Spot treatments range in price dramatically, but according to customers across the country, they don’t come much better than The Body Shop’s £8.50 tea tree oil.
Each 20ml bottle of the potent product contains the oil of an astounding 5,000 tea tree leaves, which works to purify skin, calm blemishes and rebalance the complexion. Whether you dab it directly on a breakout or use it as a preventative measure to keep spots at bay, it’s an effective, affordable powerhouse that sells every 17 seconds.
Yes, you did read that correctly.
Well, part of the popularity could be down to the fact that spots aren’t the only battle that the contents of these little bottles can fight. Tea tree oil is a real multitasker, and can be used for anything from reinvigorating your senses and combating fatigue to soothing a sore, itchy scalp.
Even Meghan Markle has professed her love for tea tree oil in the past. Although she didn’t declare her allegiance to a brand, in a previous interview with Allure magazine the Duchess of Sussex revealed that she never travels without it:
‘The one thing that I cannot live without when I’m traveling is a small container of tea tree oil. It’s not the most glamorous thing, but if you get a cut, a mosquito bite, a small breakout, no matter what it is, it’s my little cure-all,’ she said. ‘It’s inexpensive, it’s small enough to carry on, and I bring it with me all the time.’
Reviewers on The Body Shop’s website certainly agree with her recommendation, with almost 400 five-star reviews praising the powers of tea tree, dubbing it ‘a miracle in a bottle’ and ‘a holy grail’.
So, ready to buy a bottle for yourself? Here are all the genius ways you can use it, on spots and so much more.
6 uses for tea tree oil
From the experts at The Body Shop
1. Blemish buster: Use bowl of hot water, place a towel over your head and position your face over the bowl to steam your face and relax the pores before applying a drop of tea tree oil to any blemishes.
2. Soul soother: Pop a couple of drops of tea tree oil on your temples and pulse points and take a few deep breaths. Take a few minutes for yourself each day to complete breathing exercises and de-stress from your day!
3. Fancy feet: Freshen your tired feet by popping a couple of drops of tea tree oil into a bowl of warm water for revitalising foot soak. Submerge your feet, sit back and relax!
4. Fight fatigue mid-flight: Tea tree oil has an amazing, fresh, uplifting scent. Pop a few drops on a tissue and breathe in! Some people do this whilst on a flight to freshen up the air they breathe in.
5. Brush up: Add a few drops of tea tree oil to your brush cleaner to keep your brushes feeling fresh.
6. Scalp soother: Some of our customers love to add a few drops of tea tree oil to their shampoo as they feel it soothes their scalp and minimises itching.