“There are similar/better products for a fraction of the price.”
Let me start by saying I am a firm believer in The Body Shop skincare line. I will stand behind their tea tree oil for spot-treating blemishes until the day I leave this earth.
I gotta be honest here, The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing mud mask really didn’t do it for me. It’s not that it didn’t work, but I feel I get the same results when I use drugstore brands. For starters, this little pot of mud is $17.00. I can get a tube of Freeman’s Charcoal and Black Sugar mud mask for $4.29 at CVS. In my opinion, this mask performs the same duties: smoothes the skin and helps clear blemishes. (see mini review here)
For the record: I have been using this mask 1-2 times a week for three weeks. On Ulta’s website, the Body Shop claims that this mask works to draw out excess oil from the pores, but I haven’t noticed a change in oil production. I also haven’t noticed an improvement in my blemishes, nor are they being “prevented.”
I will give it this: the mask feels soothing on the skin, and once activated there is a tingly sensation on your face that feels like the mask is really working. It does not dry down quickly, nor does it leave your skin feeling super tight by the time you’re ready to wash it off.
- lightweight formula which doesn’t dry down to a skin-tight feeling
- tea tree scent is not overwhelming
- a little seems to go a long way – I think the tub will last me awhile
- I feel like I get the same results for less $$ elsewhere
- it hasn’t worked “wonders” to clear my skin or absorb excess oil
- the price tag
So that’s my summary! I will say, regardless of my opinions on this mask, it will definitely last me awhile, which could make the $17 worth it. That being said, I would also like to give their Seaweed Oil-Balancing clay mask a go. This mask is $23.00, so I will wait until I finish the tea tree one before I jump into that purchase. I firmly believe the Body Shop has the potential to wow me when it comes to skincare, and considering it’s an investment, it may be worth it. Anything to balance out the oil in my face would be a godsend.
What is your favorite skincare item from the Body Shop? Should I be trying some other items? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! I love hearing new ideas/products to try.
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