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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash Review

My older readers know I love Skin Food's Tea Tree Cleansing Foam! LOVE IT! I just hate waiting for it overseas (S.Korea equals 2 to 3 weeks). So, I decided to try The Body Shop's Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash. It's tea tree! It should be the same! Oooh, not for me it wasn't. HaHaHa It's my fault, because on the label it clearly says "suitable for blemished skin". Mine is hardly blemished. I have sensitive & dry skin, with an occasional break-out. I just thought since I used Skin Food's TEA TREE Cleansing Foam, for months & months without any problems, this would be the same. It wasn't! It wasn't as gentle. I used The Body Shop's Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash for a month (January). Everything started off fine & dandy. The last two weeks, I noticed some mild redness under my eyes and on my forehead. Also, some dryness. So I stopped. I was going to try The Body Shop's Cool & Creamy Wash, however fellow blogger buddy Carmen of Clothes and Camera blog didn't care for that one either (read HERE). LOL I'm not going to rate this product, because I can't give it a fair rating (it's not for my skin type). All I can say is if you have dry or sensitive skin, this is not for you. It may work well for other skin types (it has received HIGH ratings on The Body Shop's website). So far, my favorite cleansers are (Jurlique, Skin Food and Cetaphil). However, I still like to test stuff. HaHaHa I'm currently testing the FRESH beauty rose collection. I'll let you know how that fairs out soon. I want to thank everybody for their kind words. I'm still sick, but improving. Our weather changed (rain, wind & cold), so I had a slight set-back, but I'm hanging in there. What made me feel good was, I won a giveaway. I won a $100 gift card (for Sephora) from Shea of I Would So Rock This Blog. Shea found out I was sick and sent me an e-gift certificate for $125. How sweet was that??? Thank you Shea! That was so kind of you. I know I'm sick, because I haven't purchased one beauty product with it yet. HaHaHa And I love beauty products!!! Let me know your thoughts on tea tree...



Harlynn said...

I saw something similar in the store the other day. Tea Tree oil is super good for plenty of things. c:


Natalia | Fashioned by Love said...

Sorry to hear you were poorly... Hope it's all getting back to normal! And how wonderful to win such a great certificate and then treat yourself to something lovely. :)
Stay well and take care of yourself, Kim!

Selina Kyle said...

I think that this would suit me since I have blemished skin!
Well, you know what? That has happened to me a lot more than I care to admit! Sometimes, we go wrong :P


The Dainty Dolls House said...

Oh dear....doll, I quite using The Body Shop's facial anything after the face stuff I got tore my skin apart & it and it was for combination skin and it messed my skin up, so red and dry and it broke out worse, I was mad!!! And I haven't used any of their stuff since. My skin was too sensitive for it. I tried stuff for dry skin and it didn't do anything...like nothing! One over worked and the other did nothing, so I wasn't impressed and I haven't used any of it. I hope the stuff your testing now works a lot better! Oh the life of a beauty product reviewer I tell you, hahah! Feel better soon doll, sorry you are still unwell!! Hugs and loves xx

Irene said...

I am quite a fan of The Body Shop products but because of their price tags I usually shop only for small treats like lip balms and shower gels. I haver never used their facial products and I'm sorry to read that it went that wrong for your sensitive skin.
Actually, last summer I also stopped using their Born Lippy lip balms, which I had used since I was 18 because they were drying my lipskin too much and my lips were cracky. Maybe my skin is getting sensitive as I age ... now I use a milder lip balm.

Lucky you with that giveaway, I hope you enjoy some good shopping once you're fine. Wishing a speedy recovery (hug)

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Get well soon dear!
I have heard that tea tree oil is best for oily or acne prone skin because it can really strip the skin. At least you know it's now for you.
I'm a fan of Jurlique and am also thinking of trying out Fresh products too!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Carmen said...

Hey dear,
sorry to hear that you didn't like this product and that it couldn't replace your old cleanser. As you know I wasn't entirely sure about the creamy wash at the beginning but now that I've been using it for a few weeks I must say that it convinced me. Right from the beginning I noticed that it's perfect for blemished skin but I wasn't sure if it wouldn't dry my skin out, which in fact it doesn't. I just take care to using a gentle toner and moisturizing face cream and it works for me. However I can totally understand that this is no product for sensitive skin because that's what I had noticed as well. Anyway I hope that you will find a good alternative you can get your hands on quicker ;)
Oh and thanks for mentioning my blog :D
Have a nice day!

Mica T said...

Aww I hope you feel better soon Kim, and that you get the chance to spend that awesome gift voucher! :)

I find the bodyshop tea tree range really harsh too, I have sensitive skin so although I've tried it, it's too much for me.

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Lilli said...

