Review: The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil
Here's a review on The Body Shop's Tea Tree Oil
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OTHER LOCATIONS: Available in all The Body Shop stores
My major breakout happened sometime in July of this year. Those darn zits were literally on a popping spree: Day after day and one by one, they kept on showing up on my skin's surface. Que horror! I wanted to put an end to that breakout so bad, that I literally used anything that says "get rid of your zits overnight" on the label. One of these products is The Body Shop's Tea Tree oil, which I will talk about today.
FYI, this product is apparently tagged as one of the best- selling products in the world. According to the brand, this product gets sold in the world every 1.X seconds. (Sorry, forgot the actual number. Please forgive my memory. But all I know is that it sells like pancakes!) The statistics are pretty impressive so buy it, I did.
Let's scrutinize the packaging: I don't really understand why they had to put the product in a hard-to-use glass bottle that's exactly the same as the ones used for aromatherapy oils--Ya know, the ones used with burners to make your room smell nice? One time, my mom had accidentally mistaken this product as an aromatherapy oil and she almost emptied the entire thing in one of our burners. Ack! Also, if anyone from the mother company reads this post, please consider changing the packaging into something with a pump or an atomizer to make the whole thing easier to use.
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So here's the product. Tea Tree Oil is literally like clear water: from its consistency to its texture, except that it reeks of a strong, acidic, and intoxicating smell. To those who are concerned about the smell, don't worry, it goes away after a while.
How I work it: Nothing fancy- I just pour it onto my palm, dip my clean finger in the small puddle, and proceed with spot concealing. Q tips are very much welcome.
Initially, the product imparts a slight stinging sensation that may last up to a minute. It's not really painful but then again, it depends on the level of your pain tolerance. It gets absorbed quickly by the skin, which is a very good thing to me because unlike other creamy spot treatments, I don't have to wait forever for this one to dry up before I go to sleep.
A day after my first application, I've noticed that one of my huge zits had flattened for a bit. Promising! On the second day, it was flattened some more. I though to myself: "This product was supposed to 'zap zits in a flash' as advertised, but seems like it's taking some time. Well, at least it was working! It's better than getting nothing at all!
Sadly, the promising effects lasted for only two days. I still gave it a shot and used it for three, four, five more days and even for a month, but it was unsuccessful in eliminating any of my zits, except that it has flattened most of them for just a wee bit. :(
What was the problem? Well, my hypothesis was my skin may not be responsive to Tea Tree Oil. The product could be great, but it's not for my skin. I guess that's the best explanation for that. I have a friend who loves this product-and the entire line as well-to bits because according to her, it literally keeps her acne- prone face acne- free. There are also other beauty bloggers who really dig this product but sadly, I'm not one of them. :(
Overall, I guess it will work best on small zits, given that the skin of the user responds well to Tea Tree Oil, or is highly responsive to any product. Well, you won't know unless you try so conduct a patch test first before purchasing.
How I wish this product has worked on me. I've been looking for a product to alternate with Salicylic Acid and so far, Tea Tree Oil is my best bet because it's non- acidic.
Oh well, I guess I should stick to Salicylic Acid because my face seems happy with it!
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