I’m starting to get to my backlog of reviews. Good news, right? I’ve had my products from The Body Shop since my epic haul back in November (read about that here), so I’ve had a lot of time to try them and now I’m ready to start sharing with you guys what I learned.

image is a photo of the body shop tea tree face mask. It is in a round greenplastic jar with the green product visible through the package. The label is green with green tea tree graphics.
$15.50USD, comes in a 100ml (3.38oz) jar.
(I paid about $6 for mine due to epic sale abuse).


I bought the Tea Tree face mask because I have acne-prone skin and I thought trying another anti-acne skin product would be a good idea. If it worked well it could help when I get breakouts, or keep me from getting breakouts!

image is a photo of the body shop tea tree face mask open jar. The green creamy contents are clearly visible.
Check out this sweet texture.


When you put it on your skin, it’s very light, fluffy, and the texture is pleasant to work with. The smell will clear your sinuses (this mask also contains menthol), but for a tea tree product it’s not the worst I’ve smelled. I didn’t expect much, as tea tree is really only shown to be effective against acne at concentrations of at least 5%, and this product doesn’t say how much their concentration is (so it’s probably very low).

Image is a photo of the cakepie with the tea tree face mask on her face. She is fair skinned with blue grey eyes, she is making a neutral expression. The product is a semi sheer light green and very thin.
The mask is thin and semi-sheer on the skin.
Dries lighter in color than what you start with.


Normally when my acne is problematic I like sulfur masks (Proactiv’s best product is their sulfur mask imho), or the Queen Helene Mint Julep mask. My skin is oily and also my skin sheds too fast (my two big causes of acne), so I exfoliate and then apply anti-acne masks to improve my skin.

When I first applied the Tea Tree mask it felt a bit burn-y, which I think is strange. I can’t be sure what ingredient causes that.

Water, Kaolin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Myristyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Propanediol, Alcohol Denat., Caprylyl Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Cyclohexasiloxane, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Menthol, Limonene, Leptospermum Petersonii (Lemon Tea Tree) Oil, t-Butyl Alcohol, Denatonium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Iron Oxides.

If we look at the ingredients we’ll notice it has Kaolin clay (drying, ie good for my purposes!), cetearyl alcohol (this is not drying; it’s a fatty alcohol), glycerin (one of my fave moisturizing ingredients), myristyl myristate (emollient/thickener, softening). Exactly 15 ingredients in, you have Tea Tree oil. I’m not really sure it’s a high concentration due to its low placement on the list (ingredients are listed by concentration). I also didn’t see any particularly effective preservatives (the safest and best studied, also the most effective are in the paraben category) so ironically this may lead to the product CAUSING acne if the jar becomes contaminated.

image is a photo of a tiny white plastic spoon with a little bit of the tea tree face mask product in it. Below you can see the jar it comes in with product visible.
I used my cute Baviphat spoon to prevent contaminating this jar of spoilable product.


How did it work, though? It definitely “feels” like it’s doing something (burning?), but is it really helping my skin?

First let’s make a note about what the product CLAIMS to do. It says it’s “suitable” for blemished skin, not that it treats it in any way, or that it does anything actually (clever marketing!). It also says it “instantly cools and lifts away impurities”, but I’m not sure how it would do any lifting, because it’s a wash-off mask. As for cooling, a cooling “effect” is probably because of the menthol in the product, and ice will “cool” skin for free so I’m not sure what the benefit there would be.

The Good:

  • Unlike most acne masks, it doesn’t dry hard, which means it doesn’t start to hurt if you accidentally leave it on too long. (I do this a lot)
  • Fun to work with, product in the jar has a “whipped” sort of texture.
  • Mild/tolerable smell, unlike some tea tree products.
  • My skin felt noticeably softer and smoother after use, probably thanks to all the emollient ingredients

The Bad:

  • Smells stupid, like all tea tree products. Bearable but not exciting
  • Burns a little. And that’s strange considering how impenetrable my skin is. Sensitive skin people be warned.
  • Weak preservatives mean you should try to use it up before germs grow in it. This can cause acne!
  • Comes in a jar, so please don’t use your hands or you will infest your product with germs.
  • Terpinen in tea tree oil can cause allergic reactions
  • Concentrations of tea tree oil at 5%+ are shown to be effective, but lower concentrations are not. The amount in this mask is unknown, and could be too low to be effective.