Hi Kim! Oh, sorry for the not good experience with that facial wash, I never used Body Shop stuff for face but I have your same skin so I dont think it could be suitable also for me. I remember Carmen's review about the creamy wash too and I thought the same since I have sensitive and dry skin. Btw, well done for winning the gift card, so curious to see what you are going to buy! Very sorry you are still so poorly and sick, take care my dear and stay warm! Send u a big hug, get better!:*

Jackie Harrison said...

Hope you feeling better doll. The Tea cleanser review great job I will want to try it.

Kelly @ [Big Apple, Little Bites] said...

I would've thought the same about two tea tree cleansers being similiar. You never know until you try!

And hope you are feeling better! I'm getting over a cold too :-/

Elle Sees said...

i had no idea you were in S Korea! I thought you were in Louisiana? Or did I read that incorrectly? Hehe, where's my coffee? ;)

I hope you feel better soon. Nothing is worse than being sick and unable to do fun stuff...like shop! ;)

Dale Janee said...

Hope you feel better too Kim and I didn't realize you were in S. Korea but I can definitely relate how annoying it is to wait for products, especially when they get stuck or take even longer and you're out of face wash or lotion. :) This Body Shop product looks really good and I've used their makeup remover for over 5 years and it's always been great for sensitive skin so I'd try this!


Lyosha Varezhkina said...

oh so sad if you have to wait for so long! I totally know how you feel in my country. Are you in S. Korea or just waiting for goodies from there?

great review!

and get better soon!

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Demi Mist said...

I'm sorry it wasn't suitable for you.
I hope you feel better soon! My kids are sick too.
Congratulations on winning the giveaway!!!


Alicia Mackin said...

Ah how exciting!! Yes Tea Tree oil is more of an antiseptic I used it back in the day when I pierced my nose and was going through the healing process. Probably better for oily acne prone skin.

Allie of ALLIE NYC

Subha Bose said...

Honest review, did it help with him breakout ? Most od the face wash which claims to help pimples makes skin dry.


Maria Hussain said...

I was really waiting for this one to give it a try but as I have sensitive skin so I will skip it....Nice review....xoxoxo.....:)

TheTinyHeart said...

I am always so scared to try new skincare products for this very reason! You often don't know how your skin will react till you try a product. Enjoy your Sephora gift card! I have a bunch too and I'm trying to decide what to buy :)

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Vett Vandiver said...

I'm iffy about facial products because my skin is so sensitive! I bet this smells good!

Jane said...

oh noo. sorry to hear that it didn't work out. i'm currently using nutriganics foaming facial wash and toner from the body shop and like it. but it's interesting, because sometimes my skin - around my eyes - will have an allergic reaction .. around spring time. and nothing works except a korean product. i can't remember the name of it... but it's the oddest thing. and allergic reaction only happens every once in a blue moon. so odd!

Corinne said...

Ugh oh! I used a similar product to this during my teen years, also the face tea-tree face mask they used to to. I'm not sure if they still do it because I'm talking like 10 years ago! It was fine for me back then and I have dry/sensitive skin.

Corinne x

alexis said...

I am super careful about the products I use for face and have been a loyal follower of The Organic Pharmacy… it is expensive, but I just have very sensitive skin and everything else I've tried has created a mess!

Anyways, I hope you are on the mend!!

~Alexis Grace of North On Harper

alexis said...

I am super careful about the products I use for face and have been a loyal follower of The Organic Pharmacy… it is expensive, but I just have very sensitive skin and everything else I've tried has created a mess!

Anyways, I hope you are on the mend!!

~Alexis Grace of North On Harper

Emmylou said...

Too bad this didn't work out for you, Kim:( But you're very fair in your review. I break out constantly, so this might be something for someone like me. But do let us know how the Fresh one works out. And that was really sweet of Shea to do that:)

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Sorry to hear you're still sick Kim but keep taking care of yourself. The change in weather can make it tricky sometimes. SO glad you had a bit of cheer during this time and congratulations on winning that giveaway! I don't use tea tree products since I have dry sensitive skin but I have bought them for my husband on occasion.

Rowena @ rolala loves

Kate Sullivan Corpuz said...

Oh no, I hope you feel better soon. At least you have a great gift card waiting for you when you do feel well again~

always, koru kate

Amicia Rai said...

Tea Tree Oil has been part of my beauty regime for a long time and it has done wonders for my skin! However, because I have sensitive skin, it is not something that I can use every day for along time because then I get skin reactions to it. However, twice or three times a week is perfect for me! ^_^

Darcy said...

I have actually never bought anything from the body shop! I know that is crazy. I have never in been in a store. I definitely need to go visit one. I wonder if there is one near me.... Great review!

Linda B said...

Goodness, that's certainly an amazing pick-me-up! Hope you feel better Kim <3

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Emma Henderson said...

I haven't tried this but though I do suffer from breakouts and have an oily tzone the rest of my face is sensitive - so I don't think it would be right for me either. So sorry to hear you're sick but delighted you are on the mend - hope you're fully recovered soon!

