The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Review

by Shivani S on July 30, 2011 · 42 comments

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Review

I had my eye on this oil for quite some time before I purchased it. I was facing a problem with pimples which had surfaced for the first time in my 24th year. I was doing extensive research online and found tea tree oil to be god-like in pimple treatment and blemish control. In India, I found that only Body Shop was offering tea tree oil and did not find it anywhere else the way you find olive oil for instance. I was reluctant to pay so much for a small bottle but decided to bite the bullet and pick it up.

Here is what Body Shop says to describe it: A medicine cabinet must. A pre-blended oil which can be used in many different ways to help soothe blemished skin. Dab directly onto skin at first sign of a blemish.

Ingredients mentioned on the website: Water, Alcohol Denat., PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polysorbate 20, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Limonene, t-Butyl Alcohol, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Citral, Leptospermum Petersonii (Lemon Tea Tree) Oil, Denatonium Benzoate, Tocopherol.

The ingredients on the bottle mentioned: 15% tea tree oil. I believe that is the reason it is safe to simply dab on your face as pure tea tree oil is too strong to put on the face directly.

The quantity is 0.33fl oz and costs Rs.445.

the body shop tea tree oil

My experience with the product and how I used it: I was very excited to buy this little guy and put my faith in it. I put it on a couple of pimples I had. Just dabbed it on my clean forefinger and pressed it against the pimple such that it will absorb it. It stung like lemon juice stings. But I am ready to undergo a lot of pains for my skin, so didn’t mind it.

I found that it hurt more and worked less. I used it a couple of times a day and at night, I mixed it with olive oil and applied on my face. It worked on the pimple like a lazy school kid does his/her homework-sluggishly. Though it did help in subduing the pimple, I found that the Body Shop tea tree mask does a better job, without stinging at all. However, you can’t apply the mask and go around with green spots on your face so I guess this is where the oil comes in the picture.

I also found that if a pimple is emerging and you apply this oil, the pimple becomes very small but still remains on the skin. And the worst part is that when they subside, they leave marks! How evil is that. So basically, I find this product a hogwash. The fact that no other brand is offering tea tree oil in its oil form, ensures that Body Shop is able to sell this stupid product.

the body shop

Pros of The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil:
1. Does not let a pimple form completely and helps it go back into the skin.
2. Lasts a reasonably long time. I had very low expectations since the quantity is so less.

Cons of The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil:
1. It stings a lot.
2. Does nothing for the scars.
3. Its method of treating an emerging pimple is very superficial. While it ensure that a pimple does not come out completely in that area, it does not kill the bacteria as a result of which a pimple starts emerging somewhere else on the face. I don’t know if it is peculiar to this product only or if it happens with all tea tree oil products of body shop/other company.
4. It costs a lot Rs 445 for such less quantity.
5. It doesn’t do anything for blackheads.

the body shop tea tree

the body shop range

I have considered using other products from the tea tree range apart from the mask and oil, but the number of chemicals in the ingredients lists scares me off.

Rating for the product: 2.5 stars

Would I buy it again? No
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Also read:

Lush Tea Tree Water
The Fab India TEA TREE Face Wash
Ayur Tea Tree Face Wash for Acne-Prone & Oily Skin
The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner
The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion
Avon Naturals Tea Tree & Thyme Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Face Wash
Lush Tea Tree Water

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