type Problem Skin
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This review of The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Facial Wash has been rated:

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  2. dahlin
  3. sega1714

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