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Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Refreshing Jelly with Extract of Berry


Last time when I was in London, I picked up two items from the then new Boots range, Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Refreshing Jelly with Extract of Berry. The Tea Tree & Witch Hazel one is already famous for working great on blemish-prone and oily skin, so as a person with combination skin, I was curious how these new products would perform. I got the face wash and the moisturiser, I believe there’s also a face scrub in the series.

I have to say, there is a hit and a miss for me and I’m pretty sad about that because what I was most excited about was the Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Refreshing Jelly Moisturiser. Unfortunately, it disappointed me. First of all, it claims to keep you shine-free for up to 12 hours and the truth is, it doesn’t make my skin look matte, at all. I like the hygienic press pump that it comes with because it doesn’t let air inside but it dispenses too much and the scent of the moisturiser is pretty unpleasant once it’s applied on the skin. Also, it contains silicone which makes the skin feel smoother but I’m not the biggest fan of silicone in my moisturisers. There are parabens, too. I don’t think it hydrates my skin very well, either but what disappointed me the most was the fact that I got so many blackheads on my face that I couldn’t believe my eyes. And they were even on areas where they normally never appear and I’m still fighting with some of them. Sadly, this moisturiser is something that I regret purchasing and it just didn’t work out well on me.

On the other hand, I’m pretty pleased with the  Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Refreshing Jelly Facial Wash. It’s my morning cleanser, I wouldn’t use it as an evening one and I wouldn’t even think about removing make-up with it. It feels quite refreshing, it’s not stripping or drying and smells much better than the moisturiser. I like that it doesn’t foam up too much and leaves my skin purified but not squeaky clean. It’s affordable but also, a little goes a long way and I feel like it’s going to last me for more than half a year.

I’m really curious to know if any of you tried these products and what your experience is because I didn’t get along with the moisturiser but I enjoy using the face wash.

LUSH Tea Tree Toner Tab

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I really like toners, in fact, I love them! They remove the last trace of make-up after cleansing, they feel refreshing and soothing, they can exfoliate, as well. I admit that when I was younger I used to skip the moisturising step because my skin was getting a bit crazy and oily (wrong, so wrong, don’t skip this step!) but I never missed to apply rose water which is still my favourite toner.

When I saw this toner tab from LUSH in one of their London stores several weeks ago, I had to grab one to try. Now I regret not getting more but at least, good news is that it wasn’t a disappointment.

LUSH Tea Tree Toner Tab is like a bath bomb for your sink or bowl of hot (not boiling) water. You drop the tab in a bowl or sink with hot water and it will fizz, then you cover up with a towel and you steam your face with blend of essential oils. It has Tea Tree which is antiseptic and antibacterial, perfect for blemish-prone skin and Aloe Vera that is very gentle but has a bit of a cooling effect. The steam opens your pores and then the essential oils are absorbed. I held my head over the bowl for about 15 minutes, you can do it as long as you want and feel comfortable. It was really relaxing for me. Then I washed my face with my usual cleanser and when the water cooled a bit, I used a cotton pad to apply as a regular toner. My skin felt incredibly soft and clean and looked glowy.

I decided to keep the water in a travel spray bottle and use it as a liquid toner after that. The tab doesn’t have any preservatives, so the bottle should be stored in a fridge for just a couple of days, I used mine 3-4 days and it was ok.

I didn’t have major breakouts, so I can’t say how it performs on that field but it worked really well on my combination skin, didn’t make me oily, it was very gentle but minty at the same time. On the next day, my skin was very soft and radiant. I’d definitely get some more once I have the chance to be near a LUSH store.

Have you tried any solid face toners?