The Body Shop's 3-in-1 Tea Tree Wash-Scrub-Mask First Impressions

19 Aug 2016

Blimey, that title is a bit of a mouthful, isn't it? But as you've read, today I'm going to be telling you about my first impressions of this product. My boyfriend and I are absolute The Body Shop junkies. I am the biggest fan of the seaweed range, with their Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream and matching Pore-Cleansing Exfoliator working miracles for my oily T-Zone, whilst my boyfriend is absolutely head over heels for the tea tree range. He swears by the Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub and the Facial Wash, alternating between them every day to keep his skin in tip top condition. I'd been sent a voucher code (by the way, if you haven't signed up to TBS's mailing list, do it! They send codes and discounts alllll the time), and I'd never seen a product like this before, so I just had to try it out. Initially, it was bought as a present for J, but we've started sharing it, because it's absolutely great!

I was so intrigued about this product, because I've never heard of something that could be a facial wash, scrub and mask all in one. I was slightly confused about how it could function as a scrub and a wash above all things. Surely if it has exfoliants, it's just a scrub? Nevertheless, I was very excited to find out. You receive 125ml for £8, which is quite generous if you consider that it is a multi-use product, so it could last you a fairly long time. It comes in a squeezy tube with a flip top cap for easy use, in the standard dark green packaging to match with the rest of the tea tree range. On the back, you can find all of the ingredients and the instructions, although I'll admit, the instructions aren't that great. The wash and scrub directions are pretty much the same, and the mask ones aren't very detailed, but more on that in just a sec.
The consistency of the product is quite thick and almost clay-like. The main colour is white, which is great because you can clearly see if you've missed any bits when rinsing, but there are also tiny green exfoliants running throughout. It smells very strongly of tea tree, and I'd say it's a lot stronger than other products in the range. So if you're not a fan of the tea tree smell, stay away from this guy!

The main way that I use this product is as a mask. I wouldn't class my skin type as blemish-prone, however. I do get the odd spot on my chin and forehead from time to time. Going back to my thoughts on the directions, I had no idea how much of this product to use, initially. The instructions for the mask read, "1-2 times a week, apply to face. Leave for 5 minutes, rinse off" and that's it. I wasn't sure if I needed to have a thick layer, or only a tiny amount, so I just decided to go for a thin layer for my first use. It took no time at all for the mask to start to dry and I could feel my skin tightening. I rinsed it off after roughly 5 minutes and my skin felt amazing! It left a very refreshed feeling and just a slight tingle, which I quite like in a mask, because then I know it's done something. Not only do I think that the tea tree in the product worked some magic on my face, but also the action of smoothing the exfoliants over my skin, because it felt a lot smoother. My first impression was definitely a good one, but I've used this for about 3 weeks now, and it just keeps getting better. I've definitely noticed a difference on my chin and forehead, and I'm certain that I'm getting less spots. The mask side of this is a winner!

As J is an avid fan of the tea tree facial products, he was more than happy to test this out for me. The first thing he noted was that the texture was quite thick, and unlike the other washes/scrubs he'd tried. As he massaged it into his skin, he found that it foamed up slightly and using only a little amount covered the majority of his face. He especially loved the exfoliants, as they are so tiny that they give a very gentle exfoliation, which is great if your skin is sensitive. Like me, he also found the smell to be very overpowering, but not totally unpleasant. As he washed it off, his skin felt tingly and cooled, and was left feeling fresh and smooth. His verdict on the wash/scrub side of things is that it definitely works best as a scrub, and he too is confused about how it could work as a wash. He has now started to use this regularly and has also noticed a change. He's started to see a lot less blemishes, however, he has started to develop some dry patches which may or may not be related.

So overall, our first impressions of this product were positive! Whilst the question of the wash side of the product remains unanswered, we love the scrub and the mask sides. I can definitely see myself buying this again in the future, and I'm so pleased with the results it's given me so far!

Have you tried out The Body Shop's 3-in-1 Tea Tree Wash-Scrub-Mask? Or do you know of any other multi-use products that I should take a look at?

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