October Product of the Month: The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil & Targeted Gel

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil & Gel (Image by The Pretty Poetic ©)
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil & Gel (Image by The Pretty Poetic ©)

Any true beauty-lover knows that to master the “flawless face” you must master the “flawless base.” But, achieving photo-perfect skin is a lot easier said than done.

Keep reading to find out why these products from the The Body Shop’s ‘Tea Tree Range’ have earned the top spot of October’s ‘Product of the Month’.

Getting your skin into the best condition possible can be quite a tricky process. There are, after all, a lot of things to consider. Firstly, you have the natural ailments that come with your skin type; dry, combination, oily, sensitive. Then you have to think about your diet, the amount of water your drink, the physical environment you live in, how much sleep you are getting and the weather. And, if that’s not enough there is good old genetics to contend with.

For me, this means that when I find something that soothes my skin woes (or an unexpected blemish) I want to shout about it from the rooftops. Hooray for The Body Shop’s cult classic, ‘Tea Tree Oil!’ This little bottle (available in dinky 20 or 10 ml quantities) and “on-the-go” gel formula have been skin saviours for me. They are quickly becoming products I don’t want to be without and a staple in my beauty routine.

The ‘Tea Tree Range‘ from The Body Shop has been on the go for sometime now and contains everything from oils to cleaners to hand-creams. However, it was never something I paid much attention to. In all honesty, this was somewhere I hadn’t shopped in quite some time. Over the years, my love of beauty and skincare has grown and I’ve ventured further afield for my products. The Body Shop became nothing more than a symbol of nostalgia linked to my teenage years. Even now I can’t think of this store without the smell of ‘Dewberry‘ flooding back;  did anyone else spritz this obsessively when they were in school? Or perhaps you were part of the ‘White Musk‘ crew?

So, unsuspectingly I came across this product whilst watching Desi Perkins‘ Youtube video: ‘Flawless Skin with Acne Breakouts‘. If you have acne or blemish prone skin and haven’t watched this video then you should; it’s amazing. I noticed that Desi applied this to her blemishes and commented on how effective she felt it was. Intrigued, I set off to find out a little more about it. So, what do we know?

The Product

If you didn’t already know tea-tree essential oil is renowned for its powerful, purifying properties and its anti-bacterial components. Following on from a make-artist tip I have – for a long time -used tea-tree oil to clean my make-up brushes to ensure a thorough de-germ. Thus, I figured that using it as part of my skincare routine might actually make sense. The Body Shop state that the tea leaves they use are sustainably grown in the foothills of Mount Kenya and “hand-harvested within 12 hours” to ensure the “purest, most potent oil.” Both the bottled oil and the gel stick are designed to “reduce blemishes” and to be used on “targeted areas of concern”.

The packaging is simplistic; a green bottle and white label. There are no over complicated instructions or jargon included which hammers home the concept of simplicity – something I really like. The products are also reasonably priced:

  • £7.00 for the Target Gel for 2.5ml
  • £8.50 for a 10ml bottle of Tea Tree Oil
  • £12.00 for a 20 ml bottle of Tea Tree Oil

Don’t be put off my the small quantities as each product should be used sparingly and a little goes a long way. It’s also worth nothing that The Body Shop have their own loyalty card scheme which sees you earn around £5 back for every £50 spent. They also regularly run in-store offers; I picked up these products as part of a recent three-for-two campaign. If you are a beauty club member the company will also send you a complimentary £5 voucher for your birthday (valid for one month) whether you have made a purchase or not; just make sure you have registered your card online.

The Application

How you apply this product is totally up to you. You can rub a few drops over your entire face, the inflamed area or you could use a cotton swap or pad and apply directly. I vary from day to day in how I apply this. If you are spot-applying then remember to let it air dry for a few moments before you apply your foundation or make-up. Sometimes, I even mix it in with my foundation for ease; doing this has shown no negative effects when it comes to the foundation’s consistency or application. I like to apply it both morning and night but, some people prefer to do one or the other. The Targeted Gel stick is excellent for throwing in your handbag and taking “on-to-go.” It comes with a small, soft applicator brush that you simply dab straight onto the targeted area and then carry on with your day – simple.

The Results

This product has worked wonders for me. It’s really fast acting and any large blemishes are almost gone within a day or two. It feels really calming on the skin and it hasn’t caused any further irritation. I’ve been have large, cystic acne flair up and I was feeling so low at the thought nothing was making it better. This, however, has been an invaluable addition to my skincare routine. I will be using the other products I am now using in a future post.  My skin has had no new breakouts and those from recent flairs ups are starting to disappear altogether. My make-up is going on much more flawlessly and people have commented on how good my skin is looking.

The ‘Targeted Gel’ also works really well when I want to “touch up” on a blemish or if I can feel one appearing under the surface. What I love is that these can be used not only as a treatment but as a preventative measure as well. One thing to note when it comes to the “Targeted Gel” however, is that if you pop it on your face over make-up  it will dissolve your foundation and/or concealer and you will need to re-apply.

The smell of tea-tree oil is generally quite strong and there is not exception made with this range. If you don’t like over-powering smells or the particular scent of tea-tree you may well be put off by these products. Luckily for me, it’s not something that I’m offended by – in fact there is even something I like about the medicinal nature of the scent.

Whilst I know that there have been more factors at play here when it comes to improving my skin than the tea-tree oil, I know it has played a significant role. It’s fast acting, calming and feels really fresh. So, there was no doubt in my mind that it deserved its title of, ‘Product of the Month’.

 

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