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June 26, 2013

Review: The Body Shop Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Face Wash (for blemished skin)

When looking for a cleanser to banish blemishes it can be difficult to find something that ticks all the right skincare boxes. I wanted something: that wouldn't aggravate my often red cheeks, gentle, non-drying, able to get rid of blemishes and decongesting (able to get rid of under-the-skin spots). This isn't the easiest of lists and my usual cleanser, the forever repurchased Weleda Almond Soothing Cleansing Lotion (which I promise I will eventually get around to reviewing) is fantastic for reducing redness and gently cleansing but I needed something with a little bit more zest.

With this in mind, spurred on by it being a relatively new release, The Body Shop's Tea Tree Cool and Creamy Face Wash entered my life. This cleanser is a cream cleanser that tingles as it is massaged into the skin, this I would put down to the 'cooling' aspect induced by its inclusion of menthol. I like to use this in the shower which emphasises the cooling effect, however, it isn't overwhelmingly cooling making this aspect of the product a little bit of a gimmick, albeit a refreshing one. On the driest parts of my face (my cheeks) I do sense that it is just a tad drying but on the normal/oily parts of my face it is perfect, cleansing without drying at all. This suggests that it might not be suitable for very dry skin but normal, combination and oily skin types this is the one for you. It has a low salicylic acid content, always a good sign in a cleansing product, but like the rest of The Body Shop's tea tree range it's main cleansing ingredient is tea tree oil. Overall, its cleansing properties are fantastic and I think it does a really good job of thoroughly cleansing my skin without affecting my skin in any other way - it isn't left  very tight, dry or red. When I use this I do see improvement in my blemishes and I do think it slightly improves the appearance of my pores (over time). I'm unsure as to whether it is good at decongesting my skin, it seems as though it makes a difference but it doesn't magic those under-the-skin bumps away. 

The Body Shop's Tea Tree Cool and Creamy Face Wash has really impressed me. It's going to work for a lot of skin types and I think considering its £5 price tag it's pretty amazing stuff, much better than anything else I've used in a comparable price bracket. You can find it in The Body Shop stores or online here and I'd definitely recommend giving it a go next time you feel your skin is acting up.

Other Cleansers I've used and reviewed:

Lush's Buche De Noel - (link here)
Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish - (link here)
Laidbare DIY Two in One Cleanser and Toner - (link here)
The Body Shop Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash - (link here)

Have you tried this? What do you use when your skin is having an 'off' day?



  1. I love their tea tree line and will have to check this out! I just posted a big body shop haul on my blog if you are interested in stopping by that would be awesome :)

  2. this sounds great, I love cooling/minty cleansing products- perfect for waking me up in the morning lol. I havent been in the Body Shop in ages, I need to go in and stock up!

  3. I was this close to buy this product few days ago. I already have the cleanser from tea tree line (the gel one, not the foam) and I wonder what's the difference between these two.. The salesgirl told me that this product is for gentle cleanser to face and I can use this before using the gel cleanser because this white cleanser can make my face less dry and tight feeling for the skin, but I didn't think it would be necessary for me to have two cleansers. Lately, I saw a lot of people do reviews on this product and now I'm intrigued..

  4. I use pretty much all of Body shops Tea Tree collection apart from this one! I really need buy this. Great review.

  5. Oooh this looks really interesting, I normally just stick to my cleansers such as Liz Earle or Ren, and a origins face mask when my skin is flaring up! xxx

  6. I think you have a Body Shop addiction! xx

  7. All your reviews of this range make me want to buy it all even more but I'm trying to use up skincare I already have :( x

  8. I'd heard about this before but your review was really good!! Might get it and try it out since my clinique face wash is almost gone... =D The Body Shop products are usually very good and among my favorites! =D

    The Austrian Rose

  9. I really want to try this! I love tea tree for my skin and love the toner from the body shop!

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  10. interesting blog. It would be great if you can provide more details about it. Thanks you

    Facial Cleanser for Dry Skin and Combination Skin


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