August 4, 2014

Using Australian Tea Tree Oil For Home and Skincare

My husband had a beard and mustache for a long time but decided it was time for a change, got himself a straight razor kit and shaved. The problem is his neck area is tough to shave. The hair grows in different directions and the skin in that area is super sensitive. He hasn't found anything that really helps and so he gets some redness, irritation, and acne when he shaves. One evening after shaving, he asked if there was anything I could make that would help. I like a good challenge!

I had a couple review products on hand, so I first grabbed Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil and a few other things (I'll post about making the aftershave later this week) and whipped up a creamy and calming treatment that included several drops of tea tree oil to help prevent acne and reduce redness after shaving.

Thanks to the free recipe guide that came with the bottle of tea tree oil, I learned about all the ways that you can use it around the house. I'm not a huge believer in "one-size-fits-all" products, but there are definitely some great ways to reduce the amount of store bought products and make quick cleaners and skin treatments at home. You can use it to help with dandruff, with tooth brushing, and keeping refrigerator door gaskets clean.

While my husband tolerates it well, the smell is too much for me and gives me a headache. Everyone reacts to scent differently but it's strong enough that I would be cautious to never use any tea tree oil lotions or creams before going to work just in case people have allergies or sensitivities. Everyone has different workplace guidelines, but I tend to err on the side of caution.

I haven't tried it on my hair because I'm extra careful about maintaining my color and don't want to risk trying anything homemade unless I'm ready to touch up the roots. I get dry scalp in the winter, so that might be when I try a homemade scalp treatment if I can balance the tea tree oil aroma with something a bit less potent.

It's been fun to experiment with homemade products, but I don't know that I'd buy this again. It's a good product, but it's too strong a scent for me.

One thing I should mention - I usually like to research a company that is offering a review product before I post, but this is one of the few that are hard to check out. I couldn't find a website and have found several possible parent companies. It's a bit inconsistent when I'd want to know more about who is making a product I'm putting on my body. Though the product label says it's Australian, it's bottled in the USA, so I don't know if this is an Australian or American company, where it's based, who runs it, and the background on how they got started. It may not be necessarily in order to form an opinion about a product, but it's just good business to be transparent.

Here's a link to the Amazon product page if you want to read other reviews or order the product:

Note: I received a bottle of Australian Tea Tree Oil for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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