Thursday, 31 January 2013
Reviews : The Body Shop's Tea Tree Series
The Body Shop's Tea Tree Series
Disclaimer : All my reviews are from my own views and according to my own experience with the product . I will also do research about the product such as it's containing ingredients , etc.
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So , a few weeks ago , I was shopping for facial cleansers ,toners, and stuff to use cause I just finish using mine . I was strolling around the mall and there was a sales happening in The Body Shop . I thought , why not ? I read good reviews about TBS (The Body Shop) products online anyway , so I wanted to give it a try to see how good "it" actually is .
As I went into the store , the aroma of sweet vanilla attracted me . seriously , it smells nice in there .____. i was like sniffing around to find out where that scent is coming from and i could had sworn some people were like staring at me and giving me weird looks :X and the vast range of body butters, shower gels , eau de toilette(s) ..is just..wow. So , i went to the skincare corner and the salesgirl came to me and asked what i was looking for . I asked for facial cleansers for blemished / sensitive skin . Mind you , my skin is combination oily skin ,and it's also sensitive...darn it =w= and the salesgirl directed me to the Tea tree range . Uh , the one thing i hate is when people keep standing beside me and saying " oh this is good, that is nice , you should totally buy that". And that's what the salesgirl did , stood beside me and keep handing me products that i didnt ask for and introducing them ... i have the feeling that she is trying to make me buy the other stuff.. SERIOUSLY! LETME SHOP IN PEACE! GEEZ. <p.s : I heard tea tree oil kills bacteria O.O>
Okay , so I bought the starter pack + the blemish fade night lotion + some cotton wool cause i ran out of those months ago.. i had to actually use my fingers to lightly tap the toner on my face..sigh..
what i bought that day:
So as you can see above , those are the stuff that i bought that day .
Okay , so , if i am not wrong , i think that the trial pack lasts around a month or two? mostly a month i think .
I tried the trial pack for a few weeks (2 actually :/) and during those two weeks , i didn't use the blemish fade night lotion , this is because i wanted to know the results of the trial pack first before mixing em' up.
TBS Skin Tea Tree Clearing Facial Wash
photos taken a few days after using it by the way :P
Ingredients : Water, Glycerin, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Polysorbate 20, Alcohol Denat., Panthenol, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Allantoin, Citric Acid, p-Anisic Acid, Benzophenone-4, Menthol, Sodium Hydroxide, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Limonene, Leptospermum Petersonii (Lemon Tea Tree) Oil, t-Butyl Alcohol, Denatonium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Caramel ...
So lesson no.1 : Whatever facial products or whatever products you use , in the ingredient list , the first Five ingredients is what most of the solution (or whatever you call your product) contain . Like for example the above tea tree face wash product mostly contains :"Water/Aqua , Glycerin , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Cocamidopropyl Betaine , PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate and peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil.
My personally comments : I used this facial wash for the first 2 weeks and I think it broke me out . Like seriously , more Blemishes and pimples started appearing all over my face..suddenly , people were calling me "Rudolph the red pimple face" in school..what?
This cleanser , as of my opinion(if it didn't broke me out) is actually one of the best cleansers there is for normal to oily skin types..but..wait for it! ...The Reason why this cleanser broke me out is because of the presence of menthol and Calophyllum inophyllum seed oil, which is taken from a species of evergreen tree.
Lesson no.2 : You know the feeling when you are washing your face with a facial cleanser or whatnot and you feel the "cool" and "spicy" feeling to your skin? yeah.. that's because of the presence of menthol . Menthol is a known irritant in skin care products and it's just..how should i put this..NOT GOOD for the skin.
**Research has shown this ingredient also kills cells and although it may have antibacterial properties for acne, there are better ingredients to use for this purpose "
(Sources: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, September 2009, pages 216–222; and Phytochemistry, October 2004, pages 2,789–2,795). **
The tea tree oil adds a medicinal scent, but the amount in this cleanser isn’t great enough to combat acne-causing bacteria, not to mention it’s rinsed from skin before it can be of much benefit.
