Until recently I had never properly tried any of The Body Shop’s skincare lines in the way that they are designed to work together. So recently I bought a few of their skincare products to use in conjunction with each other and this The Body Shop Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion was one of three that I bought from their Tea Tree range.
This lotion is marketed as a lightweight moisturiser suitable for blemished skin, which sounded like a perfect day moisturiser for me.
As the lotion is aimed at oily, blemish prone skin I was interested to see the ingredients list and what they had chosen to use.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion
Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil, Acrylamide/Ammonium Acrylate Copolymer, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Salix Alba Bark Extract, Polyisobutene, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Isostearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Limonene, Laureth-4, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Trideceth-6, Citral, Citronellol, Leptospermum Petersonii Oil, Tocopherol
While Sodium hydroxide, also known as lye and caustic soda, has been approved for use in cosmetics and personal care products in varying concentrations it can be very harmful if those concentrations are exceeded. It is a strong irritant and corrosive to the skin, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal system if ingested. Sodium hydroxide is also a significant skin sensitiser. All in all, it’s a product I’d prefer to avoid in my skincare.
Limonene is another essential oil product that is a known skin sensitiser. While it can have strong antioxidant benefits and calm your skin it will also become highly volatile when exposed to air and become capable of sensitising skin. It is best avoided.
Citral is a fragrance ingredient of various essential oils and therefore has the potential for skin sensitization, as with fragrances in skincare.
Citronellol when applied to skin can cause aggravation when exposed to air. This exposure causes the unstable citronellol molecule to oxidize, which is believed to trigger aggravation on skin.
After reading through the ingredient list I was incredibly surprised and also very disappointed. The amount of skin irritants was more than what I have found in much cheaper, less reputable brands. It could be argued that they are found low in the list meaning they’re not a high percentage of the formula but personally I’d rather the fragrances weren’t in the formula at all.
As for how the formula performed, I applied it every morning for around two months until it was finished. Throughout that entire time, I can’t say I noticed any change or reduction in my breakouts nor did it seem to effect the oiliness of my skin.
Seeing at it has the word mattifying in the title I was very disappointed that I never saw any reduction in my oily skin or a noticeable mattifying effect after its application. Granted I have very oily skin however that should be exactly what this lotion is aimed at and it performed no differently on my face than a regular lotion.
The only effect that I felt from applying this lotion was actually a negative reaction which surprised me at the time, my skin is not usually sensitive, however after researching the ingredients I’m not surprised.
I was using this lotion in conjunction with another cream from this tea tree line and the combination of both tea tree products must have been too strong for my skin. I would experience a stinging sensation after applying them both. It would fade quickly enough however it left my skin feeling raw and sensitive.
Considering that the formula includes a number of skin irritating ingredients that did cause me to experience a stinging sensation when using this I would not recommend this if asked. That’s not even considering the fact that this lotion was not mattifying nor did I notice any improvement in my skin.