COST: One of the more reasonably priced masks from The Body Shop at $15.50USD (as of this posting)

Bottom line: Without knowing the concentration of tea tree (but having reasons to think the concentration is low) it seems like the marketing story is just to sell a product. It does soften my skin nicely, but My Beauty Diary Bird’s Nest masks do a better job. The Tea Tree mask isn’t bad, but it’s a waste of money if you need an acne product. If you just want a good mask to relax at night, this an option but there are MUCH better options available and for less. I will not be repurchasing this but I’m glad I was able to try it out.

Have you used this tea tree mask before?
Have you ever tried a tea tree product?
This product was purchased by me. Read my Disclosure here.

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20 Responses to “Review: The Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask”

  1. Eva Says:

    It sucks when a product turns out to be just average ^^;


    Tiffany Martin Reply:

    I was hoping it would do more for my acne but at least it does make my skin soft ^_^ And really, since I paid about $6 for it, *I* definitely feel like I got a deal, but I can’t get it for $6 every time >_>


  2. Leticia - Cosmetics Aficionado Says:

    I haven’t tried this before, but I have tried some of their skin care stuff and wasn’t impressed. I do like the Queen Helene Mask.


    Tiffany Martin Reply:

    The queen helene helps a lot when my skin goes nuts. I hate being a grown adult with acne but it’s good to have beauty bloggers to compare notes with, that way maybe it can be defeated (:

    I think some of The Body Shop products are pretty good, but certainly not all of them. I’m very addicted to their scents (mango body butter ftw) ^_^ the caveat is that I’m still new to their products (only really started trying them out them last year) and I always buy only when I can get a deal. I think if I had to pay full price it’d be too much and I’d never purchase them.


  3. Lydia Says:

    I’m using this mask right now because my skin decided to suddenly let lots of pimples appear overnight. It does burn a little for me too, but i have super sensitive skin so i’m used to that. I think it’s normal for this mask, maybe it does help to have some effect? i don’t really know~ it didn’t help much yet, but i’ll just continue using it and hope it helps TT


    Tiffany Martin Reply:


    I was so surprised about the burn because my skin usually doesn’t react to anything (although due to my Lyme disease relapse I have developed a sensitivity to mint, makes me itch, burn, and feel uncomfortable).

    Based on the ingredients I don’t know how it could do much for acne, but I did like the softness it gave me ^_^ Though I can get that with MBD Bird’s Nest masks for about $13 or less if I can find a deal ^_^ I’ll probably keep using it unless it makes my skin too sensitive. If my experience changes I’ll update on my blog about it (:

    BTW I think dinosaurs are jjang too, following you now on GFC ^_^


  4. Arya Says:

    haven’t tried the body shop tea tree though I’m tempted to try one because i have to admit their advertising here in my country is good, it’s not for my for skin type though


    Tiffany Martin Reply:


    I wonder if you guys get the same products that we do. Here in the US they market for so many skin products, they have vit c, anti aging, moisture, etc + makeup. I don’t usually go for the makeup because it’s so expensive. I enjoy going to my local body shop because it’s COMPLETELY wheelchair accessible, unlike almost everywhere, plus all their products come with testers. I love being able to smell everything (I’m a weirdo) ^_^

    What is the skin type you have?


    Arya Reply:

    Hmm I looked into The Body Shop US site and there are some products that are not available here šŸ™ and the prices too are different. I like to try the vitamin C serum something but I only got the vitamin c boost and yes, the make-up are just so expensive >_< the malls here are wheelchair accessible too. Smell is an important factor (if it's weird sniffing products then I'm a weirdo too then :P)

    Oh I have a very dry, sensitive skin by the way.


