Review: The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Line

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Last year, I tried Body Shop’s Tea Tree line to treat my blemished skin. I started with one product and eventually tested nearly all the products in the Tea Tree line. (In hindsight, I should have tried the starter’s kit first.) I really liked this line but only some products were more effective than others.

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-> Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion

Did a pretty good job in fading blemish scars.

Tea Tree Face Mask

It’s a cooling mask that helps remove impurities (on the surface and under the skin). I prefer using the Blue Corn 3-in-1 Deep Cleansing Mask as it works as an exfoliator too.

Tea Tree Flawless BB Balm

With only three options available (light, medium, dark), I found light to be too light for me and medium to be too dark – but went with light anyways. I realised that I have to start with a thumbnail amount, starting with both cheeks, the forehead, and a little for the nose. The coverage is pretty light and applying a second coat does not mask any red spots.  At best, it covers scars, nothing more. There’s tea tree oil in this product and you can certainly feel it on your face as soon as it’s applied. Looks like it needs to be used with the concealer.

Tea Tree Gel

I had my doubts about this tiny product at first but I noticed that my blemishes were noticeably smaller or banished after I put it on overnight. The only problem with this is that it is so small and will be used up within 2 weeks if used twice daily. For $10, it’s too expensive.

-> Tea Tree Oil

For the same price, skip the above-mentioned gel and use the oil instead. It’s far more effective and you’ll get more uses out of it than the gel (at least one month).

-> Tea Tree Pore Minimiser

It treats skin and acts as a primer at the same time. Loved this product, especially during summer!

-> Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner

Probably just as effective as applying the tea tree oil. It can remove any traces of make up (avoid eyes, of course). To matte the face, shake the bottle to mix the yellow-whitish mattifying powders at the bottom. For a big bottle, I finished this pretty quickly (within two months).

-> Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash

I loved the refreshing and cleansed feeling on my skin. Tea Tree Body Wash is also excellent for any parts on the body that may be acne-prone.

Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub

A refreshing exfoliator but Blue Corn’s mask is more effective.

Tea Tree Towelettes

Good for removing makeup (not the eyes, of course). Otherwise, you’re better off getting makeup removing wipes and putting on tea tree oil afterwards.

Not tested

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Review: NUDE Detox Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash

Two months ago, I tried the NUDE Detox Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash sample that I had received from Sephora in January 2015. I had never heard of the brand before (I’m not a very knowledgeable beauty blogger) but I was keen to test the product to see if it would help lighten the scars from the blemishes on my cheeks. The ingredients found in NUDE Brands Ltd from London uses nutrients that the body needs: omegas, minerals, probiotics, and antioxidants. This powder wash contains Vitamin C; Omegas 3, 6, and 9; and rose hip seed.

  • rose hip and vanilla seeds eliminate dull skin and impurities
  • açaí berry, Inca gold, and virgin coconut oils soften and refine skin

It does not contain any parabens, sulphates, silicones, or synthetic fragrance and colour. Having said that about fragrance, those with sensitive noses have given negative reviews for this product due to the baby powder scent. Aside from that, this powder wash is meant for all skin types.

Although I used the entire square packet (about the size of my palm), I think there was plenty of product for at least two cleanses, if not more. The instructions on the website are as follows:

  1. Rinse face with water
  2. Put a nickel-size amount of powder onto the palm
  3. Activate it with water (not too much) until it foams
  4. Exfoliate the skin in a circular motion (avoid the eye area)
  5. Rinse with cool water
  6. Moisturise skin

While the powder wash can be used three times per week, I have constantly been reminded by many skin experts to never exfoliate more than once a week. After one use, I did notice that my skin was instantly softer but not noticeably brighter. Who knows, had I not used so much, I might have noticed a change after the second cleanse. At C$52 or £38 for 2oz/60g, the cleanser/exfoliator is, unfortunately, too expensive for me. There are plenty of cheaper and effective exfoliating cleansers in the market. If price were not an issue, however, I’d say this would be a very convenient product to pack for travelling as it does not contain any liquids.

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