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tea tree oil


I've noticed in some of the honey discussions that tea tree oil has come up. Just like w/ honey, I got curious and went out and bought some. Its 100% essential oil so I just dip a cotton swab into the jar and dab each problem area w/ some oil. Is this the way to do it? Are there other suggestions? I do this once in the morning and again before bed. Is twice daily ok? And what, if anything, can be done about the strong and, to me, offensive odor? Its a bit overpowering and I think it will take a lot to get used to it.
Oct 12, 2007 @ 12:01 pm

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Sounds about right...

Yes swabbing in your problem areas is what I've been told. And it works fantastic! If you feel a zit coming on, this works well in zapping it quickly. I use it after every time I wash my face and used toner. I also do it once in the morning, and once before bed.

I've been told that because tea tree oil is a natural exfoliator, it also helps in getting rid of ingrown hairs you might get from shaving. I haven't tried it yet for this purpose... but I probably will soon.

Like spotty, I am also curious if anyone has found a fix to this medicinal smell while still making it effective.
Oct 12, 2007 @ 04:54 pm
Ali de Bold

the smell

It reeks, it works but there is nothing you can do about the smell. Hubby won't come near me when I have that stuff on, but I do find it is the fastest way to zap a zit. Unfortunately I have waaay too much experience with that right now... :(
Oct 12, 2007 @ 07:54 pm
Scents Of Peace

Try Lavender e/o !

Personally, I can't stand tea tree but I know many swear by it. I have had great results with just straight Lavender essential oil. There are only a handful of e/o you can use "neat" (undiluted, straight on the skin) so be very careful experimenting ! Lavender is an all-purpose, must have and is useful for burns, bites and boo-boos - zits included.

If you MUST use tea tree, mix it with lavender to cut the smell down to "tolerable", but probably never quite "pleasant".

Once, I get my studio moved, I may ask a few of you if you want to be part of a test group for a new product I developed for my teenage neighbor. It smells divine and works great on problem spots. My son's GF, wanted to know what he was wearing -lol- thinking it was a cologne because she wanted it for perfume ! It has sandalwood, clove, carrot seed, lavender and a few other e/o's I can't remember without digging up the formula in a calamine base. The mix of oils are restorative as well as healing, so it speeds up the process and helps prevent scarring.

But at the very least, until then . . . . try straight Lavender essential oil ;-)
Oct 12, 2007 @ 09:53 pm

Where to buy the right essential oils

I would love to try some of these zit-zapping essential oils. I've heard that not all oils out there are pure enough to use for cosmetic purposes. So what should I look for when I'm buying the essential oils and are there any good suggestions on brands/stores?

Oct 15, 2007 @ 04:11 pm
Scents Of Peace

I'm revamping my price list

if anyone is having trouble finding e/o in their area and if you contact me directly until I can post them online, I can quote a price for you.

Otherwise read your labels ! Avoid anything that says "contains essential oil of . . . ", or "fragrance of . . ." and only buy "100% pure essence or essential oil of . . . " to make sure your not getting something diluted of synthetic.
Oct 16, 2007 @ 04:11 am

Aura Cacia

That's the brand I've used. They're the only e/o that is sold at the drug store I frequent (Long's). Aura Cacia is based out of Iowa and their website is http://www,auracacia.com
Oct 16, 2007 @ 09:25 pm

Mmmmm, lovely

I tried some lavender e/o last night. *THUMBS UP* For one thing, my fiance (that feels strange to write, tee hee) would actually come near me! The smell is still quite strong, but its pleasant and not overwhelming. Assuming it works as well for me as tea tree oil, I'll keep using it. Thanks for the recommendation, Scents.
Oct 17, 2007 @ 04:23 pm

uh oh

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil is only 15% essential oil! I noticed this when I picked up an Aura Cacia tea tree oil from Bulk Barn (of all places!) and it smells 10x worse than the Body Shop's. Aura Cacia Tea Tree oil is 100% essential oil. Something I noticed is that it is not watery or oily at all. It is almost a dry oil, if that even makes any sense.

Just a heads up for those of you still looking for 100% tea tree oil.
Dec 17, 2007 @ 11:56 pm
Ali de Bold

Shoppers Drug Mart

I have a 100% tea tree oil from Shoppers (check the vitamins/health area). Ya, the real deal stinks.

Spotty's comment about the fiance is so funny because Alex hates it when I use essential oils on my skin because of the stink. But ya, it really works.

Tip: If you're every in one of those "Not tonight, honey" moods, dab a little tea tree oil on a zit or two and you won't even have to say anything... Not that I've ever done that...

Dec 18, 2007 @ 12:17 am

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