Tea Tree Vs. Tea Tree: Toner Review and Analysis

I have oily/combination skin and when my skin produces too much oil I breakout like crazy.   I use a lot of Tea Tree products in order to help with the reduction of sebum and prevent breakouts.  Toners are an essential part of my skin care routine as toning is an important role in the cleansing process.  Toning helps remove remaining oils and dirt which were left behind.

The main Tea Tree toners I usually use are The Body Shop’s Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner  and Lush’s Tea Tree Water. I have been using both of these toners for years because The Body Shop and Lush are accessible and it can easily be said that they are each others biggest competition.  The way I’ve always seen is, The Body Shop is Upper East Side Manhattan and Lush is more Bushwick, Brooklyn.  They both ooze different vibes but they still produce good quality products.  Although both of these toners contain Tea Tree and pretty much do the same thing,  I have finally chosen one I like better than after 7 years of using both of them.

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The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner

The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner £6.50 (250 ML) / £8.50 (400 ML)

I discovered The Body Shop well before I discovered Lush when I was younger and this is the first toner I ever used.  The ingredients are,

Aqua/Water/Eau, Alcohol Denat., Tapioca Starch Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana Water/Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Glycerin, Salix Alba Bark Extract/Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil/Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Alcohol, Allantoin, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Limonene, Citral, Citronellol, Leptospermum Petersonii Oil, Caramel, CI 19140/Yellow 5, CI 42090/Blue,

and according to The Body Shop it claims,

Our Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner infused with potent tea tree oil, purifies and tones in one step. Use after cleansing to remove any residual traces of make-up and impurities, which can clog the pores. With shake-to-activate mattifying powders, our toner minimises the appearance of pores and leaves skin feeling clean, toned, refreshed and visibly clearer.

  • Refreshing, purifying toner
  • With purifying tea tree oil from the foothills of Mount Kenya
  • Removes residual make-up and impurities
  • Shake-to-activate mattifying powders reduce shine
  • Skin appears visibly clearer
  • Pores appear tighter ‘ 

The consistency of the toner is strong and feels stimulating once applied to the skin.  It does an amazing job at removing remaining dirts and oils from the skin.  My skin does appear smoother, clearer and brighter after using this product and my pores do feel tighter.  However, my overall face feels a bit too tight and dry and the smell of this Tea Tree Toner is potent which is off putting on some days.  I usually put this toner on when I am having major breakouts but for daily use it is too much.


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Lush’s Tea Tree Water

Lush’s Tea Tree Water £4.95 (100g),  £9.50 (250g)

I only started shopping at Lush over the past couple of years because of the intense bath bomb craze.  Even though at this point I already had the Body Shop Tea Tree Toner I was drawn to Lush’s one because it comes in a spray bottle which makes application controlled and easy.  I can either just spray it on my face or spray it on a a cotton pad an not have to worry about wasting any product.  Where as the The Body Shop bottle is more of a fluted Boston bottle and there isn’t as much control in terms of how much product comes out of the bottle which can be annoying and wasteful sometimes.

Lush’s ingredients are,

Tea Tree Water, Grapefruit Water, Juniperberry Water, *LimonenePerfume , Methylparaben

Lush claims

‘Keep skin clear and refreshed. Tea tree is antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial, so can help keep away the bacteria that can cause spots. Grapefruit is rich in vitamins and is also lightly astringent on the skin, whilst juniperberry is antiseptic and helps keep skin clean and clear. Use any time of day to keep skin refreshed, or to remove traces of makeup or cleanser.’

There is a hell of a lot less ingredients in this Lush Tea Tree Water in comparison to The Body Shop.  This toner is thin and feels refreshing once sprayed onto the skin.  The scent isn’t strong but that is why I like it.  My skin feels so hydrated after using this.  It is great at rebalancing skin tone and fighting against oily skin and blemishes.


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There isn’t much price difference between the two toners but I definitely prefer Lush’s Tea Tree Water.  It is light on the skin, there is portion control, it is not heavily scented and whilst reducing sebum it hydrates too.

The Body Shop toner is good but I think it’s a little too strong and can be irritating if skin is broken or dry in some areas.  It is amazing at reducing the size of pores and making the skin feel tighter but overall, too intense.




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10 thoughts on “Tea Tree Vs. Tea Tree: Toner Review and Analysis

    1. The Tea Tree water is amazing from Lush. I also use TBS oil and foaming cleanser. I find that the majority of the Tea Tree range from TBS is so intense. I only use it when I’m having serious breakouts.


  1. Maybe the toner has a lot of other ingredients there that caused the stinging. I’ve heard about the same sentiments with other reviews, too, but their tea tree oil seems to be doing well for others.
    Interesting fact is that tea tree has been studied and compared with benzoyl peroxide. They found that both can provide good results but tea tree works more slowly than BPO. We wrote an article about that recently. You can check that out if you want to learn more.
    Anyway, great review! Had the same experience with this. Too pricey for the size, though.


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