Kashaya said...

To bad this one didn't work that well for you.

Champagne Star said...

I've been using the Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub from the Body Shop, and it been working well for me (I java occasional breakouts and oily skin), and I noticed that my skin seems to be getting clearer. I was planning on doing a review of that and more Body Shop products myself.

I don't think their products are good for sensitive skin, though, because my mom used the scrub and it also didn't work out too well for her either, so she gave it to me.

Sara Gerard said...

Tea tree oil is good for many things, I am working on making my own washes! I will keep tea tree oil in mind! Great review Kim!

getcarriedaway said...

great review sweety, the products are great!
happy day!


Svetlana said...

I like the TBS,the products smell so good :)

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Jane said...

Thanks for the heads up on this product since I have sensitive skin as well. I use cetaphil too and it's great, but I know what you mean, i like to try out new stuff from time to time. Hope you feel better soon.

Lauren Michelle Major said...

My husband uses tea tree oil on his beard, so tea tree must be really different depending on what it is mixed with, etc. I have really dry skin, so I guess I won't be trying this one! I hope you feel better soon (and start spending your gift cards)!

Sam said...

I have tried this one before and it had worked for me because I have combination skin, tea tree is usually good for greasiness. Your thoughts mean very much to me, thanks for stopping by.

London Loafers said...

Hope you're feeling better Kim! I've tried this in the past and I had a huge love-hate relationship with it. I don't know what it was but with the entire Tea Tree line, it'd work just fine for a few weeks and then break me out and then it'd go back to normal all over again… Since then, I've steered clear of this line!


Hola Manola said...

Thanks for the heads up! I love tea tree but I find it so hard to find in skincare products! I was hoping the body shop line would be good, but I guess I won't be trying it anytime soon! I'm sticking with my good old pure tea tree oil!
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Cee said...

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who had a bad experience with this cleanser! People rave about it but I have oily skin and it left me with huge dry patches after only a few weeks. Thanks for an honest review, Kim :)

Margarita Bloom said...

Hope you feel better soon Kim! I still have a GC to ASOS that I haven't used...I just can't decide what to get...lol...

Looks like we have similar skin types...so this probably wouldn't work on me either...love tea tree though. It's a great little ingredient.

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Rebeca Muñoz López said...

I have the problem of being allergic and any product does me no good, but still have not tried any facial product with tea tree, have to do a test.


Tanya W. said...

I am a dry skin type, so that not going to work for me though. I believe that is going to be amazing on other skin type. ox


Tanya W. said...

I hope you feel better soon! ox


oomph. said...

i'm not a huge fan of tea tree, but i hear good things about it. congrats on your wins!!!

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Joie Fatale said...

My husband uses the toner and lotion, & he loves it! I got him the kit as a gift year before last, and it's his favorite to use!

rachna sharma said...

I have combination skin and it works well for me...though its quite drying on the skin!

Anonymous said...

tea tree line is best for oily skin :) i loved it ! xx

Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

Kim, so sorry that I have been MIA this week. I hope that you are feeling better! I am trying to catch up on all my blogs!

I've always been a fan of the Body Shop, they have this great grapefruit body butter that I am in LOVE with! I haven't tried their facial products before but I do use tea tree oil for other things.

Tara Honeybird said...

Feel better soon!

I used some tea tree products when my skin was very blemish prone, and they would just dry out my skin so much and make it irritated :/ I've never found that they've helped my skin at all...

Shea Coleman said...


I had to go back and read this article fellow bloggers thought you were in S. Korea lol. I have not tried this facial wash, however, I am looking for something to minimize my pores..any suggestions.

I'm glad that you are enjoying your gift card. I can't wait to see what you get!!

Emdem said...

I tried tea tree oil once quite a while ago, and from what I tried I like how it felt so... light... and fresh... I don't know much about it though haha, but it was refreshing. Too bad this wassn't for your skint type, :S but in another note, Skin Food brand tea tree oil will always remind me of you now, haha. Super congratulations on your win! :D Yay!


april said...

When I had severe acne breakout couple years ago the whole tea tree line of Body Shop is my savior. It actually heals and dries out my acne. But like you said.... if your skin is already healed and its clear from break out, your skin will get dry and that happened to me. I didn't get any redness though but my skin was always dry , i sometimes use the wash every other day and then cetaphil in between.But it really cleared my acne and never came back ever since. Right now im using Kojie Whitening Soap, it doesnt really make you white but it did clear up my blemishes and brighten up your skin and i use Ponds Clarant B3 for moisturizer ...doesnt clog your pores and brightens your skin

Evie Dawson said...

My family is fascinated by the skin benefits of tea tree essential oil. It is useful in treating different fungal infections, such as athlete's foot, or fungal infections of the nail that gym freak like me might get.

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