    Tiffany Martin Reply:


    Oh yeah, there’s a whole Vit C line of products, I have the microdermabrasion wash and sunscreen/moisturizer, but not the serum >_>

    We don’t have any cucumber stuff at ALL here though, too bad because I love cukes ^_^

    Here The Body Shop prices seem really high, but personally I never buy from there unless I can get a good discount (usually about 50%). Body butters are $20USD, and makeup is not good enough for the price; I’d just buy MAC if I was going to pay that much.

    The Body Shop we have (it’s the only one in the whole state, and the next closest one is in Canada, lol) is on historic Church Street Marketplace. It’s so pretty, kinda like a mall (it even includes a mall) but it’s literally just a bunch of shoppes lining the street. Check it out!

    This is at the “Top” of Church Street:

    Beautiful Church Street in wintertime (it really looks like this!!):

    And yeah this particular Body Shop store has double doors, unlike most of the shoppes, plus it’s very easy to roll into and I can reach all the items (okay, MOST of the items lol). It makes such a difference in my shopping to not bump into everything or not have to ask for help just to look at ingredients or something. It’s so much different from when I can walk that it actually makes me not want to shop in other stores.

    I’m just like you, Arya! I SMELL EVERYTHING, lol ^_^

    Compared to your skin, my skin is oily/acne prone, and needs a LOT of exfoliation. But having sensitive skin must mean you really like The Body Shop, their stuff seems to be made well for sensitive skin! ^_^

  5. Megan Says:

    I’ve been thinking about trying their seaweed skin line. Have you ever tried any of it?


    Tiffany Martin Reply:


    The only thing I have from the seaweed line is the pore perfecter, but I’m not sure if that does much (still trying to determine that).

    I think the “seaweed” line is supposed to be soothing, as for me I’m usually trying to keep my acne under control. Seaweed can actually clog pores but I’m not sure how much seaweed they use, it could be just their marketing story. In general I always seem pulled to other products, but I totally smelled the seaweed stuff it seems fresh and clean ^_^

    If you try them get ’em on sale ^_^


    Megan Reply:

    >.< well it was for combination skin but I want to find something that is going to clean my pores out, any good recommendations?


    Tiffany Martin Reply:


    I think the tea tree cleansing foam is a good cleanser, I don’t know if you double-cleanse but if you do once in a while following up with a good scrub (something with salicylic acid would be perfect) would be a help. I’m not sure how bad your pores get but this helps mine. I also do masks and a LOT of skin care, so your mileage may vary. Let me know how it goes or if you find something that helps! I have gross pores so I like to clean them too.

  6. TiffanyB Says:

    I looooove this stuff. Have you tried the other products in this line? My HG is the face wash…will never use anything else every again. It saved my skin!


    Tiffany Martin Reply:

    Tiffany B,

    I’ve tried the blackhead scrub and the foaming cleanser. And I really like the foaming cleanser (is that the one you love?). It does a good job as a first-cleanse in a double-wash and doesn’t dry my skin out.

    Thanks for saying hi ^_^


  7. Renee Says:

    Great article! I’m going to give this a try. I also use the sulfur masks but like you, I tend to leave it on too long and then my face feels like it’s going to crack and fall off! I’v also just started using Honey which I like. It gives you that same clean feeling without overdrying.


    Tiffany Martin Reply:


    When it comes to masks funny how many of us wear them too long >_> though with me, I seem to leave the clay ones on too long not the sulfur ones.

    Honey sounds good sounds soothing to me. I want to try some diy stuff, like coffee scrubs or yogurt masks.

    I liked this Tea Tree Mask, even though I didn’t think it did anything for acne. I still use it to give my skin a boost, if you try it out come back and tell us what you thought!


  8. Zahidah Says:

    Started using this product a few minutes ago and felt the burn as well. Thought it wasn’t normal. So it wasn’t just me! They should have warn about the feeling though.


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Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 27th February 2013
Filled Under: Beauty, Reviews