31 Days of Reviews, Day 26: The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Squeaky-Clean Exfoliating Face Scrub

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Hey everyone! Welcome to a late day 26 post. Do you ever get into weekend mode, and can’t bring yourself to do anything? I usually find I get this way on Saturday’s, maybe because I am in relaxation withdrawal from the work week. However, after relaxing all this morning and running errands all afternoon, I’m ready to get back to this review challenge! Only a few more days left, and then I can start diversifying my posts 🙂 Today’s review is on an exfoliator, so let’s get into it!

Packaging and First Impressions

This exfoliator comes in a squeezy tube that is colour coordinated with the rest of their tea tree line (green and white simple packaging). The product itself is tinted green with little white and green balls within the gel-like medium. From what I can tell there is a lot of gel in proportion to the amount of exfoliator balls present. This exfoliator smells pretty tea tree-y. It’s funny, I used to absolutely loathe the smell of tea tree, and now it couldn’t bother me less. Strange how you get used to things.



Price and Quantity

This face exfoliator is priced at $16 CAD ($16 USD) for 100 mL (3.3 oz) of product. Lets compare this to a few other face exfoliators that I know of. Another face exfoliant that I currently own is the Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash ($33 CAD for 8 oz). Some that are popular on Sephora are the Ole Henrikson Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub ($34 CAD for 3 oz), the Clinique Pep-Start-2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser ($25 CAD for 4.2 oz), the Fresh Sugar Face Polish ($76 CAD for 4.4 oz) and the Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser ($27 CAD for 5 oz). Here is the comparison, organized as always from best deal to worst deal.

Rank Company’s Product Mentioned Above Cost
($ CAD)
Quantity (oz) Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product
1 Philosophy $35 8 $4.38/oz
2 Body Shop $16 3.3 $4.85/oz
3 Origins $27 5 $5.40/oz
4 Clinique $25 4.2 $5.95/oz
5 Ole Henrikson $34 3 $11.33/oz
6 Fresh $76 4.4 $17.27/oz

It’s nice to see that there are some actually pretty affordable options out there. The Body Shop is almost always an affordable option, since they basically always have promotions going on where you can buy 3 products and get 3 free, or buy 2 products and get 1 free. If you want to buy a product but they don’t have a promotion on, keep checking back every day and I can almost guarantee that the promotion you want will be featured within three days. The only exfoliator mentioned above that is priced ridiculously is the Fresh Sugar Face Polish, which is really just an exfoliant, but you can also use it as a mask.Some of these are both a face wash and an exfoliant, whereas others are just meant to be an exfoliant. What you buy will depend on what your preferences and requirements are. I do not like to use a daily exfoliating face wash, because its just not something that I want to do every day. My skin reacts poorly to this (Just as a reminder, I have combination/oily skin). But maybe that’s something that you need, therefore you would definitely be saving money by buying the combined face wash and exfoliant rather than buying two separate products.


Here are the claims from the Body Shop website:

“Infused with pure, organic tea tree oil, our Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub is a daily facial exfoliator perfect for blemished skin. Biodegradable bursting micro-beads gently buff the skin surface, removing impurities and dead skin cells for skin that feels smooth and appears more clear and shine-free.

  • Suitable for blemished skin
  • Skin instantly feels soft, smooth and super clean
  • Pores look visibly clearer and face feels purified
  • Enriched with organic Community Trade tea tree oil”

The Body Shop is a cruelty free company.



Currently I use this exfoliator around once a week (even though it says you can use it daily), and I have been for at least 2 months. My over all feeling is that I don’t mind using it, however I’m not sure how good of a job it does.

Let’s first list the things that I like:

  1. I like that this product includes tea tree. Tea tree is a great ingredient to include in your skin care routine semi-often. I do not recommend using tea tree products everyday. When I did use tea tree products every day and in multiple forms, it over-dehydrated my skin and made me break out. However, using 1 or 2 tea tree products once a week is a great way to battle bacterially-caused acne.
  2. This face scrub foams up really nicely, similar to a face wash. Even though it isn’t marketed as one, I do think that this could be used as a face wash. It lathers nicely, and my skin does feel really clean after using it. However, I only ever use this product after already having washed my face. I think using it daily would dry out my skin too much because of the tea tree.
  3. I like and don’t like at the same time, how gentle this scrub is. You can feel the beads, but there don’t seem to be a lot of them in the product, and you don’t feel a lot of scrubbing on your face. Now, the goal is to exfoliate your face gently. You don’t want a really rough scrub that will cause micro-tears in your skin. However, this scrub is so gentle that it is hard to know whether it is doing anything.
  4. It is important to me that the actual exfoliant used in the product is either natural or biodegradable. I am VERY against the plastic microbeads that are present in facial scrubs and hand soaps that are polluting our oceans. I am a Marine Biology MSc student, the ocean MATTERS to me. And it should matter to everyone else. Luckily, companies are becoming more aware of this problem. The exfoliant used in this product is biodegradable microbeads, yay! If you are ever looking to buy an exfoliant, please consider this in your shopping decision. Another great and 100% natural exfoliant used in some products is silica. Silica comes from the shells of a type of marine algae (diatoms). While it may sound weird to be using a part of algae to exfoliate your face, it’s not bad for the environment. If those algae had been left in the ocean, their shells would be degrading there anyways. So for us to use them, and then get washed down the drain and back into the ocean is 100% ocean friendly. The Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash has silica as its exfoliating ingredient.
  5. I don’t seem to get breakouts from this product. Is it preventing breakouts?? Maybe!

What I don’t like:

  1. The ratio of gel to exfoliator balls is not optimal for a scrub in my opinion. I wish there was more exfoliant in this exfoliator. If this was marketed as a face wash, I would understand, but it isn’t.
  2. Is it doing anything? It really doesn’t feel like it scrubs your face.

Final Thoughts

This is another one of those skin care products where I am like, do you do anything?? I feel like if there was just a bit more scrubbing action, I would be 50% happier. I think that those micro beads that they have used as the exfoliant are a gentler option to begin with, so including some more of those in the gel medium wouldn’t be too harsh on your skin. However, I am not breaking out from this product, and perhaps it is doing enough exfoliating to prevent acne as well. At least this product has tea tree, that is something that will certainly be having a positive effect on your skin, if not used too frequently.

The moral of the story is, I am going to continue using this product until I am out. At that point I might shop around to see if I can find something else that I prefer more. However, I might very well end up back to this one, as it is an affordable option with great ingredients!

Have you used this facial scrub or any other tea tree products from the Body Shop?

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5 thoughts on “31 Days of Reviews, Day 26: The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Squeaky-Clean Exfoliating Face Scrub

  1. I tried a sample of this when I got the moisturiser but I agree with you, I wish it was more scrubby ☺️ have you tried the actual tea tree oil from them? It works wonders on pimples! xx Mimi

    1. I have used the tea tree oil! However I was using just too many tea tree products when I was using it and the result was not good. I have some left so I might start using it again to occasionally spot treat.

  2. I read that Canada will be banning plastic microbeads in 2018, I believe!

    I haven’t tried this particular tea tree product from The Body Shop. That’s too bad it’s not scrubby enough!! I’ve used almost all the other products from this line. My favourite is the Mattifying Lotion!

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