**BUT if you are really considering using it or trying it , then make sure your skin isn't the dry-skin type . Because this cleanser is really..really drying . I'm an oily-combination type and after using this cleanser, i have to use moisturizer on my face to ease the dryness(not used to the feeling :X )
The Texture .
I tried to test if it really removes make up . Picture above shows several waterproof makeup.
The picture above was after i used it to wash the makeup.
I guess i'm only using this cleanser as a make up remover then T^T .
***My ratings : 2/5 stars ***
TBS Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner
Ingredients : Water, Alcohol Denat., Corn Starch Modified, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glycerin, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Allantoin, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Limonene, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, t-Butyl Alcohol, Citral, Leptospermum Petersonii (Lemon Tea Tree) Oil, Denatonium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Caramel...
Personal Comments : I don't know if this broke me out or if it is the cleanser..i bet both but i'm leaning towards the toner .
Lesson no.3 : Toners that contain Alcohol and Witch Hazel and peppermint are not very good for the skin because they are known as skin irritants .
This toner lists alcohol as the second ingredient and also contains a host of other problematic ingredients that won’t improve matters for blemish-prone skin. Alcohol in this amount causes dryness, free-radical damage, and irritation that can stimulate more oil production at the base of your pores , and causes you to have pimples and stuff :(. The anti-irritants this contains won’t be of much help due to the irritating ingredients that dull their impact.
On the bright side , this toner contains a white liquid powdery thingy on the bottom of the solution and you have to shake it to make the powder mix or blend with the solution before putting it on your face. This powder thingy is the reason why your face will have a "matte" finish . :)
TBS Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion
Ingredients :Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylamide/Ammonium Acrylate Copolymer, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Polyisobutene, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Isostearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Limonene, Laureth-4, Citral, Leptospermum Petersonii (Lemon Tea Tree) Oil, Tocopherol...
Personal Comments : I personally quite like this lotion quite a bit . Because it makes my oily-combination skin to become normal :3 by removing the excess oil on my skin(hence NOT recommended to dry skin types) . It also has a silky texture . It doesn't moisturizes the skin and remove acne and stuff , but at least it reduces the excess oils on my skin :X
But i do recommend giving this a try if you have combination-oily or oily skin type though!
***My Ratings : 3.7/5 stars***
The texture of the moisturizer .
TBS Tea Tree Oil
Ingredients : 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.
Personal Comments : Okay, this for sure, i can say ,Really broke me out and caused me severe pimples...giant ones...I researched about it and this bottle only actually contains 15% of tea tree oil..15%!!! of course it doesn't work...the content amount is so little, i would rather get the 100% pure tea tree oil from the pharmacy..sigh. And it contains Alcohol! An Irritant! of all things..! This bottle of whatnot doesnt have enough content of tea tree oil to have the anti-blemish effect..at all! And i repeat : It Contains ALCOHOL! which is a skin IRRITANT.
***My Ratings : 1.5/5 stars***
TBS Blemish Fade Night Lotion
Ingredients : Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Silica, Acrylamide/Ammonium Acrylate Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Polyisobutene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Titanium Dioxide, Phytosphingosine, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Isostearate, Limonene, Citral, Leptospermum Petersonii (Lemon Tea Tree) Oil, Tocopherol...
Personaly Comments : I LOVE THIS THING!! This blemish fade lotion is very good, and i can like literally see the results the second day. Really worth trying! The price is a little expensive than the others but i think it lives to it's price . I massage this lotion on my face before going to sleep and when i woke up the second day, some blemishes on my checks vanished and some become not very "red"/visible . Really awesome product and in my opinion, the best product in the whole of body shop's tea tree line .
The only downside of this product is it contains barely any tea tree oil and instead relying on laurelwood oil (listed as Calophyllum inophyllum and also known as tamanu oil) for its anti-blemish properties and also some lingering tea tree smell , which shouldn't be a problem if you like the smell of nature and stuff :D
***My Ratings: 5/5stars***
definitely a must try~!
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