The Body Shop Tea Tree Blackhead Exfoliating Wash

The Body Shop Tea Tree Blackhead Exfoliating Wash

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Blackhead Exfoliating Wash

“Blemish free skin ke liye kuch bhi karega!”  That was my motto when I bought this face wash from The Body Shop. The catch phrases like “blackhead exfoliating,” “blemish-free,” “unclog pores” and “invigorated” hooked me and I walked out of the shop dreaming of “ugly duckling turning into a beautiful swan” kind of miracle, but alas, it proved to be quite a dud from my favourite brand. Read on to know why.


I have a lot of expectations from anything with tea tree oil. “Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash” from the same range had helped me a lot in clearing up my skin.  So, my only problem when I picked up this face wash was an occasional pimple and a few blackheads from all the dust and grime which made my nose their permanent residence. So, I was glad to find a product designed specifically to tackle the very thing I was struggling with.


Rs. 620/- for 100 ml.

Product Description:

An everyday creamy facial wash, perfect for anyone with skin displaying a build-up of blackheads. Use it everyday to help unclog pores, gently exfoliating to remove trapped dirt, oil and dead skin cells, so your skin can be blemish-free, look invigorated, clear, clean and beautifully smooth.



  • Community Trade organic tea tree oil from Kenya – an ingredient renowned for its anti-bacterial benefits, an infusion perfect to help blemished skin.
  • Tamanu Oil from Madagascar – traditionally used to promote healthy-looking skin and has fantastic skin moisturising properties.
  • Lemon Tea Tree from Kenya – Anti-bacterial to give the products a zesty fragrance.


Lather Tea Tree Skin Blackhead Exfoliating Wash. Massage gently into the face and neck with fingertips in an outward circular motion. Rinse using clean water.

My Take on The Body Shop Tea Tree Blackhead Exfoliating Wash:

The face wash comes in a convenient tube form with a flip-open cap.  It is a pretty light green colour, smooth, creamy and light paste with small brown visible beads. The beads are quite fine and far too sparse in number to aid any exfoliation; maybe it is mild since it is a daily use product, but for someone used to stronger scrubs and beads, it is sort of little annoying because I literally have to chase the beads on my face in an effort to exfoliate the “problem areas.”  The biggest flaw in the product (at least according to me) is that it does not lather. I just do not approve of a face wash which doe not lather even one bit.

Swatch 1

I have used the aloe face wash from TBS and although it does not lather like regular face washes, but at least it did! This one just spread to a slick transparent liquid which just slides on my face. I do not get the clean feeling even after massaging it for a minute and the presence of the sparse beads do not help the matter.  It takes a little more water to completely wash it off than a normal lathering face wash does. Since I do not wear makeup, I cannot comment whether it washes off all traces of it. I use almond oil to remove the kajal and the face wash removes the traces of oiliness also. The main complaint is that it does not help in reduction or eradication of the existing blackheads and the reduction in blemishes as claimed is a long shot.

Swatch 2

Pros of The Body Shop Tea Tree Blackhead Exfoliating Wash:

  • Cleans sufficiently, I do not use makeup, so cannot comment on that, but it removes “kajal smudges” properly.
  • Tube is pretty to look at and the face wash itself is like “pista souffle” 😛

Cons of The Body Shop Tea Tree Blackhead Exfoliating Wash:

  • Does not lather.
  • Not grainy enough to aid exfoliation.
  • Does not fulfill its claims of removing blackheads.
  • Expensive.

Final Word:

2.5/5 (can skip it, not too great, especially considering the price).

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23 thoughts on “The Body Shop Tea Tree Blackhead Exfoliating Wash

  1. hey thanx for the review..I love TBS..but even I have had bad experiences sometimes..have u tried the teatree skin clearing facial wash? is my HG face wash :yahoo:

  2. ah what a bummer!! :teddy: even i am a big fan of TBS but sad that this one isnt as good as the others. better luck the next time.. :yes:

  3. Thanks for the review.. 😀 I was thinking of buy this.. :methinks: As I am under medication, I thought let me wait for some more time.. Thank God..

  4. Dud from TBS and that too the tea-tree range …It’s heart-breaking !! :headbang:
    I’ve recently got three samples of the tea-tree face wash…hope it works for me :))
    Thx for the review Soujanya :yes:

    1. Basically it does not live up to its claims, and the non-lathering part put me off especially since the site instruction says “Lather Tea Tree Skin Blackhead Exfoliating Wash.” Glad my review helped 🙂

  5. Totally agree, had a bad experience with this product and also the rest of the Tea Tree line from TBS… I’m not sure if they sell anything that actually lives up to its claims?

    1. Hey the tea tree face wash is quite good… I am currently using that and loving it 🙂 and TBS as a brand has good products, especially I like the rainforest range shampoos 🙂

      1. Unfortunately the Tea Tree facial wash didn’t help my acne… I think it’s because it contained some sodium lauryl sulfate which clogs pores. 🙁 I use Cetaphil mixed with some drops of 100% Tea Tree oil, and use a facial sponge to work it in. Good that it works for your skin though!

        I have not tried the rainforest shampoos but they do smell tempting!

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