My t-zone gets oily at times, and during that time of the month, like most women, I experience minor breakouts. To help with both of those problems, in the past I’ve used diluted tea tree oil as a toner, and to help brighten my skin. But, sometimes I get lazy, and don’t feel like making my own products. I mean, we all go through that at times, right? So after hearing rave reviews about the LUSH Tea Tree Water Toner, I visited my local LUSH store to pick up a bottle.
While looking at the ingredients, I was happy to see that the LUSH Tea Tree Water Toner has only 6 ingredients, 4 of which are natural: Tea Tree Water, Grapefruit Water, Juniperberry, and Limonene. The first three ingredients are known for their antiseptic and anti-fungal properties like. Both tea tree and juniperberry are known to help aid in reducing oil and blemishes on the skin. The naturally occurring limonene is added for its citrusy scent. And then we have two ingredients that LUSH deems “safe synthetics”: methylparaben and fragrance. I’m not fond of fragrance in my skincare, nor am I fond of parabens.
Speaking of scent. If you’re familiar with the strong herbal smell of tea tree oil, you don’t have to worry about experiencing that with the LUSH Tea Tree Water Toner. The tea tree scent, even though it’s the most prominent, is very light, and doesn’t last long. The faint tea tree oil scent could have been a sign that maybe this wouldn’t work – for me.
Although spraying the LUSH Tea Tree Water Toner on my face was quite a refreshing experience, I didn’t find that it removed anymore residual makeup post cleansing than my regular toner. In fact, it barely removed anything. It felt as though I was just using scented water on my face. Also, it wasn’t effective in keeping back breakouts and oil. I was surprised that out of all of the LUSH products I’ve used, and loved, this was the very first one that has let me down. Can you imagine how hard it was for me to write this post? Hard!
I can’t even attribute it’s ineffectiveness due to me incorrectly using the LUSH Tea Tree Water Toner because I used it based off of LUSH’s instructions, which state the following:
Spritz directly on the face after cleansing and use a cotton pad to remove any excess cleanser. To tighten pores, let the toner air dry. Follow with the moisturizer most appropriate for your skin’s needs.
Unfortunately for me, the LUSH Tea Tree Water Toner did not work well for me. It didn’t make me less oily, and it didn’t improve my complexion. However, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t someone out there that this would work for. But, I do suggest getting a sample before spending your money on a full-size bottle, especially since it has added fragrance.
Once this bottle of LUSH Tea Tree Water Toner is finished, I’m going to do a DIY Tea Tree Water Toner minus the fragrance and methylparaben.
The 8.4 Fl oz bottle of LUSH Tea Tree Water Toner that I bought can be purchased at LUSH or lushusa.com for $21.95. It’s also available in a smaller 3.3 fl oz bottle for $9.95.
Have you tried the LUSH Tea Tree Water Toner? Did it work for your skin?